The KAABOO Del Mar music and comedy festival is returning to the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds for its fourth year on Sept. 14-16, and from all accounts, this will be its best year yet. From the comedy acts to the music and even the food, KAABOO continues to set itself apart from the plethora of festivals that rise up each and every single year.
So what makes KAABOO so different from the rest? Perhaps it’s not about being different, but about getting it right from the very start. There are plenty of art and music centered festivals across the nation, but few do it as well and as organized as KAABOO.
Here are just four reasons to check out this festival. And if you’re thinking it’s too late to fit into your festival-season budget, have no fear. KAABOO understands and has your back. This year the festival unveiled its layaway plan that will not only get you to the festival, but allow you to pay it off next year. Yes, next year! With a plan like that, there’s no excuse to skip this festival this year.
Not enough for you? Let AXS give you four more reasons to check them out in September.
1. The comedy is top notch
Many festivals offer comedy acts as a reprieve from the music scene at a festival. The acts are great, people laugh and the atmosphere is energized on account of it. So what makes KAABOO different? Again, it simply comes down to how “right” this lineup is.
From Nick Offerman, who's coming off of a recent triumphant turn as the father and one half of the duo in "Hearts Beat Loud," to the forever hilarious Craig Ferguson, this year's lineup is absolutely stellar. Literally. These top-ranked comedians join a lineup also featuring Sarah Silverman and Craig Robinson. The pure talent in these names speaks to itself as to how rewarding this festival weekend will really be, and it will definitely make people pause and have to make some hard decisions between watching equally stellar music artists.
2. KAABOO boasts the largest indoor art gallery in Southern California
The Del Mar Fairgrounds, which plays host to KAABOO, also plays host to Southern California’s largest contemporary art fair. Artwork is an indoor area which will once again host artists work from all over. Festival-goers will be able to walk through the area not only admiring, but purchasing pieces for homes, offices and more.
In addition, as festivals have become a place known for artists to show off their work, KAABOO will take it a step further by having live mural paintings and installations going on during the festival. Come on the first day to check out various artists in action and don't leave on the last day before taking a peek again. These live art shows will display the process, prowess and pure talent of individuals who have given their lives to the world of art. Enjoy and be amazed by all that's on display.
3. The location makes it perfect for more than a weekend festival
For those who have never traveled to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the coastal locale allows for cool ocean breezes that will energize and move fans throughout the day and well into the night. With close proximity to San Diego itself, why not make it an extended vacation and enjoy the beauty of Balboa Park, the Maritime Museum and the Gas Lamp District?
For many who have never been to the beautiful Southern California beaches, San Diego offers some of the finest. Make this festival part of your vacation package and spend an extra day or two hitting the waves, the beaches and the vibrant nightlife after. Those sweet sounds from KAABOO will continue to energize you throughout your trip and will make for a vacation and festival experience without parallel.
4. The music, of course
Great locations, art and comedy can only be paired with great acts. KAABOO doesn’t hold back with Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Halsey (who has had a meteoric rise in the past year) and Imagine Dragons topping the bill.
Add to this first-rate group of performers the likes of Blondie, TLC, Earth, Wind & Fire, Incubus and you have a lineup that runs deep in genre as well as through the history of music. This is what festivals are known for, and this is what KAABOO does so "right." There will definitely be something for everyone to listen to as they enjoy those coastal breezes and rock out well into the night.
It's not too late to check out KAABOO and experience one of the best festivals not just on the coast, but of the season. So take a look at their site today, order up your tickets and let the only worry you have be about that perfect festival outfit you're going to wear.