Festival Recap: Cali Vibes Fest 2024 - Local Wolves


Marina Green Park in Long Beach, CA — February 16-18, 2024

The rhythmic beats of the drums, the pulsating basslines, and the soulful melodies floating through the air– it was finally time to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Cali Vibes Festival. Set against the backdrop of Marina Green Park, overlooking the water in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, this annual celebration brings together music enthusiasts from all walks of life to revel in the rich cultural tapestry of reggae, ska, dancehall, and hip hop music.

Annually, Marina Green Park transforms into a mecca of musical bliss as the festival unfolds. With sprawling green fields, a soft ocean breeze, and a canopy of blue skies overhead, attendees find themselves in a picturesque setting that perfectly complements the laid-back vibes of reggae music. Colorful stalls line the pathways, offering everything from delicious Caribbean cuisine to artisanal crafts, enhancing the overall sensory experience.

The festival takes it upon itself, year after year, to bring together a diversely talented lineup, mixing well known local and international artists. The lineup consists of incredible artists like Sublime, Rebelution, Damian Jr and Stephen Marley, Stick Figure, Soja and Tribal Seeds graced the multiple stages of this festival. This year though, it also boasted a large group of 90’s nostalgic artists– such as Ice Cube, Shaggy, Sean Paul, and Gwen Stefani. The diversity of artists ensures there’s something for everyone, whether you’re grooving to roots reggae, dancehall, or dub.

At its core, Cali Vibes Fest embodies the spirit of unity and inclusivity that defines reggae music. As strangers become friends and barriers dissolve amidst the infectious rhythms, the festival becomes a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds. Whether you’re dancing barefoot in the grass or sharing a meal with newfound friends, the sense of camaraderie is palpable, reminding us of the universal language of music. As the sun sets on another unforgettable day at Cali Vibes, the echoes of reggae music linger in the air, leaving behind memories that will last a lifetime. In a world often filled with chaos and division, events like this remind us of the power of music to unite, inspire, and uplift.

Words & Photography: Ana Oquendo

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