A popular Central Coast music festival will be changing not only locations but also moving to a new weekend next year.
For years, the Live Oak Music Festival has taken place at Live Oak Camp in Santa Barbara County.
Organizers announced this week that the three-day festival will be moving back to El Chorro Regional Park, off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo, next year.
Some of the reasons for the move include reduced fire danger, improved water supply for dust control, improved infrastructure, grant support from the city, and more moderate temperatures, according to the announcement.
The festival is a major fundraiser for KCBX Public Radio. KCBX General Manager Frank Lanzone said, "While we know that Live Oak Camp in Santa Barbara County holds special memories for us all, and has been a beautiful oak-studded campground for the last 29 years, we also have to come to grips with the climate-related challenges of the past five years: drought, fires, heat, and dying trees. We are hopeful and optimistic that we, as the Live Oak Community, can create a new, amazing Live Oak Music Festival at El Chorro Regional Park."
Usually held over Father’s Day weekend, the 2019 event is planned for June 21 through June 23.
The Live Oak Music Festival originated at Biddle Regional Park in Arroyo Grande in 1989 before moving to Santa Barbara County.
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