"Arroyo Seco set a new standard for how easy festival-going should be here [Los Angeles]. It brought back fond memories of hitting shows at L.A. State Historic Park (itself also just off the Gold Line), but with all of Goldenvoice's crowd-control expertise and high-end catering. Just three stages, all easily walkable; plenty of green space and hills for lounging — these pleasures are ageless"
- August Brown, LA Times
"'This one’s from 1982,’ Petty said at one point, telling someone, ‘I know you weren’t there,’ then adding to another front row fan, ‘You, sir, however, were there.’ Maybe that’s a gag he pulls off every night, but it seemed especially well-suited to Arroyo Seco’s vision of creating a fest that’s all things to all ages while still being carefully curated."
- Chris Willman, Variety