Category Archives: Festivals

Burney Basin Days

Burney Basin

Held in the hills above Redding in the mountain town of Burney. The impressive volcanic Lassen forests, with small town events like Burney Basin Days draws tourists from near & far.

Parade, fireworks, craft fair, breakfast and lunch, car show, bed races, horseshoe throwing competition and a cornhole tournament. Plenty of great camping all around this location. The few local motels fill up fast during summer months.

Annual event; July

530-335-2111

BURNEY CA

burneychamber.com

Chamber members display 2017 Burney Basin Days TiShirts

Burney Falls
Burney Falls is a popular California State Park.

Aloha Festival

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Bay Area Aloha Festival

Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer talents in music & dance during this 2-day festival of arts. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and games for the kids! Located at the San Mateo County Event Center.

Annual event; August

San Mateo, CA

pica-org.org

 

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Abbot Kinney Festival

ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL 2011 (09.24.11)

Abbot Kinney Festival
Venice Beach Street Fair

35 years running, held each year on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, in between Main Street and Venice Boulevard. Promotes the vibrant creativity that makes the funky community of Venice Beach so unique. The long running street festival is best known for an array of local artisan crafts, live music, DJs, good food and entertainment. Activities and areas are designed to complement the eclectic, cutting-edge mix of over 100 boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, bookstores, design firms, coffee shops, clubs, salons, and much more along the famed bohemian-chic shopping district of Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Annual event; September
One day event
310-570-7059

Venice, CA

abbotkinney.org

 

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ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL 2011 (09.24.11)

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Asparagus Festival

Deep-fried Asparagus

Stockton Asparagus Festival
San Joaquin Asparagus Fest

A 3-day, multi-event, food, and entertainment festival, which celebrates asparagus. Live music, cooking, wine, beer, crafts. Bring your family and friends and enjoy Asparagus Alley, Deep Fried Asparagus & Asparagus Ice Cream, Craft Beer and a Wine Pavilion, Kids Zone with carnival rides and games, monster truck rides, vendors, and much more.

San Joaquin County Fairgrounds
1658 S Airport Way
Stockton, CA 95206

Annual event;  May
916-370-3647

visitstockton.org/events/san-joaquin-asparagus-festival

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Calico Festivals

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Festivals at Calico Ghost Town

If you find yourself traveling through the giant Mojave desert during the day, keep Calico Ghost Town in mind. Whether you are headed to Vegas or Utah, you can always take a “stretch break” from the freeway driving, to see the historic cemetery, grab a bite to eat or browse gift shops. Calico is an old, abandon, mining camp turned into a commercialized theme park – just a few exits after Barstow, on Interstate 15.

Numerous festivals are held annually at this historic silver mining camp in the desert.

FEBRUARY Calico’s California Days
educational displays about California’s history, games and contests for the entire family, live entertainment, a chuck wagon chili cook-off and more.

SEPTEMBER Calico Days
a weekend experience revisiting life in the Old West during the 1800s. We line up gun-fighting shows and musical entertainment along with other festivities, including a miner’s triathlon, burro race, costume contest, pie-eating contest and loads of activities for the kiddos.

OCTOBER Calico Ghost Haunt
trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, kids’ carnival tent, live entertainment stage shows, scare sets and haunted attractions; plus a Campsite Decorating Contest.

DECEMBER Holiday Fest
decorated for the holiday season, this iconic ghost town features dining, shopping and costumed characters, as well as live music

San Bernardino County, California

Calico Ghost Town Regional Park

36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, CA 92398
760-254-1123

Calico, CA

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Benicia Waterfront Festival

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3-day Waterfront Festival is held in Benicia California

Live musical entertainment, micro brew beers, a wine garden, specialty foods, & open-air marketplace. Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, arts & crafts marketplace, craft beers and premium wines, delectable gourmet foods, and kids’ activity area.

Annual event; July
707-745-9791

BENICIA CA

beniciamainstreet.org/benicia-events/annual

Benicia, California

Gold Rush Days

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Gold Rush Days
California Gold Country

Numerous locations hold historic themed street fairs, parades and festivals in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Gold Country Events

this list is only a partial list, and more will be added soon

Amador County Fair

Arnold Independence Day Parade

Calaveras County Fair

Calaveras Grape Stomp

Coloma Gold Rush Live

Coloma Lotus Celebration

Gold Country Fair

Grass Valley Cornish Christmas

Mark Twain Wild West Fest

Mariposa County Fair

Murphys Homecoming & Duck Races

Nevada City Constitution Day Parade

Old Auburn Country Christmas

Wagon Train Hangtown Days

NOTE: The Gold Rush Days in Old Town Sacramento is now called “Waterfront Days Old Sacramento

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Gold Country Historic Parks

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Gold Country Cities & Towns

58 counties
58 Counties in Calif

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Gold Country Rivers

listed alphabetically

Gold Country Forests

listed from north to south

Plumas National Forest
Tahoe National Forest
Eldorado National Forest
Stanislaus National Forest
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Sierra National Forest

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Avocado Festival in Carpinteria

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The Avo Fest, Carpinteria

Take a scenic drive and see the back roads near Lake Casitas, where numerous avocado orchards grace the hillsides. This coastal Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals within California; Three full days of fabulous food, terrific music, & family fun. Held in Carpinteria, just south of Santa Barbara, CA

Annual event; October
805-684-0038

CARPINTERIA CA

avofest.com

 

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Avocado Festival in Fallbrook

Avocado Festival

Fallbrook Avocado Festival, a one day celebration; Fantastic street fair featuring three hundred vendors, three areas with music, farmers market, art village, children’s events, and lots of guacamole!

NO PETS allowed in the festival areas.

Annual event; April
One day event
760-728-5845

FALLBROOK, CA

fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/avocado-festival

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Artichoke Festival

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Artichoke Festival

since 1959

also known as the
Castroville Artichoke Festival

Artichoke cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs, A bountiful farmer’s market with freshly harvested produce from Monterey County and beyond, An agricultural education exhibit, Live entertainment on two stages, Plenty of family-friendly fun activities

Artichokes prepared in some of your favorite ways, including the fan-favorite — fried baby artichokes! Plus, steamed, grilled, and in unique forms such as lumpia, burritos, sausage, cupcakes and even ice cream.

Artichoke eating and harvest contests, arts and crafts vendors, a family fun run on Sunday, and our ever popular wine tasting event, featuring the wines of small production, boutique wineries from around California.

Monterey County Fair & Event Center
2004 Fairground Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940

Annual event; June
888-808-7707

artichokefestival.org

 

58 counties

Apple Butter Festival

Loving this Apple Butter from Los Rios in Oak Glen CA - Happy Apple Month!

Oak Glen Apple Butter Festival

Yucaipa’s hidden secret – rural area of OAK GLEN, is a apple orchard canyon near the Inland Empire.

After the harvest is finished and the apples have all been picked from the trees – celebrate the coming winter with a historic festival that traces its roots back to the 16th century.

  • Public Apple Butter Making
  • Harvest Dinner and Dance
  • Historic Crafts
  • Children’s Games
  • Live Music
  • Wagon Rides
  • Merchant Vendors
  • Water Color Painting Class

Los Rios Ranch holds the annual Apple Butter Festival & Apple Butter Hoedown on Thanksgiving weekend.

Annual event: November

losriosrancho.com