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California Home & Garden Shows

TOURS, EVENTS, FUNDRAISERS, FESTIVALS

Californians own some of the priciest homes in the nation, but there is also charm in small, unique properties such as Sausalito Floating Homes, on view once a year in a home tour. With more than 100 home tours offered as special events, there's no shortage of opportunities to step inside and see what makes a house a home. Many of the home tours features gardens worth seeing as integral elements of the experience, but there are also many  tours where you stay outdoors viewing the property grounds at California Garden Tours.

April

JACKSON: Historic Homes Tour  April 18, 2020
5 Historic Sites - 5 Beautiful Homes
$25-up, amador-ca.aauw.net

UPLAND: Upland Heritage Vintage Home Tour TBA
 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$, uplandheritage.org
City of Upland Vintage Home Tour is self-guided and guests will drive to each home using provided maps and addresses.

PIEDMONT: Heart of the Home Tour April 27-28, 2018
Info may change:
 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$45-62, wehelpkids.org
Receive a Tour Book for self-guided Tour of beautiful homes in Piedmont and Oakland Hills where you may view many of the rooms as well as the gardens. Event benefits at-risk children.

SANTA ANA: Floral Park Home & Garden Tour April 28-29, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Main entrance at the corner of Victoria Dr. and Santa Clara
Santa Ana, CA
$30-35, floralpark.com | floralparkhometour.com
The neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in north Santa Ana feature gardens to tour, a water-wise sidewalk tour, garden expert talks and demonstrations, vintage cars, vendors and food trucks. Over 200 neighborhood homes are listed on the Santa Ana Register of Historic Properties. Since the first Home & Garden Tour in 1993, more than 200 homes and gardens in Floral Park have been open to visitors.

HEALDSBURG: Sonoma County Living Day Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Day Tours:  2018  February 16 | March 9 | April 20 | May 25 | June 28
sonomalivingtour.com, $

NAPA: Kitchens in the Vineyards April 27-28, 2018.
$70 kitchens home tour Apr.28, 2018 | $275 preview party Apr.27, 2018, musicinthevineyards.org
Held in the heart of Napa Valley's wine country kitchens open their doors for the annual Kitchens in the Vineyards Home & Garden Tour, a self-guided home tour benefiting Music in the Vineyards. The one-of-a-kind tour features kitchens, dining rooms, entertainment areas and gardens, all enhanced by professional, springtime floral designs and table settings. Visitors enjoy scrumptious tastings offered by local, notable chefs and meet cookbook authors available to autograph books

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Decorator Showcase April 28 - May 28, 2018
465 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA
Cost: $40, $35 senior
decoratorshowcase.org
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday and Memorial Day 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sophisticated three-level home built in 1930, transformed by top interior and landscape designers into the premier West Coast showcase event.

May

MONROVIA: Historic Home Tours May 5, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
37th Historic Homes Tour presented by The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group features six of the city's First Houses built before the end of 1887. Also open for viewing will be the Monrovia Historical Museum and the Anderson House Museum.  Ticket sold  at Monrovia Chamber of Commerce (620 S. Myrtle Ave), Dollmakers' Kattywompus (412 S. Myrtle Ave) or Foothill Gym (202 S. Myrtle Ave). Vintage "horseless carriages" will roam the streets of Monrovia, ushering in memories of time long past but alive for this special day. Docents will be stationed within each home to share stories, anecdotes, and architectural details of these "Gems of Monrovia." Popcorn will be provided by Podley Properties and cookies by the Rivanis Baking Company, gratis of course. In 2017 the Monrovia Legacy Project identified 67 homes still standing that were built before the end of 1887. MOHPG decided to recognize these homes with a special plaque. Consent was obtained from 44 of the homeowners, and the plaques are up! Most have the year 1887 but there is one 1884, one 1885, and two 1886 plaques. So as you take your daily stroll up and down the streets of Monrovia, keep an eye out for one of these plaques on our oldest houses. The plaques measure 8" x 6" and are easy to spot from the sidewalk.  mohpg.org

TUSTIN: Old Town Tustin Promenade Home & Garden Tour May 5, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
tustinhistory.com
Enjoy a stroll through old Tustin viewing how select owners have turned vintage homes and gardens into modern day living spaces while maintaining the charm of yesteryear. Each home has a unique story, interesting decor and artifacts collected by the owners. Several gardens are also included, with refreshments provided while tour guests enjoy the unique landscapes each garden provides. Also on display in several areas around Old Town will be vintage and antique cars, quilts and crafts available for purchase.
Info may change:
Cost: $20-30

SANTA CLARA - SILICON VALLEY: Silicon Valley Home Tour  May 5, 2018, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
AIA Santa Clara Valley Home Tour by architects. aiascv.org

WILLOW GLEN: Willow Glen Home Tour May 5-6, 2018 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$40, willowglenhometour.com
A 35+ year San Jose tradition, the self-guided Willow Glen Lifestyles Home Tour showcases five beautiful homes with exceptional architecture and design. At one designated garden home you will be able to: enjoy beverages and refreshments in a garden setting, mingle over wine tasting and purchase gifts from local vendors at a boutique.

BERKELEY: Berkeley Architectural Heritage Spring House Tour May 6, 2018
berkeleyheritage.com
Info may change:
1-5 p.m.
$45
Tour map, illustrated guidebook & refreshments provided 
Featuring open houses designed by renowned architects

HEALDSBURG: AAUW Healdsburg Homes Tour May 6, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
healdsburg-ca.aauw.net
Classic Healdsburg homes as well as contemporary designer homes.
Info may change:
$35 - $40

GILROY: Impressions Home and Garden Tour and Boutique May 11-12, 2018
Info may change:
$30, gilroyassistanceleague.org
Strolling Tour through the heart of Gilroy featuring five distinctive homes in the 13th annual tour.

GUALALA: Soroptimists International of Mendocino-Sonoma Coast Architectural Tour May 12, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Take a self-guided tour of several of the Mendonoma Coast architecturally-unique homes. Docents and the architect, designer, and/or builder on location at each home. Gualala Arts Center hosts wine tasting and a silent auction 3-5:30 p.m. $60-65, si-msc.org

ESCONDIDO: Mothers Day Home Tour May 13, 2018
This info may change:
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$25-30, oldescondido.org
Multiple homes open to the public and refreshments served in a  garden setting. Presented by Old Escondido Historic District.

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour May 16, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tickets: $85-up, newportharborhometour.com
Tour six beautiful homes in the Newport Harbor area, ticket includes morning reception and yacht tour, luncheon, afternoon reception and a boutique with over 20 vendors overlooking the Newport Harbor. Tickets go on sale in March, this is a sell out event.

LAFAYETTE: Kitchen Tour is on May 19, 2018
Info may change:
10 a.m.
$40-55, lafayettejuniors.org
18th Annual Kitchen Tour features six beautiful and distinctive kitchens in Lafayette. Lunch may be purchased with your ticket.

BEVERLY HILLS: Friends of Robinson Gardens May 19, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 550-2068
$250-500, robinsongardens.org
Annual Into the Garden benefit includes tours of Virginia Robinson estate in Beverly Hills, lunch and a fashion show.

CARMEL: The Robinson Jeffers Tor House Tours Fridays & Saturdays
torhouse.org

September

LAKE ARROWHEAD: Annual Lake Arrowhead Home Tour September 21, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
View beautiful homes in Lake Arrowhead. $75, lakearrowheadchamber.com

HEALDSBURG: Sonoma County Living - the Best of Healdsburg Tour September 13, 2017
sonomalivingtour.com, $250-up

SAUSALITO: Floating Homes Tour  usually in September 14, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
$50-55, floatinghomes.org/tour/tour-info/ 
Self-guided tour of the amazing, often historic, floating homes of the bay. Buy tickets as soon as you can!

October

CLAREMONT: Claremont Home Tour and Fall Festival October 13, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$35-40 approx., claremontheritage.org

EUREKA: Eureka Heritage Society Home Tour
 eurekaheritage.org

LONG BEACH - Cal Heights Home & Garden Tour October 6, 2019
$, calheights.org
Cal Heights Neighborhood Association.

AVALON: Avalon Home Tour October 20, 2018, 1-5 p.m.
$60, cimcfoundation.org
5 of the most unique homes on our distinctive and colorful island. In addition to touring five homes, you will also enjoy a welcome reception with light refreshments. This year's tour features one of the oldest structures on the island, a boat that was converted into a home in the 1920's. Also featured is a hidden wine cellar which was painstakingly dug into the mountainside by the owners over the course of several years.

ORANGE: Sip, Sample Savor October 21, 2017, 3-6 p.m. 
Old Towne Preservation Association
$75, otpa.org

CORONA DEL MAR: Home Tour October 22, 2019, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$, cdmhometour.com
Often includes a light breakfast, lunch, afternoon reception, and several beautiful homes to tour.

PASADENA: Craftsman Weekend November 1-3, 2019
$20-up approx., pasadenaheritage.org/craftsmanweekend
Pasadena Heritage Annual Craftsman Weekend is the largest and most comprehensive salute to the Arts & Crafts Movement in the Western United States. Tour significant Craftsman-era houses, sign up for bus and walking tours,  exhibitors featuring antique and contemporary furniture and decorative arts,  receptions at historic sites. Prices vary.

November

 REDDING: Home Tour & Art Show November 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tickets $20 approx., aauwredding.org
Annual Home Tour & Art Show held the first Saturday in November features unusual, unique, Redding area homes as well as enjoy an art show featuring the work of local artists.

TEMECULA: Annual Temecula Valley Woman's Club Holiday Home Tour November 11-12, 2017
Tickets: tvwc.com

December TBA

FRESNO: The Annual Fresno High Neighborhood Holiday Home Tour  December  6-9 p.m.
fresnohighhometour.com

OCEANSIDE - Holiday Home Tour and Gift Boutique December 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$20, gift boutique admission is free. meet your Oceanside neighbors, Tour premier homes decked out for the holidays, engage with community leaders, and enjoy some holiday shopping and entertainment! ci.oceanside.ca.us

OXNARD: Historic Home Tour Christmas Lights 24th Annual Christmas Tree Lane
Nightly displays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., F & G Streets between 5th & Palm. Stroll or drive through one of Ventura County's largest holiday light displays in the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. Residents provide all holiday decorations and lighting. Visit oxnarddowntowners.org for Holly Trolley Tour information.
Free annual outdoor stroll and drive event to see holiday lights throughout the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. OxnardHistoricDistrict.com

PETALUMA Heritage Homes Holiday Parlors Tour December
heritagepetaluma.org

SACRAMENTO Holiday Home Tour Early December
sacredhearthometour.com

SANTA CLARA - Historic Home Tour December , Time: 6-10 p.m. Friday | 12 Noon - 5 p. m. Saturday. $20-35. sc-hometour.com

SEBASTOPOL - Holiday Home Tour December . $30-45
sebastopolholidayhometour.weebly.com

February - March 2018

PALM SPRINGS: Modernism Week  modernismweek.com

PASADENA: Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour
$45-$48, pasadenaheritage.org/springtour | eventbrite.com
Drive-yourself tour featuring hyper-contemporary and experimental home designs, many of which overlook the Arroyo. From Mid-Century post-and-beam to late modern glass-and-steel wonders, this year's home tour will visit homes that clearly demonstrate the beauty of indoor-outdoor living blended seamlessly together. A lecture and documentary screening by author Kelly Comras: "Ruth Shellhorn, Mid-Century Landscape Architect," and a book-signing to follow the talk and film. Ruth Shellhorn is known for her work on the Bullock's department stores and the original design of Disneyland. 

SAN DIEGO: San Diego North County Adobe Home Tour
$25-30, adobehometour.com
The Adobe Home Tour benefits the Escondido History Center.

LOS ANGELES: Tours vary throughout the year   aialosangeles.org

MAY

RIVERSIDE: Vintage Home Tour and Restoration Faire May 20, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 2018 TBA
Tickets: oldriverside.org
The annual event is held in May on the Saturday following Mother's Day. In addition to the opportunity to tour some of Riverside's beautiful vintage homes, the Restoration Faire features a tour of the Old Riverside Foundation's restored headquarters -- the Peter J. Weber House -- and a host of booths featuring antiques, crafts, restoration services, and salvage items for your home and garden.

LAGUNA BEACH: The Village Laguna Charm House Tour May 21, 2017, 12 Noon-5 p.m. 2018 TBA
$50-60 approx., villagelaguna.org/charm-house-tour/
Annual celebration of Laguna Beach, presenting 5-6 homes of beauty and originality. 45th Annual Charm House Tour supports protecting the village atmosphere of Laguna Beach. 
Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA

JUNE - JULY

LONG BEACH: Great Homes of Long Beach Tour June 3, 2018
Historical Architecture lbheritage.org

SAN DIEGO: Old House Fair. The Old House Fair June
Free day-long festival. Bring friends and family to enjoy festivities galore. Cost: Tours include free walking tours, a 1-hour Trolley Tour, and the popular Historic Home Tour $25. Tickets for the Trolley Tour $5 available day of the event.   theoldhousefairsd.com

SANTA BARBARA - Pearl Chase Society Tour   pearlchasesociety.org

LONG BEACH: Long Beach Home Tour 
thesteelmagnolias.org

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party 
windsorsquarehancockpark.com
includes stops in Brookside, Hancock Park and Windsor Square.

CORONA -Vintage Home Tour. Offered by Corona Historic Preservation Society, corona-history.org

AUGUST

HEALDSBURG: Sonoma County Living - the Best of Healdsburg Tour August 9, 2017
sonomalivingtour.com, $250-up

SAN FRANCISCO: AIA San Francisco San Francisco Living: Home Tours program Taking place during the Architecture and the City festival, San Francisco Living will feature 10 unique urban residences that showcase a variety of architectural styles. aiasf.org/programs/home-tours/

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