California August Festivals

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August Festival California

August is one of California's finest months for festival celebrations. After July's Independence Day Celebrations it is no stretch to keep the momentum going. Among the fun events are a handful of zoo celebrations, as well as those listed below.

FREMONT: Festival of India Mela & Parade August 17-18, 2019 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Parade August 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
39439 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, CA
Free, fogsv.com
India Day Parade Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
More than 50 colorful floats and 100 cars with dignitaries celebrate the largest India Independence Day in U.S.
Music, dance and food, health fair, 250 booths and exhibits, Fashion 10 am to 6 pm. Over 150,000 people expected to attend.

IMPERIAL BEACH: Surf Dogs August 2019, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Imperial Beach Pier Plaza 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, 91932 Cost: Free surfdogevents.com At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, fearless dogs will jump on their boards and hang 20. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Humane Society. With a dog food garden (food and treat samples), beginners agility course, dog adoptions, vendor booths, off-leash play area, beer garden, and food trucks.

CAMARILLO: Wings Over Camarillo August 18-19, 2018. Location: 555 Airport Way Camarillo, California $20-up, wingsovercamarillo.com 

MENLO PARK: Downtown Block Party August 16, 2018, 5:30-8 p.m.
Santa Cruz Avenue. Free, menlopark.org

COPPEROPOLIS: Fabulous Friday August 17, 2018,  4-8 p.m.
Copperopolis Town Square, 100 Town Square Road, Copperopolis, CA 95228
Free, copperopolistownsquare.com
 This a family friendly Free event. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a day in the park with kids contests, music, games and more.

TEHACHAPI: Tehachapi Mountain Festival August 17-19, 2018. Location: Tehachapi, California tehachapimountainfestival.com 

VENTURA COUNTY: PRIDE Festival August 17-19, 2018
 vcpride.org

LONG BEACH: Long Beach BBQ Festival, August 17-19, 2018
Rainbow Lagoon Park
350 Shoreline Drive
longbeachbbqfestival.com
$12-15 admission, approx.

BREA: Brea Fest August 17, 2018, 6:30-10 p.m.
Free admission, cityofbrea.net
$3 Food & beverage ticket tastes
Civic and Cultural Center
Guests are invited to sample delicious food and beverages from over 30 area restaurants. Two bands, live music, and exhibition in the Gallery, demonstrating artists, live theater performances, balloon artist, magicians, Kidsville with face painting, a caricature artist, make-and-take crafts, and kid-friendly foods are included. Brea Fest admission and entertainment is free. Local restaurants donate food to this annual community event that celebrates Brea's Art Programs such as the Curtis Theatre, Brea Art Gallery, and Concerts in the Park.

SAND CITY: West End Celebration August 17-19, 2018
Ortiz & Hickory St. Sand City, CA westendcelebration.com

BAKERSFIELD: Ice Cream Zoofari at CALM Zoo August 18, 2018, 4:30 -7:30 p.m. $, calmzoo.org | zoos

SCOTTS VALLEY: Wine & Art Festival August 18-19, 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
svartfestival.com
Annual Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival Location: SkyPark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA. Admission: Free. Annual Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival invites you to enjoy fine art from nearly 100 artists, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment. The juried art show includes painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass art, sculpture, etching, digital works, textile art and more. Dog Day Sunday look-alike, costume & tricks Contest

HAYWARD: Zucchini Festival August 18-19, 2018

GUALALA: Art in the Redwoods Festival August 18-19, 2018
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala, CA
gualalaarts.org
 $ admission
Art in the Redwoods Festival, the most popular and largest North Coast art show in California. Artists and artisans are invited to show and sell their works and to compete for generous awards, which include cash prizes and ribbons.

SAN JOSE: Assyrian Food Festival August 18-19, 2018
Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Assyrian Church of the East
680 Minnesota Ave.
San Jose, CA
Free admission, assyrianfestival.com
Pastries, live music, dancing, arts and crafts, and children's activities.

BRIDGEVILLE: Bridgefest & Flying Saucer Contest August 18, 2018 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. UFOs, Aliens Welcome

COVELO: Round Valley Blackberry Festival August 18-19, 2018

BURLINGAME: Burlingame on the Avenue August 18-19, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Burlingame Ave. 1294 Burlingame Ave, approx, Downtown Burlingame, California burlingamechamber.org

ELK GROVE: Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa August 18-19, 2018 heivamaohi.com
People of the Pacific Festival yearly festival.
Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center
8350 Lotz Parkway
Elk Grove, CA
$10-15, heivamaohi.com

ANTIOCH: Nor-Cal Bus Fest Sunday August 19, 2018
Contra Costa County Fairgrounds (enter main entrance)
1201 West 10th St, Antioch, CA
$10, norcalbusfest.com
Display and swap event, open to ALL Volkswagen buses and trucks, regardless of year, model or condition. Held on the tree-shaded lawns of the fairgrounds, this event will feature the full range of Type II's, from Barndoors to Eurovans and everything in between. Kids area, music and photo ops.

SANTA CRUZ: Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival August 19, 2018, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Municipal Wharf
Beach Street and Pacific Avenue
Free, cityofsantacruz.com
Exciting outrigger canoe races, food, fresh flower leis, shave ice, and dance performances

COSTA MESA: OC Night Market August 24-26, 2018 OC Fairgrounds - Costa Mesa, CA | $5 admission, $8 parking | ocfair.com | ocnightmarket.com | Friday & Saturday 4 p.m.-midnight | Sunday  4-11 p.m.

DOWNIEVILLE: Forest City Fall Doins August 24-26, 2018
downie1849.com
Beer (big & little slipperies flow throughout the event,) sittin' in the shade, walkin in the sun with the widder parade or clamparade, bringin a hound dog, strollin in the street, and gettin something to eat. Sierra County is located in the heart of the northern section of the Sierra Nevada. It remains today much as it was over 100 years ago when the gold-seeking argonauts worked the rivers and mountains in search of their fortune in gold. The rivers run free and the forests and meadows wrap their beauty around mountains that defy contemporary development

WINTERS: Earthquake Festival. August 24, 2018. It's Our Fault and We're Proud of It! Main Street between Railroad Avenue and First Street The Winters Earthquake Festival is a family event commemorating the rise of the City of Winters from a devastating local earthquake in 1892.

CULVER CITY: Fiesta La Ballona August 24-26, 2018
culvercity.org | fiestalaballona.org
Culver City's annual summer celebration is a Party in the Park! Come enjoy a fun-filled day of carnival rides, tasty treats, live entertainment, and much more! Location: Veterans Park, 4117 Overland Avenue Cost: No cost for entrance; Rides, food, & other amusements cost extra.

LAKE ALMANOR / CHESTER: Grebe Festival August 24-26, 2018
Plumas Audubon Society
plumasaudubon.org
Most fieldtrips and activities meet at the Almanor Recreation Center (ARC) at 400 Meadowbrook Loop, Chester CA 96020, located next door to Almanor Rec and Parks District office. Event includes walks, boat tours and interactive learning and observation opportunities in one of the richest locations in California for watching grebes.

VENTURA: Spencer Makenzie's   End of Summer Block Party and Throw Down August 24-26, 2018
Corn hole tournament and freeplay, accompanied by a DJ with food and drink available for purchase. Lawn chairs OK. Location: Spencer Makenzie's Fish Co., located at 806 East Thompson Blvd, Ventura CA, spencermakenzies.com 

ROHNERT PARK: Annual Pacific Islanders Festival August 25, 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rohnert Park City Center Plaza
475 City Center Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA
Free admission, rpwarriors.org
Authentic Polynesian cuisine, special food items from all over the South Pacific, amazing entertainment, fabulous music and cultural activities. Lots of vendors offering Polynesian artifact merchandise, clothing, etc. Hosted by Rohnert Park Youth Football and Cheer Organization.

GROVER BEACH: Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire August 25-26, 2018
 aggbchamber.com
Headliner band: English Beat
Ramona Garden Park and surrounding streets in Grover Beach
The Annual Stone Soup Music Festival and Street Faire is designed to celebrate diversity though music, food, arts and crafts. World class musicians performing on two stages, Dune Run-Run 5 /10k on Saturday. The Mardi Paws parade takes place at noon on Sunday. Dog owners are encouraged to dress their canine companions for a walking parade that snakes around the vendor footprint. All entries receive a participation ribbon and prizes are given for Best Dressed, Most Original, Most Colorful and Dog/Owner Look-alike.

SANTA CRUZ: Tequila & Taco Music Festival August 25-26, 2018 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
$10-60, tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com
Ticket holders have access to Food Vendors, Craft Beer, Margarita Booths, and Live Music, Tequila Sampling

NAPA: Blues, Brews & BBQs August 25, 2018, 12-6 p.m.
Free admission, donapa.com
Three musical stages, 30 micro-brewed beers, and lots of BBQ. BBQ chicken, pork, oysters, shrimp and corn. Vintage Blond and Farm House Red from Blue Moon, Lagunitas, New Belgium, New Castle, Anchor and more surprise brews you haven't tasted before. Beers may be individually purchased by adults 21 and over. Beer Garden, The Bounty Hunter Rib Eatin contest, Kid's Area bounce houses, face painting and airbrush tattoos. Entertainment Line-Up: Brad Wilson & The Rollin' Blues Thunder | The Terry Hanck Band | The Aki Kumar Blus Band | John Blues Boyd | Frankie G & The Conviction | Tri Tip Trio | Andre Thierry

ROHNERT PARK: Pacific Islander Festival August 25, 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rohnert Park City Center Plaza
475 City Center Plaza
Rohnert Park, CA
rpwarriors.com
Free
Great music and dancing all day. Enjoy Food, hula, entertainment, activities, vendors, raffles and silent auctions. Food ranges from Polynesian cuisine (teriyaki beef and chicken plates, Kahlua pork to Samoan pagipopo & panikeke, chop sui, etc. and diverse offerings. Plenty of vendors selling the best merchandise from the islands!

OAKLAND: Chinatown Streetfest August 25-26, 2018 Downtown Oakland in Chinatown, Oakland, CA. Time: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily. oaklandchinatownstreetfest.com

SAN JOSE: Silicon Valley Pride August 25-26, 2018
Trans & Friends Rally Saturday 4:30-6 p.m.
Night Festival Saturday 6-11 p.m. Cesar Chavez Park
Parade Sunday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Market Street, San Jose, CA.
Day Festival Sunday 12-6 p.m.
$5 festival admission, svpride.com

BODEGA: Seafood, Art and Wine Festival August 25-26, 2018
Bodega, CA 

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Spirits Festival August 25-26, 2018
Port Pavilion Broadway Pier, San Diego, CA.
$55-up, sandiegospiritsfestival.com

PALO ALTO: Festival of the Arts August 25-26, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
University Avenue, between High and Webster
Free admission, mlaproductions.com

GARDEN GROVE: Elvis Festival August 26, 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 18th Annual Elvis Festival returns to Historic Main Street in Garden Grove for an all-day tribute to Elvis Presley. Line up: . Held in conjunction with the Local Harvest Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use the address of 12911 Main Street, Garden Grove elvisfestival@yahoo.com or call (714) 267-4657

ROCKLIN: Woofstock Celebration August 26, 2018, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Johnson - Springview Park
5460 5th St. 
Rocklin, CA
rocklin.ca.us/
This free event is geared towards canine enthusiasts. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, costume parade, food trucks, dog races, live music, a doggy activity park, a grateful dog 5K walk, vendors and a donation drive to benefit area canine rescue groups! Come see groovy surprises in store for you at 10th Anniversary of Woofstock!

SANTA BARBARA: Aloha Spirit Bash August 27, 2019 returning after hiatus.  Annual festival of Polynesian music, dance, food & beverages takes place in Elings Park.   $, AlohaSpiritBash.org

OAKDALE: Taste of Oakdale Taste of Oakdale August 28, 2018
Gene Bianchi Community Center, Oakdale, CA
oakdalechamber.com

Past events

SANTA BARBARA: Old Spanish Days Fiesta August 1-5, 2018 oldspanishdays-fiesta.org

BIG BEAR CITY: Big Bear City Renaissance Faire July 14-August 5, 2018
Big Bear City Renaissance Faire -- The shire of The Enchanted Shire recreating Renaissance (circa 1558-1603). Located in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, an exciting atmosphere of a 16th Century Renaissance

YUCAIPA: Old West Days August 3-5, 2018
Old West Days & Chuck Wagon Super Show. Experience 19th century American West with historical demonstrations, frontier crafts, old time music jam sessions, and cowboy encampments. Daytime admission is FREE, losriosrancho.com

YUBA CITY: Yuba-Sutter Fair August 2-5, 2018
Location: Yuba City, CA.
$8-up, ysfair.com
Jam-packed with fun, event includes grandstrand shows for additional price. Thurs., Aug. 3: 4:30 PM - 11:00 P.M. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 4-6: 1:00 P.M. - Midnight (No Admissions after 10:00 P.M. each day!

LASSEN: Lassen Volcanic NP Dark Sky Festival August 3-4, 2018 Join park rangers, astronomers, and planetary geologists in celebrating all that is out of this world during Lassen's Dark Sky Festival. Special programs, presentations, hikes, and Junior Ranger Night Explorer activities will be offered during the festival.

RIO DEL: Wildwood Days August 2-4, 2019
Locations vary
riodellscotiachamber.org
wildwooddays.org
Admission to most events is free

LA HABRA: Corn Festival, August 3-5, 2018 lahabracornfestival.com

SAN DIEGO: Latin American Festival Mata Ortiz Pottery Market August 3-5, 2018
Bazaar del Mundo San Diego, CA. bazaardelmundo.com

EUREKA: Sequoia Park Zoo's Zootini August 4, 2018, 5-10 p.m. $100, sequoiaParkZoo.net Signature Cocktails / Souvenir Glass, Sample Hors d'oeuvres

SAN FRANCISCO: Nihonmachi Asian Street Fair August 4-5, 2018
Nihonmachi Street Fair features Asian artisans, performers, food, a muscle-car show and a children's area. Location: Japantown. Cost: Free. nihonmachistreetfair.org

FREMONT: Fremont Festival of the Arts August 4-5, 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Downtown Fremont
Fremont, CA
Free admission
fremontfestival.net
The Fremont Festival of the Arts is California's Premiere Art, Wine & Music Festival and largest street festival west of the Mississippi with over 600 artisan booths.

WALNUT CREEK: Contra Costa Crystal Fair August 4-5, 2018 Civic Park Community Center
1375 Civic Drive
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$12 | under 12 free, crystalfair
(415) 383-7837
30+ vendors sell gems, jewelry, crystals beads, and metaphysical healing tools

CHESTER: Almanor Art Show, August 4-5, 2018
Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Collins Pine Lawn on Highway 36, in Chester Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm The annual Almanor Art Show takes place Saturday & Sunday. Admission to the event is free. plumasarts.org

SANTA CRUZ: Church Street Fair August 4-5, 2018, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Free, cabrillomusic.org
This quintessential summertime street fair reflects the best of the arts in Santa Cruz with free live music and dance performances, local art and food vendors, wine tasting, and fun children's activities. The Church Street Fair is held in front of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for two full days of fun each August!

CHULA VISTA: Lemon Festival August 5, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

VENICE: Festival of Chariots August 4, 2019 Parade to Venice Beach: The Festival of the Chariots starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and proceeds south on Main Street, with three fully decorated four-story tall chariots leading a colorful parade toward the Ocean Front Walk Plaza at Venice Beach. Free admission festivalofchariots.com

NOVATO: Space Festival August 5, 2018, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Space Station Museum
464 Ignacio Blvd.
Novato, CA
Free, thespacestationca.org/NovatoSpaceFestival.shtml
Meet astronauts, see lunar module and lunar rover replicas, view a real space suit, and explore airplane and rocket exhibits at the Novato Space Festival at Free.The Space Station Museum Presents 2018 Novato Space Festival Meet Legendary Astronauts & Experience Many Interactive Exhibits Sunday, August 5, 2018 10 Am To 4 Pm (Early Entry At 9:30 Am For Families With Children 12 & Under) Admission & Parking Are Free! Pacheco Plaza - 464 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, Ca. thespacestationca.Org (415) 524-3940 Al Worden Apollo 15 Dan Bursch Shuttle & Iss Steve Smith Space Shuttle Greg 'Box' Johnson Space Shuttle Yvonne Cagle Space Shuttle Novato's Own Astronaut Ed Rezac Nasa Engineer Photo Credit: Nasa William Anders, Apollo 8, 1968 'Earthrise' Rhea Seddon Space Shuttle Robert 'Hoot' Gibson Space Shuttle Also Appearing Jill Tarter SETI Institute NASA Flight Surgeon. Astronauts ONLY autography their books for sale. Meeting, asking questions and photos with the astronauts are encouraged!

HOMEWOOD: Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance August 10-11, 2018 Obexer's Boat Co., Homewood, CA Ticket: $25-$30; 2-day $35-$40, laketahoeconcours.com

SACRAMENTO: Banana Festival August 11-12, 2018
William Land Park, $fee

SAN DIEGO: Heiva San Diego-Solo Ori Tahiti Dance Competition August 11-12, 2018
heivasandiego.com
Reva Tahiti Productions
$fee, heivasandiego.com

SAN MATEO: San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival August 11-12, 2018 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
Free admission, $15 parking, pica-org.org
Polynesian Festivals

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Huck Finn Fishing Derby August 11, 2018, 9:15 a.m.- Noon
Huntington Beach Pier
Pacific Coast Highway & Main St.
Huntington Beach, CA
Free for ages up to 15 years
hbsands.org

POMONA: Reptile Super Show August 11-12, 2018. 
Fairplex Los Angeles County Fairgrounds
1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, Ca
$, fairplex.com
World's Largest Reptile Show and Sale is open to the public. Over 50,000 sq.ft. of reptile, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more.

LOS ANGELES: Nisei Week August 11-19, 2018
Held at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 niseiweek.org

BENICIA: Benicia Peddler's Fair August 11, 2018, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
beniciapeddlersfair.org
300 Vendors, Benicia Restaurants, Unique Stores on First St
Address: First Street from J to the waterfront, Benicia, CA

SEBASTOPOL: Gravenstein Apple Fair August 11-12, 2018 Location: Sebastopol, CA

SUTTER CREEK: Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival August 10-12, 2018 suttercreekragtime.com | music festivals

SAN FRANCISCO: Pistahan Festival August 10-11, 2019, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parade August 10, 2019, 11 a.m. Civic Center, Market Street to 4th St.
Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. & Yerba Buena Lane,
San Francisco, CA
Free, pistahan.net
Features Giant Human Philippines Flag, made up of the next generation of FilAm leaders. Festival held at Yerba Buena Gardens. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the the two-day event attracts more than 75,000 people each day. Admission is free and fun for the entire family!

SAN DIEGO: Artwalk Liberty Station August 11-12, 2018
NTC Liberty Station - San Diego, CA
artwalksandiego.org
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Family-fun festival featuring Arts & Crafts with special section for juried, handcrafted fine arts & crafts, Gourmet Food Booths with mushroom inspired dishes, Chef Demonstrations, Mushroom Display and Exhibit; Entertainment including street performers and strolling musicians, 2 stages of live entertainment, Wine & Beer Gardens with premium local wines and a variety of microbrews & domestic beers, MunchkinLand for the Kids with rides & games.

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA: The San Juan Bautista Antique & Collectibles Fair August 12, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Antique and collectible vendors, non-profit booths, an antique appraiser, food booths. and music.
Location: The Historic City of San Juan Bautista, CA
rotarysanjuanbautista.com

CARDIFF: Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival August 12, 2018, 12-6 p.m.
Encinitas Community Park
425 Santa Fe Dr.
Beer & wine garden, food trucks, Dog Contests such as Cutest Puppy, Best Looking Big Dog, Best Looking Small Dog, Best Kisser, Best Dressed and Dog/Owner Look-A-Like. 
encinitasca.org

ALAMEDA: Paracon Conference August 12-13, 2017
USS Hornet again hosts the unique event exploring anomalous phenomena.

LA HABRA: Turtle and Tortoise Show octortoisecttc.org

Salida Town and Country Parade and Festival Broadway, Salida, CA

CERES: Smoke on the River BBQ Challenge River Oaks Golf Course & Event Center, Ceres, CA

BIG BEAR LAKE: Art on the Lake
Marina Resort bigbearartscouncil.org

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons Festival

IDYLLWILD: Butterfly Days
Idyllwild Nature Center

TORRANCE: Siale Festival

ARNOLD: Calaveras Big Trees State Park Day in the Park August 19, 2017, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hosted by Calaveras Big Trees Association
parks.ca.gov

SAN DIEGO: Little Italy Ferragosto littleitalysd.com

LOS ANGELES: Western Music Association Showcase Sunday, August 20, 2017, Noon-3 p.m.
Join musicians and cowboy poets as they perform stories and songs of the romantic Old West, contemporary music of the American West, and songs of the open range and the American cowboy. Held most 3rd Sundays of the month. Hosted by the California Chapter of the Western Music Association. theautry.org

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