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.
Lemon Festival July 31, 2021
CHULA VISTA: South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival Bayside August 21, 2021 Park
Chula Vista, CA
BENICIA: Benicia Peddler's
Fair August 14, 2021, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
300 Vendors, Benicia Restaurants, Unique Stores on First St
Address: First Street from J to the waterfront, Benicia, CA
SAN DIEGO: Artwalk Liberty Station August 7-8, 2021
NTC Liberty Station - San Diego, CA
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 and beer & wine garden
CARDIFF: Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival August 8, 2021, 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.
CAMARILLO: Wings Over Camarillo August 21-22, 2021 Location: 555 Airport Way Camarillo, California $25-up, wingsovercamarillo.com
TEHACHAPI: Tehachapi Mountain Festival August 20-22, 2021. Location: Tehachapi, California tehachapimountainfestival.com
GUALALA: Art in the Redwoods Festival August 19-22, 2021
Gualala Arts Center
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.
SCOTTS VALLEY: Wine & Art Festival August 21-22, 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SkyPark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA.
Annual Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival 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.
SAN JOSE: Assyrian Food Festival August 22-23, 2021
Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun. 11:30 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.
SAND CITY: West End Celebration August 28-29, 2021 Location: Ortiz & Hickory St. Sand City, CA westendcelebration.com
SANTA BARBARA: Old Spanish Days Fiesta August 4-8, 2021 sbfiesta.org
EUREKA: Sequoia Park Zoo's Zootini August 10, 2019, 5-10 p.m. $100, sequoiaParkZoo.net Signature Cocktails / Souvenir Glass, Sample Hors d'oeuvres no posted info 7/11/21
LOS ANGELES: Natsumatsuri Family Festival August 10, 2019, 11
a.m.-5 p.m. no posted info 7/11/21
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles California 90012
Free admission, janm.org
Taiko Demonstration | Obon Lecture and Community Dance | The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima Book Reading | Face Painting | Performance by Joyce Kwon gayageum player | Performances by Voices Carry | Ninja Mom and the Tengonis in the Tiki Book Reading | Illusions by Allen with a live rabbit and doves! | Kishin Daiko Performance | Summer Photo Booth | Ruthie’s Origami Corner | Paper Hats | Okinawan Treats saataa andaagii | Scavenger Hunt
HOMEWOOD: Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance August 12-13, 2022 Obexer's Boat Co., Homewood, CA Ticket: $25-$30; 2-day $35-$40, laketahoeconcours.com
WALNUT CREEK: Contra Costa Crystal Fair August 10-11, 2019
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
30+ vendors sell gems, jewelry, crystals beads, and metaphysical healing tools
LOS ANGELES: Nisei Week August 10-18, 2019. Festival on Aug.10-11 and Aug.17-18, 2019. Held at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) 244 S. San Pedro Street, niseiweek.org
Huck Finn Fishing Derby
10, 2019, 8
a.m.- Noon no posted info 7/11/21
Huntington Beach Pier
Pacific Coast Highway & Main St.
Huntington Beach, CA
Free for ages up to 15 years
Banana Festival August 10-11, 2019
William Land Park, $fee
POMONA: Reptile Super Show August 10-11, 2019
Fairplex Los Angeles County Fairgrounds
1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, Ca
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.
SAN FRANCISCO: Pistahan Festival August 14-15, 2021, 11 a.m.-5
p.m. Virtual in 2021
Parade Civic Center, Market Street to 4th St.
Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. & Yerba Buena Lane,
San Francisco, CA
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!
IMPERIAL BEACH: Surf Dogs August 10, 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.
SAN DIEGO: Heiva San Diego-Solo Ori Tahiti Dance Competition
August 13-15, 2021 Virtual event
Reva Tahiti Productions
SAN MATEO: San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival August 13-14,
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
Free admission, $ parking, pica-org.org
Nisei Week August 14, 2021 Virtual event
Held at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 niseiweek.org
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA: The San Juan Bautista
Antique & Collectibles Fair August 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. no posted info
Antique and collectible vendors, non-profit booths, an antique appraiser, food booths. and music.
Location: The Historic City of San Juan Bautista, CA
VENTURA COUNTY: PRIDE Festival August 16-18, 2019
BBQ Festival, August 19-21, 2022
Mile Square Park Sports Complext
BREA: Brea Fest August 16, 2019, 6:30-10 p.m. no info 7/11/21
Civic and Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle
Free admission, cityofbrea.net
$3 Food & beverage ticket tastes
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, face painting, a caricature artist, make-and-take crafts, and kid-friendly foods are included. Brea Fest admission and entertainment is free.
FREMONT: Festival of India Mela & Parade October 9, 2021, 10
a.m. - 6 p.m. Parade August 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
39439 Paseo Padre Parkway
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.
HAYWARD: Zucchini Festival August 17-18, 2019 one of the founders passed away, no new info as of 7/11/21
BRIDGEVILLE: Bridgefest & Flying Saucer Contest August 17, 2019, UFOs, Aliens Welcome
COVELO: Round Valley Blackberry Festival August 17-18, 2019
Burlingame on the Avenue
August 17-18, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Burlingame Ave. 1294 Burlingame Ave, approx, Downtown Burlingame, CA. burlingamechamber.org
SEBASTOPOL: Gravenstein Apple Fair benefit concert in 2021 to bring back fair in 2022 Location: Sebastopol, CA
ANTIOCH: Nor-Cal Bus Fest Sunday August 18, 2019, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Contra Costa County Fairgrounds (enter main entrance)
1201 West 10th St, Antioch, CA
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 18, 2019,
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Beach Street and Pacific Avenue
Exciting outrigger canoe races, food, fresh flower leis, shave ice, and dance performances
REDONDO BEACH: Endless Summer Beach Party August 24, 2019, 5:30-9 p.m.
On the Beach at King Harbor
208 Yacht Club Way
Redondo Beach, California 90277
Honoring volunteers and donors of the child abuse treatment and prevention programs, guests sample food, cocktails, wine, and beer from local South Bay hot spots while enjoying the rocking rhythms of live music on the sands of this private beach. Event proceeds support Richstone's child abuse and domestic violence treatment and prevention services.
COSTA MESA: OC Night Market August 23-25, 2019. OC
Fairgrounds - Costa Mesa, CA | $5 admission, $8-10 approx. parking | ocfair.com |
ocnightmarket.com | Friday & Saturday 4 p.m.-midnight | Sunday 4-11 p.m.
DOWNIEVILLE: Forest City Fall Doins August 23-25, 2019
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 23, 2019. 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 October 29-31, 2021
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.
VENTURA: Spencer Makenzie's Throw Down Corn Hole Tournament
August 23-25, 2019
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
BAKERSFIELD: Ice Cream Zoofari at CALM Zoo August 24, 2019, 4:30 -7:30 p.m. $, calmzoo.org | zoos no info 7/11/21
ELK GROVE: Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa
August 24, 2019
People of the Pacific Festival yearly festival.
Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center
8350 Lotz Parkway
Elk Grove, CA
NAPA: Blues, Brews & BBQs
August 24, 2019, 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.
GROVER BEACH: Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire August
24-25, 2019, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
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.
BODEGA: Seafood, Art and Wine Festival August 24-25, 2019
PALO ALTO: Festival of the Arts August 24-25, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
University Avenue, between High and Webster
Free admission, mlaproductions.com
OAKDALE: Taste of Oakdale Taste of Oakdale August 27, 2019
Gene Bianchi Community Center, Oakdale, CA
SAN DIEGO: San Diego Spirits Festival August 24-25, 2019
Port Pavilion Broadway Pier, San Diego, CA.
ROCKLIN: Woofstock Celebration "Peace, Love and Pups" August 25,
2019, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Johnson - Springview Park
5460 5th St.
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!
PLACERVILLE: Antique Street Faire and Vintage Marketplace August 25, 2019, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Main Street. Entertainment from the Gold Rush Chorus Barbershop Quartet and the Hangtown Marshals. Free, placerville-downtown.org
SANTA CRUZ: Tequila & Taco Music Festival August 24-25, 2019 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Ticket holders have access to Food Vendors, Craft Beer, Margarita Booths, and Live Music, Tequila Sampling
OAKLAND: Chinatown Streetfest August 24-25, 2019 Downtown Oakland in Chinatown, Oakland, CA. oaklandchinatownstreetfest.com
Valley Pride August 24-25, 2019
$ festival admission, svpride.com
GARDEN GROVE: Elvis Festival August 25, 2019, 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 email@example.com or call (714) 267-4657
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
YUBA CITY: Yuba-Sutter Fair August 1-4, 2019
Location: Yuba City, CA.
Jam-packed with fun, event includes grandstrand shows for additional price.
BIG BEAR CITY:
Big Bear City Renaissance Faire
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
LA HABRA: Corn Festival, August 2-4, 2019 lahabracornfestival.com
SAN DIEGO: Latin American Festival Mata Ortiz Pottery Market August
Bazaar del Mundo San Diego, CA. bazaardelmundo.com
SAN FRANCISCO: Nihonmachi Asian Street Fair August 3-4, 2019
Nihonmachi Street Fair features Asian artisans, performers, food, a muscle-car show and a children's area. Location: Japantown. Cost: Free. nihonmachistreetfair.org
YUCAIPA: Old West Days August 2-4, 2019. 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
Wildwood Days August 2-4, 2019
Admission to most events is free
CHESTER: Almanor Art Show, August 3-4, 2019
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
Lassen Volcanic NP Dark Sky Festival August
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.
FREMONT: Fremont Festival of the Arts August 3-4, 2019, 10 a.m. - 6
Paseo Padre Parkway at Mowry & Capitol
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.
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 (website down)
NOVATO: Space Festival August 4, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Space Station Museum
464 Ignacio Blvd.
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 Novato Space Festival. Meet Legendary Astronauts & Experience Many Interactive Exhibits. Early Entry At 9:30 a.m. For Families With Children 12 & Under. Admission & Parking Are Free! Pacheco Plaza - 464 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, Ca. thespacestationca.org
Al Worden, Apollo 15
Dan Bursch, Shuttle & ISS
Space Shuttle: Greg 'Box' Johnson, Millie Hughes Fullford,
Yvonne Cagle (Novato's Own Astronaut), Steve Smith
Ed Rezac, Nasa Engineer
Joey Lazzaro, Apollo Flight Controller
Meeting, asking questions and photos with the astronauts are encouraged!
Church Street Fair August 3-4, 2019, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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!
LA HABRA: Turtle and Tortoise Show octortoisecttc.orgSalida 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
IDYLLWILD: Butterfly Days
Idyllwild Nature Center
TORRANCE: Siale Festival
ARNOLD: Calaveras Big Trees State Park Day in the Park
SAN DIEGO: Little Italy Ferragosto littleitalysd.com
LOS ANGELES: Western Music Association Showcase theautry.org
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.