California Festivals


California Pie Festivals and Events

Among the thousands of festivals and fairs in California, one of the most popular old-fashioned competitions is pie-eating contest. People love pie and the most popular type is apple pie. On January 23, National Pie Day, restaurants like to tout their pie specials. One of the California's most famous such food chains known for its pie is Marie Callender's.

Pie is not a new invention but it remains popular thousands of years after first recorded evidence of its existence was documented on a tablet in Sumer where a recipe for chicken pie was written. Pie was also documented on the tomb walls of the Pharaoh Ramesses II (ruled from 1304 to 1237 BC,) located in the Valley of the Kings.

Pie Festivals, Events

CLAREMONT: Claremont Pie Festival March 17, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2nd Street from Oberlin to Harvard
Claremont, CA
a day dedicated to pie-baking and pie-tasting

DUSMUIR: Dunsmuir Railroad Pie Social June 8-10, 2018

LEMOORE: Lemoore Central Valley Pizza Festival April 21-23, 2017. Free

National Pie Championship April 5-7, 2018
Orlando, FL

MALIBU: Pie Festival October 14, 2017
Malibu United Methodist Church
30128 Morning View Drive Malibu, CA

CHULA VISTA: Pumpkin Pie Social November Thanksgiving Kick-off

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

GOLETA: Lemon Festival September

OXNARD: California Strawberry Festival in May features contests, including pie eating.

TEMPLETON: Templeton Founders Day, usually in October, includes pie eating.

4th of July

  • ANGELS CAMP: 4th of July Picnic in the Park includes pie eating contest.
  • COLUMBIA: Columbia State Historic Park on the 4th of July features pie and watermelon eating contests.
  • EL SEGUNDO: Fourth of July Celebration July 4 includes pie-eating contest.

CALIFORNIA: Apple Festivals are especially popular in the fall during apple harvest


ORCUTT: Jack's in Orcutt serves really large pieces of pie.

BISHOP: Pie in the Sky Cafe at the Rock Creek Lake Resort

JULIAN: Restaurants known for Apple Pie and an annual celebration in the fall

TUOLUMNE: Mile High Apple Pie at Cover's Ranch in Tuolumne California

LOS ALAMITOS: Pasty Kitchen Meat Pies

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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