California Salmon Festivals


KLAMATH: Salmon Festival, August 19, 2023, 10 a.m.
The Yurok Tribe's annual Klamath Salmon Festival begins with Ney' Puey 5K Run followed by parade on Klamath Blvd. at 10:30 a.m. Afterward try delicious salmon dinner, cooked in a traditional Yurok way. Basket weaving demonstrations, stick game tournament, petting zoo and car show are part of the day's entertainment.

FORT BRAGG: World's Largest Salmon Barbecue  July 2, 2022
Sponsored by the Salmon Restoration Association, dedicated to improving local spawning streams along the Mendocino California coast.
19101 South Noyo Harbor Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437 

OROVILLE: Oroville Salmon Festival September 24, 2022  (last Saturday in September)
Events include Pancake Breakfast and Fish Hatchery Tours, a Downtown Street Fair with Beer Garden and bands. Salmon Court on the levee at Arline Rhine Drive behind the Municipal Auditorium offers Grilled and Smoked Salmon, Oroville Hospital Health Fair, Children's Art Project, Food Trucks, Beer, Wine and Bloody Mary Garden, Jugglers and Cartoonists, Kowkow Valley Maidu Tribe  First Salmon Ceremony 10:30 am, community dance performances, and bands. The Salmon Grilling Contest lets you sample Salmon grilled in many different ways. Other Salmon dishes are also available for you to enjoy at the Food Court.
Celebrate the return of the salmon! Benefit salmon BBQ dinner, Maidu salmon ceremony and cultural dancing, salmon spawning tours at the fish hatchery, street fair with vendors, food and music and a 3K run. Most activities take place at the following three locations: Fish Hatchery 5 Table Mountain Blvd. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  FREE TOURS See the salmon run first-hand from the observation platform and the windows into the water. Free DWR-led guided tours every half-hour. | Downtown Street Fair Historic Downtown Oroville 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  FREE ENTRY Take a stroll through historic Downtown Oroville and enjoy music, food, crafts, and fun! Organized by the Oroville Downtown Business Association. | Salmon Court On the Downtown Levee 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE ENTRY Visit Salmon Court and enjoy fresh barbecued and smoked salmon, kids art activities, and more.

ANDERSON: Return of the Salmon Festival October 15, 2022, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Coleman Fish Hatchery
24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Road
Anderson, CA
Held the third Saturday in October
Location: Coleman Fish Hatchery, Anderson
 The annual Return of the Salmon Festival has been celebrated at the hatchery since 1991 in an effort to increase outreach and visitor use. Attractions include: viewing the salmon spawning operations, the salmon aquarium, informational booths, recreational displays, children's activities and much more.

KNIGHTS FERRY: Stanislaus River Salmon Festival NO updates for 2022
November 9, 2019, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Knights Ferry USACE Rec Area
17968 Covered Bridge Road
Stanislaus, CA 95361
12 Miles East of Oakdale off 120
11th annual festival celebrates the Stanislaus River Salmon. It is usually held the 2nd Saturday in November.

WEAVERVILLE: Weaverville Salmon Festival October 1, 2022, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Highland Art Center (in the meadow), 691 Main St., Weaverville, CA.
The annual Salmon Festival features fishing demonstrations, a salmon tent, activities, food, craft vendors and more. Hosted by Trinity River Restoration Program and Trinity County Resource Conservation District

LAKE TAHOE: Fall Fish Festival (used to be Salmon Festival) October 5-6, 2019, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Taylor Creek Taylor Creek Visitor Center
Visitor Center Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Celebrate the annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon during the Fall Fish Fest at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Join the fun and participate in this free family event which has become one of the most fascinating educational and wildlife viewing events in Northern California. The festival encourages participation by children and their parents in a wide variety of educational and entertaining activities including: Treasure Hunt Fish Painting Sandy and Rocky A visit from Smokey Bear! Giant inflatable Wildlife Service Salmon Feed  and The Bumble Bee Ice Cream Truck. 

WINTERS: Winters Salmon Festival TBA 2019 *usually in
early November
Rotary Park
Winters, CA
Food, Music & Activities: Face and Fish Painting, Raffle, Silent Auction and More! Learn about salmon and projects to restore Putah Creek spawning areas.  The return of the salmon since 2012 may be attributed to the combined efforts of the annual removal of the Los Rios check dam flash boards, increased flows from the Putah Diversion Dam, and enhancement of the riparian and spawning areas within Putah Creek. The City of Winters, Solano County Water Agency, Winters Putah Creek Committee, Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, Putah Creek Council, landowners, volunteers and others are responsible for working to see this incredible return of the salmon. The Winters Salmon Festival celebrates the return.

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