California is the top producer and exporter of strawberries in the United States. If it's February along the Central Coast, don't be surprised to catch that intoxicating fragrance of berries.
ANDERSON: Happy Valley Strawberry Festival May 25-26, 2019
79th Happy Valley Strawberry Festival Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. |
Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Famous Generous Servings of Sweet Fresh Strawberries, Ice Cream & Shortcake are only $7 approx.
Free admission and parking, happyvalleystrawberryfestival.com
Location: West Valley High School, Corner of Happy Valley Road & Gas Point Road, Anderson, CA. This year's festival is packed with things to see and do: Arts & Crafts Booths Delicious Food & Refreshing Drinks, Strawberry shortcake, Batter Dipped Corn Dogs, Fried Shrimp, Chicken Strips, French Fries, Hamburger/Cheeseburger, Cheese on a Stick, Churros, Hot Dogs, Tri Tip Sandwiches, Indian Tacos, Fried Zucchini, Nachos, Polish Dogs, Strawberry Lemonade, Caesar Wraps, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Kettle Corn, Tea, Homemade Tamales, Snowcones, Continuous Entertainment on 2 Stages Roving Magician Pony Rides Antique Tractor Displays 4-H Swine Club Pancake Breakfast at 7am Roving entertainment Strawberries are served from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., while they last. Purchase advance Strawberry Shortcake tickets at Country Market, Happy Valley Market & Happy Stop Market.
ARROYO GRANDE: May 25-26,
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. May 27
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. May 28
Always on Memorial Weekend, Sunset magazine called this event one of the best festivals in California for the Memorial holiday. Held in the old-fashioned village, prepare yourself for tastes, vendor booths, small town hospitality and loads of entertainment. Free. Strawberry Stampede walk/run, Strawberry Pancake Breakfast, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Prince & Princess Contest, Strawberry Blonde Contest, Strawberry Cook-Off Contest, Kiddie Carnival, Arts & Crafts Show, and Entertainment including Ethnic, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Contemporary & Rock 'n Roll music! 8 Entertainment Stages plus Rides and Games. Location: East Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, CA. Free, arroyograndevillage.org
Grove Strawberry Festival
May 24-27, 2019
Always on Memorial Weekend, of all the strawberry festivals in California, Garden Grove produces the biggest celebration. Three days of carnival rides, a big Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, beauty queens and princesses, redheads, beautiful babies contests and great bands, booths, foods and community atmosphere assure you'll be berry happy that you went. Free Strawberry Shortcake for all on Friday night! Free.
Strawberry Festival May 26,
2019, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Memorial Weekend vistastrawberryfest.com
April 26-28, 2019
11 a.m. daily - exhibits close at 10 p.m.
Santa Maria Fairpark
937 S. Thornburg
Santa Maria, CA
Free strawberry tasting and desert eating contests, Cowboy Ken's trackless train, pony rides, a traditional carnival, including a full kiddie carnival, commercial displays and petting zoo. Held in Santa Maria, the heart of strawberry country in California, notice the smell of berries is in the air as you drive into town and over to the fairground. Food, fun and entertainment. Approx. cost: $8 General admission.
California Strawberry Festival
May 18-19, 2019, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Oxnard's California Strawberry Festival does not skimp on food, festivities and fun. The annual event pays homage to the city's rightful place among strawberry growers. There are food contests, dancing, music, vendors and endless entertainment. Cost: $12 general admission.
LOS ANGELES: Balboa
Likely date: June 9, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Encino - 17019 Ventura Blvd Los Angeles, CA 91316 . Featuring tons of strawberry themed food and drink, plus live music, dancing, rides and games for the whole family, and it's free admission. balboastrawberryfestival.com
BerryFest Strawberry Festival May
Mother's Day Weekend
Raspberry Parade each day at 1 p.m.
Berry Fest celebrates a variety of berries but the main focus is on strawberries. The event features strawberry food vendors, entertainment, midways and fun for all age at the Placer County Fairgrounds. Celebrating the Harvest of Berries they say they sell & serve only local strawberries, certified organic and local from Placer County and some ordering counties such as Sacramento, El Dorado, Yuba, Santa Cruz and Sutter Counties.
WATSONVILLE August 3-4, 2019
Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Free, cityofwatsonville.org/ 1117/Watsonville-Strawberry-Festival
Located in historic downtown Watsonville around the City Plaza on Main, Peck and Union Streets, Watsonville Strawberry Festival includes foods, vendor booths, bands, and several blocks of fantastic entertainment. Free.
Strawberry Festival permanently ends 2018
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.