Castroville, CA Artichoke Festival & Parade


Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

June 1-2, 2019

Monterey County Fair & Events Center in Monterey
2004 Fairground Rd.
Monterey, CA

Annual Artichoke Festival
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$15 (packages available)

2019 Entertainment

The Chicano All Stars Band
Purple Fox and Heebie Jeebies
Maroon Vibes
Raise Your Glass


Artichoke Eating Contest
Canasta Contest

Artichoke Eating Contest
Canasta Contest

Both days: Live music, Games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, Artichokes fried, cooking demos, wine tasting, farmers market, more.

Artichoke Festival is one of Castroville, California's largest annual events. The artichoke is king in Castroville. It offers one of the best climates in the world for growing this thistle-plant with a heart of gold.

Saturday & Sunday Tours

Artichoke Field Tours Partnering with Artichoke growers of Castroville host artichoke field tours throughout the day. Learn first hand what it is like to grow and harvest fresh artichokes. Bus departs from the Monterey Fairgrounds GATE 4 and takes groups to a near by artichoke ranch in the Castroville growing region. All tours are approximately 1.5 hours long. Space is limited on each bus.

The Castroville Artichoke Festival is held annually in the Spring/Summer, usually around Memorial Day. The event used to include one of the most colorful and unique parades.  The date changed in 2014 and was held on a separate weekend from the festival.

The event includes chefs demonstrations, showing how to cook delicious and colorful appetizers and meals using artichokes. In addition, there's often a car show, food & vendor booths, and lots of live music ranging from Country Western to rock & roll, and some band with Hispanic roots to reflect the local audience tastes.

Where to stay? The event has moved and you'll find a variety of hotel options throughout the Monterey peninsula from Monterey to Carmel, Seaside to Marina.

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

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