California Festivals


Los Alamos Old Days Festival

75th Annual Festival September 24-26, 2021

Annual festival in Los Alamos
Admission is FREE

Two-day Peddlers' Mart & Artisan Faire
Saturday Classic Car Show
Sunday Parade

Los Alamos Old Days

Los Alamos is a small town that's been around and steeped in history for well over 100 years. It's seen a lot of transition but throughout its existence, has managed to maintain the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that make tourists want to pull off the I-101 Highway to explore. This annual festival, Los Alamos Old Days, has, for years, been announced on a road sign that gets updated and is visible for millions of motorists to see. While the organization that produces the big, annual event has been through a series of websites to promote it, that sign on the road seems to be one sure way to find out what's going on. In 2018 the past several years of steam seem to have faded a bit with the website down (as of 9/9/18) to announce the happenings of this year. So below is a general outline of how it usually goes down, year after year. Some changes may be in play, but generally, this is what's happened before!

We have attended this event. We ate food, were entertained by old-West themed characters who we took pictures of, saw old steam engines, classic cars, shopped at vendor booths and had a good time.

Los Alamos Valley Old Days Car Show  9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Classic Car Show along Bell Street (Hwy 135).

 Kick-off Dinner & Dance Friday

  •  Old Days Chili Kick-Off Party 6-8 p.m. or till the food runs out! Enjoy chili, corn bread, and all the fixings to begin the celebration with a tasty kick. Featuring chili by several local businesses and LAVMC members. No host, cash only, full service bar. Chili cook-off winner announced. Tickets at the door. Los Alamos Valley Men's Club, 429 Leslie Street, corner of Centennial & Leslie St, Downtown Los Alamos.
  • Dance 8-11 p.m.  Featuring  local band

Greatest Little Small Town Parade, Car Show and Peddler's Mart, Artisan Faire and Fun for the Whole Family. Celebrating Our Community. Admission is FREE and the public is invited to join residents and visitors who gather each year to honor, preserve and celebrate the town's authentic Western heritage. Highlights of the LAVMC Old Days weekend-long celebration include Friday evening's Chili Kick-off Party & Dance, two-day Peddlers' Mart & Artisan Faire, Saturday's Car Show Deeply Rooted in the Community and Sunday morning's Greatest Little Small Town Parade. Los Alamos is located at the intersection of US Highway 101 and State Route 135 (Bell Street); just an hour north of Santa Barbara and 20 minutes south of Santa Maria in the heart of ranch, farm and wine country.


  • Chili Kick-Off Dinner:  at the Men's Club, 429 Leslie Street, corner of Centennial & Leslie Street in downtown Los Alamos.
  • 8- 11 p.m. Dance 
  •  Pancake Breakfast: at the Men's Club
  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Car Show Downtown Los Alamos along Bell Street (Hwy 135). 
  • 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Peddlers Mart, Artisan Faire & Food Booths featuring arts & crafts, collectibles and more along Bell Street 
  •  Tri-Tip Beef Sandwich BBQ at the Men's Club  
  •  Awards Presentation for Los Alamos Old Days Car Show in Ferrini Park.
  •  Old Days Silent Auction


  • 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Non-Denominational Worship in Ferrini Park
  • 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Greatest Little Small Town Parade starts at Bell Street (HWY 135) & Augusta Street and continues west down Bell Street, ending at St. Joseph Street
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Peddlers Mart, Artisan Faire and Food Booths along Bell Street (Hwy 135)
  •  Tri-Tip Beef BBQ at the Men's club.   No Host Bar & music.
     Celebration concludes.

    See you next year 

Los Alamos Old Days is sponsored, coordinated and hosted by the all-volunteer, philanthropic Los Alamos Valley Men's Club dedicated to preserving the unique Western character and hospitality of the town of Los Alamos.

Additional support for Los Alamos Old Days is being provided by Visit Santa Ynez Valley

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

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