California Festivals


Los Alamos Old Days Festival

77th Annual Festival September 22-24, 2023

Red, White & Country is 2023 theme

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.

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    Classic Car Show along Bell Street (Hwy 135).

 Kick-off Dinner & Dance Friday

  •  Old Days Chili Kick-Off Party 7 p.m. 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.

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.


  • 7 p.m. Chili Kick-Off Dinner:  at the Men's Club, 429 Leslie Street, corner of Centennial & Leslie Street in downtown Los Alamos. 8 p.m. Live Music by The Fossils
  •  9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Car Show Downtown Los Alamos along Bell Street (Hwy 135)
  • 9 a.m. Horseshoe Contest
  • 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Artisan Faire & Food Booths featuring arts & crafts, collectibles and more along Bell Street 
  • 11 a.m. Cow Pie Bingo, Kids Bounce House & Corral
  •  11 a.m. Tri-Tip Beef Sandwich BBQ at the Men's Club  
  • 6 p.m. CYO Dinner Dance with Music by Different Strings


  • 9 a.m. Old Days Stampede 5K Run in Ferrin Park
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Artisan Faire and Food Booths along Bell Street (Hwy 135)
    See you next year 
  • 11 a.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
  • 11 a.m. Tri Tip Sandwiches
  • 12 p.m. BBQ Contest, music by The Rondales

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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