California Festivals

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Food Week; Dickens Festival; Polar Plunges; Tournament of Roses; Old Time Fiddle Festival; Pier 39 Sea Lions

January | Mountains| Deserts | Parks


Chocolate Festivals; Chinese & Tet New Year; Carrot Festival; Mardi Gras; Date Festival; Mardi Gras; Civil War Days; Scottish Festival; Tulipmania; Whiskey Flat Days

February | Chocolate Festivals


Academy Awards; Festivals: Almond, Bok Kai, Camellia Dance, Dixieland Jazz, Swallows, Wisteria, Festival of the Whales; St. Patrick's Day: Murphys, San Francisco, San Diego, Hermosa Beach

March |


Festivals: Apple Blossom, Lemon, Orange, Asparagus, Avocado, Butter & Eggs, Antique Farm Equipment, California Poppy, California Nut, Central Valley Pizza, Cherry Blossom, Coachella Music, Cowboy

April | Easter |


Festivals: Artichoke; Boonville Beer, Calistoga Tamale, Cinco de Mayo, OC Greek, How Weird, Iris, Kinetic Sculpture Race, Strawberry, Swedish, Mule Days; Jumping Frog Jubilee; Rose Parade; Duck-a-thon; Doo Dah Parade; Fiesta Hermosa

May |


Festivals: Apricot Fiesta, Orange Blossom; Ojai Wine; Atascadero Wine; Baroque Music, Carlsbad Beach, Cement Ship, Beaumont Cherry, Cotati Jazz, Huck Finn, Lompoc Flower, Mono Basin Bird; Los Angeles Pride; Fiesta del Sol; Fish Fry

June |


4th of July; Festivals: Peach, Pear, Hot Dog, Blues by the Bay, Loggers Jubilee, Salsa, Reggae on the River, Gilroy Garlic, Mozart WorldFest, US Open Surfing Beach, Kings Beach Fine Art, Sea, Sawdust, Pride, Ocean, Sawdust, San Clemente,Tour de Fleur

July |


Accordion, Big Bear Cowboy, Bodega Seafood, Casparfest, Corn, Corning Olive, Fairfield Tomato, Steinbeck; Summer Kite, Lemon, Sawdust, Scottish Games & Celtic, West Coast BBQ, Mountain Top; Festa Italiana

August |


Festivals: Almond, Alturas Balloon, Bean, Big Foot, Wool & Fiber, Danish, Delta Blues, Eggplant, Fog, Old Car, Grape, Lemon, Lobster, Seafood, Walnut, Monterey Jazz, Salinas Air, Sausalito Art, Tustin Tiller Days, Tall Ships, Los Alamos Old Days

September |


Halloween; Oktoberfest; Festivals: Colony, Jazz Trax, Silverado, Wyatt Earp, Avocado, Candy, Apple Harvest, Lemon, Eggplant, Tomato, Clam, Corn Maze, Pomegranate, Butterfly, Golf Cart, Little Italy, Springville Apple; Dried Fruit

October | Halloween | Oktoberfest


Festivals: Apple Butter, Los Angeles Tamale, Mandarin, Palm Springs Pride, Craftsman Days; Cowpoke Fall Gathering; Festival of Lights; Indio PowWow; LA Auto Show; Death Valley Encampment; Surfing Santa; Turkey Trots; Tree Lighting Ceremonies

November | Thanksgiving | Veteran's Day


Boat Parades; Nutcracker Ballets; Tree Lighting Ceremonies; Christmas Parades; New Year's Eve; Bracebridge Dinner; Festivals: Cowboy Christmas, Christmas in Calico, Dickens, Cornish, Tamale; Cruise of Lights; Sawdust Winter Fantasy

December | Christmas | Trees | Parades | Boat Parades | Nutcracker Ballets

California loves its festivals and for those seasoned events professionals, volunteers who help put on these events, and the public that loves to attend, it's important to know when the festivals take place. Here are the annual festivals in California that are held each year in particular months. Click on the month to see festivals that normally take place. You will find charts with name of festival, city, and website or contact, if any. That will be your ticket to finding a great festival!

Some organizations are right on top of posting their dates online, offering vendor opportunities to apply for participation in the vendor fairs and community parades, and letting the public know when the annual festival will be held. Others are not. Some small towns don't post anything at all, knowing that their local community need only ask at school, church or the grocery store to get the information. That's why we can't provide all festival information, but we certainly dig and get as much as we can find. Enjoy the festival pages that are divided into monthly annual events allowing you to check websites for dates!

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

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