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May Festivals in California

May Festivals help get the party rolling for summer fun with special events some look forward to, and many are just learning about for the first time. Fantastic foods ranging from strawberries (at least 3 strawberry festivals throughout the state) to artichokes and beer are the favorites among the monthly flavors and tastes.  Beers & Brews festivals are popular annual events held in Avila Beach, Boonville, and other spots.

Some family-favorite events kids love include the Marina Festival of the Winds event with kites, and the Caledonia Street Faire in Sausalito sponsored by a nursery school and the city of Sausalito. Races, concerts, fiestas and ever-popular Cinco de Mayo all provide reasons for May to herald the early launch of the summer season! And lest we forget, Memorial Day Weekend is a three day vacation signaling the start of  summer vacations!
 

Festival city  web / contact
All Food Festivals -May California seecalifornia.com
Artichoke Festival Castroville artichoke-
festival.org
Avila Beach Blues Festival Avila Beach otterproduction
sinc.com

Big Sur Marathon

Big Sur

bsim.org 
Bluegrass in the Spring Yermo calicotown.com
Boonville Beer Festival Boonville avbc.com

Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee

Angels Camp

frogtown.org
Caledonia Street Fair Sausalito cityofsausalito
specialevents.com
California Strawberry Festival Oxnard strawberry
-fest.org
Chino Planes of Fame Air Show Chino planesoffame.org
Cinco de Mayo Los Angeles olvera-street.com
Cinco de Mayo San Diego fiestaoldtown.com
California Chili Cook-Off San Bernardino chilicookoff.com
Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival San Jose sjgif.org
Cinco de Mayo Visalia  
Cinco de Mayo Porterville  

Doheny Blues Festival

Doheny

dohenystate
beach.org
Duck-a-thon Huntington Beach duckathon.org

Festival of Arts

Paso Robles

prcity.com
Fiesta Hermosa Hermosa Beach fiesta
hermosa.com
Fishing Derby Manhattan Beach ci.manhattan-
beach.ca.us

Great Chili Cookoff 

Petaluma

greatchili
cookoff.com
Grubstake Days Yucca Valley yucca-valley.org
Heron Festival
Kelseyville

heron
festival.org
Hog & Lamb BBQ Point Arena  
Hometown Days San Carlos sancarloshome
towndays.com

Iris Festival

Yucaipa

irisfest.org

Kinetic Sculpture Race

Arcata

kinetic
sculpturerace.org

Lodi Street Faire

Lodi

lodichamber.com
Long Beach Pride Festival Long Beach longbeach
pride.com
Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival Santa Rosa roseparade
festival.com

May Madness Show, Shine & Cruise 

Corning

corning
chamber.org
Monrovia Days Monrovia ci.monrovia.ca.us
Mountain View A La Carte & Art Mountain View pacific
finearts.com
Mule Days Celebration Bishop muledays.org

National Orange Show

San Bernardino

nationalorange
show.com

OC Greek Fest

Anaheim

oc
greekfest.com
Ojai Storytelling Festival Ojai ojaistoryfest.com

Peddler's Fair

Arnold

 

Redding Rodeo

Redding

redding
rodeo.com
Rodeo - Woodlake Lions Woodlake woodlakelions
rodeo.com

Sacramento Jazz Jubilee

Sacramento

sacjazz.com
Sicilian Festival San Diego sicilianfestival.org
Simi Cajun Music Festival Simi Valley simicajun.org
Spring Festival Yermo calicotown.com
Strawberry Festival Arroyo Grande arroyogrande
village.org
Strawberry Festival Garden Grove strawberry
festival.org
Sunset Beach Art Festival Sunset Beach Mother's Day
Swedish Festival Kingsburg kingsburgchamber
ofcommerce.com

Tea & Fashion Show

Tomales

tomales
history.com
Topanga Days Topanga topangadays.com

Vacaville Fiesta Days

Vacaville

fiestadays.org

Walk on the Wild Side Festival

Freeport

fws.gov


 MAY
  • The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire  When: Saturdays and Sundays, April 5-May 18, 2014. Location: Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 Arrow Highway, Irwindale Information: 626-969-4750, renfair.com
  • United We Stand Fest The politically-themed music festival kicks off in L.A. and continues on a 10-city tour. Speakers expected to participate in the event include three time Emmy Award-winning journalist Amber Lyon as well as 2012 presidential candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. When: May 10, 2014. Location: Edwin W. Pauley Pavilion, 301 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles unitedwestandfest.com
  • WorldFest  L.A.'s largest Earth Day festival, WorldFest focuses on environmental, humanitarian and other issues. When: May 18, 2014. Location: Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave., Lake Balboa worldfestevents.com
  • JazzReggae Festival This festival Memorial Day weekend tradition. When: May 25-26 Where UCLA Intramural Field, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles jazzreggaefest.com 


 May 2012 California Fairs and Festivals

VENTURA-Ventura Music Festival
May 2 through May 11, 2013
venturamusicfestival.org

BUENA PARK-Sugar Plum Arts and Crafts Festival
May 2-4, 2013
sugarplumcrafts.com


CALABASAS-Calabasas Fine Arts Festival
May 4-5, 2013
calabasasartscouncil.com/CalabasasFineArtsFestival.htm

CHICO-Pioneer Day Parade
May 4, 2013, 11 a.m.
pioneerdayparade.com

SAN FRANCISCO-San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 4, 2013, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: Dolores Park, San Francisco, CA.
sfcincodemayo.com

GRASS VALLEY-Springtime in the Pines Quilt Show
May 4-5, 2013
pinetreequiltguild.com

HUNTINGTON PARK-Huntington Park Art Festival
May 18, 2013, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Salt Lake Park, Huntington Park, CA
huntingtonpark.org

ALAMEDA-Alameda Antiques Faire
May 5, 2013 For information call 510-522-7500 1st Sunday, every Month Bring the family, free admission for all children under 15 years of age with a parent. Times & prices 6 a.m.  to 7:30 a.m. $15.00 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  $10.  9 a.m.  to 2 p.m. $5  2-3 p.m. Free!
alamedapointantiquesfaire.com 

OAKDALE-Oakdale Chocolate Festival
May 18-9, 2013,  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
oakdalechamber.com

CONCORD-Bay Area KidFest
May 25-27, 2013, Downtown Concord. $5 admission with a canned food
kidfestconcord.com

MORGAN HILL-Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras
May 25-26, 2013, Downtown Morgan Hill
mhmmg.com


ROCKLIN-Kidsfest
June 2, 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Location: Johnson Springview Park, Rocklin, CA
rocklin.ca.us


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