California Festivals


California September Festivals

September festival in California include harvest festivals with focus on food and drinks, Halloween events seeping into the September calendar, Hispanic celebrations, film fests and thousands of things to see and do, primarily on weekends.

MILL VALLEY: Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival September 17-18, 2022, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Old Mill Park 352 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley, CA $10-20 admission (Free for students, children under 12, teachers & active-duty military),

AUBURN: Ain't Necessarily Dead Festival September 17, 2022 Regional Park 3770 Richardson Drive Auburn, CA Grateful Dead Tribute Concert This is a free show! Live Music, Craft Beer Garden, Kid Fun Zone, and Crafts

CYPRESS: Cypress Community Festival September 30-October 1, 2022. Oak Knoll Park 5700 Orange Ave. City of Cypress community festival includes the Annual Cypress Car Show, Chili Cookoff, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Family Games, Food Booths, Chamber Business Expo, Children's Rides, Arts, Crafts & Continuous Entertainment

LOS ANGELES: Chinatown Mid-Autumn Moon Festival September 17, 2022, 5 p.m.-Midnight. Free event,

McARTHUR: Mountain Jubilee - Carnival Lights and Country Nights, September 1-5, 2022. Barrel Racing, ACTRA Team Roping, Small Animal Show, CountrIntMtn Valley Trail Rides, FRVCC Farmers Market, BBQ Dinner, Horseshoe Tournament, Music Series Kick-off, Big Ball Tournament, Crafts Store, Antique Car Show, Pony Plop Bingo, Mud Run Races, Trike Races, Blow Fish Races, BBQ Dinner, Beer Garden, Egg Roulette, Live Music

SANTA CRUZ: Aloha Races September 18, 2022, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Municipal Wharf
Beach Street and Pacific Avenue
Exciting outrigger canoe races, food, fresh flower leis, shave ice, and dance performances

LA JOLLA:  San Diego Spirits Festival September 24-25, 2022 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Fueled by top spirits & magnificent works of art, the world-class cocktail and cultural event, is shaking things up with unlimited cocktails from over 65 brands (including High end Spirits, ready to drink cocktails and seltzers,) live music and entertainment, access to galleries and more. Hours: Sat 3-7 p.m. and Sun 1-5 p.m. Location: 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla CA 92037  Tickets: $65-95



Past events

ALHAMBRA: Fiesta Alhambra September 19, 2021
 Latino Heritage Festival, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: 100 S. 2nd St. Alhambra, CA | Fiestas Patrias

CALIFORNIA: Oktoberfest Festivals throughout the State

MILLBRAE: Millbrae Art & Wine Festival September 3-4, 2022, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. free admission
Caltrain Lot on West Evelyn

OAKLAND: Pride September 12, 2021 VIRTUAL EVENT

VENTURA: Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival September  11-12, 2021, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ventura Harbor Village
1583 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
Artists show their work on the lawn and street painters  create colorful chalk murals on the sidewalks along the docks.  Children's Chalk Area invites kids to create a 2x2' mural for $. The fee includes a small box of chalk pastels. This event raises funds for two local charities. 

WOODSIDE: Orchard Days at Filoli Weekends, September 25 - October 31, 2021, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Autumn leaves change color from green to red and gold, fruit ripens to its harvest peak, and nature preparies for winter. The Gentleman's Orchard opens every weekend, September 25-October 31, 2021. Filoli 86 Canada Road Woodside, CA $,

UPCOMING *most these events were canceled in 2021 due to COVID

ANAHEIM: Anaheim Craft & Vintage Fair September 17, 2022, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Great food sold all day! | Local crafters and artists | No multi-level marketing vendors | Food sale including Eastern European favorites, homemade jam & bake sale | Church talks at 11a & 2p | Convenient parking | Handicapped accessible | Stop on by and have a great time! Location: Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, 995 N. West St., Anaheim, CA 92801

BRENTWOOD: Art, Wine & Jazz Festival Art, Wine & Jazz Festival CANCELED DUE TO COVID
The Streets of Brentwood, Brentwood, CA.

MENLO PARK: POSTPONED: Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Fall Fest    Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and University Drive.

REDWOOD CITY: Redwood City Salsa Festival 2022 Location: Courthouse Square, Redwood City, CA

SAN DIEGO: Cabrillo Festival Back in 2022 Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA

VISTA: Viking Festival September 2021 CANCELED DUE TO COVID
Guajome Academy & Vista High School
2006 E. Vista Way
$, $ parking,
Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Axe throwing, spear throwing, archery, Viking log toss, horn blowing competition, vendor row, craft beer & mead, ethnic foods, Viking encampment, more. Vista Viking Festival is hosted by Norway Hall Foundation and presented by Norwegian Fish Club Odin and Norge Lodge of Sons of Norway.

Past Events

PASADENA: A Taste of Old Pasadena 

LIVERMORE: Taste of Downtown
Downtown Livermore
Sample from a bounty of local Wines & culinary treats, live music, free Horse-drawn Carriage Rides and more as you explore Downtown Livermore!  Stroll Downtown restaurants tasting culinary creations from our brilliant Downtown chefs. Our Downtown shops will be host to a tasting of our award winning Livermore Valley Wines. Live entertainment and shopping specials will be found throughout the Downtown.

SAN FRANCISCO: Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival September 8-9, 2018, 12-5 p.m.
Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square and on Beach Street
23rd annual event -- Discover unique chocolate desserts and delicacies from Ghirardelli and beyond at this annual chocolate celebration.

AUBURN: Gold Country Fair   Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, CA

WILMINGTON: Fiestas Patrias September 14-16, 2018

SANTA ANA: Labor Day Festival November 8-11, 2018
 Madison Park Edinger & Standard Santa Ana, CA

POWAY: Poway Days Fest September 15, 2018, 9 a.m.
Poway Road, Poway, CA

SAN FRANCISCO: Japan Film Festival Pop Summit September 28-October 7, 2018
See contemporary Japanese cinema at the Japan Film Festival at New People Cinema.

TUOLUMNE: Tuolumne Acorn Festival September 9-10, 2017
Cost: Free Location: Tuolumne Rancheria Tuolumne, CA

BAKERSFIELD: Bridal Show at Bakersfield Marriott September 10, 2017, 12-3 p.m.

STOCKTON: El Grito Festival September 10, 2017, 2 p.m.-12 a.m.
Water Front Amphitheater
445 W. Weber St
Stockton, CA 95203
Celebrating Hispanic heritage with an outdoor concert, mariachi, balie folklorico, kids activities, contents, food and more!

LONG BEACH: Long Beach Lobster Festival  Rainbow Lagoon park, Long Beach, CA

CHICO: Summerfest Chico Location: Chico, CA

MERCED: California Republic Comic Con presented by Colossus Girl Entertainment September 16, 2017 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Merced County Fairgrounds  900 Martin Luther King Jr Way  Merced, CA 95341  $10 pre, $15 door, California Republic Comic Con (CRCC) is the largest convention south of Stockton (3 buildings, 150+ vendors, & 40,000+ sq.ft.)  Celebrity Guests: Gary Lockwood - 2001 A Space Odyssey | Sean Kenney - Star Trek | Jimmy Hunt - Invaders from Mars | Alison MacInnis - Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue | Steven Skyler - Power Rangers Samurai | Julie Dolan - Star Wars Rebels | Matt Haley - DC Comics | Chris Marrinan - Marvel | Tobe Daranouvong - Alpha Q Comics | Omar Morales - Cruzader: Agent of The Vatican Necikait - Cosplay.

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Timeless Treasures Boutique September 14-17, 2017 6905 Warner Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 100+ artisans at Fall and Halloween craft festival boutique. Free admission, live music, free cup of coffee, ample free parking. New items daily.

PLYMOUTH: CANCELLED! Barbera Festival  September 11, 2021  Location: Terra d'Oro Winery 20680 Shenandoah School Rd Plymouth, CA. $30-51,

SOLVANG: Solvang Danish Days CANCELLED! Location: Solvang, CA

CHICO: NBC Xtreme Bulls & Broncs September 16, 2017
Chico, CA Rough Stock Cowboy Tour

INGLEWOOD: Hispanic Heritage Festival, September 16, 2017, Free, | Live entertainment, Aztec and Ballet Folklorico dancers

MONROVIA: Beer, Wine & Music Fest, September 16, 2017, 4-8 p.m. Monrovia Station Square Park Monrovia, California Monrovia Chamber Of Commerce, $45-65

NAPA: Napa Valley Aloha Festival September 16-17, 2017 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Napa Valley Expo 575 Third St.  Napa, CA. | polynesian

NOVATO: Native American Trade Feast  Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

MONTEREY: Monterey Jazz Festival September 15-17, 2017

BOONVILLE: Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show September 15-17, 2017 Location: 14400 Highway 128, Boonville, California.

CAMINO: Fall Harvest Festival September 16, 2017 and open every weekend through apple season. Location: El Dorado Orchards, 2948 North Canyon Rd., Camino, CA,

LAFAYETTE: Lafayette Art and Wine Festival September 16-17, 2017 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA

LONG BEACH: Moompetam: Native American Festival September 16-17, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
In celebration of local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its 10th annual Moompetam Festival, featuring traditional music, dance, cultural craft demonstrations, storytelling, and educational programs. The festival will celebrate California's indigenous maritime cultures, including the Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseņo, and Kumeyaay.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach Cost: $16-30,

CARMEL: 54th Annual Sandcastle September 16, 2017,  8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Carmel Beach Scenic, south of 10th Carmel-by-the-Sea, California or | sandcastles

FAIR OAKS: Fair Oaks Chicken Festival September 16, 2017
 10219 Fair Oaks Boulevard Fair Oaks, CA
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

EL CERRITO: Centennial Showcase Parade September 16, 2017. After the parade, stay and enjoy free entertainment 12-3 p.m. Free sandwiches and cupcakes for the first 1,000 people! | centennial

FERNDALE: Bargain Lovers' Weekend September 15-17, 2017.

FIDDLETOWN: Fiddletown Fiddlers' Jam Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Musician sign-ups begin at 9 a.m.

GROVELAND: 49er Festival, Chili & Salsa Cook-Off! September 15, 2018, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Mary Laveroni Community Park   Groveland, California

CHULA VISTA: Bonitafest September 16, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Twilight Parade September 15, 2017, 6 p.m. in Rohr Park,
Annual Bonitafest Street Fair and Performing Arts Festival takes place at 751 Otay Lakes Road. Admission and parking are free. Food, art and diverse South County vendors such as City of Chula Vista Conservation Section booth offers tips to save energy and water in your home. Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista, CA.

CLEAR LAKE: Seaplane Splash In September 16, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. |

CRESTON: Creston, CA Classic Rodeo September 14-17, 2017. Location: 6180 Webster Road Creston, CA. | rodeos

LIVE OAK: Live Oak Festival September 16, 2017 Memorial Park, Live Oak, CA

RANDSBURG: Randsburg Old West Days September 16, 2017 Rand Desert Museum, Randsburg, CA

KERMAN: Kerman Harvest Festival & Parade September 14-17, 2017
Annual community celebration 70+ years and still going! Four day event opens on Thursday September 14 at 5 p.m. Food, vendors, Paul Maurer Shows Carnival, entertainment and music nightly, dance outdoors under the stars!
PARADE Saturday the 73rd Kerman Harvest Festival Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Kerman. Parade procession on Madera Avenue; A Street to G Street. 2017 Parade and

RED BLUFF: Ide Adobe Day September 16, 2017
William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park
21659 Adobe Road
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Listen to period music of the Ide Adobe Players and experience hands-on pioneer crafts and period activities. This event is located at the historic ranch and ferry crossing.

DOWNEY: Downey Food & Music Festival  September 16, 2017, 4-11 p.m.  Downey Avenue between 2nd & 4th Downey, CA Free admission

DURHAM: Durham Harvest Festival September 17, 2017 Durham Community Park Durham-Dayton Highway Car Show Arts and Craft Fair

ONTARIO: Route 66 Reunion September 15-17, 2017
Euclid Avenue
Ontario, CA
Vintage Metal Road Show attracts car enthusiasts, hot rodders, musicians, vendors and sponsors to the car festival along historic tree-lined Euclid Avenue during the third weekend of September.

OAKHURST:  Mountain Heritage Days September 18, 2021 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Parade Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park
Oakhurst, CA 

NEWARK: Newark Days Virtual in 2021
Family fun, entertainment and Arts and Crafts. Micro-Brews, music, a Car Show (Saturday), Farmers Market (Sunday), Arts and Craft Vendors, Food Vendors and local Commercial Vendors along with a Kids Zone Park.

BERKELEY: Berkeley Old Time Music Convention | music

DINUBA: Raisin Day Festival September 26-30, 2018
Celebrate the raisin harvest, a 100 year tradition with a parade, carnival and fun.

FRESNO: Reel Pride Film Festival

GRASS VALLEY: Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair September 21-24, 2017
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA.

KERNVILLE: Kern River Rock N Blues Festival

LOS ANGELES: Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival

PLEASANTON: Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival  September 21-23, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO: 30th Annual Wine & Food Under the Stars September 21, 2017, 6-10 p.m.

SANTA ROSA: Wine Country International Film Festival

WALNUT CREEK: Walnut Creek Walnut Festival September 20-23, 2018. Twilight Parade September 15, 2018. Events include a carnival, live music and entertainment throughout the weekend at this annual festival with a name paying tribute to the city's namesake and former walnut groves prominently dotting this East Bay destination.

ARROYO GRANDE: Harvest Festival September 27-28, 2019. A parade, scarecrow decorating, pie eating contest, diaper derby, wheelbarrow races and spelling bee are among the family-friendly events.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Oktoberfest The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Lake, CA

BISHOP: Paiute Pabanamanina Gathering, Parade and Pow Wow September 22-24, 2017  | pow pow

CABAZON: Morongo Thunder & Lightning Pow Wow September 22-24, 2017 at Morongo Casino Resort, Free | pow pow

CALISTOGA: 2017 Harvest Celebration STOMP | stomps

DINUBA: Raisin Day Festival September 21-24, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Oktoberfest September-October, Old World Festival Hall, Huntington Beach, CA

LANCASTER: AV Greek Festival September 22-24, 2017    |  Greek

LOS ALAMOS: Los Alamos Old Days Festival September 27-30, 2018

LOS ANGELES: Latin American Heritage Celebration. Angelus Plaza, 255 S. Hill St., Free, Donations Accepted.

LOS GATOS: Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch September 22-23, 2018  | pumpkins

MAMMOTH LAKES: Mammoth Lakes Oktoberfest September 22-24, 2017

SONOMA: Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival September 27-29, 2019 Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, CA

CALIFORNIA: Smithsonian Museum Free Admission Day September 21, 2019

FAIRFIELD: Candy Palooza September 28-29, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA Free admission, some rides and attractions require a fee

MONTEREY: Monterey Bay Birding Festival September 23, 2017 Watsonville Civic Plaza, Watsonville, CA

McCLOUD:  Bike-toberfest September 23, 2017, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
303 Main Street
McCloud, CA 96057
Cost: Free to attend festival, registration options for rides available at McCloud Chamber of Commerce,
Mark your calendars for Bike-toberfest 2017. Mountain and road bike riders will again enjoy supported rides through the beautiful forest that surrounds our historic town. The routes enjoyed in previous years will again invite your joyful participation.

OAKLAND: Dragon Boat Festival: September 23-24, 2017. World-class dragon boat racing, cultural performances, food,  vendors selling clothes and crafts, and kid-friendly activities in Dragon Land. Location: Lake Merritt. Cost: Free. | dragon boat

OROVILLE: Oroville Salmon Festival September 23, 2017, Downtown, Oroville, CA | salmon

PACIFICA: Pacific Coast Fog Fest September 28-29, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission event with race, parade, sand castle competition and bands all day Pacifica CA

REDDING: The Redding Holistic, Psychic and Arts & Crafts Faire September 23, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Win-River Resort & Casino 2100 Redding Rancheria Road Redding, California
Mediums, psychics, astrologers, tarot, Dermatoglyphic and intuitive readers and Aura photography. There will also be holistic practitioners including Reiki, Chiropratic & Massage. For sale will be pendulums, crystals, jewelry, arts and crafts as well as skin and body products. Sound Therapy will be available for all, Cost: $5.00 at the door and adults receive $5 free play from Win-River Casino. You will also receive a ticket for a door prize. Contact Vicki Lawrence (530) 227-6605 or reiki1vicki

SAN FRANCISCO: Annual Peak2Peak Walk September 23, 2017. 12-mile urban trek weaves through hidden stairways and paths connecting neighborhoods, parks, and vistas as you crest 10 peaks along the way.

SAN ANSELMO: San Anselmo Country Fair Day September 24, 2017, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Free admission to the event. Pancake Breakfast at 7-11 a.m. at Downtown Firehouse. Street Fair, Live Music, and Food; 11 a.m. Community Parade Downtown San Anselmo San Anselmo, CA. Light up your life with a parade, live music, children's activities and booths with San Anselmo-based schools, community groups, artisans and shopkeepers.

SAN MIGUEL: Old Mission San Miguel Fiesta September 24, 2017, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Music and festivities begin at Noon. Bring the family and celebrate the 220th anniversary of the mission. Live music, entertainment, BBQ with chicken or Tri-tip $12, optional Mexican food sold, Location: 775 Mission Street San Miguel, CA

WINDSOR: Windsor Tomato & Pepper Fest September 24, 2017

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