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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.

ANDERSON: Redding Fire Festival September 28-29, 2019
 Shasta District Fair & Event Center  1890 Briggs Street firefestivals.com

AUBURN: The Pepper Festival & Hot Sauce Expo Saturday, September 14, 2019 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Food. Music. Fun. Hot Sauces. & Peppers! A family-friendly event raising funds for local children's charities. Featuring LIVE, upbeat musicians and bands. Incredible Food Trucks, Celebrity Chef throw down competitions, Great Shopping, Hot Pepper Eating Contest, Salsa Dancing Demonstrations and an Adult Bounce House (yes, that's real). The Hot Sauce Expo is back with more small batch hot sauce companies from around the country. Try their sauces and stock up your hot sauce collection with some of the most amazingly unique, hot, tasty and flavorful hot sauces you'll find anywhere in one spot. Then vote for your favorite sauces at the festival. Location: Gold Country Fairgrounds and Event Center 1273 High St., Auburn, CA 95603  

ANAHEIM: Anaheim Craft & Vintage Fair September 21, 2019, 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

CALIFORNIA: fiestas patrias 

VISTA: Viking Festival September 21-22, 2019
Guajome Academy & Vista High School
2006 E. Vista Way
$15, $5 parking, vistavikingfestival.com
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.

WOODSIDE: Harvest Festival at Filoli September 28, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Filoli
86 Canada Road
Woodside, CA
$30, filoli.org
Pumpkin Crafts, Sound of Hope Radio Network, Sukkah Decorating with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County, Petting Zoo, San Francisco ZooMobile, Baby Doll Sheep, Puppet Show, Line Dancing Lessons with Bluegrass Music by Wildcat Mountain Ramblers. Tacolicious and Shampas Pies Food Stands, Beer tasting from Fort Point Beer Company, Meadow Bar Cider tasting and limited fruit tasting, plus wine & beer for sale.  Clock Tower Shop sells Filoli fruit butters and honey Quail’s Nest Cafe is open.

PASADENA: Tastes & Sounds Fall Crawl September 28, 2019, 12-5 p.m. on South Lake. Pasadena's free, family-friendly, outdoor, district-wide celebration features live music promotions from 29 area businesses, giveaways, an interactive vendor village, free photo booth session, trivia game with prizes and giveaways Music Stage at The Shops on Lake, 345 S. Lake Avenue. Music line up: Sunflower Bean | Ella Vos  | Ximena Sarinana | KCRW DJ Raul Campos spinning between sets. Free admission, southlakeavenue.org

Past Events

PLEASANTON: Bay Area Pet Fair September 15-16, 2018. Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 10am - 5pm Alameda County Fairgrounds, bayareapetfair.org

MILLBRAE: Millbrae Art & Wine Festival  August 31-September 1, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. free admission
Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow
Millbrae Chamber of Commerce
millbrae.miramarevents.com

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Festa Coloniale Italiana September 15, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
1630 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
 sfiacfesta.com

CARLSBAD: Legoland Brick or Treat  September -October,   LEGOLAND California
(760) 918-5346
One LEGOLAND Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
$49-up, Special Event -Brick-or-Treat Party Nights tickets, legoland.com

SAN DIEGO: Cabrillo Festival September 28, 2019 Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA

DEL MAR: Gem Faire  Scottish Rite Center. $7 admission, gemfaire.com

REDWOOD CITY: Redwood City Salsa Festival Location: Courthouse Square, Redwood City, CA
redwoodcityevents.com

SAN FRANCISCO: Autumn Moon Festival This event features multicultural entertainment, traditional lion and dragon dances, arts and crafts, lantern village, moon cakes and children's activities.   Grant Ave. between California and Pacific Streets. moonfestival.org

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

PASADENA: A Taste of Old Pasadena 

VENTURA: Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival September Ventura Harbor Village
1583 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
805-650-9858
venturaartfestival.com
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 $10. The fee includes a small box of chalk pastels. This event raises funds for two local charities. 

CHULA VISTA: South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival Bayside Park
Chula Vista, CA 
southbaypride.org

BRENTWOOD: Art, Wine & Jazz Festival Art, Wine & Jazz Festival September 22-23, 2018
The Streets of Brentwood, Brentwood, CA.
brentwoodartsociety.org

LIVERMORE: Taste of Downtown
Downtown Livermore
livermoredowntown.com
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
Ghirardelli.com
ghirardelli.com/chocolate-festival-2018
23rd annual event -- Discover unique chocolate desserts and delicacies from Ghirardelli and beyond at this annual chocolate celebration.

OAKLAND: Pride September 9, 2018, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
oaklandpride.org

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

WILMINGTON: Fiestas Patrias September 14-16, 2018
fiestadecarnival.com

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

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

SAN FRANCISCO: Japan Film Festival Pop Summit September 28-October 7, 2018
jffsf.org
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
blackoakcasino.com

BAKERSFIELD: Bridal Show at Bakersfield Marriott September 10, 2017, 12-3 p.m.
$15-25, kerncountybridalassociation.com

STOCKTON: El Grito Festival September 10, 2017, 2 p.m.-12 a.m.
Water Front Amphitheater
445 W. Weber St
Stockton, CA 95203
$10, facebook.com/figueroaent209/
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, colosssugirlent.com 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 timelesstreasuresboutiques.com 100+ artisans at Fall and Halloween craft festival boutique. Free admission, live music, free cup of coffee, ample free parking. New items daily.

PLYMOUTH: Barbera Festival  September 16, 2017 Location: Terra d'Oro Winery 20680 Shenandoah School Rd Plymouth, CA. $30-51, barberafestival.com

HOLLISTER: Northern California Renaissance Faire September 16 - October 15, 2017 Casa de Fruta norcalrenfaire.com 

SOLVANG: Solvang Danish Days September 16-18, 2016 Location: Solvang, CA

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

INGLEWOOD: Hispanic Heritage Festival, September 16, 2017, Free, cityofinglewood.org | 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, monroviacc.com $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.
manaleohcf.org/aloha-festival | polynesian

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

OCEANSIDE: Harbor Days September 16-17, 2017. kennedyfaires.com

MONTEREY: Monterey Jazz Festival September 15-17, 2017

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

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

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, Luiseño, and Kumeyaay.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach Cost: $16-30, aquariumofpacific.org

CARMEL: 54th Annual Sandcastle September 16, 2017,  8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Carmel Beach Scenic, south of 10th Carmel-by-the-Sea, California ci.carmel.ca.us or aiamontereybay.org | 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. fairoakspark.org

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.  visitferndale.com

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

GOLETA: Lemon Festival and Fall Classic Car Show (Sept.16) September 16-17, 2017. Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Girsh Park 7050 Phelps Road Goleta, CA
lemonfestival.com Free admission

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

CHULA VISTA: Bonitafest September 16, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Twilight Parade September 15, 2017, 6 p.m. in Rohr Park, chulavistaca.gov
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. lakecochamber.com/clear-lake-seaplane-splash-in/ | clearlakesplashin.com

CRESTON: Creston, CA Classic Rodeo September 14-17, 2017. Location: 6180 Webster Road Creston, CA. crestonclassicrodeo.org | 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
kermanchamber.org
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
parks.ca.gov
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 downeyca.org

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

ONTARIO: Route 66 Reunion September 15-17, 2017
Euclid Avenue
Ontario, CA
Route66CruisinReunion.com
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 16, 2017, 10 a.m. Parade Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park
Oakhurst, CA  fresnoflatsmuseum.org Parade at 10 a.m. After the parade try gold panning, tour the village, watch blacksmiths, enjoy a BBQ with live music, watch wool spinning and weaving, and more. Parade route: the parade will travel down School Road­ 427 ­to Road 426, ending at Golden Oak Drive.

NEWARK: Newark Days September 20-23, 2018
newarkdays.org
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. nevadacountyfair.com

KERNVILLE: Kern River Rock N Blues Festival

LOS ANGELES: Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival

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

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

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 2018. Old World Festival Hall, Huntington Beach, CA oldworld.ws

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. angelusplaza.org

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
jellybelly.com 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, mccloudchamber.com
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 pacificcoastfogfest.com

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 @gmail.com

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. walksf.org

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. townofsananselmo.org

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 missionsanmiguel.org

WINDSOR: Windsor Tomato & Pepper Fest September 24, 2017

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