California Travel Tips

Ethnic Festival Fun in Immigrant Capital of California

Published on: April 14, 2018


Pictured is the Scandinavian Festival in Thousand Oaks.

California is the immigrant capital of the nation with 10+ million residents (27%) born in another country. To many of them the homeland isn’t just a heritage learned about through an DNA test. It is a remembrance of native landscapes, cultural mores, cuisine and family bonds. These California residents sometimes form their own communities of shared background and languages right here in our Golden State. Little Saigon in Westminster / Garden Grove and Chinatown in San Francisco are a few such places that have become tourist attractions offering another world of things to see, do and taste without leaving the U.S.

Cities such as Solvang (Danish Capital of America) and Kingsburg (California’s Swedish Village,) ¬†have hung their hat on a specific culture as marketing tools to promote tourism and commerce.

Whatever your roots, don’t overlook the fun cultural festivals celebrating Danes, Swedes, Russians, Greeks, Mexicans, Native Americans … and the list goes on and on.

Scandinavian / Swedish / Danish Festivals

Russian / Hungarian Festivals

Scottish Festivals

  • Woodland’s Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival April 28-29
  • Costa Mesa ScotsFest May 26-27

Greek Festivals

  • Oakland Greek Festival May 18-20
  • Orange County Greek Festival May May 18-20

Native American Pow Wows

  • CSU Dominguez Hills Annual Pow Wow April 21-22
  • Sherman Indian High School (Riverside) Pow Wow April 21
  • UCLA Powwow May 5-6

Mexican / Peruvian

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