California Travel Tips

California’s Old-fashioned Fall Fairs and Fests

Published on: October 08, 2018


In the midst of some of the most crowded urban spaces, congested freeways and biggest cities in the nation, California also retains old-fashioned charm with celebrations that roll back the clock to simpler times. Fall harvest festivals, old days parades, and other events this week remind many of us that there’s no need for high-tech innovations to have fun.

Just ask a kid who sees a trick roper, picks a pumpkin in a patch, and pets barnyard animals.  Ask mom or dad if they have pride when their child marches down Main Street in the small town parade.

California Fests

AGOURA HILLS: Reyes Adobe Days with a hometown parade

AZUSA: Golden Days carnival rides, games

CHINO: Harvest Festival cow milking and seed planting

DEL MAR: Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show craft event at the fairgrounds

DUBLIN: Harvest Fair caramel apples and tractor-pulled hay wagon rides

EXETER: Fall Festival  parade and scarecrows

HALF MOON BAY: Art & Pumpkin Festival

HOLLISTER: Northern California Renaissance Faire at Casa de Fruta

KELSEYVILLE: Harvest Festival grape stomping and pie eating contests

LAKEPORT: Harvest Festival Grape Stomp

McCLOUD: Apple Harvest Festival apple pie contest and fresh juice

MONTEREY PARK: Geranium Festival celebrates town heritage

OAKHURST: Oakhurst Fall Festival carnival

PASO ROBLES: Pioneer Day Parade & Festival parade, free bean feed, whiskerino contest and a hoosegow!

PERRIS: Southern California Fair

PORTERVILLE: Pioneer Days re-enactments with Jackass Mail Run Association’s Live Shoot Out in the Street

QUINCY: Mountain Harvest Festival celebrates the Fall colors of Plumas County

REEDLEY: Reedley Fiesta and Parade, Biggest, Small Town Celebration in the Valley

ROSEMEAD: Fall Fiesta

SAN MARTIN: Uesugi Farms pumpkin patch weigh-off

SANTA BARBARA: Celebration of Harvest Weekend

SANTA YNEZ: The Great Grape Stomp vineyard hay rides

SILVERADO: Country Fair & Folk Festival

SOLVANG: Celebration of Harvest Weekend

UKIAH: Ukiah Pumpkin Festival & Scarecrow City

VALLEY CENTER:  Bates Nut Farm pumpkin patch, scarecrow contest

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