If eating Crab at the Moose, sipping margaritas on CreekWalk while dancing wildly to Skynnyn Lynnyrd, cheering on the participants in a parade, or burning your innards in a jalapeņo contest appeals to your sense adventure, do visit Vacaville for the annual Fiesta Days on Memorial Weekend. The entire downtown dresses up its buildings in Western decor (including bales of hay) so visitors can step into a scene recapturing Vacaville's roots born out of farming & ranching.
Located 37 miles southwest of Sacramento and 65 miles northeast of San Francisco, Vacaville is located along the popular 1-80 corridor best known for The Nut Tree Farms, Jelly Belly Beans and Vacaville Outlets. Hidden gems are just a short drive beyond the chain stores, known by locals in the downtown areas of cities such as Vacaville, Dixon and Fairfield. That's where you'll find the fun, and see the charming historic buildings that create a backdrop for community festivals and parades.
Fiesta Days is a celebration that goes on for nearly a week with the usual beauty queen contests, kids diaper derbies, Crab Boil at the Moose Lodge, BBQ dinners, margaritas & beers, a carnival, and lots of rocking bands at the city's center, CreekWalk, with a shaded park partially surrounded by a creek .
Fiesta Days is held May 26-30, 2011. fiestadays.org