Festivals and Events. For exact festival dates, contact the local visitors bureaus here

Map Call Festival/Event City Founded Rate Range Festival Month
Big Hat Days Fresno Clovis 1938 Free Apr
Rose Bowl Game Los Angeles Pasadena 1914 $$$ Jan
Festival of Lights Eureka Mendocino County 2011 $$ Dec
Candlelight Inn Tour Eureka Mendocino County 1989 $$$ Dec
Mariposa Storytelling Festival Fresno Mariposa 1987 $$$ Mar
Indian Fair Days & Pow Wow Fresno North Fork 1971 $ Aug
Mendocino Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival Eureka Fort Bragg 2001 Varies Nov
JazzAffair Fresno Three Rivers 1974 $ Apr
Sierra Art Trail Open Studio Tour Fresno Oakhurst 2003 $$ Oct
Crab, Wine & Beer Festival Eureka Fort Bragg 2000 $$$ Jan
El Teatro Campesino Los Angeles San Juan Bautista 1965 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
City of Palmdale Recreation & Culture Los Angeles Palmdale 1886 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
City of Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Los Angeles Pasadena 1886 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
City of Pico Rivera Los Angeles Pico Rivera 1958 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Oakhurst Fall Festival Fresno Oakhurst 1992 $$$ Oct
Cherry Blossom Festival Southern CA Los Angeles Los Angeles 2002 $ Apr
Simi Valley Days Los Angeles Simi Valley 1985 $-$$$ Sep
Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Los Angeles Temecula 1983 $$-$$$ May-Jun IFEA
Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival Los Angeles Temecula 2001 Free Mar
Twain Harte Summer Arts & Wine Festival Modesto Twain Harte 1976 Free Jul
Twain Harte Oktoberfest Modesto Twain Harte 2006 Free Oct
Sonora Christmas Festival Modesto Twain Harte 1975 $ Nov
Oakdale Chocolate Festival Modesto Oakdale 1993 $ May
Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival & Plein Air Festival Los Angeles Temecula Free Jun
Iris Festival Los Angeles Porterville 1999 Free Apr
Los Angeles County Fair Los Angeles Pomona 1922 $$ Aug-Sep
Jazzfest West Los Angeles San Dimas 1995 $$$ Jul
Marina Holiday Boat Parade Los Angeles Marina Del Rey 1963 Free Dec
West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval Los Angeles West Hollywood 1987 Free Oct
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Modesto Angels Camp 1928 Free May
A Taste of Greece Los Angeles Irvine 1979 $ Jun
San Clemente Ocean Festival Los Angeles San Clemente 1976 Varies Jul
Mumbo Gumbo Fest Los Angeles Pasadena 2006 $$$ Sep
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Los Angeles Newport Beach 1908 Free Dec
Fairplex Los Angeles Pomona 1922 Varies
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Monterey Pebble Beach 1937 $$$ Feb
Valley Film Festival Los Angeles North Hollywood 2001 $$ Nov
OC Fair & Event Center Los Angeles Costa Mesa 1890 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Los Angeles Auto Show Los Angeles Los Angeles 1907 $$ Nov-Dec IFEA
Outdoor Adventures by Boojum Los Angeles Temecula 1975 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
California Poppy Festival Los Angeles Lancaster 1970 $ Apr
Silverado Days Festival Los Angeles Buena Park 1957 Free Oct
California Strawberry Festival Los Angeles Oxnard 1984 $$ May IFEA
Alameda County Fair Oakland Pleasanton 1912 $ Jun-Jul IFEA
Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival Monterey Pebble Beach 2008 $$$ Apr
Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre: The Ramona Pageant Palm Springs Hemet 1923 $$-$$$ Apr-May
Eastern Sierra Symphony's Summer Festival Reno & Tahoe Mammoth Lakes 1978 $$ Aug
Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey Monterey 1958 $$$ Sep
Oakland Jazz Festival Oakland Oakland $$$ Jul
Glory of Christmas Palm Springs Garden Grove 1981 $$$ Nov-Jan
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Palm Springs Indio 1999 $$$ Apr
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza Reno & Tahoe Mammoth Lakes 1995 $$$ Aug
VillageFest Rib & Chili Cook-Off Reno & Tahoe Mammoth Lakes 2003 Free Jul
California Nut Festival Redding Chico 2006 $$ Apr
Steinbeck Festival Monterey Salinas 1980 Varies May
Sea Otter Classic Monterey Monterey 1990 Apr
Great Gatsby Festival Reno & Tahoe South Lake Tahoe 1986 Varies Aug
Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival Reno & Tahoe South Lake Tahoe 1980 Varies Jul-Aug
California International Airshow Monterey Salinas 1981 $$-$$$ Sep
Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration Oakland Oakland 1995 $ Oct
Banning Stagecoach Days Palm Springs Banning 1957 $ Sep
Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade Palm Springs Palm Desert 1964 Free Oct
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Palm Springs Palm Springs 2007 $$-$$$ Jun
National Field Hockey Festival Palm Springs Indio 1998 Nov
Indian Wells Arts Festival Palm Springs Indian Wells 2002 $$ Apr
La Quinta Arts Festival Palm Springs La Quinta 1982 Mar
Palm Springs International Film Festival Palm Springs Palm Springs 1989 $$$ Jan
Indio International Tamale Festival Palm Springs Indio 1992 Free Dec IFEA
Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Oakland Pleasanton 1983 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
California Rodeo Monterey Salinas 1914 $-$$$ Jul
Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival Palm Springs Indio 2007 $$$ Apr
Sacramento International Film Festival Sacramento Sacramento 1995 $$$ Apr
Sacramento Greek Festival Sacramento Sacramento 1963 $ Aug
Strauss Festival of Elk Grove Sacramento Elk Grove 1987 Free Jul
Pear Fair Sacramento Courtland 1972 Free Jul
Festa Italiana Sacramento Sacramento 1985 $$ Aug
San Joaquin International Film Festival Sacramento Stockton 2008 $-$$ Jan
San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival San Diego San Diego 2004 $$$ Nov
Fleet Week San Diego San Diego San Diego 1997 Varies Sep-Oct
West Coast Brewers Festival Sacramento Sacramento 1999 $$$ May
Coronado Flower Show, Book Fair Motorcars on Mainstreet San Diego Coronado 1925 $ Apr
Coronado Art Walk San Diego Coronado 2006 Free Sep
Poinsettia Bowl San Diego San Diego 2005 $$$ Dec
Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar Sacramento Sacramento 1947 Free Aug
City of Santa Clarita San Diego Santa Clarita 1987 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
San Diego Crew Classic San Diego San Diego 1973 $ Apr
Gold Rush Days Sacramento Sacramento 1999 Free Sep
California Capital Air Show Sacramento Mather 2006 $$ Sep
Mammoth Lakes Open Air Arts & Crafts Fair Reno & Tahoe Mammoth Lakes 1973 Free Aug
SnowGlobe Music Festival Reno & Tahoe South Lake Tahoe 2011 $$$ Dec
Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Week Sacramento Sacramento 2013 Free Sep
Comic-Con International San Diego San Diego 1970 $$$ Jul
Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival Sacramento Elk Grove 1994 $ Oct
City of El Cajon San Diego El Cajon 1912 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
California Honey Festival Sacramento Woodland 2017 Free May IFEA
California State Fair Sacramento Sacramento 1853 $$ Jul
City of Elk Grove Sacramento Elk Grove 1850 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
City of Imperial San Diego Imperial 1904 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Bridal Expo Sacramento Sacramento 1985 $ Jan
Holiday Bowl San Diego San Diego 1978 $$$ Dec
Solano County Fair San Francisco Vallejo 1949 Varies Aug
Emerald Bowl San Francisco San Francisco 2002 $$$ Dec
Chinese New Year Festival & Parade San Francisco San Francisco 1860 Varies Feb
Super Bowl 50 San Jose Santa Clara 1967 $$$ Feb
Ghiradelli Square Chocolate Festival San Francisco San Francisco 1995 $$ Sep
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show San Francisco San Mateo 1986 $$ Mar
ArtSpan / San Francisco Open Studios San Francisco San Francisco 1975 Free Oct
Asian Heritage Street Celebration San Francisco San Francisco 2005 Free May
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival San Francisco San Francisco 1996 Free Sep
Haight Ashbury Street Fair San Francisco San Francisco 1978 $ Jun
Autumn Moon Festival San Francisco San Francisco 1991 Free Sep
Morgan Hill Independence Day Celebration, Inc. Parade San Jose Morgan Hill 1896 Free Jul
Cherry Blossom Festival of Northern California San Francisco San Francisco 1967 Free Apr
Roll Out the Barrels Weekend San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo 1990 $$$ Jun
Morro Bay Harbor Festival San Luis Obispo Morro Bay 1982 Free Oct
Carnaval San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco 1978 Free May
Fillmore Street Jazz Festival San Francisco San Francisco 1985 Free Jul
Uncorked - The San Francisco Wine Festival San Francisco San Francisco $$$ May
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon San Francisco San Francisco 1980 Free Jun
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo 1993 $$$ Mar
San Francisco International Beer Festival San Francisco San Francisco 1983 $$$ Apr
Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras San Jose Morgan Hill 1980 Free May IFEA
Stern Grove Festival San Francisco San Francisco 1938 Free Jun-Aug
American Indian Film Festival San Francisco San Francisco 1975 $-$$ Nov
City of San Jose Cultural Affairs San Jose San Jose 1777 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Christmas in the Park San Jose San Jose 1950 Nov-Dec
Fleet Week San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco 1967 Free Oct
Paso Robles Wine Festival San Luis Obispo Paso Robles 1982 $$$ May
Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Windsor 1989 $ Jun
Cotati Jazz Festival Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Cotati 1980 Free Jun
I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival Santa Barbara Santa Barbara 1987 Free May
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Guerneville 1976 $$$ Sep
Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Bodega 1994 $$ Aug
Camarillo's Old Town Musicfest Santa Barbara Camarillo 2004 $$$ Sep
Bastille Day Santa Barbara Santa Barbara 1988 Free Jul
California Wine Festival Santa Barbara Santa Barbara 2004 $$$ Jul
High Sierra Regatta Santa Barbara Fresno 1953 Free Jul
Yountville Festival of Lights Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Yountville 1989 Free Nov
Napa Holiday Tour Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Yountville $$$ Dec
Wings Over Wine Country Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Santa Rosa 1990 $$ Aug
Sonoma County Fair Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Santa Rosa 1936 $ Jul-Aug
Art in the Redwoods Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Gualala 1961 $ Aug
Sonoma County Harvest Fair Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Santa Rosa 1976 $ Oct
Willits Frontier Days Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa Valley Willits 1926 Varies Jul
Newport Beach Film Festival Los Angeles Newport Beach 1999 $ Apr
Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Los Angeles Pasadena 1890 $$$ Jan IFEA
Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee Reno & Tahoe Mammoth Lakes 1989 $$$ Jul
Sausalito Art Festival San Francisco Sausalito 1952 $$ Sep IFEA
Gilroy Garlic Festival San Jose Gilroy 1979 $$ Jul
BerryFest Sacramento Roseville 1990 $ May
Department of Recreation, Hospitality & Parks Management, California State University, Chico Redding Chico 1962 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Ripon Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles Ripon 1876 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
The Flower Fields San Diego Carlsbad 1938 Varies Mar-May
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