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

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