Festivals in California

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In California, you can expect fairly good weather throughout the year. This enables California festivals and fair events to take place from approximately March to October each year. Most festivals take place on a weekend and dates will change each year.

Spring Festivals

From late March to mid June, there are festivals from as far north as the Bay Area all the way down to Southern California.  Some of the larger festivals include:

  • Classic Festival at Pismo Beach, a street rod and classic car show with about 125,000 in attendance
  • Carnaval Primavera Downtown Festival of Huntington Beach, which offers amusement rides, foods, live entertainment, exhibits and arts and crafts and has approximately 350,000 in attendance
  • Taste of the World Festival in Los Angeles, where visitors taste and sample foods from around the world in a day’s visit to this festival with approximately 30,000 in attendance
  • Spring Antique Festival of Petaluma, offering antiques and collectibles from over 180 quality vintage vendors
Summer Festivals

During summer months of late June to late August, you’ll find more arts and entertainment festivals available in California such as:
  • Monterey Bay Reggaefest in Seaside, which has about 10,000 attendees each year and features 3 days of entertainment on 2 stages
  • Danville Fine Arts Festival in Danville, estimating approximately 50,000 attendees and featuring Italian street painters, fine arts and much more
  • Lemon Festival in Chula Vista, expecting 50,000 visitors and offering kids fun rides, arts and crafts and live entertainment.
Fall/Winter Festivals

From September to mid-October, California has 3 Harvest Festivals. Each one is a separate festival from the other, but they do offer similar activities and exhibits:

  • The first Harvest Festival is in Pleasanton in mid-September
  • The second Harvest Festival is in Long Beach in early October
  • The third Harvest Festival is in mid-October in Ventura

Each of these Harvest festivals features unique handmade items by artists and craftsmen, and estimates approximately 12,000 in attendance per festival.  Here are 2 more good sized festivals in Fall/Winter time:

  • Harbor Festival of Morro Bay which is in early September, expects 25,000 people to attend and offers wine, beer and food sampling, arts and crafts, live band entertainment for a $10 entrance fee
  • Fall Arts Festival of Mill Valley takes place in late September and has an approximate annual attendance of 10,000. This festival is respected highly by its visitors and shows some of the most beautiful artwork in a Redwood grove area

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March 06, 2010 change by suegabel

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