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Events and Festivals:
April through June


Norcal Events and Festivals
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These are the community events that celebrate the joie de vivre of an area; they put a sparkle in our eyes, a smile on our faces, and a spring in our steps - whether they're about food, music, dance, drink, nature, or ethnic diversity!


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April Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Lupine on Table Mountain by Wolf Rosenberg
Lupine on Table Mountain
Photo by Wolf Rosenberg

Suisun's Scenic Limited Trains -
wildflowers in the Wild West! Scenic Limited Trains

Gualala's Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival - this Whale and Jazz Festival rocks! Whale & Jazz

Pebble Beach's Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine - life is good at Pebble Beach! Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Quincy's A Taste of Plumas -
the best of Plumas County events and festivals! A Taste of Plumas

Sonoma's International Film Festival -
filmmakers and film lovers paired with food, wine, and more! Sonoma International Film Festival

Manteca's Crossroads Street Faire -
Hook, Wine and Sneakers! Crossroads Street Faire

SF's Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Faire -
25 years and still going strong! Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Fair

Menlo Park's Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival -
Held annually for 31 years! Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival

Redding's Kool April Nites -
bobby sox, ponytails, and poodle skirts; it's a 1950's classic car show!
Kool April Nites

Arcata's Godwit Days Bird Festival -
it's all about the birds! Godwit Days

Red Bluff's Annual Red Bluff Round-up -
don't miss the Wild Horse Race climax each day! Red Bluff Round-up

Chico's California Nut Festival -
Chicoans love their nuts! California Nut Festival

UC Davis Picnic Day -
for 96 years - free and open to everyone! UC Davis Picnic Days

Earth Day -
celebrating over 40 years of events and festivals! Earth Day

Paradise's Gold Nugget Days -
a California Gold Rush celebration of the Dogtown Nugget! Gold Nugget Days

Walnut Creek's Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Festival -
35 years of fine arts and crafts! Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Stockton Asparagus Festival -
one of NorCal's BEST Food Festivals (IMHO)! Stockton Asparagus Festival

San Francisco's International Film Festival -
SF's answer to Cannes! SF International Film Festival

Petaluma's Butter and Egg Days -
celebrates Petaluma's close association with the dairy industry. Butter and Egg Days

Petaluma's Annual Spring Antique Fair -
associated with Butter and Egg Days (see above)! Spring Antique Fair

Cupertino's Cherry Blossom Festival -
winner of Bay Area Parent's Best Festival Award! Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

Sebastopol's Apple Blossom Festival - -
must be Spring, with all these blossoms in the air! Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival

Red Bluff's Civil War Days -
"Clash at Dog Island"! There's no URL for next year; Google Red Bluff Civil War Days in January or February to see if anything pops up. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Woodland's Scottish Festival & Games -
the gathering of the Clans! Scottish Festival & Games

Passport to Dry Creek Valley -
celebrating over 135 years of wine making! Passport to Dry Creek Valley

Vallejo's Annual Daffodil Tea -
celebrating St. Peter's Chapel! Daffodil Tea

Rivers of Chocolate in Saratoga -
who doesn't like chocolate events and festivals? Rivers of Chocolate

Chico Wildflower Century Ride -
Wildflower, Mildflower, Flatflower, Childflower ... take your pick! Wildflower Century Ride

San Francisco's Opening Day on the Bay -
the traditional start to NorCal's Sailing Season! Opening Day on the Bay

Grass Valley's Downtown Car Show -
a spectacular and vast variety of pre-1972 classics, customs, and one-of-a-kinds! Downtown Car Show

Big Sur's International Marathon -
"Best Destination Marathon" per Runner's World magazine! Big Sur International Marathon



May Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Romani Woman

Sebastopol's Herdeljezi Festival -
celebrate the coming of Spring and Summer the Romani way! Herdeljezi Festival

Mountain View's Annual A la Carte & Art -
17 years of fine arts & crafts plus specialty pre-packaged food! A la Carte & Art

Oroville's Bidwell Bar Day -
bringing back the good ole days of the California Gold Rush! Bidwell Bar Day

San Francisco's Norway Day Festival -
celebrating Norway and its contributions! Norway Day Festival

San Francisco's Cinco de Mayo Festival -
the Mission Neighborhood has been celebrating Cinco de Mayo for over 50 years! Cinco de Mayo

Boonville's Legendary Boonville Beer Fest -
The bahlest steinber hornin’, chiggrul gormin’, tidrick in the heelch of the Boont Region! That's Boontling (Boonville's own private language) for (loosely translated) "The best beer drinking, food eating party in all the Boonville Region!" Legendary Boonville Beer Fest

Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa, and Beer Tasting -
if you like it spicy, Petaluma's the place to be! Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, etc.

Paradise Chocolate Fest -
chocolate in Paradise sounds just about perfect! Paradise Chocolate Fest

El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire -
celebrating the arts and the zins! 2010 Art & Wine Affaire

Redding Rodeo -
it's all about cowgirls and cowboys! Redding Rodeo

Petaluma's Salute to "American Graffiti" -
"Where were you in '62? Salute to "American Graffiti"

Healdsburg's Taste Alexander Valley -
Features reserve wines and exquisite tapas! Taste Alexander Valley

Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee -
Mark Twain immortalized it in 1865! Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee

Annual Northern California Solar Regatta -
Student designed and built solar powered boats - It's a winner event! Annual Northern California Solar Regatta

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival -
the ultimate in grape juice! Just kidding - it's really wonderful wine! Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Castroville Artichoke Festival -
one of my absolute favorites, both the festival and the vegetable!! "Thistle Be Fun"

Oakdale's Chocolate Festival -
What is the meaning of life? Chocolate! Oakdale Chocolate Festival

Santa Rosa's Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival -
a Santa Rosa tradition! Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival

Mountain View's A La Carte and Art -
an open-air street faire on steroids! A La Carte and Art

Knights Landing's Gourd Art Festival -
it's amazing what a little carving, sanding, burning, dying, polishing, and paint can do! Gourd Art Festival

San Francisco's Bay to Breakers 12K -
a celebration of San Francisco's spirit! Bay to Breakers

San Francisco's Uncorked Wine Festival -
wine seminars and chef demos; and it's free! Uncorked Wine Festival

Sacramento's Pacific Rim Street Festival -
celebrating Asian Pacific Rim cultures! Pacific Rim Street Fest

Sacramento's Jazz Festival and Jubilee -
this is BIG - over 60 bands and 450 sets of live music! Sac Jazz

San Francisco's Carnaval San Francisco -
celebrating Spring and calling back the sun! Carnaval San Francisco

Pleasant Valley's Rocks and Rhones Festival -
in the heart of the Gold Country's Wine Country! Rocks and Rhones Festival

Grass Valley's Sierra Festival of the Arts -
an annual street faire featuring fine ar and crafts by California artists! Sierra Festival of the Arts

San Ramon's Annual Art & Wind Festival -
27 years of fine arts and crafts! Art & Wind Festival

San Francisco's International Beer Festival -
over 300 beers to taste! International Beer Fest


June Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Apricot
Apricots;
(CC) Thomas

Ben Lomand's
Redwood Mountain Faire
music, arts and crafts, munchies, and more in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Redwood Mountain Faire

Centerville's
49er Day Faire -
it starts with a traditional Pancake Breakfast on Honey Run Covered Bridge!
Call
(530) 893-9667 for information

Mendocino's Film Festival -

Cannes has nothing on us! Mendocino Film Festival


Patterson Apricot Fiesta -
Nationally famous since it's 2008 New York Times write-up! Patterson Apricot Fiesta


Berkeley's Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival -
Eat the chocolate, not the chalk! Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival

Modesto's Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show -
Part of Graffiti Summer; relive the Graffiti years! Graffiti Classic Car Show

Vallejo's Pista sa Nayon -
This Filipino "town festival" includes a Stick Fighting Tournament! Pista sa Nayon

Sonora's Concert in the Vines -
Hors d'oeuvres paired with wines plus music by Josh Pfeiffer and his band! Concert in the Vines

Fair Play Wine Festival -
Best kept secret in El Dorado County! Fair Play Wine Festival

Sunset Magazine's Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park -
Checkout Sunset's headquarters and catch the latest! Celebration Weekend

Squaw Valley's Everthing Lavender -
Nature's Aromatherapy! Everything Lavender

Santa Rosa's Peggy Sue's All American Cruise -
Sonoma County's largest car show! All American Cruise

Angels Camp's Reggae in the Hills -
A three-day Reggae Rock Festival! Reggae in the Hills

Santa Cruz Scottish Festival -
welcome lads and lassies to the gathering of the clans! Santa Cruz Scottish Festival

Dunsmuir's Railroad Days -
Vintage trains, model trains, and mini-train rides! Railroad Days

Santa Rosa's Harmony Festival -
Hippy Dippy Counter Culture makes this the hippest festival around! Harmony Festival
Note: this event has been cancelled for 2012, possibly to return in the future

Chico's Country Faire and Annual Threshing Bee -
a hands-on farming lesson! Patrick Ranch Museum

Plymouth's ROCK'in the Vineyard at Young's Vineyard - an annual benefit concert fundraiser event for Families for Early Autism Treatment! ROCK'in the Vineyard

Yuba County's Golden West Regional Fly-In and Airshow -
from model airplanes to the real things! Golden West Regional Fly-In

Mammoth Lakes' Mammoth Motocross -
for racers and spectators alike! Mammoth Motocross

Boonville's Sierra Nevada World Music Festival -
celebrating the universal spirit of music! SNWMF World Music Festival

Red Bluff's Crawdad Festival -
the best Crawdad Festival west of New Orleans has moved to Red Bluff! Crawdad Festival

Yreka's Annual Gold Rush Days -
from gold rush stories and cowboy shoot-'em-ups to fiddlers and square dances! Gold Rush Days

Dunsmuir's Tribute to the Trees Concert -
Rhythm Del Rio is the theme, and music from the Americas, north and south is the entertainment! Tribute to the Trees

Danville's Fine Arts Faire -
high quality arts and crafts, plus Italian Street Painters, staged along Danville's quaint Hartz Avenue! Fine Arts Faire

Chester's Annual Mile High 100 -
not a race, a collection of tours for cyclists of all abilities set in the beautiful Southern Cascades! Annual Mile High 100

Vallejo's Northern California Pirate Festival -
pirates, pirates, everywhere - beware ye don't hafta walk th' plank, matey! NorCal Pirate Festival

Arcata Oyster Festival -
roasted, BBQ'd, fried, on the half shell and on the pizza! Arcata Oyster Festival

Cloverdale Beer Fest -
a great evening for celebrating a tasty sampling of Northern California beers while helping the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center! Cloverdale Beer Fest

Willits Frontier Days -
California's Oldest Continuous Rodeo! Willits Frontier Days

Chester's A Few Brews and A Banjo -
micro brews and music along the Feather River! A Few Brews and A Banjo 

Sonoma Lavender Food and Wine Festival -
from lavender cuisine to lavender crafts, it's all about lavender! Sonoma Lavender Food and Wine Festival

Oakland's Annual Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival -
Bringing you fine arts and crafts for 38 years! Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival

San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade -
Forty and Fabulous in 2010! SF's Pride Celebration and Parade

Grass Valley's Gold Rush Days -
step back in time to the gold miners' day in downtown Grass Valley! Gold Rush Days

Calaveras Passport Days -
taste the world of Calaveras wines! Calaveras Passport Days

San Francisco's Oyster Fest -
it's all about oysters - and beer - and music; I'm think YUUUMMM - what're YOU thinking! SF Oyster Fest



You'll find Northern California events and festivals occur during each and every month of the year!

  • January through March Events and Festivals
    Food festivals, music festivals, whale festivals, and a LOT about chocolate! 
  • April through June Events and Festivals
    Spring has sprung and we're getting outdoors!
  • July through September Events and Festivals
    Summer's rolling on into Autumn with harvest festivals and wine events!
  •  October through December Events and Festivals
    Fall into Winter with whale watching and snow sports!

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