Norcal Events and Festivals
For Friends and Family
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!
So I'm gathering Northern California's celebrations together in one place for your pleasure and convenience. This is a work in progress and I'll be adding more, but if your event is missing and you'd like it included, just let me know here.
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April Events and Festivals
in Northern California
Lupine on Table Mountain Photo by Wolf Rosenberg
Suisun's Scenic Limited Trains -
Gualala's Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival - this Whale and Jazz Festival rocks!
Pebble Beach's Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine - life is good at Pebble Beach!
Quincy's A Taste of Plumas -
Sonoma's International Film Festival - filmmakers and film lovers paired with food, wine, and more!
Manteca's Crossroads Street Faire - Hook, Wine and Sneakers!
SF's Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Faire - 25 years and still going strong!
Menlo Park's Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival - Held annually for 31 years!
Redding's Kool April Nites - bobby sox, ponytails, and poodle skirts; it's a 1950's classic car show!
Arcata's Godwit Days Bird Festival - it's all about the birds!
Red Bluff's Annual Red Bluff Round-up - don't miss the Wild Horse Race climax each day!
Chico's California Nut Festival - Chicoans love their nuts!
UC Davis Picnic Day - for 96 years - free and open to everyone!
Earth Day - celebrating over 40 years of events and festivals!
Paradise's Gold Nugget Days - a California Gold Rush celebration of the Dogtown Nugget!
Walnut Creek's Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Festival - 35 years of fine arts and crafts!
Stockton Asparagus Festival - one of NorCal's BEST Food Festivals (IMHO)!
San Francisco's International Film Festival - SF's answer to Cannes!
Petaluma's Butter and Egg Days - celebrates Petaluma's close association with the dairy industry.
Petaluma's Annual Spring Antique Fair - associated with Butter and Egg Days (see above)!
Cupertino's Cherry Blossom Festival - winner of Bay Area Parent's Best Festival Award!
Sebastopol's Apple Blossom Festival - must be Spring, with all these blossoms in the air!
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!
Passport to Dry Creek Valley - celebrating over 135 years of wine making!
Vallejo's Annual Daffodil Tea - celebrating St. Peter's Chapel!
Rivers of Chocolate in Saratoga - who doesn't like chocolate events and festivals?
Chico Wildflower Century Ride - Wildflower, Mildflower, Flatflower, Childflower ... take your pick!
San Francisco's Opening Day on the Bay - the traditional start to NorCal's Sailing Season!
Grass Valley's Downtown Car Show - a spectacular and vast variety of pre-1972 classics, customs, and one-of-a-kinds!
Big Sur's International Marathon - "Best Destination Marathon" per Runner's World magazine!
May Events and Festivals
in Northern California
Sebastopol's Herdeljezi Festival - celebrate the coming of Spring and Summer the Romani way!
Mountain View's Annual A la Carte & Art - 17 years of fine arts & crafts plus specialty pre-packaged food!
Oroville's Bidwell Bar Day - bringing back the good ole days of the California Gold Rush!
San Francisco's Norway Day Festival - celebrating Norway and its contributions!
San Francisco's Cinco de Mayo Festival - the Mission Neighborhood has been celebrating Cinco de Mayo for over 50 years!
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!"
Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa, and Beer Tasting - if you like it spicy, Petaluma's the place to be!
Paradise Chocolate Fest - chocolate in Paradise sounds just about perfect!
El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire - celebrating the arts and the zins!
Redding Rodeo - it's all about cowgirls and cowboys!
Petaluma's Salute to "American Graffiti" - "Where were you in '62?
Healdsburg's Taste Alexander Valley - Features reserve wines and exquisite tapas!
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee - Mark Twain immortalized it in 1865!
Annual Northern California Solar Regatta - Student designed and built solar powered boats - It's a winner event!
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival - the ultimate in grape juice! Just kidding - it's really wonderful wine!
Castroville Artichoke Festival - one of my absolute favorites, both the festival and the vegetable!!
Oakdale's Chocolate Festival - What is the meaning of life? Chocolate!
Santa Rosa's Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival - a Santa Rosa tradition!
Mountain View's A La Carte and Art - an open-air street faire on steroids!
Knights Landing's Gourd Art Festival - it's amazing what a little carving, sanding, burning, dying, polishing, and paint can do!
San Francisco's Bay to Breakers 12K - a celebration of San Francisco's spirit!
San Francisco's Uncorked Wine Festival - wine seminars and chef demos; and it's free!
Sacramento's Pacific Rim Street Festival - celebrating Asian Pacific Rim cultures!
Sacramento's Jazz Festival and Jubilee - this is BIG - over 60 bands and 450 sets of live music!
San Francisco's Carnaval San Francisco - celebrating Spring and calling back the sun!
Pleasant Valley's Rocks and Rhones Festival - in the heart of the Gold Country's Wine Country!
Grass Valley's Sierra Festival of the Arts - an annual street faire featuring fine ar and crafts by California artists!
San Ramon's Annual Art & Wind Festival - 27 years of fine arts and crafts!
San Francisco's International Beer Festival - over 300 beers to taste!
June Events and Festivals
in Northern California
Redwood Mountain Faire - music, arts and crafts, munchies, and more in the Santa Cruz Mountains!
Centerville's 49er Day Faire - it starts with a traditional Pancake Breakfast on Honey Run Covered Bridge!
Mendocino's Film Festival - Cannes has nothing on us!
Patterson Apricot Fiesta - Nationally famous since it's 2008 New York Times write-up!
Berkeley's Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival - Eat the chocolate, not the chalk!
Modesto's Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show - Part of Graffiti Summer; relive the Graffiti years!
Vallejo's Pista sa Nayon - This Filipino "town festival" includes a Stick Fighting Tournament!
Sonora's Concert in the Vines - Hors d'oeuvres paired with wines plus music by Josh Pfeiffer and his band!
Fair Play Wine Festival - Best kept secret in El Dorado County!
Sunset Magazine's Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park - Checkout Sunset's headquarters and catch the latest!
Squaw Valley's Everthing Lavender - Nature's Aromatherapy!
Santa Rosa's Peggy Sue's All American Cruise - Sonoma County's largest car show!
Angels Camp's Reggae in the Hills - A three-day Reggae Rock Festival!
Santa Cruz Scottish Festival - welcome lads and lassies to the gathering of the clans!
Dunsmuir's Railroad Days - Vintage trains, model trains, and mini-train rides!
Santa Rosa's Harmony Festival - Hippy Dippy Counter Culture makes this the hippest festival around!
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!
Plymouth's ROCK'in the Vineyard at Young's Vineyard - an annual benefit concert fundraiser event for Families for Early Autism Treatment!
Yuba County's Golden West Regional Fly-In and Airshow - from model airplanes to the real things!
Mammoth Lakes' Mammoth Motocross - for racers and spectators alike!
Boonville's Sierra Nevada World Music Festival - celebrating the universal spirit of music!
Red Bluff's Crawdad Festival - the best Crawdad Festival west of New Orleans has moved to Red Bluff!
Yreka's Annual Gold Rush Days - from gold rush stories and cowboy shoot-'em-ups to fiddlers and square dances!
Dunsmuir's Tribute to the Trees Concert - Rhythm Del Rio is the theme, and music from the Americas, north and south is the entertainment!
Danville's Fine Arts Faire - high quality arts and crafts, plus Italian Street Painters, staged along Danville's quaint Hartz Avenue!
Chester's Annual Mile High 100 - not a race, a collection of tours for cyclists of all abilities set in the beautiful Southern Cascades!
Vallejo's Northern California Pirate Festival - pirates, pirates, everywhere - beware ye don't hafta walk th' plank, matey!
Arcata Oyster Festival - roasted, BBQ'd, fried, on the half shell and on the pizza!
Cloverdale Beer Fest - a great evening for celebrating a tasty sampling of Northern California beers while helping the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center!
Willits Frontier Days - California's Oldest Continuous Rodeo!
Chester's A Few Brews and A Banjo - micro brews and music along the Feather River!
Sonoma Lavender Food and Wine Festival - from lavender cuisine to lavender crafts, it's all about lavender!
Oakland's Annual Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival - Bringing you fine arts and crafts for 38 years!
San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade - Forty and Fabulous in 2010!
Grass Valley's Gold Rush Days - step back in time to the gold miners' day in downtown Grass Valley!
Calaveras Passport Days - taste the world of Calaveras wines!
San Francisco's Oyster Fest - it's all about oysters - and beer - and music; I'm think YUUUMMM - what're YOU thinking!
You'll find Northern California events and festivals occur during each and every month of the year!
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