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!
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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July Events and Festivals
in Northern California
High Sierra Music Festival -
Fillmore Jazz Festival -
Independence Day Fireworks Jubilee -
family fun, live music, chili cook off, and fireworks! Fireworks Jubilee
Star Spangled Fourth: Lights on the Lake - Lake Tahoe, that is! Lake Tahoe South Shore
Grass Valley's 4th of July Parade and Celebration -
whether it's in Grass Valley this year or Nevada City next year, this annual parade is small town, big charm! 4th of July Parade & Celebration
Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival -
Grass Drag Races, a logging show, and live Blues Bands! Paul Bunyan Mountain & Blues Festival
The World's Largest Salmon Barbeque -
grilled salmon, family, and friends, celebrating the 4th! Salmon Barbecue
Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival -
in historic Downtown Arnold! Call 925-372-8961 for information.
Brentwood CornFest -
celebrating corn in all its forms! Brentwood CornFest
Livermore Shakespeare Festival -
always a crowd-pleaser! Shakespeare Festival
Old Sac Underground -
for the first time in a long time, tour the first-floor basements and hollow sidewalks of Old Sacramento! Old Sac Underground
Mendocino Music Festival -
just look for the great white tents perched on the headlands! Mendocino Music Festival
Los Altos Arts and Wine Festival -
the largest two day, mid-summer example of events and festivals in the Bay Area"! Los Altos Arts & Wine Fest
Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival -
remembering the Blues of Russell City! Russell City Blues
Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee -
hot jazz in the cool Sierra! Jazz Jubilee
Grass Valley's Thursday Night Market -
the Thursday night social event of the year starts up again this month! Thursday Night Market
California State Fair -
adventure awaits you at the California State Fair! State Fair
Kelseyville's Kickin' in the Country Street Dance -
just like the good ol' days! Kickin' in the Country
California Rodeo Salinas -
2010 marked the Centennial Celebration of the California Rodeo in Salinas! California Rodeo
California Worldfest in Grass Valley -
music and dance from around the world! California Worldfest
Marysville Peach Fest -
celebrating peaches in historic Downtown Marysville! Marysville Peach Fest
Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival -
Bluegrass music, small towns and high mountain scenery! Scott Valley Bluegrass Fest
Carmel Bach Festival -
reflecting the highs and lows of the human experience! Carmel Bach Festival
Festival del Sole -
Napa Valley celebrates the art of life! Festival del Sole
Grass Valley's Sidewalk Sale -
come for some summer retail therapy! Sidewalk Sale
Connoisseur's Marketplace -
Menlo Park's "Nirvana for the Festival Lover"! Connoisseur's Marketplace
Gold Discovery Days -
celebrating the discovery of gold at Plumas Eureka State Park! Gold Discovery Days
Wine Country Half Marathon -
from Napa to Sonoma; Runners from all over the world start amongst the vineyards! Napa2Sonoma
Georgetown Jeepers Jamboree -
starts in Georgetown and heads out for the Rubicon Trail! Jeepers Jamboree
Lake Tahoe Music Festival -
an unbelievable six-concert series! Tahoe Music Fest
McCloud Lumberjack Fiesta -
from axe throwing to a watermelon eating contest, it's old-fashioned fun in the sun! Lumberjack Fiesta
Gilroy Garlic Festival -
who hasn't heard of this festival of festivals - celebrating the stinking rose! Gilroy Garlic Festival
Courtland Pear Fair -
Bartlett pears are everywhere in "Pear"adise! Pear Fair
Lake County Wine Adventure -
wine with attitude! Lake County Wine Adventure
Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay -
strawberry lovers unite! Watsonville Strawberry Festival
Fremont Festival of the Arts -
the largest free street festival west of the Mississippi! Fremont Festival of the Arts
Woolgrowers' Barbecue & Sheep Dog Trials (in Boonville) -
over 35 years of BBQ'd lamb and talented dogs driving sheep (which is a little like herding cats)! Woolgrowers' BBQ & Sheep Dog Trials
Bear Valley Music Festival -
World class music amidst mountain grandeur! Bear Valley Music Fest
August Events and Festivals
in Northern California
Woodland Tomato Festival -
tomatoes don't get any better or fresher, even if you grow them yourself! Tomato Festival
San Rafael Food and Wine Festival -
a tasting events and festivals that samples area restaurants and wineries against a background of smooth jazz and classical music! Contact Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC at (800) 310-6563 for more information.
Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival -
celebrating the birth of the Yorkville Highlands Appellation! Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival
San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival -
great music, great food, great wine ... who could ask for more! Outside Lands
Sacramento's Japanese Food and Cultural Bazaar -
flower arranging, tea ceremony, Taiko Drum Clubs! Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar
Fairfield Tomato Festival & West Coast BBQ Championships -
what a great combination of events and festivals! Fairfield Tomato Festival & BBQ
Gualala Art in the Redwoods Festival -
promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961! Art in the Redwoods Festival
Mammoth Festival -
celebrating wine and live music! Mammoth Festival
Klamath Salmon Festival -
visit with the Yurok people at a traditional open pit salmon bar-b-que! Klamath Salmon Festival
Fremont Cajun/Zydeco Festival -
let the music, dancing, and Creole food transport you to N'Orleans! Cajun/Zydeco Festival
Round Valley Blackberry Festival in Covelo -
another Mendocino County Food Fest. Round Valley Blackberry Festival
Hayward Zucchini Festival -
if you love zucchini, help save this festival! Hayward Zucchini Festival
Cotati Accordion Festival -
accordions aren't just for Polkas anymore! Cotati Accordion Festival
Corning Olive Festival -
"Corning does it bedder"! Corning Olive Festival
Pleasanton West Coast Nationals -
a super-charged indoor/outdoor car show! West Coast Nationals
Fresno Greek Festival -
new hours and more attractions to celebrate 50 years of cultural extravaganza! Fresno Greek Fest
Lake Tahoe Lake in the Sky Airshow -
guaranteed fun for the whole family! Lake in the Sky
Shaver Lake Musick Mountain Music Fest -
fantastic music with Krossover, Bruce Conte, and Shuffle-Aires! Musick Mountain Music Fest
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts -
stroll along beautiful tree-lined University Avenue to celebrate the arts! Festival of the Arts
Bodega Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival -
Cedar Plank Salmon to BBQ Oysters, plus music, art, and rubber ducky racing! Bodega Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival
Taste of Petaluma -
Sample everything that Petaluma’s upscale culinary scene has to offer in one afternoon! Taste of Petaluma
September Events and Festivals
in Northern California
California Wine Month - Governor Brown annually proclaims that September is California Wine Month!
Old Sacramento's Gold Rush Days - 200 tons of dirt, turning back the clock on Labor Day Weekend!
The Sausalito Art Festival - world-class artists showcasing their talents on Labor Day Weekend!
Lake County Fair - A favorite summertime event in Lake County!
Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza - exploding over Lake Tahoe!
Mammoth Lakes' Labor Day Festival of the Arts - premier fine arts and crafts festival, also over Labor Day Weekend!
Gualala's Studio Discovery Tour - Labor Day weekend and the weekend after!
Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest - FREE family fun on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend!
Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Festival - must be 21 or older!
Gold Cup Race of Champions - The Biggest Little Sprint Car Race in the World!
CA State Capitol Museum Admission Day Celebration - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM; celebrate California's admittance as the 31st state!
Fort Bragg's Wine Song - celebrate wine, food, music, art and giving!
Palo Cedro Honey Bee Festival - family fun activities, vendors, live entertainment, and the Live Bee Beard Demo!
Chico Palio - kick off Artoberfest with Chico's own version of Italy's Siena Palio horse race!
Tracy Dry Bean Festival - Note: Alas, Bean Town is no more.
Art in the Adobes Festival (Art in the Gardens, as of 2015) - this festival features fine art in the historic Monterey adobe gardens!
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival - more chocolate coming your way!
Pleasanton Harvest Festival - Still the best craft show around featuring American, handmade arts and crafts!
Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival - Two great festivals; One exciting weekend!
Ceres' Assyrian Chaldean Food Festival - Mediterranean food, folkloric dances, entertainment and live music, art and cultural exhibits, and games for the children!
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival - Three day spectacular!
Mountain View Art and Wine Festival - A festival like no other! See for yourself!!
Ebbetts Pass Scenic Celebration - Come Play on the Pass!
Old Time Bluegrass Festival - Ole-time fiddlin' at its best! Note: this event was cancelled in 2013 in favor of smaller fundraiser.
California Brewers Festival - Brews, bands, and bountiful edibles - what more could you want (maybe a good cigar?)!
Chico World Music Festival - a full weekend of musical entertainment, dance, and art!
Willits Roots of Motive Power Festival - Getting all steamed up!
Yuba City Cultural Celebration and Festival - Multi-ethnic entertainment and traditional international foods! Note: moved to June in 2015
Taste of Chico - Fabulous local fare while you stroll Downtown Chico!
American River Music Festival - a celebration of music and moving water!
Mendocino County Fair, Apple Show, and Wool and Fiber Fest - An old fashioned country fair featuring, rodeo, sheep dog trials, animal judging, midway, square dancing hoedown and a parade!
Wine Country Film Festival - A roving festival set amongst spectacular outdoor settings and select theaters!
Bluegrassin' in the Foothills - Amador County's annual Bluegrass Music Festival! Note: event discontinued after 2014.
Ukiah's Fabulous Flashback Car Show and Poker Run - Celebrating the family enjoyment of and interest in restoring and preserving collector automobiles!
ClovisFest & Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly - Arts and Crafts, All Valley Car Show, Multicultural Food Faire, Hot Air Balloons; there's fun for the whole family!
Walnut Creek Walnut Festival - celebrating the walnut harvest season!
Groveland's 49er Festival and Chili Cook-off - Celebrate the California Gold Rush and check out Groveland's nearly world famous Chili Cook-off!
Monterey Bay Birding Festival - From Condors to Snowy Plovers!
Seafarer's Marketplace and Pirate Festival - Ahoy Me Hearties - Come and join the fun!
Oroville Salmon Festival - fish-flavored activities celebrating the spawning salmon!
Taste of Morgan Hill - Local artists, local foods, local beverages - it's local, local, local!
Kelseyville Pear Festival - showcasing a small town's agricultural heritage!
Lake Tahoe Marathon - A week you will never forget! Note: Moved to October 2015
Taste of Lodi - A premier food and wine experience! Note: Looks like this event may have been cancelled as of 2012.
You'll find Northern California events and festivals occur during each and every month of the year!
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