Discover Northern California's
Events and Festivals:

October through December

NorCal Events and Festivals
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These are the community festivities 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 we've gathered Northern California's celebrations together in one place for your pleasure and convenience. This is a work in progress and we'll be adding more, but if your event is missing and you'd like it included, just let us know here.

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October Events and Festivals
in Northern California

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Chico's Artoberfest - fills the month of October with a celebration of art and culture!

San Benito County Fair - a genuine old-fashioned county fair!

Davis Jazz and Beat Festival - The Beat Goes On!

Los Banos Tomato Festival - let me count the ways we like our tomatoes!

Sonoma County Harvest Fair - this harvest fair is all about the wine!

Lone Pine Film Festival - a film festival yes, but so much more! 

National Yo-Yo Championships in Chico - the longest running National Championship in the world!

Dixon's Lambtown Festival - Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, have you any wool? 

Johnny Appleseed Days in Paradise - the oldest harvest festival in California (since 1888)! 

Elk Grove's Giant Pumpkin Festival - pumpkins and scarecrows and regattas, oh my! 

Twain Harte Oktoberfest - an oompah beat plus brats and brews! 

The Big Crush Harvest Festival in Plymouth - wines from the barrel and the bottle! 

Sierra Art Trails of Yosemite Foothills - an open studio tour in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada!

Arts and Olive Festival of Redwood City - rustic olives, home-cured olives, and cooking with olives and olive oil! Note: There is no festival in 2015, but the organizers plan to be back in 2016.

Carmel Art and Film Festival - 5 days of film, contemporary art, fresh music, and modern photography! 

San Francisco's Fleet Week - honoring the dedication to duty and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces! 

Taste of Carmel - Thursday Night Fever at Carmel Mission! 

Fort Bragg's Abalone Cook-off and Festival - who has the best wild abalone recipe? You be the judge! 

Weaverville's Salmon Festival - fishing demos, salmon tent and more - celebrating the return of the salmon! 

Artwalk Livermore - enjoy a day of art, music, and shopping in award-winning downtown Livermore! 

Sacramento Aloha Festival - showcasing local Polynesian cultures and talent!

Riverbank Cheese and Wine Exposition - cheese, wine, arts, crafts, and live entertainment! 

Butte County's Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend - sharing a passion for the bounty and heritage of Butte County agriculture with open doors, tastings, and tours!

Burney Falls' Heritage Day - pioneer day demonstrations and live music! 

Petaluma's Tolay Fall Festival - two weekends; one festival with some surprises; it's the new favorite Fall Festival!

Dairyville Orchard Festival - great food, music, children's activities, and - especially - local produce!

Anderson's Return of the Salmon Festival - help celebrate the end of the journey for thousands of Fall Chinook! 

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival - my very own personal FAVORITE Fall Festival!

Ukiah Country PumpinFest - who will have the plumpest pumpkin or the most palatable pie; the scariest scarecrow or the craftiest costume for their pet? 

Daly City's Grand National Rodeo - four days of championship rodeo, fiesta, and BBQ! 

Danville Fall Crafts Festival - family-friendly home-town parade, Safe Trick or Treating, quality arts and crafts, and the Glass Pumpkin Patch! 

Healdsburg's Pinot on the River - a full-immersion weekend of Pinot Noir along the beautiful Russian River! 

Sonora's All Hallows Fantasy Faire - you've never attended a Celtic Faire quite like this one! 

Felton's Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party™ - Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas™ and Percy™!

Santa Cruz' Chili Cookoff at the Boardwalk - bring your appetite and join the fun!

Big Basin SP's The Case of the Missing Arm - the story of a lumber mill owner's encounter with a grizzly!

Coarsegold Tarantula Festival - now this strikes me as a hideously horrific hullabaloo and a great way to celebrate Halloween! 

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November Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Mendocino's Wine and Mushroom Festival -  it's a wonderful time of year to visit Mendocino!

Big Sur's Food and Wine Festival - Foodies and Winers together in Big Sur!

Grass Valley's Holiday Open House - in-store specials, drawings, give-aways, food, music and more!

Auburn's Mountain Mandarin Fest - Owari Satsuma Mandarin oranges - Yumm!

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Cowpoke Fall Gathering in Loomis - Californians LOVE their cowboy heritage!

Grass Valley's Cornish Christmas - recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley! 

Nevada City's Victorian Christmas Street Faire - and right next door to Grass Valley's Cornish Christmas is this event in equally historic Nevada City!

December Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Sonoma Valley Olive Season - starts now and continues through February!

Calistoga's Annual
Lighted Tractor Parade
- a real, old-fashioned, small-town Christmas celebration! 

Yosemite's Famous Bracebridge Dinner - THE Event of all events and festivals and tickets are no longer by lottery - first come, first served!

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

Looking for Festivals that center on a favorite food? Those are
my favorites, too! Take a look at Fun Food Festivals

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