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
Pumpkin Festival Gourds; CC Greg
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!
Grass Valley's Holiday Open House - in-store specials, drawings, give-aways, food, music and more!
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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!
December Events and Festivals
in Northern California
Sonoma Valley Olive Season - starts now and continues through February!
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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