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California's Must-See Events

California's Must-See Events
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These annual favorites are worth fitting into your itinerary, or even planning your whole trip around.

MUSIC MAKERS
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Music marathon that takes place over two weekends in the desert near Palm Springs. APRIL; coachella.com
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Multi-stage extravaganza in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with Grammy-winners like Paul McCartney. AUGUST; sfoutsidelands.com
Monterey Jazz Festival Smooth sounds on the Central Coast. SEPTEMBER; montereyjazzfestival.org

SPECTACLES AND ART
Tournament of Roses Parade Spectacular floats decorated with flowers tour Pasadena, near Los Angeles. JANUARY; tournamentofroses.com/RoseParade
Pageant of the Masters Famous paintings come to life with live models and elaborate backdrops in Laguna Beach. JULY - AUGUST; foapom.com
Sausalito Art Festival Artwork, crafts, top music, and food next to San Francisco Bay. AUGUST - SEPTEMBER; sausalitoartfestival.org

FILM FESTIVALS
Palm Springs International Film Festival International film celebration draws big-name stars. JANUARY; psfimfest.org
Santa Barbara International Film Festival A showcase for independent films. JANUARY-FEBRUARY; sbiff.org
Los Angeles Film Festival Honoring independent and short films, as well as documentaries. JUNE; lafilmfest.com
Mill Valley Film Festival Outstanding international independent films; just north of San Francisco. OCTOBER; mvff.com

FOODIE FAVORITES
Pebble Beach Food & Wine Chefs , wine tastings, and upscale dining on the Monterey Peninsula. APRIL, pebblebeachfoodandwine.com
Stockton Asparagus Festival Chef demonstrations, wine tasting, and entertainment. APRIL; asparagusfest.com
Gilroy Garlic Festival Live music, celebrity chefs, and garlicky foods, near San Francisco. JULY; gilroygarlicfestival.com
Savor the Central Coast Paso Robles festival showcases outstanding foods and wines, plus VIP tours tastings. SEPTEMBER; savorcentralcoast.com

GREAT OUTDOORS
Mendocino Coast Whale Festivals Whale-watching trips, wine, crafts, and fun events. MARCH; mendowhale.com
Snowfest Lake Tahoe’s family-friendly winter celebration. FEBRUARY-MARCH; Tahoesnowfestival.com


L.A.’S BIGGEST AWARDS SHOWS
Only VIPs and stars get inside, but anyone can watch the celebrities walk the red carpet outside. (Get there hours—even days—in advance to secure a spot.)

Movies and television

JANUARY
Golden Globes; Beverly Hilton
goldenglobes.org
Screen Actors Guild (SAG); Shrine Auditorium
sagawards.org

MARCH
Academy of Arts and Motion Pictures (“Oscars”)/Dolby Theatre
oscars.org

AUGUST
Academy of Television Art & Sciences (“Emmys”)/Nokia Theatre
emmys.com

Music

JANUARY
Recording Academy (“Grammys”)/Staples Center
grammy.com

For more events year-round, go to visitcalifornia.com/events

-HARRIOT MANLEY

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