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Must-See Festivals & Events

Californians know how to throw a party, especially outdoors. That’s the mood at these premier festivals, fairs, and celebrations state wide. While some might include dress-up events indoors, such as gala dinners pairing celebrity chefs with top wine makers, most are casual events out in the sun, where you can relax California style, and really get a taste of what it is like to live, work, and play in the Golden State.

Love food? Time your visit to include a top food, wine, or craft beer event, such as Pebble Beach Food & Wine along the Central Coast. Are you a music fan? Head for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival near Palm Springs, or rollicking and free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Or target an event that is 100 percent California, such as the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, the iconic Gilroy Garlic Festival, jumping frogs in the Gold Country, or San Diego’s new arts and entertainment phenomenon, Comi Con. 

July

Vampires beware: this is one garlic-infused weekend that you’ll want to miss. Everyone else—go, at least once, to this unforgettably odiferous and one-of-a-kind event. See how creative chefs can...

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Apr 20 - Apr 23
April

Get ready for the Central Coast’s ultimate gathering of the culinary world. Now in its ninth year, this luxurious event is one of those star- and spectacle-studded experiences you simply have to...

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March

Get into the chequered-flag spirit at this big and loud NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Cheer for your favourite drivers as they zoom for the front in this five-wide race event. The action kicks...

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November

Local and international talent gathers at the gustatory tribute to all that’s good about wine & food (and there’s beer too); the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is San Diego’s largest...

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February

Home to one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the country, the Palm Springs region is a natural setting for this citywide event. Join thousands of design...

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