Home to many signature festivals and events, the Central Valley shines brightest around harvest season.
"After all, this is one of the world’s most bountiful agricultural regions."
Even farmers need to kick off their boots and cut loose sometimes—especially after a long, hot summer. In the Capay Valley north of Sacramento, that time is October, when the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival celebrates rural living with workshops, hayrides, educational tours, and a cornucopia of farm-fresh food. There’s also the Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair, Davis Beer Week, Bakersfield Villagefest, and myriad more events all year round in this abundant valley.