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May 2024 Events in California

May 2024 Events in California

Kick off your summer with wine tasting, music, and quirky festivals
Posted 7 days ago

While many people observe Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial beginning of summer, one could argue that the Golden State spends the whole month of May gearing up for fun in the sun. Food, wine, and beer festivals are slated for nearly every weekend, and some only-in-California events also happen this month, including a frog-themed fair in Gold Country and a tribute to mules in the Eastern Sierra. Use one of these 30-plus events as an excuse to start your summer now.

May 2, 5: Philharmonic Society Presents, Costa Mesa

See why the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is such a world-class venue: stunning architecture, big-name performers, and easy access in Orange County. On May 2, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson—who has been called “the new superstar of classical piano”—makes his Orange County debut performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Then, on May 5, soprano Larisa Martinez joins husband and Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell for Voice and the Violin, an evening of romantic arias and modern classics.

Begins May 3: Concerts in the Park, Sacramento

This Friday concert series returns to downtown Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Plaza, with a variety of national and local acts taking the stage each week. The series also features art, local food trucks, and a wine garden. Each week features an afterparty starting at 9 p.m. at select downtown bars. Runs through July 26.

May 3–4: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Chico

Hosted by the renowned craft brewery in Chico, this weekend “day camp” features grown-up versions of summer camp–style games, such as human foosball, hungry human hippos, and keg bowling, as well as karaoke with a live band. All this goes with beer of course—canned Sierra Nevada beers paired with onsite food-truck cuisine.

May 3–4: Shabang Live Music & Arts Festival 2024, San Luis Obispo

An intimate 2014 concert, held on the top of Cuesta Ridge, has morphed over the years into a full-fledged weekend festival at the Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo. The lineup includes more than 50 musical acts, such as Thundercat and Peach Pit, but there are also yoga sessions and interactive art installations, as well as local food and beverage vendors.

Stick around through Sunday for the San Luis Obispo Sip 'n' Saunter (May 5), where your ticket gets you a glass and a wristband to enjoy samples from local wineries, beverage providers, and restaurants at over 50 downtown locations (for ages 21 and over only).