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7 Quirky California Festivals

7 Quirky California Festivals

Ditch the wellies and grab your sunnies for these only-in-California events this summer
Posted 5 years agoby Lindsey Steele

If you didn’t manage to bag yourself a Glastonbury ticket this year, fear not! California has plenty of options for festival-lovers, from garlic fans to Bigfoot followers, so trade in that rain coat and tent for sunshine, and head to the Golden State to experience some quirky festivals you can’t find anywhere else.


Pageant of the Masters (Laguna Beach, Orange County) 7 July–31 August

Arguably one of the most unique events in the world, this eye-popping pageant presents tableaux vivants, also known as “living pictures.” This Laguna Beach festival is designed to recreate classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original artwork. Watch art come to life right before your eyes in a star-lit amphitheatre. This sell-out event is an unforgettable outdoor experience with a nice nod to the artistic roots of this affluent coastal region. For art fanatics, Laguna Beach is a year-round hub for art festivals, exhibitions and public art displays. 




Gilroy Garlic Festival (Gilroy, Central Coast) 26–28 July


The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a three-day celebration of all things garlic–you’ll actually smell the festival before you can see it! Enjoy watching pyro chefs work their magic, while hundreds of volunteers prepare garlicky gour