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Local or visitor? Check out just a few of the popular events going on for the next few months in California. Find Best Western hotels convenient to most events.

 

California's High Sierras Events

August 2015

August 22-23, 2015
41st Annual Truckee Pro Rodeo

Hold on tight at the Truckee Pro Rodeo at McIver Arena in Truckee. This annual rodeo is a great family-friendly event, also featuring Mutton Bustin', a pageant, kids' day rodeo, and so much more. The event start time is TBA.

September 2015

September 18 & 19, 2015
19th Annual Mountain Heritage Days & Parade

A two-day event held at the Fresno Flats Historical Village in Oakhurst featuring a market place, silent auction, food booths, and a spectacular parade – all featuring period goods and dress. The event begins at 10 a.m.

September 25-28, 2015
2015 Dinuba Annual Raisin Festival & Parade

A family-friendly carnival and parade spread across three days in Dinuba. The event will be hosted at Roseanne Vulch Park beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

September 2015

September 4-6, 2015
2015 Mammoth Rock N Rye

Held on Labor Day Weekend, this event is set to feature three days of live rock bands in a festival atmosphere alongside craft beer and rye whiskey tastings. The concert is hosted at the Village at Mammoth Lakes – start time is TBA.

October 2015

October 31, 2015
2015 Haunted Downtown

Merchants throughout downtown Mariposa celebrate Halloween with trick or treating and other "horrific" events fit for the whole family. Event start time is TBA.

October 22-25, 2015
2015 Desert Empire Fair

 This Ridgecrest community staple has been entertaining families for over 65 years – and this year will be no different. Held at the Desert Empire Fair & RV Park, this event is set to feature a ton of rides, games, food, vendors, events, and so much more.

California's Shasta Cascade Region Events

August 2015

August 21 - 29, 2015
Redding Beer Week

Attend 45+ beer events in the Redding area during this late summer festival.

September 2015

September 4 - 6, 2015
Labor Day 2015 Cool Mountain Nights

Labor Day weekend in Mt. Shasta features the annual Car Show & Shine, a downtown street fair, the Tinman Triathlon, and the Blackberry Music Festival.

September 2015

September 13, 2015
Taste of Chico

Attend Northern California's premier food & beverage festival as you discover free regional samples, live music, and open air art galleries at this Chico event.

Los Angeles Metro Area Events

May 2015

May 14 - November 19, 2015
Playhouse District Block Party

Pasadena's Playhouse District transforms regular Thursday evenings into a charming night of food and music throughout the year.
 

June 2015

June 22 - August 27, 2015
Moonlight Movies on the Beach

Held on select dates from June till August, Alfredo's Beach Club in Long Beach showcases family-friendly films on a giant inflatable screen. Bring your own beach chairs.

August 2015

August 15 - 16, 2015
Long Beach Sand Sculpture Contest

Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, food, and one of the oldest sand castle contests in the USA.
 

August 8, 2015
LA Weekly Burger Festival

Experience some of the best burgers in Los Angeles with this Santa Monica Pier festival.

August 22 - 23, 2015
FYF Fest

Music's hottest acts come for a two-day bloc party at the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park.

August 2015

August 29, 2015
2015 Ole! Festival de Las Artes

Held at La Plaza de la Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles, this festival is set to include a variety of special artistic performance, delicious cuisine and libations, art museum tours, and more. Event begins at 4 p.m.

September 2015

September 26 & 27, 2015
2015 Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest

The fun-filled theme park takes its thrills and chills to another level by transforming into a "scream park," full of haunted mazes, zombies, terrifying clowns, and more. The spooky fun begins each night at 7 p.m.

October 2015

October 3, 2015
2015 Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Celebration

Now in its 13th year, this celebration takes place after the iconic cultural festival, Burning Man, complete with food trucks, activities for children, live musical and artistic performances, and more TBA at the L.A. State Historical Park. Event begins at 1 p.m.

October 10, 2015
2015 Promenade Beer & Wine Festival

Celebrating the growing wine bars and craft beer scene in Long Beach, this event will showcase some of the best beverages Long Beach's finest has to offer, alongside excellent local food and live music. Event is held downtown, beginning at 5 p.m.

California's North Coast Events

August 2015

August 6 - 9, 2015
Del Norte County Fair

This annual fair livens up Crescent City for a week.

August 2015

August 20 - 23, 2015
Flynn Creek Circus at Giorno Field 2015

Ukiah brings in top quality circus acts from all over the world at the city's Giorno Field.
 

Orange County Events

June 2015

June 26 - August 30, 2015
Sawdust Festival

Laguna Beach holds its annual summer-long arts festival.

July 2015

July 17 - August 16, 2015
The Orange County Fair

This annual fair is one of Southern California's highlights and is held at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

August 2015

August 9, 2015
San Clemente Street Faire and Fiesta

Downtown San Clemente features music, food booths, and contests and events.

August 2015

August 28 - 30, 2015
Harvest Crusade

This annual Christian event takes over Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

September 2015

September 4 - 6, 2015
International Street Fair

International foods, crafts, folk dancing, and music take over Orange Plaza in downtown Orange.

San Diego Metropolitan Area Events

July 2015

July - September 2015
San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Season

From the 4th of July to Labor Day, the San Diego Symphony performs numerous concerts under the stars along San Diego Bay.

August 2015

August 8, 2015
Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

Celebrate the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Diego at this Chula Vista event.

August 2015

August 22 - 23, 2015
39th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships

U.S. and international body surfers compete at the Oceanside Pier and Beach.

San Francisco Bay Area Events

March 2015

March - December 2015
San Jose Flea Market

Up to 1,500 vendors sell their goods at San Jose's famous flea market. The market is open all day on Wednesdays, Fridays, and weekends.

April 2015

April 12 - October 11, 2015
Marin County French Market

The Marin Civic Center near Corte Madera hosts this outdoor and French-themed market the 2nd Sunday of each month.

June 2015

June 24 – August 26, 2015
2015 Jazz on the Plazz

Set at the Los Gatos Town Plaza, the annual Jazz on the Plazz celebration is held every Wednesday evening during the beautiful Los Gatos summer. Produced by Los Gatos Music & Arts, this weekly concert series features picnic spots and live jazz.

June 27 - September 27, 2015
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Relax and enjoy Shakespeare performances for the entire summer in San Francisco.

July 2015

Every Friday Night
2015 Friday Nights @ OMCA

An inviting event held weekly at the Oakland Museum of California featuring local food trucks, regional craft beer tastings, live music, and special weekly events. The fun begins at 5 p.m. every Friday.

July 24 - August 28, 2015
2015 Dancing Under the Stars

Reoccurring weekly, this event invites dancers of all skill levels to Jack London Square for an evening of free dance lessons and all-around fun. Each week brings a new theme. The fun begins at 8:30 p.m.

Every Sunday
2015 Bites at the Lake: Mobile Food & Family Fun

Foodies won't want to miss this weekly event, held at the Lakeview Library Parking Lot in Oakland, featuring rotating local food trucks alongside family-friendly games and activities. The event begins at noon.

August 2015

August 7 - 9, 2015
San Jose Jazz Festival

Over 100,000 visitors come to downtown San Jose to enjoy world-class jazz music.

August 2015

Reoccurring Monthy
2015 Oakland First Friday Festival

Just as the name would suggest, on the first Friday of each month, the KONO district in Oakland transforms into a cultural hub, teeming with galleries, street performers, food, live music, and much more. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

August 9-16, 2015
2015 Woodminster Amphitheater Live Performances

The Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller State Park is set to host the cult-classic musical, the Producers, for a handful of dates in August. Performances are on August 7th, 8th, and 9th, and 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th at 8 p.m.

August 7-9, 2015
2015 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

A three-day art and music festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco featuring renowned hip-hop, indie rock, and jam band musicians. Headliners include Mumford and Sons, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, and more.

August 10-15, 2015
2015 National Poetry Slam

One of the world's largest poetry slam competitions comes to Oakland during this week-long event. The contest is held at various locations throughout Oakland, with special events including open mics, workshops, and showcases.

August 15, 2015
2015 RunOak

A fun-filled half-marathon traversing Oakland, culminating in a festival featuring live music and beverage gardens near City Hall in Frank Ogawa Plaza. Runners and spectators are welcome. The event begins at 7 a.m.

August 22 & 23, 2015
2015 Oakland's Chinatown Streetfest

Explore over 200 specialty vendors spread across Oakland's bustling Chinatown. There will also be live entertainment and plenty to see and do. Event start time is TBA.

August 23 & 24, 2015
2015 Caltopia

UC Berkley hosts this free festival, set to include plenty of live music, festival food, and family-friendly games and activities. The festival begins at 10 a.m.

Sacramento & California Gold Country Events

September 2015

September 12 & 13, 2015
Aftershock 2015

California's largest rock festival returns to Sacramento's Discovery Park.

September 10 - 27, 2015
Farm-to-Fork Celebration

Capitol Mall in Sacramento hosts this two-week celebration of local farms and eateries across Gold Country.

September 3 - 6, 2015
Gold Country Fair

Take part in this old-fashioned country fair in Auburn.

September 2015

September 2015
Lodi Wine Passport Month

Take on special days and offers throughout Lodi wineries for the month of September.

September 6, 2015
2015 Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza

A dazzling fireworks display taking place above the waters Lake Tahoe – visible from almost anywhere in South Lake Tahoe. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.

October 2015

October 2 & 3, 2015
3rd Annual Muscle Car Madness Car Show

A two-day car show and auction held at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds in Lodi. Muscle cars, antique cars, memorabilia auctions, and more auto-themed events. The event event begins at 8 a.m.

Central California Coast Events

August 2015

August 10 - 16, 2015
Monterey Car Week & Concours D'Elegance

The world-famous Monterey Car Week takes over the whole town. Don't miss car shows and famous rallies, like the Concours D'Elegance.

August 5 - 9, 2015
Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Santa Barbara's signature summer event gets underway as thousands of visitors celebrate the city's Spanish history.

September 2015

September 20, 2015
A Taste of Downtown & Art de Tiza

Enjoy this annual Paso Robles walk around downtown and taste dishes from over 35 local restaurants.

Desert Region Events

August 2015

August 25, 2015
2015 Free Entrance Joshua Tree National Park

Explore this famous California National Park the best way possible – for free. The park is located near Yucca Valley along Interstate 10.

August 15 & 16, 2015
2015 Jazz in the Pines

A unique jazz festival featuring over two dozen artists performing on the outdoor Idyllwild Arts mountain campus. The festival start time is TBA.

September 2015

September 12, 2015
2015 Boyz II Men

Catch the legendary R&B group headline the Show at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. The show begins at 8 p.m.

California's Inland Empire Events

April 2015

April 9 - September 7, 2015
2015 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

As the minor league affilitate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Quake play Single-A baseball at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga. Catch future MLB stars in action this summer. Game times vary by day.

August 2015

August 29, 2015
2015 Kid Rock & Foreigner

Two iconic rock and roll acts take the stage at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino. The show begins at 7 p.m.

September 2015

September 19, 2015
2015 CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase

A wine festival for the ages – enjoy some of the best handcrafted wines and gourmet meals found throughout the Temecula Valley during one walk-about, hosted by Wiens Family Cellars. Event start time is TBA.

California's Central Valley Events

August 2015

August 22, 2015
Modesto X Fest

The hottest rock show in the Central Valley kicks off in Modesto.

September 2015

September 10 - 27, 2015
Farm-to-Fork Celebration

Capitol Mall in Sacramento hosts this two-week celebration of local farms and eateries across Gold Country.

September 2015
Lodi Wine Passport Month

Take on special days and offers throughout Lodi wineries for the month of September.

September 2015

September 12, 2015
Disney Live

Disney's world-famous Broadway show comes to the Saroyan Theatre in Fresno.

September 6, 2015
Fall Open Cockpit Day

Enjoy flight simulators, kids' activities, historic aircraft tours, and model building at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater near Merced.

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