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Planning a visit to California? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.

 

California's Shasta Cascade Region Events

April 2015

April 25, 2015
2015 Run For Schools

The communities of Weed and Edgewood host a half marathon beginning at 8 a.m. and a 10k, and 5k beginning at 9 a.m. – each traversing the dazzling scenery found around Mount Shasta.

May 2015

May 13-16, 2015
2015 Redding Rodeo

Pack your spurs and saddles and enjoy three days of bucking broncos, barrel races, and more special events – including Western Heritage Days. The event start times vary by day.

Los Angeles Metro Area Events

May 2015

May 5, 2015
Los Angeles Cinco de Mayo

Downtown Los Angeles's Olvera Street celebrates Cinco de Mayo.

May 16 - 17, 2015
Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration

Ocean and Shoreline Avenues in downtown Long Beach celebrates pride with a parade and festivals.

May 17 - 19, 2015
OC Greek Festival

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim celebrates its Greek heritage with food, traditional dancing and music, and vendor booths.

June 2015

June 27 - 28, 2015
Long Beach Pirate Invasion

Join Long Beach's largest gathering of pirates at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.

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.

California's North Coast Events

March 2015

March 25-29, 2015
2015 Sonoma International Film Festival

Movie buffs flock to Sonoma's wine country for five days of special film screenings and celebrity appearences at various venues found near Sonoma's historic plaza.

May 2015

May 10, 2015
2015 Mother's Day Bubbles & BBQ

Treat mom to a day full of delicious barbecue and sparkling wines from award-winning regional wineries. The event is at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma and it starts at 10 a.m.

June 2015

June 20, 2015
2015 Arcata Oyster Festival

Local restaurateurs, chefs, and caterers show off their oyster cooking skills during this day-long festival held at Arcata Plaza in downtown Arcata. Other things to do include children's activities, live entertainment, food and beverages, and more, beginning at 10 a.m.

June 5-7, 2015
2015 Country Summer Festival

Catch some of country music's best and brightest as they take the stage during this three-day music event held at the Sonoma Country Fairgrounds in beautiful Santa Rosa. 

Orange County Events

May 2015

May 17 - 19, 2015
OC Greek Festival

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim celebrates its Greek heritage with food, traditional dancing and music, and vendor booths.

May 15 - 17, 2015
Duck-a-thon Festival

Catch thousands of rubber ducks as they are dumped from Huntington Beach Pier and make their way back to the shore through ocean currents.

June 2015

June 22 - 29, 2015
Baroque Music Festival

Corona del Mar in Newport Beach hosts several baroque concerts at various venues throughout the city.

June 2015

June 26 - August 30, 2015
Sawdust Festival

Laguna Beach holds its annual summer-long arts festival.

June 7, 2015
Tustin Street Fair & Cook-off

Old Town Tustin near Orange hosts this street-wide festival. Enjoy chili cook-offs, craft booths, entertainment, and food vendors.

June 20, 2015
Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival

More than 100 exhibitors of the Southern California food scene will be in attendance at this Dana Point event.

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.

May 2015

May 31, 2015
Mill Valley Wine, Beer & Gourmet Festival

Explore delectable foods, hard-to-find wines, and fine craft beers at this Mill Valley event near Corte Madera.

May 2, 2015
11th Annual Vintage Vehicles and Family Fun Festival 2015

Take in a wide range of unique vintage cars on display at Palo Alto's Homer Museum. The event is near Mountain View.

May 10 – 17, 2015
2015 AMGEN Tour of California

The 10 edition of the AMGEN Tour of California features cyclists coursing from Sacramento to Mt. Baldy – passing through cities like Santa Barabara, Los Gatos, and Big Bear Lake. There will also be a women's race from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento from May 8th to the 10th.

June 2015

June 6 - 7, 2015
Bay Area Book Festival

This festival at UC Berkeley near Oakland combines authors, exhibitions, and book swaps. 

June 6 - 14, 2015
San Mateo County Fair

Enjoy traditional fair rides and attractions at this annual San Mateo event.

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.

July 2015

July 3 - 5, 2015
Cherry Creek Arts Festival

The Fillmore Center Plaza in San Francisco hosts this world-class events, which combines visual, culinary, and performing arts.

July 4 - 5, 2015
Fillmore Jazz Festival

Experience San Francisco's Fillmore neighborhood at its best with this community jazz festival.

San Diego Metropolitan Area Events

May 2015

May 17, 2015
Escondido Spring Street Fair

Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world come to the tree-lined streets of downtown Escondido.

May 3, 2015
Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

More than 100,000 people come to Carlsbad to take in the ocean beauty alongside unique vendor booths, delicious food, and family-friendly entertainment.

June 2015

June 16, 2015 and June 20, 2015
Race Across America (RAAM)

Come on out to the Oceanside Pier and cheer as cyclists begin the 3,000-mile journey to Annapolis, MD in one of the most difficult races in the world.

June 2015

June 5 - July 5, 2015
2015 San Diego County Fair

San Diego's annual county fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the largest fair in California.

July 2015

July 11 - 19, 2015
2015 Annual Over The Line Tourney

Mission Bay's Fiesta Island in San Diego hosts this bat and ball tournament, routinely called one of the last great Southern California traditions.

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.

Sacramento & California Gold Country Events

May 2015

May 15 - 17, 2015
Lodi ZinFest

Sample more than 180 Gold Country wines at this landmark Lodi event.

June 2015

June 6, 2015
Grape Escape

Take in Sacramento's greatest annual culinary festival. Food and world-class wine tastings await.

July 2015

July 10 - 26, 2015
California State Fair

Explore concerts and music, hundreds of concessions, numerous vendors, and carnival rides at this annual Sacramento event.

September 2015

September 12 & 13, 2015
Aftershock 2015

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

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 3 - 6, 2015
Gold Country Fair

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

September 2015
Lodi Wine Passport Month

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

Central California Coast Events

April 2015

April 25, 2015
2015 Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest

Celebrate Mother Earth with Ventura residents with a day full of live music, eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, arts and crafts, and plenty of beachfront fun. The fun begins at 10 a.m.

April 29 - May 3, 2015
2015 Wine, Waves, & Beyond

The beachfront  communites of San Luis Obispo County hits the waves for a good cause during this five-day event held at several beaches. Events include wine tastings, film screenings, surfing contents, and more.

May 2015

May 2, 2015
2015 Monterey Street Food Festival

A diverse host of food trucks line up at the Monterey Country Fairgrounds for an entire afternoon. The event begins at 12 a.m.

June 2015

June 6, 2015
2015 Morro Bay Music Festival

This family-friendly event showcases an afternoon's worth of talented local musicians, craft beers, arts and craft vendors, and more at Timberland Park in Morro Bay. The event begins at 11 a.m.

July 2015

July 4, 2015
2015 Fourth of July in the Village

Join Arroyo Grande residents as they celebrate our nation's independence with the 4th of July at the Rotary Bandstand's Village Band Concert. The event begins at 1 p.m. and will also feature treats, beverages, and food.

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.

California's Inland Empire Events

May 2015

May 21-23, 2015
2015 Red Bull Glen Helen National

Catch the top dogs of motocross as they compete for the ultimate prize during the three-day Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Glen National Raceway in San Bernardino. Event times vary by day.

May 30, 2015
2015 Toby Keith

Legendary country music star Toby Keith plays all the hits at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino. The show starts at 7 p.m.

May 2015

May 29-31, 2015
2015 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

This annual event – hosted at the Lake Skinner Recreation Area – sees three days of wine tasting, live entertainment, food, and several balloon launches. Event start times vary by date.

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.

Desert Region Events

April 2015

April 25, 2015
2015 Earth, Wind, & Fire

Catch the iconic group perform their biggest R&B and jazz hits at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. The show begins at 8 p.m.

May 2015

May 2, 2015
2015 Brew at the Zoo

Sip fine, handcrafted beers from over 50 regional breweries at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

June 2015

June 29 - May 7, 2015
2015 Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Experience some of the best restaurants and meals the desert valley has to offer during Palm Springs' Restaurant Week. Start times vary by date and location.

California's Central Valley Events

July 2015

July 23, 2015
2015 John Mellencamp

Don't miss Grammy-winner John Mellencamp perform his array of American classics at the Saroyan Theatre in Fresno. Show time is at 7:30 p.m.

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