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Whether you're a California local, a frequent visitor or a first-time tourist; here are just a few of the events going on across California. Enjoy your stay!

 

California's North Coast Events

February 2016

February 13-16, 2016
2016 Cloverdale Citrus Fair

A fun-filled festival featuring plenty of sunshine, family fun, and more. The festival is in its 10th year, held at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, beginning at noon Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

February 14, 2016
2016 iHeartRun

A scenic 5K held at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa, all being held for a great cause. Enjoy the views of Spring Lake and Lake Ralphine with Santa Rosa residents. The run begins at noon.

March 2016

March 30 - April 3, 2016
2016 Redwood Coast Music Fest

A four-day music festival featuring regional jazz, swing, blues, calypso, and more at six different venues throughout Eureka. Check the schedule during your visit.

March 19, 2016
2016 Redwood Wild River Run

A fun-filled 5K fun run/walk that traverses beautiful Crescent City. The race start time is TBA.

March 2016

March 24 – April 16, 2016
The Comedy of Errors

Head for the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Eureka between March 24th and April 16th to see a live performance of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

March 6, 2016
Humboldt Dog Expo

On March 6th, visit the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka for the annual Humboldt Dog Expo. Free to the public, this dog expo features canine education classes for nearly all breeds. Dogs must be registered beforehand. Admission is free.

April 2016

April 23, 2016
Butter and Egg Days Parade & Festival

Experience the Butter and Egg Days Parade and Festival in Historic Downtown Petaluma. On April 23rd, check out the 35th rendition of this popular event. Don't miss the Cow Chip Tossing contest or the Cutest Lil Chick Contest. 

May 2016

May 7, 2016
Film Festival Petaluma

As one of the top annual events along the north coast, Film Festival Petaluma is a can't-miss. Head for the Mystic Theatre on May 7th for a day of shorts and feature length films, followed by Q & A panels. 

California's High Sierras Events

February 2016

February 15
Free Chess Tournament for Kids

Maybe your child isn't the next Bobby Fischer but they want to play some chess anyway. Check out the Free Chess Tournament for Kids at the Gateway Elementary School in Ridgecrest.

February 21 – 26
World Police & Fire Winter Games

In Mammoth Lakes, be sure to check out the seven-day World Police & Fire Winter Games. Held at the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, this event is open to active and retired law enforcement and fire personnel. 

March 2016

March 5
Early Opener Trout Derby

Visit the city of Bishop this spring and enter the Early Opener Trout Derby. Held on March 5th at Diaz Lake, this fishing contest features prizes for kids and adults. 

March 12
2015 Winter Series Bishop Motocross

Enjoy some of the best motocross action found in the High Sierras. Held at the Tri-County Fairgrounds near Bishop, the 2015 Winter Series Bishop Motocross kicks off at 7 a.m.

California's Shasta Cascade Region Events

February 2016

February 20, 2016
2016 Hops & Shops Brewfest

Downtown Redding hosts the third annual "Hops and Shops" craft brew festival, which features local businesses offering unique shopping alongside tasty selections from over 15 breweries. The festivities begin at 2 p.m.

March 2016

March 5, 2016
2016 Sundial Film Festival

Now in its 8th year, the Sundial Film Festival showcases some of the region's best short films and photos. The festival is held at the recently renovated Cascade Theatre in Redding, and all are invited. The fun begins at 1 p.m.

March 4 – 6, 2016
NorCal Boat, Sport & RV Show

Head for the Shasta District Fairgrounds between March 4th and 6th for the annual NorCal Boat, Sport & RV Show. See what's new in the world of power boats and RVs. Tickets ranges between $3 and $7. 

March 19, 2016
2016 Fly Fishing Extravaganza

Enjoy a day of fishing on your next visit to Redding. On March 19th, head for the Win-River Event Center for the annual Fly Fishing Extravaganza. Admission is $45 solo, or $80 for a pair. 

March 2016

March 19, 2016
Cabin Fever Dance with Edgewater

Enjoy an evening of drinks and dancing – it's the Cabin Fever Dance with Edgewater. Head for the Chester Memorial Hall near downtown Chester on March 19th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bands kicks in at 7 p.m.

March 12 & 13, 2016
2016 Siskiyou Sportsmen's Expo

Explore Yreka this spring. Head for the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds on March 12th and 13th for the annual Siskiyou Sportsmen's Expo. Check out the latest and greatest gear and gadgets for camping, fishing, hunting, and more. 

April 2016

April 6, 2016
2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival

This traveling film festival makes a stop in Redding this season, as films showcasing some of the most breathtaking travel and adventure shots are screened for all at the Cascade Theatre. More details are TBA. 

Los Angeles Metro Area Events

February 2016

February 13, 2016
117th Annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in LA's Chinatown district, as a festive parade featuring dragons, marching bands, entertainers, and more makes its way through the town. The fun begins at 1 p.m.

March 2016

March 13, 2016
2016 Rose Bowl Flea Market

Find "vintage treasures" at Pasadena's Rose Bowl Stadium during this one-of-a-kinda flea market celebration. The market opens early, at 5 a.m.

April 2016

April 24, 2016
2016 Fiesta Broadway

A fun-filled event taking place in the streets of downtown L.A. featuring a variety of Latin-American cultural activities and food. The event begins at 11 a.m.

May 2016

May 7, 2016
2016 Hamburger & Hops Music Festival

Collection Riverpark in Oxnard hosts its annual food and tunes festival. Come for the delicious food and craft beers, stay for the games and live entertainment. More details are TBA.

Orange County Events

February 2016

February 21, 2016
2016 Art-A-Fair

An art show that features artists dropping off their artwork in the morning, and having a jury hand out awards by the early evening. Toss-in your own submission, or just enjoy the artisitc atmosphere. The show begins at 11 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

March 2016

March 5-6 & 12-13, 2016
2016 Dana Point Festival of Whales

A group of whales make their way south – be there for the whale watching celebration featuring a street fair, food, parade, entertainment, and more, at Dana Point Harbor. Festival start time is TBA.

April 2016

April 2, 2016
2016 Musco Center for the Arts Community Open House & Arts Festival

Chapman University in Orange hosts a day of free performances, fine art showcases, children's activities, and so much more. The even begins at 10 a.m.

April 15-17, 2016
2016 OC Fair Imaginology

Go "Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead" at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa during this three-day event, featuring competitions, exhibits, and free kids' activities, all dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and the arts. The event starts at 9 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

San Francisco Bay Area Events

February 2016

February 13, 2016
2016 KNBR Giants FanFest

Traveling San Francisco Giants fans won't want to miss the annual Giants FanFest, set to include player appearances, photo ops with World Series trophies, a kids' zone, and much more. The fest is held at AT&T Park, beginning at 10 a.m.

February 8-14, 2016
2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

One of the PGA Tour's most renowned and scenic stops, Pebble Beach sees some of the best professional and celebrity, amateur golfers competing for prizes, alongside a week's worth of special events. The course is located in Pacific Grove, with event times yet to be determined.

March 2016

March 10-13, 2016
2016 Ocean Film Festival

Dozens of independent films will be screened at the Cowell Theater at the Fisherman's Whart in San Francisco. The films have a theme of ocean and environmental awareness – ideal for the Bay Area visitor. Details will be announced as the festival approaches.

March 12, 2016
5th Annual Bay Area Brews Festival

Make your way to Pier 35 for the 5th Annual Bay Area Brew Festival. Find your favorite international and domestic beers, along with heaps of new brews you've yet to taste. 

June 2016

June 25 – 26, 2016
San Francisco Pride

Check out the 46th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. On June 25th & 26th, head for the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza for music, dancing, parades, and more. 

June 12, 2016
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Think you can handle a 1.5-mile swim, followed by an 18-mile bike ride, and then topped off with an 8-mile run? Great! Head for the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf for the 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on June 12th. 

July 2016

Every Friday Night
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 25 – 31, 2016
San Francisco Marathon

Comprised of several different running events, the San Francisco Marathon is one of the biggest events of the year. Take part in the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Ultra Marathon, or 5K – head for the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building.

August 2016

Reoccurring Monthy
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 5 – 7, 2016
Outside Lands

Visit Golden Gate Park this August for the annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. See premier musical acts, comedy headliners, and try exceptional food in San Francisco.

September 2016

September 25, 2016
Folsom Street Fair

Celebrating its 31st rendition, the Folsom Street Fair is one of the premier leather events in San Francisco. Join the anticipated 400,000 guests across 13 city blocks on September 25th, all in conjunction with San Francisco Leather Week.

October 2016

October 7 – 10, 2016
San Francisco Fleet Week

Don't miss this year's Fleet Week Celebration in San Francisco. Celebrate and honor those men and women who served in US Armed Forces. There's an air show, parade of ships, and a variety live entertainment options.

San Diego Metropolitan Area Events

October 2015

October 24 - February 28, 2016
2016 San Diego Sockers

Check out the 14-time Indoor Soccer Champions this season, as they play 10 home games at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Game times vary by day.

February 2016

February 13, 2016
2016 San Diego On Tap

Sample over 100 craft beers at the Town and Country Convention Center in San Diego during this sudsy celebration. There will also be plenty of live entertainment on hand. The fun begins at 1 p.m.

February 23, 2016
2016 Irish Legend & Lore - SoundWAVE @ OMA

The Oceanside Museum of Art hosts a evening of traditional and classic Irish music, featuring mystical ballads, storytelling, jigs, and more. Make sure and arrive in time for the wine reception at 7 p.m.

March 2016

March 17, 2016
2016 shamROCK Gaslamp Block Party

If you'll be in San Diego on St. Patrick's Day, be sure and head over to the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown, where live music, dancing, traditional Irish festivities, and even green go-go dancers make for a fun evening. The party begins at 4 p.m.

May 2016

May 5-8, 2016
2016 Gator by the Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

Famed Louisiana cultural staples make their way west to Spanish Landing Park in San Diego for four days of music, shopping, cuisine, and more. Tickets are on sale now, festival start times vary by day.

Sacramento & California Gold Country Events

February 2016

February 13
Romance and Destiny

Head for the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom to see a live performance of Romance and Destiny. Performed by the Folsom Symphony, the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

March 2016

March 15 – 16
Pablo Ziegler & Christopher O'Riley

Enjoy two world class pianists take the stage at the Mondavi Center on the campus of UC Davis. Pablo Ziegler and Christopher O'Riley perform back-to-back nights, with shows starting at 8 p.m.

March 2016

March 25
Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns

Watch as the Kings take on the Suns in a duel of Western Conference foes. Make your way to Sleep Train Arena, home of the Kings, for the 7 p.m. tip off.

April 2016

April 23
Music of John Williams

Performing live at the Community Center Theater in Sacramento, the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will showcase the works of John Williams. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Central California Coast Events

February 2016

February 24
Hooking up with The Second City

Plan for an evening of knee-slappers and gut busters at the Sunset Center when the legendary comedy ensemble The Second City comes to town. The laughs start at 8 p.m.

February 4 – 13
31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Screening more than 200 films, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 31st year. With screenings held at various locations across downtown, the 10-day event is a can't-miss for film lovers. 

March 2016

March 18 & 19
Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars

Hosted at the Pavilion on the Lake near downtown, Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars is a must-see event. Two days of local celebrities and luminaries providing excellent displays of modern and classic dance – just like the smash hit TV show. 

Desert Region Events

March 2016

March 17-20, 2016
2016 Colorado River Fair

Pack your cowboy hats and spurs and enjoy this "country roots and cowboy boots" festival. The festival features a ton of western-themed activities all at the I-10 Speedway in Blythe. Start time is TBA.

March 5, 2016
2016 Rhythm, Wine & Brews

Empire Polo Fields in Indio hosts the annual RWB festival, featuring plenty of live entertainment and tasty, locally grown beverages. Cali reggae-rock legends 311 are set to perform. More details are TBA.

April 2016

April 15 – 17 & 22 – 24, 2016
Coachella

Don't miss out on this year's version of Coachella, one of the biggest and most anticipated music and art festivals on the planet. Head for the Empire Polo Club in Indio on the first weekend, April 15th – 17th, or the second, April 22nd – 24th.

April 2016

April 20 – May 8, 2016
4000 Miles Live on Stage

Enjoy a night at the theatre during your next stay in the Coachella Valley. Visit the Coachella Valley Repertory any time from April 20th through May 8th for a live production of 4000 Miles. See the story of a 21 year-old and his 91 year old grandmother share a West Village apartment. Somebody call the Tony's. 

April 1, 2016
2nd Annual Relay For Life Dance

Make the most of your spring trip to Brawley. On April 1st, head for Hidalgo Hall for the 2nd Annual Relay For Life Dance. The party rages from 8 p.m. to midnight, and tickets are $10 pre-sale, and $12 at the door. 

May 2016

May 6, 2016
El Paseo Cruise Night

See a diverse selection of classic rides this May in El Paseo. Head for the Gardens on El Paseo on May 6th for El Paseo Cruise Night. The classic sleds get rolling at 3:15 p.m. – don't miss it, it's the last show of the season.

California's Inland Empire Events

March 2016

March 20, 2016
2016 Auto Club 400

The Auto Club Speeway, near Rancho Cugamonga and Ontario, hosts NASCAR events all year. This season, the Auto Club 400 is sure to please race fans. 

March 18-21, 2016
2016 Temecula Valley Fair

A family-friendly fair held in the Temecula Valley, featuring three days of rides, live entertainment, ehibitors, vendors, and more, at Galway Downs. The event begins at 10 a.m.

May 2016

May 19, 2016
Jewel

See the talented singer/song writer Jewel perform live on stage at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. On May 19th, Jewel takes the stage starting at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $55. 

May 2016

May 20, 2016
Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

Now in its 33rd year, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is a must-see on your next Temecula visit. On May 20th, head to Lake Skinner County Park for a taste of red, and a bit of hot air. It all begins at 3 p.m.

June 2016

June 11, 2016
Into the Woods

On your next stay in San Bernardino, be sure to enjoy a live performance of Into the Woods. Head for the California Theatre of the Performing Arts on June 11th and catch the 2 p.m. showing. 

June 3 – 5, 2016
Big Bear Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Head for the Big Bear Convention Center and check out a wide range of minerals, fossils, and gems. June 3rd through 5th, you can experience minerals in the mountains – buy, trade, sell, or just admire. 

California's Central Valley Events

March 2016

March 11
Breaking Benjamin in Concert

Be sure you check out the notable and popular rock band Breaking Benjamin in concert, live at the Centre Plaza in Modesto. The show kicks off at 8:30 p.m.

March 2 – 5
CCAA Basketball Tournament

Check out the best in California college basketball at the CCAA Basketball Tournament. The Stockton Arena is the host venue as men's and women's teams like UC San Diego, Humboltd State, and more compete across four days.

March 2016

March 10
Ragtime – The Musical

Visit Bakersfield and experience exceptional live theatre – it's Ragtime - The Musical, live at the Bakersfield Convention Center. There are few better ways to experience an evening of fun in Bakersfield. 

April 2016

April 5
Carrie Underwood

Plan for a night of top hits at the Save Mart Center in Fresno – it's Carrie Underwood live in concert. Tuesday, April 5th the ultra-talented performer brings her act through town. 

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