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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

May 2016

May 6 - September 9, 2016
2016 Friday Night Concerts

Every Friday night, the City Plaza in Chico hosts free concerts – featuring everything from blues to salsa to alternative rock. The fun usually begins around 6 p.m.

California's High Sierras Events

September 2016

September 2-5, 2016
2016 Labor Day Festival of the Arts

An awesome family-friendly event held in Mammoth Lakes this summer. Check out the colletion of vendors, tasty food, craft beers, live music, and tons of hands-on arts activities. It all gets underway at 10 a.m. at Sam's Wood Site.

September 17, 2016
2016 Fall Fun Fit Fesitval

Get out and enjoy the fun and active activities at Schoffel Field Ridgecrest, including a concert, games, races, and more. It all gets going at 8 a.m.

October 2016

October 7-9, 2016
2016 Lone Pine Film Festival

Film buffs, head over to the Film History Museum in Lone Pine for three days of screenings and film festivities. 

October 2016

September 10 - October 22, 2016
2016 Eastern Sierra Fall Colors Festival

For nearly two months, the Eastern Sierra Mountains region near Mammoth Lakes hosts events and festivals, like the Mammoth Gran Fondo, Oktoberfest, and the Eastern Sierra Arts Festival. Check festival schedules and times for more info.

December 2016

December 17, 2016
2016 Night of Lights

Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes is set to host a night of vibrant holiday lights, fun night rides on the Village Gondola, and a firework show to cap it all off. It all gets underway at midnight.

December 2, 2016
2016 Winter Wonderland

A holiday celebration in Ridgecrest featuring crafts, ice skating, games, holiday lights, and plenty treats and goodies. It gets started at 5 p.m. at teh Naval Air Weapons Station - China Lake.

Los Angeles Metro Area Events

June 2016

June 18, 2016
2016 LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest

Come grab some tasty grub and sudsy beverages at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Grab your tickets today – VIP admission is at 11 a.m., general admission is at noon.

Orange County Events

May 2016

May 16 - September 18, 2016
2016 Village Vintage & Crafts Market Huntington Beach

All summer long, on the second Sunday of each month, artisans and crafters set up shop at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach for an all-day festival, featuring tons of handmade goodies and fun. It's free, and starts at 9:30 a.m.

June 2016

June 24 - August 28, 2016
2016 Sawdust Art Festival

A part of the Laguna Beach Art Festival, this month-long festival features tons of unique goods for sale, including art, textiles, jewelry, furniture, leather, and more. Don't miss the live entertainment and demonstrations as well. It opens at 10 a.m. each day off Laguna Canyon Rd. outside the city.

June 2016

June 24 - August 28, 2016
2016 Discover Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival

All summer long, Laguna Beach shows off its artsy side with local events and festivities at Art-a-Fair. Check out the juried art shows and showcases of emerging talent. Start times vary by day, checkt the schedule during your visit.

San Francisco Bay Area Events

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.

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.

Sacramento & California Gold Country Events

August 2016

August 20-28, 2016
2016 Sacramento Mural Festival

Various locations across downtown Sacramento are set to host a week of art shows, lectures, tours, and more. Don't miss ArtJam at the end of the festival.

September 2016

September 8-10, 2016
2016 CA Craft Beer Summer & Festival

Enjoy the summer in Sacramento, as Capitol Mall hosts three days of craft beers from all across the state. 

October 2016

October 22 & 23, 2016
2016 Aftershock Festival

Hard rockers, don't miss this concert of epic proportions, featuring Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Korn, and more. It's all taking place at Discovery Park in Sacramento. Get your tickets today.

October 2016

October 1 & 2, 2016
2016 Big Crush Harvest Festival

Celebrate the grape harvest at Amador Wine Country with a weekend of festivities, including live music, food and wine pairings, and more. It all gets underway at 11 a.m.

November 2016

November 18-20, 2016
2016 Sacramento Harvest Festival

This is one of the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the entire west coast. Head over to the Cal Expo Center for tons of vendors and activities, alongside live music and more fun.

December 2016

December 7, 2016
2016 Stand Up Sacramento

Have a laugh at Crest Theatre in Sacramento this winter, as comedians will tell their best jokes for a great cause alongside food, entertainment, and an auction. It all starts at 7 p.m.

Central California Coast Events

September 2016

September 10, 2016
An Evening with Ray LaMontagne

Make your way to the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 10 for live performance from Ray LaMontagne. The raspy, baritone-voiced LaMontagne makes a stop in Santa Barbara as just one stop on his 45-city tour in support of his sixth studio album, Ouroboros.

October 2016

October 7 – 10, 2016
Celebration of Harvest Weekend

Hosted by the Santa Barbara Vintners, the Celebration of Harvest Weekend is one of the area's premier annual events. You'll find select locations throughout the Santa Ynez Valley hosting dinners and tastings – enjoy the hard work of local vintners as they pour a fine selection of reds and whites.

October 2016

October 8, 2016
Pioneer Day Parade

Make the most of your summer visit to Paso Robles. Be sure to check out the Pioneer Day Parade on October 8th. Head for the Paso Robles City Park near downtown for this annual event. Day-long activities include classic car showcases, the actual parade, and a free bean feed.

Desert Region Events

June 2016

Every Thursday
2016 Palm Springs VillageFest

Every Thursday night, head over to downtown Palm Springs, where a collection of the city's best artists, entertainers, chefs, and other vendors set up shop from 7 to 10 p.m.

September 2016

September 24, 2016
2016 Free Entrance Day at Joshua Tree National Monument

Explore the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park free of admission for one day only. The park is easily accessible from Palm Desert, Indio, and Palm Springs.

September 2016

September 2-4, 2016
2016 Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival

Palm Springs is set to host some of the country's most talented female jazz musicians. The shows are held at various locations. Plan your visit today.

California's Inland Empire Events

September 2016

September 10 - October, 2016
2016 Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

A fun-filled fall festival held at the Big Bear Convention Center eight consecutive weekends. There will be tons of German fun, games, food and drink, and more. The fun begins Saturdays at noon.

California's Central Valley Events

September 2016

September 16-25, 2016
2016 Stockon Beer Week

All across Stockton, venues offer specialty brews and events to celebrate the city's eccletic beer scene. The week's festivities include beer dinners, the Brews and Shows Walk/Run, beer movie nights, and more. Check the schedule during your visit.

September 10, 2016
2016 Bakersfield Village Fest

A must-see festival held annually in Bakersfield. There will be over 30 local restaurants offering unlimited samples, tons of live music, 60 breweries and wineries, and more, all at the Kern County Museum. Grab your passes today.

September 2016

September 18, 2016
8th Annual Memorial Car Show

A fun-filled day in Modesto featuring a classic car show, 50/50 raffles and giveaways, and more. The event is hosted at the Fruit Yard, starting at 8 a.m. 

October 2016

October 6-9, 2016
2016 Joshua Tree Fall Music Festival

Just outside Yucca Valley, the Joshua Tree Campground hosts a three-day music festival that is great for all families. It all begins at 10 a.m. each day. Grab some passes and plan your trip today.

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