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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 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.

June 2016

June 12, 2016
2016 Taste of Redding

Come sample some of Redding's most delicous locally crafted brews, dishes, wines, and more, all at Sculpture Park at Redding City Hall. Reserve your spot today – the event begins at noon.

July 2016

July 1-4, 2016
2016 Mt. Shasta July 4th Artisan Market & Street Faire

Check out the patriotic and unique festivies held in downtown Mt. Shasta for four straight days. More details are TBA – the fun generally gets underway at noon.

July 2016

July 8 & 9, 2016
2016 Slice of Chico

Downtown Chico hosts this annual event, which features local shops offering unique items and specials, local food, watermelon-themed foods and activities, live music, and so much more. The festivities are found downtown, starting at about 9 a.m.

August 2016

August 12-14, 2016
2016 Annual Dark Sky Festival

A festival held at the Lassen Volcanic National Park that celebrates the park's very uniquely dark night skies. Check out the ranger talks, hikes, presentations, and other festivities held at various times. This event is free.

Los Angeles Metro Area Events

June 2016

June 10-12, 2016
2016 LAPRIDE Music Festival & Parade

West Hollywood hosts this get together of epic proportions. Check out the hottest emerging artists in concert, or simply celebrate diversity and culture. It's all at West Hollywood Park. Grab your tickets today.

June 11, 2016
2016 Tacolandia

Come get a spicy taste of the west coast as El Pueblo de Los Angeles hosts over 100 top taco vendors for a fun-filled day of live music, beer, wine, and cocktails, and awards for the best tacos of the day. It all starts at 3 p.m.

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.

July 2016

July 27, 2016
2016 International Champions Cup: Liverpool FC v. Chelsea FC

Two of the Premiere League's best compete for the International Champions Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Come see the sick strikes and corner kicks this summer. The match starts at 8 p.m. Get your tickets today.

California's North Coast Events

June 2016

June 18, 2016
2016 Arcata Oyster Festival

The town of Arcata hosts a full day of oceanside activities, including oyster dishes prepared by over 35 food vendors, live music, kids' activities, the Best Oyster Contest, and more. It all starts at 10 a.m. at Arcata Plaza.

June 10 & 11, 2016
2016 Flea Market & Vintage Trailer Rally

Rohner Park in Fortuna hosts a day of fun-filled shopping and presentations by the Humbolt Junkies. There will also be tons of food, live music, and more. It all starts at 4 p.m.

June 2016

June 12 - May 14, 2016
2016 Indoor Flea Market

All summer long, the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds hosts an huge indoor flea market. Peruse over 140 tables selling everything from antiques, collectibles, toys, and more. It all starts at 8 a.m.

July 2016

July 8 & 9, 2016
2016 Bikes By the Bay

Saddle up and head to downtown Eureka, where two days of biker activities, live music, a motorcycle show, beer garden, and more, are set to thrill. It all gets underway at 10 a.m.

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.

May 28, 2016
2016 Scottish Fest USA

No matter your heritage, come celebrate Scottish hertiage at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this spring, as plenty of bagpipers and drummers, food vendors, and clans and dancers descend upon the region. It all starts at 9 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 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

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

June 2016

June 11 & 12, 2016
2016 San Diego Festival of the Arts

Waterfront park is the place to be this summer in San Diego, as for two days, it becomes a hub for expression and creativity. Check out the huge collection of artistic showcases, alongside food, and entertainment. Grab your passes today.

July 2016

July 12, 2016
2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Major League Baseball's best and brightest step up to bat at Petco Park in San Diego this summer. Come cheer on your favorite player and enjoy the southern California sunshine this summer. The game starts at 1 p.m.

July 2016

July 3, 2016–
2016 San Diego Bike Fest

Bikers, be sure to check out this one-of-a-kind festival, held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, where tons of enthusiasts, bands, vendors, and tasty delights will make it worth your while. Grab your passes today – it all starts 1 p.m.

Sacramento & California Gold Country Events

June 2016

June 4, 2016
2016 Sacramento Taco Festival

Enjoy a taste of the southwest in the heart of Sacramento this summer, as Del Pasco Blvd and Arden Way host a street taco festival. There will entertainment and tons of festival fun involved. Event start time is TBA.

June 25, 2016
2016 Race the Lake of the Sky

One of northern California's gems, South Lake Tahoe is set to host this awesome kayak and paddle board race this summer. There will be plenty of entertainment and festivities as well. Head on over and enjoy the fun.

June 2016

June 11, 2016
2016 Brew For A Cure

Sample suds for a stupenous cause this summer at William Land Park in Sacramento. This event is sponsored by JDRF. The fun gets underway at 3 p.m.

July 2016

July 2, 2016
2016 Sacramento Beer Train

Hop on the Sacramento RiverTrain and enjoy this mini beer festival, featuring live music and brews provided by several northern California breweries. Reserve your seat today.

Central California Coast Events

August 2016

August 6 & 7, 2016
22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival

Don't miss the 22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival on August 6th and 7th. Make your way to downtown Watsonville to find all of the music vendors, live music, parades and more. This is a free, all-ages event.

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 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.

California's Inland Empire Events

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 2016

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

June 2016

June 1 - August 3, 2016
2016 Concerts in the Park

Each Wednesday for nearly all  summer, Victory Park in Stockton hosts free concerts featuring everything from big band to latin to even an Abba tribute band. Bring your chair and relax in Stockton – shows start at 6 p.m.

June 18 & 19, 2016
2nd Annual First Festival

Southside Park is Sacramento hosts two days of local food, music, beer, vendors, and more. It all gets underway at noon. Grab a single day pass or weekpass today.

June 11, 2016
2016 Brew For A Cure

Sample suds for a stupenous cause this summer at William Land Park in Sacramento. This event is sponsored by JDRF. The fun gets underway at 3 p.m.

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 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. 

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