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Local happenings all across California

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 North Coast Events

June 2015

June 18 - July 19, 2015
Dell'Arte Mad River Festival

This Blue Lake festival near Eureka brings together performances in theatre, music, comedy, puppetry, and more. Notable highlights include the Humboldt Folklife Festival and Blue Lake Pageant.

July 2015

July 11 - 19, 2015
Snoopy's 40th Annual Senior World Hockey Tournament

The Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa celebrates a week of sportsmanship and competitive hockey for those over 50.

August 2015

August 6 - 9, 2015
Del Norte County Fair

This annual fair livens up Crescent City for a week.

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.

California's Shasta Cascade Region Events

July 2015

July 11, 2015
Slice of Chico

Downtown Chico's businesses open up for a day of great shopping, low prices, and free food.

August 2015

August 1, 2015
Lake Almanor Team Trout & Salmon Derby

Join this fun-filled fishing derby at Lake Almanor in Chester.

August 2, 2015
Summit Century Bike Ride

Register to ride or cheer on one of the prettiest and challenging cycling races in the country. It is held near Mt. Shasta.

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 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 2015

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.

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 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 2015

June 27 - September 27, 2015
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

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

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.

San Diego Metropolitan Area Events

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.

July 21 - 24, 2015
Comic-Con International

The country's largest pop culture event returns to the San Diego Convention Center.

July 18 & 19, 2015
2015 Festival of the Bells

This annual festival celebrates the anniversary of the founding of California's first mission, the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

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 22 - 23, 2015
39th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships

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

Sacramento & California Gold Country Events

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 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

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

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

July 2015

July 10-12, 2015
2nd Annual Coachella Valley Improv/Comedy Festival

Laugh your you-know-what off this summer at the Indio Performing Arts Center with a weekend of improv teams, sketch comedy groups, and stand up comics galore – all competing for prizes.

July 11 & 12, 2015
2015 Lemon Lily Festival

This year's Lemon Lily Festival will be hosted at the Idyllwild Nature Center, and is set to include plenty of arts and crafts, educational exhibits, guest speakers, and Pioneer Town. Event begins at 9 a.m.

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 2015

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.

July 2015

July 12, 2015
2015 Old Time Bear Country Fair

Enjoy country fair activities while exploring the Big Bear Alpine Zoo in Big Bear Lake. Festival activities include games, family-friendly activities, food, and more, beginning at 5 p.m.

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.

August 2015

August 1, 2015
2015 I-15 Brew Fest

Held at Temecula Downs, this event is set to feature live performances, DJs, catered festival food, and endless craft beer selections from regional pubs and breweries. The event begins at 6 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

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.

July 10 - 26, 2015
California State Fair

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

August 2015

August 1 - 3, 2015
Modesto Grand Prix

The Superkarts USA PRO tour returns for a mid-summer race through downtown Modesto.

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 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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