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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.

 

Los Angeles Metro Area Events

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

May 7 & 8, 2016
2016 San Diego Zoo Garden Festival

One of the San Diego's most-visited attratcions, the San Diego Zoo, hosts two days of family-friendly activities, all centered on nature and the coming blooms of spring. The zoo opens at 9 a.m.

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 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

May 2016

May 7 & 8, 2016
2016 Berry Fest

Roseville is set to host two days of outdoor festival fun at the Placer County Fairgrounds and Event Center. Scheduled events include the Berry Fun Color Run, a carnival, shopping, live music, and more. It all gets underway at 10 a.m.

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 2016

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.

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.

Desert Region Events

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. 

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

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 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. 

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