Below you’ll find a sampling of California current events for Spring 2015, and you can learn more about a specific event by visiting the site noted in parenthesis after the listing. If you’re looking for California current events in a different season, please see:
The Anderson Valley, renowned as one of the world’s finest pinot-growing regions, hosts the 18th Annual Pinot Noir Festival on May 15-17, 2015. Many area wineries will also host an open house event on Sunday, May 17; check with individual venues for details. (avwines.com)
While there’s never a bad time to travel to Mendocino County (from our perspective), the Taste of Redwood Valley event that’s happening on Father’s Day weekend — June 19-21, 2015 — is an especially good time for a visit. It’s a beautiful area… with some lovely, small wineries… and a cool grape brandy distillery, to boot! (atasteofredwoodvalley.com)
Shasta & Cascades
The enticing “Sweet – A Tasty Journey” exhibit runs through May 13, 2015 at Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Come learn about California’s farm-to-fork contribution to this industry! (turtlebay.org)
There are lots of fun events scheduled at Napa’s beautiful Uptown Theatre (uptowntheatrenapa.com) this spring, including Alton Brown Live! on March 19, 2015. I could plan a whole Napa getaway around an event like that, working in stops at some of my favorite Napa Valley tourist attractions, wineries and restaurants at the same time.
And, speaking of Wine Country restaurants, Sonoma County celebrates Restaurant Week March 9-15, 2015. If you plan to be in Wine Country a little longer, you might also want to consider the Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, running March 20-22, 2015. (artisancheesefestival.com)
San Francisco Bay Area
Chocolate lovers may also want to mark their calendars for the 6th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at fabulous Fort Mason on Sunday, March 15, 2015. (Follow the preceding link for more details.) The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and promises “55,000 square feet of Chocolate, Wine and Confections.” (sfchocolatesalon.com)
If you’re 21 and older, come enjoy Sake San Jose on Thursday, May 21, 2015 — a fundraiser that combines sake tasting with a walk through the city’s historic Japantown, one of the last three remaining in California. The event benefits the neighborhood’s non-profit senior center. (sakesanjose.com)
Also, if you’re planning a San Francisco visit over the June 5-7, 2015 weekend, you may want to cheer on this year’s Escape From Alcatraz triathlon contestants. (escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com)
Spring is an excellent time to visit and enjoy one of the many Central Coast festivals (follow the link for a HUGE list) — all of which offer fabulous food and wine that you’ll enjoy sharing with some of the friendliest people in the whole state.
And, if you love artichokes, you’ll also want to plan your getaway around Castroville’s annual Artichoke Festival on May 30 & 21, 2015. There will be field tours, cooking demonstrations, a parade, live entertainment and, of course, LOTS of artichokes! (artichokefestival.org)
Head to Stockton on April 17-19, 2015, for the San Joaquin Valley Asparagus Festival. Can you think of a better way to celebrate Spring’s arrival? (sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net)
Or, for something totally different, plan a trip to Sacramento (actually the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland) on April 25 & 26, 2015, and you can be part of the 139th Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival. This is the third oldest event of this genre in the U.S., as well as one of the largest. There are games, of course, and music, food and fun for all ages! (sacramentoscotgames.org)
Sierras & Gold Country
Another thing that always makes us think of Spring is daffodils, and they are also the perfect excuse to visit Gold Country — and maybe stop at some of the wonderful Amador County wineries while you’re there. Typically, McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill doesn’t open until mid-March, but they’re blooming early this year and will be on view beginning February 23, 2015. If you’ve never seen this, you really should! (facebook.com/DaffodilHill)
The California Wine Festival splashes down in Dana Point on April 17 & 18, 2015, promising wine (of course), beer (from our favorite, Firestone Brewery), food (from some of the area’s best chefs), music and more! (californiawinefestival.com)
And then you’ll probably want to be in Garden Grove over the Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-25, 2015) for the annual Strawberry Festival. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! (strawberryfestival.org)
Food Fare 2015 is happening in Santa Monica on March 5, 2015, and will feature 100+ of Los Angeles’s best food and wine vendors — restaurants, wineries, breweries and caterers. Julia Child, who gave a food demonstration at the first Food Fare in 1979, would be so proud! (pplafoodfare.com/)
If you’ve never been to Ojai, you should definitely check it out (it’s one of our favorite California cities, actually), and on Saturday, June 27, 2015, you could enjoy the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival during your visit. (ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org)
Inland Empire & Deserts
The Horse Town BrewN’Que Festival rides into Norco on May 29-21, 2015. What’s not to love about craft beer and beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken and pork? (brewnquefestival.com)
Big Bear Village’s annual Summer Wine Walk get the season off to a good start on June 6, 2015, and is a perfect event around which to plan a Big Bear weekend getaway or even a week-long vacation! (bigbear.com/things-to-do/special-events/wine-walk-in-the-village/)
And, over Father’s Day Weekend — June 12-14, 2015 — you’ll find music and more family fun at the annual Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville. (huckfinn.com)
If you like Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish, you’ll want to check out Gator by the Bay, May 7-10, 2015 (Mother’s Day weekend), at San Diego’s Spanish Landing Park at Harbor Island, which is directly across from the airport, about three miles from downtown. How can you go wrong with rocking music and a Louisiana Food Court? (sandiegofestival.com)
Or, if bluegrass is more your thing, head to Old Town Temecula on March 21 & 22, 2015, for the city’s 15th Annual Bluegrass Festival. Like you need an excuse to visit Temecula? (temeculacalifornia.com)
You may want to send an email to the visitor’s bureau where you plan to spend your California vacation, holiday or weekend getaway. Here is a list of various California convention and visitor’s bureaus. This is a great way to learn what local California current events might be occurring during your visit.
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