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Welcome to the April Festivals pages of California Fairs and Festivals! Click on the links to connect to the event of interest. Enjoy!

 

 

Bodega Bay Fishermen's Festival
Date: April 11-12, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. both days
Address: Westside Park off East Shore Rd.Bodega Bay, CA
Phone: 707-875-3777
URL:http://www.bbfishfest.org/
Description from the event publicity director: "Weekend is packed with music, food, and entertainment with the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet as a highlight. Food booths have something for every pallet from lamb to oyster barbeque. A favorite attraction is the wine tasting booth featuring more than 25 Sonoma County wines. Live music and entertainers perform on the band stage both Saturday and Sunday. Great venue for kids, with a play area with face painting, games, spin paintings, free kite lessons, pony rides, and, llamas on parade. 80 artisan and vendor booths offer wide selection of arts and crafts."
Vendors: here

Old Time Fiddle Contest & Festival
Date: April 2, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; fiddlers register by 8 a.m.
Address: Citrus Fair Grounds
Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale, CA 
Email: info@cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org
Phone/ Fax: 707 894-2067 (msg) / 707 894-2067
URL: http://cloverdalefiddles.com/
Vendor: http://www.cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org/fiddle/vendors/index.html
Description: The Annual Old Time Fiddle Contest presented by the Cloverdale Historical Society. Food and fun are served up by the Cloverdale Historical Society at their annual fund raising event that features fiddle playing and toe-tapping.  Great website too!
Map URL from their web site: http://www.cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org/html/map.htm

Manteca Crossroads Street Faire
Date: April 11-12, 2015
Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm both days
Location: Downtown Manteca, Yosemite Avenue & Main Street
Email: Info@visitmanteca.org
Phone: (209) 823-7229
URL: http://www.CrossroadsStreetFaire.com
Description: Come visit Downtown Manteca's biggest event of the year. With over 300 vendors, local entertainment, kids rides and games, demonstrations, car & truck show and more!
Vendor Info: here
Attendance: 40,000+ for the weekend

 

Big Hat Day
Date: April 11-12, 2015
Address: Old Town Clovis , CA
Email: info@clovischamber.com
Phone: (559) 299-7363
URL: http://clovischamber.com/
Description from their site: "Turn-of-the-century Old Town Clovis provides the perfect setting for BIG Hat Days and includes all types of music, arts and crafts, beer garden, international food fair, family carnival, pony rides and so much more! This event draws over 140,000 attendees and over 400 crafts vendors! Everyone is encouraged to wear a hat! Free to the public"
Vendor: here

San Marcos Swing Into Spring Festival
Date: April 12, 2015
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Location: Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos, CA 92078
Email: artisteyeevents@gmail.com
Phone: 760-473-4516
URL: http://www.swingintospringfestival.com/
Description: Annual family focused street fair including arts, crafts, food and commercial businesses, live entertainment, kids amusement rides and other children's activities.
Vendor information: here
Attendance: 15,000- 20,000

 

Godwit Days Spring Migration Festival
Date: April 15-21, 2015
Time: Event times vary
Address: Arcata, CA
Phone: (800) 908-9464
URL: https://www.godwitdays.org
Description from their site: "Held at the peak of spring migration, shorebirds abound and special opportunities are planned to see many other species, including Marbled Murrelet, Spotted Owl, and Snowy Plover. The area offers a wide array of habitats and species for your observation and enjoyment. Our selection of nearly 100 small group field trips, lectures, workshops, boating excursions, and community activities are led by experienced local guides. Special pre- and post-festival birding trips are available that can extend your enjoyment to a full week. Our "Humboldt Big Day" trip consistently observes over 110 species in a single day!"

 

Annual California Wine Festival - Orange County
Date: April 17 - 18, 2015
Time: Fri. April 17, 2015 6:30pm-9pm,
Sat. April 18, 2015 1:00pm-4:00pm (VIPs 12:00pm)
Location: Fri. April 17, 2015 - 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Sat. April 18, 2015 - 25111 Park Lantern Road. Dana Point, CA 92629
Email: cathy@californiawinefestival.com, emily@californiawinefestival.com
Phone: 805-885-5103
URL: http://www.californiawinefestival.com/
Description: Wine, food, music, sun and sea. Experience the quintessential California wine tasting and enjoy hundreds of California's finest vintage wines, delicious gourmet foods samples and lively music. Discover new wines at every Festival, find a new favorite and pair it with a dizzying variety of fresh gourmet appetizers like artisan breads, cheeses, olive oils and so much more. Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited fun, food and music - at the biggest wine festival under the sun!

 

La Habra Spring Citrus Fair
Date: Moved to May 1 - 3, 2015
Address: 321 E. La Habra Blvd La Habra
URL: http://www.citrusfair.com/
Description: The Annual La Habra Spring Citrus Fair featuring Food Truck Frenzy, starts Thursday April 19th, 2012 with Family Preview Night (rides, Food & Entertainment) and continues April 20th - 22nd, 2012, with exciting RIDES, gourmet Food Trucks, Lions Funnel cakes, great merchandise and a new entertainment stage.
Vendors: here

 

Central Valley Pizza Festival
Date: April 17-19, 2015
Address: West Hills College-Lemoore and Downtown Lemoore, California
Email: downtown@lemoorechamberofcommerce.com
Phone: (559) 924-6401
URL: http://www.lemoorechamberofcommerce.com/
Vendors: here

 

Picnic Day at UC Davis
Date: April 18, 2015
Address: UC Davis, CA
Email: chair@picnicday.ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-6320
URL: http://www.picnicday.ucdavis.edu/

 

Spring Blossom Festival
Date: April 18-19, 2015
Time: Sat. and Sun. 10 am – 5 pm
Address: Shinzen Friendship Garden
Phone: 559-226-8034
URL: http://www.shinzenjapanesegarden.org
Description from their site: "This annual event occurs on the weekend closest to the Equinox,  when the Spring section especially is ablaze with color. Blooming cherry and crabapple trees, yellow forsythia, kerria (Japanese rose) and miniature daffodils will be dressed in their glowing color. The Teahouse (one of the only two authentic teahouses in the United States), is open for viewing, and Docents are available to assist visitors and answer questions pertaining to the Garden. The Bonsai show will be held in conjunction with the Spring Blossom Festival. This is an opportunity to view over 100 specimens of beautiful and extraordinary Bonsai. Also enjoy educational demonstrations and sales."

 

Red Bluff Round-Up
Date: April 17-19, 2015
Time: Fri. rodeo events begin at 6:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 1:30 p.m.; Sat. parade at 10 a.m.
Address: Tehama District Fairgrounds Highway 99
Red Bluff, CA
Phone: (530) 527-1000 (information)
URL: http://www.redbluffroundup.com
email: info@redbluffroundup.com
Description from their site: "Round-Up Week festivities are kicked off with the 'running of the bucking horses' through town as local rodeo stock provider John Growney and his crew herd over 100 rodeo horses down Main Street… just like they did in the good old days!"

 

Antique Farm Equipment Show
Date: April 17-19, 2015
Address: Tulare, California
Email: antique@farmshow.org
Phone: (559) 688-1751(800) 999-9186 or (559) 688-5276 Fax
URL: http://www.antiquefarmshow.org/
Vendor: here

 

Asparagus Festival
Date: April 17-19, 2015
Time: Varies
Address: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds
Phone: 209-466-5041
URL: http://sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net/index.html
Description: New venue for this festival that has attracted people that love to eat, cook, and look at asparagus. You will find entertainment, arts, crafts, cooking demonstrations, and children's' play area. The festival favorite is deep-fried asparagus.
Vendor: http://sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net/vendors.html

 

CHILI COOK OFF AND CAR SHOW
Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Address: Vets Hall and Pinedorado Grounds, 1000 Main St. Cambria CA 93428
Phone: 805-927-3624
Email: info@cambriachamber.org
URL: www.cambriachamber.org
Description: Hot Chili, Cool Cars and Beer Tasting – What more could you want? Gourmet Chili, lively music, raffle drawings, cool cars and beer tasting. Vote for your favorite car and vote for the best Chili in town. Car Show free, Chili Tasting $5, Beer tasting $3.
Vendor information/ contacts: info@cambriachamber.org

 

California Poppy Festival
Date: April 18-19, 2015
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Lancaster City Park, 43063 10th Street West, Lancaster CA 93534
Email: njones@cityoflancasterca.org
Phone: 661-723-6077
URL: www.poppyfestival.com
Description: Join us for two days of music, art, food and fun celebrating the state flower of California and the appearance of poppies in the Antelope Valley! Warm breezes replace the winter chill, jubilant laughter fills the air, and poppies burst into bloom blanketing hillsides in a sea of orange. The California Poppy Festival kicks off spring in the Antelope Valley with a glorious array of celebrated performers, unrivaled events, and mouth-watering delicacies designed to delight, enchant, and amuse people of all ages.
Vendor Contact information: http://www.poppyfestival.com/vendors.php

 

Avocado Festival
Date: April 19, 2015
Address: Fallbrook, CA
Email: mailto:fallbrook@primemail.com
Phone: 760-728-5845
URL: here
Vendor: here

 

New Living Expo
Date: April 24-26, 2015
Address: Concourse Exhibition Center
Eighth Street at Brannan San Francisco, CA
Email: n/a
Phone: (415) 382-8300
URL: http://www.newlivingexpo.com/
Description: This features 100 speakers and 300 exhibitors and they all welcome you to the 21st century village for health, prosperity, and happiness.
Vendor: here

 

Home & Outdoor Living Expo
Date: April 24-26th, 2015
Time: Friday Apr 24 Noon-7pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
Location: Fairgrounds in Placerville, 100 Placerville Dr.
Email: info@edchomeshow.com
Phone:530-622-7166
URL:www.edchomeshow.com
Description: Home show with outdoor living (sports) attractions and crafters
Vendor Contact information: Heather or Kathy
Attendance: 7000

 

Bay Area Storytelling Festival
Date: April 24, 25 & 26th, 2015
Time: April 24 9AM-12PM, 6PM-9PM, April 25 9AM-6:30 PM, April 26 9AM-4:30 PM
Address: 28 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563
Phone: 510-869-4946
Email:info@bayareastorytelling.org
URL: bayareastorytelling.org
Description: The Festival is a three-day weekend of storytelling concerts and workshops featuring some of the best traditional storytellers from across the country and around the world. Opening and closing concerts offer a variety of stories and storytelling styles, as each of our featured tellers takes a turn on the main stage. During the afternoons, you can choose to see solo performances on smaller stages, attend workshops on various aspects of storytelling, or browse for books, audio recordings and storytelling paraphanalia in our vendor room. Traditional storytellers that are featured at our festival may also be musicians, authors, film and stage actors, but essentially they are performers are simply exceptional practioners of one of the oldest human art forms: oral storytelling.
Vendor information/ contacts: Room for Vendors is Full, Not taking more vendors

 

Riverside Flower Show and Garden Tours
Date: April 25-26, 2015
Time: 4/12/2014 1pm to 6pm and 4/13/2014 10am to 4pm
Location: 6166 Brockton Avenue Riverside CA 92506
Email: help@riversideflowershow.info
Phone: 951-777-0746
URL: http://riversideflowershow.info/
Description: Flower Show displaying and awarding local gardeners, Garden tour includes 6 private gardens in the Riverside area, vendors selling plants and garden related items, and door prizes
Attendance: $10.00 per person children under 16 free with an adult

 

Annual California Wine Festival- Orange County
Date: April 25-26, 2014
Time: Friday 6:30-9pm
Saturday 1-4 *VIP entrance at 12pm.
Location: See website for details
URL: http://www.californiawinefestival.com/
Description from 2013: Friday:The "Sunset Rare & Reserve" Wine Tasting on April 19, 2013 will feature rare and reserve level bottles that winemakers will dust off and pour at this popular event. Some wines being poured are no longer in distribution; some are proprietor's reserves and end-of-vintage wines. A champagne reception greets guests who will be treated to Napa trophy cabs, rare bottles from Sonoma County, Santa Cruz and Sierra Mtn. areas, the red-hot Central Coast, Pinots from Santa Barbara County and much more. Top regional chefs will serve hot and cold appetizers while live bluesy jazz keeps things super cool. Ticket price includes all wine and food samples and an 18 oz keepsake wine glass.
Saturday:Unlimited tasting of fine wine & foods, plus sun, sea and music. Sip hundreds of vintage California wines, sample dozens of hot and cold gourmet appetizers, artisan breads and cheeses, fresh cut fruits, and for a change of taste, sample local and regional craft brews too.

 

City Of Alameda Earth Day Festival                                 
Date: April 25, 2015
Times: 10 am - 3pm
Address: Washington Park (Central Ave & 8th St, Alameda
URL: http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/Recreation/Special-Events-Earth-Day
Description from their website:"Come celebrate the planet with us at ALAMEDA'S EARTH DAY FESTIVAL! As part of the celebration, it is our goal to present simple lifestyle changes to help the environment. Upcycling is one of those simple changes.
Enjoy FREE activities for the kids, Earth Day games and exhibits and learn about building a clean, healthy, sustainable world for generations to come.

 

Apple Blossom Festival
Date: April
Time: Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. parade along Main St. begins at 10 a.m.
Address: Veterans Memorial Building 282 High St.
Sebastopol, CA
Phone: (877) 828-4748
URL: http://www.sebastopolappleblossom.org/
mailto:apples@sebastopol.org
Description: The theme of the 59th Annual Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival is, "Bee Boppin' Blossoms". The apple is the star of the show and is featured in a parade, arts, crafts, and food. You will also find children's' activities, historical and horticultural displays, beer and wine sampling.
Directions: http://www.sebastopolappleblossom.org/appleblossommaps.html

 

Wear & Remembrance Vintage Apparel Fair
Date: April
Time: Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Address: Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
Franklin Hall 442 Franklin Ave.
Yuba City, CA
Phone: (530) 743-1004
URL: No web site
Description: This show is a gathering of vintage clothes dealers of the west coast and is an event you should not miss if you are interested in the same. The event will take place at the Yuba-Sutter Fairground and is a fundraiser for the Yuba City's Community Memorial Museum.

 

Gold Nugget Days
Date: Fourth Weekend in April 25-26, 2015
Time: varies
Address: Paradise, CA
Phone: (530) 872-8722
URL: http://www.paradiseprpd.com/adult_programs_special_events.html
Description: The event will feature gold of course, but you will also be
able to watch a parade, Historical Queen Contest, arts, crafts, and more in this foothill town.
Vendors: Crafts Food

 

Big Barn Classic Car Show
Date: April 25, 2015
Location: Motte Historical Museum, 28380 HWY 74 #15 Menifee, Ca. 92585
Phone: 951-928-3210
URL: http://www.mottemuseum.com
Description: Classic car show in the Motte Country Plaza. Guests will enjoy free general admision to the Museum, and car show. The show will feature the Bobby Sanchez Combo, Retro Rick the D.J., vendors and festival foods available for purchase. Car enthusiasts may register a car to the event in advance. Applcations are on line or call. Fee: $20.00 day of event applications $25.00 space is limited to the first 75 to register. An event shirt is included with each registration show staging for participants at 9:00 a.m. Trophies awarded to the top 3 in each class.
Vendor contact: maria@mottemuseum.com or 951-928-3210

 

Butter and Egg Days
Date: April 25, 2015
Time: Noon (parade start), other times varies
Address: Downtown Petaluma, CA
Phone: (877) 273-8258
URL: http://www.petalumadowntown.com/
mailto:info@petalumadowntown.com
Description: The town celebrates their agricultural ties with the dairy and poultry in this annual event in Petaluma. The affair includes a parade, cheese tasting, kids' in chicken costumes, and the Cutest Chick in Town contest.
Vendor: http://www.petalumadowntown.com/vendor.html

 

Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk Festival
Date: April 25-26, 2015
Time: noon-6 pm
Address: Downtown San Diego, CA - Little Italy: from Beech Street to Fir Street with India Street and Kettner Boulevard as the central thoroughfares
Phone: 619.301.2766
email: mail to:info@missionfederalartwalk.org
URL: http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/
Description from their site: "Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego's largest and best-known open-air gallery, is celebrating its 25th year. This free, annual event will be returning April 25th and 26th, 2009 from Noon to 6 PM both days. Over 300 artists will be displaying paintings, sculptures, glasswork, photography, music, and dance performances. The festival, which is free to the public, attracts over 100,000 attendees and is spread out over 16 city blocks of downtown San Diego's Little Italy."

 

The Union's Annual Spring Home & Garden Show
Date: April 25-26, 2015
Time: 10am to 5pm Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday
Address: Nevada Co. Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA
Phone: 530-477-4241 (Mary Anne Davis, Event Manager)
Email: mdavis@theunion.com
URL: www.theunion.com/homeshow
Description: 200 vendors, 8,000 (average) attendees, great food and beverages, live music, kid's activities, Bonsai Club presentation, Banner Mountain Artisans show, antique boat club display, and so much more.
Vendor: Here

 

Adams Avenue Unplugged
Date: April 25-26, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 10:00pm, (April 26), 12:00 - 7:00pm (April 27)
Address:Adams Avenue, in Normal Heights to Kensington (4649 Hawley Blvd, San Diego, 92116)
Phone: (619) 282-7329
Email: info@adamsavenuebusiness.com
URL:http://www.adamsavenueunplugged.com
Description:The third annual Adams Avenue Unplugged will feature more than 100 artists performing on 24 stages along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue. This weekend of superb music is free and open to the public. For the artist line-up, schedule, and more festival information, visit our website.
Vendor: here

Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Gathering
Date: April 25-26, 2015
Time: varies
Address: Yolo County Fairgrounds 1125 East St. Woodland, CA
Phone: (916) 557-0764
URL: http://www.saccallie.org/
Vendor: Here

Kelseyville Olive Festival Date: April 26, 2015
Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Address: 5625 Gaddy Lane Kelseyville, Ca. 95451
Phone: 707-279-0483
URL: www.kelseyvilleolivefestival.com
Description: Experience a day of family fun focused on the magnificent olive. Tour the Kelseyville Olive Mill and 7 acre olive orchard while learning about the history, cultivation, processing, types, uses, and health benefits of olives and olive products. Sample local olive products and vote for your favorite, get involved in an olive oil sensory evaluation or cooking demo, visit arts and crafts booths, and join the fun in our olive pit-spitting contest! There will also be a silent auction and a raffle. The event is free! Local beer and wine tasting will be available for a $10 fee. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Family Resource Center.

 

Cherry Blossom Festival
Date: April 26, 2015
Time: Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Address: Memorial Park
Stevens Creek Blvd. at Hwy. 85 Cupertino, CA
Phone: (408) 257-7424
URL: http://www.cupertinotoyokawa.org/
Description: An event that celebrates the coming of spring amongst the 200 cherry trees donated by the city of Toyokawa, Japan as part of the sister-city program. Arts, crafts, Music, and food from their sister-cites culture are featured during this two-day event.
Vendor: here

Raisin Festival
Date: April 2011
Address: Selma, CA
Email: cindyh@cityofselma.com
Phone: 559-891-2235
URL: http://www.cityofselma.com/chamber/calendar.htm
Description: Raisins rule at this festival!

Human Race Waco 2014
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 8:00 am- 12:00 pm
Location: Cameron Park
Email: erica@ehapr.com
Phone: 254-772-5909
URL: humanracewaco.com
Description: Human Race Waco 2014 is a different race than you have ever run! And we like it that way. Our goal is to create a race that reaches out to the community, with courses that are a perfect fit for include anyone who would like to participate. On the morning of Saturday, April 26, 2014, you will see everything from parents with young children walking the 5K Fun Run/Walk Course, to die-hard tri-athletes hoping to earn their next medal. All are welcome as long as you come planning to have an excellent time! Register and learn about fundraise-for-entry to race for free at http://www.humanracewaco.com/ .

 

San Francisco International Beer Festival
Date: Moved to May 9, 2015
Time: varies
Address: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion 99 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 358-1213 (school)
URL: http://www.sfbeerfest.com/
Description: Beer by the bay, what could be better.

 

High Desert Music Festival and BBQ Showdown
Date: MoveTime: Noon-9:00
Address: 14800 7th Street, Victorville,CA 92395
Phone: 760-705-4FUN
Email:info@highdesertmusicfestival.com
URL: http://www.highdesertmusicfestival.com/
Description: Join us again for another year of award winning music and entertainment. Featuring two stages of live entertainment headlined by the legendary LAKESIDE, old school giant, TIERRA, toe stopping ROD PIAZZA AND MIGHTY FLYERS, BIG PAPA and the TCB and WUMBLOOZO playing blues the way it oughta be; the Caravan of All Stars high energy blues, rhythm and soul show and a special tribute to Motown and the Temptations, featuring the renown 5 Tempting Men. Our International Showcase stage highlights rock, pop, country, rock n Española, old school and more. In addition to the music and entertainment, the HDMF host the HIGH DESERT BBQ SHOWDOWN.


Heron Festival
Date: Moved to May 2-3, 2015
Time: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Address: Redbud Park City of Clearlake, CA
Phone: (707) 263-8030
Email: help@heronfestival.org
URL: http://www.redbudaudubon.org/
Description: Visit their web site as conditions change yearly.

 

Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa, and Beer Tasting
Date: Moved to May 9, 2015
Time: check web site
Address: Behren's Park, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
Petaluma, CA
Email: mailto:Empress@greatchilicookoff.com
Phone: 707-763-8920 for tickets
URL: http://www.greatchilicookoff.com/
Description: If the chili isn't hot enough at this event you can spice it up more with salsas. If your taste buds need cooling-off, try a beer from one of the fourteen breweries planning to attend.
Directions from their site: http://sundayusa.com/chilicookoff/map.html
Vendor: here

Medieval Fantasy Festival
Date: victim of the economy
Address: Downtown Vacaville, CA
Email: betty@medievalmomma.com
Phone: (707) 451-2100
URL: http://www.medievalfantasyfestival.com/

 

Orange County Food & Wine Festival                                
Date: moved to 5/3/15
Times: 6-10 pm
Address: Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa, CA
URL: www.ocfoodandwine.com
Description: Founded in 2009 by the Brea Rotary Charitable Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the purpose of the Orange Country Food and Wine Festival is to create a fun and exciting experience that showcases delicious foods and wines while raising money for worthy local and international charitable programs.

 

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