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

Snow Festival
Date: Feb 27 to March 8, 2015
Time: Various times
Address: North Lake Tahoe, CA
Email: mailto:info@tahoeguide.com
Phone: (530) 583-5605
URL: http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com/
Description: This festival lasts for ten-days and includes pancake breakfasts, fireworks, snow sculpture, and more.


San Diego Bird Festival
Date: March 5-8, 2015
Time: Varies
Address: Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (619) 222-1620
URL: http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/birdfest.htm
Mission statement from their site: "The San Diego Audubon Society is sponsoring the 12th San Diego Bird Festival. Our banquet keynote speaker will be Kenn Kaufman, photographer and author. We have added several new trips and workshops and are repeating our most popular events."

La Quinta Arts Festival

Date: March 3-6, 2016

Time: 10 am to 5 pm daily

Location: La Quinta Civic Center Campus - 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253

Email: Helpline@LQAF.com

Phone: 760-564-1244 ext. 112

URL: www.LQAF.com
Description: Ranked #1 Fine Art Festival in the Nation! La Quinta Arts Festival hosts 230 foremost contemporary artists in a magnificent outdoor gallery extolled as "the most stunning festival site in the country." Live Entertainment, Restaurant Row, Wine and Beer. Presented by La Quinta Arts Foundation.
Cost: $12 Adult single day ticket; $15 Adult Multi-Day Pass. Children under 12 are Free. Parking: Free parking in the Village; self and valet parking are also featured.
Vendor contact information: Only seeking gourmet coffee and ice cream vendor. Gourmet local restaurants supply balance of food in the restaurant row. Contact: Kathleen@LQAF.com
Attendance: 25,000


Mendocino Whale Festival
Date: March 7-8, 2015
Time: Varies
Address: Village of Mendocino
Phone: 707-961-6300
URL: http://www.mendowhale.com/
Description from their site: "Food and Wine, Nature and Outdoors, Crafts on shore while
Gray Whales migrate just offshore. Whale watching walks and cruises, wine and chowder tasting, arts and crafts fair, children's activities, more. Also see the Fort Bragg Whale Festival 3/19 - 3/20."
Directions from their site: http://www.gomendo.com/gettinghere/index.html


Plymouth Bluegrassin' in the Foothills
Date: moved to March 4-6, 2016
Time: 10:am-10pm Fri/Sat 10am - 3pm Sun
Location: Amador County fairgropunds
Email: roaddog@caltel.com
Phone: 209 785 4693
Description: 3-day Bluegrass Music Festival with camping
Vendor Contact information: Larry Baker

Mariposa Storytelling Festival
Date: Second weekend in March
Time: varies
Address: Mariposa, CA
Phone: 800-903-9936
URL: http://www.arts-mariposa.org/storytelling.html
Description from their site: "Our featured storytellers for 2005 will once again be a delectable mix of Mariposa favorites and internationally acclaimed storytellers making their first appearance in our tiny town. Traveling all the way from Berkeley will be a favorite teller treasured for her tales from a wide range of cultures and traditions—and who is the co-founder of the Bay Area Storytelling Festival. She'll be joined by an award winning teller, teacher and author from Evanston, IL, whose personal stories and historical pieces are stunning yet filled with caring humor. Our third featured storyteller is a native of Brazil who now lives in Portland, ME. His lithe body can animate a whole story full of characters supported by a ringing tenor to give them voice."

Sonora Celtic Faire
Date: March 6-8, 2015
Time: Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Address: Sonora Fairgrounds Sonora, CA
Phone: 800-446-1333
URL: http://www.calaverascelticfaire.com/
Description: According to their web site, the Calaveras Celtic Faire is the oldest and largest Celtic Faire in California. The events include jousting, longbow archery, modern clans, living history, ethnic food, drinks, and dancing.


Little River Whale Festival
Date: March 14-15, 2015
Time: varies
Address: Little River, CA
Phone: N/A
Description from their site: "Whale watching walks and cruises, crafts, microbrew beer tasting, children's activities, classic car show and more."


Cherry Blossom Festival

Date: Saturday, March 7-8, 2015

Time: 10am-6pm

Location: Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

Email: events-mktg@niwa.org 


URL: www.niwa.org

Description: One of the most beautiful seasons in the Garden is spring when the cherry trees blossom into delightful pink clouds. Explore the Garden while enjoying delicious Japanese food, arts and crafts, unique gifts, entertainment, cultural demonstrations and an extensive new children's activities area- to include a giant inflatable Caterpillar Crawl and hands on activities to promote environmental sustainability.
Vendor Contact information: events-mktg@niwa.org


Irish Fair and Music Festival
Date:(no update 10-10-14)
Time: 10am - 6pm
Address: At the Fairplex in Los Angeles County
Phone: (310) 537-4240
URL: http://www2.la-irishfair.com/
Description from their site: "Celebrating its 7th year, The Irish Fair & Music Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in Southern California. With 9 stages featuring true Irish music from the likes of Gaelic Storm, Skelpin', The Mulligans, Diane the Bard, and many more.
Back again this year, we are featuring the Cripple Creek Cloggers and the McCartan School of Dance. Also this year, Sheepherding Demonstrations, an Irish Dog Show, the largest Irish Import Street in the west, Leprechaun Village, Pipers and the Celtic Arts Center with fine Irish dinning."


Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival
Date: March 14, 2015
Times: 1-8 pm
Address: Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472
URL: http://www.socofoso.com
Description: The annual festival offers a full day of music with some of the best in Americana, Bluegrass, Old Time & Folk. Bring your instruments to jam! Great food and beverages on site or within walking distance in downtown Sebastopol. Children 11 and under free with paying adult. Advance tickets available at Peoples' Music in Sebastopol & Last Record Store, Santa Rosa. Sponsored by the Sonoma County Folk Society and California Bluegrass Association.


Capay Valley Almond Festival
Date: Moved to February 22, 2015
Time: Varies
Address: Several events in Esparto, Guinda, and Rumsey
Phone: (530) 787-3242
URL: http://www.espartoregionalchamber.com/AlmondFestival.aspx
Description: This festival has grown over the years and is a popular event that features fairs, food, and almonds. This jamboree was a personal favorite growing-up.


St. Patrick's Day Festival
Date: March 14-17, 2015
Time: 2pm - 7pm
Address: 1201 N. Vine St. Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (213) 915 - 8003
URL: www.stpattysfest.com
Description: A day to celebrate the Irish Culture in LA. Drinking, feasting and having a good time with live entertainment and lots of breweries, wineries, tequilas and spirits. Slainte!


St. Patrick's Day Festival
Date: March 12-13, 2016
Time: 9-5
Address: 100 Civic Center Plaza, Dublin, Cal.
Phone: (925) 556-4508
URL: http://dublinca.gov/index.aspx?NID=293


St. Patrick's Day Parade
Date: March (no update 10-10-14)
Time: Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and the festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: Market Street San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-675-9885
Description: This St. Patrick's Day Parade is the big one, more than 100,000 people turn out to watch this parade.


Fort Bragg Whale Festival
Date: March 21-22, 2015
Time: varies
Address: Fort Bragg, CA
Phone: N/A
Description from their site: "Whale watching walks and cruises, crafts, microbrew beer tasting, children's activities, classic car show and more."


Annual North County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Date: March 15, 2015

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Historic Downtown Vista, CA.
Email: artisteyeevents@gmail.com

Phone: 760-473-4516

URL: vvba.org
Description: Family friendly St. Patrick's Day celebration
Vendor Contact information: 760-473-4516 - Artist Eye Events


Murphys Irish Days
Date: March 16, 2013 (no update 10-10-14)
Time: 8am-5pm
Address: Main St. Murphys, CA
Phone: (209) 728-8471
URL: http://www.murphysirishdays.org/
Description from their site: "Each year thousands of people from Northern California and beyond gather in the historic gold rush town of Murphys to honor its Celtic heritage and to celebrate as only the Irish can. Its picturesque Main Street is filled with booths offering hand crafted items, original art, photographs, tasty food, wine, and other beverages."
Vendors: irishdaybooths@yahoo.com


Dandelion Days
Date: March 21-22, 2015
Time: varies
Address: Main Street Jackson, CA
Phone: (209) 223-1706
URL: http://www.jacksonlionsclub.org/
Description from their site: "The town of Jackson celebrates Dandelions and the Irish over this weekend.


La Quinta Art Festival
Dates: March 21, 2015

Venue: Old Town La Quinta – 78-100 Main Street, La Quinta, CA 92253

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Website: www.LQAF.com
Email: helpline@LQAF.com

Phone: 760-564-1244

Cost: Free!

Parking: Free!

Vendor Contact Information: Not applicable
Attendance: varies between 2000-3500 per show


Annual Winners' Circle BBQ Championship at Santa Anita Par
Date: March 21, 2015

Time: 10:30a-5:30p
Location: Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007

Email: santaanitaparkvendors@yahoo.com

Phone: 408-455-3605

URL: www.santaanitabbq.com
Description: a day of championship BBQ, family fun, great vendors, live music, and of course world class horse racing. Over 14,000 attended the event last year and we are expecting an even better turn out this year!
Vendor Contact information: Hannah, santaanitaparkvendors@ya


Freeheel Festival
Date: Moved to March 27-28, 2015
Time: Varies
Bear Valley Mountain Resort and Village
Hwy. 4 at Hwy. 207 Bear Valley, CA
Phone: (209) 753-6556 ext. 1


Spring Home & Garden Expo

Date March 27-29, 2015
Time: Fri. from 1pm - 6pm; Sat. from 10am - 6pm; Sun. from 10am - 5pm
Address: Shasta District Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs Street, Anderson, CA 96007
Phone: 530.243.6005
Email: info@reddinghomeexpo.com
URL: http://www.ReddingHomeExpo.com
Description: This event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes.
Local professionals from contractors to specialized trades are ready to answer your questions and be a service in preparing your home, garden and everything in-between for the approaching Spring and Summer seasons. We feature many vendors with products to sell directly to you at a special show-only discount.
Redding's locally owned Home and Garden Expo presenting everything for the home and garden.
Vendor information/ contacts: Contact Shirley/Jeff Eckelbarger for more information at 530.243.6005


Battle of the Brews
Date: March 28, 2015
Times: 2-8 pm
Address: Grace Pavilion
1350 Bennett Valley Rd. Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 280-2592
URL: www.battleofthebrews.com
Description: Brews from Anderson Valley and more plus live music.


Inland Empire Cupcake Fair
Date: Moved to May 4, 2014 (no update 10-10-14)
Time: 12pm-4pm
Location: 3485 Mission Inn Ave. Riverside, CA
Email: hello@ieshineon.com
Phone:(909) 257-8862
URL: www.ieshineon.com/blog
Description: Join us for the first Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair - Over 20 local cupcakeries competing for the Best Inland Empire Cupcake, cupcake tastings, live entertainment, Spa Zone, Kids Zone.Ticket Information: http://iecupcakefair.brownpapertickets.com
General Admission Early Bird Sale: $15; includes 6 tasting tickets. Starting 3/5/13, General Admission: $20; includes 6 tasting tickets. VIP: $25; includes 1 hr early entry, 1 General Admission w/ 6 tasting tickets, and goodie bag. Group: $95; includes 5 General Admission w/ 6 tasting tickets each. Kids 3 and under are free.Interested bakers can sign up here.
Interested vendors can email hello@ieshineon.com for more information.


Kelseyville Olive Festival
Date: Moved to 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.


A Taste of Yountville 

Date: March 24, 2015
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Address: Washington Street. Yountville, CA
Phone: 707-944-0904
URL: Taste of Yountville
Description from their site: "Celebrate the food, wine, art, and the rich, unique agricultural and historical bounty of the Napa Valley!
The Mustard Season offers a full palette of food, wine, art, entertainment, and cultural activities staged throughout the world-famous grape growing region when fields, vineyards, and hillsides are vibrant with wild mustard in bloom."


Ramona Music Fest
Date: March 28, 2015
Time: 2-6 pm
Address: Dos Picos county park, Ramona, CA
Phone: 760-788-2889
URL: http://ramonamusicfest.org/
Description from their site: "Join us for a lively afternoon of sun, fun, and music on Saturday, March 28, 2009, when the Ramona Music Fest is held at the bandstand in Dos Picos Park, off Highway 67 in Ramona!"


Spring Blossom Festival
Date: Moved to 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."




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