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Central Valley Festivals – 2022 & 2023

Obviously, taking a road trip through California’s Central Valley will be different than vacationing in one of the state’s big cities. The area’s towns are a lot less densely populated, and the residents’ livelihoods are often agriculturally based. The pace is generally more laid-back, you’ll see farms or orchards instead of business parks and shopping malls, and you may enjoy an enhanced sense of community when interacting with local residents.

Farmland in California's Central ValleyBut there’s also no shortage of things to do and interesting places to see in the Central Valley. If you’re resourceful, you shouldn’t have much trouble filling your days. Check out this article for some fun ideas!

You’re also not far from Yosemite National Park — Central Valley’s FAT airport in Fresno is the closest airport to the park, about a 90-minute drive away — so you may want to visit Yosemite, too, while you’re in the area.

Traveling through “America’s Fruit Basket” might also afford you the opportunity to experience a taste of the local culture — and we do mean “taste” quite literally, and not just in restaurants, either. Like the bounty they celebrate, there is a bevy of food, beer and wine events in the Central Valley, and we’ve compiled information about them in the list below.

The list is arranged by month, so you can easily determine what’s on during your visit. For each entry, you’ll find the date(s) it’s scheduled to occur, the host city, plus a link to a website for additional information.

The list presently shows mostly 2022 festival dates, but additional 2023 dates should be available after the new year. When added, 2023 dates are ***flagged with a triple asterisk*** to avoid confusion.

Many of these events are held annually, and they’re often scheduled to occur around the same dates, so if a 2022 event looks interesting you may want to click through to see if the organizer’s website has been updated. Also, if you plan to attend an event, we strongly recommend that you make note of the website and recheck it closer to the actual date.

If you know of any other Central Valley events we should add to this list, would you please use our Contact form to let us know? (Thanks in advance!) And, here are some jump links that you can use to skip to a certain month’s events quickly:

January ### February ### March ### April ###
May ### June ### July ### August ###
September ### October ### November ### December

January

Sacramento Dine Downtown
January 7-17, 2022

Stockton Restaurant Week
January 14-23, 2022

Elk Grove Restaurant Week
January 14-23, 2022

Dine Out Fresno County
January 21-30, 2022

February

Lodi Wine & Chocolate
February 3-5, 2023***

Fresno County Wine & Chocolate Lovers Weekend
February 4 & 5, 2023***

Almond Blossom Cruise, Modesto
February 10 through March 5, 2023***

Ripon Almond Blossom Festival
February 23-26, 2023***

Benicia Wine & Chocolate Walk
February 5, 2022

Spam Festival, Isleton
February 5, 2022

Capay Valley Almond Festival
February 27, 2022 (always the last Sunday in February)

March

Capitol Beer Fest, Sacramento Capitol Mall
March 4, 2023***

Chinese New Year Celebration, Stockton
March 2022 – CANCELLED

Bok Kai Parade, Marysville
March 5, 2022

Oakdale Testicle Festival
March 28, 2022

April

Lindsay Orange Blossom Festival
April 1, 2023***

Macaroni and Cheese Festival, Bakersfield
April 15, 2023***

Lincoln Wine Fest
April 29, 2023*** – Tickets on sale December 1, 2022!

Hughson Fruit & Nut Festival
April 29 & 30, 2023***

Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival
April 29 & 30, 2023***

Cambodian New Year Celebration, Stockton
April 2022 – CANCELLED

Lodi Wine Festival
April 2, 2022

Visalia Wine Walk
April 7, 2022

Sacramento Beer Week
April 22 through May 1, 2022

Full Exposure to Full Belly Farm, Guinda (Capay Valley)
April 23, 2022

Lodi Beer Fest & State BBQ Championship
April 30, 2022

Chico Brewfest
April 30, 2022

Scottish Games Festival, Woodland
Postponed for 2022

May

California Honey Festival, Woodland
May 6, 2023***

El Dorado Hills Art, Beer & Wine Festival
May 13 & 14, 2023***

Lodi Row x Row
May 19 & 20, 2023***

Stockton Flavor Fest
May 19-21, 2023***

Linden Cherry Festival
May 20, 2023***

Selma Raisin Festival
May 4-8, 2022

Feast at The Fox, Stockton
May 6, 2022

San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, Stockton
May 6-8, 2022

Central Valley BrewFest, Turlock
May 7, 2022

National Garlic Festival, Fresno
May 13-15, 2022

Wines of the World
at iFest, Rancho Cordova

May 14, 2022

Kingsburg Swedish Festival
May 19-21, 2022

Oakdale Chocolate Festival
May 21 & 22, 2022

Wilson Family Winery
Annual Rib Cookoff, Lodi

May 29, 2022 – SOLD OUT

June

Patterson Apricot Fiesta
June 2-4, 2023***

Merced County Fair
June 7-11, 2023***

Wine in the Pines, Pine Mountain Club
June 11, 2022 (second Saturday in June)

Cache Creek Lavender Festival, Rumsey
June 11 & 12, 2022

The Lavender Garden Festival, Lost Hills
June 11 & 12, 2022

Celebrate Lodi Rosé
June 11 & 12, 2022

Fresno County Sip Into Summer Wine Journey
June 25 & 26, 2022

July

Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee, Clovis
July 9, 2022

Marysville Peach Festival
July 15 & 16, 2022

California State Fair, Cal Expo in Sacramento
July 15-31, 2022

Slice of Chico
July 23, 2022

Courtland Pear Fair
July 31, 2022

August

Foodie Land Night Market, Sacramento
August 2-5 and August 19-21, 2022

Winters Albariño Wine Stroll
August 5, 2022

Taste of the Delta, Stockton
August 6, 2022

Lodi Tour of Albariño
August 6 & 7, 2022

California Garlic Festival, Stockton
August 13 & 14, 2022

Yolo County Fair
August 17-21, 2022

Best of Sacramento Party
August 18, 2022

Foodieland Night Market,
Sacramento Cal Expo

August 19-21, 2022

Chico Summerfest
August 20, 2022

Visalia Craft Beer Festival
August 20, 2022

Sacramento Banana Festival
August 20 & 21, 2022

Taste of Oakdale
August 23, 2022

Butte County Fair, Gridley
August 25-28, 2022

Blues, Brews & BBQ, Yuba City
August 27, 2022

September

World Butchers’ Challenge, Sacramento
September 2 & 3, 2022 – Tickets on sale June 16!

Foodieland Night Market,
Sacramento Cal Expo

September 2-4, 2022

Assyrian Festival, Turlock Fairgrounds
September 3 & 4, 2022

Fig Tree in the Central Valley of CaliforniaSacramento Legends of Wine
September 8, 2022 – Tickets go on sale July 15, 2022

Stockton Greek Festival
September 9-11, 2022

Bakersfield Village Fest
September 10, 2022

Fairfield Tomato & Vine Festival
September 10 & 11, 2022 – UNCONFIRMED

Crawfish & Catfish Festival, Sacramento
September 10 & 11, 2022

Tower Bridge Dinner, Sacramento
September 11, 2022 – Random drawing registration for chance to purchase two tickets begins on July 15, 2022

Lodi Grape Festival
September 15-18, 2022

Fresno Greek Fest
September 16-18, 2022

California Brewers Festival
Discovery Park, Sacramento

September 17, 2022

Chic-O-berfest, Chico
September 17, 2022

Sacramento Salsa Festival
September 17, 2022

Fair Oaks Chicken Festival
September 17, 2022

Modesto Greek Festival
September 17 & 18, 2022 – TAKE-OUT DINNER

Dinuba Raisin Day Festival
September 22-25, 2022

Sacramento Street Festival
September 23 & 24, 2022

Bakersfield Pinot, Paella & Pints Festival
September 24, 2022

Serbian Food Fest, Fresno
September 24, 2022

Uncapped & Uncorked, Elk Grove
September 24, 2022

Clovis Fest, Fresno County
September 24 & 25, 2022

Weekend in Greece, Elk Grove
September 24 & 25, 2022

Edible Extravaganza, Modesto
September 29, 2022

Livingston Sweet Potato Festival
September 30 through October 2, 2022

October

Yolo Growers & Farmworkers Festival, Woodland
October 8, 2023***

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Farm &
Wine Pass (various venues)

October 1-31, 2022

Bike the Bridges & Brewfest, Benicia
October 1, 2022

Lambtown Festival, Dixon
October 1 & 2, 2022

Manteca Pumpkin Fair
October 1 & 2, 2022

The Big Fresno Fair
October 5-16, 2022

Chico Art & Wine Walk
October 7, 2022

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Chico
October 7 & 8, 2022

Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest
October 7 & 8, 2022

Sacramento Greek Festival
October 7-9, 2022

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
October 8 & 9, 2022

Sacramento Taco Festival
October 9, 2022

Sunset in California's Central ValleyTaste of Downtown Visalia
October 11, 2022

Winters Food & Wine Gala
October 14, 2022

Springville Apple Festival
October 15, 2022

Tehachapi Apple Festival
October 15 & 16, 2022

Taste of Capay Valley at Luna
Lavender Farm, Guinda

October 23, 2022

Hops & Goblins BeerFest, Lodi
October 29, 2022

November

Madera Pomegranate, Fruit
and Nut Festival

November 5, 2022

Capay Lavender Farm Fall Open House
November 11-13, 2022

The Hive Anniversary Party, Woodland
November 12, 2022

Lodi Tour of Tempranillo
November 12 & 13, 2022

Fresno County Fall Harvest Wine Journey
November 12 & 13, 2022

Séka Hills Olive Crush Festival, Brooks
November 13, 2022

Elk Grove Dickens Street Faire
November 26, 2022

December

There are currently no events scheduled for December.

Photo of Central Valley farmland by Eric Sonstroem via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Central Valley farms by David Prasad via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Pizza Oven at Sacramento Food Festival by Robert Couse-Baker via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Fig Tree by whologwhy via flickr (Creative Commons); and Photo of Central Valley Sunset by Eric Sonstroem via flickr (Creative Commons).

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