Events

Top Choice Music in Quincy

High Sierra Music Festival

On the first weekend in July, quiet Quincy is host to this blowout festival, renowned statewide. The four-day extravaganza brings a five-stage smorgasbord of art and music from a spectrum of cultural corners (indie …
Top Choice Culture in Santa Barbara

Old Spanish Days Fiesta

The entire city fills up during late July and early August for this long-running – if slightly overblown – festival celebrating Santa Barbara’s Spanish and Mexican colonial heritage. Festivities include outdoor baza…
Top Choice Festival in Santa Barbara

Summer Solstice Celebration

Kicking off summer in late June, this wildly popular and wacky float parade down State St feels like something out of Burning Man. Live music, kids' activities, food stands, a wine-and-beer garden and an arts-and-cr…
Music in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Coachella Music & Arts Festival

Held at Indio’s Empire Polo Club over two weekends in April, this is one of the hottest indie-music festivals of its kind. Get tickets early or forget about it.
Cultural in Sacramento

Second Saturday

Every second Saturday the galleries and shops in Midtown draw people of all ages to the streets, with open-air music and cultural events.
Top Choice Music in Monterey

Monterey Jazz Festival

One of the world’s longest-running jazz festivals (since 1958) showcases big-name headliners over a long weekend in mid-September.
Parade in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Tournament of Roses Parade

Presented annually since 1890, this parade along Colorado Blvd through downtown Pasadena calls itself "America's New Year Celebration." The highlight: masterfully decorated floats covered entirely with flowers and p…
Food & Drink in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Smorgasburg

This weekly, hipster-chic, open-air food fest originated in Brooklyn, but it's held there only half the year since Brooklyn's weather, well, kinda sucks the other half. Sunny DTLA to the rescue, with this year-round…
Fair in Sacramento

California State Fair

Since its inception in 1854, the state fair has had horse racing and blue-ribbon livestock and agricultural exhibits showcasing California's bounty. The deep-fried Snickers is a newer addition.
Fair in Angels Camp

Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee

This 19th-century mining town makes the most of its Twain connection by hosting a Jumping Frog Jubilee during the Calaveras County Fair on the third weekend in May. You could win $5000 if your frog beats the world-r…