Redondo Beach Lobster Festival
20 years running, this Redondo Beach event is a hot hit, especially for beach-goers (near LA)
3 day event held at the Seaside Lagoon next to King Harbor, just north of the Redondo Beach Pier. Live music, entertainment, lobster recipes, celebrity chefs, craft beer, kids activities and vendor booths.
“Rat Ride” – annual beach bike ride sponsored by the Rotary Club; starts in Redondo and runs on the same weekend.
Annual event; September
REDONDO BEACH California
Sonoma Valley Olive Festival
Celebrating the Season of the Olive
Less than an hours drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma is the most-down-to-earth slice of heaven around, its lush farmlands, rolling vineyards and historic towns lost in a time all their own. Given our Mediterranean climate and rich agricultural roots, our culinary and wine-making legacy, our bohemian artists and small artisan food producers, we can’t think of a better place to “all hail the olive.”
The vibrant heart of old Sonoma–the historic Mission, the Sonoma Barracks and tree-lined Plaza–provides a central backdrop for key Olive Season events. For more than a century, local olive and grape harvests have been blessed and celebrated in this location, and we’re happy to carry on the tradition.
Annual event; two months long, January & February
NorCal Mushroom Festival
Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival, Mendocino
Annual Wine & Mushroom Festival, various events held in the redwoods region, each Autumn on the North Coast of California.
Annual event; November
FORT BRAGG California
MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIF. – Every November, as the flavors of fall arrive in Northern California’s Mendocino County so does the annual crop of coveted candy cap, chanterelle, porcini and morel mushrooms. Straddling historic Highways 1 and 101 with nearly 2,500 sq. miles of live oak, pygmy forests and stately redwood groves, the region is a natural hotspot for some 3,000 mushroom varieties. The annual haul is nothing short of historic, nurturing nirvana for local mycologists, chefs and fungi foragers. Add to the mix a cache of artisan chefs, 95+ wineries, a formidable craft beer and hard cider scene and the annual salute to Mr. Fungi sprouts into action.
Visitors can tap into a variety of adventures from mushroom hunts by horseback, foraging excursions, Pinot and porcini menus, educational seminars, art exhibits. The annual Skunk Train trek and cook-off deep in the depths of the Noyo River forest are always a popular attraction.
Regional hotels and restaurants offer special menus and packages throughout November.
Twenty years running! California Lobster Festival each Autumn in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Held at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, in Felton, CA
Annual event; October
SANTA CRUZ CA
Little Italy, San Diego
Italian Street Festival
San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood holds a street fair or festa. One of the largest 1-day Italian American festivals in the West.
The event welcomes over 100,000+ w/ wonderful foods, culture, music & art. Street paintings with chalk pastels. Stickball Exhibition Game. Cooking demonstrations and contests.
Annual event; October
San Diego California