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Best time of year to visit California

Best time to visit California depends on what activities you would like to experience. The quiet and uncrowded period from January to March can be perfect for a trip, particularly if you are into winter sports and whale watching. Movie addicted will be happy to catch Academy Awards in wintertime. April and May invite you to California's fantastic national parks to discover powerful waterfalls, winding hiking trails, and hypnotizing poppy blooming. The packed period between June and August is perfect for a beach holiday, rafting or kayaking on crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe or watching Perseid Meteor Shower. Moro Rock and Mount Shasta are here for you during hot and sunny summer. Balmy weather in September–October and spectacular foliage create a perfect backdrop for the grape harvest. November and December are all about Christmas spirit and changeable weather. New Year's Eve Fireworks, Boat Parades and SnowGlobe Festival will impress you to the moon and back.

57 THINGS TO DO IN CALIFORNIA (MARCH 22 - MARCH 31)

Anza-Borrego Desert Super Bloom

Anza-Borrego Desert Super Bloom

March (2019) • nature

One of the few deserts in the world that comes to life in spring

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

mid-March–mid-April • nature

After winter rains dry hills burst with new life striking with billions of technicolor orange poppies

Death Valley Super Bloom

Death Valley Super Bloom

late February–March (once in about ten years) • nature

One of the dryest places on the planet occasionally gets covered with colour

Glaciers

Glaciers

all year round • nature

Yosemite Glaciers, symbols of the changing world, may disappear completely within just a few decades

Poppy Bloom at Chino Hills State Park

Poppy Bloom at Chino Hills State Park

March • nature

Photographers spend days here trying to catch all of that fragrant tenderness with their cameras

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

January–May • nature

If you are looking for a stunning coastal scenery, you are on the right path

Cycling in Yosemite Valley

Cycling in Yosemite Valley

March–November • activity

The absolutely best way to get around Yosemite Valley is by bike

Fire Rainbows

Fire Rainbows

late March–September • nature

A curious optical phenomenon occurs quite rarely and only in special locations. If you are in the right time and in the right place, just look up to the sky

Scenic Road Trips

Scenic Road Trips

all year round • activity

Driving along a large number of picturesque roads with stops near the highlights and most unique spots can be a perfect vacation plan

Big Sur

Big Sur

March–May | September–March • activity

Beautiful coastline, amazing forests, and gorgeous mountains—Big Sur has it all

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

March–August • nature

Yosemite is a paradise for wildflower enthusiasts

Burney Falls

Burney Falls

March–May | September–November • nature

Enjoy watching the beauty and hearing the roar of this jaw-dropping, massive and powerful falls

Monticello Dam Morning Glory Spillway

Monticello Dam Morning Glory Spillway

November–March  • nature

An enormous drain hole which looks a portal into another world is especially impressive during the rainy season

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin

mid-Octorber–mid-May • nature

Take in the unique surroundings of the unusual spot of Death Valley National Park

Oyster Season

Oyster Season

September–April • food

Oysters are consumed in San Francisco in accordance with “R” myth that determines the oyster season

Skiing at Lake Tahoe

Skiing at Lake Tahoe

December–mid-April • activity

Magical sparkling white scenery and a wide range of activities attract people to Lake Tahoe each winter

Сlam Chowder

Сlam Chowder

all year round • food

The finest way to warm oneself up on a chilly summer day is to eat a portion of American clam chowder

Heart Rock Falls

Heart Rock Falls

March–November  • nature

The power of water carved a heart in a solid stone. Such natural sites inspire and give hopes

South Yuba River Swimming Holes

South Yuba River Swimming Holes

March–October • activity

A great way to relax during hot summer days

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals

December–March • nature

These seals with elephant noses roam the ocean searching for food, and go ashore to breed and molt

Devil’s Golf Course

Devil’s Golf Course

October–April • nature

The hottest place on Earth features lots of unique spots and this is one of the most bizarre places to visit

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

all year round • activity

Visit the most sinister attraction in San Francisco Bay

Angeles Crest Highway

Angeles Crest Highway

March–November • activity

One of the most scenic mountain drives on the West Coast

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Forestiere Underground Gardens

March–November • nature

This unique manmade underground world features fruit gardens and amazing stonework

Scotty's Castle Road

Scotty's Castle Road

all year round (best in mid-October–mid-April) • activity

The road reveals scenic landscapes of the northern part of the large national park

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

March 22, 2020 • nature

Every spring over a million purple blossoms drape from the tangled branches, and you can visit the place only during the annual Wistaria Festival

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles

November–March • nature

It is believed that the Bald Eagle symbolizes strength, courage, freedom, and immortality

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

mid-February–early September (best in May–July) • nature

One has to try hard to take a picture of a hummingbird—it moves so fast that sometimes it's better just to sit back and enjoy

Eureka Dunes

Eureka Dunes

March–May | September–November • nature

You'd never think sand dunes can have so many unique secrets kept inside

Salton Sea

Salton Sea

October–May • nature

Visit the largest lake in California located in the desert. The Salton Sea was created due to extreme natural forces and has been changing from year to year, and may disappear in the nearest future

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

It is possible to go skiing and surfing in Los Angeles on the same day

Calla Lily Valley

Calla Lily Valley

mid-February–mid-April • nature

One of the most scenic coastal areas in Big Sur

Rafting

Rafting

March–September • activity

California's rivers are strong, fast, and full of water flow

Surfing

Surfing

October–March (all year round) • activity

Amazing swells, great weather conditions, and various opportunities on dozens of ideal surfing beaches are waiting for you in the Golden State

Sutter Buttes

Sutter Buttes

late October–mid-May • nature

Some enthusiasts try to reach the summit of the highest mountains in the world, but how about the smallest?

Pioneertown

Pioneertown

October–June • activity

An elaborate film set​ built in the 1940s in the desert as a Wild West facade for several Western films

Saline Valley Hot Springs

Saline Valley Hot Springs

March–May | September–November  • nature

A small desert oasis was a popular hippie hangout

Matilija Falls

Matilija Falls

March–November • nature

A strenuous canyon hike to a few beautiful waterfalls

Thousand Steps Beach Pools

Thousand Steps Beach Pools

March–early June | September–December • activity

One of the best hidden treasures of the Orange County

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

March–late April • nature

Delicate sakura opens the tree blooming season in the Golden State

BNP Paribas Open

BNP Paribas Open

March 09–22, 2020 • event

If you are a tennis fan, this is your chance to see favorite players up close

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

mid-October–early May • activity

This favourite place for rock climber training offers over 8,000 routes

Bowling Ball Beach

Bowling Ball Beach

all year round (low tide) • activity

Huge spherical stones lining the beach make it unique and beautiful

Carson Mansion

Carson Mansion

all year round • activity

The most famous Victorian home on the West Coast

Mossbrae Falls

Mossbrae Falls

March–November • activity

A hidden gem of Northern California

Phantom Falls

Phantom Falls

November–April • nature

This waterfall is as hard to find as its name suggests

Prewitt Ridge

Prewitt Ridge

March–November (all year round) • activity

Watch the sea of clouds from one of the most beautiful camps in California

Howland Hill Road

Howland Hill Road

all year round • activity

Ride through towering old-growth redwoods of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

January–October • nature

Come and see unique brown pelicans in their natural habitat

Bubblegum Alley

Bubblegum Alley

all year roud • activity

Art can have various forms, and the residents of San Luis Obisco have found a new one

Black Star Canyon Hike

Black Star Canyon Hike

November–May • activity

This remote canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains is popular with hikers and black magic followers

Panamint Dunes

Panamint Dunes

November–March • activity

Experience the beautiful desert without crowds

Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures

Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures

October–April • activity

A very Californian desert attraction

Glendora Mountain Road

Glendora Mountain Road

all year round • activity

Alpine scenery is just an hour away from downtown Los Angeles

Shark Fin Cove

Shark Fin Cove

all year round • nature

A great sunset spot and one of the best beaches in California

Point Dume

Point Dume

all year round • nature

A beautiful beach overlooking Malibu

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

mid-December–mid-April (all year) • nature

From North to South, California observes the giant marine creatures migration every year

141 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

May 29–31, 2020 • event

This three-day event can be the most romantic escape filled with the taste of good wine, spectacular flights, and pleasant time

Horsetail Fall or Firefall

Horsetail Fall or Firefall

mid- to late February • nature

For just a few days each year, this waterfall is illuminated by the sun and becomes one of Yosemite’s most amazing spectacles

Fleet Week

Fleet Week

October 07–14, 2019 • event

You have never been so close to the formidable American armed forces

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

April 04–May 17, 2020 • event

Stroll the village lanes brimming with people and handicrafts demonstrating Renaissance times

Giant Sequoias of Yosemite National Park

Giant Sequoias of Yosemite National Park

May–October • nature

Feel the scale of the largest living trees on the planet

Stinko Ginkgo

Stinko Ginkgo

October–December • nature

Yellow fruit of ancient ginkgo trees: aromatic or stinky – you are to decide

Fiesta Broadway (Cinco de Mayo)

Fiesta Broadway (Cinco de Mayo)

April 28, 2019 • event

The largest in the US, this colourful Mexican festival celebrates the awakening of nature

Coachella

Coachella

April 10–12, 2020 | April 17–19, 2020 • event

One of the biggest and most popular music festivals is a chance to meet all stars in one place

SantaCon

SantaCon

December 07, 2019 • event

Streets and pubs of San Francisco are taken by joyful drunken Santas

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

May–June • nature

The tallest waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls is one of its iconic landmarks

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

May–October • nature

Visit the home of giant sequoias and discover the biggest among the biggest by sheer volume

Glacier Point Overlook

Glacier Point Overlook

late May–October • nature

Check out the grandest view in all the West

Moonbows

Moonbows

April–June • nature

Waterfall droplets and the full moon create gorgeous lunar rainbow displays

California State Fair

California State Fair

July 17–August 02, 2020 • event

The Fair has been attracting people for over 150 years. Come and join this spectacular celebration

Surf Dog Competition

Surf Dog Competition

September 28, 2019 • event

Dog surfers from all over the country gather along the Imperial Beach and Huntington Beach shoreline to take part in surfing competitions and win the first prize. You should witness it in order to believe it

Bring Your Own Big Wheel

Bring Your Own Big Wheel

April 21, 2019 • event

If you think that tricycle bikes are designed for 3-year-old kids only, you are wrong. Even an adult can have fun riding it if one knows where and when to try it. Annual tricycle races down the curviest street in the world welcome enthusiasts to San Francisco

Roaring Spring Waterfalls

Roaring Spring Waterfalls

May–June • nature

Visit iconic falls when they show their full power, fed by melting snow and ice

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

May 05, 2020 • event

Cinco de Mayo introduces the best of Mexican culture preserved in San Francisco

Glass Beach

Glass Beach

June–August • nature

Ocean is an artist able to turn rubbish into treasure—check out smooth rubies, sapphires and other jewels that used to be pieces of broken glass

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

late July–late August (best in mid-August) • nature

Stars begin to fall in the middle of summer—get ready to make some wishes

Mustard Bloom in Vineyards

Mustard Bloom in Vineyards

January–February • nature

The vineyard beds decorated with mustard blooms form a huge bright yellow spot among the dull winter colours

Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

July 06–September 03, 2020 • event

One of the most unique art events in the world with plenty of art treasures to observe

Kinetic Grand Championship

Kinetic Grand Championship

May 23–24, 2020 • event

See the weirdest vehicles along the varied track or join the race and have fun

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

mid-November–mid-March • nature

Tens of thousands of North American monarchs head to California for their honeymoon, and wedding night falls on Valentine's Day

Amgen Tour of California

Amgen Tour of California

May 10–16, 2020 • event

The world's top cyclists cover hundreds of kilometers of spectacular roads and grueling passes; you'll see fascinating sprints and dramatic finishes

Sailing Rocks

Sailing Rocks

December–February • nature

An old travelling stones mystery still keeps people puzzled

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 18–22, 2019 • event

Enjoy the sparkling lights of hundreds of beautifully decorated vessels. There's always the chance to participate in a parade with your own boat or as a passenger too

Mist Trail

Mist Trail

late May–mid-October • nature

One of the most spectacular, adventurous, and popular hiking trails in Yosemite draws crowds of visitors every day during the high season

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

July 23–26, 2020 • event

If you are a true comic fan this event should be number one on your list! Step into the world of fiction, act like your favourite hero, and meet your idols

Tufa Towers of Mono Lake

Tufa Towers of Mono Lake

June–mid-September • nature

Weird limestone creations that emerge from the lake surface attract naturalists and curious tourists. Are they natural, or is it another art installation?

San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

July 26, 2020 • event

A great energetic way to explore the city

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

June 21, 2019 • event

Beauty varies. Even the ugliest living being can make someone happy

Ice Plant Bloom

Ice Plant Bloom

May • nature

One of Pacific Grove's most prominent sights

Disneyland

Disneyland

mid-January–early March | August–mid-November • activity

Try avoiding busy weekends and school holidays to enjoy shorter queues in the day full of rides and fun

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

December 14, 2019 • event

This spectacular boat show is a great Christmas time family event

Ladybugs

Ladybugs

November • nature

Everybody loves when a cute ladybug lands on one's palm. What about hundreds of thousands at once? This can happen near San Francisco in California

Long Beach Christmas Lights

Long Beach Christmas Lights

December • event

Houses around Naples Island are known to put on the best displays in Southern California

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

October–February • nature

These coastal dunes are a site of interest for several unique reasons. Find out why!

LA Zoo Lights

LA Zoo Lights

November 15 2019–January 05 2020 • event

Christmas nightly entertainment in the Zoo is for the whole family: thousands of garlands and Santa Claus

Sunset at Keyhole Arch, Pfeiffer Beach

Sunset at Keyhole Arch, Pfeiffer Beach

mid-December to mid-January • nature

Winter in California can reveal some real magic of light

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

A huge number of varied beaches with white sands and clear waters give you the chance to choose a perfect spot within the coastline of the Golden State

BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley

May 24–26, 2019 • event

This music festival in Napa Valley combines amazing performances with culinary shows

Painted Dunes in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Painted Dunes in Lassen Volcanic National Park

May–October • nature

The striking colours of volcanic ash dunes are especially spectacular during glow hour

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

April 18–19, 2020 • event

Feel some Western charm at Santa Clarita valley recreating the atmosphere of its cowboy past

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

April 20–21, 2019 • event

People come to Japantown to celebrate spring’s arrival and the joys of life in Japanese way

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

December 31–January 01 • event

Witness breathtaking New Year's celebration with free waterfront fireworks at midnight

dineLA Restaurant Week

dineLA Restaurant Week

January 17–31, 2020 • event

The tastiest time of the year in Los Angeles

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

June 21–23, 2019 • event

Groove to the sweet vibes of roots reggae and world music

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

June–September • activity

Visit the first permanent mountain top observatory in the world

Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards

September 22, 2019 • event

The biggest television event of the year

Academy Awards (Oscars)

Academy Awards (Oscars)

February 09, 2020 • event

One of the most awaited events in the whole world. It's always exciting to watch the ceremony online, but being a part of it and seeing all your favourite stars passing by right in front of you is a unique experience

Moro Rock Hike

Moro Rock Hike

April–October • activity

Take a deep breath and start one of the most beautiful hikes to the top of this bald granite rock formation with stunning views of Sequoia National Park

Los Angeles Marathon

Los Angeles Marathon

March 08, 2020 • event

Thousands dream to participate in this prestigious marathon in Los Angeles

California Strawberry Festival

California Strawberry Festival

May 16–17, 2020 • event

Strawberry pizza anyone?

Walt Disney Family Museum Free Day

Walt Disney Family Museum Free Day

December 05 • event

Visit one of the best museums in San Francisco for free

Gem-O-Rama at Searles Lake

Gem-O-Rama at Searles Lake

October 12–13, 2019 • event

Mid-October is the only time to experience a crystal hunt at this unique lake

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

November 23–December 22, 2019 • event

Go back to Victorian London at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls

Reggae on the River

Reggae on the River

August 02–04, 2019 • event

A community-driven world class reggae festival

Easter

Easter

April 11–12, 2020 • event

Spiced with local humour, Easter in San Francisco definitely stands out in the crowd

Tioga Road

Tioga Road

late May–October • activity

The highest highway pass in California and Sierra Nevada Mountains

Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks at La Jolla

Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks at La Jolla

August–September • activity

These species of shark are peaceful and calm creatures that love summer and enjoy warm waters

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 02–13, 2020 • event

Meet some A-list stars and attend exciting presentations and special events followed by glamourous night parties

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

February 14–23, 2020 • event

From monster trucks to camel races and stunning music performances to remarkable food, there's so much more to do at the fairground

Vans US Open of Surfing

Vans US Open of Surfing

July 27–August 04, 2019 • event

If you are looking for some amazing moves on waves, this event is definitely for you

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride

June 29–30, 2019 • event

Huge and spectacular LGBT weekend with over 40 years of history

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

mid-November–mid-January • activity

The absence of snow is not a reason to give up this Christmas fun—skating outdoors

San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM)

San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM)

April 08–21, 2020 • event

The longest-running film festival in America

Naples Boat Parade

Naples Boat Parade

December 14, 2019 • event

One of the most beautiful holiday traditions in California

Corgi Con

Corgi Con

October 19, 2019 • event

A fun day on the beach with hundreds of cute short-legged dogs

Rae Lakes Loop

Rae Lakes Loop

June–September • activity

Beautiful lakes nestled in scenic High Sierra mountains

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

May 02–03, 2020 • event

One of the largest celebrations of Mexican culture north of the border

SnowGlobe Music Festival

SnowGlobe Music Festival

December 29–31, 2019 • event

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a cold, fresh mountain view, perfect powder, your favorite snow activities, and the world's best musicians—all in one place

Surfing Santa Competition

Surfing Santa Competition

November 16–17, 2019 • event

Dressed like Santa, surfers raise money for people living with autism

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights & Other Holiday Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights & Other Holiday Lights

December 08 & 15, 2019 (parade) | December–early January (holiday lights) • event

A beautiful holiday tradition which brings the Christmas spirit to the Bay area

Badwater 135 Ultramarathon

Badwater 135 Ultramarathon

July 06–08, 2020 • event

Examine your stamina during one of the hardest races in the world

Cool Patch Pumpkins Corn Maze

Cool Patch Pumpkins Corn Maze

late September–October • activity

Kick off the holiday season and get lost in the world’s largest corn maze

Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival

2019 (on hiatus) • event

Bay area event, with an eclectic lineup of diverse musicians

Monitor Pass

Monitor Pass

late April–mid-November • activity

A great outlook at the eastern Sierra Nevada

Sonora Pass

Sonora Pass

mid-May–mid-November • activity

A beautiful drive in Sierra Nevada mountains

Playboy Jazz Festival

Playboy Jazz Festival

June 08–09, 2019 • event

An all-star jazz festival held in an iconic location

Halloween

Halloween

early September–early November • event

Amusement parks, scary attractions and amazing costume parties throughout the state

Wine Season

Wine Season

July–November • activity

Grape harvest season in SF comes along with beautiful yellow foliage​ and pleasant temperatures

Cactus Pear

Cactus Pear

May–June • food

The spiky peel of the cactus pear covers surpeisingly tasty melon-like juicy pulp

Carnaval

Carnaval

May 23–24, 2020 • event

Carnival introduces Latin-American and Caribbean cultures which constitute a part of multicultural California

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and Canoeing

May–October • activity

A perfect way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature

Bristlecone Pines

Bristlecone Pines

mid-May–November • nature

One of the longest living organisms on our planet can be found in the high mountainous regions of California

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 25–27, 2020 • event

Top names of jazz gather together in one place to share their talent among real fans. Don't miss one of the greatest jazz events in the world!

Subway Cave

Subway Cave

May–October • nature

A unique chance to explore a large lava tube formed thousands of years ago

4th of July Block Party Fireworks

4th of July Block Party Fireworks

July 04 • event

Celebrate Uncle Sam at the 4th of July Block Party with live music, greetings, and fireworks

Cycling

Cycling

April–October • activity

Picturesque scenery, varied terrain, and gentle weather conditions attract cyclists to the Golden State

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

January 15–25, 2020 • event

The red carpet is rolled out, and movie stars are ready to pose in front of the cameras

Bubble Run

Bubble Run

October 26, 2019 • event

A fun 5K race that will wake up your inner child

420 Hippie Hill

420 Hippie Hill

April 20 • event

Every year, on April 20, thousands flock to Sharon Meadows to celebrate cannabis culture

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

December 14–15, 2019 • event

A maritime extravaganza by the beach is one of the best in California

Paddleboarding (SUP)

Paddleboarding (SUP)

May–September • activity

One of the most enjoyable and fun water activities is popular all along the California coastline

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

February 03–09, 2020 • event

One of the most popular golf events in the world annually takes place in Northern California. The perfect green fields with a stunning ocean overview welcome top pros, as well as amateurs and a large number of celebrities

Hoes Down Festival

Hoes Down Festival

October 05, 2019 • event

A great place to celebrate the harvest season is Full Belly Farm where the fun never ends, especially for kids

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta

June–late October • nature

This majestic mountain draws lots of hikers, climbers, and mystics

Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument

mid-June–October • nature

These unique symmetrical columns created by the forces of nature attract people from all over the world

Birdwatching in Ernest E. Debs Park

Birdwatching in Ernest E. Debs Park

late April | September–February • nature

This kingdom of birds is a delight to any nature fan

Big Horn Sheep

Big Horn Sheep

December–February • nature

Large animals, dense, and stocky with low and strong limbs, live in the mountains in the vicinity of Los Angeles

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

May–September • activity

From Mexico to Canada or reverse, a crest of mountains follows along the western states of the USA, washed by the Pacific waters—it's one of the world's most scenic natural corridors

California Roots Festival

California Roots Festival

May 22–24, 2020 • event

Discover what California’s best fest can bring

Alameda County Fair

Alameda County Fair

June 14–July 07, 2019 • event

A summer celebration full of carnival rides, lawn concerts, adorable animals, and funnel cakes

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

July 26–28, 2019 • event

A three-day celebration of garlic and other delicious foods

California's Great America WinterFest

California's Great America WinterFest

November 29–December 31, 2019 • event

The Bay Area’s newest popular holiday tradition

Winter Fancy Food Show

Winter Fancy Food Show

January 19–21, 2020 • event

The largest specialty food and beverage show on the West Coast

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Enchanted: Forest of Light

November 17 2019–January 05 2020 • event

A magical light display in Los Angeles County

Mount Tallac

Mount Tallac

May–October • activity

Prepare to be stunned by beautiful vistas of Lake Tahoe

Bassi Falls

Bassi Falls

April–June (best in late April–May) • activity

A beautiful and popular site in El Dorado county

Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness

May–October • nature

With dozens of trails and lakes, this area is a hiker's paradise

El Capitan Trail

El Capitan Trail

May–October • activity

One of most famous trails of Yosemite Park

Surf Ranch Pro

Surf Ranch Pro

September 19–22, 2019 • event

Unbelievable surfing in California's heartland along with beach fun, music and parties

Wasteland Weekend

Wasteland Weekend

September 23–26, 2020 • event

Spend a few days of your life in a "Mad Max" movie setting

Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

June 10–13, 2020 • event

A must-do event for a true jazz enthusiast

Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards

January 26, 2020 • event

Everyone who loves music is waiting for this glamorous event to see the best shows and performances, best singers, and great bands

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

April–August • activity

Just choose the right season and the right spot to enjoy your favourite water activity in the Sunny State

Sea Otter Classic

Sea Otter Classic

April 16–19, 2020 • event

Check out these fascinating racing competitions and one of the largest bike expos in the US—this event is a real celebration of cycling

Diving around Santa Catalina Island

Diving around Santa Catalina Island

July–December • activity

Crystal clear waters near the island of Santa Catalina with its rich underwater world are perfect for diving

California International Marathon

California International Marathon

December 08, 2019 • event

With spectacular State Capitol Finish this marathon features an easy downhill course and can help you to qualify for the Boston Marathon

Oakland Restaurant Week

Oakland Restaurant Week

January 09–20, 2020 • event

Ten days to get the best of Oakland's restaurant scene

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–December • event

Immerse yourself in a festive Christmas atmosphere

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

November 24, 2019 • event

A popular holiday event draws spectators from all over Silicon Valley

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

December 07, 2019 • event

A signature holiday event of Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

Winter Fest OC

Winter Fest OC

December 19 2019–January 05 2020 • event

Winter wonderland does exist in Southern California, you'll find it in Orange County

Joshua Tree Music Festival

Joshua Tree Music Festival

October 10–13, 2019 • event

Great lineup in the middle of Mojave desert

Lightning In A Bottle

Lightning In A Bottle

May 20–24, 2020 • event

Dance, party and socialize at this boutique music festival

Lassen Peak Trail

Lassen Peak Trail

mid-June–September • activity

Stand atop an active volcano with the largest lava dome on Earth

Big Pine Lakes

Big Pine Lakes

early May–October • nature

Seven dazzlingly beautiful lakes in a single-day hike..let's go?

Long Beach Jazz Festival

Long Beach Jazz Festival

August 14–16, 2020 • event

The only jazz festival in Southern California

Loch Leven Lakes

Loch Leven Lakes

June–November • activity

A beautiful chain of lakes high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

4th of July

4th of July

July 03–July 06 • event

A dazzling celebration of America's independence around the scenic Lake Tahoe

Grouse Lake

Grouse Lake

mid-June–September • nature

An oasis nestled among rocks and beautiful granite slabs

Freel Peak

Freel Peak

July–October • activity

A popular climbing spot in Sierra Nevada Mountains

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows

June–October • activity

One of the biggest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Pear Lake Trail

Pear Lake Trail

May–October • activity

A popular hiking destination in Sequoia National Park

Miramar Air Show

Miramar Air Show

September 27–29, 2019 • event

The largest military air show in the country

LA Korean Festival

LA Korean Festival

September 26–29, 2019 • event

The biggest event in Los Angeles Koreatown

The Big Fresno Fair

The Big Fresno Fair

October 07–18, 2020 • event

The largest entertainment event in San Joaquin Valley

LA Fleet Week

LA Fleet Week

August 30–September 02, 2019 • event

An old Californian end-of-summer tradition

Lake Tahoe Marathon

Lake Tahoe Marathon

October 09–11, 2020 • event

The three-day running festival with multiple options with stunning views