California Strawberry Festivals in 2021

Update for 2021 and Coronavirus:

It looks like many festivals are returning for 2021, with the possible exception of some in still locked-down states like California, Michigan, New York. Even so, many festivals will not finalize or announce their plans until the last minute, so when we have not seen an update, we've left last year's data below and suggest you see the festivals website or call the festival as the date gets close to see if they will hold it this year.

Looking for a strawberry festival in California in 2021? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the strawberry festivals in California we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more strawberry festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

Always click on the links to the festival to confirm this year's dates; with COVID and weather, things may change at the last minute. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

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California 2021 Strawberry Festivals - Where, When and More Details!

CaliforniaI would expect most strawberry festivals to be canceled in 2021 in California.  As we hear from them we are updating the info below.

 

  • Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival - Memorial Day Weekend (As of April 2021, we're still waiting to hear whether they will hold it in 2021, it was canceled in 2020)
    Arroyo Grande, CA 93421. Phone: (805) 473-2250. Email: [email protected]. As of 2020, the organizers have renamed it "the Strawberry Celebration". Well, whatever they call it, as one of California's largest festivals and premiere festival on the Central Coast this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds in shortcakes, funnel cakes, milkshakes, ice cream and by the box. Admission is free but bring money for food, drink and children's game booths. Features include Strawberry Stampede walk/run, Strawberry Pancake Breakfast, Strawberry Shortcake & T-shirt booths, Strawberry Prince & Princess Contest, Strawberry Blonde Contest, Strawberry Cook-Off Contest, Kiddie Carnival, Arts & Crafts Show, and Entertainment including Ethnic, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Contemporary & Rock 'n Roll music! The Festival Features Over 300 Booths, 3 Carnival Areas, Camel Rides, Street Performers and Free Bike Parking. The Strawberry Festival is San Luis Obispo County's largest free Festival and is the primary yearly fundraiser for the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association which also presents the Village Summer Concert Series, The Kids Halloween Event, Santa in the Village, Saturday Farmers' Markets and many other events. This family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and local residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, three carnival areas, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds as well as fresh strawberries by the box! Heritage Square Museums, antique shops, wineries and restaurants in the historic Arroyo Grande Village will also be open. The Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival has been named "the place to be on Memorial Weekend" by Sunset Magazine! (UPDATED: April 1, 2021, JBS)
  • Cal Poly Pomona Spring Strawberry Festival and Tractor and Car Show - Saturday, in June from 10am to 4pm.
    4102 S. University Drive, Pomona, CA 91768. Phone: (909) 869-6722. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch, Located just south of Temple Avenue; Use University Dr. or South Campus Dr. See this page for a map.  Payment: Cash, Credit cards. This event is fun for the whole family and admision is FREE!  The event will feature: Pick-Your-Own Strawberries & Farmer's Market, Petting Farm and Animal Exhibits, Antique Tractors & Farm Equipment, Hay Wagon Rides, Live Entertainment & Great Food.  A tractor and car show, strawberry festival, tractor rides, petting farmbug fair, antique equipment display, live music, trophies, and so MUCH more! See pictures from the 2014 show. Come see a variety of vehicles including customs, antiques, classics, muscle, street rods, special interest, motorcycles, and tractors. Spectators are FREE! For questions about the tractor and car show please contact Brenda Orozco at (909) 869-6722.Although we will not have berry picking this year, we will have fields full of produce to pick such as squash, onions, tomatoes and much more! There will also be plenty of delicious pre-picked strawberries for sale. Food vendors at the festival will including The Habit, Sno Pros, Old Towne Baking Company and more. Event Parking: $3 per vehicle, Admission: is FREE. (UPDATED: April 18, 2018, JBS) (ADDED: April 27, 2015, JBS)
  • Fresno Strawberry Festival at River Park - Tuesday June 18 2019 from 4 pm to 10 pm
    River Park Farmer's Market, 220 E Paseo del Centro, Fresno, California 93720. ! Come celebrate the DELICIOUS and Nutritious STRAWBERRY! Enjoy delicious strawberry creations, including; Strawberry pies, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, funnel cakes, strawberry juices, jams, glazes, and dried and candied strawberries, strawberry granolas, strawberry shortcakes, cupcakes, strawberry flavored raisins, strawberry açaí bowls, strawberry lemonades, strawberry Kombucha (on tap) strawberry shortcake churros and SO MUCH MORE! A full host of food trucks will also be on site offering some of the most delicious foods on four wheels!!! Be one of the first 5000 to attend and receive a FREE ORGANIC COASTAL STRAWBERRY! All children will receive a FREE California Strawberry Activity Book!! FREE BOUNCE HOUSES! FREE CONCERT! Enter our Strawberry Pie Eating Contest and win valuable prizes!!
  • Galt The Strawberry Festival - Sorry to say, they are no longer holding it
    Email: [email protected].
  • Garden Grove Strawberry Festival -  Memorial Day weekend in May, Friday (1pm to 10pm), Sat & Sun (10am to 10pm), Monday (10am to 9pm)  (check their website for this year's dates)
    Garden Grove, CA. Phone: (714) 638-0981. Alternate phone: (714) 638-7950. Held at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street Streets in downtown Garden Grove, California. Admission is free. There are plenty of different activities are on the schedule to entertain and educate. Dozens of fun and exciting rides for the whole family are the highlight for many at the Strawberry Festival! The Strawberry Festival Parade every year starts on Saturday morning. Marching bands, classic cars, and celebrities are all a part of the fun.
  • Los Gatos Strawberry Festival - Canceled, no longer being held
    Los Gatos, CA.The California Strawberry Festival -
  • Oxnard, The California Strawberry Festival - UPDATE for 2021: The event is canceled until 2022; Saturday and Sunday, in May, from 10:00am to 6:30pm 
    Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, California. Phone: (805) 385-4739. Fax (805) 385-4729. Toll Free Information: 1-888-288-9242. Email: [email protected]. Delectable strawberry delights, along with non-stop entertainment, Strawberryland For Kids, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, and more. The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be on parade Festival weekend. An eight-horse hitch of gentle giants complete with a Dalmatian mascot is an impressive sight pulling the 12-ton, traditional red, white and gold beer wagon that was first showcased back in the 1930s. Festival  | Information  | Vendors & Volunteers  | Sponsors  | Pressroom  | Contact. Each year strawberry lovers unite for the premier outdoor event tempting any appetite for fun. The California Strawberry Festival is a weekend in mid-May each year;  The California Strawberry Festival is among the top festivals in the nation with over 50 food booths, contests, rides and attractions, over 200 Arts & Crafts vendors, concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, and family fun! The California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is the perfect summer kickoff with proceeds benefiting the community in a BIG way. Join us for an unforgettably sweet experience!
  • Placer County BerryFest Strawberry Festival -  Mother's Day Weekend from 10:00am to 4:00pm  (May 11 and 12 in 2019, check their website for this year's dates)
    Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678. Phone: (916) 781-7066. Alternate phone: 877) 742-7066. Festival Admission Gates And Parking Lots Close by.  What makes a happy mom on Mother's Day? Happy kids! Besides loads of strawberry treats, shopping, cooking demonstrations, and live bands, BerryFest is loaded with fun for the kids with a petting zoo, pony rides, princess pageant. Adventure Faire, strawberry shortcake eating contest, Amazing Animal World, nonstop shows on the Kids Caboose Stage, extreme stunt shows, and a full kids' carnival and fun zone.
  • Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival -  late April (check their website for other year's dates, April 27 to 29, 2019 ) from 12 pm to 10 pm
    Fairpark, 937 S. Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458. Phone: 805-925-8824. Enjoy Food, Fun, Rides and Wholesome Family Entertainment During Santa Maria's Favorite Event - Don't Miss Out! Hours are from 11am to 10pm; Carnival Stays Open 'til Midnight! ...and Don't Forget about the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Queen Contest. "A Berry Good Time". Festival Hours: 12 Noon to 10 pm daily. Carnival may stay open 'til midnight. Fun for the Whole Family! Rides, games, Food, pony rides and of course, strawberry delights FREE* Attractions Include:
    Petting Zoo, Educational Exhibits, Cooking Shows, Live Music, Strawberry Tasting & Eating Contests, Strolling Entertainment and much more!  * Free w/paid admission into festival.
  • Stehly Farms Organics Annual U-Pick Strawberry Fest - one Saturday in late April
    12630 Santa Catalina Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Phone: (760) 742-1186. Email: [email protected]. Open: One Saturday each year, typically in late April. Admission Includes: 1 -1 lb container to Pick Strawberries, Guided Farm Tractor Tour, Petting Zoo, Little Kids Train Ride, All Access to the Playground. Our Farmers Market Stand will be Open 10am-4pm offering Fruits, Vegetables, Eggs, Honey, Jam, Juice and More! Also Available for Purchase: Tacos, Pizza, Salads, Smoothies and Gelato. Kids 4 and Under are Free.
  • Strawberry Music Festival Mountain Magic Music - Thursday to Sunday in late May AND in the Fall: August/September  (check their website for this year's dates)
    Westside, 17807 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379. The Strawberry Music Festival takes place two times each year, usually over the Memorial and Labor Day weekends - it varies, so check their website in March. UPDATE for 2019: SEE YOU ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN 2020: Please note that there will not be a Fall Festival in 2019, with plans to return to Westside better than ever, in 2020. Read the announcement from November 15, 2018 to learn more. The Spring Festival will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, on May 23rd to 27th, in 2019.
     The Spring fest ival is held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA and the Labor Day festival is held at Westside, Tuolumne, CA. The festival features a wide range of musical acts representing many different musical genres including Americana, bluegrass, swing, rock, blues and gospel. You will find a schedule and list of the acts for the current year's festivals on the website. The festival used to take place at Camp Mather, Yosemite, California but was moved after the forest fires.
  • Vista Strawberry Festival - On a Sunday in late May, annually, from 8:00am to 6:00pm (May 26, 2019)
    127 Main Street, Vista CA 92084. Phone: 760.726.1122. Live entertainment on multiple stages, bands & local craft brews all day long in the beer garden. Carnival rides & 300+ vendors. Little Ms. Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Costume, Strawberry Idol, Pie-Eating and many more! Prizes galore! Vista was once the "Strawberry Capital of the World!" San Diego County's only celebration of the Strawberry. Live entertainment on multiple stages, bands & local craft brews all day long in the beer garden. Carnival rides & 400+ vendors. Little Ms. Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Costume, Vista's Got Talent, Pie-Eating and many more! Prizes galore! (ADDED: May 21, 2016, JBS)
  • Watsonville Spring Strawberry Dessert Festival - usually Late July/ early August  (Saturday, August 3, 2019 from  11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  and Sunday, August 4, 2019 from  11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ) (in Ramsay Park)
    Watsonville, CA.  Phone: 415) 249-4625. Held in downtown Watsonville, California. Admission is FREE with plenty of parking! Watsonville is one of the largest strawberry growing regions in the world, so what better place to celebrate than Main Street Watsonville with a festival that includes fresh strawberry desserts, entertainment, savory foods and the laughter and fun that is sure to ensure? Some of the events: Pie Eating Contest, Topnotch Entertainers, Entertainment on stage, Gourmet Ethnic Foods, Children's Events & Fun, Castle Bounce, 22' Giant Slide, Hermit Crab Toss, Ferris Wheel, 14 passenger Firetruck. For more information contact Terry Pimsleur (

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