Planning out your spring break? Thinking of switching up your summer vacation this year? Well, you're in luck! This list of Central California Festivals for 2014 is the best of the best! We've listed anything and everything from the popular Apple Blossom Festival in Sebastopool to the state-wide event of the California State Fair in Sacramento. This list is great for weekend getaways or day trips. If you plan it right, you may be able to fit in several Central California Festivals before the end of the year. But first, if you're wondering what all the hype about festivals is, check out these these three reasons why you should attend one.
Don't miss out: attend a Central California Festival and find...
Fun handcrafted items that are great for gifts.
From - San Francisco Citizen
Amazing live music and entertainment.
From - San Francisco Citizen
Great food - and lots of it. (Sometimes it's free too!)
Flickr-The Food Film Festival Have we helped you make up your mind? See the list below and mark your calendars! Take note of festivals with free
admission if you're looking for budge-friendly options.
Central California Festivals
April 4-5 | 46th Annual Bockbierfest in Sacramento:
Enjoy an authentic German experience with traditional German dancing, food, bock bier, wine,
and live Polka music. Festival includes children's actives and crafts. Admission is $20/day and $5 for children. April 12-13 | Apple Blossom Festival in Sebastopool:
Live music and fun for the whole family, the Apple Blossom Festival has it all. Admission is $10.
Flickr-David Yu April 12-14 & April 19-20 | Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco:
If you couldn't make it to the Apple Blossom Festival, stop by the Cherry Blossom Festival which is said to be the second largest Cherry Blossom Festival apart from the one in Washington, D.C.
Honolulu Magazine May 17-18 | Oakdale Chocolate Festival in Oakdale:
Seriously, who could pass up a chocolate festival
? Nothing better than chocolate, live music, and a fun festival atmosphere. Admission $4 if you register
by May 15. May 24 | Santa Cruz Blues Festival:
Did If you love Blues or just live music in general, this festival is for you! Check out their website
for a lineup of artists. Admission ranges between $25 to $190 depending on what you want to see. May 24-25 | Strawberry Festival in Arroyo Grande:
This strawberry festival is one of the largest in California and features ethnic foods, booths filled with arts and crafts, and all things strawberry-related. Visit the website for admission information coming in May.
From - San Francisco Citizen June 7-8 | Union Street Festival in San Francisco:
This event spans six blocks and offers a different "world" for each block (like Fashion World or Tech World). Make sure and purchase tasting tickets online
before hand and come hungry! Admission is free
. July 11-27 | California State Fair in Sacramento:
Experience the California State Fair with food, fun, and activities for the whole family. Admission is $12 and ride tickets are available for purchase online
. July 19-20 | Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards 22nd Annual Catalan Festival in Sonoma:
Enjoy Spanish food and wine, live classical guitar music, and flamenco dancing among other entertainment in the Spanish tradition. Admission is $65 and tickets can be purchased online
. August 30-31 | Whisky Live at the Games in San Francisco:
Are you a whisky connoisseur? Join the this Central California festival and enjoy the best whiskies from around the world. Admission not yet announced
. Did we miss your favorite Central California festival? Comment below and fill us in! Do you live in Northern California? Check out our list of Northern California Festivals for 2014
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