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Festivals & Big Doings

Hardly a day goes by that there isn’t something exciting to see and do in Yolo County. One-of-a-kind signature events happen all the time, from the Almond Festival in Capay Valley to Picnic Day in Davis to Stroll Through History in Woodland.

Where else will you find a Hoes Down on a working farm, a Wool-In at a sheep wool mill, or a gourd art festival at (where else) a gourd farm?

Lively art walks, music and film festivals, and a variety of fairs in the gorgeous countryside fill up the calendar. For a complete look at all that’s on tap in Yolo County, visit our Calendar of Events.

 

a_secondfridayartwalkSecond Friday Art About

2nd Friday of the Month|| Davis

A monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in Downtown Davis and beyond. Coordinated by the Davis Downtown, all events are free and open to the public.

 

 

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First Friday Art Walk
First Friday of the Month || Woodland

A once a month event featuring open galleries and music in Downtown Woodland.

YoloArts Art-Farm Gala and Sale ~ Friday November 6 ~ for details, click here!

 

 

canstock72Square Tomatoes Crafts Festival

Monthly || Davis

Every 2nd Sunday in Central Park enjoy an afternoon of live music, hands on crafts instruction for visitors of all ages, food booths, and over forty craft vendors. Expect the unexpected—farm feed bags upcycled into shopping bags, jewelry with silver jazz cats and spirit foxes, record clocks, and more.

 

 

a_FoodTruckManiaFood Truck Mania

First Sunday of the Month || Woodland

Local food trucks featuring burgers, tacos and more line Downtown Woodland the first Sunday of each month.

 

 

wintersfourthfridayFourth Friday Feast & Street Fair

4th Friday of the Month || Winters

Explore Historic Downtown Winters during this event featuring street food, local beer and wine and music. February through October.

 

 

 

California Duck Days

February || Davis

This is one of California’s premier wildlife viewing festivals, offering a wide variety of activities, including more than 40 field trips, workshops, an art show, demonstrations, and more.

 

 

b_annualpetiteAnnual Petite Sirah Port Weekend

February || Clarksburg

Spend Valentine’s Day weekend at Bogle Winery, where you can sample ports both from the bottle and the barrel as well as enjoy Stilton, strawberries, and lots of chocolate!

 

 

b_portwinechocolatePort, Wine and Chocolate Weekend at the Old Sugar Mill

February || Clarksburg

Enjoy a weekend of award winning wines and a variety of chocolates along the Delta.

 

 

b_capyalmondfestCapay Valley Almond Festival

February || Capay Valley

This is the only event in Northern California held simultaneously in five towns; it’s an outstanding showcase of the riches you can find in the Capay Valley region.

 

 

 

b_annualart21stAnnual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference

March || Davis

Featuring educational demonstrations and exhibits in downtown Davis.

 

 

 b_davisfilmfestivalDavis Feminist Film Festival

April || Davis

A festival of short films in April featuring local, national, and international filmmakers side by side. This festival is devoted to challenging sexism and racism through film.

 

 

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Picnic Day

April || Davis

A Davis tradition since 1909, this one-day event in April features a parade, battle of the bands between college bands, several music and dance stages, an assortment of academic exhibits, the singular Dachshund Derby, and much more!

 

 

b_youthdayYouth Day

April || Winters

Held every April since 1933, this day begins with a parade featuring floats made by local youth winding through historic downtown Winters. After the parade the city park fills with booths, crafts, music, and entertainment.

 

 

Woodland Scottish Festival & Gamesb_woodlandscotttish

April || Woodland

Held at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, the Scots welcome everyone to visit “A little bit of Scotland in your backyard.” Music from Pipe Bands to Celtic rock. Highland dancing, Scottish athletics, animals, historical reenactments, clans, children activities, vendors, and food.

 

 

b_loopaloozaLoopalooza

May || Davis

A family friendly bike ride featuring activities along the route.

 

 

b_hippiefestWoodland Hippie Festival

May || Woodland

Family fun day with live Authentic Roots Rock Reggae Dance Hall Alternative Music (Arrrda) with vendors, children’s activities, games, prizes and more.

 

 

b_tourdecluckTour de Cluck

May || Davis

The Tour de Cluck is a fantastic series of simply fowl fun activities! This paean to poultry includes a Bicycle Chicken Coop Crawl, Community Kick-off & Clucking Exhibition, a chickens, barnyards and bicycles-themed Art Auction and a Fowl Food Fair!

 

 

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May Festival

May || Woodland

Spend the day touring the Gibson Mansion, shopping at artisan’s booths, and strolling the Museum’s gardens.

 

 

b_caconferenceCalifornia Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts

May || Davis

The long-time, well-attended ceramic sculpture event incorporates demonstrations, lectures, shows, and exhibits throughout many venues in downtown Davis.

 

 

b_wholeearthWhole Earth Festival

May || UC Davis Campus

Held every Mother’s Day Weekend, this festival has been a tradition since 1970 featuring eco-friendly ways of life. Festival grounds feature music, drum circles, booths, henna tattoos, informational booths, numerous performances, and more.

 

 

b_gourdartGourd Art Festival

May || Knights Landing

This annual May event features gourd art, classes, demonstrations, and live music.

 

 

b_pencegardenPence Gallery Garden Tour

May || Davis

The Pence Gallery Garden Tour features up to 10 beautiful gardens. Visitors in the past have enjoyed Japanese gardens, art-filled yards, and xeriscapes filled with native grasses.

 

 

b_wintersoutdoorquiltWinters Outdoor Quilt Festival

June || Winters

Historic Downtown Winters showcases handmade quilts on display in businesses and along the sidewalks.

 

 

b_cachecreekCache Creek Lavender Festival

June || Rumsey in Capay Valley

A celebration of all things lavender. During the festival you’ll find live music, wine tasting with local vineyards, food, lavender products and u-pick lavender, field tours and talks, craft demonstrations, and more!

 

 

b_davisbeerciderDavis Beer & Cider Festival

June || Davis

Featuring over 100 handcrafted beers and ciders, brat sandwiches, brewery tours and music.

 

 

b_battalkBat Talk & Walk

June-August || Davis

Join the Yolo Basin Foundation to learn about and view live bats, native to Northern California. Also watch as thousands of native bats embark at sunset.

 

 

b_woodlandtomatofestCapay Tomato Festival

July || Esparto in Capay Valley

This annual festival celebrates the great taste of organic heirloom and cherry tomatoes. Activities for all ages include tomato tastings, farm tours and live music. Attendees are invited to camp overnight in the farm orchard.

 

 

b_gourmetwinecheeseGourmet Wine & Cheese Faire

August || Clarksburg

The Old Sugar Mill hosts a weekend of wine tasting, gourmet cheese and other local products.

 

 

b_yolocountyfair Yolo County Fair

August || Woodland

One of the only free-admission fairs left in California, every August this five-day fair features music, a rodeo, derby, rides, food, and livestock.

 

 

b_davisbeerweekDavis Beer Week

August || Davis

A week of events featuring local beers and handcrafted brews. The week culminates with the celebration of the Bike and Brew Festival in Central Park.

 

 

b_woodlandtomatofestWoodland Tomato Festival

August || Woodland

Enjoy all things tomato at this event featuring a salsa tasting in Woodland.

 

 

b_earthquakefestEarthquake Festival

August || Winters

A celebration of the earthquake of 1892 that destroyed much of downtown Winters. Enjoy food, music, booths, and dancing on Main Street in historic downtown Winters until midnight.

 

 

b_strollthroughistStroll Through History

September || Woodland

Take a step back in time to experience the history of Woodland. Enjoy a street fair, tours of historical homes and buildings, exhibits, vintage vehicles, entertainment, and people dressed in period costumes.

 

 

b_tempranilloTempranillo Festival

September || Winters

Berryessa Gap Winery hosts this annual event celebrating the Tempranillo grape. Local restaurants feature local wines and Spanish entertainment, live music and dancing, takes place in and around Historic Downtown Winters. At Berryessa Gap, we taste Tempranillo flights which include library wines.

 

 

b_festivaldelacomunidadFestival de la Comunidad & Carnita Cook-Off

September || Winters

Featuring carnitas cook-off, live music, dance performances and family friendly activities.

 

 

canstock72Woodland Chili Throwdown

Featuring music, crafts, and incredibly good chili! Watch and taste as the best of the best compete for the title of “Best Yolo County Chili.”

 

 

b_hoesdownHoes Down Harvest Festival

October || Guinda in Capay Valley

Full Belly Farm’s Hoes Down Harvest Festival features educational farm tours, a magical children’s area, hands-on workshops, farm products, an abundance of organic food, live music, and good times!

 

 

b_yolowoolYolo Wool Mill’s Annual Mill In

October || Woodland

Enjoy mill tours, kids activities, wool products, and knitting, spinning, weaving, and felting demonstrations at this October festival.

 

 

b_lastcallcarLast Call Car Show

October || Woodland

The California Agricultural Museum will showcase vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles.

 

 

b_davisjazzDavis Jazz Festival: Beyond the Beat Generation

October || Davis

Celebrating the spirit of collaboration and creativity that flourished in California during the 1950s and early 1960s. Every October musicians, filmmakers, scholars, historians, painters, and poets converge on Davis for this premier creative arts event.

 

 

b_woodlandholidayWoodland Holiday Parade

December || Woodland

Sit along Main Street in Historic Downtown Woodland and enjoy one of the largest parades in Northern California featuring holiday cheer.

 

 

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