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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.


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!


Square Tomatoes Crafts Festivalcanstock72

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.

Food Truck Maniaa_FoodTruckMania

First Sunday of the Month || Woodland

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


Fourth Friday Feast & Street Fairwintersfourthfriday

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.


Annual Petite Sirah Port Weekendb_annualpetite

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.


Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference b_annualart21st

March || Davis

Featuring educational demonstrations and exhibits in downtown Davis.



 Davis Feminist Film Festivalb_davisfilmfestival

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.



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!

Youth Day b_youthday

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 Celtic Games & Festivalb_woodlandscotttish

April || Woodland

Held at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, celebrating all things Scottish, Irish and Welsh. Highland dancing, Scottish athletics, animals, historical reenactments, whiskey tastings, clans, children activities, vendors, and food.

Woodland Hippie Festivalb_hippiefest

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.


Tour de Cluck b_tourdecluck

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!


May Festival

May || Woodland

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


California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts b_caconference

May || Davis

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


Whole Earth Festivalb_wholeearth

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.

Pence Gallery Garden Tourb_pencegarden

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.


Winters Outdoor Quilt Festival b_wintersoutdoorquilt

June || Winters

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


Cache Creek Lavender Festival b_cachecreek

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!

Davis Beer & Cider Festivalb_davisbeercider

June || Davis

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



Bat Talk & Walkb_battalk

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.



Capay Tomato Festivalb_woodlandtomatofest

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.



 Yolo County Fair b_yolocountyfair

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.


Davis Beer Week b_davisbeerweek

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.


Woodland Tomato Festivalb_woodlandtomatofest

August || Woodland

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



Earthquake Festivalb_earthquakefest

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.


Stroll Through History b_strollthroughist

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.

Tempranillo Festivalb_tempranillo

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.

Festival de la Comunidad & Carnita Cook-Offb_festivaldelacomunidad

September || Winters

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



Woodland Chili Throwdowncanstock72

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.”



Hoes Down Harvest Festivalb_hoesdown

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!

Yolo Wool Mill’s Annual Mill Inb_yolowool

October || Woodland

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


Last Call Car Showb_lastcallcar

October || Woodland

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



Davis Jazz Festival: Beyond the Beat Generationb_davisjazz

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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