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California’s campgrounds are not only terrific places to enjoy the Great Outdoors. They offer a diverse range of music, food, and wine festivals as well.
While festivals were put on hold during the first two years of the pandemic, most are now taking place again in California along with county fairs.
RV enthusiasts can now enjoy a full range of music, including jazz, reggae, and world music festivals as well as multi-day events that celebrate everything from the artichoke harvest to tacos and tequila and craft-brewed beers. Some wineries and county fairs even host grape stomping competitions in the fall to celebrate the annual grape harvest.
Here’s a sampling of some of the upcoming festivals taking place across the Golden State along with recommendations on great places to camp nearby:
June 3 to 5, in Newport Beach: This year’s event features nearly 20 jazz performers, including Marion Meadows, Alex Bugnon, Peter White and Ceelo Green, who will perform a tribute to James Brown.
Nearby campgrounds include:
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marinain Newport Beach: This resort’s RV sites include beachfront RV sites along Newport Bay. The resort also has furnished park model RVs. Onsite amenities include hydrotherapy pools and watercraft rentals.
June 16 - 19, El Dorado Fairgrounds, Placerville:This fair features live music, magic shows, game shows, and numerous competitions for young and old alike, including wheelbarrow races, funnel cake eating contests, and kids Big Wheel races. There will also be numerous livestock shows, including a breeding hog show, a llama and alpaca show, a dairy goat show and a ranch horse and gymkhana show.
Neighboring campgrounds include:
Placerville KOAin Shingle Springs: This campground features RV sites and rental accommodations. Amenities include a swimming pool and hot tub, a 22-foot-tall inflatable slide, a miniature golf course, a petting zoo, and a dog park.
Oct. 1, in Murphys:This community event has become an annual tradition for families and friends to gather for a weekend of wine fun that includes California’s largest grape stomping event. Over 100 “Stomp Teams” of two compete for the title of "Top Stompers" on the big stage and for a good cause as a portion of the auction proceeds benefit community groups and the high school scholarships program. Attendees enjoy wine by the glass and bottle, food vendors and entertainment as well as the annual Grape Stomp Auction.
Oct. 15, in Sonoma:This annual event features a world champion grape stomp competition; a professional wine competition; an amateur wine competition; a professional food competition; and an amateur home brew competition.
Jeff Crider, President and CEO of Crider Public Relations, has been involved in covering the campground industry for over 25 years. Jeff has worked as a freelance writer for publications such as RV Business, Motor Home Magazine, Trailer Life, Highways and other Affinity Group Inc. publications since 1995. He has also successfully pitched many of the nation's top tier media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Financial Times, Reuters, The Associated Press and National Public Radio. In addition to writing, Jeff is also a talented photographer and humanitarian.