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Trip Planning

California's Music, Food, Wine and Beer Festivals

California has some of the country's best array of music, food, and wine. Here are a few festivities going on this year as well as where to camp while visiting.

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:

Beaumont Cherry Festival  

June 2 - 5, Stewart Park, Beaumont: This festival features arts and crafts, live entertainment, food vendors and exhibits as well as carnival games and rides.

Neighboring campgrounds include:

Banning Stagecoach KOA in Banning: This campground offers RV sites.

Newport Jazz Festival 

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 & Marina in 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.

Artichoke Festival

June 11 - 12, Monterey County Fair and Event Center in Monterey: This event includes artichoke cooking demonstrations, artichoke inspired arts and souvenirs, a family fun run and wine tasting.

Neighboring campgrounds include:

Carmel by the River RV Park in Carmel

Marina Dunes Beach Resort, Marina

El Dorado County Fair 

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 KOA in 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.

Tequila and Taco Music Festival 

July 9 - 10, in Ventura: This festival features two days of live music, dancing, tequila tasting, margarita and craft beer booths, and plenty of gourmet street tacos.

Nearby campgrounds include:

Evergreen RV Park in Oxnard: This gated park features RV sites and a clubhouse with seasonal activities.

Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula: In addition to RV sites and park model RV rentals, this campground features a large swimming pool, a ropes course, zip lines and a meditation-inducing labyrinth.


California World Fest

July 14-17, in Grass Valley: This festival features music and dancers from around the world with more than 40 music and dance groups performing on eight stages.

Nearby campgrounds include:

Inn Town Campground in Nevada City: This campground features RV and tent sites and rental accommodations.

Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza 

Aug. 4 - 7, in Mammoth Lakes: This annual event features 20 performers, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Taj Mahal Quartet and Allen Stone, as well as craft beers from across the country.

Nearby campgrounds include:

Mammoth Mountain RV Park in Mammoth Lakes: This park includes RV sites and rental accommodations as well as an indoor swimming pool and spa.

One Love, One Heart Reggae Festival

Sept. 3-4, in Woodland: This two-day festival, now in its 11th year, features Reggae performers from California and the Caribbean. 

Nearby campgrounds include: 

Vineyard RV Park in VacavilleThis beautifully landscaped RV park is 30 minutes from Woodland. 

The 29th annual Calaveras Grape Stomp

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.

Nearby campgrounds include:

Angels Camp RV Resort in Angels Camp: This park features RV sites and park model rental accommodations.


Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival 

Oct. 15-16, in Half Moon Bay 

The two-day event features a pumpkin parade; 5K, 10K, half marathon and fun run events; pumpkin eating contests; pumpkin carving activities and live music. 

Nearby campgrounds include:

Pelican Point RV Park in Half Moon Bay: This park has ocean views and is only a five-minute walk to the beach.

Pillar Point RV Park in Half Moon Bay: This park features ocean views and is close to a 6-mile walking and biking trail along the beach. 

Sonoma County Harvest Fair 

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. 

Nearby campgrounds include:

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in Petaluma: This campground features RV sites and rental accommodations, including park model RVs. Amenities include a hot tub and sauna. 

Jeff Crider


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.