One of the best ways to experience the California lifestyle is attending one of the state's signature events and festivals -- all set in spectacular locations, of course. Whether your passion is food, wine, music, film, sport, family fun or culture, there are plentiful ways to get in on the action and participate or simply spectate. The following events reflect a sampling of California's annual marquee events plus a few once in a lifetime happenings on the calendar for the year ahead.

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Amgen Tour of California
America's largest and most prestigious cycling event brings many of the world's top riders to the Golden State. The 8-stage race changes it up every year, with new courses connecting cities and towns and looping through some of the state’s most spectacular settings. Coast-hugging highways, dramatic...
Golden Globes
Often seen as a precursor to who’ll nab an Oscar, this annual event hands out awards to actors, directors, and other artists in all kinds of entertainment—film, television, domestic, and foreign. Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association vote for the favorites, and even though the...
California State Fair
Since the 1850s, locals and visitors have flocked to the California State Fair for a gamut of fun activities. Over a century and a half later, there’s still a bit of that downhome vintage feel, with kids getting a chance to pan for gold and pet farm animals. There’s a dose of new too, with...
Comic-Con International
From its humble origins as a fringe gathering of comic book fans in 1970, when barely 100 participants attended, Comic-Con has grown into one of the world’s biggest pop culture extravaganzas. These days it draws more than 130,000 eclectic attendees—gamers, anime devotees, and fantasy fans—to...
Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
As one of Temecula Valley Wine Country's signature events, this visually stunning festival attracts 40,000 attendees over three days to enjoy dramatic evening hot air balloon glows and awe-inspiring morning balloon ascensions. If you’ve never seen enormous balloons rise like glowing lanterns at...
The Grammy Awards
Whether you rock around the clock, groove out to classic jazz, or crank up the rap in your car, this is your night to tune in to music’s premier celebration. Downtown Los Angeles is the center of it all, drawing the biggest names in music. A large area adjacent to the Staples Center is cordoned...
Titans of Mavericks
Countdowns don’t get any more exciting than this. When conditions are just right, ocean swells pile up against an offshore reef, about 2 miles off Northern California coastline near Half Moon Bay. The resulting break, known as Mavericks (or just “Mavs” to big-wave fans) creates behemoths...
Gay Pride Festival
Loud, raucous, and irreverent, this rainbow-hued extravaganza becomes a citywide celebration of the LGBT community and everything colorful and unique. The last weekend of June marks the parade date, and it can be way, way over the top—be prepared to do some explaining if you bring the kids. In...
Saddle up for Stagecoach, the country cousin held in the same venue—the Indio Polo Grounds south of Palm Springs—as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. From the impressive inaugural event in 2007, when George Strait headlined while Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris played on the...
Savor The Central Coast
Want to hobnob with celebrity chefs and top winemakers? Learn tips from local restaurateurs, attend an exclusive event at Hearst Castle, or immerse yourself in a Central Coast adventure tour during Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast. This four-day celebration of the San Luis Obispo County wine and food region...
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
See celebrity chefs cook and sample gourmet everything. Showcasing the city’s prowess as a seriously great food destination, this festival is an epicurean spectacular showcasing leading chefs, top wineries, and culinary icons for four days of delectable culinary delights. Most importantly: come...
Bay to Breakers
Centipedes in sneakers, running garbage cans and tray-balancing waiters—they're all part of what’s undoubtedly one of the wackiest foot races in the world. This annual jaunt, the oldest consecutively run race in the world (it debuted in 1912), starts along San Francisco’s waterfront,...
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Local and international talent gathers at the gustatory tribute to all that’s good about wine & food (and there’s beer, too). The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is the city’s largest wine and culinary event. Held each November, thousands attend, and why wouldn’t they?...
Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival
Exploding into one of the country’s biggest music events, this two-weekend extravaganza brings almost every genre of music to the desert plains just south of Palm Springs. Alternative rock, hip-hop, electronic music, and other artists take to the stages here, giving the roughly 150,000 fans something...
Emmy Awards
August 2015 Televisions biggest stars get dressed up, duded up, and put on their game-face smiles to see who wins one of these annual awards, which recognize outstanding work in dramas, comedies, documentaries, and everything else on TV. There’s more than one award presentation, but the “biggie”...
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
See an all-star lineup of top golfers and A-list celebrities take to the manicured, ocean-hugging greens at this premier golf event. This ultra-prestigious tournament, held annually at Spyglass Hill and other legendary links along the Monterey Peninsula, not only delivers a hefty purse for the winner,...
The Academy Awards ‘Oscars’
Every year, the red carpet rolls out for one of the world’s most star-studded affairs, the annual Academy Awards. This exclusive red-carpet event may be reserved for celebrities and VIPs, but that doesn’t mean that travelers can’t get in on the excitement. Fans have been known to arrive...
Outside Lands Music & Arts Fest
Come to this multi-stage extravaganza in Golden Gate Park to live your own summer of love. The 3-day event fills the park’s meadows and glades with a platinum-album lineup of rock (and other music) royalty. Grammy winners including Phish, Arcade Fire, and Kings of Leon have all rocked the stages...

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