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California Wine Festivals are Back! Sip these in…

After an endless lockdown, wine lovers will be happy to know that California wine festivals are back, just in time for California Wine Month in September!

Are there others you think should be included? Let us know in the comments.

If you’re not heading to Cali this summer but want to hit a wine festival, make sure to see our state-by-state wine festival guide. 

California Wine Festivals to Sip In

BottleRock Napa Valley

September 3-5
Experience Napa Valley wine, beer, music, art and restaurants the 2021 festival. Acts include Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, and many more.

Capitola Art & Wine Festival

September 11-12. Downtown Capitola.
Stroll the Festival and admire the talent of over 160 fine artists while sipping wines from 22 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries.

Lodi Grape Festival

September 16. Lodi Event Center, Lodi.
What started out as a small food festival has evolved into a four-day event filled with entertainment, food, vendors, a carnival and wine tasting.

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LOS ANGELES: : LAWineFest

June 4-5, 2022

The annual Fest combines tastes of wines from California and around the Globe. The ‘Celebration of All Things Wine’ offers tastes from 50+ wineries, numerous craft breweries, plus artisan boutiques and gourmet food trucks for purchase. There are also two special Boutique Winery gardens that offer tastings from boutique wineries producing under 2,000 cases of wine per year (separate ticket).  The Fest offers live music each day, Saturday is Roots Rock and Sunday will be “Jazz at the Fest” with some of our exciting jazz friends.

SANTA BARBARA: California Wine Festival

July 15-16, 2022

Don’t miss the annual California Wine Festival, in beautiful Santa Barbara – one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state! This beautiful city is the original home of the CWF, a spectacular gathering of wine, food, music and fun at the beach! A true world-class resort city, Santa Barbara attracts sophisticated visitors from around the world many of whom spend a few days by the beach tasting great California wines. A hip crowd  of wine lovers flock to the three-day Festival, making this one of the most desirable consumer wine events of the year.

CARLSBAD: California Wine Festival

May 20-21, 2022 

DANA POINT: California Wine Festival

April 22-23, 2022

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

November 9-13, 2022

The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival spotlights the culinary scene of America’s Finest City, with events focusing on the city’s latest trends, including: its commitment to sustainable seafood, fermentation, and exploring the neighboring gastronomy of San Diego’s bordering Baja region.

The California wine festival culminates with the Grand Tasting on the scenic San Diego Bay featuring over 60 of San Diego’s top Chef’s and restaurants as well as over 200 international wineries, breweries and spirit companies, chefs, culinary personalities, and gourmet food. The festival sees over 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration in Southern California.

TEMECULA: Balloon & Wine Festival

June 3-5, 2022


California Wine Festivals to Revisit in 2022

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

TEMECULA: Balloon & Wine Festival

MONTEREY: Monterey Wine Festival

SANTA BARBARA: Santa Barbara Wine Festival, June 25, 2022

LIVERMORE VALLEY: Taste Our Terroir

MAMMOTH: Wine Weekend

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What is your favorite California wine festival? Are there others we should include in the our list? Tell us in the comments…

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Elaine Schoch

Elaine N. Schoch

Elaine Schoch (pronounced the German way – Shock) is the editor and founder of Carpe Travel as well as an award-winning travel writer, wine judge, certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 and certified American Wine Expert. She is married to The Husband and has two kids, Princess One and Two – who’s interest and knowledge in wine is quite extensive. Not to mention the stamps in their passports.

Jenna

Saturday 23rd of June 2018

I love this list! ZinFest in Lodi is held every May and is a wonderful wine festival. It's not just about Zinfandel -- all types of wines are served, and the presentations by sommeliers and winemakers are fun and interesting.

Elaine Schoch

Monday 25th of June 2018

Great tip about ZinFest - thanks!