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Nov 25-Dec 7, 2018  Grand Grape Celebration - Yosemite National Park, California


December 1, 2018
Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair
Ventura, California
World's Largest Wine Walk is Back! The Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair will once again return to beautiful Downtown Ventura! The Most Magical day in Ventura will kick off with the Holiday Street Fair starting from 12pm-8pm on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street with vendors and live entertainment. Shop artists, crafters, non-profit organizations, commercial and food vendors. The street fair and entertainment is FREE and open to the public starting at Noon!

December 1, 2018  11th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival
Oxnard, California
Get the tastiest tamales in town - from sweet to savory, traditional to gourmet. Learn tamale making with live demos. Enjoy the tamale eating contest, holiday crafts fair, kids activities, and music.  FREE admission.

December 1, 2018  Oxnard Christmas Parade - Oxnard, California
The Oxnard Christmas Parade is one of the largest parades in Ventura County and attracts thousands of spectators to the heart of Downtown. The Parade features nearly 100 decorative floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers and more! The Parade is followed by the Oxnard Tamale Festival at Plaza Park.

December 1-2, 2018  Indio International Tamale Festival
Indio, California
The world's Largest Tamale Festival!  It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio Merchants Association.  The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale makers have created the festival's tremendous success.  Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 "All-American Food Festivals" in the nation!    Attendance: 120,000.

December 1-2, 2018  Holidays in the Vineyards - Livermore, California
Holidays in the Vineyards is an annual wine country tradition where wineries showcase their tasting rooms with arts and craft vendors, holiday music, special wines, and more.


December 2, 2018
22nd Annual Mill Valley WinterFest
Mill Valley, California
One of this community's iconic annual events. Celebrating its 22nd Anniversary this year, this event has blossomed into a celebration that features snow sliding, a day-long program of entertainment, a visit by Santa Claus, an antique fire truck, food from local restaurants and food vendors, and culminates with a spectacular tree lighting ceremony.

December 3-5, 2018 - NLS Food Quality Symposium
San Diego, California
The Annual Food Quality Symposium, features the ideal peer-to-peer networking environment for Top Level  Executives in Safety, Quality Assurance (Q & A) and many other related fields within the food industry. Be a part of the Industry's Must Attend Event featuring thought leaders from the world’s leading food manufacturers, discussing the key issues affecting the current and future growth of your business.

December 5-7, 2018  USA Rice Outlook Conference
San Diego, California
The USA Rice Outlook Conference program will cover issues critical to rice farmers and everyone in the U.S. rice industry.

December 5, 12 & 19, 2018  Christmas at the Ranch
Camarillo, California
Give your family the gift of a beautifully unique Christmas experience by visiting Camarillo’s very-own historic landmark, magically transformed for the holiday season. Join the Camarillo Ranch Foundation for a special historic home tour of Adolfo Camarillo’s 1892 Queen Anne Victorian Mansion plus the 1905 Red Barn transformed into Santa’s Workshop. Learn about Camarillo family Christmas traditions as you step back in time with visions of by-gone eras. 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  This year’s event features: Visit with Santa in Santa’s Workshop (photo included) - Festive Beverages and Treats for Purchase - Historical Themed Activities and Games - Holiday Market with Rustic Barnhouse - Victorian Carolers and Live Pianist.  Proceeds from the event support Camarillo Ranch Foundation’s educational programs.  Admission Pricing - Single: $6 admission (2 years and under free).  Family Pack: $20 (2 adults + 2 children over 2 years).  Admission includes holiday home tours and one souvenir photo with Santa per family. Food, beverages and holiday market items available for purchase.


December 7-9, 2018
Fountain Valley Pho Festival
Fountain Valley, California
A citywide event inspired by one of Vietnam’s most popular home-style dishes, Pho. This full flavored rice noodle soup is a cornerstone of Vietnamese cuisine. Along with Pho, there will be other traditional Vietnamese foods, cooking demonstrations, live music, carnival and more for you to explore in an outdoor park atmosphere. Pho Festival 2018 is FREE to attend.  • Best Pho Contest and People's Choice • Carnival Rides and Games • Food Court • Cooking Demos - Pho and Spring Rolls • Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden • Live Music • Mr. and Miss. Pho Festival 2018 • Karaoke w/Live Band • Traditonal Dance Performances

December 8, 2018
31st Annual Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks
Sausalito, California

December 8, 2018
Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on the Pier
Redondo Beach, California

December 8-30, 2018
Holiday Tours & Annual Gingerbread House Display
Oxnard, California
Heritage Square.  Costumed docents present guided tours of elegantly decorated Victorian homes. Admire the imagination and artistry of handmade gingerbread houses inside the Heritage Hall.

December 10, 2018 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.

December 10-22, 2018 - The Bracebridge Dinner
Yosemite National Park, California
Celebrated annually since 1927, the renowned Bracebridge Dinner transforms The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s Dining Room into a Old English-era hall filled with Christmas festivities. The inspiration for this incredible Yuletide ceremony was Washington Irving's Sketch Book about Squire Bracebridge and Christmas traditions of the period. More than 100 cast members portray the Squire and his family, their servants, the Lord of Misrule, and minstrels.

December 31, 2018 - New Years' Eve Celebration
Simi Valley, California
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library.  Celebrate the arrival of 2019 at our 10th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration under the wings of Air Force One!  Enjoy an elaborate night of celebration, extensive hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, gourmet dessert, and a champagne toast at midnight with all of the party essentials hats, horns, streamers and more! Dance to live music played by the top notch dance band, The Platinum Groove. Enjoy the classics, ballroom favorites, disco, Motown, and 50’s through the 90’s top hits played by our fabulous DJ.

December 31, 2018  Grape Drop - Temecula, California
Welcome in 2019 at the annual New Year’s Eve Grape Drop. Live music, vendors, kid’s activities and an East Coast (9pm) and West Coast (midnight) countdown make this the place to be on New Year’s Eve. It’s a Family First for the Holidays celebration

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events waiting for new dates

December 2-3, 2017 - Taste Of Tamales Food Festival
Los Angeles, California
FREE entrance to the public. More than 50,000 people from all nationalities will taste a full variety of Tamales (a holiday tradition) offered by Food Vendors and Restaurants of Los Angeles area. Attendants can also get other type of foods and enjoy Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Carnival Rides & Games, 20,000 free toys for children, Commercial Products, free health screenings, services and information provided by all type of exhibitor companies.  Attendance: 50,000.

December 8, 2017 - Fillmore Holiday Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
From 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples inside their stores throughout Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy.

December 14, 2017 - 2nd Annual North Beach Holiday Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
From 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout North Beach on Grant Ave, Columbus Ave, Vallejo Street and Green Street.

events still waiting for new dates

December 1, 2016 - 6th Annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk
San Francisco, California
The Noe Valley Merchants Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC. are hosting the 5th Annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The tasting event will be located throughout 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga and will include merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats.  Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. The on-site ticket sales locations are at the 3865 24th St. parking lot between Sanchez & Vicksburg and in front of Walgreens on Castro and 24th. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. Ticket sales on the day of the event are "Cash Only."

CALIFORNIA Food Shows and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

December 19, 2010  6th Independence Fruitcake Festival
Independence, California
Talent show with fruit judging in categories including oldest, travelled the farthest, best of theme, most solids, and judges” award.



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