If you’ve done all the music festivals, the food festivals, and the film festivals, and you still find yourself wanting more, it’s time to take a trip off the beaten track.
California just happens to be full of eccentric people who love to celebrate their eccentricities. So, if you’re looking for a festival that’s a little “different,” you’re in the right place.
Whether you’re intrigued by the idea of extraterrestrial life, want to take in a Bigfoot parade, or check out some oddball folk art made from pine cones, make sure you visit one of these unique, under-the-radar Californian festivals.
AlienCon brings together ufologists and science fiction stars for a series of panel discussions, celebrity appearances, fan competitions, and parties.
Enjoy games, food, festivities, and a special bigfoot parade at this Northern Californian festival in honor of the mysterious hairy hominid.
Each year, Calico celebrates its rich history as a gold rush mining town with a burro race, a costume contest, a miner's triathlon, and a parade.
Each year the town of Pacifica celebrates the *lack* of fog in September with the Pacific Coast Fog Fest, featuring parades, food, music, and competitions.
The Lake Arrowhead Pinecone Festival was established to raise awareness about fire danger and includes several pinecone contests, including a craft competition and world's largest pinecone.
The Weed Show is one of Twentynine Palms’ oldest and most unique artistic traditions. This annual display features artistic arrangements of indigenous desert vegetation and found objects.