Apple festivals California Apple Festivals in 2018

Looking for a apple festival in California in 2018? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple festivals in California we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

I update this list every year, but still click on the links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

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2018 Apple Festivals in California - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!

 California

Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start then, especially in southern areas) through early November.  Most apple varieties ripen in Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are held.  Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc. Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).

There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they offer, and community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and much more.

Community Apple Festivals

  • Fortuna Apple Harvest Festival - held in October (schedule is here)
    Humboldt County, PO Box 1000, Fortuna, CA 95540. Phone: (707) 725-9261. Alternate phone: ( 707) 725-0806. Email: [email protected]. Cider works tour and an Apple Harvest Festival. Directions: Citywide Take Kenmar or Main St exits from Hwy 101 and park at one of 5 venues. Free Haywagon rides take you from there to Festival sites. The festival celebrates historic Apple Harvest & Fortuna's Clendenen's Cider Works & Orchard.
  • Johnny Appleseed Days Festival - Saturday and Sunday in October from 9 am to 4 p.m.
    Paradise, CA. The festival celebrates John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, who traveled for most of his life across the U.S., planting apple seeds and encouraging settlers to plant apple orchards. An annual event, the first such celebration was in 1880 and was called the Harvest Home Festival. It continued through the years with some name changes and postponements due to war years, etc. In 1968, it was finally named the Johnny Appleseed Festival.
    Contact the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce/Visitor's Bureau at (530) 877-9356 for more information
  • Julian Apple Days Festival - apples, pumpkins,
    Menghini Winery Julian Orchards Lane, Julian , CA 92036. Phone: 760-765-4758. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Menghini Winery is located 2 miles past Julian at the corner of Farmers Road and Julian Orchards Lane. 760-765-2072. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in October. Open: Saturday and Sunday, October 4th and 5 Thursday, 2008 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Payment: Cash, only. U-Pick Apples located nearby - Peacefield Orchard, 3803 Wynola Road, 760-765-0530. GAF2016-Poster-Dated-800x744
  • Sonoma County Gravenstein Apple Fair - mid August 
    Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone: (707) 837-8896 - Message Returned Promptly. Email: [email protected]. The 43rd Gravenstein Apple Fair will be held on August 13th and 14th, 2016 under the shade of majestic oaks in Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Join us for a weekend of old-fashioned fun. There's something for everyone: live music on 2 stages, arts & crafts vendors, excellent local food, wine, cider & beer, contests & activities, children's corner, chef's tent, artisan cheese tent, do-it-yourself tent, life on the farm arena and of course our famous heirloom Gravenstein apples.

  • Springville Apple Festival - the third weekend in October,
    Springville, CA. Phone: (559) 202-6904. Email: [email protected].  Sponsored by the Springville Community Club in mid-October, the Apple Festival is a family oriented, non-profit, alcohol and drug free event that attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year. The Festival consists of over 200 booths. Craft booths are juried to ensure quality merchandise, selling handcrafted, hand-embellished arts and crafts items. Food booths offer a large variety of choices. Entertainment consists of; Music, kid's games, carnival-type rides and clowns. The Festival has activities for all age groups; (UPDATED: February 09, 2017)

Farm Apple Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals.  See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too.  Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

  • Apple Butter Festival at Riley's at Los Rios Rancho - Event dates: Thanksgiving weekend, from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. each day.
    39611 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen. Phone: (909) 797-1005. Contact: Devon Riley, email: [email protected]. Directions: Take the Yucaipa Blvd. exit from I.S. 10; turn left on Oak Glen Road and follow the signs near the crest of the hill to Riley's at Los Rios Rancho.  The Apple Butter Festival is free to the public and includes a hands-on demonstration of apple butter making the old-time way, outdoor pioneer games, music, carriage rides, and more. Saturday's events include the "Lighting of the Ranch" at dusk, when the giant pines at the entrance will be illuminated to welcome in the Christmas season. Guests are invited to make apple garlands and popcorn strings to help deck out the ranch for the holidays. An old-fashioned hoedown (tickets required) Saturday night will feature music by the Riley's Mountaineer Band.

Related Apple Information: Freezing, Making Jam, Jelly, Canning, Apple Pies, Recipes and More

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Recipes and Canning directions

 

For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!