For these California Arts Council web pages, "Arts Festivals" are events that feature multiple artists and/or multiple organizations; recur on a monthly, annual or biannual basis; and celebrate the arts and culture in our state - music, theater, dance, literature, visual arts, film, history, food, fairs, spoken word, storytelling, ethnic-specific celebrations, and other cultural festivities.
An "Arts Festival" may be organized by one or more organization(s), state or local government(s) and/or individual(s). Multiple events sponsored by one entity (such as a performing arts presenter's season of offerings) or festivals featuring only one organization are not included in this listing. All festivals must have at least some element of arts programming to be considered for inclusion in these pages. The California Arts Council reserves the right to not post a festival submission.
Through the years, the public constantly had been asking the California Arts Council if it had a "list of arts and cultural festivals in the state." The volume of those calls made us realize the need for this type of information to be available in a handy form for the public. Please note that the site is ever changing as we receive additional festival listings. Consider listing your festival or offer corrections to your listing if it is already on the site. In addition, please email your suggestions on the database or .