Fruit Frenzy: Summer Fruit Festivals in Southern California

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Village Green Park

May 24-27, 2024

Its a four-day berry bonanza! The beloved Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is back for its 64th year. Enjoy a fun-filled celebration that honors Garden Grove’s rich agricultural history and the iconic strawberry.

Here’s some highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • Strawberry Shortcake Opening Ceremony: Kick off the festival on Friday at 6pm with a sweet celebration and get a free piece of cake!
  • Live Entertainment: Enjoy performances from local bands and artists in the Amphitheater.
  • Family-Friendly Attractions: Carnival rides, games, and contests for all ages.
  • Strawberry Festival Parade: Don’t miss the grand parade featuring local celebrities, marching bands, equestrians, and more.



California Watermelon Festival

Hamsen Dam Soccer Fields
11480 Foothill Blvd., Lakeview Terrace

June 22-23, 2024
Tickets: $14-20

Enjoy a sweet slice of California! This all-you-can-eat California Watermelon Festival started in the early 60s and has evolved into one of the most vibrant, creative watermelon-themed celebration!

  • Savor the Flavor: Watermelon funnel cake, watermelon ice cream, watermelon tamales, watermelon kettle corn, even deep fried watermelon, and more.
  • Costume Contest: Don’t miss this because participants are always insanely creative.
  • Watermelon Carvings
  • Dino Encounters
  • Car Show
  • Live Performances

There’s also carnival rides and a Kids’ Zone with:

  • Melon-dramatic children’s theater
  • Butterfly Exhibit
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pony Rides
  • Bubble Parties
  • Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Kid’s Carnival Rides
  • Meet & Greets with WedgieMelony
  • and more!


Old World Plum Fest

Old World Huntington Beach

Sunday, August 25, 2024

The Plum Festival originated in 1995 at Old World Huntington Beach, as a heartfelt tribute to Dolores R. Bischof, the “First Lady of Old World Village” and Grandmother Elly who was renowned for her “Pflaumenkuchen” (Plum Cake). The festival now features live music, performances, and a special plum menu including plum cake, plum crepes, plum-infused drinks, berliners (small donuts), and more.



Fruit Festivals Beyond LA & Orange County


Vista Strawberry Festival

Vista’s Main Street Historical Area

May 26, 2024

Kick off this sweet day with the Strawberry Run, then enjoy the kids zone, SDFC Chrome Ball Tour soccer activation, SnoFoam Fire Truck experience, plus contests, rides, and more.


Beaumont Cherry Festival

Noble Creek Regional Park
290 Oak Valley Pkwy, Beaumont

May 30-31 & June 1-2, 2024
Tickets:$ 10-18

The Beaumont Cherry Festival celebrates over 100 years of cherry-growing history. There’s carnival rides, games, live music, parade, car show, contests, food vendors, and the Cherry Pit (kids zone)!


Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Downtown Chula Vista’s Third Avenue

August 17, 2024

This annual citrus celebration pays tribute to Chula Vista’s rich agricultural history. Enjoy live music, photo ops, lemon cook-off competition, vendors, and more.




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