California’s state parks are great places to have a good time. Celebrations, parties and festivals take place in state parks year round. Throughout the state parks system, galas, fairs and festivals celebrate everything from nature, food, culture and the arts.

That's why CSPF thinks that California’s state parks are great places to ... "Be Festive."

While there are many to choose from, here are a few of the state parks where you can “Be Festive”:

  • Doheny State Beach: At the Doheny Surf Festival visitors can view classic surf woodies, vintage surfboards and participate in educational and interactive activities.
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park: Historical re-enactments, crafts, live music and dance are just some of the festivities at the Fort Ross Festival which celebrates the Kashaya, Russian, and Ranch era people
  • Morro Bay State Park: The wind is just right at this park for the annual Morro Bay Kite Festival, where people of all ages gather to enjoy kite flying.
  • Natural Bridges State Beach: Each fall the butterfly season officially kicks off with Welcome Back Monarchs Day, which includes parades, live music and a costume contest.
  • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park: At the annual Folklorico competition, children and adults perform their best dances, with the final winners participating in the parks Cinco De Mayo festivities.
  • Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park: During the Mole & Mariachi Festival local chefs prepare mole (a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate) that are judged by event attendees and a panel of local celebrity judges.
California State Parks Foundation

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