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California plays a leading role in numerous fields. From music to entertainment to the state fair, there's much to see and do at must-see events in California throughout the year. The music festival Coachella's attendees claim it's life-changing – at least for a few days! California is also the epicenter of Comic-Con, a global event that attracts some of the biggest names in entertainment. And the world's biggest country music festival? That takes place right here in sunny California, too.

Events in California: Top Accommodations

House Rio del Mar
Mar 4 - Mar 11
$461 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Lovely Vacation Home in Rio Del Mar with Patio + Ocean Views

4.6
Excellent (23 ratings)
Rio del Mar, Santa Cruz County, California
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Cottage Sea Ranch
May 17 - May 24
-60%
$633
$256 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Sea Ranch with Sauna, Grill & Patio

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, California
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House Gualala
May 11 - May 18
$368 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Gualala with Grill + Panoramic Views

4.9
Outstanding (15 ratings)
Gualala, Mendocino County, California
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The Best Family-Friendly Events in California

The Best Family-Friendly Events in California

Meet a cast of characters at must-see events in California, from your favorite superhero to dancing dragons. Children will be enthralled at this state's many options for a day out with the family.

  • 1. Comic-Con San Diego

    Enter a magical world and meet all your favorite Marvel characters at California's massive July comic convention. Based in San Diego, the event sponsors local platforms for art and culture. Enjoy games of all kinds, anime and indie films, plus the comic industry's Oscars, the Will Eisner Awards. Take part in a masquerade competition and let the kids spot their favorite celebrities at this major convention.

  • 2. California State Fair (in Sacramento)

    Held at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California's state fair offers a cornucopia of children's entertainment and is a superb insight into local history and culture. A permanent monorail system whisks you from fairground ride to fairground ride, and there are four separate trams — as you can imagine, there is much to see and do here. Competitions, live music, and plenty of California cuisine attract almost a million visitors a year.

  • 3. Golden Dragon Parade

    Bright, 100-foot dragons dance above this parade that fills Los Angeles' North Broadway every January. Celebrating Chinese New Year has been a Californian tradition for over a century. The event attracts a throng of more than 100,000 people, who come for fireworks, martial arts demonstrations, and music. It's an unforgettable sight for young and old.

Best Places to Stay for Events in California

House Pasadena
Aug 13 - Aug 20
-35%
$972
$630 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 6 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Pasadena with Grill, Yard & Patio

4.1
Very good (13 ratings)
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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House Pasadena
Mar 23 - Mar 30
$155 per night
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Beautiful Vacation Home in Pasadena with Free Parking + Beautiful View

4.9
Outstanding (13 ratings)
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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House Pasadena
Jun 1 - Jun 8
$630 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Pasadena with Outdoor Garden

4.9
Outstanding (23 ratings)
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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California's Best Sporting Events

California's Best Sporting Events

Get your cheer on at California's sporting events. Roll into the Rosebowl with thousands of other fans to see one of football's most famous events, or join the crowds cheering for speeding cyclists competing in the Amgen Tour.

  • 1. Rosebowl

    Known as "The Grandaddy of Them All," the Rosebowl is the oldest, if not the biggest, of college football games. It has attracted more spectators than any other college football game since its inception in 1945, when it was moved to Durham, North Carolina for the year. The event is responsible for the stadium where it's played being designated a National Historic Landmark, lending an air of sanctity to this pivotal annual New Year's Day game.

  • 2. Amgen Tour

    The world's best cyclists roll into California for one of the biggest events in the sport. Covering some 700 miles and some of the state's most famous sights, the race lasts for eight days, animating the major cities through which it passes. Why not trail its participants through giant redwoods, wine country, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Pacific coast? Look out for the lead rider's yellow jersey, a reference to the California Gold Rush.

  • 3. NASCAR races

    Kick your vacation into fifth gear with a head-spinning trip to the races at the Auto Club Speedway. IndyCar races are a quirky alternative to speed freakery. March sees the Auto Club 400 weekend, a heart-thumping heat of races to which fans return year after year.

Recommended Accommodations for Events in California

Cottage Mission Beach
Apr 10 - Apr 17
-50%
$368
$183 per night
Cottage ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Charming Cottage in Mission Beach with Large Patio

4.2
Very good (28 ratings)
Mission Beach, San Diego, California, United States
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Condo Village of La Jolla
Apr 19 - Apr 26
-52%
$436
$211 per night
Condo ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Sunny Condo in Village Of La Jolla with Grill + Coastline Views

3.7
Good (24 ratings)
Village of La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States
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House Mission Beach
Jan 11 - Jan 18
-50%
$757
$381 per night
House ∙ 9 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Mission Beach with Private Balcony + Spectacular View + Beach Nearby

4.4
Very good (58 ratings)
Mission Beach, San Diego, California, United States
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The Best Music Events in California

The Best Music Events in California

Being home to the Beach Boys, the state offers up a roster of music festivals for locals and visitors alike.

  • 1. Coachella Festival

    You're likely familiar with this annual April music festival thanks to every celeb's social media feed. Against a backdrop of dramatic desert, art installations and sculptures create a mirage-like feel at this indie festival featuring a who's who of musical artists. Be sure to get tickets in advance!

  • 2. Stagecoach Festival

    Country music has found a spiritual home at Stagecoach, the world's biggest festival dedicated to the genre. With performers spanning folk, bluegrass, and roots rock, there's no better place to soak up the sounds of the South. Notable performers have included Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift, and Shania Twain, so there's something for everyone. Besides the music, California's best local dishes are also showcased over the course of this April weekend.

  • 3. Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

    San Francisco's biggest music event features some 60 top performers from across the globe alongside art installations. The event is star-studded, with the biggest acts in every genre drawing in 60,000 or so fans every day. Headliners have included Radiohead, Tenacious D, Al Green, Kanye West, and Solange Knowles.

Top Offers for Events in California

Apartment Alkali Flat
May 11 - May 18
$140 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Rental Apartment in Alkali Flat

Alkali Flat, Sacramento, California, United States
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House Sunrise Greens
Jan 4 - Jan 11
$200 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Sunrise Greens with Large Pool

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Sunrise Greens, Sacramento, California, United States
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House Curtis Park
May 11 - May 18
-35%
$491
$320 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Curtis Park with Private Pool

5.0
Outstanding (16 ratings)
Curtis Park, Sacramento, California, United States
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Information about Must-See Events in California

📏 Average home size 184 m²
😎 Least busy month June
🛏️ Popular home types Apartment rental and House rental
🌡️ Hottest months 97 °F in July and August
❄️ Coldest months January and December
🌧️ Rainiest months 10 rainy days in March and December

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You can get a great vacation rental from $400 and find discounts up to 67%!

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