National Orange Show Festival in Riverside is one of the
most celebrated, fun events of the year. Held annually in May, usually on
Memorial Day Weekend, it includes pig races, a fairway with carnival rides,
funnel cakes, lemonade, hot dogs, great food, orange drinks, mariachis, live
bands, games and entertainment and fun for all ages.
Usually a four-day event, the first day of
admission is sometimes free, and there are special promotions for other days.
Operated by NOS Events, the organization that holds this annual festival hosts a
number of events throughout the year on the festival grounds. Other popular
events held at this venue annually is the Pacific Rim International Wine
Competition, and Holiday Tree Light Ceremony. The organization rents the event
space for conferences, shows and sporting events and has an 11,000 car park
For the four day festival, there are home
arts and shopper pavilions much like a county fair. Model trains, home
products, crafts, a petting zoo, circus tent, band stage with entertainment all
day long and 120 acres of activities await attendees. One of the previous
popular contests is the competition for dogs to catch the flying Frisbee.
Location: Arrowhead Avenue between Mill
Street and Orange Show Road adjacent to I-215 near the Inland Center Mall in
Riverside, CA. Cost: $10 (approx) - free for kids 5 and under. Parking ranges
from $5-10. nationalorangeshow.com
Can't make this festival?
are many other May festivals and
fairs in California.