The Lodi Grape Festival celebrates the diverse agricultural heritage of San Joaquin County, California. As the festival name suggests, the farming area around the town of Lodi is well-known for its vineyards and their cultivation of luscious grapes.
The Lodi Festival itself is famous for its grape stomping contests, and grape mural competitions; complex billboard-sized entries, depicting unique themes, rendered entirely in bunches of varicolored fresh grapes. In addition to the murals, visitors can enjoy every agricultural and creative blue-ribbon competition imaginable including produce, photography, painting, quilting, sculpting, flowers, pickles, pies and of course grapes!
Since its founding back in 1934 as a celebration to mark the end of prohibition, this popular fall festival has also strived to inform and educate about the area's rich agricultural history and outstanding products. Visitors will find fascinating group exhibits from 4-H Clubs, the Future Farmers of America, the Boy Scouts, and the Grange Association, just to name a few.
The Grape Festival motto of "a whole bunch of fun" sums up the family oriented county fair atmosphere, with guaranteed fun for the entire clan. The carnival midway offers thrilling amusement rides for the family's entertainment. Foodies will relish the assorted fair treats and tantalizers found in abundance at the Lodi festival, with everything from corn dogs, to funnel cakes, with liberal opportunities to sample excellent local wine.
Lodi's Grape Festival also features an art show and nonstop entertainment with everything from a ventriloquist to magic shows, from local bands to well-known, headlining guests. There are pig races, where young and old can cheer on their favorite porker, a petting zoo for all ages, and even a reptile exhibit. The Lodi Grape Festival is an old-fashioned county fair that offers every visitor a true slice of Americana; one made even tastier by the region's unique flavor.