Events

The Highway 120 Adventure is a cooperative joint venture to promote travel and tourism on the Highway 120 corridor, the Northern Gateway to Yosemite, by presenting the best that the entire Highway 120 route has to offer as a multi faceted attraction for the public/visitor

All the members of The Highway 120 Adventure have wonderful year round events to offer to visitors and locals.  Below are a few featured events, for more detailed event calendar, please visit the Event pages listed.

MANTECA EVENTS
Being known as the Family City, you can count on Manteca to have events for the whole family.  For a list of all the Manteca events click here for the full event Calendar.

Manteca Crossroads Fair

Manteca Crossroads Faire – This is one of the top ranked faires in California with over 50,000 attendees yearly. You won’t want to miss the hand-made crafts, food, car show, entertainment, kids zone and over 300 vendors. Don’t miss the two days.

Manteca Pumpkin Fair

Manteca Pumpkin Fair - When summer ends and Fall rolls in the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis host the annual Pumpkin Fair.  Again, a very large event bringing over 30,000 attendees!  There is no admission to the family festivities, car show, 5K Fun Run and more. This event has 2 stages of entertainment, carnival rides, haunted houses, over 150 vendors and pumpkin events.  This event raises much needed dollars for local children related charities.  This year the event is expecting over 50,000 people.

Manteca Farmers Market

Manteca Farmers Market

Manteca’s Downtown Farmer’s Market - Every Tuesday June through August head out to Downtown Manteca to support the local farmers.  There’s some great food vendors and craft vendors as well as entertainment for the everyone to enjoy!  The Farmer’s Market is held every Tuesday June – August, 4:30pm – 7:30pm.

 

ESCALON EVENTS
Escalon has events year round that are appealing to all ages, below are a few of the highlighted event.  For a list of all the Escalon events click here for the full event Calendar.

Escalon Wine Stroll

Wine Stroll - This event is one of the favorite Escalon annual events!  Guests are treated to classic cars, raffles and a treasure chest, great food and of course all the wines!  The Wine Stroll is an annual events that is scheduled in Spring (end of April, Early May).

Escalon Park Fete

Park Fete - This a great walk/run to participate in!  The courses are 2-mile flat, paved city streets and 10K course is paved streets and country roads.  There are awards 3 levels deep in all divisions.  The event also includes a parade and is a great event for all ages!  The Park Fete event is scheduled in July yearly.

Escalon Christmas on Main

Christmas on Main - This is a wonderfully traditional event that brings out the good, wholesome feelings of a small town where everyone would want to spend the holidays.  The event includes roasting marshmallows by the campfire, Parade of Lights and the arrival of everyone’s favorite, Santa Claus!  Escalon Christmas on Main events take place in December.

 

OAKDALE EVENTS
Oakdale has events year round that are appealing to all ages, below are a few of the highlighted events. For a list of all the Oakdale events click here for the full event Calendar.

Oakdale Rodeo

Oakdale Rodeo - This event is a fast-paced crowd pleasing professional rodeo featuring world champion cowboys and stock for over 60 years. The mission is to promote rodeo and the western way of life, presented by Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.

Oakdale Chocolate Festival

Oakdale Chocolate Festival- Who doesn’t love a festival dedicated to chocolate?!  The festival includes over 200 vendors, arts & craft, Chocolate Avenue (fudges, truffles, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cheese cake, etc.),  a variety of food to satisfy everyone and kids rides, a petting zoo and great music from local bands on 3 stages!  Come out for the treats, music and fun.

Oakdale Climbers Festival

Oakdale Climbers Festival - This event is in honor of the preservation of the history of climbing, presented by the climbers themselves.  Each year features a different topic and come with new information and new presenters.  There’s some great vendors showcasing their latest gear.  enjoy the speakers, meet some fellow climbers and still have time to head into Yosemite and get some climb time in!  

 

GROVELAND EVENTS
Groveland has events year round that are appealing to all ages, below are a few of the highlighted events. For a list of all the Groveland events click here for the full event Calendar.

49er Festival and Chili Cook-Off

49er Festival and Chili Cook Off - Kids activities, exhibits, demonstrations and  a good time for all!!  Slight cost, at the park – Chili tasting kits, vendors with wares & food, dunk tank, kids games with prizes, live and silent auctions and so much more!!

 

Living History Day

Living History Day - This is an interactive living history day.  Attendees can participate in gold panning, candle dipping, weaving, spinning, quilting, rope making, pine needle basketry and butter churning.  As well, many activities will be demonstrated such as soap making, braiding rugs and early American hooking.  Crafts will be available for purchase by many participants!  Come enjoy the activities, food, music and storytelling.  It’s free admission and the whole family will have fun!  In the Courtyard of the Groveland Yosemite National Park Gateway Museum in Downtown Groveland.

Mountain Sage Music Series

Mountain Sage Music Series - You can see a variety of bands and are guaranteed to hear some great music!  Bring a blanket or chairs for seating in the garden amphitheater, food and refreshments are available on site.  For more information on the bands, click here 

 

LEE VINING EVENTS
Lee Vining has events year round that are appealing to all ages, below are a few of the highlighted events. For a list of all the Lee Vining events click here for the full event Calendar.

Lee Vining Annual Bird Chautauqua

Annual Bird Chautauqua - The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is not your ordinary bird festival.  Three days of birds, science, art music and field trips including walks and workshops involving trees and wildflowers, bugs and butterflies, writing and poetry, sketching and art, storytelling and photography, kayaking and canoeing, even crafts and kids events too.  Over 180 different bird species have been spotted during this event in past years and Mono Basin is a haven for bird watchers.  The festival ends with a picnic and free concert at Mono Lake County Park, featuring a bird calling contest, live music and a barbeque lunch fundraiser.  This event is a great opportunity to get out in nature and educate the whole family.

 

Labor Day Weekend Bike and Run

Labor Day Bike & Run -  The Fall Century 102 Mile Ride ride was chosen as a “Top-Ten Century” bike ride by Bicycling Magazine (June 2012) for its “Jaw-Dropping Vistas. The Tioga Pass Run which is 3,200 feet of elevation gain over a 12.4-mile-long course along the shoulder of one of the most scenic highways in the country. Proceeds from the run benefit the Mono Lake Committee.

The 11th Annual Ghosts of The Sagebrush Tour

The 11th Annual Ghosts of Sagebrush Tour - Experience 19th Century in the Mono Basin with a dinner and “visit” from John Muir on Friday Aug and enjoy a tour of historic sites with historians, several authors, and local old-timers speaking about the 19th Century history topics for this area including two actor portrayals of John Muir and the young Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens back then) who both visited Mono Lake in the 19th Century; Muir is our Friday evening dinner speaker and Twain will show up during our lunch stop at a historic homestead site during the Saturday tour.” David Carle, President, Mono Basin Historical Society.