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Yosemite and Mariposa, CA Festivals

A truly friendly, lively place, quickly becoming known as the Festival Capital of California, Mariposa, CA hosts nearly 100 festivals and community events each year! Nestled among natural monuments, vineyards and historic Gold Rush landmarks, Mariposa County is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettably good time.

Mariposa, CA-Yosemite Festivals Include:

January-February
Chef's Holiday at The Ahwahnee

Featuring some of the world's most innovative and acclaimed chefs. Each session features a "Meet the Chefs" reception, cooking classes and demonstrations, behind-the-scenes kitchen tours, and the five-course Chefs' Holidays Gala Dinner.

Nordic Holiday Annual Ski Race
Badger Pass celebrates cross-country skiing each year with their fabulous Nordic Holiday Race. The two-day event includes an 18K classic, downhill telemark and 38K free-style events. Whether you're a competitive XC skier, or just someone who'd like to meet other XC skiers, stop by and join in the fun.

March
Annual Mariposa Storytelling Festival
World-renowned storytellers invade Mariposa and the surrounding area to the delight of area residents and storytelling fans from far and wide. Events are held all weekend long and include concerts, puppets, pantomime and, of course, award-winning storytelling.

April
Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Performance

Presenting the gamut of composers and periods from the Baroque to contemporary world premieres, the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra (under Founder/Conductor Les Marsden) has featured internationally known guest soloists.

Civil War Reenactment
Commemorating Civil War figure John C. Fremont, and the location of his 44,386 acre Las Mariposas Land Grant, the Las Mariposas Civil War Days are held on the actual site of this grant on over 60 acres of Longs' Mariposa Ranch, in the historical town of Mariposa, CA.

A Weekend in the Country, The Bi-Annual Agri-Nature Trail (also in September)
Discover the hidden treasures of Mariposa County with a tour that includes 10-12 local destinations featuring specialized gardens, wineries, artisanal food producers, handmade crafts and heirloom livestock.

April-May
Mariposa Butterfly Festival
Mariposa celebrates its namesake at the Annual Butterfly Festival—a fun-filled family weekend highlighting the work of local science classes who cultivate and then release live butterflies to kick off the festival. An old-fashioned community parade and the Butterfly Hat Contest are just a few of the many highlights.

May
The City of Coulterville's Annual Coyote Howl
The 25th anniversary of this family event features hilarious contests, a parade, vendor booths, Zydeco music, and a car show all in historic Coulterville in the heart of the 49'er Gold Rush territory.

Rotary Fine Art & Wine Festival
Outstanding, award-winning Sierra Foothill wineries present new vintages, hearty and rich red wines of many varieties.

For more information, visit www.homeofyosemite.com