About Festival


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Artichoke Festival Kickoff

April 24, 2016 Kick-Off Classic Car Show and Joseph N. Micheli, Sr. Memorial Parade. Our sanctioned parade is one of the largest and most colorful of it’s kind.
Castroville, CA

Artichoke Festival

Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
June 4 & 5, 2016
Monterey County Fair & Event Center

2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey, CA 93940

Hours Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm; Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission Tickets are on sale online, or at the fairgrounds ticket booths during festival hours:
$12 – Adults, Festival both days;
$7 – Active Military, Seniors (62+), and Children (4-12);
Children 3 and under – Free, Festival both days
(All admission tickets are nonrefundable.)

  • AGRO ART Competition: AGRO art is 3-dimensional fruit and vegetable artwork. This quirky competition fosters imagination, creativity and fun for both participants and the viewing public.
  • MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Two days of live music and acts on our Family Stage.
  • CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Games, face paints, clowns, puppets and more!
  • FOOD: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup. Plus foods from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character.
  • COOKING DEMOS: The area’s finest showcase the versatility and unique techniques for preparing and using artichokes.
  • WINE & BEER TASTING: Sample the best from the area’s award winning producers.
  • ARTS & CRAFTS: Unique gifts and apparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country. Plus artichoke souvenirs galore!
  • FARMERS MARKET: Artichokes and more, fresh from the heart of the salad bowl.
  • FIELD TOURS: Hop a bus to the artichoke patch for grower talks and photo ops.

Please No Pets or Firearms

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