MONTEREY, Calif., Mar. 25, 2020 — The Artichoke Festival’s mission has always centered around connecting people through a unique, family-oriented
celebration — while giving back to the communities it serves.

In these uncertain days, however, the idea of connecting people takes on new meaning. In light of the current crisis surrounding COVID-19, and in the interest of public health and safety, the Artichoke Festival has moved the annual summer celebration from May 30-31 to Aug. 8-9, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Monterey.

The Artichoke Festival will honor any tickets purchased by patrons for the May event, and prices and ticket packages will remain the same for new guests.

Held continuously since 1959, the festival celebrates the harvest of California’s state vegetable and the region that has become known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Over the years, the festival became a primary source of funding for local nonprofits that depend upon a successful event for their viability.

The festival has added Donate Now buttons to its website at (, with 100 percent of all donations given to the following charity partners: Monterey County Food Bank; Manzanita Youth Playground; Monterey County PAL; Meals on Wheels – Salinas; Monterey County Agricultural Education, Inc.

Moving forward, the Artichoke Festival will continue to follow recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with local health agencies, in planning the Aug. 8-9 event.

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