Ticket Now Available

Monterey County, CA — The Monterey County Fairgrounds and Events Center is excited to announce the return of the Artichoke Festival on June 8th and 9th, 2024. This year’s theme, “Where Fun Blossoms,” promises a weekend full of diverse entertainment, culinary adventures, and unique experiences.


What’s New This Year

Tickets on Sale:

Tickets for the festival are available for purchase at app.gopassage.com/events/2024-artichoke-festival/.

Friday Night Comedy:

Begin your festival experience with “Thistle Be Funny,” a night of laughter and joy featuring top comedians. Adult Comedy Show Passes are priced at $35.00 each.

Prince Tribute Band Performance:

Prepare for an electrifying musical tribute that will captivate all attendees.


Festival Highlights:

Family Fun Zone, Culinary Bazaar, Treasure Trove:

A perfect blend of family activities, gourmet food, and unique shopping experiences awaits.

Vineyard Oasis:

Indulge in exquisite wines from around California.

Showtime Extravaganza:

Enjoy a diverse lineup of performances across various genres.

Chef’s Showcase:

Witness artichoke-themed culinary demonstrations by top chefs.



Ticket Information:

General Admission Adult (13+ years):

Priced at $20.00 for one day (either Saturday, June 8 or Sunday, June 9).

General Admission Seniors (62+) and Military Personnel:

Discounted tickets available at $15.00 for one day.

General Admission Child (6-12 years):

Children’s tickets are priced at $10.00 for one day.

Wine Tasting (21 and over):

Priced separately and available for either Saturday or Sunday.

Special Ticket Packages:

Family Pack:

Includes admission for two adults and two children, priced at $50.00 (Save $10).
It’s A Date: Includes two adult general admissions and two wine tasting passes, priced at $80.00 (Save $10).


Join Us: Don’t miss out on this year’s Artichoke Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds and Events Center.

Book your tickets now and prepare for a festival where fun truly blossoms!

Tickets can be purchased at www.artichokefestival.org.

About the Artichoke Festival

California’s artichoke history began in 1922 when the first artichoke shoots were planted in Castroville. Today, more than nine decades later, nearly 100 percent of America’s fresh artichoke supply is grown in California and nearly two-thirds is grown in the small town of Castroville.

The first Artichoke Festival was held in 1959 under the sponsorship of the Marinovich Marching Units, with the assistance of the Castroville Rod and Gun Club. In 1961 it was a joint venture of the Marinovich Marching Units and the Castroville Chamber of Commerce to produce a larger festival, and Sally DeSante was chosen as the first Artichoke Queen. In 1963, 1964 and 1965 it was solely sponsored by the Castroville Chamber of Commerce under the direction of the Artichoke Festival Board with Bill Price, one of the originators of the festival idea.

For many years now the Artichoke Festival has been an independent 501C3 nonprofit organization know as the Castroville Artichoke Festival, Inc. run by the board of directors.