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Experience the Magic of Madera County: A Year-Round Festival of Fun in the Heart of California

Welcome to the enchanting world of Madera County and the Southern Yosemite Region, where you can discover unforgettable experiences far beyond breathtaking landscapes and outdoor adventures. Our calendar is brimming with events that promise something for everyone. Let's explore the wondrous experiences awaiting you in the heart of California.


  • Earth Day Celebrations: Embrace your green side at the Earth Day Celebrations at Yosemite Village in Yosemite National Park. The region takes pride in its eco-friendly endeavors, and this event reflects that commitment.

  • Raymond Parade: The Raymond Parade has embodied community spirit for over 30 years! This small town with a big heart celebrates on the third Saturday of April with a parade, food, games, and entertainment.

Bear figures carved from wood.

  • Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous: Marvel at the intricate craftsmanship at the Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous. This event showcases the artistic talent of the region. After all, Oakhurst is known as “The Carved Bear Capital of the World.”


  • Coarsegold Rodeo: The first weekend in May is all about the Coarsegold Rodeo, a thrilling showcase of rodeo skills and cowboy culture.

Barrel Racing at the Coarsegold Rodeo, Western, Cowgirl, Horses

  • Bass Lake Fishing Derby: Cast your line at the Bass Lake Fishing Derby and try to catch the big one for a grand prize of $10K!

  • Chowchilla-Madera County Fair: The Chowchilla-Madera County Fair is a delightful blend of agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, and entertainment.

  • Coarsegold Peddler's Fair: Discover unique treasures at the Coarsegold Peddler's Fair, where vendors showcase their wares, from crafts to antiques.

  • Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show: Sail back in time at the Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show. Admire the beauty and craftsmanship of these timeless vessels.

Timeless wooden boats on the calm morning water of Bass Lake. Tall pine trees in background.

  • Yosemite Half Marathon: Lace up your running shoes for the Yosemite Half Marathon, a scenic race through the breathtaking landscape of Bass Lake in the Southern Yosemite Gateway.  


Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon - Swimmers

  • Music in the Meadow: Groove to the rhythm of music at the benefit dinner for the Coarsegold Historical Society. Live performances under the open sky provide an unforgettable afternoon.

  • Bass Lake Boat, Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show: Admire an array of classic boats, hot rods, and motorcycles at this captivating show.


  • Fireworks Shows: The skies light up in July with fireworks shows over the water of  Bass Lake and at the fairgrounds in Chowchilla and Madera. Don’t miss these dazzling patriotic celebrations!

Bass Lake, Fourth of July, 4th of July, Independence Day, Fireworks

  • Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree: Paying homage to Madera's deep-rooted connection with the lumber industry. This event is a testament to the region's historic ties to logging and the skilled lumberjacks who shaped its history. As a fun fact, the name "Madera" translates to "lumber" in Spanish.

Woman aims double sided ax above her head, fixed on a target.

  • Joaquín Murrieta Horse Pilgrimage: Delve into the fascinating legend of Joaquín Murrieta, an infamous outlaw, and his enduring impact on the region. This remarkable horse pilgrimage, which commenced in 1978, originally aimed to raise awareness of the challenges faced by field laborers. Over the years, it has evolved into a platform advocating for immigrant rights, social equity, and other pressing societal issues.


Man in full regalia, donning a feathered cape and crown.


  • Coarsegold Peddler's Antique & Collectable Show: Return to the Coarsegold Peddler's Fair for another round of exciting finds and unique goods.

  • Smokey Bear Run: Get your running shoes on again for the Smokey Bear Run, a race that supports wildfire prevention efforts.

Families run and walk down a mountain road.

  • Madera District Fair: The Madera District Fair is a delightful blend of agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, and live entertainment.

  • Oakhurst Mountain Heritage Day: Celebrate the rich heritage of Oakhurst at the Oakhurst Mountain Heritage Day, featuring cultural exhibits and interactive experiences.

  • South Shore Car & Boat Show: The South Shore Car & Boat Show showcases an array of stunning classic cars and beautiful boats.

Classic cars on display at Millers Landing in Bass Lake.


  • ARTober in Oakhurst: October brings ARTober in Oakhurst, a celebration of the arts that spotlights the region's creative talents.

  • Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour: Discover the diverse artistry of the Southern Yosemite Region on the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour.

Woman stands at easel in her art studio, surrounded by vibrant color and materials to create art.

  • Chukchansi Pow Wow: Experience the electrifying Chukchansi Pow Wow, a captivating celebration of Native American culture.

  • Coarsegold Tarantula Festival: Celebrate the quirky side of nature at the Coarsegold Tarantula Festival, a whimsical event featuring these eight-legged arachnids.

Hands allow a large, but gentle tarantula to rest upon them.

  • Oakhurst Fall Festival: Embrace the spirit of fall at the Oakhurst Fall Festival, a family-friendly celebration filled with fun and entertainment.

large shady tree with brightly colored foliage in foreground, vendor booths and visitors in background.


  • Madera Pomegranate, Fruit & Nut Festival: The first Saturday of November shines with a one-day festival to celebrate the region's bountiful harvest. There are vendors, kid's games, music, food demonstrations, and more pomegranate-themed fun than you ever dreamed possible.

Pomegranate Lemonade

  • Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade: The Saturday following Thanksgiving, the holiday season officially begins with the Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade. This festive tradition fills revilers with joy, wonder, and the season's spirit.

Santas two elves enjoying the holiday parade at The Pines Resort.


Christmas float in street parade with people bright festive lights and inflatables.

Ebenezer Scrooge on stage, pointing to the audience at The Golden Chain Theatre.

Historic home at Fresno Flast Historic Park decorated with evergreens and red bows for the holiday season.


  • Chowchilla Stampede & Cattle Drive: March kicks off with the thundering hooves of the Chowchilla Stampede & Cattle Drive. This exhilarating rodeo spectacle is a testament to the region's ranching heritage.

Man on horse leads a group of cattle down the main street.

Where Every Season Brings New Adventures and Lasting Memories!

As the year draws to a close, it's clear that every month here is a celebration of life, culture, and nature. Our annual events highlight the region's diverse beauty and heritage. But keep in mind this list is just the beginning! There are hundreds of big and small events throughout the year to explore.

From the exhilarating rodeos and marathons to the serene art trails and cultural pow wows, Madera County is a destination where memories are made. Join us throughout the year, and let's create unforgettable moments together!

Our annual Visit Yosemite | Madera County Visitors Guide can answer all your questions about visiting California's Gateway to Yosemite. From the park itself to the museums, wineries, art galleries and more throughout Madera County, our guide can help you plan the perfect vacation. Please note that we mail to the USA only, but anyone can download the guide.
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