In 1986, the California Avocado Festival was incorporated as a non-profit public corporation to conduct an annual festival for the enjoyment of the people of the State, for the promotion of avocados, for the funding of community projects and the development of tourism within the Carpinteria Valley.
Over the years the California Avocado Festival has become known as "AvoFest" by the locals. Each year over 100 community volunteers tirelessly work to produce California's largest free festival. Their efforts are rewarded in knowing they are supporting all of the non-profits that partner with the festival. The funds raised by the local non profits go to support many worthwhile causes.
Year after year Carpinterians eagerly anticipate the arrival of the first full weekend in October which is now commonly referred to as AvoFest Weekend. It is the weekend that citizens of our community, local government, community service clubs, businesses and non-profits get together and host over 100,000 visitors to our precious paradise. Together we showcase our community spirit, our beautiful community from the orchards to the ocean, and enjoy partaking in the Avocado.
This family event is open to all except the canine set. Admission is free. Enjoy the festival's food court with over 30 food booths, three stages of music and entertainment, a children's block party with games and activities, over 60 arts and crafts vendors, commercial market place, best guacamole contest, the Avocado Expo Tent, and the world's largest vat of guacamole. Please join us on Linden Avenue and experience Carpinteria and avocados at their very best.
The Rods & Roses Premier Car show also showcases beautiful local flowers, takes place on Linden Avenue. The Classic Car Show features over 140 pre-1979 American classic cars. Since this is held in Carpinteria (home of many cut flower growers) this unique event also offers flowers and bouquets for sale to benefit local non-profits.
A Friday night Kick-off BBQ (for sponsors and drivers only) is hosted by the Carpinteria Lions Club, followed by an old-fashioned "cruise" through Carpinteria. Watch downtown Carpinteria around 8pm when the rumbling begins!
Rods & Roses started on July 25, 1998 when Amtrak celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Carpinteria platform with live music, about 20 classic cars, and a souvenir t-shirt. Today there are over 140 classic cars along Linden Avenue, locally grown flowers and "Mr. Indy 500," Andy Granatelli, as Celebrity Grand Marshal.
Proceeds from the event benefit Carp Cares for Youth, a local grass roots organization working to support local youth and families by collaborating with City, County, School District and other agencies to provide social and mental health services within the community of Carpinteria. Thanks to Rods and Roses, Carp Cares is able to help fund the START program, which places school-based counselors at each site in the district.
The car show ends at 3:30pm, followed by the Independence Celebration Parade down Linden Avenue at 5pm. Enjoy the day and the excitement of a small coastal community celebrating the Independence Holiday.
Click on Community Calendar for current festival dates.