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Galt Strawberry Festival: Northern California's Sweetest Spring Event

Galt’s exception local events, Mediterranean climate, and location halfway between Sacramento and Stockton make it the perfect destination when planning a Northern California getaway. The city is ideal for outdoor adventures with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Brannan Island State Recreation Area in close proximity. From tours of historic Brewster House (built in 1869) to kayaking down the Cosumnes River, Galt has activities for everyone.


The Galt Strawberry Festival has been a mainstay in Northern California since it began 23 years ago. It will take place May 20-21, at Veterans Field within the Galt Sports Complex. The event is a celebration of the community and all things strawberry. Attendees will encounter Strawberry Row, a marketplace full of strawberry-themed items and multiple vendors selling strawberry flavored foods and treats. The Classic Car Show will feature a collection of preserved and restored cars and trucks from yesteryear. The Kids Zone has a variety of games and activities for all ages. Live entertainment performers include Frisbee Dogs, music, Battle of the Chefs, and more. We got to interview Vickie Hopkins, a representative for the event, to learn more about this Northern California festival.  


RAL: How long has the event been running?   

VH: This will be the 23rd year for the Galt Strawberry Festival.  


RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?

VH: Our festival continually gains notoriety across Northern California. We expect to see between 20,000-25,000 attendees this year.


RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?

VH: The festival is perfect for all ages. We see families, couples, and groups of friends.


RAL: What makes this event unique?

VH: We are all about the strawberry. Guests will find a variety of strawberry-themed entertainment, merchandise, and more. In our Strawberry Alley, we feature a variety of strawberry flavored desserts, drinks, and libations.


RAL: Take me through the activities of a day at the event.

VH: Here is a short breakdown:

  • Opening Ceremonies

  • Bands/Groups

  • Dancers

  • Children’s Pageant

  • Dog Show

  • Aerial Assault Extreme Team

  • Battle of the Chefs

  • Carnival

  • Dancing Horses


RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?

VH: Yes, we will have Michael Beck Band, Frisbee Dogs, Aerial Assault Extreme Entertainment, Latin Magic, Dancing Horses, and Johnston Amusements.


RAL: What food options will attendees encounter?

VH: The food vendors will sell a variety of strawberry items as well as corn dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn, Mexican food, and more.


RAL: What is the environment is like?

VH: It’s a family friendly environment, where everyone is encouraged to join us.


RAL: Are there any lodging specials that are set up specifically for the event?

VH: We have two fabulous hotels: Best Western Galt and Galt Comfort Inn. They will be having lodging specials for this event.


RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?

VH: Definitely, we see a spike in sales at hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and shops.   


RAL: Why should people come to your event?

VH: This is the perfect event to show visitors what our community is all about. The festival is built on family dedication, community unity, family fun, and creating memories for all attendees.  

For more information about the Galt Strawberry Festival, please visit the festival website.