Suisun Valley Passport Sunday
April 12, 2015
With "passports" in hand, travel from one winery to the next and experience the food, wine and beauty of this vibrant yet tranquil valley.
This popular spring event in Suisun Valley showcases the wines of the region to enthusiasts from Solano County and beyond. Attendees are invited to spend the afternoon traveling from one winery to the next, tasting unique Suisun Valley wines, sampling foods from an array of area restaurants and farmers, and collecting stamps on their passports while socializing with family and friends.
For new and returning visitors, getting around the area is easy and enjoyable, as the Suisun Valley "loop" is located just minutes from I-80 in Fairfield. The wine makers are known for being approachable and enjoy sharing stories about how they craft their wines. Expect to see them all on Passport Sunday, pouring behind the bar or from a barrel in their cellar. Must be 21 or over.
Jelly Belly Visitors Center Anniversary Celebration
This free event celebrates Jelly Belly's popular visitors center in Fairfield. Some of the many activities include carnival games and rides, free tours and sampling, and arts and crafts.
Visitors of all ages are invited to join in the many festivities at the Jelly Belly Factory as the visitors center celebrates its anniversary in Fairfield. The two-day weekend event features carnival rides, arts and crafts, midway games, local entertainment and more. Admission is free and so is parking. Although there is a fee to go on the rides, many of the other activities are free, including factory tours. There are also tastings of many delectable treats, such as the popular fudge, taffy and gourmet Jelly Belly jelly beans. Guests are also welcome to take part in the Chocolate & Wine Experience, where local Suisun Valley wines are paired with homemade chocolates.
Suisun Valley's Uncorked
June 20, 2015
Similar to Passport Sunday, Uncorked gives visitors a taste of the beautiful valley, but this time, it's all in one place. The evening event includes an auction, live band and delicious cuisine prepared by distinguished chefs.
Spend an evening in beautiful Suisun Valley, sampling the best food and wine the area has to offer. Uncorked, a unique wine tasting of Suisun Valley appellated wines, is hosted by the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association in June.
Uncorked, an annual fundraiser auction for the association, features a wide selection of Suisun Valley wines and gourmet food from distinguished chefs. One of the more unique aspects of this event is that visitors have the opportunity to taste wines from many of the small wineries in Suisun Valley. Since they are so small, they do not have tasting rooms or bottles in stores so to sample their wines at Uncorked is a special treat. In prior years, close to 20 wineries have participated in this popular event. Must be 21 or over.
Independence Day Parade
July 4, 2015
An annual event hosted by the Fairfield Main Street Association, the Independence Day Parade draws thousands to the downtown area.
Celebrate our nation's independence in downtown Fairfield with the annual Independence Day Parade hosted by the Fairfield Main Street Association. This popular community event draws thousands to Texas Street. Dressed in red, white and blue and proudly waving American flags, spectators of all ages cheer as the parade makes its trek through the downtown core. There is always a myriad of entries, ranging from youth groups, service organizations and civic leaders to horses, antique cars and dancers.
Fairfield Tomato Festival
This popular free two-day event in downtown Fairfield includes a tomato alley, a farmers market, local entertainment, arts and crafts and a beer and wine garden.
One of the largest events in Fairfield, the Tomato Festival has been a staple in downtown for over 20 years. The free admission event includes a tomato alley, a farmers market, local entertainment, arts and crafts, kids rides and activities, and a beer and wine garden. There are hours and hours of live entertainment on two stages by local performers. The event also features a salsa recipe and Bloody Mary recipe contests, tomato cooking demonstrations, and a tomato eating contest . The VIP food and wine pairing is also very popular, with tickets sold separately.
Jelly Belly Candy Palooza
9:00am - 5:00pm
A free delicious experience at the Jelly Belly Candy Company, the Candy Palooza features all types of sugars and sweets as well as fun and games for the entire family. Celebrate everything sweet in life at the Jelly Belly Candy Palooza, a free candy festival with carnival rides, candy tastings and special guests. Enjoy food from local businesses, entertainment and music. There will also be free self-guided tours of the Jelly Belly factory throughout the event. There is no admission fee and parking is also free. This popular event promises fun for candy lovers of all ages.
Bierfest at the Fairfield Budweiser Brewery
1:00 - 5:00pm
Admission: $25-$35 per ticket
Visit sample stations at the brewery to experience food pairings with premium beer and ciders.
Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 2015
Hosted by the Fairfield Main Street Association, the day also features a commemoration ceremony and a patriotic concert.
The Veterans Day Parade hosted by the Fairfield Main Street Association is a highlight in downtown Fairfield every year. Thousands gather to honor and remember our nation's heroes. All are welcome to attend the Commemoration Ceremony and Patriotic Concert at 10 a.m. before the parade begins at 12:30 p.m.
Tree Lighting in Downtown Fairfield
The Fairfield community kicks off the holiday season with a festive tree lighting celebration for the entire family.
The Fairfield community kicks off the holidays with a festive tree lighting ceremony for the entire family. Enjoy an evening with family and friends amid the small-town feel of downtown Fairfield. Festivities include visits with Santa Claus, caroling, children's activities, a holiday scavenger hunt, performances, an open house, and holiday treats from downtown merchants. Rain or shine.
Fairfield Farmers Market and Thursdays on the Green
Every Thursday, May-October
The Fairfield Farmers Market and Thursdays on the Green brings a large crowd to downtown every Thursday from May to October for fresh fruits, vegetables, entertainment and more.
The Fairfield Farmers Market and Thursdays on the Green brings a large crowd to downtown every Thursday from May to October for fresh fruits, vegetables, entertainment and more. This popular event takes place every week on the large county lawn at the intersection of Texas Street and Jefferson Street. The Farmers Market sells an assortment of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other treats. There is also live entertainment every week, children's activities, vendors and food booths, and artists and crafters. Bring a frisbee, ball or kite and join in the fun on the lawn!
Spring train rides at the Western Railway Museum
Admission: $9 - $25 per ticket
Special spring train rides on the Vintage Comet and all month long from the Scenic Limited and Vintage Comet and Scenic Limited The Vintage Comet Wine Train returns to the Western Railway Museum every April to give wine enthusiasts and wildflower lovers in Solano County and beyond the chance to experience wine, history and nature on its historic electric railway. Every Saturday in April, the Vintage Comet departs for a 75-minute, 11-mile ride in the stunning late-afternoon light. While admiring the views of the native wildflowers that cover the hillsides and fields, passengers 21 years and over will be able to sample and learn about four area wines. Juice will be available for patrons under 21 or those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $25.
While children are allowed to ride the Vintage Comet Wine Train, parents looking for a more family-oriented experience with their kids are encouraged to ride the Scenic Limited, which departs three times a day on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Coach tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 and older and $7 for children between the ages of 2 and 14. First class service is an additional $6 per ticket. All riders will receive cookies and lemonade.
Brews and Bites at the Budweiser Brewery
May-September - Third Saturday of each month
A popular family-friendly event on the third Saturday of the month from May to September.
Brews and Bites, a popular summer event at the Budweiser Brewery, is on the third Saturday of the month from May to September. The event includes music, food trucks and beer sampling opportunities for guests 21 and over. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Food Truck Fridays at Wooden Valley Winery
May to October - Fourth Friday of every month
4:00 - 8:00pm
Don't worry about cooking dinner - come to Wooden Valley instead! The popular Food Truck Fridays, featuring delicious food, drinks, and live music, is the fourth Friday of every month from May to October.
The popular Food Truck Fridays at Wooden Valley Winery features delicious food, drinks and live music. Bring the whole family, grab a bottle or glass of wine from the tasting room, order dinner from one of the amazing food vendors outside and enjoy live music and good friends all night long. NNo outside alcohol is allowed, and participants are encouraged to bring cash. The event is free and open to the public.
Green Valley Certified Farmers' Market
June-October - First Sunday of the month
12:00 - 4:30pm
With a motto of "Think Locally, Act Neighborly", this Farmers' Market draws a large crowd to its site on Green Valley Road the first Sunday of the month from June to October.
This popular market is operated by the non-profit Green Valley Agricultural Conservancy and brings together farmers, artisan growers and wineries from within a 50-mile radius of the market site, at 1800 Green Valley Road. Come out and meet your local farmer, enjoy delicious barbecue, and taste the wines of the region.