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(March 13, 2015) -- With RV and tent sites as well as a wide range of rental accommodations, campgrounds can also serve as base camps for those who are interested in checking out California’s range of weekend special events, which ranges from rodeos to taco and tequila and Zydeco music festivals.

Campgrounds can be base camps for activities

AUBURN, Calif. — California’s campgrounds are not only terrific places to enjoy the great outdoors.

With RV and tent sites as well as a wide range of rental accommodations, campgrounds can also serve as base camps for those who are interested in checking out California’s range of weekend special events, which ranges from rodeos to taco and tequila and Zydeco music festivals.

“I don’t think there is any state that has as many diverse weekend activities and special events as we do,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

The Auburn-based association hosts Camp-California.com, the statewide travel planning website, which features information about a range of cultural and culinary events that take place each year throughout the state this year.

“We are constantly adding more information about food, wine and music festivals, rodeos and other special events because people are always looking for interesting things to do with their leisure time,” Sipe said.

Following is a sampling of the festivals and rodeos that take place across California during the coming weeks and months, along with listings of nearby campgrounds, many of which have rental accommodations:

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

— Redding Rodeo Championship Challenge, May 13 – 16, Redding Rodeo Grounds: This rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Visit www.reddingrodeo.com for more information.

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Mountain Gate RV Park, Redding, www.mt-gatervpark.com

— Premier RV Resort, Redding, which has rental accommodations, including yurts, www.premierrvresorts.com

— Sacramento River RV Park, Redding, www.sacramentoriverrvpark.com

— Marysville Stampede, May 23 – 24, Cotton Rosser Arena-Riverfront Park: This rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. www.marysvillestampede.com

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Lake Minden RV Park, Nicolaus, which has rental accommodations, www.rvonthego/ca

— Travelhome Park, Yuba City, http://www.camp-california.com/park-details/Travelhome-Park?nid=93547&searchQuery=input%3Dtravel%20home%20park%26searchType%3Dpark_name%26state%3DCA%26radius%3D25%26search%3D1#/

— Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival, June 20 – 21, B & W Resort & Marina, Isleton: This event features Zydeco, Cajun and Blues music as well as Cajun food and dancing. www.isletoncajunfestival.net

— Snug Harbor Resort, Walnut Grove, which has park model rentals, www.snugharbor.net

— Stockton Delta KOA, Stockton, which has park model rentals, www.koa.com

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

— California Beer Festival, June 20, Stafford Lake Park, Novato: This event features more than 70 craft brewed beers on tap, live music, bocce ball and sliders. www.californiabeerfestival.com

— Sonoma Wine Weekend, Sept. 4 – 6 in Sonoma County: This is a charity event that brings together more than 200 top wineries. Special events include winemaker lunches, dinners and barbecues. www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com

— 20th Annual Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival, Sept. 12, Ives Park, Sebastopol: This event features Cajun and Zydeco music and Cajun and Southern food, including gumbo and oyster shooters. www.winecountrycajun.com

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Novato RV Park, Novato, www.novatorvpark.com

— San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA, Petaluma, which has park model rentals, www.petalumakoa.com

SIERRA FOOTHILLS

— Mother Lode Roundup, May 9 – 10, Motherlode Fairgrounds, Sonora: This event includes a parade and rodeo. www.motherloderoundup.com.

— El Dorado County Fair, June 18 – 21, El Dorado Fairgrounds, Placerville: www.eldoradocountyfair.org

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Auburn Gold Country RV Park, Auburn, www.auburnrvpark.com

— Camp Lotus in Lotus, which has various cabin accommodations, www.camplotus.com

— Coloma Resort, Coloma, which has safari tents and park model accommodations, www.colomaresort.com

— Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort, Plymouth, which has park model rental accommodations, www.49ervillage.com

— Marble Quarry RV Park, Columbia, which has park model rental accommodations, www.marblequarry.com

— Ponderosa RV Resort in Lotus, which has RV and park model rental accommodations, http://www.rvonthego.com/california/ponderosa-rv-resort/

EASTERN SIERRA

Mammoth Food & Wine Experience in Mammoth Lakes, June 26 – 27, in Mammoth Lakes: The event includes seminars with wine experts and chefs, a wine tasting event with more than a 100 wines, a “Great Outdoors Cooking Competition” for culinary arts students, and a “Best of the Best Burgers Battle.” www.mammothfoodandwine.org

— 20th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza, July 30 – Aug. 2 in Mammoth Lakes: This event showcases the best craft breweries in the country along with top blues performers. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Taj Mahal, John Hiatt and Buddy Guy. www.mammothbluesbrewfest.com

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Mammoth Mountain RV Park, Mammoth Lakes, which has cabin rentals, www.mammothrv.com

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA COAST

— Avila Beach Tequila Festival, May 23, Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove: This event features tequila tasting and live music. http://www.avilabeachpier.com/events/tequila-fest.html

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Mathew’s Trailer Lodge, San Luis Obispo

— Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, Pismo Beach, www.pismocoastvillage.com

— Pismo Sands RV Park, Oceano, www.pismosands.com

— Santa Margarita Lake KOA, Santa Margarita, which has rental accommodations, www.koa.com

— Castroville Artichoke Festival, May 30 – 31, Castroville: This event includes artichoke cooking demonstrations, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke inspired arts and souvenirs, an artichoke parade, a classic car show and wine exposition. www.artichokefestival.org

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Marina Dunes Beach Resort, Marina, www.marinadunesrv.com

— Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA, La Selva Beach, which has park model cabin rentals, www.koa.com

— Seacliff Center Trailer Park, Aptos, www.seacliffrvpark.com

— Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 24 – 26, Gilroy: This event, held in the garlic growing capitol of America, features garlicky food and live music. www.gilroygarlicfestival.com

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Casa de Fruta Orchard Resort, Hollister, www.casadefruta.com

— Gilroy Garlic USA RV Park, Gilroy, www.gilroygarlicusarvpark.com

— Oak Dell RV Park, Morgan Hill, http://www.campingfriend.com/OakDellPark/default.asp?file=Home

— California Beer Festival Santa Cruz, Aug. 8 – 9, Aptos Village Park.: This event features a “Craft Been Heaven” on Saturday with 85 craft beers on tap. Sunday the focus is a “Hamburger and Hops Music Festival” with tribute bands for the Rolling Stones and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. www.californiabeerfestival.com

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA, La Selva Beach, which has park model cabin rentals, www.koa.com

SANTA BARBARA AND VENTURA COUNTIES

— Tequila & Taco Music Festival, July 18 – 19, The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard: This event features top shelf tequila sampling, gourmet street tacos, craft beers, award winning margaritas, arts and crafts and live music. www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com

— Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival, Aug. 29 at Elings Park, Santa Barbara: This event features more than 50 tequilas and mescals. www.agaveavenue.com

— California Beer Festival, Sept. 18-20, Mission Park, Ventura: This event features a blues and barbecue festival as well as several tribute bands. www.californiabeerfestival.com

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— El Capitan Canyon, Santa Barbara, which has park model cabin, yurt and safari tent rentals, www.elcapitancanyon.com

— Evergreen RV Park, Oxnard, www.evergreenrvpark.com

— Ocean Mesa at El Capitan, Santa Barbara, www.oceanmesa.com

— Rancho Oso Guest Ranch, Santa Barbara, which has park model cottage rentals as well as other unique rentals including a tipi and covered wagons with sleeping cots, www.rvonthego.com/ca

— Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park, Santa Barbara, www.santabarbararv.com

GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA

— California Beer Festival, Sept. 12 – 13, Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas: Features over 60 craft beers, bocce ball and sliders. www.californiabeerfestival.com

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Canyon RV Park, Anaheim, which has cabin rentals, www.canyonrvpark.com

— East Shore RV Park, San Dimas, www.eastshorervpark.com

— Los Angeles KOA in Pomona, which has cabin rentals, www.koa.com

INLAND EMPIRE

— Beaumont Cherry Festival, June 4 – 7, Stewart Park, Beaumont: This festival features arts and crafts, live entertainment, food vendors and exhibits as well as carnival games and rides. www.beaumontcherryfestival.org.

Neighboring campgrounds include:

— Banning Stage Coach KOA, Banning, which also offers park model accommodations, http://koa.com/campgrounds/banning-stagecoach

For more information on festivals and nearby campgrounds, RV parks and resorts, visit www.Camp-California.com.

SOURCE: California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds press release

About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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