The 59th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival has brought in over $6 million for local charities since its inception in 1958. The Festival also annually benefits many non-profit groups who set up festival food booths and collectively raise over $100,000 more for their charities.
The board also awards scholarships to local school students and underwrites parade participation for school bands. And annually, the festival treats over 2,000 special needs kids to a day of free rides and food.
This year’s theme is Honoring Our Local Super Heroes. Volunteers who have serve their communities above and beyond the call will ride with their families in the Saturday parade and be treated to food and a day of fun.
The festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 26, through Monday, May 29. Friday hours are 1:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission is free. Special one-price ride-all-day wristbands will be offered for all festival days at $30 per wristband on Friday and $35 each on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tickets for individual rides can also be purchased separately at $1 per ticket.
The four-day event, which is the second largest city festival in the Western United States, will be held at the Village Green between Main Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Garden Grove. Last year’s attendance was over 300,000.
Highlights include the Friday evening official giant strawberry cake cutting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at the Showmobile (Acacia & Main streets) when free cake is served to over 2,000 people.
Saturday morning begins with an 8 a.m. VIP celebrity breakfast at the Garden Grove Community Center. Proceeds go to We Give Thanks.
Next is the parade at 10 a.m. with floats, bands, horses and characters, including Snoopy, Wiley Wolf and Despicable Me Minions. Many TV and film celebrities will be honored in the parade.
All four festival days will include 35 carnival rides, 5 contests, over 200 food and sales booths, games, music and live entertainment in the amphitheater and Showmobile.
Contests, held in the festival’s 550-seat amphitheater include the Berry, Berry Beautifl Baby Contest, Redhead Roundup, Strawberry Idol Karaoke and Tiny Tots King and Queen.
The Showmobile is where festival-goers get their free shortcake Friday evening at 6:00 when thousands come out for the annual Cake Cutting Ceremony. And the Showmobile is where everyone comes to tap their toes, sing and dance along with local bands who perform throughout the festival’s four-day event. See the events schedule for current bookings and times.
In use during the festival are two entertainment venues: a 550-seat amphitheater and a showmobile stationed at Main and Acacia streets. The amphitheater is part of the Gem Theater on Main Street, and it is at this venue where all of the contests are held as well as several performances by local talent.
This year we have the following activities scheduled in the amphitheater:
Friday, May 26
- 4 pm – Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest (Sign up 3:00-3:55 p.m.)
Saturday, May 27
- 2:30 P.M. The Ochoa Boyz Band
- 7:00 P.M. – Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest
16 years and older. Contestants pick songs from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Drawing for 25 contestants at 7 p.m. Note: last year’s winners are not eligible to win this year.
Sunday, May 28
- 11 A.M. – Berry Berry Beautiful Baby Contest (3 months to under 3 years. Sign-up: 10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.)
- 7 P.M. – Miss Garden Grove and Friends
Monday, May 29
- 11 A.M. – Redhead Roundup Contest (Sign-Up: 10 A.M. TO 10:55 A.M.)
- 3 P.M. – Foundations Dance Company
The Festival is held at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street Streets in downtown Garden Grove. Sorry! No animals are allowed on the Festival Grounds.
On-street parking is available, as well as in some private and public lots listed below. United Methodist Church* Coastline College* Garden Grove Library Garden Grove City Hall Garden Grove High School The Lot behind Main Street shops Private small lots on Stanford* The Catholic Church on Stanford and Nelson*