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Artichoke Festival 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021, 8:00 AM to Sunday, July 25, 2021, 5:00 PM PDT
Category: Nearby Towns

The Artichoke Festival returns on July 24-25, 2021 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.   The annual Artichoke Festival began in 1959 as a harvest festival to celebrate the iconic artichoke and the region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” 

Visit this web site for details and tickets https://artichokefestival.org/

Since 1959, the Monterey Peninsula has come together to celebrate California’s official state vegetable. California’s artichoke history begins in 1922 when the first artichoke shoots were planted in Castroville. Today, nearly 100 percent of America’s fresh artichoke supply is grown in California and nearly two-thirds is grown in the small town of Castroville.

Norma Jean Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe, was named California’s first honorary Artichoke Queen in 1948. The official festival started eleven years later and continues to grow, appealing to visitors from near and far. Now an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the annual Artichoke Festival continues to support the heritage of Castroville’s farming community.