The fiesta days celebration in Vacaville kicks on May 29th, 2023. Here’s what’s happening and more about the history of Fiesta Days.
Things really start heating up around late May in Vacaville, so Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all that Fiesta Days has to offer.
Vacaville’s Fiesta Days is an exciting celebration steeped in both tradition and fun for the entire family! The carnival rides, live music, and parade downtown are sure to give visitors plenty of thrills while also showcasing elements of Vacaville’s rich Hispanic heritage.
The fun begins on Thursday and continues all weekend long!
Here’s how we suggest taking in the festivities
Plan to be downtown Friday evening. Parking downtown can be tough, so the goal is to get as close to the action as possible. If you’re not lucky to snag one of the spots downtown, we recommend the Brenden Theatre parking lot. It’s just a short walk to the downtown area.
Just follow the sounds you hear coming from the carnival rides at Andrews Park. We recommend stopping by one of Vacaville’s downtown eateries on your way for a quick bite before heading across the Ulatis Creek Walk into the park. The carnival kicks off Thursday evening and runs all weekend. Live music plays at the main stage nearby – you can’t miss it.
The parade takes place on Saturday and is the cornerstone of the Fiesta Days celebrations. The route runs along Merchant Street, beginning at Mason Street and ending at Orchard Avenue. Crowds swell along the parade route so plan on getting there early, and bring a foldable chair for maximum comfort. The first float rolls out at 10 a.m.
Sunday is dedicated as Hispanic Day and provides another opportunity to take in the carnival or catch some live music back at the main stage. Champagne brunch at Merchant and Main is always a good idea on Sundays, and you’re within walking distance to the festivities in case you need to walk that champagne off a bit. There’s more
Those with kiddos will want to check out the Family Fun Zone. A recent addition, the Family Fun Zone has all sorts of activities for the little ones – such as face painting, bounce houses, educational presentations, a martial arts demonstration, and much much more. The Fun Zone runs throughout the weekend and even has its own DJ for the kiddos.
For those ready to rally, the festivities continue through Monday with more live music at the main stage.
While the Fiesta Days celebrations operating today technically began a little more than 50 years ago, the tradition dates back to the early 1900s when native Americans were led down Main Street by Chief Solano. Fiesta Days in Vacaville is a time honored tradition, one with great meaning and significance for the descendants of some of Vacaville’s earliest families.