The 75th Annual Lodi Grape Festival 2012 starts today and will end on Sunday, September 16th. Today’s admissions will be FREE. The festival’s mission and main purpose is to promote the agriculture and agricultural products of San Joaquin County, and to offer diverse forms of agricultural education. The Festival strives to present unique, family – oriented exhibits that not only entertain, but educate and enlighten.
In addition, the Festival provides an opportunity for many other non-profit groups to raise funds for community and charitable projects. From Lions Clubs to 4-H Clubs countywide, from the Boy Scouts to the Future Farmers of America, from Farm Bureau to Grange Associations, organizations raise money by selling products at the Festival or by entering the wide variety of agriculture-related competitive exhibits offered each year. Well over $150,000 is raised annually by non-profit groups as a result of the Festival, in addition to the more than $30,000 in prize money paid out by the Festival each year to individuals and groups for their exhibits. Don’t miss the live music, entertainment, and much more!
Location: Lodi Grape Festival Grounds 413 East Lockeford St. Lodi, CA 95240
- Thursday: 4pm – 11pm
- Friday: Noon – Midnight
- Saturday: Noon – Midnight
- Sunday: Noon – 11pm
- Children 5 & Under: Free
- Youth 6 – 12: $5.00 (Free on Thursday, Family Value Day)
- Adults: $9.00
- Book of 5 admission tickets: $25.00 in advance
- Unlimited carnival ride wristband: $20.00 in advance ($28 on-site, except Thursday “Family Value Day” they are still $20)
Advance sale tickets can be purchased online, at Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Stores in Lodi, or at the Lodi Grape Festival office until close of business on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. No re-entry. If you leave the grounds you will have to pay to come back in. No exceptions.
All tickets ordered online will be held at will call. Will call is located at the Main Gate at the Lodi Grape Festival all four days of the Fair. Will call hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 13 and noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 14-16. Alternately, tickets can be picked up at the Lodi Grape Festival Business Office prior to Wednesday September 12, 2012.
Schedule of events:
Budweiser Amphitheater Main Stage Entertainment
Thursday, September 13: Blaze of Glory (a Bon Jovi Tribute) – 7:00 & 9:00 p.m
Friday, September 14: The Who Show – 7:00 & 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 15: The Banana Slug String Band – 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 15: Jackie Green – 7:00 & 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16: Sounds of Santana – 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
The Lodi Grape Festival and National Wine Show Association Incorporated, is a non-profit organization established to promote agriculture of San Joaquin County. Under a contractual agreement with San Joaquin County, the organization produces the annual Lodi Grape Festival and the Lodi Spring Wine Show. In addition, the 20 acre fairgrounds and facility is host to many other events ranging from RV groups to basketball tournaments. The Lodi Grape Festival and National Wine Show Association, Inc. receive NO TAX DOLLARS to operate. Revenues generated from activities on the fairgrounds are used to maintain the grounds and service programs throughout the year.
For more information about the fair please go to grapefestival.com or call (209) 369-2771.