Gilroy Garlic Festival

The great garlic godfather of all summer food festivals

Since the very first Gilroy Garlic Festival in 1979, the local community has come together to welcome thousands of visitors from around the world to enjoy great garlicky food and family fun. For 2021, the Garlic Festival has been reimagined as a “Drive-Thru” experience, where you can still enjoy all your Festival favorites from Gourmet Alley!


From scampi and calamari to pepper steak sandwiches and garlic fries, you can now enjoy all your favorite garlicky dishes from Gourmet Alley in a convenient “drive-thru”! This new Gilroy Garlic Festival experience will be held on the weekends of July 23-25 and July 30-August 1 at Gilroy Presbyterian Church at 6000 Miller Avenue in Gilroy. More details on hours to come.


Savor the freshness from local fields, orchards, and vineyards as you enjoy artisanal foods and amazing wines at a Farm-to-Table dinner at Fortino Winery (4525 Hecker Pass Highway in Gilroy) on the evening of Saturday, July 24. Check the Gilroy Garlic Festival website for chef and menu details.

Top 6 Don't-Miss at the
Gilroy Garlic Festival

Garlic Ice Cream

Get in line to try a FREE sample of this truly unique, only-in-Gilroy treat!

Pyro Chef Flame-Ups

“Ooh” and “ah” at the leaping flames in this dazzling pyrotechnic display.

Open-Air Wine Garden

Enjoy award-winning wines from local vintners in the mulberry grove.

Cook-Off Stage

Watch amateur and pro chefs do battle in live cooking competitions all three days.

Live Entertainment

With live performers on three stages, there’s a little something for everyone!

Sample Some Garli-Que

Try samples of smoky ribs, chicken and more from the Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge.

Powered by Volunteers

Did you know that the Gilroy Garlic Festival is powered by over 4,000 volunteers? They all work to welcome visitors to summer’s ultimate food fair-while earning money for their favorite school groups, sports teams, churches, and non-profit organizations. Since 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association has donated more than $11.5 million back to the local community. Where else can you have so much fun and do so much good?