Gilroy Garlic Festival
The great garlic godfather of all summer food festivals
Officially recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ as the World’s Largest Garlic Festival, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is held each year on the last full weekend of July. The 40th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held on July 27, 28, and 29, 2018 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California.
Thousands of visitors come every year to enjoy three full days of great garlicky food, live music, arts and crafts, cooking competitions, and family fun. And of course they consume lots and lots of garlic while they’re here—about 2 tons every year!
Great Garlic Food
The heart of the Festival is Gourmet Alley, where the famous “Pyro Chefs” cook up sizzling scampi and calamari while hundreds of other volunteers prepare longtime favorites like pepper steak sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, pasta con pesto, stuffed mushrooms, garlic bread, and garlic fries. And no trip to the Festival is complete without trying a FREE sample of garlic ice cream!
Entertainment & Family Fun
Festival visitors also enjoy live entertainment on three stages, plus celebrity chef demonstrations and cooking competitions like the Great Garlic Cook-Off and the Garlic Showdown. There are also many other food booths, beer and wine tasting, arts & crafts, and a fun children’s area.
INSIDER TIP: If you can sneak out of work and come to the Festival on Friday, you’ll find fewer crowds—and still enjoy all the same fantastic food, fine wines, live entertainment and more!
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.
Watch amateur and pro chefs do battle in live cooking competitions all three days.
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?