California Garlic Festival Clear Bag Policy - 2024

We're back and ready to have some safe family fun! In order to speed things up upon entry, improve security and limit touch points, we've implemented a new clear bag policy. Please review the guidelines below. Together we can make the California Garlic Festival a fun and safe environment for everyone!

    • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12".

    • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

    • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken
       into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags.

    • An exception will be made for diaper bags and any medical-related bags after proper inspection.

You can purchase clear bags in various places, like Amazon. Visitors are encouraged NOT to bring any bags, but the policy has been created to balance your needs with improved public safety and convenience.


Why is California Garlic Festival implementing a clear bag policy for 2024?
We have decided to take further measures to ensure the safety of everyone participating in the California Garlic Festival, as well as speed up the process to get everyone through the entrance gates in a timely fashion.


Are other events limiting bags?
Yes. Many events and venues have a clear bag policy, including but not limited to NFL stadiums, concert venues and other festivals. Some venues do not permit any bags to be brought inside.


Do I have to put everything I'm carrying into the permissible bags?
No. Visitors are limited only to the type of bags carried into the festival, not items that they may normally bring to the California Garlic Festival that fit in pockets or clutch bags (e.g., keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards). Visitors may carry a blanket over their arms, and personal camera around their necks or in their hands without the case. Visitors may also use the clear bag and clutch to carry these items and other permissible items. Every member of the family may carry in a permissible bag.


How many bags may each person bring into the Fairgrounds?
One large clear bag - either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or the 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag - plus a small clutch that does not exceed 4.5" x 6.5". The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched.


May visitors carry cameras, smart phones or tablets separately from what they put in a clear bag?
Yes. A phone or cameras may be carried into the festival as long as it is not in its own bag.


What about bringing a blanket?
Visitors will be able to bring blankets by tossing them over a shoulder or arm.


Can we bring in a lawn chair?
Visitors will be allowed to bring in a lawn chair without the carrying bag. All chairs are subject to search upon entry. 


Are all purses prohibited?
No. ONLY Small clutch purses, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5" are permitted along with either the 12" x 6" x 12" clear tote bag or the one-gallon freezer bag.


Are pets allowed?
The Festival complies with California State provisions, which allow service dogs in all public areas. (Miniature horse trained to do work or perform tasks for persons with disabilities are no longer acceptable).

A service dog is a a dog trained to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of a disability. Protecting someone, giving emotional support, or being a companion do not qualify a dog to be a service animal, and are not allowed on the festival grounds.

At the California Garlic Festival, Dogs in Training or Puppies in Training with appropriate identification will be allowed in all public areas with appropriate supervision providing they do not create a disturbance. One Dog in Training or Puppy in Training, per trainer will be allowed on the property. The Festival reserves the right to exclude any trainees creating a disturbance.


How much is parking?
$5 Wilmot Lot, 5th Street & 4th Street Parking Lots

What items are prohibited to bring into the festival?
All persons and property ar subject to search upon entry. No weapons, firearms, pepper spray, mace, knives or sharp objects. No obscene or gang affiliated clothing. No bicycles, hoverboards, skateboards or roller skates. No coolers, outside food or drink, drugs and alcohol.

Do you have wheelchairs or scooters for rent?
Unfortunately we have been unable to secure a wheelchair or scooter rental vendor currently.

In order to provide a safe, secure and pleasant environment, we ask for your cooperation in complying with these Rules of Conduct at all times. These activities are prohibited on the Fairgrounds.

1. Running, shouting, horseplay, throwing any type of debris.
2. Disorderly or disruptive conduct of any type.
3. Threatening, belligerent or hostile behavior of any type.
4. Standing or walking in large groups that block the movement of Festival patrons or cause inconvenience to others.
5. Bicycle riding, skateboarding, rollerblading, Moped riding, Segway riding, overboard or skating of any kind outside of a performance area on the grounds.
6. Bringing alcohol or illegal drugs of any kind on to the fairgrounds property.
7. Blocking any building, booth, exhibit, concession stand, performance, ticket window, gate, stage, doorway, walkway, fire exit or stairway.
8. Use of loud or obscene language or gestures or other offensive behavior that interferes with Festival patrons enjoyment of activities and events at the Festival.
9. Being on grounds without a shirt or shoes on.
10. Soliciting for sale anything on grounds without a written agreement with the Festival.
11. No gang-related attire, obscene or offensive clothing. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we considered inappropriate. No clothing or apparel that obscures the face unless worn for cultural, religious reasons or medical conditions.
12. Soliciting contributions or signatures, leafleting, picketing or displaying signs, posters or banners except in designated areas assigned by the Fairgrounds by permit upon proper application, subject to Fairgrounds rules for noncommercial expressive activity.
13. Distributing buttons, bumper stickers, hats, balloons, t-shirts, novelty items, food, or beverages by non-concessionaires.
14. Any activity that could result in physical harm to person or property.
15. Possession of any article defined as a weapon. Any act defined by federal, state or local statute or ordinances as constituting a crime.
16. All persons entering the Festival grounds agree that they are subject to a protective screening and/or search for weapons, narcotics, alcohol and illegal items.

Violation of these Rules of Conduct will constitute cause for removal of the violator from the Fairgrounds property.

Prohibited Items
NO COOLERS OR LARGE BAGS - refer to Clear Bag Policy