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Neptunes

The Neptunes Band was formed over a year ago. One year prior was when Virginia Gonzalez (vocalist, percussion) met Marie Sandidge (drummer) at Sam Ash and they exchanged numbers. In that next year they kept contact while Marie’s husband Mike Sandidge (bass guitar, violin, vocals) was recovering from a heart operation. When they finally decided [...]

Neptunes 2015-04-21T21:11:22+00:00

Contests!

 Click here to see the 2015 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Contest Winners!  Is your baby just the cutest ever? Share that cuteness with a crowd! Sign up for the Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby Pageant 3 Months to Under 3 Years  Contest: Sunday, May 24th at 11:00 A.M. --Amphitheater Sign-ups begin at 10:00 A.M. and close at 10:55 [...]

Contests! 2017-02-02T00:34:14+00:00

V.I.P. Breakfast

Celebrities, dignitaries and Miss Garden Grove and Miss Outstanding Teen and their courts will all be introduced. La Casa Garcia serves scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, ham and bacon for $6.00 per person paid at the door, starting at 7:00 a.m. All proceeds from this will benefit We Give Thanks, a charity annually providing Thanksgiving dinners for thousands of [...]

V.I.P. Breakfast 2017-02-02T00:34:14+00:00

Favorite Teachers Chosen!

Garden Grove Teachers Honored During Festival and Parade!   The theme of the 56th annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is “Honoring Our Exceptional Educators.” In advance of this four-day Memorial Day weekend event – to be held May 23 through 26, 2014 -- the festival initiated a "Favorite Teacher" contest in which students in the Garden Grove Unified [...]

Favorite Teachers Chosen! 2017-02-02T00:34:15+00:00

$100,000 in Community Donations!

Click here to download the complete press release Got a local nonprofit? Click to learn more! The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Association is accepting requests for grants/donations from non-profit organizations that serve the citizens of Garden Grove. Letters requesting funds must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2014 to be considered for [...]

$100,000 in Community Donations! 2017-02-02T00:34:16+00:00

Contests

There are contests of all types. Come enjoy these great talents or sign up to show off your own. Contests include: - Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby Pageant - Tiny Tots King and Queen - Redhead Roundup! - Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest! - To see all of the contests and schedules, click the Read More link.

Contests 2014-05-28T23:15:38+00:00

Guardettes Dance Group

The mission of the Guardettes is to inspire an appreciation for dance by providing affordable high quality dance instruction through a family oriented program, offering both performance and competitive experiences throughout the community and beyond. The Guardettes of Orange County originated in 1960 as a 12-member drill team that represented Garden Grove in local parades. [...]

Guardettes Dance Group 2017-02-02T00:34:16+00:00

Abrakadabra

It may seem like déjà vu from the ‘80’s, but much to the delight of their fans, Abrakadabra’s founding musicians reunited in 2006, performing and recording once again. Well-known in southern California for its driving propulsive Latin jazz/pop rhythms, this band boasts a library of 50+ original compositions, as well as an extensive cover playlist. [...]

Abrakadabra 2017-02-02T00:34:16+00:00

3rd Degree Blues

The 3rd Degree is a blues band from Southern California.  Its main purpose is to keep the blues flame alive! The tradition of the blues is one of the most vital links to almost every form of modern popular music being performed today . Historically the blues is no doubt the most powerful music [...]

3rd Degree Blues 2018-04-25T11:24:26+00:00

The Full Spectrum Band

The Full Spectrum Band, led by Adam Aejaye Jackson, is a very classy, high energy ensemble that takes listeners on an unforgettable musical journey, mastering the sounds of Jazz, Swing, Blues, Classic Rock, R&B, current Top 40, and Hip Hop.  They are a group of professional musicians who have toured and/or recorded with major [...]

The Full Spectrum Band 2018-04-25T11:25:22+00:00

Strawberry Cake Cutting

Since 1958 the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival has treated the community to free strawberry shortcake at its grand opening ceremony, usually on the Friday evening of the Festival at Main and Acacia streets in Garden Grove. The giant cake is created by French’s Pastry Bakery in Costa Mesa. Some of the Saturday parade celebrities, [...]

Strawberry Cake Cutting 2017-05-17T21:40:04+00:00

Ed Arnold

Ed Arnold is the co-host and managing editor of PBS-SOCAL’s nightly news magazine show, “Real Orange”.  He joined PBSSOCAL, formerly KOCE-TV, in January 2000 after over thirty years as a sportscaster/anchor for KTLA-TV and KABC-TV in Los Angeles.  He also has served as the announcer for Dr. Robert H. Schuller’s internationally seen “Hour of Power’ [...]

Ed Arnold 2017-02-02T00:34:18+00:00

Sk8Kings

Joining us for the sixth year in a row is the Sk8Kings All-Star Demo Team! Sk8Kings was founded by World Champion Richy Carrasco. Known as “The 360 King” – Richy has the Guinness World Record for spinning 360's on his skateboard (142 spins!) and holds a world speed record in downhill slalom racing! Richy and [...]

Sk8Kings 2017-02-02T00:34:18+00:00

Evolution

When it comes to Super Spectacular rides, the biggest and the best is the Evolution! A circle of seats, with riders held fast by a unique restraint system, begins to rotate. At once, the entire platform begins to rise to a height of over 150 feet. While the platform continues to rotate the ride gently [...]

Evolution 2017-02-02T00:34:18+00:00

Charity Booths

Charity Booth Information The Festival’s non-profit food booths annually average from $3,000 to $40,000 each for their organization. […]

Charity Booths 2017-04-29T08:33:33+00:00

Strawberry Festival Parade

2018 parade participants info & application: Click here. Everyone loves a parade!  So each year the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival holds its parade on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at 10 a.m. with floats, bands, equestrians and cartoon characters.  The festival board generously subsidized local high school bands so they can join in [...]

Strawberry Festival Parade 2018-05-15T17:07:41+00:00

Mariette Hartley

Emmy® Award-winning actress Mariette Hartley is currently recurring on “Law & Order: SVU” and is hosting her tenth season of the syndicated series, “Wild About Animals.” Ms. Hartley’s bestselling autobiography, “Breaking the Silence,” has been re-issued in paperback. Emmy Award winning actress Mariette Hartley is recognized as one of the most versatile actresses in the [...]

Mariette Hartley 2017-02-02T00:34:23+00:00