If you are looking for a 3-day celebration that features a parade, carnival rides, entertainment, culinary delights, assorted beverages, carnival rides, and arts and crafts, then you will love Tustin Tiller Days. The fun and engaging festival focuses on the rich agricultural heritage of Orange County, CA. The festival also provides a great opportunity for many non-profit organizations in the area to promote their cause as well as raise funds for churches, schools, and youth groups, which meet local needs.
Did you know that Tustin Tiller Days has been ongoing since 1957? And this is a remarkable feat for the organizers of this event. Now baby boomers with grandchildren in tow can also remember riding the famous Ferris wheel at the Columbus Tustin Park. And it is worth noting that over the years, schools, local civic organizations, churches, and youth groups have managed to raise thousands of dollars from the festival to benefit a wide variety of local needs.
The weekend is fun and memorable as it welcomes carnival games, eating contests, a wine and beer booth, food vendors, dance exhibitions, artists selling their crafts, and live music ranging from good-old country to Motown to even a Beatles tribute. Isn’t that amazing! This makes it an ideal festival for families.
Note that it was an early summer day in 1957 when editor and publisher of The Tustin News, Bill Moses, and Clint Caldwell, his advertising manager, decided that Tustin needed some fun and excitement. So, why not organize a parade? The duo soon met with the officials at the Chamber of Commerce with their idea. Not long after, they made plans for a parade as well as a carnival along with a street dance.
Keep in mind that somebody came up with the great idea of calling this event Tiller Day. This was mainly in honor of the old time when Tustin was just an agricultural community. The planners formed committees and approached various organizations to bring the concept to life. And by August, the idea of a carnival, a parade, and a street dance had become a reality. Note that, now, more than 60 years from the celebration of the first Tiller Day, a formal Tustin Tiller Days Committee is fully in charge of all aspects of this fun and memorable celebration, which has now grown to three days.
And it is great to see that Tiller Days has gradually expanded from a couple of makeshift games to over 100 booths and a full-scale traveling carnival. Note that the Columbus Tustin Park has hosted the festival for many years. The festival now attracts thousands of people, making thousands of dollars for many nonprofit organizations in Tustin.
Activities and Events
You can enjoy the preview night on October 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and all rides cost only $2. Also, keep in mind that Tustin Tiller Days features an annual pancake breakfast. You can enjoy it at the Tustin Library Courtyard for only $6 per person on October 5th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This is followed by the famous Tiller Days Parade. This parade starts on the famous corner of Main and Pacific and finishes at Prospect and Beneta on the festival grounds.
You can also participate in an amazing Backyard Brew Festival Hand Crafted Beer Tasting, which is held on October 6th from 1 p.m .to 5 p.m.
Tiny Tillers Contest
Children three to five can use their talents and personalities to vie for a top ten spot as well as a ride in the next year’s parade. The cute and fun contest starts at 11 a.m. on the festival’s main community stage. If you have young kids, this will be an excellent activity for them.
Did you know that bands play throughout the Tustin festival on two stages? In the past, bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mick Adams, and The Stones have graced the stage with their presence. The great thing is that festival admission is free. If you are a music lover, you can bring your kids or pals and make the most of it.
The famous Tustin Tiller Days Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the famous corner of Main and Pacific streets, ending at the festival ground. Each year, a parade kicks off the festival and highlights many high school bands in the area that compete by marching. You can also see a large crowd along all the parade routes, fantastic floats, vintage tractors, civic groups, amazing heart-pounding marching bands, and plenty of horses, which is fun for the kids.
There will also be a beer booth that starts serving when the event kicks off. Note that wine and beer tickets are for one day only, and it will be in different colors every day. Also, it is worth noting that alcohol is not permitted in the carnival area. So, you can imbibe only in the food court area and festival area. And the beer booth will stop serving one hour before the festival is over.