Your El Portal Area Guide
Events and Things to Do in El Portal and Yosemite
Famous for being the home to Yosemite National Park, El Portal is a mecca for adventure, beauty, events and fun things to do. When it comes to fun annual events and great things to do, El Portal and Yosemite can't be beat.
Annual Events and Fun Things to Do in the Greater El Portal and Mariposa Area
Mariposa Storytelling Festival
Since 1986, Mariposa has hosted an annual event every March that parallels the lines of some of the most ancient forms of entertainment, communication and history-keeping in existence—that of storytelling—with the Mariposa Storytelling Festival. Featuring music, humor, history and local culture, there's a reason this festival has stuck around and been so popular for so long—it's an enlightening good time that just gets better year after year.
Mariposa Annual Butterfly Festival
When the first weekend of May rolls around in Mariposa, you'll know it's time for butterflies. Why is there a butterfly festival in Mariposa? Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish, and the town gladly celebrates its namesake with a fun-filled weekend of a live butterfly releases, a parade, a wonderful art and artisan show, live entertainment and a whole lot more. So make some time to attend the Mariposa Annual Butterfly Festival this coming May! Kids will especially love the live butterfly release that is truly a wonder to behold and a beautiful harbinger of spring. Come celebrate with us!
Weekend in the Country: A Tomato Fest
Every fall, as September comes to its end and the tomatoes are growing up all around us, Mariposa County invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate the great tomato in all of its wonderful forms. Return to a simpler place and enjoy the incredible beauty of California's Sierra Foothills during A Weekend in the Country: A Tomato Fest. All the good times include: family fun, all kinds of heirloom tomatoes and veggies, contests, farm visits, tomato workshops, arts and crafts and even a dunk tank.