California Riverfest

Last Saturday, 8/24, I decided to take a drive to California for the opening day of their 2 day Riverfest. After being detoured around my normal routes into town because of the event, I arrived ( through Coal Center ) at the north end of California. Quickly found a place to park & walked up to a spot near 3rd & Union to watch the parade with about 15 min to spare. I had a nice shady spot & some folks to talk to, so all was good.
In addition to some marching groups there were fire/emergency vehicles from : Stockdale, So Brownsville, Brownsville, W Brownsville, Fallowfield & Ellsworth, among others.
And, in the middle of them all was the, almost ever-present, PA State District Representative Bud Cook, passing out candy. I scored a few pieces. Thanks for being available, and accessible, Bud.
Lower Wood St was lined with the tents of 45-50 vendors and the crowd was getting thicker all the  time.
Thanks to the sponsors, organizers & volunteers who got it done. And thanks to Mother Nature for a really beautiful day.
Remember. Keep having fun out there. We live in a beautiful valley. Take advantage.

California, PA: A Surprisingly Historic Area


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Who says day trips are a summer activity? With the perfect to do list, you can enjoy a day of traveling and an array of activities that are both fun and warm and cozy. And if that sounds good to you, we can’t think of a better place to travel than California, Pennsylvania.


Located along the Monongahela River in Washington County, the borough of California is best known for the California University of Pennsylvania. And sure, it’s worth walking through the school’s campus if you’re able to. However, this lovely town has more to offer to visitors than college-esque hotspots! Let us show you what else is worth visiting:

  • One place worth visiting is the California Public Library. The best libraries are housed in beautiful old buildings, and this one is no exception. Set inside an old train station, the library even displays a caboose displayed on its lawn. With a historic location and daily activities, this library is a great spot for a traveling family.
  • If you feel like bundling up and exploring more of the outdoors, the California Union Memorial Park isn’t far from its library. The memorial park houses the local cemetery, where one of the town’s founders lies. Soldiers from the War of 1812 and the Civil War also lie at rest here. Interestingly, there are two 60-foot retaining walls plastered with old grave markers, instead of the stones being buried in the ground. California Union Memorial Park is not an average cemetery, and is worth your time if weather permits a visit.
  • But if you’d rather stay indoors, you may want to visit the California Area Historical Society. Housed in a building that’s over one hundred years old, the society houses records on the history of Washington, Greene, and Fayette Counties, the Civil War regimental history, and local history. They focus in genealogy and history alike – so you may be surprised by what you find here.

California is a surprising center of history in Pennsylvania, and well worth your time and attention. As with all small towns, confirming seasonal hours before your visit is highly recommended!

Ready to plan a trip to the historic area of California, PA? In addition to Googling other local activities or browsing our website bio on the town, you can visit our website calendar to see upcoming activities!

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