Destinations & Events
With its more than 130,000 square feet of interactive, one-of-a-kind exhibits, the California Agriculture Museum showcases the marvels of agriculture and commercial trucking. Included in the display is the world`s largest and most unique collection of antique agricultural and truck equipment.
A must for railroad buffs, the Sacramento River Train -Yolo Shortline steam and diesel engines operate on weekends year round, featuring an unsurpassed ride through rich farmlands and conservation preserves – and maybe even survival of a visit form the Sierra Outlaws, Zombies on Halloween, sunset dinners, and Santa for the Holidays.
Saved from the wrecking ball in 1971, the restored Woodland Opera House is home to a variety of plays, musicals and concerts throughout the year. Built in 1896, it is Northern California`s oldest single-purpose theater outside of San Francisco. With the Woodland Opera House as a backdrop, the annual September Stroll Through History allows visitors to tour the historic district’s stately and elegant homes. Horses and carriages abound, and the sell-out event has been featured in Sunset magazine. Visitors also explore Main Street to browse for collectibles and other treasures in the antiques shops, take a guided tour of Dead Cat Alley, and shop the Corner Drug Store. Artisans proudly display their arts and crafts in Heritage Plaza.
Massive wooden columns, formal pediment and a uniquely original series of cut decorations spelling the name “Gibson” reflect some of the character of the ten-room home that now houses the Yolo County Historical Museum. The 1850s-70s Classical Revival-style home, built by William Byas Gibson and occupied by his family until 1963, now hosts rooms of furnishings depicting different styles and eras. Located a half-mile west of the County Fair Mall at 512 Gibson Road, the two-and-a-half acre park setting is open for picnicking during regular museum hours and is available on a fee basis for special events.
The Reiff Gas Station is another “cool” tourist attraction to visit in Woodland. On the corner of McKinley and Jefferson, Mark Reiff has brought nostalgia to life! The second Saturday in June, Mark hosts a Street Bash with a car show and live music.
Beautiful almond blossoms draw thousands of visitors to the annual Esparto Almond Festival, held in late February west of Woodland. Tasty almond products, food and beverages, as well as arts and crafts and the area’s hospitality, make this weekend a special celebration of rural tourism.
The Woodland Farmer`s Market is a summer season only market and features only the highest quality, locally grown produce. The Grand Opening is the last Saturday in May! and the Market is open every Saturday from 9am-12 noon and every Tuesday evening from 4:30pm-7pm. In addition to gorgeous fruits and vegetables, the market offers eggs, artisan breads, handcrafts, entertainment and more. The Market on Tuesdays is located on the lawn at Woodland Healthcare and is located at the Heritage Plaza at Main St. and Second Street in Downtown Woodland on Saturdays.
In August, Woodland hosts the Yolo County Fair – the only remaining free-admission fair in California. Even though there is no charge for admittance, entertainment for all ages abound at the event.
In September is the popular “Stroll through History” .
In December, the Chamber’s Woodland Holiday Parade – a tradition for more than 49 years and the third-largest in the state - is the beginning of the holiday season with a celebration attended by more than 30,000 people.
Other enjoyable sites-to-see in the area include:
- Winters and Clarksburg Wineries
- Pacific Star Gardens, a seasonal organic “u-pick” farm
- Cache Creek Conservancy Nature Preserve
- Reiff Gas Station
- Woodland Certified Farmer’s Market – Heritage Plaza (Saturday Mornings)& Woodland Healthcare Lawn (Tuesday evenings)
- California Agriculture Museum (formerly Heidrick Ag Museum)
- Stroll Through History
- Woodland Opera House
- Yolo County Fairgrounds
- Visit Yolo (formerly-Yolo County Visitors Burea)u – Phone: 877-713-2847.
- Sacramento River Train (formerly Yolo Shortline)
- Yolo County Historical Museum
- The Maples Wedding & Event Center