Porchfest, Carnitas Festival and more entertain this fall

Winters native Katie Fry performs on Porch Two at Porchfest Sept. 18. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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Porchfest returned after two years of not being able to host due to challenges from the pandemic. Multiple other popular local events are also scheduled to make a comeback this fall.

Despite the scattered showers, a sprinkling of community members donned their umbrellas and ventured out to enjoy the Porchfest musical stroll.

Sarah Madsen, event organizer, posted on the Porchfest social media accounts, “And those who took a chance on the weather — You rule! You brought the sunshine out with you, thank you. The day was extra beautiful with you in it.”

The 2022 Porchfest musical event featured 20 musicians across eight porches on Main Street and Russell Street.

This year’s Porchfest t-shirt sales benefit the Winters High School Senior Class of 2023 Sober Grad Night and Winters Music Boosters. The limited supply of 2022 Porchfest t-shirts are available at the Winters Collective. Those sales also benefit the Class of 2023 Sober Grad Nite efforts and Winters Music Boosters.

Festival de Comunidad
The Festival de la Comunidad — Carnitas Festival returns to Winters on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4:30–10 p.m. at Rotary Park.

Free parking will be available at the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Co. parking lot off Grant Avenue. Yolobus is providing attendees with free transportation to and from the festival from 4:30–10:40 p.m.

The carnitas plates featuring carnitas, beans, rice and salsa are available for purchase for $20 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. or while supplies last.

There will also be an assortment of food trucks and food booths on site, as well as a vendor booth area and an art show gallery featuring art by John S. Huerta.

The festival entertainment features Bonanza King, Koyasan Spirit of Children Taiko, Mariachi Puente, Folklorico Jóvenes Unidos, singer Jimena Izquierdo, Mariachi Del Valle, and dance music from Baile con Batos de Arranque.

Salmon Festival
The Salmon Festival is scheduled to return on Nov. 5 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Rotary Park. Booths, vendors and food trucks will be hosted on site.More information will be released as it becomes available.

Harvest Festival
The downtown Winters Harvest Festival is kicking off three days of family-fun activities Oct. 28–Oct. 30.

The activity line up includes:

Friday, Oct. 28: From 3–10 p.m. there will be trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, live music, food, wine and more on downtown Main Street.

Saturday, Oct. 29: From 10 a.m.–3 p.m. a vendor fair featuring 120 local merchants on downtown Main Street.

Sunday, Oct. 30: The Winters High School Athletics Winters Spooktacular Fun Run and Costume Contest.

Spooktacular Fun Run
Nathan Vigil, a Winters High School senior, is reviving the Spooktacular Fun Run for his Senior Capstone project on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Rotary Park.

The 5K/10K begins at 8 a.m., and the One-mile Monster Dash for youth beings at 10 a.m.

Potential runners and walkers can register now online at https://tinyurl.com/yc4bwuyf.

Details and registration information is available on the event registration page.

Community members are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes for the costume contest.
Prizes will be awarded for Individual and Group categories.

Race proceeds directly benefit the WHS cross country program.

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