Summer is over, and it can seem like the fun days kind of slow down in the Fall. The Tustin Tiller Days Festival is here to provide a weekend of excitement to help summer go out with a bang, Here’s how you can take advantage of the best parts of the event, as well as a brief history so you know what the heck Tustin Tiller Days is all about.

Since 1957, our neighbor city of Tustin has been celebrating the harvest season and its agrarian nature with a large festival. It has traditionally been a time for friends and neighbors to come together to share in the bounty of their farms and ranches, to be thankful for what they have, and to just have a great time! In 1957, the first Tiller Days Parade was organized by Bill Moses, the publisher of the Tustin News. It has since grown to a massive three-day event with thousands of people enjoying the festivities.


In the early days, the parade consisted of open-top convertibles carrying the mayor, city council members, and other city officials. They were interspersed with riders on horseback, and the route was relatively short. Now, spectators can expect to see marching bands, floats, and all the trappings of a full-fledged parade! The route now begins on the corner of Main and Pacific and runs to the festival grounds on Prospect and Beneta. It starts on Saturday, October 6th at 10 am.


One of the other big draws to the Tiller Days celebration is the carnival. Get your wristband for unlimited rides on the carnival attractions, like roller coasters and the Ferris wheel. There will also be midway games where you can win prizes! Rides will be available for all ages, including the littlest Tustinites.

Pancake Breakfast

Saturday morning starting at 7:30, head to the library courtyard for a delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, and hot coffee, brought to you by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce.

Backyard Brewfest

Perhaps the biggest reason for grown-ups to go to Tustin Tiller Days is for the Backyard Brewfest. When you buy a wristband showing you are over 21, you will be able to sample beers from over 30 local craft breweries. And not just 3 or 4 tastings– unlimited tastings! Plus, you will be going home with a commemorative festival glass to go with all those great memories. While you’re sipping your suds, enjoy live music and other entertainment, as well as delicious food from local vendors.

Make your way to Tustin October 4-7 for this weekend of fun and friendship! They are expecting over 60,000 visitors over the weekend, so get your wristbands for rides and drinks early! Afterward, be sure to share your experience with us on Facebook and Instagram. And follow our blog here for more fun local events!