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April 19-21, 2024

9am to 12am

Thank you for joining us at the 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival

We had an amazing time at the 4th annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival! All proceeds benefit the Carlos Vieira Foundation’s Race for Autism campaign which helps families who have children living with Autism in Central California.

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Instagram: @CarlosVieiraFoundation

Saturday, April 22, 2023
9:00 AM Gates Open
10:00 AM Parade & Opening Ceremony
11:00 AM Tourada a Corda (Azores Style Bullfight by Rope) with Joe Vaz
1:30 PM Sociedade Filarmonica Recreio do Emigrante Portugues de Newark (Philharmonic Band)
2:00 PM Grupo Etnografico 9 Perolas Do Atlantico de Casa dos Acores (Folklore Dancing)
2:30 PM Groupo Rancho Folclorico Saudades do Ribatejo (Folklore Dancing)
3:00 PM Grupo Folclórico Mar Bravo (Folklore Dancing)
3:00-5:00 PM Fado (Wine and Cheese 3pm to 5pm)
3:30 PM Grupo Folclórico Bela Aurora (Folklore Dancing)
4:00 PM Groupo Folclorico Mar Alto (Folklore Dancing)
5:00 PM Luis Silva
6:00 PM The Portuguese Kids
7:00 PM Alex Ferrari
8:15 PM Jorge Ferreira
10:00 PM After Party with DJ Brown Sugar
11:00 PM After Party with DJ Marcos Shalom

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wine and Cheese Tasting
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cultural Exhibit
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Carnival

Sunday, April 23, 2023
2:00 PM Gates Open
2:30 PM DJ Bruno Frutado - Marcos Shalom
3:00 PM Luis Silva
3:30 PM Vavo Brito (Comedian)
4:00 PM Portuguese Bloodless Bullfight
Horsemen: Tiago Carreiras, Antonio Nuncio & Joe Correia
Bull Grabbers: Forcados Amadores de Merced & Forcados Luso-Americano
Music by Sociedade Filarmonica Lira Acoriana de Livingston (Philharmonic Band)

6:30 PM After Party with DJ Marcos Shalom
7:30 PM After Party with DJ Brown Sugar
8:00 PM Raffle Drawing - Win A Car / Cash and Sata Airlines Vouchers
2:00 PM-8:00 PM Carnival

The day after the Portuguese Festival, we will be holding the San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Bullfight. This professional bloodless bullfight will be held on Sunday, April 23rd at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds arena. Come out to support a great cause; Race for Autism. Gates open at 2pm for the carnival, bar, and food booth. The bullfight starts at 4pm and will be followed with live music.

Kids 10 and under are FREE

Purchase Tickets

Do you want the chance to win a car, cash prize or roundtrip flights to Portugal? Now is your chance! Get your raffle tickets online now for $20 each for your chance to win. All proceeds go directly to helping children with autism in the central valley.

The raffle drawing, brought to you by SATA Azores Airlines, will be held Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 8 PM after the San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Bloodless Bullfight. Winners will be contacted to claim their prize if not present at the event. A maximum of 5,000 tickers will be sold, so get yours soon!

The first drawing winner can choose a vehicle valued at up to $30K. The second drawing winner will win 2 flight vouchers with SATA Azores Airlines for roundtrip flights from Oakland or Boston to the Azores. If a minimum of 2,500 tickets are NOT sold, the first drawing will revert to a 50/50 raffle. Please visit our website for other terms and conditions.

Must be 18 or older to enter.

TICKETS $20ea.


SJVPF Map 2023

Thank you for your interest in being a sponsor for the 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival! Please review our various sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact us directly at (209) 394-1444 or email We look forward to partnering with you!

Sponsor Deck

Thank you for your interest in being a vendor for the 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival.

Vendor Booth Application (Print) - CLICK HERE  Vendor Booth Application (Online) - CLICK HERE

Temporary Food Facility Application - CLICK HERE

Temporary Food Permit Guidelines - CLICK HERE

The 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival will include great entertainment throughout the day! If your Portuguese performance group is interested in performing at the festival please complete the application below. 

For questions, please contact us at or 209-394-1444.

Click Here for our Performance Group Registration Application! CLICK HERE

The 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival will include great entertainment throughout the day! If you are interested in participating in the parade contest at the festival, please complete our parade contest registration form located below.

For questions, please contact us at or 209-394-1444.

For our Parade Contest Registration Application CLICK HERE

Are you traveling from out of town to spend the weekend at the San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival AND the Carlos Vieira Foundation's bloodless bullfight on April 22 and 23?

Book your hotel soon! Our hotel partners at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and Holiday Inn Express have some great options in Turlock!

Here are some hotels near the event.

Comfort Inn & Suites

Days Inn

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Holiday Inn Express

Overnight RV Parking is available at the fairgrounds. Limited hookups are available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are not accepted. If spaces with hookups are filled, dry camping spots are available.

Price per night: $50 (cash only) paid upon arrival

*Carlos Vieira Foundation is not responsible for operations of RV parking. Please contact the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds with any questions or concerns.

Coming from North

  • CA-99 S
  • Follow CA-99 S to Fulkerth Rd in Turlock. Take exit 214 from CA-99 S
  • Take exit 214 for Fulkerth Rd
  • Continue on Fulkerth Rd. Drive to N Broadway
  • Use any lane to turn left onto Fulkerth Rd Pass by Del Taco (on the left)
  • Turn right onto N Golden State Blvd
  • Slight right onto N Front St
  • Turn right onto N Broadway - Destination will be on the right

Coming from South

  • CA-99 N
  • Take exit 209 for Golden State Blvd
  • Follow S Golden State Blvd and S 1st St to N Broadway in Turlock
  • Continue onto S Golden State Blvd
  • Turn left onto E F St
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto S 1st St
  • Continue onto W Canal Dr
  • Turn right onto N Broadway - Destination will be on the left
  • No Outside Food or Drinks
  • No Pets Allowed
  • No Ice Chests
  • No Weapons
  • No Gang Attire

COVID-19 Statement: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. By entering this event, you agree to assume this risk.

COVID-19 Recommendations: Do not enter the event if you have any symptoms resembling those of COVID-19. Maintain social distancing regulations. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash and sanitize your hands often. Masks are recommended.

51FIFTY Main Stage Entertainment

Jorge Ferreira

Jorge Ferreira

Alex Ferrari

Alex Ferrari

Portuguese Kids

The Portuguese Kids

Vavo Brito

Vavo Brito

Luis Silva

Luis Silva

Cultural Exhibit Entertainment

Manuel and Carmencita

Manuel and Carmencita

DJ After Party

DJ Brown Sugar

DJ Brown Sugar

DJ Marcos Shalom

DJ Marcos Shalom

Presenting Sponsor

Our Presenting Sponsor, PFSA offers financial services to protect members and their families and provides cultural, social, educational and charitable activities.

PFSA has the largest membership and the financially strongest Portuguese Fraternal Benefit Society in the Nation. The PFSA Home Office is located in Modesto, CA and the Society is licensed to transact business in California, Nevada and Rhode Island and has 67 fraternal councils (local subordinate chapters). They are proud of the dreams and vision of their forefathers and continue to honor their vision by succeeding and meeting the challenges of the XXI century with dignity and pride.



Are you interested in being a sponsor for the 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival? Head up to the tabs and click on "sponsors" for more information!

Volunteer Now!

We are always looking for amazing people to join our organization and volunteer their time.  From events all over to simple fundraisers, we always have a need for more volunteers.