April 22, 2023

2022 San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival Was A Success

The Carlos Vieira Foundation was proud to host the 3rd Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival presented by PFSA, the Portuguese Fraternal Society of America! The festival was held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, CA on April 9th and 10th.

Come experience the Portuguese culture while supporting a great cause. Join us on April 22, 2023 for 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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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 info@carlosvieirafoundation.org. We look forward to partnering with you!

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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 info@carlosvieirafoundation.org or 209-394-1444.

Click Here for our Performance Group Registration Application! CLICK HERE


This family- friendly festival has something for everyone, including the Pacific Ag Rentals carnival area.

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 9th and 10th?

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

Book now by calling either location and mentioning "Portuguese Festival".

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott - (209) 668-3800

Holiday Inn Express - (209) 664-9999

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: $35 (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.

*By purchasing these tickets, the purchaser is affirming that the ticket holder will abide by all current covid guidelines.

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Portuguese Parade
  • Portuguese Parade

    Join us for the opening parade!

  • Carnival Rides

    Fun for the family, carnival rides galore!

Wine & Cheese Tasting
  • Wine & Cheese Tasting

    Looking to explore the flavors of Portugal? Stop by our wine and cheese tasting to taste the great pairings of wine and cheese imported from Portugal.

Portuguese Food
  • Portuguese Food Vendors

    Check out the amazing spread of authentic Portuguese Cuisine!


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David Demelo
  • David Demelo

    Now, let’s give a warm welcome to David DeMelo and his band! David is a Portuguese American artist from Massachusetts with Azorean roots from Sao Miguel & Flores. David started his music career at the age of 9, learning how to play guitar and has since dedicated his passion to music towards the Portuguese Culture and traditions. Throughout the years in his professional music career, he has written, composed and produced many songs in the Portuguese language. He continues to maintain the Portuguese language and culture alive outside of Portugal. He currently has four CDs released on all digital platforms and performs internationally in countries ranging from the US, Canada, Portugal, Venezuela and beyond.

Chico Avila
  • Emily

    For our first performance of the day, we would like to welcome Emily. Emily is a singer/songwriter who has 25 years of experience in the music industry. She has performed in the USA, Canada, Azores and on many cruises.

Zé dadega & ZéDuarte
  • Taylor Amarante

    Please welcome to the stage, Taylor Amarante, the son of Azorean immigrants from the island of São Jorge. Taylor of Santa Clara, CA has spent the last 6 years playing to crowds across California, the East Coast and Canada alongside the famed improv & sketch comedy group, The Portuguese Kids. Taylor has also featured at notable comedy clubs across the Bay Area like the San Jose Improv, Rooster T. Feathers, Tommy T’s and more. 

    When he’s not on stage he can be found with a microphone in hand on NBC Sports Bay Area or on the sidelines interviewing pro athletes at Paypal Park, home of the San Jose Earthquakes. Put your hands together for this funny Luso-Comedian as he tells the very true stories of growing up Portuguese… in America!”

Vavo Brito
  • Vavo Brito

    Say hello to everyone’s favorite Vavo "Vavo Brito", who is slowly becoming a popular comic figure internationally with viewers from all over the world. Some of Vavo's favorite things to do are laugh, drink wine, gossip about everyone's life, flirt with David DeMelo, and attend the traditional bull fights from Terceira.

Anthony Morais
  • Anthony Morais

    Next up, we have Anthony Morais. Anthony is a Portuguese American recording artist from New York. He began his musical career at the age of 8 learning the accordion with his father. Although he was born in the United States, he takes pride in keeping his Portuguese culture traditions alive through his music and performances. His music is available on all digital platforms. 

Luis Miguel Rocha
  • Luis Miguel Rocha

    We are excited to welcome Luis Rocha to the stage. Luis is a solo artist that performs concertina. He currently resides in New York but was born in a small city named Penafiel in Portugal. He started his music career at the age of six when he taught himself how to play concertina, sing and dance rancho. Luis has performed in various states on the East Coast and is excited to be here performing in California!

Alcides Machado
  • Alcides Machado

    Alcides immigrated to the United States from São Jorge, Azores, Portugal and has dedicated years to writing and producing for himself and other artists.

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 3rd Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival? Head up to the tabs and click on "sponsors" for more information!

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