Sandhill Crane Festival


Did you know that each fall the Lodi region is home to a number of magnificent Sandhill Cranes? For years, these beautiful birds have made the rich Delta wetlands their winter home. 

To celebrate, for the past 15 years Lodi has hosted the Sandhill Crane Festival, a three-day event that includes tours, workshops, presentations, art shows, music, children’s activities and more. This year’s festival—the 16th annual—takes place Nov. 2–4. Entrance to the festival is free, as are most of the activities, though there is a cost for the tours.

The event takes place at Hutchins Street Square, 125 South Hutchins St. in Lodi. (Tours start from this locale, too.) And hey, a little birdie told me that the Friday afternoon tour is a great one to go on. So, FYI. Tour sold out? Go to the Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve by 4 p.m. to watch the “Friday Fly-In.” Then, attend the festival’s opening reception that night. It’s free!

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What: 16th Annual Sandhill Crane Festival
When: Nov. 2–4
Where: Hutchins Street Square, 125 South Hutchins St. in Lodi
Cost: Free except for tours