Gilroy Garlic Festival

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Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival Logo
BeginsLast Friday in July
EndsFollowing Sunday
VenueChristmas Hill Park
Location(s)Gilroy, California
Coordinates36°59′52″N 121°35′7″W / 36.99778°N 121.58528°W / 36.99778; -121.58528Coordinates: 36°59′52″N 121°35′7″W / 36.99778°N 121.58528°W / 36.99778; -121.58528
CountryUnited States
Years active41

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a food festival in the United States, held annually in Gilroy, California, on the last full weekend in July at Christmas Hill Park. The most recent festival was held on 26–28 July 2019. Since there was no event in 2020, the 42nd is deferred to 2021.[1]

An annual three-day event,[2] the Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the country's best known food festivals, drawing visitors from across the nation.[3] Located about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of San Jose, Gilroy is home to about 60,000 people, and the city is a major producer of garlic.[2] The festival is Gilroy's top fundraiser, staffed with volunteers to raise money for nonprofit groups including clubs and schools.[3]


The Garlic Festival has been held every year since 1979, except 2020 when it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rudolph J. Malone, then President of Gavilan College in Gilroy, was inspired by a small town in France which hosted an annual garlic festival and claimed to be the "Garlic Capital of the World." Malone started the festival, which now draws more than hundreds of thousands of paying visitors a year.[4]

2019 shooting[edit]

On July 28, 2019, a mass shooting occurred at the 41st edition of the festival.[3] Three people were killed, in addition to the gunman, and 12 others were injured.[5][6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ford, Eddie (29 June 2019). "Girloy Garlic Festival 2019". Eddie Ford.
  2. ^ a b Bogel-Burroughs, Nicholas; Fortin, Jacey (July 28, 2019). "Gilroy Festival Shooting in California Kills at Least 3". The New York Times. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Vo, Thy; Sulek, Julia Prodis; Green, Jason (July 28, 2019). "Four dead, including suspect, and at least 15 hurt after shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival". The Mercury News. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Jr, Robert Mcg Thomas (1998-11-03). "Rudolph Melone, 73, Founder of California's Gilroy Garlic Festival". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  5. ^ "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: Suspect Santino William Legan, 19, identified as gunman who allegedly killed 3 people". ABC News. July 29, 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: 3 killed, 12 wounded, gunman dead -". July 29, 2019.


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