La Habra Heights Avocado Festival

The city of La Habra Heights is the place for avocado lovers to be on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Why? For the La Habra Heights Avocado Festival, of course!

Where? The Park, located at 1885 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, CA. Offsite parking and admission is free. More information is available on the La Habra Heights Avocado Festival Facebook page.

Looking for information on other avocado festivals? View our list of California Avocado Festivals.

About the La Habra Heights Avocado Festival

The festival is an annual city and community-sponsored event celebrating the rich avocado history of La Habra Heights. Visitors from all ages enjoy food, snacks and even avocado ice cream! There will be games, a petting zoo provided by Sonora High School, a photo booth and face painting.

Build an avocado race car and test your speed on the Avocado Raceway. Or create the “Best Dressed” avocado with materials provided at the Festival! Don’t miss L.A. County Fire Department’s “Shakey Quakey” Earthquake simulator courtesy of the La Habra Heights Fire Department. There will also be live music from local artists and composers. There will be something fun for everyone to do!

avocado varieties at the la habra avocado festivalOver 100 varieties of avocados will be on display! And you will find historic exhibits, native trees and more inside the Gym at the Avocado Festival. Photo Courtesy of La Habra Heights Avocado Festival

julie frink at the la habra avocado festivalAvocado expert, Julie Frink Curator of the Avocado Variety Collection at the South Coast Research and Extension Center, speaks on planting, growing, grafting and care of avocados. Photo Courtesy of La Habra Heights Avocado Festival

History of Avocados in La Habra Heights

La Habra Heights played a major role in establishing the avocado industry in California, and worldwide. According to a survey in the 1930s, La Habra Heights had 1,292 acres of avocado orchards. In 1926, Whittier postal worker Rudolph Hass planted a grafted avocado tree on his property on West Road in the heart of the city. The graft did not take, but a seedling of unknown Mexican and Guatemalan heritage turned out to be the first Hass Avocado tree. Hass partnered with Harold Brokaw, a Whittier nurseryman, to grow and promote the Hass Avocado. Today, the bumpy–skinned Hass is the most well-known of all avocado varieties accounting for 95% of the avocado production in California. Although the original tree died in 2003, a plaque on West Road marks the location where the tree once grew. This Hass “Mother Tree” is the genetic parent of all Hass Avocados.

hass avocado plaque celebrated at the la habra avocado festivalThis plaque on West Road commemorates the first Hass Avocado tree. The tree was planted by Rudolph Hass in 1926. Photo Courtesy of La Habra Heights Avocado Festival

In 1930s, real estate developer Edwin G. Hart and other growers experimented with many different varieties of avocados–– and there are twenty-two streets in La Habra Heights whose names are associated with avocado history and varieties. The street name “Ahuacate” is from the Incan word for avocado. The La Habra Heights Historical Committee will have their “Street Sign” exhibit on display at the May 17 Avocado Festival which includes photos and information on all 22 “avocado” streets including Avocado Crest, Benik, Chota, Coban, Dorothea, Ganter, Kanola, Kashlan, Mayapan, Nabal, Panchoy, Pinto, Popenoe, Pueblo Crest, Rincon, Sharpless, and West—the home of the first Hass tree. 

la habra heights avocado festival poster

Will we see you there? Let us know if you’ll be stopping by in the comments!