About The Festival

The 2021 Festival is Cancelled but Other Activities are Available

Due to COVID-19 uncertainties, plans for the festival have changed. These are the things we are doing to celebrate the return of the sandhill cranes:

  • A limited number of tours are available on this website.
  • An online art display is being prepared.
  • Other virtual experiences are being planned.
  • The website will be updated regularly with information about the cranes and their activities.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to negotiate this fall’s ever changing conditions. The Lodi Sandhill Crane Association is working hard to fulfill its mission to educate and raise awareness about the Sandhill Cranes.

Tours have limited space and require registration. Fees vary and on-line registration is required. On-line registration begins on September 5, 2021. Keep following us as details develop.



Long before Lodi existed, Sandhill Cranes descended into the rich delta wetlands at the end of a long migratory journey, some from nesting grounds as far away as Siberia. As they greeted California’s earliest explorers, these magnificent birds darkened the skies over winter marshes. In awe-inspiring numbers, and with a prehistoric call, stately gait, and elegant choreography, the Sandhill Crane continues to attract and inspire visitors.

Each year thousands of visitors make their way to Lodi area wildlife refuges and farmlands to experience first hand one of nature’s spectacles. The abundance of crane habitat continues to nourish our agricultural roots, with water, soil, and climate that sustains the birds, enriches our lives, and benefits our local economy.

For 24 years, Lodi’s Sandhill Crane Association has celebrated the return of the cranes. In partnership with the City of Lodi, we continue this tradition, welcoming an ever-growing circle of friends to our community to share the wonder of the Sandhill Crane … and so much more.

General Admission is FREE!
The online Art display will be available on the website for free. There may be fees associated with virtual presentations.
Nature Tours
Costs vary per tour. For information, cost, and times, please see the website for details.

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Woodbridge Ecological Reserve Tour 5:00 pm to 6:45 pm.

Woodbridge Ecological Tour 4:45 pm to 6:40 pm.

Various tours are available throughout the day.

Various tours are available throughout the day.

Woodbridge Ecological Reserve Tour 3:30 pm to 5:50 pm

Woodbridge Ecological Reserve Tour 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Festival Sponsors

Lodi Sandhill Crane Association, in partnership with the City of Lodi, gratefully acknowledge the support of these and others whose generosity makes the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival possible.

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