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Events and Festivals: July through September

Now you can find fabulous Events and Festivals from all over Northern California, in one convenient location. Looking for a nearby July event? August? September? You'll find them here!

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August Events & Festivals: National Parks

National Parks are Fee-Free for Their Giant Birthday Celebration!

Lassen Volcanic NP; CC Stephen Coles
Lassen Volcanic NP

It's their 100th birthday, they're throwing a party, and you're invited to attend, free of charge!

Many U.S. National Parks are participating in fee-free days, meaning the fees normally charged for entrance to the parks will be waived.

Those in Northern California include Whiskeytown Unit National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Yosemite National Park -

Here are the fee-free dates for 2016:

  • January 18, which honors Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 16-24, which is the National Park Week
  • August 25 - 28, the National Park Service's birthday
  • September 24, National Public Lands Day, and...
  • November 11, celebrating our nation's veterans on Veterans Day

And many National Park food, transportation, and lodging concessioners are also offering special experiences and discounts to visitors, making fee-free days an even better bargain!

The next event takes place August 25 - 28, 2016, so get outdoors, and enjoy your National Parks!

More good news:
"Many of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee!"

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For more about the area around Whiskeytown, visit Discover Shasta County; see Discover Tehama County for the Gateway to Lassen; and for more about Yosemite, see Discover Yosemite National Park. To see photos of Yosemite, check out our Facebook album, Yosemite National Park in Winter.

To find more Events and Festivals: January through March, April through June, and Fun Food Festivals

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August Events & Festivals: Gridley

Opening Day at the Butte County Fair is a Steal!

Butte County Fair Midway; Photo courtesy of ButteCountyFair.org
Butte County Fair Midway, courtesy ButteCountyFair.org

Seniors and children under 12 get in FREE at the Butte County Fair in Gridley on opening night (Thursday) - how great is that!

And that's just the beginning of four days of fun with entertainment by Marty Martin, Kymmi & The Diamondback, Highway 20, and Long Time; the Midway of Fun carnival with rides and games of chance and skill; 4-H/FFA livestock shows; local team roping; big wheel races; and Splash Dogs - dock jumping, diving, and big air dogs struttin' their stuff.

But there's plenty more county fair fun to be had as well: catch the tractor pull and destruction derby at the arena; Gypsy Time Travelers and Kids Imagination Zone for the kiddies; food contests; Missette, Miss Teen, and Miss Butte County competitions; Farmer's Hall and exhibits of all kinds; and fun fair food booths!

What: Butte County Fair
When: Thursday, August 25 - Sunday, August 28, 2016
Where: Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley

Butte County Fair has been "Creating memories for over 75 years!"

Butte County lodging

For more about the area, visit Discover Butte County. To see photos of the area, check out our Facebook albums.

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August Events & Festivals: San Jose

Whether you're Italian or Simply Love Italy, You Can't Miss the Italian Family Festa this Weekend!

Italian Family Fest Crowd; CC Allie Caulfield
Italian Family Fest Crowd; CC Allie Caulfield

The 36th annual Italian Family Festa gets underway this weekend in San Jose to celebrate Italian food, culture, and family.

Of course there's entertainment! Discover the magic of The Fratello Marionettes as they're brought to life by Kevin Menegus and Fred Riley. Or sing along to your favorite Italian songs with Tom Torriglia.

Mangia - enjoy spaghetti & meatballs, pizza, cannoli, gelato... just some of the yummy authentically Italian foods that await.

Sample local wines while you stroll through the olive and lemon tree strung arbors of the Wine Gardens.

Join in on the fun or just enjoy the antics at the Brava Squadra D'uva Family Grape Stomp Contest.

Test your pitching arm with a bocce ball. And bring the kids, 'cause there's bambino bocce too! Where's it happening? It's the...

What: Italian Family Festa
When: Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28, 2016
Where: History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose

AND, discover everything you ever wanted to know about Italian culture at Villaggio Culturale Italiano!

Hotels in San Jose

For more about the area, visit Discover Santa Clara County.

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August Events & Festivals: Samoa

Last Lumber-style Cookhouse Standing

Timber Heritage Association Banner; Courtesy of TimberHeritage.org
Timber Heritage Assn Banner courtesy TimberHeritage.org

Well, one of the last, but it's a pretty amazing experience none-the-less!

And on Saturday the Samoa Cookhouse, Roundhouse, Historic Shops and Museum are central to the Oysters, Salmon, Ales and Rails fundraising event, which supports the Clarke Museum and the Timber Heritage Association.

Ride the rails aboard the Timber Heritage crew car speeder, partake in the festivities - BBQ salmon served with salad, baked beans and soda; Oysters, ales and wines available for additional purchase; kid's hot dog meal available too; live music, artisan booths, and kid activities - and spend an afternoon in historic Samoa, where they've been "Preserving Humboldt County's Timber History since 1977"!

What: Salmon, Oysters, Ales & Rails
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Where: Samoa Roundhouse & Shops, Samoa in Humboldt County

The dinner bell's ringin' - Come and get it in Humboldt Bay!

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For more about this area of California's North Coast, take a peek at Discover Humboldt.

To find more Events and Festivals: July through September, October through December, and Fun Food Festivals

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Trinity County

Trinity County is as astonishing for what it doesn't have (traffic lights, freeways, or parking meters) as it is for what it does have (mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes).

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