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April Events & Festivals: Cupertino

Cupertino's Cherry Blossom Festival is This Weekend!

Cherry Blossoms; CC Peter Lee
Cherry Blossoms

It's the Annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival, honoring their Sister City relationship with Toyokawa, Japan.

Enjoy delicious Japanese foods and beverages, outdoor entertainment by Taiko Drum groups, classical Japanese dancers, martial art schools and musical groups, large koi fish display and more.

Explore the indoor Japanese cultural displays and demonstrations - Bonsai, doll making, flower arranging, Origami - at the Cupertino Community Center.

Browse over sixty arts and crafts booths - offering cards, pottery, washi eggs and dolls, Japanese antiques, clothing - and have the kidlettes participate in the Kidz Zone.

What: Cherry Blossom Festival
When: April 23 - 24, 2016
Where: Cupertino, Santa Clara County, Bay Area

And you know I love to say this: And the admission is FREE!

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

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April Events & Festivals: Petaluma

Petaluma celebrates All Aboard! Next Stop Petaluma! this weekend with Butter and Egg Days

Butter & Egg Days Parade Spectators; Photo Courtesy of PetalumaDowntown.com
Butter & Egg Days Parade Spectators; Photo Courtesy of PetalumaDowntown.com

All Aboard! Next Stop Petaluma! is the theme for the 35rd Annual Butter and Egg Days Parade and Festival, taking place on April 23rd, celebrating all things hatched, incubated, planted and raised in Petaluma - including their new SMART Train, which brings passenger service back to the heart of Petaluma.

The perrenial Butter & Egg Days provides fun that includes a special Kids Parade, the festival of arts and crafts booths, tasty food offerings, the Cutest Chick Contest, and a traditional Cow Chip Throwing Contest.

An added bonus: Stick around for the weekend and you can also enjoy the Petaluma Antique Faire on Sunday! Petaluma's Historic Downtown is one of the Bay Area's premier antique centers, and during the twice annual Faires, Petaluma is transformed into an antique marketplace!

What: Butter & Egg Days
When: April 23 - 24, 2016
Where: Petaluma, Sonoma County

You get two great events in one fabulous weekend!

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

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April Events & Festivals: Paradise

Gold Nugget Days: Celebrating Dogtown's 54-Pound Gold Nugget!

Dogtown Nugget Marker; Photo by Wolf Rosenberg
Dogtown Nugget Marker; Photo by Wolf Rosenberg

That's one heck-of-a big nugget! Most folks figure they're lucky to find a few ounces of gold flakes or dust.

And this 54-pounder was responsible for putting Dogtown (which was later renamed Magalia, and which is just up the road from Paradise) on the California Gold Rush Map!

Since 1959 (the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Dogtown Nugget), the folks of Magalia and Paradise have joined forces - via the Gold Nugget Museum - to remember that nugget and all the good-ole-days stuff that went along with it.

Come on up to Paradise April 23 and 24 to explore Tent City where 1859 miners are living and working along the West Branch of the Feather River, panning for gold.

Enjoy a fast game of cards and a glass of beer at the ole saloon (after the deputy checks your ID); take in the Dogtown Revue (Saturday); cheer for your favorite donkey in the Donkey Derby (Saturday)...

Other Eureka finds over the weekend: a deep-pit BBQ, gold panning, a carnival, a petting zoo, and the Saturday evening melodrama. There's lots to see and do during Gold Nugget Days! Don't miss the big parade on Saturday!

What: Gold Nugget Days
When: April 23 - 24, 2016
Where: Paradise, Butte County

California Gold Rush, déjà vu all over again!

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Insider Secret: Do you know how Paradise got it's name? There used to be a saloon called the Pair O' Dice. The town took its corrupted version of the name from the saloon and the rest is history - true story, or so I'm told!

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

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April Events & Festivals: San Francisco

The San Francisco International Film Festival begins April 21st...

SF International Film Festival; CC Steve Rhodes
SF International Film Festival; CC Steve Rhodes

... and runs through May 5th - 15 days of World Cinema films, documentaries, and works by new directors, in addition to live and onstage musical presentations, and shorts - 200 features in all.

Add the glam crowd, Awards Night, and several special events with accompanying parties to the mix, and you're sure to find something to your liking!

It's been the happening Spring event in San Francisco since 1957 and it just keeps getting bigger and better every year!

The festival is now based in the Mission neighborhood, with events taking place at Alamo Drafhouse New Mission, Gray Area, Public Works, Roxie Theater, Victoria Theater, plus the Castro Theatre, Mezzanine, Proxy, and BAMPFA in Berkeley.

What: San Francisco International Film Festival
When: April 21 - -May 5, 2016
Where: Various Bay Area Venues

Here's an Idea - Let's take in a Picture Show!

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

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April Events & Festivals: Redding

Revisiting the Days of Back Seat Bingo and Bent Eights

Kool Chevy; CC Rick Bonetti
Kool Chevy; CC Rick Bonetti

What's buzzin, cuzzin? It's Kool April Nites, Daddy-O! So grab your Cats and your Dolly and burn rubber on up to Redding next week for chrome-plated cruisin' with the Hotties!

Old fashioned burgers... bobby sox and ponytails... classic hot rods, and show and shines... you'll find all that and more including a true-blue, genuine Cruise, plus concerts every nite!

What: Kool April Nights
When: April 16 - 24, 2016
The Cruise is April 22, and the Main Car Show is April 23
Where: Redding, Shasta County

It's made in the shade that you'll have a blast from the past
at Kool April Nights!

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

To find more Events and Festivals: April through June, July through Septemberand Fun Food Festivals


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April Events & Festivals: National Parks Fee-Free Days

National Parks Week is Coming Up & Parks are Free!

Lassen Volcanic NP; CC Stephen Coles
Lassen Volcanic NP

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 concessionaires are also offering special experiences and discounts to visitors, making fee-free days an even better bargain!

The next event starts this weekend, so... bundle up, get outdoors, and enjoy your National Parks!

What: National Parks Week Fee Free Days
When: April 16 - 24, 2016
Where: Whiskeytown, Lassen, Yosemite

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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