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Things To Do in Northern California: CA Missions

5 Northern California missions you should see

Carmel Mission;
CC Roger Wollstadt
Carmel Mission

Carmel Mission: Officially San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, Carmel Mission was originally founded in 1770 in Monterey (relocating later to Carmel) and served as the headquarters for the Alta California missions and for Father Junipero Serra, founder of California's mission system. Today it is an active parish and a museum. It's also the only California mission to still have its original bell tower dome.
Location: 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA

Sonoma Mission: Officially San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, Sonoma Mission is part of Sonoma State Historic Park. It was the last of the California missions to be built and at the epicenter of the Bear Flag Revolt. Visit the mission, Sonoma Barracks, General Vallejo's home (Lachryma Montis), and the largest original pueblo plaza in California.
Location: NE corner of Spain and First Streets, Sonoma, CA

Mission Dolores: Officially San Francisco de Asis, Mission Dolores is the oldest San Francisco building to have survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and it's still an active parish today - playing a vital role in the Mission District community - 238 years after its establishment.
Location: 3321 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

Mission Santa Clara: Officially Santa Clara de Asis, this mission is surrounded by Santa Clara University (the university having been built up around the mission) - and it's the only California mission that's on a university campus. Today it serves as a parish church and the chapel for the university.
Location: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

Mission San Juan Bautista: Known simply as San Juan Bautista, the mission is an active parish today, having served mass every day without fail since 1797. Visit the mission, the museum, soldiers' barracks, a nunnery, the cemetery, and the gardens. Then take the historic walking tour around the city of San Juan Bautista.
Location: 2nd and Mariposa Streets, San Juan Bautista, CA

Experience California's history under Spanish rule first hand!

For more about all of the missions of California: Discover California Missions.

November Event: Madera

Don't Miss the Pomegranate Grenade Launch!

Pomegranate Fest Logo;
Logo courtesy of PomegranateFestival.com
Pomegranate Fest Logo

Pomegranates are more and more in the news as a nutritional powerhouse, touted to have significant benefits in the prevention of heart disease.

And Madera, California is the Heart of Pomegranate Country.

In it's fourth year, the Madera Pomegranate Festival - Saturday, November 1st at the Madera Airport - features vendors showcasing numerous pomegranate products, live music, kids' activities, art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, and the wildly-popular Pomegranate Grenade Launch that you won't want to miss!

Plus they'll be announcing the winners of the Pomegranate Cooking/Recipe Competition.

Pom Fest 2014
Saturday, 11/1/2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Madera Airport, 4020 Aviation Drive

Pomegranates are great in more than juice. Everything from pomegranate honey, pomegranate wine, pomegranate infused foods and so much more will be on display.

For more about the Central Valley, visit Discover California's Great Central Valley.

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Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County, California holds many surprises for the Northern California traveler, even for native Californians.

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November Event: Murphys

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in - wait for it - Murphys!

Day of the Dead in Murphys;
Courtesy of VisitMurphys.com
Day of the Dead in Murphys courtesy of VisitMurphys.com

Why would Murphys celebrate the Day of the Dead, you might ask? Well, Murphys is in Calaveras County, and calaveras means skulls - a common symbol for the holiday. Makes sense now, doesn't it!

Historic Murphys annually celebrates Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos with authentic cultural art, food, sugar skulls, face painting, live music and altars celebrating the lives of those who have passed on but are with us in heart and spirit.

Traditional folklorico dancers and musicians perform at picturesque Murphys Community Park, in the heart of downtown, with food and drinks for sale, followed by a Catrina and Catrin dress contest at Black Bart Theater, culminating in a candlelight procession back to Murphys Community Park.

Be sure to bring your flashlight and warm clothing.

Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muertos will be available for purchase after the ceremony.

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Downtown Murphys

Feliz Dia de los Muertos

For more about Calaveras County, you could start with Discover Calaveras County.

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Events and Festivals January through March

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

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October Event: Chico

Treat Street is Safe and Fun for Kidlettes Under 12!

Downtown Trick-or-Treat;
CC Joe
Downtown Trick-or-Treat, CC Joe

It's simple... wear a costume, bring a parent and get ready to stroll downtown Halloween-style.

Last year, 90 businesses were listed on the Treat Street route. Be on the look out for special posters in the windows of participating businesses. Activities, entertainment and special vendors will be set up in City Plaza as well.

Think your costume is top notch? Be sure to enter the Treat Street Costume Contest in city plaza for a chance to win one of many wonderful prize packages from our very generous downtown businesses!

Treat Street
Friday, October 31, 2014, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown Chico

Downtown Chico fun for the whole family!

For more about Chico, visit Discover Chico, California. To see photos of Chico, check out any of our many Chico Facebook albums.

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October Event: Sacramento

Boo at the Zoo: 2 Nights of Ghoulish Fam Fun!

Boo at the Zoo Ghosts of 2012;
Photo Courtesy of SacZoo.org
Boo at the Zoo Ghosts of 2012, Courtesy of SacZoo.org

Get your Boo at the Zoo on at the Sacramento Zoo on Thursday or Friday, come rain or come shine.

Kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations! Other activities include magic shows, costume dance party, ghoulish games, and lots of family fun!

You can also ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for an additional fee.

Please note: Only the front half of the Zoo will be open during this event. The spookiness is appropriate for children under 10 years of age.

Boo at the Zoo
Thursday, 10/30 or Friday, 10/31/2014, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sacramento Zoo, Sutterville Road and Land Park Drive

Safe Trick-or-Treats for the wee ghosts and goblins!

For more about Sacramento, visit Discover Sacramento, California. To see photos of William Land Park (home of the Sacramento Zoo), our Facebook album.

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Things To Do in Northern California: Jamestown

Attention All RR Enthusiasts!

Engine 3 in the Railtown 1897 Roundhouse;
CC Wayne Hsieh
Engine 3 in the Railtown 1897 Roundhouse by Wayne Hsieh

Hidden away in the Gold Country foothills – in Jamestown, to be exact – is Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, “home to one of America’s last intact, still-operating railroad roundhouses."

Its nickname is “The Movie Railroad” because many of the locomotives and cars have been used in more movie and TV productions than you can shake a railroad spike at!

Visit the shops and roundhouse any day, but visit on the weekends and take a tour through the foothills behind a real steam locomotive!

All aboard!!!

To find more adventures in Northern California's Gold Country, check out Discover the Adventure: Visit California Gold Rush Sites.

For more about what there is to see and do in Northern California, visit: DiscoverNorthernCalifornia.com

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October Event: Sacramento

Book Lovers Unite:
At the California Capital Book Festival this Weekend!

California Capital Book Festival Banner; Courtesy CCBookFestival.com
California Capital Book Festival Banner, Courtesy CCBookFestival.com

The inaugural 2014 California Capital Book Festival is a free public event for book lovers, featuring prize-winning authors, presentations, children’s entertainers and activities, booksellers and other exhibitors.

Meet and hear famous authors and illustrators, from across the US and around the world, as they present and sign their books.

Visit special venues: Culinary Delights, Kids Alley, Field of Sports, and All Things Pets. The Book Festival will feature hundreds of authors, publishers, booksellers, comics, graphic novels, rare books, and special entertainment.

First Annual California Capital Book Festival
Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento

Check out their website -
if you love books, this is one festival you won't want to miss!

For more about the Sacramento area, visit Discover Sacramento, California. To see photos of the city of Sacramento, check out any of our Sacramento Facebook albums.

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October Event: Half Moon Bay

Something New For All Our NorCal Brew Loving Fans Out There!

Beer Taps;
Courtesy HMBBrewingCo.com
Beer Taps Courtesy HMBBrewingCo.com

The famous Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is launching the first ever Coastside Brewfest this Saturday to spotlight Bay Area and Coastside breweries like themselves (of course), Mavericks Brewing, 21st Amendment, Cellarmaker, Drakes, and many many more.

Seventeen amazing craft breweries, in fact! The $25 price includes unlimited tastes until the brew runs out, a keepsake Coastside Brewfest tasting glass, and live music by special guest, Paul Hayward .

Off the Grid food trucks will be on site with a wide variety of local specialties, but if you prefer sit-down, the HMB Brewing Company will be open for business with their sustainable coastal cuisine.

A portion of Beerfest proceeds will benefit the charity, Coastside Hope.

First Annual Coastside Brewfest
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Waterfront Parking Lot of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Here's your chance to try some new brews while getting in on the ground floor of what is sure-to-be an extremely popular new Brewfest!

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October Event: Berkeley

A Creepy Halloween Meets the Lawrence Hall of Science!

Bunnicula Strikes Again;
CC Matt MacQ
Bunnicula Strikes Again, Photo by Matt MacQ

Make your Halloween creepy by taking part in the Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley this weekend!

Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you'll ever see, in the Animal Discovery Room. But beware Bunnicula the Vampire Bunny and Wart the Witche's Toad!

Then join the Witches Cauldron Robot for Halloween-themed engineering activities.

The haunted robot was developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE). But you can build your own robot, then test to see which spooky, creepy items your robot can drop into the Witches' Caldron. Can you stomach gooey eyeballs?

Happy Creepy Halloween
Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2014
The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley

Get into the Halloween spirit with creepies, crawlies,
vampires and vwitches!

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October Event: Coloma

Just in Time for Halloween, Enter Boos and Brews!

Window of Marshall's Cabin in Coloma;
CC Stephen Curtin
Window of Marshall's Cabin in Coloma by Stephen Curtin

More California Gold Country ghostly shenanigans are coming this weekend.

Head on up to Coloma, site of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, on Saturday for the Ghost Walk of Coloma, where spirits of the Gold Rush from James Marshall to Mickey Free will meet and greet through the telling of their stories by your tour guide.

You'll enjoy THIS spooky history lesson!

Return on Sunday to mix your boos with some brews as you enter the haunted Pioneer Cemetery to meet the restless resident specters from the Lady in Burgundy to those who were hanged on the hill.

After the spooky adventure, get thee over to the still-spirited Sierra Nevada House for a bolstering brew and more stories.

Ghostly Tours and Boos and Brews
Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2014
Coloma, CA

These are popular tours, so advance ressies are highly recommended!

For more about Marshall Gold Discovery SHP, visit Discover the Adventure: The Discovery of Gold in California. To see photos of same, check out our Facebook album, Coloma: Marshall Gold Discovery State Park.

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October Event: Coursegold

Coarsegold Tarantula Festival

Tarantula Fest Poster;
Courtesy of CoarsegoldHistoricVillage.com
Tarantula Fest Poster, Courtesy CoarsegoldHistoricVillage.com

I love reporting on this festival every year - not because I'm especially fond of tarantulas (I'm not!), but because it's one of those unexpected things you stumble on sometimes that just captures the imagination.

Actually, the name has been changed to Tarantula Awareness Festival to more accurately portray the event's purpose, which is to draw attention to the likeable side of these creepy, crawly arachnids.

The festival takes place in Coarsegold Historic Village near Oakhurst (in California's famous Gold Country) on Saturday, October 25th, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and activities include the Arachnidan Presentation, Trick or Treat Parade, decorating pumpkins, the Scream Off Contest, the Hairy Leg Contest, a Children's Tarantula Race, and much more.

Haven't you always wanted to hold a tarantula?
Learn all about 'em on Saturday!

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October Event: Sacramento

Celebrate Halloween in a ghoulishly different way this year!

Spooky Sutter's Fort;
CC Vince Viloria
Spooky Sutter's Fort by Vince Vilaria

Check out the fifth annual The Haunted Fort at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park this weekend (Friday and Saturday)!

Back by popular demand, the historic site will offer special lantern-lit guided tours - for two evenings only – that are based in fact but with a decidedly creepy twist.

Sutter’s Fort was once a portal for weary pioneers and now serves as the gateway to their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special event. With a theme of Trials and Tribulations, and amid the glow of campfire, daring visitors will go on guided tours through the darkened rooms and hear unusual and intriguing tales of how some of California’s early pioneers perished throughout history.

Tours leave every 10 minutes and may not be appropriate for very young children. Advance tickets are recommended

The Haunted Fort
October 24 and 25, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento

Don't miss out on this fabulously spooky history lesson!

For more about Sutter's Fort and other historic Gold Rush sites in Northern California, visit Discover the Adventure: Visit California Gold Rush Sites. To see photos of Sutter's Fort, check out our Facebook album, A Virtual Tour of Sutter's Fort.

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Things To Do in Northern California: Tahoe City

Want adventure on your Lake Tahoe vacay?

Part of the Windchimes Course;
Photo Courtesy of NorthTahoeAdventures.com
Part of the Windchimes Course

How does Ropes Course, Ziplines, Skyjump Bungee Trampoline, and Climbing Wall sound?

Best part?

You'll find them all at the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park in near Tahoe City!

An aerial adventure park is just about what it sounds like: a bunch of courses up in the treetops that link one tree platform to the next, with various means of getting from one to the other.

Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park offers the Flying Squirrel Courses for beginners and kids (5+), and Monkey Courses for beginners through advanced canopy explorers.

Acrophobic? Did we mention they also have Miniature Golf?

To find more adventures around Lake Tahoe, check out Discover Lake Tahoe.

For more about what there is to see and do in Northern California, visit: DiscoverNorthernCalifornia.com

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October Event: Gilroy/Morgan Hill

Touring three fave wineries in - wait for it -
Gilroy and Morgan Hill! Who knew?

Clos LaChance Winery;
CC K. Todd Storch
Clos LaChance Winery by K. Todd Storch

Seems like everyone in California is getting into the wine business as more and more wineries crop up and new appellations are created almost daily. And the Gilroy/Morgan Hill areas of Santa Clara County are no exception.

To find out more, take the guided South Bay Wine Tour this Saturday and visit Clos La Chance for the upgraded wine tasting plus a lunch picnic on the patio; then hop on over to Hippi-style Satori Cellars for tastings of Chardonnay of the Pink-Ray, two more wines, and one of their award-winning reds; wrapping up the day is a stop at Castillo's Hillside Shire Winery where you'll likely be serenaded by the Castillos, and where your tasting will be inside the authentically created Hobbit Shire!

South Bay Wine Tour
Saturday, October 18, 2014
11:15 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.

Tour is limited, so you might want to call 408-867-9661
to see if space is still available.

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

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October Event: Springville

Head on up to Springville in Tulare County -
Gateway to the Giant Sequoia National Monument!

Springville Apple Festival;
Courtesy of springville.ca.us
Springville Apple Festival

It's time for the 34th Annual Springville Apple Festival, October 18th and 19th.

This is the place to be for a safe and sane family fun weekend of pancake breakfasts each morning, quality vendors offering handcrafted and hand-embellished arts and crafts, music, clowns, kid games, carnival rides, and a large variety of food booths.

Don't forget all the yummy apple treats - apple pies, turnovers, strudels, breads and cakes, tamales, fries and burritos ...

And - for the more active among us - the Apple Run and the Fat Tire Classic Mountain Bike Race.

Springville Apple Festival
October 18 and 19, 2014
Where: Springville, Tulare County, off Highway 190

You may be surprised to learn that this festival attracts
over 30,000 people every year!

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Food, Bulbous Food

If there was one thing that defined my experience of San Francisco, it was the eating. Everywhere I went there were people shoving calories down their

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October Event: Big Sur

Discover the 23rd Annual Big Sur Jade Festival -
not far from Big Sur's Jade Cove!

Big Sur Jade Festival Gem;
Photo Courtesy of bigsurjadefest.com
Big Sur Jade Festival Gem

Famous among gemologists - professional and amateur alike - but unknown to most people, Big Sur's Jade Cove is the only concentrated underwater deposit of quality jade in the world.

So it seems a natural that the Annual Big Sur Jade Festival would be held close by, at Pacific Valley School, across from Sand Dollar Beach, just north of Jade Cove.

Admission is free to this three-day event, Oct. 10, 11, and 12, which features jade and other lapidary arts and artists from around the world. Browse the vendor art, attend the free seminars and demonstrations, knosh amongst the food vendors, and and enjoy the varied live musical entertainments scheduled throughout the festival.

If you've ever been interested in the art of gemstones (and who hasn't!), here's your chance to have fun and learn more about it!

Discover more about Big Sur and Jade Cove and Sand Dollar Beach.

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October Event: San Francisco

PIER 39 goes all PYROtechnic!

Fireworks over PIER 39;
CC Jamwhy on Flickr
Fireworks over PIER 39

Every Saturday evening during the month of October, PIER 39 is bringing you DJs and dance tunes, fireworks, and late night happy hour at Hard Rock Cafe - all to benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

Plus, on October 11, PIER 39 celebrates Fleet Week with the Blue Angels air show, military displays, live bands, and more.

Fall is a beautiful time in San Francisco and along The Bay - take advantage of the weather, the shopping, the views, the entertainment, and the fun - all on the planks of The City's famous PIER 39.

What: PIER 39's October Fireworks Series
When: October Saturdays: October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
DJs 6:00 pm; Fireworks 8:30 pm; and Happy Hour 9:00 to 11:00 pm
Where: PIER 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero

Fireworks over The Bay, Music, PINKTOBER, & Fleet Week -
Does life get any better?

For more about San Francisco, visit Discover San Francisco. To see photos of PIER 39, check out our Facebook album, PIER 39.

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game - The British View

It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to realise how important baseball is to San Francisco. A casual walk around the city will take you past people wearing

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October Event: Chico

Chico Sports the National Yo-Yo Contest this Saturday!

Giant Yo-Yo at National Yo-Yo Museum in Chico, CA;
Photo by Suzi Rosenberg
Giant Yo-Yo at National Yo-Yo Museum in Chico, CA

It may come as a shock to you, but little ol' Chico, CA hosts - not only the official National Yo-Yo Museum - but also the National Yo-Yo Contest, the longest running national contest in the world!

It happens the first Saturday of every October in downtown Chico at the City Plaza, and it attracts hundreds of enthusiasts and fans from all over the United States.

Synchronizing to punchy music, making use of the techniques of sleeping, looping, off-string, and free-hand styles, and the addition of innovations like ball bearings and transaxles have all revolutionized yo-yoing in recent years, greatly adding to the ability of innovative yo-yoists to expand on the possibilities with new and better tricks and feats - it's a long way from Walking the Dog and Around the World!

What: National Yo-Yo Contest
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11 am
Where: City Plaza, Chico, CA

What's next? Yo-Yoing as an Olympic event? Hmmmmmmm...

For more about Chico and what's behind the National Yo-Yo Contest, visit Discover Chico's National Yo-Yo Contest, and Discover Chico.

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October Event: Paradise

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Days in Paradise!

Johnny Appleseed Days in Paradise;
Photo Courtesy of ParadiseChamber.com
Johnny Appleseed Days in Paradise

Touted as the oldest harvest festival in the state, Paradise's Johnny Appleseed Days fair dates back to 1888 and is celebrating its 126th birthday this weekend.

Centerpiece to the festival each year, the 1,000 homemade apple pies that are baked at the Paradise Elks Lodge during a three-day pie baking party are available whole or by the slice.

With Paradise t-shirts and souvenirs available, demos and displays from local merchants, handicrafts from artisans all over the state, the always popular children's area, visits and story telling from Johnny Appleseed himself, and continuous entertainment throughout the two-day event, it's a fun Fall festival for the whole family!

What: Johnny Appleseed Days
When: October 4 - 5, 2014
Where: Terry Ashe Park, Paradise, CA

Johnny Appleseed Days - as American as Apple Pie!

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October Event: Fresno

The Big Fresno Fair starts tomorrow!

The Big Fresno Fair;
Photo Courtesy of FresnoFair.com
The Big Fresno Fair

For the 131st year, the Big Fresno Fair brings you the hottest carnival rides, amazing fair food, new and exciting exhibits and attractions to experience, the one-of-a-kind Table Mountain Rancheria Park, and much, much more!

Fair Attractions: Nearly 50 carnival rides, including the White Water Log Flume, Giant Scooters, and the Music Express; The Sports Zone with giant flat screen TVs, the Dugout Sports Bar, and pitching/throwing cages; competitive livestock exhibits; horse racing...

Fair Entertainment: The Table Mountain Concert Series with performances by Jim Gaffigan, TobyMac, Dierks Bentley, and more; lots of free entertainment on the Pavilion Stage; and unforgettable experiences and family-friendly events at The Grandstand...

Fair Food: MY favorite entertainment at the fair - The Food! With new food vendors (Willamette Valley Pie Company) and new food items (mini crab cakes, chicken waffle taco, fried candy kabobs...), plus the long-loved favorite food vendors and items (deep fried oreos, crab fries, jumbo corndogs...), the Big Fresno Fair is the place to be for almost two weeks starting tomorrow, October 1st.

What: The Big Fresno Fair
When: October 1 - 13, 2014
Where: The Fresno Fairgrounds in Fresno, CA

One of the biggest and most unique county fairs in California!

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September Event: Kelseyville

The Kelseyville Pear Festival Starts with
a Hometown Parade this morning!

Three Pears on a Tree; Photographer Unknown
3 Pears on a Tree

The Kelseyville Pear Festival was created in 1993 to celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the Kelseyville area, which is prime pear country.

Festival day this year is today, Saturday, September 27, 2014, in the town of Kelseyville.

It kicks off with the parade at 9 a.m., then continues throughout the day with three entertainment stages, the Third Annual Horse Faire, a quilt show, children's activities, dessert contest, Restaurant Pearing, arts and crafts, and the Pear Pavilion - where you'll find all things pear.

Catch the small town magic in Kelseyville!

Learn more about Kelseyville and Lake County at Discover Lake County

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September Event: Northern California

What a great idea!

Lassen Volcanic NP;
CC Stephen Coles
Lassen Volcanic NP

Several of the US National Parks in Northern California - including Whiskeytown Unit National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and Yosemite National Park - are participating in fee-free days, meaning the fees normally charged for entrance to the parks will be waived.

Here are the fee-free dates for 2014:

January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday weekend)
February 15-17 (Presidents Day weekend)
April 19-20 (National Park Week)
August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
September 27 (National Public Lands Day)
November 11 (Veterans Day weekend)

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 this Saturday, September 27, so... get outdoors and enjoy your National Parks!

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

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.

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September Event: Red Bluff

Hop on for a Wild Ride in Red Bluff this weekend!

Tehama District Fair Ferris Wheel; Courtesy of tehamadistrictfair.com
Tehama District Fair Ferris Wheel, Courtesy TehamaDistrictFair.com

Remember those magical days as a kid when the excitement of the upcoming county fair made you almost giddy with excitement and anticipation?

Head for the Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff this weekend (Sept. 25th through the 28th) to replicate that feeling that there's magic in the air, and anything is possible - at the annual Tehama District Fair.

You'll find all the fun stuff you expect to find at a county fair - the animal judging and the commercial and exhibit buildings; the cotton candy and the carnival; the outlaws and the destruction derby...

What you won't be expecting (but will definitely find) are the SuperScience Puzzlemania, Walk on the Wild Side's live tiger and other exotic critters, the street dances (anyone living in a small California town back in the 1960s remembers street dances!), and the World Champion Corn Dog Eating Contest!

Come along for a Wild Ride at the Tehama District Fair!

To find out more about Tehama, see Discover Tehama County; and for photos of Tehama County, visit our Tehama County Facebook album!

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September Events: California

Belly up to the Wine Bar during California Wine Month!

Celebrating California Wine Month;
Photo Courtesy of Scott Chalmers
Celebrating California Wine Month

It's harvest time in California's Wine Countries, and there's no more exciting time to visit and celebrate California wines!

So, in honor of the arguably most talked-about agricultural product in the state, the governor declares each year that September is California Wine Month.

Wineries and destinations around the state host events ranging from special tastings and harvest tours to hands-on wine immersion experiences and festivals, creating dozens of fun ways to celebrate throughout California's diverse wine regions.

For wine events, tastings, and celebrations near you, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Celebrate the Harvest: Treat yourself to fabulous California wining and dining throughout the month of September

For our tips on how to go about tasting California wines, visit Discover Northern California's Wine Tasting Tips.

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

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Labor Day Weekend Events: Part 4

Still undecided about what to do for Labor Day Weekend?

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Labor Day Clip Art

Labor Day Weekend strikes again, signaling the end to another Summer. And there are any number of ways to celebrate that one last hurrah around Northern California! See Part 1 below for Labor Day in the Sacramento/Gold Country, Part 2 for Lake Tahoe, and Part 3 for the Bay Area. Now we have some Labor Day Weekend 2014 activities that are scattered throughout the rest of Northern California:

Antiques and Collectibles

It's three days of quality antiques and collectibles at the Graeagle Antique & Collectibles Faire, held at Graeagle Fire Hall, August 29 - 31. Surrounded by mountains and forests and meadows, Graeagle is an Insider Secret respite from soul-sucking work cubicles!

What do Classic Cars and Tinman have in common?

Labor Day Weekend in Mt. Shasta - it's the Cool Mountain Nights/Tinman Triathlon event duo, August 30 and 31. With the classic show 'n shine and downtown street fair of Cool Mountain Nights, and the sportsmanship of the Mount Shasta Tinman Triathlon, there's fun for everyone in the shadow of Mount Shasta!

Bigfoot is Ba-a-a-ack

Willow Creek is hosting its 53rd Big Foot Days Festival August 30, and it's a heck of a lot of tongue-in-cheek fun! See the Bigfoot parade, Bigfoot games, Bigfoot oyster feed and deep pit BBQ, Bigfoot logging contests, petting zoo, lawn mower race, and the Bigfoot ice cream social!

Frolic with the Gods

Join the fun at the Monterey Bay Greek Festival, August 30 through September 1, at Custom House Plaza in Monterey and be Greek for the weekend! Greek food, Greek music, Greek dance... OPA!

That's it, folks - the Labor Day Weekend is upon us and it's time to go out and have some fun!

Whatever you decide to do, we're wishing you good times with friends and family and a safe and healthy Labor Day Weekend!

Visit our Facebook albums for photos of Monterey's Path of History and Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. Visit DiscoverNorthernCalifornia.com for more about Monterey County.

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Labor Day Weekend Events: Part 3

Are you making plans for Labor Day Weekend?

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Labor Day Clip Art

Labor Day Weekend strikes again, signaling the end to another Summer. And there are any number of ways to celebrate that one last hurrah around Northern California! See Part 1 below for Labor Day in the Sacramento/Gold Country area, and Part 2 for Lake Tahoe. Now we're heading over to the Bay Area and some of the activities you can look forward to for Labor Day Weekend, 2014:

Art and Wine on Broadway

That's Broadway in Millbrae, and it's the 44th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, August 30 - 31. Seven blocks of Broadway are filled with fine art and cool crafts, fabulously festive food, delectably delicious drink, and a music lineup that rocks!

Art on the Bay

One of the oldest, largest and most prestigious events of its kind takes place at the Marinship Park in Sausalito, adjacent to the Ferry landing. The 62nd Annual Sausalito Art Festival is a happening event August 30 - September 1, with two stages for musical entertainment, a world-class collection of fine artists and crafters, more than 20,000 original works of art, and the best in festival food and beverages!

Weekend in the Wine Country

The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an epicurean event unlike any other with three days; 200 wineries and chefs; Sonoma Starlight Supper Club; winemaker lunches, dinner parties and barbecues; Taste of Sonoma; and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction! August 29 - 31.

Celebrating Wine Month in Livermore!

The 33rd Annual Harvest Wine Celebration on Sunday, August 31, showcases over 40 Livermore Valley Wine Country wineries, with music, arts and craft vendors, local foods, and festivities!

Wente Vineyards is adding to the fun with its Front Port Music Festival on Saturday, August 30!

And, while the Harvest Wine Festival has changed to a one-day event, many of Livermore's wineries have opted to waive tastinng fees and dontinue the festivities for the full weekend.

Stay tuned - there's still more to come...

Whatever you decide to do, wishing you good times with friends and family and a safe and healthy Labor Day Weekend!

Visit our Facebook albums for photos of Sonoma Plaza. Visit DiscoverNorthernCalifornia.com for more about Sonoma County.

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

Marin County California

West Marin County vs East Marin County California; flip sides of the same coin!

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Labor Day Weekend Events: Part 2

What will YOU do for Labor Day Weekend?

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Labor Day Weekend strikes again, signaling the end to another Summer. And there are any number of ways to celebrate that one last hurrah around Northern California! See Part 1 below for Labor Day in the Sacramento/Gold Country area. Next we're heading up to Lake Tahoe for more Labor Day Weekend 2014 festivities!

Autumn Food and Wine Week

Recognized as the premier gourmet food and wine festival in the Sierra Nevada, the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival starts this weekend and runs all week throughout North Lake Tahoe. With events like Foam Fest featuring Hot Buttered Rum, Alpen Wine Fest, Guitar Strings vs Chicken Wings, the Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair, and the Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off, you're sure to have a good time! Aug 30 - Sept 7, 2014.

Farm-to-Fork Festival

Not to be outdone, South Lake Tahoe offers up the 5th Annual Sample the Sierra food, wine and art in the Sierra Nevada Fest on Sunday, Aug 31, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. "The festival pairs local farmers with chefs who produce tasting samples, which are then paired with the appropriate wine or brew. The weekend is full of festivities for the whole family including farm tours, winemaker dinners, music, live entertainment and art; all culminating with a Fireworks Extravaganza over Lake Tahoe." Aug 31, 2014

And in Olympic Valley...

Benefiting Can Do MS, a foundation providing wellness and education for people with Multiple Sclerosis, the 26th Annual Alpen Wine Fest, also Sunday, Aug 31st from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., includes a Spiegelau crystal souvenir wine glass and tastings from over 40 Vineyards. Peruse the Silent Auction items, get your raffle tickets ready, and help a good cause! Aug 31, 2014.

Stay tuned right here for even more to come...

Whatever you decide to do, wishing you good times with friends and family and a safe and healthy Labor Day Weekend!

Visit DiscoverNorthernCalifornia.com for more about Lake Tahoe and its attractions.

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

Labor Day Weekend Events: Part 1

Hang onto One Last Hurrah this Weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend strikes again, signaling the end to another Summer. And there are any number of ways to celebrate that one last hurrah around Northern California! Starting in the Sacramento/Gold Country area, these are some of the activities you can look forward to for Labor Day Weekend, 2014:

Americana in Old Sacramento

Out with the old and in with the new! After 14 years of bringing us Gold Rush Days over the Labor Day Weekend, Old Sac is switching it up this year with its Americana in Old Sacramento celebration.

Enjoy free live music, classic cars and vintage vehicles, such as 1950s-era buses, emergency vehicles and taxi cabs. In addition, a variety of special evening events and various museum-related activities are planned for the extended holiday weekend." Aug 28 - Sept 1, 2014.

Take a Train Ride!

While you're in Old Sac, take a ride aboard an oldtime train. All aboard the California State Railroad Museum's popular excursion railroad - the Sacramento Southern Railroad.

2013 marked the 30th consecutive season the excursion trains have been operating in Old Sacramento. Travel the rails on a six-mile, 40-minute round trip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River.

42nd Annual Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival

If you're near Calaveras County, celebrate the end of summer in the Gold Country town of Arnold with fine handmade crafts, fine arts, gourmet foods, local beer, face painting, live music, and juggling acts amongst the pines and redwoods - Aug. 30 and 31, 2014.

Sierra Nevada Logging Museum's Annual Jamboree in Arnold

We'll go out on a limb and guess that you probably haven't had the chance to throw axes and swing chainsaws for sport, so a little friendly competition among aspiring lumberjacks should be pretty exciting!

Amateurs are welcome to compete in the morning, but the pros will be showing up for a full day of timber industry history, food, and entertainment.

Stay tuned for more to come...

Whatever you decide to do, wishing you good times with friends and family and a safe and healthy Labor Day Weekend!

Visit our Facebook albums for photos of Gold Rush Days and the California State Railroad Museum. Visit DiscoverNorthernCalifornia.com for more about Old Sacramento and other Gold Rush Sites.

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

Labor Day Weekend Event: McArthur

The Shasta County Inter-Mountain Fair starts Thursday!

Inter-Mountain Fair;
CC Ron Lute
Inter-Mountain Fair CC Ron Lute

Starting strong in 1918 with 2000 rodeo and fair goers, the Shasta County Inter-Mountain Fair is still bringing everything you would expect from a county fair: large and small animal shows, feature exhibits and booths, floriculture, baked and preserved goods, clothing and quilting shows, midway rides and games, a lively parade, top-billed live entertainment, motocross, truck and tractor pulls, live music - and it's all done with charming enthusiasm.

Shasta County's Inter-Mountain Fair
Thursday, August 28 through Monday, September 1
Inter-Mountain fairgrounds, McArthur

Join Shasta County-ites at the Inter-Mountain Fair this weekend!

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August Event: 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; adults pay only $4 at the Butte County Fair in Gridley tonight, August 21 - how great is that!

And that's just the beginning of four days of fun with Critters, Crops, and Carnivals! Celebrating 75 years as a "feel good family event," the emphasis is on the critters with 4-H/FFA livestock shows, local team roping, extreme bull riding, 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; Becky's Creations' Farm-Tastic Show and Circus Imagination for the kiddies; food contests and tastes of Butte County; Missette, Miss Teen, and Miss Butte County competitions; Farmer's Hall and exhibits of all kinds; lots of entertainment, including Chico's own Dear Misguided; and - of course - the Midway of Fun carnival rides and games!

Butte County Fair
Thursday, August 21 - Sunday, August 24, 2014
Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley

Butte County Fair: "Creating memories for over 75 years!"

For more about Butte County, visit Discover Butte County, California.

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A beautiful road trip from Mendocino to Eureka

I met my brother in Mendocino where my husband and i stayed in a town called little river in a cottage - at the time it was called the seafoam Inn. my

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August Event: Fortuna

Good Beer & Live Music coming to Fortuna this Weekend!

Hops in Humboldt crowd;
Courtesy of HopsInHumboldt.com
Hops in Humboldt crowd courtesy HopsInHumboldt.com

It's the 11th Annual Hops in Humboldt Beer Fest this Saturday at Rohner Park in Fortuna, with unlimited samples of hundreds of different micro-brews offered by over 35 breweries from across the country - including NorCal's very own Sierra Nevada, Eel River, and Lost Coast breweries.

Join the crowd and enjoy the musical entertainment from four bands rockin' the stage, including The Dirty Rats, brought back by popular demand. Then there are games (win cool prizes); voting for your favorite in the Tasters Choice Award event; art and craft vendors with Humboldt clothes, hand-blown glassware, and more; and food vendors with all kinds of good eats.

Hops in Humboldt
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rohner Park, Fortuna

HiH wants you to know: "Please note that this is a pet, free, adults only, small children- and baby-free zone. 21 and over only, please."

To learn more about Humboldt County, please visit Discover Humboldt.

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August Event: Samoa (California)

Last Lumber-style Cookhouse Standing

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

Well, one of the last, but it's a pretty amazing experience nonetheless!

And Saturday, Aug. 23rd, 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 ($20); Oysters, ales and wines available for additional purchase; kid's hot dog meal available too ($10); 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"!

Salmon, Oysters, Ales & Rails
August 23, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Samoa Roundhouse & Shops, Samoa, CA

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

For more about the county of Humboldt on California's North Coast, take a peek at Discover Humboldt.

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Big Sur Backcountry Camping

Big Sur backcountry camping offers you get away from it all, nature communing, rustic self-reliant solitude in the Santa Lucia Mountains.

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August Event: San Francisco

I can't think of a better place for a Street Food Festival
than San Francisco!

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Photo courtesy sfstreetfoodfest.com
People enjoying the street food

But it only happens once a year - Saturday, August 16th - so get yourselves on over to the Mission District for some of the best food and music in the Bay Area!

With over 80 food vendors participating, and offerings such as specialty bar drinks, Brazilian Cheese Bread, Chicken Kaya Penang Chilqquiles, and Deviled Ham Scotch Egg you're sure to find at least a million tasty bites!

Calling all Foodies to the City by the Bay!

Discover more about San Francisco. And for more Foodie fun, check this out: Ferry Building Marketplace

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August Event: Sacramento

Celebrating John Sutter's Contributions to Sacramento
and the State of California

Pioneer Reenactor at Sutter's Fort;
Photo by Suzi Rosenberg
Pioneer Reenactor at Sutter's Fort by Suzi Rosenberg

If it weren't for Johann August Suter - John Sutter to you and me - there might not have been a California Gold Rush, and California would likely have taken a lot longer to settle.

For that reason, California State Parks and Sutter's Fort State Historic Park are celebrating the 175th anniversary since John Sutter's arrived in California on August 16, 1839.

A very special Hands on History interactive and interpretive event will enchant fort visitors with period reenactors like the gentleman in the photo, plus stations for stencil rubbing of John Sutter's brand, pioneer dress-up (great for photo ops), pen and quill activities, 1800's-style laundering, pioneer children's games, corn husk doll crafting, brick oven cooking and tastings, and Gold Rush-era weaponry demonstrations.

Hands on History: 175th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10 am - 5 pm
Sutter's Fort, Sacramento

There's no better way to get to know our history than through
hands-on experiences like this one!

For more about Sutter's Fort and the Sacramento area, visit Sutter's Fort and Discover Sacramento. To see photos of Sutter's Fort, check out our Facebook album, A Virtual Tour of Sutter's Fort.

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Panning for Gold

How's the recession treating you? Not so great? Worried about your finances? I have a thought - have you ever considered panning for gold? It's an idea more and more people are embracing!

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August Event: Woodland

One of the Last Free-Gate Fairs!

Yolo County Fair;
Photo Courtesy of Yolo County Fair
Yolo County Fair

As one of the last entrance-fee-free fairs in the state of California, the Yolo County Fair in Woodland, August 13 - 17, is a real-deal surprise!

The catchy-phrase theme, "Swine on Harvest Moon," fairly shouts out about what's to come: livestock exhibits and demolition derby; musical entertainment; flower house and gardens; antique equipment; with carnival rides, carney games, and fair food thrown in for good measure.

Interestingly, the fairgrounds was once the Blowers Ranch, and still contains and utilizes the old farmhouse, the horse and cattle barns, and the bunkhouse - take in a little history with your fair fun!

Yolo County Fair
August 13 - 17, 2014
Woodland

Don't miss out on the Wednesday Night Gala - filled with Yolo County produce, food, and music!

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August Event: Monterey Peninsula

It's all about Cars - all week long -
all throughout the Monterey Peninsula!


If you're into cars, you'll love this event! Follow the shows from classic cars to little ones; from the most luxurious automobiles to the Concours d'Lemons (Pintos, Pacers, & Corvairs), and you won't be disappointed.

It's the Monterey Auto Week & Concours d'Elegance, kicking off with Carmel's Concours on the Avenue - followed through with The Little Car Show in Pacific Grove, Legends of the Autobahn at the Nicklaus Club in Monterey, Concorso Italiano on Monterey Bay, - and culminating with the over-50-year-old-tradition of Pebble Beach's Concours d'Elegance along the legendary 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Monterey Auto Week
August 11 - 17, 2014
Monterey Peninsula

"All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear."

For more about the Monterey area, visit Discover Monterey County.

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August Event: Squaw Valley

Weekend Event at Squaw Valley Village:
Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest!

Guitar Playing;
Courtesy Squaw.com
Guitar Playing Courtesy Squaw.com

Benefiting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, this fab and popular annual event brings western states' breweries together with Jazzy funky music making for a fun-filled weekend!

"AND you can bring your canine companions to party down with you!"

Please your palate with 40 different brews, and entertain your ears with funky Jazz from Mark Sexton, Monophonics, Terraplane, Mojo Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Thick Newton and more - all while aiding and abetting our fine furry friends.

Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest
Sat & Sun, August 9 & 10, 2014
Squaw Valley Village

Making great summer memories in 2014!

For more about the Tahoe area, visit Discover Lake Tahoe.

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August Event: Willits

Powering It Up at the Willits Kinetic Carnivale!

Willits Kinetic Carnivale Participants;
Photo Courtesy of KineticCarnivale.com
Willits Kinetic Carnivale Participants Courtesy of KineticCarnivale.com

If you love watching hand cars, crafting kinetic creations, or power sourcing your transportation, put the Willits Kinetic Carnivale on your calendar!

Offering an amazing array of activities for aficionados of kinetic energy and steam power, the fair brings craft and food vendors, entertainment, rail car rides, and historic and steampunk-themed workshops, lectures, and discussions.

Plus local and regional bands will entertain, along with dance performers, aerialists, and a German Wheel performance.

See (or participate in) kinetic handcar races, the Whimsy Circus for children, a mustache and beard competition - then attend the spectacular Grand Ball (in vintage or steampunk costume, if you'd like).

Willits Kinetic Carnivale
August 9 - 10, 2014
Willits

Catch up with the Movers and Shakers at the
Willits Kinetic Carnivale Fair!

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August Events: Santa Cruz County

Looking Forward to Two Great Beer and Wine Events this Weekend
in Santa Cruz County!

Beer Flight;
CC Adam Fagen
Beer Flight by Adam Fagen

California Beer Festival will once again be held in Santa Cruz County at the Aptos Village Park, but in expanded form.

Craft Beer Haven - a favorite of beer enthusiasts - takes place on Saturday for sampling over 85 craft beers on tap and enjoying live music, fabulous food, and - wait for it - Bocce Ball.

New on Sunday is the exciting Hamburger & Hops Music Festival, presenting gourmet hamburgers and sliders, craft beers (for sale; there are no samples on Sunday), and a Tribute to the Tributes show, with the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, Petty Theft and more!

California Brew Festival &
Hamburger & Hops Music Festival
Sat & Sun, August 9 & 10, 2014
Aptos Village Park, Aptos Village

But that's not all! Head on up to Scotts Valley for the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival, also being held Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy art, wine and beer tasting, live music and great food. Nearly 100 juried artists will be displaying paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and much more.

Indulge in traditional favorites right off the grill, as well as stuffed artichokes, tacos, kettle corn, smoothies, and frozen treats!

Scotts Valley Art & Wine Fest
Sat & Sun, August 9 & 10, 2014
SkyPark, Scotts Valley

Looks like the place to be this weekend is Santa Cruz County!

For more about it, visit Discover Santa Cruz County.

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August Event: San Francisco

OutsideLands Music & Arts Festival Comes into its Own!

SF OutsideLands;
CC Saket Vora
SF OutsideLands by Saket Vora

It has always shown promise, it's grown every year, it's had its die-hard believers, but OutsideLands Music & Arts Festival has proved it's got what it takes to draw in the greats!

With headliners like Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Killers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, they've taken this festival to a whole 'nother level and music fans are the beneficiaries. Check it out for yourself, August 8 - 10.

Oh yeah, then there's all the other stuff! OLMAF has taken over the meadows, hollows, fields and forests of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to bring you A Taste of the Bay Area (restaurant and food trucks, Choco Lands and Outside Lambs), Beer Lands (16 breweries), Wine Lands (40 wineries), Eco Lands (you supply the power), Outsider Art (live-painting, installations, and one-of-a-kind musical theater), The Barbary (comedy and variety), and Summer Pairings (food, wine, and music) - all of which are bigger, badder, and better than ever before.

And new this year: GastroMagic, presenting "all things startling and unexpected in food, drink, music, magic, and more."

When you go, just remember that parking is extremely limited so take an alternative mode of transportation!

Ranger Dave says, "We recommend getting there by bicycle."

For more to do in San Francisco. For photos of San Francisco, see our Facebook album, San Francisco. For an alternative way to get to San Francisco for the festival: How to have a better (San Francisco) commute.

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August Event: Portola

Celebrate at the
32nd annual Portola Railroad Days Festival this weekend!

Portola RR Workers;
CC David Brossard
Portola RR Workers

Portola is a railroad town, being a crew change site on the Union Pacific Railroad Feather River Route over the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's only natural that they would want to celebrate their railway heritage!

And you can join in on the fun! Enter the Bass Fishing Derby to try for the Biggest Bass cash award. Visit the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, one of the largest in the West. Sign up for the Coed Softball Tournament or the Lucky Duck Race. Take a Railfan Tour through Feather River Canyon. And enjoy the lively entertainment and commercial vendors hawking their wares in Portola City Park.

Portola Railroad Days
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 8-10, 2014
Portola (Plumas County)

Beware the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it's a train!
Paraphrasing Charles Barkely

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