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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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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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