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August Event: Fremont

Doing it up BIG at the Fremont Festival!

Video courtesy of FremontFestival.net

Fremont Festival of the Arts organizers claim it's the "largest free street festival west of the Mississippi River."

With over 700 artisan booths, close to 400,000 attendees, 18,526 ice cream bars consumed, and 23,552 mugs of beer sold, it's hard to dispute their claim!

The main attraction is four miles of juried and hand-crafted, quality artisan booths with offerings of fine art, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, and specialty items you'll want to pick up to tick off the items on your gift-buying list.

For families, there's Kid City with peformers, hands-on amusements, and rides. Two stages provide continuous music for your listening and dancing pleasure. The popular trade show, Business Alley, offers local goods and services to browse and buy. Local non-profits earn money with their food booths, and they get a little help from the addition of Food Truck Mafia and their gourmet food trucks. The Wine Garden returns again with its shady oasis and lovely buffet...

But my favorite spot is the Gourmet Marketplace. Browse around the specialty food items and cooking ingredients - you won't find these in your local supermarket! Tea-time treats; grow-at-home-mushroom kits; hand-crafted jerkys, pastas, oils, and vinegars; specially blended rubs, seasonings, and marinades - there's plenty to choose from for spicing up your own cooking or finding the perfect hostess gifts! I like to do a first round trying the free samples, then zero in on the things I liked best!

August 2nd and 3rd... Fremont Festival of the Arts... Be there!

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July Events: Northern California

Coming up this weekend: 6 more NorCal events and festivals!

Broadway Compilation;
Photos by Ryan Daffurn, Courtesy of TrancendenceTheatre.org
Broadway Compilation by Ryan Daffurn

Summer is in full swing in Northern California - proof of the pudding? The fact that there are six Northern California events and festivals to still announce for the weekend of July 25 - 27, 2014!

Broadway Under the Stars

"Transcendence Theatre's Fantastical Family Night is always a labyrinth of magic, exploring Broadway, Disney and other lovable songs in a family-friendly night of entertainment."

When & Where:
July 25 - 26, 2014
Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen

Annual South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic

"The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic is presented each year by the Antique & Classic Boat Society of Northern CA, Lake Tahoe Chapter, on the last weekend of July. See over 65 wooden antique and classic boats in the water and 8 race boats on their trailers from the early 1900's to the fiberglass boats of the 1960's."

When & Where:
July 25 - 26, 2014
South Lake Tahoe

Bay Area Black Expo®

"In its 23rd year, this is the largest African-American cultural event in Northern California. Discover and utilize educational, community, and health and wellness resources, network, and enjoy classic entertainment with live music, a talent show, vendor showcases, food courts, and stuff to entertain the kids."

When & Where:
July 26, 2014
Oakland

Benicia Waterfront Festival

"The popular summer event is back with a splash! Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, microbrew tastings, arts & crafts marketplace, delectable gourmet foods, and kids' activity area."

When & Where:
July 26 - 27, 2014
Benicia Waterfront

Donner Lake Triathlon

"For years the Donner Lake Triathlon has been, and remains, the favorite triathlon of many. It's no wonder as the event features an epic setting, a beautiful and challenging course, and is located very near Truckee and North Lake Tahoe."

When & Where:
July 26 - 27, 2014
Truckee

Moss Landing Antique Street Fair

"The quaint fishing village of Moss Landing becomes the antique capital of the world where hundreds of antique booths set up on the streets for the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair, selling antique furniture and every kind of vintage item imaginable."

When & Where:
July 27, 2014
Moss Landing

This weekend promises fun in the sun throughout Northern California!

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July Event: Gilroy

There's Garlic Everywhere at the Gilroy Garlic Festival!

Garlic Flame-up;
Photo Courtesy gilroygarlicfestival.com
Garlic Flame-up

This weekend, you have the opportunity to join the other 3,837,796 guests who have experienced the Gilroy Garlic Festival over the last 35 years! That's an average of 116,297 visitors per year, but no worries - they're spread out over three days - July 25, 26, & 27! (Insider Secret: Go on Friday if you can - most people are still working!)

Fun newer stuff: Teen Zone, featuring an Orbitron Gyroscope Ride, a Mechanical Bull, the "Titanic" Slide, and the Quad Jump - an inflatable maze and a 250-foot long Zip Line!

But you can expect the Old Regulars to show up too! Gourmet Alley and Christmas Hill Park offer garlic in just about anything you could think of to eat - including a Surf & Turf Wrap, Ice Cream, and Jelly!

Don't miss the Celebrity and Local Celebrity Chefs struttin' their garlic, the Master Chef Challenge, the Garlic Showdown, or the ever popular Gourmet Alley Pyro Chefs and the Great Garlic Cook-off!

Gilroy Garlic Fest
July 25 - 27, 2014
Gilroy

There's tons to discover at the Gilroy Garlic Fest,
but nary a vampire will you find!

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July Event: Fortuna

The Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo:
A Happy Days Carnival of Cars!

Fortuna Auto Expo;
Photo Courtesy RedwoodAutoXpo.org
Fortuna Auto Xpo

What IS it about the '50s that has such a pull on us? Whatever it is, it's happening in the Eel River Valley/Giant Redwood Country town of Fortuna this weekend, July 25 - 27!

Don your pink poodle skirts and bobby socks, slip those fuzzy dice over the rearview mirror, and rock on up to Fortuna for "cool cars that are hot" and a whole carnival of FREE admission fun!

Your Not-to-be-Missed-List: The Cruise, the Swap Meet, the Artisans Faire, the Judged Car Show, the Show and Shine Vintage and Exotic, the Antique Show, the Antique Farm Equipment, the Poker Run, the Tractor Pulls, the Burnout Contest, and the Sock Hop! I swear, I don't think I've ever seen a longer list of funky fifties fun!

"Step right up folks, for the biggest, baddest,
most colorful and chromiest event in Fortuna!

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July Event: Pacific Grove

Over 100 Years of Tradition!

Feast of Lanterns Collage;
Collage Courtesy of feast-of-lanterns.org
Feast of Lanterns Collage

Back in 1905, the residents of Pacific Grove celebrated the end of the popular Chautauqua Assembly with a Feast of Lanterns festival - a ceremonial parade of lighted lanterns, a boat parade across the bay, and fireworks over the cove.

Visit PG this week, July 23rd through the 27th, for all that and more! Feast of Lanterns has grown and evolved to include the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday; a Feast of Flavors, Pet Parade, and Feast of Dancing on Friday; Children's Activities, Entertainment, a Sand Castle Contest, and the Pagaent Presentation of the Legend of the Blue Willow at Lovers Point on Saturday; and Sunday's Closing Ceremonies, which conclude the weekend with more entertainment.

Feast of Lanterns
July 23 - 27, 2014
Pacific Grove

Celebrating the history and culture of Pacific Grove -
100 Years at a Time!

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July Event: Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay's 23rd Annual Tour des Fleurs is this weekend!

Half Moon Bay Flower Bed;
CC Wonderlane
Half Moon Bay Flower Bed by Wonderlane

Fields of flowers, overflowing nurseries, glass houses filled with budding beauties - that's what you get when you sign up for the once-a-year Tour des Fleurs event in Half Moon Bay, along the beautiful California coast.

Each tour package takes you to three different nurseries (with six tour packages from which to choose), and at each stop you'll get a one hour tour of the behind-the-scenes operations.

Tours can include flower growers, farmers markets, nurseries, hot houses, succulent growers, a salt-box home, ranches, a working harbor, and/or rare plants, depending on your tour of choice.

Tour des Fleurs
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Half Moon Bay

What a great excuse for a visit to beautiful Half Moon Bay!

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July/Aug Event: Santa Cruz

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music begins Sunday

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music;
Photo Courtesy CabrilloMusic.org
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

CabrilloMusic.org is fearless about bringing you the au courant and the extraordinaire because it's all about the new!

"During the first two weeks of August each year, audiences are joined by both preeminent and emerging composers, an orchestra of dedicated professional musicians led by famed conductor Marin Alsop, and renowned guest artists from across the globe to give voice to works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page."

Highlight events: five programs of new works, a chamber recital, open rehearsals, talks, meetups, and the Church Street Fair.

Don't miss this most excellent opporunity to see what's new on the orchestral music scene!

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
July 27 - August 10, 2014
Santa Cruz, CA

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music just gets more
fresh and feisty every year!

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July Event: Capitola

"The Best Little Road Race in California!"

Capitola Wharf to Wharf race;
CC loraleebiz
Capitola Wharf to Wharf race CC loraleebiz

It's the 42 year-old, six mile, annual, Wharf to Wharf Road Race from the Wharf in Santa Cruz to the Wharf in Capitola-by-the-Sea on Sunday, July 27th!

The reason it's called "TBLRRIC"? It's so popular with runners in-the-know - from casual joggers to world-class elite athletes and future Olympians - they have to limit the official field to only 15,000 runners each year!

And this race is not only popular with participants - thanks to its scenic, seaside, beach party atmosphere, with live entertainment all along the coastal neighborhoods route - it's just as popular with spectators!

The first race was run in 1973 with, coincidentally, 273 runners - it has since become part of the local cultural fabric of the Santa Cruz/Capitola area...

Wharf to Wharf
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Start of the race is Beach Street in Santa Cruz; Finish is Capitola Village

You've come a long way, Baby!

For more about Santa Cruz, see Discover Santa Cruz, and Things To Do in Santa Cruz. And for local pix, Santa Cruz Photos

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Northern California Beaches

Though they're not always sandy and they're not always overcrowded, Northern California beaches have a lot to recommend them.

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July Events: NorCal

Coming up this weekend: 3 more NorCal events and festivals!

Marysville Peach Festival Poster;
Courtesy of MarysvillePeachFest.com
Marysville Peach Festival Poster, Courtsy of MarysvillePeachFest.com

The Dog Days of Summer just keep getting better and better here in Northern California.

Events and festivals are popping up like sprouting mushrooms!

Here are three more for this weekend, July 18 - July 20, 2014.

15th Annual Marysville Peach Festival

"Come and enjoy the food, entertainment, arts and crafts with the thirty thousand plus other people who regularly visit the annual Marysville Peach Festival in Historic Downtown Marysville!"

When & Where:
July 18 & 19, 2014
Historic Downtown Marysville

1st Annual Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest

"Ifa Journey and Stephen Marley have known each other from they were youths... Collaborating to do A festival was a No Brainer for these two young men who grew up together as Rasta youths in Jamaica."

When & Where
July 19 & 20, 2014
4360 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville

Carmel Bach Festival

"The Festival’s mission is to celebrate the works, inspiration and ongoing influence of Johann Sebastian Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas."

When & Where
July 19 through August 2, 2014
Various venues, Carmel

Get out and have some fun this weekend!

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Best Day Trips

Best Day Trips is all about getting out and exploring. Where ever you are in Northern California, there's a perfect day trip just waiting for you.

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July Event: Nevada City

Storytelling is an art from the heart

Storytellers;
Photo courtesy of SierraStorytellingFestival.org
Storytellers courtesy of SierraStorytellingFestival.org

And you'll find an abundance of storytelling heart keeping the traditions alive at the historic one-room North Columbia Schoolhouse in Nevada City this weekend.

From tall tales to true stories, legends and myths to histories and memoirs, the Gold Rush Country hills and dales come alive under the pines and the evening stars with some of the best storytelling from some of the world's best storytellers at the "Queen of Storytelling Festivals."

Experience three days of storytelling, workshops, and concerts that will have you laughing and crying and pondering the mysteries of life.

Sierra Storytelling Festival
July 18 - 20, 2014
Nevada City, CA

You're in for a storytelling treat this weekend!

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1906 San Francisco Earthquake

The story behind Seán Street's interview of Herbie Hamrol, oldest survivor of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake for BBC Radio in 2006.

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July Event: North Lake Tahoe

Mixing it up: An adventure of mind, body, and soul
in beautiful Squaw Valley this weekend

Wanderlust Festival 2013
Photo by Alex Wang, Courtesy of Squaw.WanderlustFestival.com
Wanderlust Festival 2013 by Alex Wang

Wanderlust Festival is bringing yoga teachers, top musical acts, inspirational speakers, wellness chefs, and exciting performers to Squaw Valley this weekend, July 17 - 20, to help you unwind from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary.

Study yoga and meditation with internationally renowned instructors to the tunes of live musical performances.

Practice standup paddleboard yoga, take a mountain bike ride, go hiking, or raft the Truckee River; learn more about the mindful life through the Speakeasy lecture series; let the roving artists and performers inspire you to tap into your own creative spirit; freshen up at the spa-like Beauty Bar; discover your inner beauty at the Wellness Haven; or shop till you drop at the eclectic Kula Market.

Wanderlust Squaw Valley
July 17 - 20, 2014
Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe

"From early morning meditations to all-night chakra-spinning musical performances, come practice and party in the most awe-inspiring locations in the world."

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July Event: Salinas

California Rodeo Salinas - Where the West comes alive!

Bareback Ride;
Photo by RichardFieldLevine.com Courtesy CaRodeo.com
Bareback Ride by RichardFieldLevine.com Courtesy of CaRodeo.com

Originally dubbed "The Wild West Show" in the 1910s, what started out as a rough and tumble, show-off-your-working-skills, week-long event-for-local-cowboys, has evolved - more than 100 years later - into one of the most popular and respected professional rodeo venues anywhere!

In addition to the rodeo events like bareback riding; saddle bronc riding; bull riding; tie-down roping; steer wrestling; team roping; and steer roping, the Tough Enough to Wear Pink program is fast becoming a rodeo tradition; Carnival 2014 continues; trick riding performances reign; and John Harrison, Rodeo Clown Extraordinaire, keeps you entertained and the cowboys safe!

So head on over to Salinas July 17th through the 20th
for a weekend of Get Your Cowboy On!

For Pictures of a Salinas icon, check out our Facebook album, The Farm

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July Event: Napa Valley

Napa Valley's On Stage with Festival del Sole!

Concert at Castello di Amorosa;
Photo by Vi Bottaro, Courtesy fds.org
Concert at Castello di Amorosa

And the highlights include world-class artists from around the world, exclusive food and wine events, one-of-a-kind lifestyle programs, and special wellness programs - each event taking place in an exceptional Napa Valley setting like the concert at Castello di Ambrosa in the picture above.

The festival kicked off Friday the 11th with the opening night Gala Concert and Dinner, but it continues through the 20th with concerts, dance performances, Yoga in the Vineyards, plays, dinners, vintner's luncheons and more!

Napa Valley always does it with Style!

See our Downtown Napa Photo Album on Facebook

For more about Napa Valley, check out: Discover Napa County

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July Event: Sacramento

17 Days of California's The Best of California!

California State Fair;
Photo Courtesy of bigfun.org
California State Fair

Come to the California State Fair at Cal Expo between July 11th and the 27th and celebrate the State of California in all its diversity!

The "Best of California" theme is a perfect way to describe what the annual California State Fair brings to the table.

It's a celebration of what makes California the best - wine, cheeses, artists, innovations, agricultural products, culinary delights, fabulous eco-systems and amazing scenery.

But, hey, it's still a fair, right? So you've also got your entertainment, midway games and carney rides, livestock shows, concerts, and live horse racing, plus exhibits of every description!

California State Fair
July 11 - 27, 2014
CalExpo Fairgrounds, Sacramento, CA

The California State Fair - Everything a State Fair Should Be!

For more about Sacramento, visit Discover Sacramento, CA. To see photos of Downtown, Midtown, the Fab40s, and more, check out our, Facebook Albums.

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July Event: Grass Valley

Dedicated to bringing you the world's finest artists in music and dance!

Banana Slug Band;
Photo by Alan Sheckter; Courtesy California Worldfest
Banana Slug Band, CA Worldfest

The annual California Worldfest starts today at the fairgrounds in Grass Valley and runs through Sunday, July 13.

Worldfest brings you artists like the Banana Slug String Band, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, The Kruger Brothers, Carlos Nunez, Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours, Matuto, There is No Mountain, and the Clowns Not Bombs Circus

The festival features eight stages, camping, workshops, international foods, fine crafts, and a fabulously-acclaimed children's program, along with the musical and dance performances ranging from Afro/pop to Bulgarian harmonies to Latin to bluegrass to Scottish fiddle tunes to rock & roll to jumpin' jazz to Gypsy to folk to new accoustic to mariachi to Russian folk to swing to jazz to gospel to Bollywood to the newest Celtic incarnations. Something for everyone!

California Worldfest
July 10 - 13, 2014
Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley

So head for Grass Valley this weekend and become a part of Bono's solution ...

"Music can change the world because it can change people"
~ Bono

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Family Friendly Hikes in Yosemite

Hiking through the gorgeous Yosemite National Park can make your family’s vacation both memorable and educational. There are many hikes that can take you

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July Event: Mammoth

This weekend's Mammoth Food & Wine Experience
promises to be the best yet!

Mammoth Food & Wine Seminar;
Photo Courtesy of MammothFoodandWine.com
Mammoth Food & Wine Event Seminar Courtesy of MammothFoodandWine.com

Friday is filled with seminars, Wine Walk, Al Fresco Dining, and the Best-of-the-Best-Burger-Battle.

And Saturday continues with more food and wine seminars, and the main event: the Grand Tasting where over 25 wineries will be pour 100+ wines, culinary school teams will compete, professional chefs will offer food tastings, entertainment, and live and silent auctions will prevail.

Proceeds from this event benefit higher education and the arts in the Mammoth Lakes area.

Mammoth Food & Wine Experience
Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12
Mammoth Lakes, California

Educating your palate while helping a worthy cause - life is good!

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Happy Trails With A Beer Lover

How do you keep your husband involved in the vacation planning? How do you get good food while on vacation? Here is the trick I found. “Hey honey,

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July Event: San Francisco

There's still time to get in on the Fillmore Jazz Festival today!

Fillmore Jazz Festival;
CC Jager McConnell
Fillmore Jazz Festival CC Jager McConnell

Over 100,000 people are said to rock out on the Fillmore Jazz Festival every summer on famous Fillmore Street in San Francisco.

Touted as the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, Fillmore has been the happening summer place-to-be for great Jazz music since the first festival in 1985.

But Fillmore Street has been puttin' out Jazz since long before World War II - with Jazz clubs and record shops, and performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and so many more jazz legends.

The festival continues today with three stages "Celebrating Women of Jazz and Beyond" from 10 am to 6 pm.

Fillmore Jazz Festival
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Be there or be square!

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July Event: Truckee

The 7th annual Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival is
being held today, July 5, at Northstar Village

Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival;
Photo Courtesy of NorthstarCalifornia.com
Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival Courtesy of NorthstarCalifornia.com

If you were out watching the fireworks last night, you likely missed the Brew Master's Dinner at Northstar, but there's still time to get in on the fun!

Head to the Village at Northstar this afternoon for some jammin' to live music, plenty of beer sampling from over 25 breweries - Alaskan Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, and Lagunitas Brewing Company included - fun family festivities, smokin' BBQ, and hours of true-blue Bluegrass entertainment.

Featured Bluegrass bands are Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players (from 3 - 4:30) and Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (from 5 - 7).

7th annual Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival
July 5, 2014; 3 pm to 7 pm
Northstar Village, Truckee, CA

The 4th may be over, but the fun is definitely not!

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July Event: South Lake Tahoe

Declared one of the U.S.A.'s top 4th of July weekend
celebrations by NBC's Today show!

Lake Tahoe 4th of July Fireworks;
CC Steve Dunleavy
Lake Tahoe 4th of July Fireworks CC Steve Dunleavy

Lights on the Lake Fireworks begins at 9:45 pm and the fireworks are visible from all over South Lake Tahoe. Two Mississippi paddle-wheelers or your own boat allow you to see the show from the surface of the water.

Insider Secret: Here are three of the best sites to catch the glow of fireworks on water

  • Nevada Beach
    Beach, BBQ, and unobstructed views - what more could you want?
  • Timber Cove Marina
    Front row seating, but get there early - the marina fills up fast!
  • Edgewood-Tahoe
    On the beach, just south of the clubhouse for perfect views!

Lights on the Lake Fireworks Show
July 4th, 9:45 pm
South Lake Tahoe

23 minutes of a 4th of July tradition that's worth making one of your own!

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!!Happy 4th of July!!

Lake Tahoe 4th of July Fireworks;
CC slack12
Happy 4th of July; CC slack12

Wishing everyone who celebrates Independence Day with the residents and citizens of the United States of America a happy, but safe and sane, and healthy holiday weekend!

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Suzi & Wolf

July Event: Nevada City/Grass Valley

Two historic Gold Country towns celebrate Independence Day!

Nevada City 4th of July Parade;
CC Darin Barry
Nevada City 4th of July Parade, CC Darin Barry

For several years now, California Gold Country sister-cities, Grass Valley and Nevada City, have shared resources to present a rockin' Independence Day celebration each year.

The day starts off with a red, white, and blue parade through downtown Nevada City with about 75 colorful entries. The parade officially steps off at 11 am, but bring your lawn chairs and come early to get a good spot. Pre-parade entertainment will be provided by the Nevada County Concert Band starting at about 10 am. (The parade alternates each year between the two cities, so next year it will be in Grass Valley.)

After the parade, head to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley for a traditional family celebration under the pines. There will be live music and entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening to keep up the festive mood.

Finish off the day with "the Sierra foothills' largest aerial fireworks display" starting at 9:30 pm.

Gold Country 4th of July Celebration
July 4th; 10 am to 10:30 pm
Nevada City/Grass Valley

This Gold Country celebration provides
old-fashioned small town fun with big town style!

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July Event: Benicia

Benicia's Freedom Festival starts the 4th with a Torchlight Parade!

Torchlight Parade Clowns;
CC Great Beyond
Torchlight Parade Clowns CC Great Beyond

Independence Day celebrations kick off on Benicia Main in Downtown Benicia on Thursday night, July 3rd, with a Torchlight Parade that includes dancers, floats, clowns, and other assorted entertainment.

The parade starts at 6:30 pm along - you got it - Main Street.

The fun continues on July 4th from 12 noon to 7 pm with Picnic in the Park at Benicia's City Park. The day will be filled with arts and crafts, food and drink, live entertainment, and assorted children's activities.

But wait, the day's not over yet! Fireworks begin at about 9 pm at the foot of First Street to culminate this great 4th of July celebration.

Independence Day
July 3rd and 4th
Benicia, California

Celebrate Independence Day at Benicia's Freedom Festival!

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Gold Rush Trail

How do you get to The Gold Rush Trail? For those of us with a love for Gold Rush history, I'm going to make a unique suggestion . . .

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Shasta County California

Shasta County California is home to Lake Shasta, Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park, Turtle Bay, and the Sundial Bridge...

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Fun Food Festivals

I absolutely love festivals, especially food festivals! That's why I've gathered the fun food festivals of Northern California together in one place. Find the one(s) that you love best!

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July Event: Quincy

There's still time to get in on the hottest party
in the High Sierras!

High Sierra Music Fest Logo;
Courtesy HSMF
High Sierra Music Fest Logo

It's the 24th Annual High Sierra Music Festival in the major mountain town of Quincy - the only town in Plumas County with two traffic lights, and an ideal site for this grassroots, world-class music festival featuring over 50 performers on four day-time stages and four late-night venues!

Besides the campy vibe, the impromptu gigs, the informality and camaraderie, the very real possibility of sharing a beer with the likes of Lord Huron or Shrik, other attractions include a family-friendly area, outdoor playshops, workshops, parades, and shopping the quality hand-crafted and unique items offered at the High Sierra Art and Craft Fair. To top it all off: the midnight Fire Performances on Friday and Saturday nights with Flow Toys, FireGroove and Holistic Hooping!

Music lovers from all over can't wait for the 4th of July weekend when they can get away from the hurly-burly of their everyday work week and kick back in the High Sierras! And - believe it or not - the world-famous artists feel the same way about HSMF!

"Every year I look forward to High Sierra with renewed excitement. No where else on the planet is so much passion for live music shared betweren so many different kinds of music lovers."
~ Fareed Haque

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July Events: Northern California

Our Top 10 List:
Northern California 4th of July Events, Festivals, and Celebrations!

Fireworks Burst;
CC Ron and Sandy with Kids :)
Fireworks Burst

We're celebrating the Birth of a Nation this week - July 4th marks the 238th birthday of the United States of America, and Northern California is throwing a party! Where ever you are in the North State, one of our Top 10 Picks for the 4th is sure to be nearby!

  1. San Francisco
    The City's twin fireworks displays over The Bay from Acquatic Park and a barge near Pier 39 are always spectacular!

  2. Lake Tahoe
    Join the crowds for Star Spangled Fourth - Lights on the Lake at South Lake Tahoe - synchronized fireworks at their best!

  3. Chico
    For one of the best old-fashioned State Fair style 4ths, it's Bidwell Park in Chico for the 47th Annual 4th of July Celebration!

  4. Sacramento
    The state's Capital offers up a family-friendly Pyrospectacular display at Cal Expo, site of the California State Fair!

  5. Mendocino Coast
    There are fireworks displays out of Point Arena and Fort Bragg, but the really BIG event is the World's Largest Salmon BBQ at Noyo Harbor on July 7th!

  6. Sonoma
    Take Sonoma Ecology Center's Dave & Bill Hike on Bald Mountain for a spectacular view of 18 fireworks displays around the Bay Area!

  7. Eureka
    Five city blocks of Eureka's Annual 4th of July Festival with homemade crafts, food, and beverages; live music; a kids zone; and fireworks at dark over the bay!

  8. Aptos
    Another great old-fashioned 4th is celebrated at Aptos Village Park with the Aptos Fourth of July Parade and Celebration!

  9. Mt. Shasta
    Celebrate the 4th at Lake Siskiyou with a Fun-Run/Walk, 4th of July Parade, and fireworks over the lake at dusk!

  10. Ferndale
    Parade (artfully done) - Picnic (on the Town Green) - Performance (Patriotic Musical Revue) - and Fireworks (at the Fairgrounds)! That's what you'll discover in the Victorian town of Ferndale on the 4th!

  11. And they said it wouldn't last...
    Happy Birthday, America!

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Sutters Fort

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Coit Tower

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June Event: San Francisco

In a City Famous for the Outrageous, SF Pride Celebration Stands Out!

Costumed SFPrider;
Courtesy SFPride.org
Costumed SFPrider Courtesy SFPride.org

This year's theme for the most outrageous, spectacular, filled-with-fun festival in San Francisco is Color Our World with Pride.

It's the 2014 two-day San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade - the "largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation," and it's happening this weekend, June 28 and 29.

Watch and cheer as over 200 parade contingents march by, flaunting their fun and often outrageous costumes.

Mingle with thousands of minglers amongst the 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty commnunity stages and venues where LGBT groups of every kind congregate to show and tell.

The Main Stage is the largest and offers local musical talent and cultural performers, as well as headline entertainers.

Be sure to catch the main event: the parade (on Sunday morning) kicks off from Beale Street, marches up Market, and ends at Market and 8th Street.

SF Pride Celebration and Parade
Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA

If you're a fan of the fun and outrageous, you won't want to miss SF Pride!

For more about The City, visit Discover San Francisco. To see photos of San Francisco, check out our assorted Facebook albums.

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June Event: Oakland

More than 80 artists displaying against the backdrop
of the Oakland Hills!

Montclair-Oakland Fine Arts Sidewalk Fest Postcard;
Postcard courtesy of PacificFineArts.com
Montclair-Oakland Fine Arts Sidewalk Fest Postcard courtesy of PacificFineArts.com

Presented by the Monclair Village Association, the free Montclair-Oakland Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival takes place this weekend.

More than 80 professional fine art artists will be displaying their work in the open air and along the sidewalks of prestigeous Montclair Village in Oakland, California.

Craft beers and artisan wines will be available for sipping at The Tasting Experience, and there will be a music state, community and vendor booths, and a children's activity area as well.

Montclair-Oakland Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival
June 27, 28, and 29; 10 am - 6 pm
Montclair Village, Mountain Ave at La Salle, Oakland, CA

Celebrate art and the outdoors in lovely Montclair Village!

For more about Oakland and the rest of Alameda County, visit Discover Alameda County, California.

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June Event: Kenwood

See a five-acre lavender farm in full bloom!

Sonoma Lavender Fields;
CC Sally
Sonoma Lavender Fields CC Sally

The annual Sonoma Lavender Festival happens this weekend, June 28 and 29 at the Sonoma Lavender Barn in Kenwood.

Music is provided by Nate Lopez on his seven and eight string guitars; lavender cuisine is by WOW!, with chef Evelyn Cheatham; wine comes from Chateau St. Jean, BR Cohn Winery, and Idle Cellars; sparkling wine by Breathless; beer by Lagnnitas; and Broadway songs by Transcendence Theater.

Get your Sonoma Lavender Passport stamped at each station around the field to receive a free lavender gift.

And attend any of the free lavender seminars each day of the festival.

Sonoma Lavender Festival 2014
Saturday and Sunday, June 28 & 29; 10 am to 5 pm
Sonoma Lavender Barn, Kenwood

It's a spectacular lavendar festival on so many different levels!

To discover more about Sonoma, please visit Discover Sonoma County.

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June Event: Willits

California's Oldest Continuous Rodeo

Bull Riding;
Photo Courtesy of Willets Frontier Days
Bull Riding

Willits Frontier Days, June 22nd through the July 5th, is 87 years old and still going strong! With the best in rodeo fair - Bareback, Saddleback, Team Roping, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding - and characteristic cowboy shenanigans - Beef BBQ, Parade, Truck Pulls, Gunfights, and Street Dancing - there's plenty of good old-fashioned fun to be had!

Starting it all off this weekend are the Horse Show and Gymkhana, and Sweetheart Judging (Sat, 6/22). Then the Hometown Celebration, Truck Pulls, and the Street Dance and Carnival on the 27th. The Cowboy Winter Wonderland parade, Black Bart Gunfighters, Barbecue, and final CCPRA Professional Rodeo all take place the weekend of the Fourth of July.

Saddle Up, Cowboys and Cowgirls - It's Rodeo Time!

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June Event: Chester

A Few Brews And A Banjo: This Saturday, June 21

A few brews sampler;
CC Phil Dokas
A few brews sampler CC Phil Dokas

Benefiting the Chester Schools Music and Drama departments, the 10th annual A Few Brews and a Banjo takes place this weekend, June 21st, up in the beautiful High Sierras at Chester Park, in Chester, CA.

Expect free live music featuring Bluegrass bands, Paige Anderson and her Fearless Kin, and The Locals; craft beer brew tasting; a souvenier sampling glass; and lunch provided by the local Elks Club.

A Few Brews and a Banjo
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 2 pm to 6 pm
Chester Park in Chester, California
Beer sampling is $25, and there's a small charge for lunch
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the beautiful North Fork of the Feather River!

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June Event: Dunsmuir

How fitting: The 24th annual Tribute to the Trees
falls on the Summer Solstice!

Tribute to the Trees Poster;
Courtesy of DunsmuirBotanicalGardens.org
Tribute to the Trees, Courtesy of DunsmuirBotanicalGardens.org

Celebrate the Summer Solstice and Summer fun amongst the trees of the beautiful Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 21.

The Summer Solstice benefit concert features the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra - the concert begins at 6:30 pm.

Tickets for the concert only are $20 per adult; for the concert and a prepared dinner, tickets are $45 per adult.

If you wish to attend the concert only, you're still invited to come early to enjoy the pre-concert activities and bring a picnic supper.

Tribute to the Trees
Saturday, June 21
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, Dunsmuir, CA

Tribute to the Trees is an annual fundraiser
to support the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens

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June Event: Boonville

The Universal Spirit of Music

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Logo
Courtesy of SNWMF
Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Logo

That's what's promised at the 21st annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival being held this weekend at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. And that's what is delivered!

It's a three-day campout and Raggae/World Music musical festival for all ages, with two stages, over 30 musical entertainers and groups from all over the world, Fire Dancers, on-site camping with a special Family Campground, the Global Kids Culture Zone, and the Festival Village with over 80 international art, craft, and food vendors.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 20, 21, 22, 2014
Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville, CA
Think Woodstock for World Peace via Music with a Message!

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