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Events and Festivals:

July through September

NorCal Events and Festivals
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These are the community events that celebrate the joie de vivre of an area; they put a sparkle in our eyes, a smile on our faces, and a spring in our steps - whether they're about food, music, dance, drink, nature, or ethnic diversity!

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July Events and Festivals
in Northern California

"How Big is Big" Annual Fishing Derby - where the West Walker River runs through it! How Big is Big

High Sierra Music Festival -
embracing challenging music and sonic excursions! High Sierra Music Festival

Fillmore Jazz Festival -
a prosperous tradition of jazz, culture and cuisine! Fillmore Jazz Festival

Independence Day Fireworks Jubilee -
family fun, live music, chili cook off, and fireworks! Fireworks Jubilee

Star Spangled Fourth: Lights on the Lake - Lake Tahoe, that is! Lake Tahoe South Shore

Grass Valley's 4th of July Parade and Celebration -
whether it's in Grass Valley this year or Nevada City next year, this annual parade is small town, big charm! 4th of July Parade & Celebration

Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival -
Grass Drag Races, a logging show, and live Blues Bands! Paul Bunyan Mountain & Blues Festival

The World's Largest Salmon Barbeque -
grilled salmon, family, and friends, celebrating the 4th! Salmon Barbecue

Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival -
in historic Downtown Arnold! Call 925-372-8961 for information.

Brentwood CornFest -
celebrating corn in all its forms! Brentwood CornFest

Livermore Shakespeare Festival -
always a crowd-pleaser! Shakespeare Festival

Old Sac Underground -
for the first time in a long time, tour the first-floor basements and hollow sidewalks of Old Sacramento! Old Sac Underground

Mendocino Music Festival -
just look for the great white tents perched on the headlands! Mendocino Music Festival

Los Altos Arts and Wine Festival -
the largest two day, mid-summer example of events and festivals in the Bay Area"! Los Altos Arts & Wine Fest

Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival -
remembering the Blues of Russell City! Russell City Blues

Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee -
hot jazz in the cool Sierra! Jazz Jubilee

Grass Valley's Thursday Night Market -
the Thursday night social event of the year starts up again this month! Thursday Night Market

California State Fair -
adventure awaits you at the California State Fair! State Fair

Kelseyville's Kickin' in the Country Street Dance -
just like the good ol' days! Kickin' in the Country

California Rodeo Salinas -
2010 marked the Centennial Celebration of the California Rodeo in Salinas! California Rodeo

California Worldfest in Grass Valley -
music and dance from around the world! California Worldfest

Marysville Peach Fest -
celebrating peaches in historic Downtown Marysville! Marysville Peach Fest

Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival -
Bluegrass music, small towns and high mountain scenery! Scott Valley Bluegrass Fest

Carmel Bach Festival -
reflecting the highs and lows of the human experience! Carmel Bach Festival

Festival del Sole -
Napa Valley celebrates the art of life! Festival del Sole

Grass Valley's Sidewalk Sale -
come for some summer retail therapy! Sidewalk Sale

Connoisseur's Marketplace -
Menlo Park's "Nirvana for the Festival Lover"! Connoisseur's Marketplace

Gold Discovery Days -
celebrating the discovery of gold at Plumas Eureka State Park! Gold Discovery Days

Wine Country Half Marathon -
from Napa to Sonoma; Runners from all over the world start amongst the vineyards! Napa2Sonoma

Georgetown Jeepers Jamboree -
starts in Georgetown and heads out for the Rubicon Trail! Jeepers Jamboree

Lake Tahoe Music Festival -
an unbelievable six-concert series! Tahoe Music Fest

McCloud Lumberjack Fiesta -
from axe throwing to a watermelon eating contest, it's old-fashioned fun in the sun! Lumberjack Fiesta

Gilroy Garlic Festival -
who hasn't heard of this festival of festivals - celebrating the stinking rose! Gilroy Garlic Festival

Courtland Pear Fair -
Bartlett pears are everywhere in "Pear"adise! Pear Fair

Lake County Wine Adventure -
wine with attitude! Lake County Wine Adventure

Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay -
strawberry lovers unite! Watsonville Strawberry Festival

Fremont Festival of the Arts -
the largest free street festival west of the Mississippi! Fremont Festival of the Arts

Woolgrowers' Barbecue & Sheep Dog Trials (in Boonville) -
over 35 years of BBQ'd lamb and talented dogs driving sheep (which is a little like herding cats)! Woolgrowers' BBQ & Sheep Dog Trials

Bear Valley Music Festival -
World class music amidst mountain grandeur! Bear Valley Music Fest

August Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Woodland Tomato Festival -
tomatoes don't get any better or fresher, even if you grow them yourself! Tomato Festival

San Rafael Food and Wine Festival -
a tasting events and festivals that samples area restaurants and wineries against a background of smooth jazz and classical music! Contact Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC at (800) 310-6563 for more information.

Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival -
celebrating the birth of the Yorkville Highlands Appellation! Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival

San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival -
great music, great food, great wine ... who could ask for more! Outside Lands

Sacramento's Japanese Food and Cultural Bazaar -
flower arranging, tea ceremony, Taiko Drum Clubs! Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar

Fairfield Tomato Festival & West Coast BBQ Championships -
what a great combination of events and festivals! Fairfield Tomato Festival & BBQ

Gualala Art in the Redwoods Festival -
promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961! Art in the Redwoods Festival

Mammoth Festival -
celebrating wine and live music! Mammoth Festival

Klamath Salmon Festival -
visit with the Yurok people at a traditional open pit salmon bar-b-que! Klamath Salmon Festival

Fremont Cajun/Zydeco Festival -
let the music, dancing, and Creole food transport you to N'Orleans! Cajun/Zydeco Festival

Round Valley Blackberry Festival in Covelo -
another Mendocino County Food Fest. Round Valley Blackberry Festival

Hayward Zucchini Festival -
if you love zucchini, help save this festival! Hayward Zucchini Festival

Cotati Accordion Festival -
accordions aren't just for Polkas anymore! Cotati Accordion Festival

Corning Olive Festival -
"Corning does it bedder"! Corning Olive Festival

Pleasanton West Coast Nationals -
a super-charged indoor/outdoor car show! West Coast Nationals

Fresno Greek Festival -
new hours and more attractions to celebrate 50 years of cultural extravaganza! Fresno Greek Fest

Lake Tahoe Lake in the Sky Airshow -
guaranteed fun for the whole family! Lake in the Sky

Shaver Lake Musick Mountain Music Fest -
fantastic music with Krossover, Bruce Conte, and Shuffle-Aires! Musick Mountain Music Fest

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts -
stroll along beautiful tree-lined University Avenue to celebrate the arts! Festival of the Arts

Bodega Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival -
Cedar Plank Salmon to BBQ Oysters, plus music, art, and rubber ducky racing! Bodega Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival

Taste of Petaluma -
Sample everything that Petaluma’s upscale culinary scene has to offer in one afternoon! Taste of Petaluma

September Events and Festivals
in Northern California

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California Wine Month -
Governor Brown proclaims September 2012 "California Wine Month!"

Old Sacramento's Gold Rush Days -
200 tons of dirt, turning back the clock! Gold Rush Days

The Sausalito Art Festival -
world-class artists showcasing their talents! Sausalito Art Festival

Lake County Fair -
"Make Some Magic!" Lake County Fair

Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza -
exploding over Lake Tahoe! Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza

Mammoth Lakes' Labor Day Festival of the Arts -
premier fine arts and crafts festival! Festival of the Arts

Gualala's Studio Discovery Tour -
Labor Day weekend and the weekend after! Studio Discovery Tour

Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest -
FREE family fun on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend! Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest

Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Festival -
must be 21 or older! Harvest Wine Festival

Gold Cup Race of Champions -
"The Biggest Little Sprint Car Race in the World!" Gold Cup

CA State Capitol Museum Admission Day Celebration -
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM; celebrate California's admittance as the 31st state! Admission Day Celebration

Fort Bragg's Wine Song -
celebrate wine, food, music, art and giving! Wine Song

Palo Cedro Honey Bee Festival -
family fun activities, vendors, live entertainment, and the Live Bee Beard Demo! Palo Cedro Honey Bee Festival

Chico Palio -
kick off Artoberfest with Chico's own version of Italy's Siena Palio horse race! Chico Palio

Tracy Dry Bean Festival -
don't miss strolling through Bean Town! Tracy Dry Bean Festival

Art in the Adobes Festival -
this festival features fine art in the historic Monterey adobes! Art in the Adobes Festival

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival -
more chocolate coming your way! Ghirardelli Chocolate Fest

Pleasanton Harvest Festival -
"Still the best craft show around featuring American, handmade arts and crafts!" Pleasanton Harvest Festival

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival -
"Two great festivals; One exciting weekend! Jazz and Blues Festival

Ceres' Assyrian Chaldean Food Festival -
Mediterranean food, folkloric dances, entertainment and live music, art and cultural exhibits, and games for the children! Call 1.209.538.4130 for information about this year's Assyrian Chaldean Food Festival

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival -
Three day spectacular! Autumn Food and Wine Festival

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival -
"A festival like no other!" MV Art and Wine Festival

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Celebration -
"Come Play on the Pass!" Scenic Celebration

Old Time Bluegrass Festival -
Ole-time fiddlin' at its best! Old Time Bluegrass Festival Note: this event has been postponed for 2012, but will return in 2013.

California Brewers Festival -
Brews, bands, and bountiful edibles - what more could you want (besides a good cigar)! California Brewers Festival

Chico World Music Festival -
a full weekend of musical entertainment, dance, and art! Chico World Music Festival

Monterey's Art in the Adobes -
spotlighting the tradition of the adobes and the impressive art of beautiful Monterey! Art in the Adobes

Willits Roots of Motive Power Festival -
Getting all steamed up! Roots of Motive Power Festival

Yuba City Cultural Celebration and Festival -
Multi-ethnic entertainment and traditional international foods! Cultural Celebration and Festival Note: this is one of several events and festivals that have been cancelled for 2011 and the foreseeable future.

Taste of Chico -
Fabulous local fare while you stroll Downtown Chico! Taste of Chico

American River Music Festival -
a celebration of music and moving water! American River Music Festival

Mendocino County Fair, Apple Show, and Wool and Fiber Fest -
An old fashioned country fair featuring, rodeo, sheep dog trials, animal judging, midway, square dancing hoedown and a parade! Mendo County Fair

Wine Country Film Festival -
A roving festival set amongst spectacular outdoor settings and select theaters! Wine Country Film Festival

Bluegrassin' in the Foothills - Amador County's annual Bluegrass Music Festival! Bluegrassin' in the Foothills

Ukiah's Fabulous Flashback Car Show and Poker Run -
Celebrating the family enjoyment of and interest in restoring and preserving collector automobiles! Fabulous Flashback

ClovisFest & Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly -
Arts and Crafts, All Valley Car Show, Multicultural Food Faire, Hot Air Balloons; there's fun for the whole family! ClovisFest

Walnut Creek Walnut Festival -
celebrating the walnut harvest season! Walnut Festival

Groveland's 49er Festival and Chili Cook-off -
Celebrate the California Gold Rush and check out Groveland's nearly world famous Chili Cook-off! 49er Festival and Chili Cook-off

Monterey Bay Birding Festival -
"From Condors to Snowy Plovers!" Monterey Bay Birding Festival

Seafarer's Marketplace and Pirate Festival -
Ahoy Me Hearties - Come and joing the fun! Seafarer's Marketplace & Pirate Festival

Oroville Salmon Festival -
fish-flavored activities celebrating the spawning salmon! Oroville Salmon Festival

Taste of Morgan Hill -
Local artists, local foods, local beverages - it's local, local, local! Taste of Morgan Hill

Kelseyville Pear Festival -
showcasing a small town's agricultural heritage! Kelseyville Pear Festival

Lake Tahoe Marathon -
"A week you will never forget!" Lake Tahoe Marathon

Taste of Lodi -
A premier food and wine experience! Taste of Lodi

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You'll find Northern California events and festivals occur during each and every month of the year!

  • January through March Events and Festivals
    Food festivals, music festivals, whale festivals, and a LOT about chocolate!
  • April through June Events and Festivals
    Spring has sprung and we're getting outdoors!
  • July through September Events and Festivals
    Summer's rolling on into Autumn with harvest and wine events and festivals!
  • October through December Events and Festivals
    Fall into Winter with whale watching and snow sports!
  • Looking for Festivals that center on a favorite food? Those are
    my favorites, too! Take a look at Fun Food Festivals

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