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"How Big is Big" Annual Fishing Derby - where the West Walker River runs through it!
High Sierra Music Festival - embracing challenging music and sonic excursions!
Fillmore Jazz Festival - a prosperous tradition of jazz, culture and cuisine!
Independence Day Fireworks Jubilee - family fun, live music, chili cook off, and fireworks!
Star Spangled Fourth: Lights on the Lake - Lake Tahoe, that is!
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!
Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival - Grass Drag Races, a logging show, and live Blues Bands!
The World's Largest Salmon Barbeque - grilled salmon, family, and friends, celebrating the 4th!
Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival - in historic Downtown Arnold!
Brentwood CornFest - celebrating corn in all its forms!
Livermore Shakespeare Festival - always a crowd-pleaser!
Old Sac Underground - for the first time in a long time, tour the first-floor basements and hollow sidewalks of Old Sacramento!
Mendocino Music Festival - just look for the great white tents perched on the headlands!
Los Altos Arts and Wine Festival - the largest two day, mid-summer example of events and festivals in the Bay Area"!
Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival - remembering the Blues of Russell City!
Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee - hot jazz in the cool Sierra!
Grass Valley's Thursday Night Market - the Thursday night social event of the year starts up again this month!
California State Fair - adventure awaits you at the California State Fair!
Kelseyville's Kickin' in the Country Street Dance - just like the good ol' days!
California Rodeo Salinas - 2010 marked the Centennial Celebration of the California Rodeo in Salinas!
California Worldfest in Grass Valley - music and dance from around the world!
Marysville Peach Fest - celebrating peaches in historic Downtown Marysville!
Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival - Bluegrass music, small towns and high mountain scenery!
Carmel Bach Festival - reflecting the highs and lows of the human experience!
Festival del Sole - Napa Valley celebrates the art of life!
Grass Valley's Sidewalk Sale - come for some summer retail therapy!
Connoisseur's Marketplace - Menlo Park's "Nirvana for the Festival Lover"!
Gold Discovery Days - celebrating the discovery of gold at Plumas Eureka State Park!
Wine Country Half Marathon - from Napa to Sonoma; Runners from all over the world start among the vineyards!
Georgetown Jeepers Jamboree - starts in Georgetown and heads out for the Rubicon Trail!
Lake Tahoe Music Festival - an unbelievable six-concert series!
McCloud Lumberjack Fiesta - from axe throwing to a watermelon eating contest, it's old-fashioned fun in the sun!
Gilroy Garlic Festival - who hasn't heard of this festival of festivals - celebrating the stinking rose!
Courtland Pear Fair - Bartlett pears are everywhere in "Pear"adise!
Lake County Wine Adventure - wine with attitude!
Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay - strawberry lovers unite!
Fremont Festival of the Arts - the largest free street festival west of the Mississippi!
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)!
Bear Valley Music Festival - World class music amid mountain grandeur!
Woodland Tomato Festival - tomatoes don't get any better or fresher, even if you grow them yourself!
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!
Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival - celebrating the birth of the Yorkville Highlands Appellation!
San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival - great music, great food, great wine ... who could ask for more!
Sacramento's Japanese Food and Cultural Bazaar - flower arranging, tea ceremony, Taiko Drum Clubs!
Fairfield Tomato Festival & West Coast BBQ Championships - what a great combination of events and festivals!
Gualala Art in the Redwoods Festival - promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961!
Mammoth Festival - celebrating wine and live music!
Klamath Salmon Festival - visit with the Yurok people at a traditional open pit salmon bar-b-que!
Fremont Cajun/Zydeco Festival - let the music, dancing, and Creole food transport you to N'Orleans!
Round Valley Blackberry Festival in Covelo - another Mendocino County Food Fest.
Hayward Zucchini Festival - if you love zucchini, help save this festival!
Cotati Accordion Festival - accordions aren't just for Polkas anymore!
Corning Olive Festival - "Corning does it bedder"!
Willits Kinetic Carnivale - Time to get your Steampunk on!
Pleasanton West Coast Nationals - a super-charged indoor/outdoor car show!
Fresno Greek Festival - new hours and more attractions to celebrate 50 years of cultural extravaganza!
Lake Tahoe Lake in the Sky Airshow - guaranteed fun for the whole family!
Shaver Lake Musick Mountain Music Fest - fantastic music with Krossover, Bruce Conte, and Shuffle-Aires!
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts - stroll along beautiful tree-lined University Avenue to celebrate the arts!
Bodega Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival - Cedar Plank Salmon to BBQ Oysters, plus music, art, and rubber ducky racing!
Taste of Petaluma - Sample everything that Petaluma’s upscale culinary scene has to offer in one afternoon!
California Wine Month - Governor Brown annually proclaims that September is California Wine Month!
Old Sacramento's Gold Rush Days - 200 tons of dirt, turning back the clock on Labor Day Weekend!
The Sausalito Art Festival - world-class artists showcasing their talents on Labor Day Weekend!
Lake County Fair - A favorite summertime event in Lake County!
Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza - exploding over Lake Tahoe!
Mammoth Lakes' Labor Day Festival of the Arts - premier fine arts and crafts festival, also over Labor Day Weekend!
Gualala's Studio Discovery Tour - Labor Day weekend and the weekend after!
Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest - FREE family fun on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend!
Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Festival - must be 21 or older!
Gold Cup Race of Champions - The Biggest Little Sprint Car Race in the World!
CA State Capitol Museum Admission Day Celebration - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM; celebrate California's admittance as the 31st state!
Fort Bragg's Wine Song - celebrate wine, food, music, art and giving!
Palo Cedro Honey Bee Festival - family fun activities, vendors, live entertainment, and the Live Bee Beard Demo!
Chico Palio - kick off Artoberfest with Chico's own version of Italy's Siena Palio horse race!
Art in the Adobes Festival (Art in the Gardens, as of 2015) - this festival features fine art in the historic Monterey adobe gardens!
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival - more chocolate coming your way!
Pleasanton Harvest Festival - Still the best craft show around featuring American, handmade arts and crafts!
Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival - Two great festivals; One exciting weekend!
Ceres' Assyrian Chaldean Food Festival - Mediterranean food, folkloric dances, entertainment and live music, art and cultural exhibits, and games for the children!
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival - Three day spectacular!
Mountain View Art and Wine Festival - A festival like no other! See for yourself!!
Ebbetts Pass Scenic Celebration - Come Play on the Pass!
California Brewers Festival - Brews, bands, and bountiful edibles - what more could you want (maybe a good cigar?)!
Chico World Music Festival - a full weekend of musical entertainment, dance, and art!
Willits Roots of Motive Power Festival - Getting all steamed up!
Yuba City Cultural Celebration and Festival - Multi-ethnic entertainment and traditional international foods! Note: moved to June in 2015
Taste of Chico - Fabulous local fare while you stroll Downtown Chico!
American River Music Festival - a celebration of music and moving water!
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!
Wine Country Film Festival - A roving festival set among spectacular outdoor settings and select theaters!
Ukiah's Fabulous Flashback Car Show and Poker Run - Celebrating the family enjoyment of and interest in restoring and preserving collector automobiles!
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!
Walnut Creek Walnut Festival - celebrating the walnut harvest season!
Groveland's 49er Festival and Chili Cook-off - Celebrate the California Gold Rush and check out Groveland's nearly world famous Chili Cook-off!
Monterey Bay Birding Festival - From Condors to Snowy Plovers!
Seafarer's Marketplace and Pirate Festival - Ahoy Me Hearties - Come and join the fun!
Oroville Salmon Festival - fish-flavored activities celebrating the spawning salmon!
Taste of Morgan Hill - Local artists, local foods, local beverages - it's local, local, local!
Kelseyville Pear Festival - showcasing a small town's agricultural heritage!
Lake Tahoe Marathon - A week you will never forget! Note: Moved to October 2015
You'll find Northern California events and festivals occur during each and every month of the year!
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