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These events and festivals 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! 

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!

August Events and Festivals in Northern California

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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 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‚Äôs upscale culinary scene has to offer in one afternoon! 

Gualala's Studio Discovery Tour - the last weekend of August and  Labor Day weekend!

September Events and Festivals in Northern California

California Wine Month - Governor Brown annually proclaims that September is California Wine Month!

Inter-Mountain Fair - held since 1918, this fair draws crowds of 30,000 people to McArthur every year!

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

Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival - formerly the Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival, heralds the end of Summer in Arnold!

Foresthill's Heritage Festival - Celebrates A Proud Heritage and A Bright Future over Labor Day!

Lake Tahoe's Autumn, Food, and Wine Festival - the premier gourmet food and wine festival in the Sierra Nevada!

Olympic Valley's Foam Fest & Alpen Wine Fest - taste beers with your music on Saturday, and wine with your music on Sunday!

Art and Wine on Broadway - is Millbrae's Last Blast of Summer, filled with arts & crafts, food, drink, and music!

The Sausalito Art Festival - world-class artists showcasing their talents on Labor Day Weekend!

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend - Chefs Serve. Winemakers Pour. & the Proceeds Matter!

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 - the last weekend of August and  Labor Day weekend! 

Graeagle's Antiques and Collectibles Faire - surrounded by mountains, forests, and meadows!

Cool Mountain Nights - Mt. Shasta's show 'n shine, music, and family fun in the shadow of Mount Shasta!

Willow Creek's Bigfoot Days - celebrates 56 years in 2016 with a parade, bigfoot encounters, and lawn mower races!

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

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

Chico's Gold Cup Race of Champions - The Biggest Little Sprint Car Race in the World!

Gold Country Fair - four days of Gold Country fun in Auburn!

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!

Santa Cruz Greek Festival - Enjoy food, music, dancing, and spirits!

Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour - tour historic Preston Castle in Ione while sipping Amador County's finest!

Korbel's Flavors of Fall - celebrates crush with food pairings in Guerneville!

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Celebration - Come Play on the Pass!

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

Capitola Art & Wine Festival - a fun weekend for the whole family with art, wine, music, and food!

Sumerfest Chico - a celebration of food, music, and life in Chico complete with food samples!

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

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival - more chocolate coming your way! 

Art in the Adobes Festival (Art in the Gardens, as of 2015) - this festival features fine art in the historic Monterey adobe gardens!

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

American River Music Festival - four days of camping, amazing music, and a river rafting trip in the Coloma-Lotus area!

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!

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival - A festival like no other! See for yourself!!

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

Highland Gathering and Scottish Games - pageantry, Mary Queen of Scots, massed pipe bands, and march of the clans in Fresno!

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

Woodland Chili Throwdown - unlimited chili and salsa tasting!

Groveland's 49er Festival - Celebrate the California Gold Rush and check out the wood carve off, musical entertainment, and more!

Northern California Renaissance Faire - buxom lasses and bawdy lads every weekend for five weeks at Casa de Fruta, near Hollister

Jewish Food Faire - delicious traditional & specialty foods, arts & crafts, and community friendship in Carmichael at Congregation Beth Shalom!

Monterey Jazz Festival - the longest-running jazz festival in the world!

End of Summer Show-N-Shine - the day will be filled with food, fun, live music, and loads of hot rods, street rods, classics, customs and antiques!

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

Walnut Creek Walnut Festival - celebrating the walnut harvest season!

Monterey Bay Birding Festival - From Condors to Snowy Plovers!

fashionArt in Santa Cruz - see local models strut down the runway featuring extraordinary fashion collection!

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

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

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

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

Tehama District Fair - four days of county fair fun in Red Bluff!

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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!

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