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October through December


NorCal Events and Festivals
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These are the community festivities 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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October Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Pumpkin Festival Gourds; (CC) GregPumpkin Festival Gourds; (CC) Greg

Davis Jazz and Beat Festival -
The Beat Goes On at the Davis Jazz and Beat Fest

Los Banos Tomato Festival -
let me count the ways we like our tomatoes! Los Banos Tomato Festival

Sonoma County Harvest Fair -
this harvest fair is all about the wine! Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Lone Pine Film Festival -
a film festival yes, but so much more! Lone Pine Film Festival

San Benito County Fair -
a genuine old-fashioned county fair! San Benito County Fair

Grass Valley's Harvest Festival -
celebrate all month long in historic downtown Grass Valley! Harvest Festival

Chico's Artoberfest -
kicks off with Chico Palio and fills the month of October with a celebration of art and culture! Artoberfest

National Yo-Yo Championships in Chico -
the longest running National Championship in the world! Chico's National Yo-Yo Championships

Dixon's Lambtown Festival -
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, have you any wool? Lambtown Festival

Johnny Appleseed Days in Paradise -
the oldest harvest festival in California (since 1888)! Johnny Appleseed Days

Elk Grove's Giant Pumpkin Festival -
pumpkins and scarecrows and regattas, oh my! Giant Pumpkin Festival

Twain Harte Oktoberfest -
an oompah beat plus brats and brews! Oktoberfest

The Big Crush Harvest Festival in Plymouth -
wines from the barrel and the bottle! The Big Crush

Sierra Art Trails of Yosemite Foothills -
an open studio tour in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada! Sierra Art Trails

Arts and Olive Festival of Redwood City -
rustic olives, home-cured olives, and cooking with olives and olive oil! Arts and Olive Festival

Carmel Art and Film Festival -
5 days of film, contemporary art, fresh music, and modern photography! Carmel Art and Film Festival

San Francisco's Fleet Week -
honoring the dedication to duty and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces! Fleet Week

Taste of Carmel -
Thursday Night Fever at Carmel Mission! Taste of Carmel

Fort Bragg's Abalone Cook-off and Festival -
who has the best wild abalone recipe? You be the judge! Abalone Cook-off and Festival

Geyserville's Artisano -
celebrating locally handcrafted wine, food, and art! Artisano NOTE:
This event has been cancelled for 2013

Weaverville's Salmon Festival -
fishing demos, salmon tent and more - celebrating the return of the salmon! Salmon Festival

Artwalk Livermore -
enjoy a day of art, music, and shopping in award-winning downtown Livermore! Artwalk Livermore

Sacramento Aloha Festival -
showcasing local Polynesian cultures and talent! Sacramento Aloha Festival

Riverbank Cheese and Wine Exposition -
cheese, wine, arts, crafts, and live entertainment! Riverbank Cheese and Wine Expo

Butte County's Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend -
sharing a passion for the bounty and heritage of Butte County agriculture with open doors, tastings, and tours! Sierra Oro Farm Trail

Burney Falls' Heritage Day -
pioneer day demonstrations and live music! Heritage Day at Burney Falls

Grass Valley's Taste of Grass Valley -
sip wines and savor delectable entrees in historic downtown Grass Valley! Taste of Grass Valley

Petaluma's Tolay Fall Festival -
two weekends; one festival with some surprises; it's the new favorite Fall Festival! Tolay Fall Festival

Dairyville Orchard Festival -
great food, music, children's activities, and - especially - local produce! Dairyville Orchard Festival

Anderson's Return of the Salmon Festival -
help celebrate the end of the journey for thousands of Fall Chinook! Return of the Salmon Festival

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival -
my very own personal FAVORITE Fall Festival! The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Fest

Ukiah Country PumpinFest -
who will have the plumpest pumpkin or the most palatable pie; the scariest scarecrow or the craftiest costume for their pet? Ukiah Country PumpkinFest

Goblin Jamboree at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito -
come in costume and explore a haunted wonderland! Goblin Jamboree

Daly City's Grand National Rodeo -
four days of championship rodeo, fiesta, and BBQ! Grand National Rodeo

Danville Fall Crafts Festival -
family-friendly home-town parade, Safe Trick or Treating, quality arts and crafts, and the Glass Pumpkin Patch! Danville Fall Crafts Festival

Healdsburg's Pinot on the River -
a full-immersion weekend of Pinot Noir along the beautiful Russian River! Pinot on the River

Sonora's All Hallows Fantasy Faire -
you've never attended a Celtic Faire quite like this one! All Hallows Fantasy Faire

Roseville's Family Fun Night -
free, safe family fun for Halloween! Family Fun Night

Felton's Children's Ghost Train -
The Legend of Sleepy Hallow plays out aboard the Roaring Camp vintage railway cars! Children's Ghost Train

Santa Cruz' Chili Cookoff at the Boardwalk -
bring your appetite and join the fun! Chili Cookoff at the Boardwalk

Big Basin SP's The Case of the Missing Arm -
the story of a lumber mill owner's encounter with a grizzly! The Missing Arm of William Waddell 

Coarsegold Tarantula Festival -
now this strikes me as a hideously horrific hullabaloo and a great way to celebrate Halloween! Tarantula Festival

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November Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Mendocino's Wine and Mushroom Festival -
it's a wonderful time of year to visit Mendocino! Mendo Wine and Mushroom Fest

Big Sur's Food and Wine Festival -
Foodies and Winers together in Big Sur! Big Sur Food and Wine Fest

Grass Valley's Holiday Open House -
in-store specials, drawings, give-aways, food, music and more! Holiday Open House

Auburn's Mountain Mandarin Fest -
Owari Satsuma Mandarin oranges - Yumm! Mountain Mandarin Fest

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Cowpoke Fall Gathering in Loomis -
Californians LOVE their cowboy heritage!Cowpoke Fall Gathering

Grass Valley's Cornish Christmas -
recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley! Cornish Christmas



December Events and Festivals
in Northern California

Sonoma Valley Olive Season -
starts now and continues through February! Sonoma Valley Olive Festival

Calistoga's Annual
Lighted Tractor Parade
-
a real, old-fashioned, small-town Christmas celebration! Lighted Tractor Parade

Wine Country Christmas in Santa Rosa -
Two festive days of shopping the unique blend of award winning gourmet foods, upscale fashions and quality handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list! Wine Country Christmas

Yosemite's Famous Bracebridge Dinner - THE Event of all events and festivals! Bracebridge Dinners

Bracebridge Tapestries;
(CC) Elijah

Sonoma Valley Olive Season -
starts now and continues through February! Sonoma Valley Olive Festival

Calistoga's Annual
Lighted Tractor Parade
-
a real, old-fashioned, small-town Christmas celebration! Lighted Tractor Parade

Wine Country Christmas in Santa Rosa -
Two festive days of shopping the unique blend of award winning gourmet foods, upscale fashions and quality handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list! Wine Country Christmas

Yosemite's Famous Bracebridge Dinner - THE Event of all events and festivals! Bracebridge Dinners



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

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