Category Archives: July

Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Festival

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Downieville Classic Race

Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Festival

Downieville Downhill

The very busiest weekend to visit the Downieville – Yuba River canyon region, so consider yourself warned.

Bicycle Expo & Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday. Live music & dancing. Big Air River Jump, plus, race cross country style or the infamous Downieville Downhill. Shuttle service available.

One of the biggest mountain bike events on the west coast. Located deep in the heart of Northern Gold Country, along the Yuba River & historic Highway 49. Camping options available in every direction. The small historic hotels book up well in advance.

DOWNIEVILLE CA

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Annual event; July

Festivities on main street

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Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

World Pipe Instruments

Monterey Scot Games

Celebrating 40+ years of traditional Scottish games, music & dancing. Highland dancers, Irish step dancers, pipe band competitions, British food & crafts, Scottish athletic competitions. This Monterey event is held the beautiful setting of Toro County Park, in the hills between Salinas & Monterey Bay. Celtic Concerts; Monterey County Celtic Week; Monterey Bay School of Piping & Drumming.

Annual event; July

MONTEREY CA

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California WorldFest

California Festival

WorldFest Grass Valley

Northern Gold Country, Grass Valley is the home to this huge event. California WorldFest features 8 stages of music & dance from around the world; Camping with family & friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts. Celebrate mid-summer under the cool tall pines of the Sierra foothills.

Annual event; July

GRASS VALLEY CA

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Worldfest beat drumming

McCloud Lumberjack Fiesta

Lumberjack Festival, McCloud, California

McCloud’s Lumberjack Festival

Join old-fashioned fun in the sun all weekend in the Shasta area! McCloud’s Main Street Parade, vendor’s booths, nightly dance w/live music, baseball tournament, children’s events, horseshoe tournament, logging competitions, food, family games. Running nearly 70 years!!

Annual event; July
530-964-2718

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McCloud CA

Main Street in McCloud

Death Ride

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3 Sierra Passes: DeathRide

A tour of the California Alps in a High Sierra 129 mile long cycling course. This is one of the premier cycling events held for more than 25 years! Climb 15,000+ feet in elevation. Monitor Pass (8314′); Ebbett’s Pass (8730′); Carson Pass (8573′)

rest stop in the valley at Monitor Pass

Annual event; July

MARKLEEVILLE CA

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Markleeville CA & Monitor Pass (Hwy 89) are south of Lake Tahoe, connecting US Highway 395 to the upper alpine heights of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Car camping spots and backpacking in this region are located near the aspen groves, lakes, creeks or pine forest.

Summer is prime tourists season here; Grover Hot Springs State Park is nearby, so is a bunch of lakes & creeks inside the Toiyabe National Forest / Carson District.

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Gasquet Raft Race

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Mid summer in NorCal & the small town of Gasquet, near Klamath is holding its annual rafting celebration. Race or not. Decorated rafts, floating, paddling the middle fork of the Smith River, all the way from the Horace Gasquet Bridge to Shady Bend Park. July is the time for fun in the sun & the water, with BBQ, local breweries featuring their stuff, craft vendors, plus tons of fun for the families. Running nearly 40 years!

Gasquet Raft Race
707-457-3064

Annual event: July

Gasquet CA

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Independence Day Celebrations

July 4th in Cali

Beach Camping
Crowds are common at beaches all summer long.

go somewhere cool this summer

camping lakes

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July 4th marks the busiest summer week in California. It’s mid Summer for most school kids. The golden state has it’s biggest increase of visiting tourist during this month too, along with the local residents traveling on seasonal road trips. Plenty of traffic, be warned.

Camping July 4th means EVERYBODY and their GRANDMOTHER will be outside this weekend. The majority of big family camp-outs and social BBQ events take place — on this very summer holiday weekend. Backpackers and serious car campers are on the road well ahead of time – headed for wilderness destinations.

Stay away from the biggest campgrounds and tourist traps, unless you are into that. Head for the back country for optimal seclusion, flowing creeks and coolest lakes.

 

  • BE FIRE SAFE, always know fire restrictions
  • DRINK PLENTY WATER
  • DON’T DRIVE DRUNK
  • NO FIREWORKS IN FOREST

 

City Fireworks & Parade Events can be found on various city web sites or chamber of commerce sites, which you can easily access through Total Escape.

California July 4

Fourth of July is also known as Independence Day, with celebrations in almost every major city & some notable small towns. City parades, firework displays, live music, streets fairs, BBQs, crafts, beach bon fires & in certain beach towns, total utter chaos. Below is only a sampling of popular July 4th events within California:

 

California State Fair

Sac Fair

State Fair in California
Sacramento Fair

For over 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the progress and advancements of agricultural industry. The event was historically held in August, but recently changed to July in 2009.

Annual event; July
Sacramento CA

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In 1854 the first California State Fair was held in San Francisco.

Travel was a hardship for many in those days so organizers arranged for the Fair to move locations each year. Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, and Marysville hosted the Fair for the subsequent four years. Pioneer residents quickly recognized tremendous riches in the fertile soil and so California’s number one industry, agriculture, was born. The Fair was the yearly source of entertainment and education for early settlers, drawing huge crowds of as many as 15,000 on a single day.

When the Fair returned to Sacramento in 1859, a decision was made to find a permanent home. Sacramento was a bustling city with more than 2,500 buildings and a newly installed water system using two and a half miles of pipe. Six square blocks between E and H Streets from 20th to 22nd Streets were bought with monies raised through a special election and contributions from local citizens. This site was called Capitol Park. One aspect of those early Fairs that deserves special mention is the significance of the horse.

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Burney Basin Days

 

Burney Falls
Burney Falls is a State Park.

Held in the hills of Redding in the mountain town of Burney. The impressive volcanic Lassen forests, with small town events like Burney Basin Days draws tourists from near & far. Parade, BBQ & fireworks around Independence day. Plenty camping all around. The few local motels fill up fast during summer months.

Annual event; July

530-335-2111

BURNEY CA

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Festival Mozaic

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo holds the annual classic music event called Festival Mozaic. Five centuries of music on the Central Coast of California.

Festival Orchestra: Mozart in the Mission – Old Mission San Luis Obispo

MOZARTFestival Mozaic features the rich legacy of the enduring universality, creativity and spirit of one of the greatest musicians the world has known. Impeccable and spirited performances by the Festival’s guest artists and musicians, all masters of the classical style, bring Mozart’s timeless masterworks to life. 

AND…You’ll experience the best of the world’s musical influences with orchestral performances, chamber music, world music, jazz, and informative and educational musical experiences that will broaden your horizons.

MORE…No matter what your musical taste, there is something for everyone at Festival Mozaic!

Annual event; July

San Luis Obispo CA

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