Category Archives: Music

Lobster Festival Redondo

Redondo Pier

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

20 years running, this Redondo Beach event is a hot hit, especially for beach-goers (near LA)

3 day event held at the Seaside Lagoon next to King Harbor, just north of the Redondo Beach Pier. Live music, entertainment, lobster recipes, celebrity chefs, craft beer, kids activities and vendor booths.

“Rat Ride” – annual beach bike ride sponsored by the Rotary Club; starts in Redondo and runs on the same weekend.

Annual event; September
310-376-6911

REDONDO BEACH California

lobsterfestival.com

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Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

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Cowboy Festival, Monterey, California

Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

Where the traditions and lifestyles of the vaqueros blend with traditions and lifestyles of cowboys who worked there way west from Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Live music, concerts, great food, wine and beer.

Annual event: November
Monterey, CA
831-649-5080

montereycowboy.org

Vaqueros, Vidaurri ranch, Laredo, 1910

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Downtown Monterey

Reyes Adobe Days

Reyes Adobe Days: like the Harvest Festival but with 0% 'Lil Sebastian.

Agoura Hills – Reyes Adobe Days

Reyes Adobe Days is held in the City of Agoura Hills, California. Carshow, parade & 5k run. The parade starts at Forest Cove Lane and travels along Thousand Oaks Boulevard to the Reyes Adobe Historical Site.

Families can experience California culture, past and present, with free museum tours, a music stage, interactive historical demonstrations, children’s history scavenger hunt, horse competition, pony rides, inflatables and carnival games, Victorian games, beer garden and food vendors.

The Reyes Adobe Historical Site is located at 5464 Reyes Adobe Road, (Rainbow Drive & next to Reyes Adobe Park) in Agoura Hills, California.

Annual event; October
818-597-7361

reyesadobedays.org
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Pear Festival

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Kelseyville Pear Festival
Pear Fest Lake County

Main Street in Kelseyville comes alive,w/ this family-focused event to showcase the areas history, agritourism, local businesses, craftsmen and community services. This is a fun filled day that starts off with a home town parade. Festivities include three stages with musicians, dancers and cloggers; horse demonstrations; antique car, engine and tractor shows; quilt shows; art shows and an entire pavilion devoted to all things ‘pear.’ Food vendors offer an array of scrumptious selections. Wine and beer tasting along with pear margaritas round out the choices. Pear pies and desserts always sell out.

Annual event; September
(one day only)
707-279 9022

Kelseyville, CA

pearfestival.com

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EarleFest

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Earle Fest
Americana Music Festival

 

California’s premier Americana music festival! Located on the beautiful grounds of the Earle Baum Center in Santa Rosa, this event features a stellar lineup of national and regional Americana musicians. With two separate stages, the music will be seamless all afternoon. Delicious BBQ and beverages including beer and wine will be available. Dynamite Silent Auction and Raffle for a chance to win a guitar signed by the musicians. Bring the family to celebrate Americana and the musical heritage of Earle Baum. All proceeds benefit the Earle Baum Center for the Visually Impaired.

Annual event; September
(one day event)
707-523-3222

Santa Rosa, CA

earlefest.com

 

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Pacific Coast Fog Fest

Pacifica Fog Fest

Pacifica Fog Festival
Pacific Coast Fog Fest

Held along Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica, is a weekend arts and crafts fair with over 190 arts and craft booths, live entertainment, plenty of tasty food and drink to please any appetite.

Annual event; September
650-355-4122

Pacifica, CA

pacificcoastfogfest.com

Pacifica Fog Fest 2011

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Pacifica Fog Fest

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival, Ventura

Ventura coast is the scene, beer is the topic. Celebrate BEER WEEK w/ Craft Beer Heaven – over 140 different craft beers and numerous live bands. The event of the year for any beer enthusiast!

Blues, Brews & BBQ. Teams will compete in the BBQ Cook-off and guests will be able to sample these delicious entries while enjoying some of the best blues acts in California. Craft beer will be available for purchase along with great food from food vendors.  (Event is 21 years of age or older with valid ID)

Annual event; September
805-323-5691

Ventura, CA

californiabeerfestival.com

Similar events are also held in Santa Cruz, San Dimas & Marin county.

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

Cajun-Zydeco Festival

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Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Cajun Festival
Live Zydeco Music

Huge shaded wooden dance floor under the redwoods in the lush Ives Park, downtown Sebastopol. Wine Country’s only Cajun event. Gator sausage, Gumbo, BBQ, Ice Cream, Watermelon, Shaved Ice, Zydeco Music, Beer, Wine, Margaritas, Hurricanes, Oyster Shooters!

Annual event: September
(one day event)
707-823-3631

Sebastopol, CA

winecountrycajun.com

Our fine feathered friend

Dancin' and Chillin' to Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunspots

Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes

Silverado Country Fair

selling succulents, Silverado Country Fair, Orange County, Southern California

Silverado Canyon Fair

A good ole country style fair in the heart of SoCal. The 40th+ annual event, music and art festival in Silverado Canyon, Orange County. Explore the wonders of canyon history and culture, music, tasty food, handmade arts and crafts, games and silly contests, all nestled under the oak trees below the infamous Saddleback Mountain. Wild West theme! Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and Classic Rock bands will entertain through 2 days.

Annual event: October
714-649-2411
714-649-2820

silveradocountryfair.org

Silverado Country Fair, Silverado Community Center, Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, Southern California

Silverado Country Fair
Silverado Country Fair

Constitution Day

Constitution Day Parade

Constitution Day Parade & Celebration

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America. A parade, Revolutionary War Living History Activities in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek and a free outdoor big band concert in the downtown historic district of Nevada City, Gold Country California. This place is known for its classic small town spirit and unique events, with a population of 3000, Nevada City swells to 10,000 or more on Constitution Day.

Annual event: September
530-265-2692

Nevada City, CA

nevadacitychamber.com/nevada-city-events/constitution-day-parade

The Famous Marching Presidents 2007

The Famous Marching Presidents

Nevada City Engine No 3 Constitution Day Parade

Much Ado About Sebastopol

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Sebastopol Renaissance Faire
Much Ado About Sebastopol Festival

Much Ado is become the regional Renaissance Faire in Northern California. A quality, family-friendly event in wine country that is entertaining and educational, as well as a long-term fundraiser for local Sebastopol public schools.

Wander around and interact with a myriad of villagers from 1578, make herbal soap or try your hand at weaving while listening to a wandering minstrel. Enjoy ice cold lemonade while watching the falcons and learning about their role in Renaissance farming. Sit back and take in a short Shakespeare performance while feasting on a hearty, rustic lunch.

Annual event: September
707-481-8213

Sebastopol, CA

muchadoaboutsebastopol.com

Much Ado About Sebastopol 2013

Much Ado About Sebastopol 2013

Ramona Music Fest

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Ramona Music Festival

Backcountry San Diego, California

Ramona Music Fest always has great music, good food and decent beer, with prizes and auctions from community donors. Kid friendly and hosted at the Ramona Outdoor Community. Cheer on emerging local talent, outstanding performers, and have a great time at this one day event – come hungry and bring the kids.

Held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, also called the Rodeo/Fair Grounds. The venue is located at the northeast end of downtown Ramona, accessed via Third Street.

Annual event: September
760-788-2889

Ramona, CA

ramonamusicfest.org

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Fiesta Hermosa Beach

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Fiesta Hermosa

Hermosa Beach Street Fair

This long running beach block party event is held 2 times in the summer months. Once on Memorial Day weekend in May & the other is Labor Day in late summer. 3 days of live music, art, food & fun.

Bi-annual event; May & September

HERMOSA BEACH CA

fiestahermosa.com

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Hermosa Beach, California

Adams Avenue Street Fair

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Adams Avenue Street Fair

One of the largest FREE music street fairs in California. Over 90 live music acts on 7 stages, 4 beer gardens, Giant Carnival rides and 300 craft & food vendors.

Two day Music Festival covers many blocks of Adams Avenue, only a few miles from downtown San Diego. Held in late summer near 35th Street to 32nd Street. Adams Ave Street Fair is Southern California local fun.

Annual event; September

San Diego, CA

adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair

Adams Avenue Street Fair

Adams Ave San Diego

Jan Alexander took this image in 2007, when he visited San Diego & Jeannie.

Tulare County Fair

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Tulare Fair

Tulare is located in the California Central Valley (the “bread basket”) – so summers can still be quite warm even in September. Big county fair for this farming region. Agriculture shows, auctions, destruction derby, exhibits, competitions, 4H livestock, parade, rodeo, tractor pull and much more. Don’t miss the delicious Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler Cook-Off and the Tri-Tip Cook-Off. Carnival rides and carnival games too.

Annual event; September

Tulare County Fair
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Tulare, CA 93274
559-686-4707

tularefair.org

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Tulare County

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Jazz on the River

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Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival

Near 40 years of Russian River music festivities! Jazz on the River is an annual jazz event held in Guerneville CA on the beautiful Russian River on Johnson’s Beach. The Beach offers canoes, kayaks and paddle boats for rent, as well as beach umbrellas. Camping nearby and great camping all around this redwood destination in NorCal.

Annual event;  September
949-360-7800

Guerneville CA

russianriverfestivals.com

Russian River Jazz Festival

Mammoth Festival

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Mammoth Lakes area has several festivals throughout the year; a few ski and snowboard competitions, as well as mountain bike races. It is the outdoor recreation hub of the Eastern Sierra. This late summer mountain festival revolves around wine tasting and live music, in the best spot to be in California hot weather (100degrees)… at 7000′ elevation, in the cool, pine forest.

Mammoth Festival

Annual event: AUGUST

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA

mammothmountain.com/mammothfestival

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

californiafestival.com
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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

festivalmozaic.com