Tag Archives: live music

Avocado Festival in Carpinteria

The Avo Fest, Carpinteria

Take a scenic drive and see the back roads near Lake Casitas, where numerous avocado orchards grace the hillsides. This coastal Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals within California; Three full days of fabulous food, terrific music, & family fun. Held in Carpinteria, just south of Santa Barbara, CA

Annual event; October

CARPINTERIA CA

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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

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Cracking lobster

Reggae on the River

Reggae on the River 2011

Redwood forests with sweet tunes out-of-doors, at the river.

THIRTY YEARS running – this is an epic NorCal summertime music event. The celebration of reggae music in Northern California, at French’s Camp – right on the Eel River. Glorious surroundings, excellent redwoods camping all over the region!

Annual event; August
707-923 3368

Garberville CA

reggaeontheriver.com

Old Hometown Fair

Manhattan Beach 10K race,

Manhattan Beach 10k

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

Manhattan Beach Fair is every October & a great day to go out to the beaches of Los Angles County. Weekend festivities begins with a 10k race and a parade. Music, vendor booths, art exhibits, food & wine/beer.

This Los Angles county beach destination has been doing this event for 42+ years! Since this is LA and parking is horrible, shuttles are available from Aviation Avenue.

Annual event; October

MANHATTAN BEACH CA

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Hyperion Outfall Band

The Hollow Trees

Manhattan Beach Hometown 10k Run 2009

Hometown Cheer.

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

Pacifica Fog Fest 9-2009

Pacifica Fog Fest

Agua Dulce Country Fair

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Agua Dulce Country Fair
Small Town Country Fair near LA

Located on the back roads of Los Angeles county. North, in the high desert mountain region in between Santa Clarita and Palmdale sits Agua Dulce, a small town back behind Vasquez Rocks Park, off Hwy 14.

The Agua Dulce Country Fair is a family-friendly community fund raising event that has been going on for over 50 years. Wow, that is a mighty long run. Chili cook-off, cake walk, photo contest, arts and crafts, raffles and a silent auction. Events kick off w/ parade followed by the fair with vendors, food booths, carnival games, beer garden, live bands and dancing until midnight. Local bands, cover bands, indy rock, classic rock, blues, soul, plus country & western. Fiddles and all.

Annual event; September
(one day event)

Santa Clarita, CA
North Los Angeles

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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

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

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Zydeco Flames

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

Banana Festival

Healthy Banana and Friends!

Sac Banana Fest
Sacramento Banana Festival

Held in Sacramento @ William Land Park

5k run/walk on Saturday and a Kids Banana Split Eating Contest. Enjoy a day filled with fun, food, live entertainment, and exhibits. The event benefits the National Academic Youth Corps, which provides art and educational programs for young people in Sacramento, as well as over a dozen other worthy local charities.

Annual event: August
916-320-9573

Sacramento, CA

sacbananafestival.com

Community Drummers

Kids Banana Split Eating Contest

Long Beach Lobster Festival

Long Beach Brothers

LB Lobster Fest

The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival

This event has been running for almost 20 years now.

The Original Lobster Festival has become a tradition to over thousands of festival goers annually. The event combines local popular artists, Swing, Salsa, R&B/Motown, Decades 70s/80s Dance Bands. Plus tons of Fresh Live Maine Lobsters steamed in the World’s Largest Cooker prepared and served by a Master Chef for that mouth watering taste, giant food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars to create the largest Lobster Festival outside of Maine.

North side of Shoreline Drive (Between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue). The City Park next to the Hilton Hotel, nearest cross street is Pine Avenue.

Rainbow Lagoon @ Shoreline Village Drive
562-495-5959

Annual event: September
Long Beach, CA

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LB Lobster Fest

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

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Adams Avenue Street Fair

Adams Ave San Diego

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

Monterey Jazz Festival

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Monterey Jazz Fest

MJF stands for Monterey Jazz Festival: One of the most popular, well known, Jazz Festivals in California. This special one on the Monterey Bay has been going on near 60 years. And we’re not kidding on the popularity of this event.

Annual event; September

MONTEREY CA

montereyjazzfestival.org

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Los Angeles County Fair

The Fun Starts Here

LA County Fair

Los Angeles County Fair is held several miles from downtown LA; at the Pomona Fairgrounds (off Interstate 10). Concerts, carnival rides & games, exhibits, horse shows, home & garden shows, arts & crafts. Big event for the county of Los Angels. Too much to list!

Annual event; Sept
909-623-3111

Los Angeles CA

lacountyfair.com

LA Co. Fair Midway

LA Co. Fair African exhibit

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Gold Country Fair

Auburn Gold Country Fair - 7 September 2007

Auburn Gold Country Fair

California Gold Country Fair

Auburn is home to the Gold Country Fair every September. 4-day event w/ parade, pony rides, carnival rides & games, entertainment. Location: 1273 High Street, Auburn, CA 95604

Annual event; September
530-823-4533

Auburn CA

goldcountryfair.com

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Jazz on the River

Riffing and Drifting

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

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

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Tehachapi Mountain Festival

Tehachapi Mountain Festival 2013

Mountain Festival in Tehachapi

Over 50 years of summertime celebrations in the Southern Sierra town of Tehachapi CA. Festival includes arts & crafts show, food, entertainment, carnival, 5K & 10K run, parades, car show, rodeo, gem & mineral show, quilt show, VFW dinner and dance, pancake breakfast.

Annual event; August
661-822-4180

Tehachapi California

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Tehachapi Mountain Festival 2013

Tehachapi Mountain Festival 2013

Burning Man

Burning Man 2013

Burning Man

@ Black Rock City, Nevada

for those seeking the wilder side of camping out

Weeklong event; Black Rock Desert NV

Everyone who is anyone has heard of this massive annual desert party by now. The historic wild bon fire event that started in Santa Cruz in 1986 and then moved out to the deserts of Nevada. Way north of Reno! The event is getting bigger by the decades, so expect a mild altering experience with tens of thousands of well-decorated lost souls. Advanced tickets are required. Art cars, construction, costumes, pyrotechnics, live bands, music DJs, the playa dust & summer desert camping w/ 60,000 other freaks in the temporary Black Rock City.

Annual event;  August

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Burning Man 2013

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Monterey County Fair

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County Fair in Monterey

Over 70 years of this coastal event in California. Carnival rides, livestock show, food, live music, arts & crafts, horse races & wine tasting. This is by far the largest summer fair event in the region. Campgrounds and hotels in the area fill up fast in warmer months, so make reservations if you want to visit the Monterey Bay Area and not stay overnight sleeping in your car.

Annual event; August

MONTEREY CA

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