Tag 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

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

Christmas in the Park, San Jose

Scene from San Jose Christmas in the Park 2011

San Jose’s Christmas in the Park

Annual event: December
San Jose, CA
www.christmasinthepark.com

Opening Night is in late November and the events go multiple nights through Christmas; held in downtown San Jose at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The tree lighting will kick things off in style. Ongoing for over 30 years, this is a family fun holiday fest in the South Bay!

Scene from San Jose Christmas in the Park 2011

Scene from San Jose Christmas in the Park 2011

Christmas in the Park, San Jose, CA

La Posada Candlelight Parade

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La Posada Candlelight Parade in Monterey
Candlelight Posada and Parade

Over 30 years running; Local and long-held tradition McAllen’s Annual Candlelight Posada and Parade. Members from the community as well as out-of-towners gather in the city’s streets to enjoy a time of giving and joy with friends and family.

Christmas in the Adobes:

35,000 guests pack the streets and coastline. All gathered to witness a live nativity procession, Santa Claus and a lit parade involving more than 100 floats. As is tradition, the parade winds down at Archer Park where guests will find three stages for live entertainment.

Annual event: December
Monterey, CA
956-682-2871

exploremcallen.com/events/annual/candlelightposada

 

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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

December Nights, Balboa Park

December Nights-Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park Christmas Lights
December Nights in Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park December Nights
Southern California’s premier holiday festival.

37 years running; Friday and Saturday night in early December

The event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.

Annual event; multiple nights
San Diego, CA
619-239-0512

balboapark.org/decembernights/

 

December Nights at Balboa Park

Little Italy Festa

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Little Italy, San Diego
Italian Street Festival

San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood holds a street fair or festa. One of the largest 1-day Italian American festivals in the West.

The event welcomes over 100,000+ w/ wonderful foods, culture, music & art. Street paintings with chalk pastels. Stickball Exhibition Game. Cooking demonstrations and contests.

Annual event; October

San Diego California

littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-festa/

Little Italy Festa

Little Italy Festa

Corso degli Artisti

Jubilee By The Sea

Pismo Jazz Festival "Jubilee by the Sea" 2011

Jubilee By The Sea

This Jazz Festival is held in Pismo Beach California. Every October is “Jubilee by the Sea,” a world class traditional jazz festival. This event began in 1976, with fans streaming in from all over the country each and every year. 20 bands plus guest artists. It is held for four days at multiple venues. Buses run continuously to get you to all of the venues for another great show! Locally catered food and drinks are available at all locations. We have hardwood floors at all venues for your dancing pleasure!

Annual event; October
805-481-7840

PISMO CA

pismojazz.com

Pismo Jazz Festival "Jubilee by the Sea" 2011

Pismo Jazz Festival "Jubilee by the Sea" 2011

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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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

tcfair.org

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

Aloha Festival

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Bay Area Aloha Festival

Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer talents in music & dance during this 2-day festival of arts. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and games for the kids! Located at the San Mateo County Event Center.

Annual event; August

San Francisco CA

http://www.pica-org.org/AlohaFest

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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

burningman.com

Sunrise Balloon People, Burning Man 2011

Burning Man 2013

The Temple of Transition - Burning Man 2011