California Events - Event Calendar California 

California Events  includes wine and food events, celebration of wine, beer, strawberries, lemons, garlic with food fairs, concerts, parades, fireworks, car shows, races, tennis, golf and historical re-enactments in a calendar list. California enjoys year-round sunny weather and temperate climate conducive for holding events throughout the year. There are annual events, special events and many repeating items such as Farmer's Market. When visiting, please call first. All information is subject to change but is updated as we are contacted. The items posted are California events for a general audience with some items such as wine tasting specific to a certain age group. What's new? We've added Nutcracker Ballets this year. They are a California event favorite!

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  2007 California Events Calendar 2007
 
  Date 2007     July | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec | 2008 Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May |June |
 
  June - early Sept. 2007 LAGUNA BEACH - Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair. Venetian themed 41st annual event includes 120 juried artists. Location: 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Season ticket $7.00 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and military, under 12 free with adult. Sun. ­ Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 10:00  p.m. www.art-a-fair.com  Call:  (949) 494-4514
SANTA ANA
- Pirates- featuring Treasure! Discovery Science Center presents an exhibition on the science of pirates.  Location: Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705. Hours: Open everyday: 10am - 6pm.
SANTA ROSA - Snoopy, not Just a Cool Joe. Open: Mon-Fri 11 AM - 5 PM; Sat-Sun 10 AM - 5 PM; Open Tuesdays beginning Memorial Day. Cost: $8; Age 4-18, college students with valid I.D. Card and Seniors 62+ $5. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, California 95403. SchulzMuseum.org.
 
  July  2007      
  July 9, 2007 HOLLYWOOD - Latino Comedy Night with Beny Mena. Originally hosted by the legendary Paul Rodriguez, it’s no surprise that Latino Night has become one of the biggest legacies amongst all the great comedy shows at the Laugh Factory. Every Monday at 8:00PM, the Laugh Factory showcases some of the funniest Latino comedians on the circuit today.  8:00 PM PDT (7:30 PM Doors), General Admission - $20. Location: 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA  laughfactory.com
 
  July 10, 2007
Tuesday
ATASCADERO - Tuesdays in the Park  BBQ & Music. Concert and BBQ at the charming Atascadero Lake Park. BBQ from 5-7, then Atascadero Community Band until 8 pm. Peddle boats, bike & kayaks available for rental. Location: Atascadero Lake Park, Highway 41 West Atascadero CA. Call: 805-466-2044
LONG BEACH - Moonlight Movies on the Beach Series. Funky, free Film Festival returns to the beaches of Belmont Shore for its fourth season. Classics for the whole family, cartoons start at dusk, followed by the feature attraction. Free parking, free popcorn and a full dinner menu is available, as well as snacks. Time: 8 p.m. (approx.) Call for movies hotline at Grunion Gazette: (562) 434-1542. Location: 5101 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. alfredosbeachclub.com
 
  July 11, 2007
Wednesday
NEWPORT BEACH - Free Concert Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, known for hits, Clarksville, I’m a Believer and Daydream Believer. General seating is complimentary and opens to the public at 5 p.m. Preferred seating, at  $20. Preferred ticket holders have access to a no-host martini and wine bar, with proceeds from the bar benefiting a non-profit organization. Location: Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, Fashion Island Shopping Center, 905 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA. Time: 7 p.m.Call:  (949) 721-2000.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES - Grunion Run Time: 12:30 to 2:30 a.m. Adult fishing license required.
 
  July 12, 2007
Thursday
FOLSOM - Thursday Night Market sponsored by Folsom Historic District Association. Folsom’s charming Historic District hosts Thursday Night Market from 6 to 9pm Thursday evenings. These family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, food vendors, activities for children, do-it-yourself demonstrations, a fresh produce market, music, and entertainment for all age groups. Visit art galleries, the Folsom History Museum, the Railroad block, restaurants, antique shops, and much more as you spend a summer evening on historic Sutter Street. Phone: (916) 608-4545. folsomfairs.com
LOS ANGELES - Sizzling Summer Nights - LA's hottest Latin bands, including Orquesta Son Mayor, the Romantic of Salsa Yari Moré, and other favorites heat up the dance floor. Enjoy live music, dance lessons, museum admission, and a taco and drink bar serving up the best margaritas in Griffith Park! Plus, visit the Museum Store for complimentary food tastings, special markdowns, and CDs from featured bands. Separate dance floor for kids and free parking. Bring your date, friends, co-workers, and kids to another unforgettable season of Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry! Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $5 general. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. autrynationalcenter.org
TUSTIN - Peters Canyon Summer Trail Run Series -Join an evening 5 mile trail run through beautiful Peters Canyon Wilderness Park with music and a BBQ afterwards. Cedar Grove Park has a great play area so be sure to bring the kids. Time: 6:15 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Cedar Grove Park, 11385 Pioneer Road, Tustin CA.
 
  July 12 - 15, 2007 TEMECULA - International Jazz Festival.  Artists include Monty Alexander, Brian Auger, Alex Ligertwood, David Garfield & the Cats, special appearance by James Torme, Legendary Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Mulidore & the Saxophone Titans Tom Scott & Richie Cole, Dick Berk , Holly Hofmann/Mike Wofford, Llew Matthews, Theo Saunders, Harold Mason / Marshal Hawkins Quintet, Tom Lavin & Powder Blues. Location: Main Street in Old Town Temecula, CA. Cost: $85 event pass. www.temeculajazzfest.com
 
  July 13, 2007   TOP
Friday
COSTA MESA - OC Fair - Willie Nelson / The Knitters at OC Fair Pacific Amphitheater summer concert series. Time: 7 p.m. Location: 100 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA Cost: $45 approx. ticketmaster.com
NEWPORT BEACH
- Summer Jazz Series features Bobby Caldwell. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA.
summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
OXNARD
- Summer Concerts at Historic Heritage Square. Enjoy a wide variety of music from Latin to jazz to big bands at historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard on Friday evenings. Known as the “Hollywood Bowl of Oxnard,” the Summer Concert Series offer free lawn seating. Heritage Square is comprised of a group of 1800’s era Victorian houses.6 to 8 p.m., 715 S. “A” Street Call 805/483-7960.  visitoxnard.com
PLEASANTON - Outdoor Concert. D-Lucca plays Jazz.  Daniel Parenti and his band, D-Lucca, join this year's line-up. Come enjoy an evening of wonderful melodic jazz featuring original compositions.Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net. 
SAN CLEMENTE - Island Nights At The Beach Club! Catch the Aloha spirit as the City of San Clemente launches its inaugural Island Nights at the Ole Hanson Beach Club Pool. Family fun for everyone, including live island music, swimming, arts & crafts for kid, and even snacks and dinner plates for a nominal fee. Pre-registration is encouraged, or you can pay at the door. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Fee: $2 per person. Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Location: 105 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA Call: (949) 361-8264.
 
  July 13 - 15, 2007 ANAHEIM - Celebrity Food Show. 3 day event will host live cooking demos from Celebrity TV Food Network Chefs on stage, Complementary wine tasting from over 20 California Wineries, Sample Gourmet Food from 150 companies from across the Country. Life Size Chocolate Orange Tree will be constructed on the main floor of the show by Celebrity Chef Royal and his team to Celebrate Anaheim's 150th birthday Bash! Location: Anaheim Marriott, 700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802. ­ VIP tickets give complete access to the event all weekend ­ VIP tickets $30 ­ www.celebrityfoodshow.com
NORTH TAHOE - The North Tahoe ARTour, a free, self-guided tour 40 artists' studios, opens with an art, wine and food reception. Call: (530) 581-2787. www.northtahoearts.com.
 
  July 13 - 22, 2007 NAPA - Festival del Sole.  Napa Valley event is fashioned after Italy's Tuscan. Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, flutists James and Jeanne Galway  are headliners. Food and wine, music and other entertainment are featured. Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, Lincoln Theater in Yountville and Napa Valley Opera House in Napa are event venues. www.festivaldelsole.com.   Call: (707) 944-1300.
 
  July 13 - Aug. 5, 2007 COSTA MESA - Orange County Fair. Cowabunga dude theme with cattle drive. Jelly donut eating contests, Purple people eaters contests, and karaoke. Time: Friday to Sunday 10am to midnight; Tuesday to Thursday noon to midnight (closed Mondays). Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. www.ocfair.com
 
  July 14, 2007
Saturday
ELDRIDGE - Sonoma Valley Footrace and Festival. 5k Footrace and Family Fun Festival will be held at the Sonoma Developmental Center. The 5k Footrace begins at 9 am and winds thru the beautiful grounds of the Sonoma Developmental Center, in Eldridge California, one mile south of Glen Ellen. After the Footrace there will be a Festival from 10am to 2pm. At the Festival there will be live music by Harvey and the Wallbangers, carnival games and attractions, a car show, food vendors, a raffle, beer and wine tasting, and a kids fun run! All of the proceeds from the event benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. Register for the footrace on line at www.active.com. For more information call Becky at 707-938-6381.
HOLLYWOOD -
Seu Jorge US Tour 2007 directly from Brazil plus, legendary percussionist, Airto Moreira A
Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood Time: 8pm. Location: Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA. Tickets, outlets and Information: (818) 566-1111. www.braziliannites.com/tickets.htm
SANTA ANA - Lecture “Chinese Etymology and Calligraphy”. Dr. Hung-hsiang Chou, professor of etymology and calligraphy at University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss the origin and early development of the Chinese writing system, the oldest surviving writing of the world. The lecture also includes a calligraphy demonstration. Time: 1:30 p.m. Admission: $10.
Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, CA. Call: (714) 567-3679 or visit www.bowers.org.
SEAL BEACH - Red Car Museum - One of California's remaining historical red cars that were used to take passengers from Los Angeles to the Southern California Beaches is on display and open for the public to wander through. Artifacts, photos and a video display of the Red Car can be viewed at this interesting museum in Seal Beach. Location: Greenbelt at Main Street. Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Cost: No fee, donations appreciated. Call: (562) 683-1874.
 
  July 14 - 15, 2007 ATASCADERO- Lavender Festival - 2nd annual event Second Annual Lavender Festival includes Live Music, Cooking Demonstrations, Fashion Show featuring local clothes, Sustainable Living information, and Artists painting plein air. Raffles throughout the day will benefit the North County Humane Society and the Atascadero Women’s Shelter . Cooking Demo on Saturday at 5 p.m. Live music throughout the day, both days. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Green Acres Lavender Farm, 8865 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero, CA. Booths available, call Janice. (805)466-0837. greenacreslavenderfarm.com
LONG BEACH - Shakespeare Outdoors. 9th Annual Long Beach Shakespeare Festival features Romeo & Juliet on the lawn of the Aquarium of the Pacific beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets for the lawn.  Show lasts approx. 2 hours. Cost: Free. lbshakespeare.org
LOS ALTOS - Arts and Wine Festival.  The 28th Annual Arts & Wine Festival in downtown Los Altos at Main and State streets features 380 booths including artwork and crafts such as paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass, textile arts, wood and ceramics. The event includes live entertainment on three stages and several street locations with jazz, rock and reggae to country and oldies. There’s also a KIDZONE with TV personalities, children's entertainers, interactive activities and hands-on arts. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
 
  July 14 - Aug. 4, 2007 LAKE TAHOE - Kenny Loggins, David Benoit, Craig Chaquico and David Sanborn are headliners for the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, July 14-Aug. 4. Nine concerts are scheduled at five North Lake Tahoe venues including Donner Lake, the Resort at Squaw Creek and at Homewood Mountain Resort. A free 25th anniversary concert at Commons Beach in Tahoe City is the kick-off. Cost: $15 - $50/ticket per event or pass available. www.tahoemusic.org. Call (530) 581-1884
  July 15, 2007
Sunday

LONG BEACH - Origami Festival. Annual Origami Festival at the Japanese Garden includes Origami, the art of folding paper. Learn from professional artists as well as expert origami enthusiasts. Let them guide your fingers and imagination through new folds while you enjoy the lush garden environment. Create animals, flowers, and games from brightly colored paper to take home. The legacy of a thousand years of paper folding is yours to discover through hands-on demonstrations, displays, and literature. Admission: Adults $7; Children 12 and under free. Time:  12 – 4 PM. Location: Free parking on lot 16 at Earl Warren Drive, Long Beach. www.csulb.edu/~jgarden/event.html

SANTA ANA - Lecture - “Jade, The Stone of Heaven”. Fred Ward, author and National Geographic photographer, discusses the reverential passion that China has shown for jade for more than a thousand years. Fred Ward is the founder and owner of Gem Book Publishers and has won prizes for his photographs in White House News Photographers Association contests. Time: 1:30 p.m.  Admission: $10. Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, CA. Call: (714) 567-3679 or visit www.bowers.org.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES - Grunion Run Time: 10:25 p.m. to 12:25 a.m. Location: San Diego to L.A. Adult fishing license required.
 

  July 16, 2007
Monday

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES - Grunion Run Time: 11:05 p.m. to 1:05 a.m. Location: Huntington Beach. Adult fishing license required.
 

  July 17, 2007
Tuesday

ATASCADERO - Tuesdays in the Park  BBQ & Music. Concert and BBQ at the charming Atascadero Lake Park. BBQ from 5-7, then Atascadero Community Band until 8 pm. Peddle boats, bike & kayaks available for rental. Location: Atascadero Lake Park, Highway 41 West Atascadero CA. Call: 805-466-2044
COSTA MESA
- OC Fair -Psychedelic Furs, The Fixx, The Alarm at OC Fair Pacific Amphitheater summer concert series. Time: 7 p.m. Location: 100 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA Cost: $25 approx. ticketmaster.com
LONG BEACH
- Moonlight Movies on the Beach Series. Funky, free Film Festival returns to the beaches of Belmont Shore for its fourth season. Classics for the whole family, cartoons start at dusk, followed by the feature attraction. Free parking, free popcorn and a full dinner menu is available, as well as snacks. Time: 8 p.m. (approx.) Call for movies hotline at Grunion Gazette: (562) 434-1542. Location:  5101 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. alfredosbeachclub.com
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES
- Grunion Run Time:
11:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Location: Huntington Beach. Adult fishing license required.
 

  July 18, 2007
Wednesday
NEWPORT BEACH - Free Concert with Fab Four, Beatles tribute. General seating is complimentary and opens to the public at 5 p.m. Preferred seating, at  $20. Preferred ticket holders have access to a no-host martini and wine bar, with proceeds from the bar benefiting a non-profit organization. Location: Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, Fashion Island Shopping Center, 905 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA. Time: 7 p.m.Call:  (949) 721-2000.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES - Grunion Run Time: 12:30 to 2:30 a.m. Adult fishing license required.
 
  July 19, 2007
Thursday
FOLSOM - Thursday Night Market sponsored by Folsom Historic District Association. Folsom’s charming Historic District hosts Thursday Night Market from 6 to 9pm Thursday evenings. These family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, food vendors, activities for children, do-it-yourself demonstrations, a fresh produce market, music, and entertainment for all age groups. Visit art galleries, the Folsom History Museum, the Railroad block, restaurants, antique shops, and much more as you spend a summer evening on historic Sutter Street. Phone: (916) 608-4545. folsomfairs.com
LOS ANGELES - Sizzling Summer Nights - LA's hottest Latin bands, including Orquesta Son Mayor, the Romantic of Salsa Yari Moré, and other favorites heat up the dance floor. Enjoy live music, dance lessons, museum admission, and a taco and drink bar serving up the best margaritas in Griffith Park! Plus, visit the Museum Store for complimentary food tastings, special markdowns, and CDs from featured bands. Separate dance floor for kids and free parking. Bring your date, friends, co-workers, and kids to another unforgettable season of Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry! Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $5 general. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. autrynationalcenter.org
 
  July 20, 2007   TOP
Friday
NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features Boney James. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
OXNARD
- Summer Concerts at Historic Heritage Square. Enjoy a wide variety of music from Latin to jazz to big bands at historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard on Friday evenings. Known as the “Hollywood Bowl of Oxnard,” the Summer Concert Series offer free lawn seating. Heritage Square is comprised of a group of 1800’s era Victorian houses.6 to 8 p.m., 715 S. “A” Street Call 805/483-7960. visitoxnard.com
PLEASANTON - Outdoor Concert with Georgi & the Rough Week -Rockin’ Blues, R&B. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net.
TEMECULA -  Concert with Bladerunners bluegrass band. Summer Concerts in Old Town Temecula feature bluegrass bands performing in the Mercantile at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Location:  42051 Main St., Temecula, CA.  Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Free www.temeculacalifornia.com.
 
  July 20 - 21, 2007
Friday, Saturday
MARYSVILLE- California Peach Festival - 8th Annual California Festival attracts thousands of visitors to downtown Marysville. Please include the Run/Walk, Breakfast and entertainment and vendor booths. Friday, July 20, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  www.capeachfestival.com
 
  July 20 - 22, 2007
Friday- Sunday
LAKE TAHOE – HOMEWOOD - Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. The 9th Annual Homewood Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, at Homewood Mountain Resort located on Highway 89, 10 miles southwest of Tahoe City, featuring 50 artists from throughout the West.  Time: 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
SAN DIEGO -  San Diego LGBT Pride Celebration. 33rd Annual LGBT Pride Celebration hits the communities of Balboa Park and Hillcrest is the 10th largest in the United States, attracting over 40,000 people to the weekend festival.  Call: 619-297-7683 sdpride.org
 
  July 20 - 29, 2007 HUNTINGTON BEACH - US Open of Surfing and Beach Games - Wet and extreme. That's how sand bunnies and dudes describe this annual event  held on Huntington City Beach next to Huntington Beach Pier. World Qualifying Series surfing competition, BMX trick contest, FMX aerial bike demos, Surfers Village on the sand, live bands, free giveaways and more are featured throughout the 10 day beach extravaganza. Time: Daily approx. 10 - 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: 300 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. usopenofsurfing.com
 
  July 21, 2007
Saturday
IRVINE - Concert  featuring Gershwin's Greatest Hits—And All That Jazz! Carl St.Clair, conductor. The best of George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris. What more could you ask for? How about the powerhouse playing of jazz pianist Shelly Berg, whose arrangements for piano and orchestra include the Beatles’ Blackbird? Time: 8 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA. Tickets range from $21-$101. Box office: 714-755-5799.
 
  July 21 - 22, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
BELMONT SHORE - Catalina Ski Race. 59th annual ski race goes from Belmont Shore (Long Beach to Catalina Island). Free to watch. $375/team, features very fast personal water craft. Saturday morning is the ski race. Sunday launches the Offshore Power Boat race. Location: E. Ocean at Granada launch ramp area, Long Beach, CA. longbeachseafestival.com
LA ZOO - Paramount Classics and ARCTIC TALE invite you to Chill Out at the LA Zoo! Visit the ARCTIC TALE activity booth July 21st & 22nd for complimentary giveaways from the film! Be one of the first in your ‘berg to see ARCTIC TALE at a special FREE advance screening at the LA Zoo on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00AM. Seating is limited. (Only 249 seats available. First come, first serve! Arctic Tale is an epic adventure that explores the vast world of the Great North. The film follows the walrus, Seela, and the polar bear Nanu, on their journey from birth to adolescence to maturity and parenthood in the frozen Arctic wilderness. Once a perpetual winter wonderland of snow and ice, the walrus and the polar bear are losing their beautiful icebound world as it melts from underneath them. Story told by Queen Latifah, the movie opens Wednesday, July 25th - www.arctictalemovie.com) At LA Zoo learn how climate change impacts wildlife around the world; enjoy educational activities; watch tigers, bears and snow leopards enjoy frozen treats; and discover seldom-seen snowplay at the bear habitat! The Arctic Tale Chill-Out weekend is free with paid admission. Call 323-644-4200 or www.lazoo.org.
LONG BEACH
- Trees, Pillars of the Garden. Paul Comstock, renowned landscape architect and former director of landscape design for Walt Disney Imagineering will speak. Light refreshment in the garden will follow. Location: Rancho Los Alamitos,  5400 Bixby Hill Rd., Long Beach, CA   Cost:$20. Time 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call: (562) 431-3541. rancholosalamitos.com
LONG BEACH - Shakespeare Outdoors. 9th Annual Long Beach Shakespeare Festival features Comedy of Errors on the lawn of the Aquarium of the Pacific beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets for the lawn.  Show lasts approx. 2 hours. Cost: Free. lbshakespeare.org
SAN CLEMENTE - Ocean Festival is two days of fun with food, games, competition, surfing, clinic, woody car exhibit and the beautiful beaches of San Clemente!  Read full schedule of events

 
  July 24, 2007

ATASCADERO - Tuesdays in the Park  BBQ & Music. Concert and BBQ at the charming Atascadero Lake Park. BBQ from 5-7, then Atascadero Community Band until 8 pm. Peddle boats, bike & kayaks available for rental. Location: Atascadero Lake Park, Highway 41 West Atascadero CA. Call: 805-466-2044
COSTA MESA
- OC Fair - Willie Nelson / The Knitters at OC Fair Pacific Amphitheater summer concert series. Time: 7 p.m. Location: 100 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA Cost: $29 - 45 approx. ticketmaster.com
LONG BEACH - Moonlight Movies on the Beach Series. Funky, free Film Festival returns to the beaches of Belmont Shore for its fourth season. Classics for the whole family, cartoons start at dusk, followed by the feature attraction. Free parking, free popcorn and a full dinner menu is available, as well as snacks. Time: 8 p.m. (approx.) Call for movies hotline at Grunion Gazette: (562) 434-1542. Location: 5101 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. alfredosbeachclub.com

 

  July 25, 2007
Wednesday
NEWPORT BEACH - Free Concert, Ricky Nelson Remembered Tour with Gunnar & Matthew Nelson, sons of Ricky Nelson.  Known for After the Rain. General seating is complimentary and opens to the public at 5 p.m. Preferred seating, at  $20. Preferred ticket holders have access to a no-host martini and wine bar, with proceeds from the bar benefiting a non-profit organization. Location: Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, Fashion Island Shopping Center, 905 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA. Time: 7 p.m.Call:  (949) 721-2000.
 
  July 26, 2007
Thursday
FOLSOM - Thursday Night Market sponsored by Folsom Historic District Association. Folsom’s charming Historic District hosts Thursday Night Market from 6 to 9pm Thursday evenings. These family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, food vendors, activities for children, do-it-yourself demonstrations, a fresh produce market, music, and entertainment for all age groups. Visit art galleries, the Folsom History Museum, the Railroad block, restaurants, antique shops, and much more as you spend a summer evening on historic Sutter Street. Phone: (916) 608-4545. folsomfairs.com
LONG BEACH - Concert. Free summer concerts at the Rancho garden features Sligo Rags. Award-winning fiery Celtic music with upbeat, energetic acoustics and vocals. Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m. Address: 4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 570-1755. www. rancholoscerritos.org
LOS ANGELES
- Sizzling Summer Nights - LA's hottest Latin bands, including Orquesta Son Mayor, the Romantic of Salsa Yari Moré, and other favorites heat up the dance floor. Enjoy live music, dance lessons, museum admission, and a taco and drink bar serving up the best margaritas in Griffith Park! Plus, visit the Museum Store for complimentary food tastings, special markdowns, and CDs from featured bands. Separate dance floor for kids and free parking. Bring your date, friends, co-workers, and kids to another unforgettable season of Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry! Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $5 general. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. autrynationalcenter.org
 
  July 27, 2007
Friday
OXNARD - Summer Concerts at Historic Heritage Square. Enjoy a wide variety of music from Latin to jazz to big bands at historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard on Friday evenings. Known as the “Hollywood Bowl of Oxnard,” the Summer Concert Series offer free lawn seating. Heritage Square is comprised of a group of 1800’s era Victorian houses.6 to 8 p.m., 715 S. “A” Street Call 805/483-7960.  visitoxnard.com
NEWPORT BEACH -  Summer Jazz Series features Steve Oliver and Keiko Matsui. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA.
summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
PLEASANTON -
Outdoor Concert with Houserockers -Rock n’ Roll. 11-piece band is one of the hottest performing groups in Northern California .  The Houserockers bring rock and soul classics from the 60's - 90's to life. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net.
SAN CLEMENTE - Island Nights At The Beach Club! Catch the Aloha spirit as the City of San Clemente launches its inaugural Island Nights at the Ole Hanson Beach Club Pool. Family fun for everyone, including live island music, swimming, arts & crafts for kid, and even snacks and dinner plates for a nominal fee. Pre-registration is encouraged, or you can pay at the door. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Fee: $2 per person. Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Location: 105 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA Call: (949) 361-8264.
TEMECULA
-  Concert with Temeku Bluegrass band. Summer Concerts in Old Town Temecula feature bluegrass bands performing in the Mercantile at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Location:  42051 Main St., Temecula, CA.  Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Free www.temeculacalifornia.com.
 
  July 27- 29, 2007   TOP
Friday
GILROY - Gilroy Garlic Festival - Ever tasted garlic ice cream? Now's your chance! Food, bands, games, vendors, competitions, fun! www.gilroygarlicfestival.com
EAST LOS ANGELES -
Festival de Los Niños (Children). This kids event  includes Sports & Fitness activities, free toys for children, foods, free health screenings, free gifts, Carnival Rides & Games, arts & crafts, live Music, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors.  One of the best community events in East Los Angeles, over 20,000 visitors can attend free, and receive information, entertainment and even health screening and legal consulations.   Location:  Evergreen Park: 4th St. & Evergreen Ave. East Los Angeles, CA 90063. Call:  (818) 734-2744
 
  July 28, 2007
Saturday
LONG BEACH - Bixby Knolls Street Fair with Dragster Expo and Car Show. Sizzling sounds of cars, food cooking over a grill and of course, the Cacklefest event. Beer garden, live music, vendors, more! Time 2 to 8 p.m. bixbyknollsinfo.com
NEWPORT BEACH -
Averidgea and The Legend of the Lonely Dog Art Exhibit.  The first U.S. showing of Averidgea and The Legend of the Lonely Dog opens to the public in the Lahaina Galleries at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, 1173 Newport Center Dr., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Creator and artist Ivan Clarke will unveil several new limited edition prints and sculptures at the opening, showcase the book, and discuss the project in a talk starting at 5:45. The art will remain on display at the gallery until mid-August. Gallery hours are from 9.a.m to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
More information on Lonely Dog can be found on http://lahainagalleries.com , lonelydog.com
SANTA CRUZ - Midsummer Full Moon Madness. Take a docent-led moonlit walk through the Redwood Grove. Learn about stars & creatures of the night. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton. Phone: (831) 335.4598  santacruzstateparks.org
SEAL BEACH
- Red Car Museum - One of California's remaining historical red cars that were used to take passengers from Los Angeles to the Southern California Beaches is on display and open for the public to wander through. Artifacts, photos and a video display of the Red Car can be viewed at this interesting museum in Seal Beach. Location: Greenbelt at Main Street. Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Cost: No fee, donations appreciated. Call: (562) 683-1874.
 
  July 28 - 29, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
IMPERIAL BEACH - U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. Sandcastle Parade at 10 am Saturday, food booths, arts, crafts, vendors, live entertainment and Fireworks at dusk. Call Imperial Beach Chamber:(619) 424-3151. Free to watch, team signup available. Day 2 (July 29) is competition for Masters category with professional sand sculptors creating amazing designs. Location: Pier Plaza beach near IB Pier, Imperial Beach, CA. http://members.cox.net/usopensandcastle/
LONG BEACH -
Shakespeare Outdoors. 9th Annual Long Beach Shakespeare Festival features Comedy of Errors on the lawn of the Aquarium of the Pacific beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets for the lawn.  Show lasts approx. 2 hours. Cost: Free. lbshakespeare.org
LONG BEACH - Dragon Boat Festival. Location: Marine Stadium, Long Beach, CA.
OXNARD - Salsa Festival. The Hottest Event in Ventura County Takes Place at the Oxnard Salsa Festival, Spicy food, hot music and cool ocean breezes are the recipe for summer fun at the 14th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. Featured activities include main stage entertainment, salsa dancing, salsa tasting, a kids korner, and a marketplace. Festival admission and parking are free. Call the Downtown Oxnard Merchants Association at 805-247-0197. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard Visit the website at www.oxnardsalsafestival.com.
 
  July 29, 2007 IRVINE - Summer California Truck Jamboree Plus.  Hotrods, Custom & Classic Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles celebrate 20 years of California Jamboree, known as one of the most prestigious truck shows in the industry. Shelling out hundreds of trophies to only the finest vehicles, all types of vehicles can sign up for trophies. Vendors, Great Food, Monster Truck Crush, Motorcycle stunt show, pie eating contest, burnout contest and tons of vehicles on display competing for trophies, who will win the best of show largest ever billet trophy. Location: 8800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine ca 92618 @ Hidden Valley Park, CA - Time: 9am-5pm. Adult: $15; Under 12: free with 1 paid admission. FREE Parking ! Discounts available online and in Auto Trader, Street Trucks mag and more. Contact (310) 326-4526 or visit www.TruckJamPlus.com for more information. Vehicle Pre-reg before July 6: $30.
LONG BEACH - Living History Tours. 163-year-old adobe house "living history" presentation shows the once booming cattle ranch with 28,000 sheep through the eyes of costumed living history characters who share their stories about ranch life and work. Tours offered every half hour throughout the afternoon, with the last tour leaving at 4:00 p.m. Time: 1 - 4 p.m. Address: 4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 570-1755. www. rancholoscerritos.org
 
  July 30, 2007
Monday

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES - Grunion Run Time: 10:05 p.m. - 12:05 a.m.  Location: Huntington Beach. Adult fishing license required.
 

  July 31, 2007
Tuesday
ATASCADERO - Tuesdays in the Park  BBQ & Music. Concert and BBQ at the charming Atascadero Lake Park. BBQ from 5-7, then Atascadero Community Band until 8 pm. Peddle boats, bike & kayaks available for rental. Location: Atascadero Lake Park, Highway 41 West Atascadero CA. Call: 805-466-2044
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES
- Grunion Run Time:
10:45 p.m. - 12:45 a.m.
 Location: Huntington Beach. Adult fishing license required.
LONG BEACH - Moonlight Movies on the Beach Series. Funky, free Film Festival returns to the beaches of Belmont Shore for its fourth season. Classics for the whole family, cartoons start at dusk, followed by the feature attraction. Free parking, free popcorn and a full dinner menu is available, as well as snacks. Time: 8 p.m. (approx.) Call for movies hotline at Grunion Gazette: (562) 434-1542. Location: 5101 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. alfredosbeachclub.com
 
  August 2007      TOP  
     
  Aug. 1, 2007
Wednesday
NEWPORT BEACH - Free Concert with Terri Nunn of the Techno Wave band, Berlin.  Known for such hits as The Metro and Take My Breath Away. General seating is complimentary and opens to the public at 5 p.m. Preferred seating, at  $20. Preferred ticket holders have access to a no-host martini and wine bar, with proceeds from the bar benefiting a non-profit organization. Location: Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, Fashion Island Shopping Center, 905 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA. Time: 7 p.m. Call:  (949) 721-2000.
 
  August 2, 2007
Thursday
FOLSOM - Thursday Night Market sponsored by Folsom Historic District Association. Folsom’s charming Historic District hosts Thursday Night Market from 6 to 9pm Thursday evenings. These family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, food vendors, activities for children, do-it-yourself demonstrations, a fresh produce market, music, and entertainment for all age groups. Visit art galleries, the Folsom History Museum, the Railroad block, restaurants, antique shops, and much more as you spend a summer evening on historic Sutter Street. Phone: (916) 608-4545. www.folsomfairs.com
LOS ANGELES - Sizzling Summer Nights - LA's hottest Latin bands, including Orquesta Son Mayor, the Romantic of Salsa Yari Moré, and other favorites heat up the dance floor. Enjoy live music, dance lessons, museum admission, and a taco and drink bar serving up the best margaritas in Griffith Park! Plus, visit the Museum Store for complimentary food tastings, special markdowns, and CDs from featured bands. Separate dance floor for kids and free parking. Bring your date, friends, co-workers, and kids to another unforgettable season of Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry! Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $5 general. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. autrynationalcenter.org
 
  August 3, 2007
Friday
NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features David Sanborn. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
OXNARD
- Summer Concerts at Historic Heritage Square. Enjoy a wide variety of music from Latin to jazz to big bands at historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard on Friday evenings. Known as the “Hollywood Bowl of Oxnard,” the Summer Concert Series offer free lawn seating. Heritage Square is comprised of a group of 1800’s era Victorian houses.6 to 8 p.m., 715 S. “A” Street Call 805/483-7960.  visitoxnard.com
PLEASANTON - Outdoor Concert with Tommy and the 4 Speeds. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net.
TEMECULA -  Concert with Grassbackwards band. Summer Concerts in Old Town Temecula feature bluegrass bands performing in the Mercantile at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Location:  42051 Main St., Temecula, CA.  Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Free www.temeculacalifornia.com. 
 
  Aug. 3 - 5, 2007 MAMMOTH LAKES - Fine Arts Festival. The 35th Annual Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts Festival, set in this attractive mountain resort town at Kittredge Sports (Highway 203/Main Street). Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
PIERCY - Reggae on the River annual music festival. Location:  Highway 101 at Dimmick Ranch/French's Camp. The Festival entrance is on the highway, just after exits for Piercy in Humboldt County, 200 miles north of San Francisco, 75 miles south of Eureka. Once you see the Piercy exits, you will begin to see signs for the Festival. Stay on Hwy 101 and follow the signs. reggaeontheriver.com
 
  Aug. 4 - 5, 2007    TOP
Saturday - Sunday
 
LONG BEACH - Shakespeare Outdoors. 9th Annual Long Beach Shakespeare Festival features Comedy of Errors on the lawn of the Aquarium of the Pacific beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets for the lawn.  Show lasts approx. 2 hours. Cost: Free. lbshakespeare.org
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Aloha Festival (13th Annual). The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. 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 an `Ohana Korner with simple games for the kids! Time: 10am - 5pm. Location: San Francisco Presidio, San Francisco, CA. Cost: Free admission. www.pica-org.org
 
  August 5, 2007
Sunday
LONG BEACH - Garden Tours at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. 1st Sundays, March – October. Rancho Los Cerritos is the perfect place to celebrate the arrival of the changing seasons with a guided tour of its extensive, lush grounds. Discover the beauty and history of the main garden, orchard and courtyard. The historic site boasts many unique plants and features. Some trees date back to the 1840s when John Temple, owner of the 27,000-acre Rancho from 1844-1866, started the garden. In 1931, renowned landscape architect Ralph Cornell redesigned the gardens for Llewellyn Bixby, Sr. and added more exotic plants and fruit trees. A water tower, a cast iron tallow pot from the 1840s, and an adobe horno are additional features you will explore during your one-hour tour. Time: 2:30 p.m.; Location: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (One block west of Long Beach Blvd. at San Antonio Drive). Cost: Free; by reservation only.
 
  August 7, 2007  TOP
Tuesday
ATASCADERO - Tuesdays in the Park  BBQ & Music. Concert and BBQ at the charming Atascadero Lake Park. BBQ from 5-7, then Atascadero Community Band until 8 pm. Peddle boats, bike & kayaks available for rental. Location: Atascadero Lake Park, Highway 41 West Atascadero CA. Call: 805-466-2044
LONG BEACH - Moonlight Movies on the Beach Series. Funky, free Film Festival returns to the beaches of Belmont Shore for its fourth season. Classics for the whole family, cartoons start at dusk, followed by the feature attraction. Free parking, free popcorn and a full dinner menu is available, as well as snacks. Time: 8 p.m. (approx.) Call for movies hotline at Grunion Gazette: (562) 434-1542. Location: 5101 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. alfredosbeachclub.com
 
  Aug. 8, 2007
Wednesday
NEWPORT BEACH - Free Concert with Johnny Rivers.  Known for such hits as Secret Agent Man and Memphis, Johnny Rivers signed The Fifth Dimension, whose hit Up, Up and Away won Rivers two Grammys. General seating is complimentary and opens to the public at 5 p.m. Preferred seating, at  $20. Preferred ticket holders have access to a no-host martini and wine bar, with proceeds from the bar benefiting a non-profit organization. Location: Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, Fashion Island Shopping Center, 905 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA. Time: 7 p.m.Call:  (949) 721-2000.
 
  August 9, 2007
Thursday
FOLSOM - Thursday Night Market sponsored by Folsom Historic District Association. Folsom’s charming Historic District hosts Thursday Night Market from 6 to 9pm Thursday evenings. These family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, food vendors, activities for children, do-it-yourself demonstrations, a fresh produce market, music, and entertainment for all age groups. Visit art galleries, the Folsom History Museum, the Railroad block, restaurants, antique shops, and much more as you spend a summer evening on historic Sutter Street. Phone: (916) 608-4545. www.folsomfairs.com
LOS ANGELES - Sizzling Summer Nights - LA's hottest Latin bands, including Orquesta Son Mayor, the Romantic of Salsa Yari Moré, and other favorites heat up the dance floor. Enjoy live music, dance lessons, museum admission, and a taco and drink bar serving up the best margaritas in Griffith Park! Plus, visit the Museum Store for complimentary food tastings, special markdowns, and CDs from featured bands. Separate dance floor for kids and free parking. Bring your date, friends, co-workers, and kids to another unforgettable season of Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry! Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $5 general. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. autrynationalcenter.org
TUSTIN - Peters Canyon Summer Trail Run Series -Join an evening 5 mile trail run through beautiful Peters Canyon Wilderness Park with music and a BBQ afterwards. Cedar Grove Park has a great play area so be sure to bring the kids. Time: 6:15 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Cedar Grove Park, 11385 Pioneer Road, Tustin CA. www.make-u-fit.net
 
  Aug 9 - 12, 2007
Thursday - Sunday
SONOMA - Sonoma Glass Art & Bead Festival - Juried show of 95+ exhibitor spaces with beads, gemstones, findings, collectible glass art & jewelry. Also offering Over 70+ classes including lampworking, basic stringing, wire working and more! Classes presented by Bead Unique™ Magazine. Visit www.beaduniqueu.com for registration details. Class Dates: August 9-12, 2007 at The Vintage House, 264 First St. East - Sonoma, CA 95476. Shopping - Arrow Springs will be offering FREE Glass Bead Making Demonstrations at the Veterans Memorial Building. They provide everything needed for making glass beads, marbles, sculptures and buttons. Arrow Springs sells flame working tools, glass, ovens, supplies, books, videos and have a very informed and helpful staff for beginners, intermediate or advanced glass enthusiasts. Shopping dates: August 11-12, 2007 at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. West - Sonoma, CA 95476
 
  August 10, 2007  TOP
Friday
NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features Craig Chaquico and special guest. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
OXNARD
- Summer Concerts at Historic Heritage Square. Enjoy a wide variety of music from Latin to jazz to big bands at historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard on Friday evenings. Known as the “Hollywood Bowl of Oxnard,” the Summer Concert Series offer free lawn seating. Heritage Square is comprised of a group of 1800’s era Victorian houses.6 to 8 p.m., 715 S. “A” Street Call 805/483-7960.  visitoxnard.com
PLEASANTON - Free outdoor concert with Finding Stella. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net.
SAN CLEMENTE - Island Nights At The Beach Club! Catch the Aloha spirit as the City of San Clemente launches its inaugural Island Nights at the Ole Hanson Beach Club Pool. Family fun for everyone, including live island music, swimming, arts & crafts for kid, and even snacks and dinner plates for a nominal fee. Pre-registration is encouraged, or you can pay at the door. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Fee: $2 per person. Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Location: 105 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA Call: (949) 361-8264.
TEMECULA
-  Concert with Scott Gates and Vintage band. Summer Concerts in Old Town Temecula feature bluegrass bands performing in the Mercantile at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Location:  42051 Main St., Temecula, CA.  Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Free www.temeculacalifornia.com. 
 
  August 10 - 12, 2007 LAKE TAHOE – HOMEWOOD - Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. The 33rd Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, returning to the popular Homewood Mountain Resort located on Highway 89, 10 miles southwest of Tahoe City, this event attracts 50 artists and craftspeople and is the area’s oldest show of its kind. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
 
  August 11, 2007   TOP
Saturday
IRVINE - Concert - Sultry Summer Nights with Carmen. Conductor Carl St.Clair, conductor leads a themed night of cool classical guitar and hot Latin rhythms. In addition to tasty morsels from Bizet’s alluring “Carmen,” enjoy the celebrated Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, performing a special arrangement of Rodrigo’s “Concerto andaluz.” Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Carmella Jones, mezzo-soprano featured. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA. Tickets range from $21-$101. Box office: 714-755-5799.
LONG BEACH - Shakespeare Outdoors. 9th Annual Long Beach Shakespeare Festival features Comedy of Errors on the lawn of the Aquarium of the Pacific beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets for the lawn.  Show lasts approx. 2 hours. Cost: Free. lbshakespeare.org
RIVERSIDE COUNTY - Butterfly Daze - Butterfly pavilion set a float with Monach butterfllies. Children and parents are invited to enter the pavilion and offer nectar and a perch for magical moments. For information on how to sponsor a butterfly for $10.00 call the nature center. 951-659-3850 Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. riversidecountyparks.org
SEAL BEACH - Red Car Museum - One of California's remaining historical red cars that were used to take passengers from Los Angeles to the Southern California Beaches is on display and open for the public to wander through. Artifacts, photos and a video display of the Red Car can be viewed at this interesting museum in Seal Beach. Location: Greenbelt at Main Street. Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Cost: No fee, donations appreciated. Call: (562) 683-1874.
 
  August 12, 2007
Sunday
LONG BEACH - Shakespeare Outdoors. 9th Annual Long Beach Shakespeare Festival features Comedy of Errors on the lawn of the Aquarium of the Pacific beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets for the lawn.  Show lasts approx. 2 hours. Cost: Free. lbshakespeare.org
 
  August 14, 2007
Tuesday
ATASCADERO - Tuesdays in the Park  BBQ & Music. Concert and BBQ at the charming Atascadero Lake Park. BBQ from 5-7, then Atascadero Community Band until 8 pm. Peddle boats, bike & kayaks available for rental. Location: Atascadero Lake Park, Highway 41 West Atascadero CA. Call: 805-466-2044
LONG BEACH - Moonlight Movies on the Beach Series. Funky, free Film Festival returns to the beaches of Belmont Shore for its fourth season. Classics for the whole family, cartoons start at dusk, followed by the feature attraction. Free parking, free popcorn and a full dinner menu is available, as well as snacks. Time: 8 p.m. (approx.) Call for movies hotline at Grunion Gazette: (562) 434-1542. Location: 5101 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. alfredosbeachclub.com
 
  Aug. 14 - 19, 2007 MONTEREY -Monterey County Fair celebrates with theme From Sea to Soil. Cal Racing Club horse racing also open during fair.
 
  Aug. 15, 2007
Wednesday
NEWPORT BEACH - Free Jazz Concert with Poncho Sanchez. Grammy winner Poncho Sanchez has been performing and recording for three decades with guitar, flute, drums, timbales, and the congas, which has become his signature instrument. He will perform hits including “Yumbambe” and “Papa Gato.” General seating is complimentary and opens to the public at 5 p.m. Preferred seating, at  $20. Preferred ticket holders have access to a no-host martini and wine bar, with proceeds from the bar benefiting a non-profit organization. Location: Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, Fashion Island Shopping Center, 905 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA. Time: 7 p.m.Call:  (949) 721-2000.
 
  August 16, 2007   TOP
Thursday
FOLSOM - Thursday Night Market sponsored by Folsom Historic District Association. Folsom’s charming Historic District hosts Thursday Night Market from 6 to 9pm Thursday evenings. These family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, food vendors, activities for children, do-it-yourself demonstrations, a fresh produce market, music, and entertainment for all age groups. Visit art galleries, the Folsom History Museum, the Railroad block, restaurants, antique shops, and much more as you spend a summer evening on historic Sutter Street. Phone: (916) 608-4545. www.folsomfairs.com
LOS ANGELES - Sizzling Summer Nights - LA's hottest Latin bands, including Orquesta Son Mayor, the Romantic of Salsa Yari Moré, and other favorites heat up the dance floor. Enjoy live music, dance lessons, museum admission, and a taco and drink bar serving up the best margaritas in Griffith Park! Plus, visit the Museum Store for complimentary food tastings, special markdowns, and CDs from featured bands. Separate dance floor for kids and free parking. Bring your date, friends, co-workers, and kids to another unforgettable season of Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry! Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $5 general. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. autrynationalcenter.org
 
  August 17, 2007
Friday
NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features Euge Groove. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
PLEASANTON - Outdoor Concert with La Ventana - Hot Latin Rock, Soul and Salsa. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net.
TEMECULA -  Concert with Andy Rau Band. Summer Concerts in Old Town Temecula feature bluegrass bands performing in the Mercantile at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Location:  42051 Main St., Temecula, CA.  Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Free www.temeculacalifornia.com.   
 
  Aug. 17 - 19, 2007 OCEANSIDE - Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest and Beach Festival with as many as 18 clubs competing at Oceanside Pier.  www.oceansidelongboardsurfingclub.org  Call: (760-931-0301)
 
  Aug. 18, 2007   TOP
Saturday
LOS OLIVOS - Quick Draw. Annual Art Event. The Los Olivos Gallery Organization hosts this fast paced creative challenge. Artist setup in the park started at 9 am, silent auction began at 10 am, introduction of the artists at 10:30 am, and Quick Draw at 11am. In addition to the auction at noon, the BBQ in the park continued from 11:30 am to 2 pm. From 2 pm to 5 pm sculpture demonstrations took place along with Artist Receptions and Open Houses at various galleries. Mike Lopez and his band provided musical entertainment. For more information please call Victoria Peel at 805-688-1222 or 805-693-1233. www.losolivosca.com
 
  August 18 - 19, 2007 KINGS BEACH - Fine Arts Festival -  The 12th Annual Fine Arts Festival, returns to beautiful Kings Beach State Park on the shores of North Lake Tahoe featuring 40 artists displaying two-dimensional and sculptural works in this scenic setting. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
LOS ANGELES -Sunset Junction Street Festival. Ben Harper and Morris Day and the Time headline a weekend block party with rides, vendors and live entertainment. Location: 3700-4300 Sunset Blvd.; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Adults $15; kids 12 and under free. www.sunsetjunction.org/streetfair.html
LOS ANGELES - L.A. Tofu Festival. Food, entertainment, booths, expo and more.  237 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA. Time: Noon to 8 p.m.  Adults $5, seniors and kids 5 to 12 free. Call: (213) 473-1615. tofufestival.com.
 
  August 19, 2007
Sunday
LONG BEACH - “Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe!” Get some history between your toes at Rancho Los Cerritos. Guests slither and squish through the gooey mud, make real adobe bricks, plaster a wall and construct a mini adobe home. They can create coiled pots, explore how worms improve soil, or compete in mud relay races and other games. If you prefer to stay neat and tidy, Mud Mania clean activities including soap making and paper crafts. Throughout the event, there will be live bluegrass music by the Witcher Brothers in the scenic garden and refreshments available at a nominal fee. Shoes are required everywhere except in the mud pit, and guests are encouraged to wear old clothes and bring a towel, plus a change of attire for the ride home. Wash-up stations will also be available for clean up. Due to the muddiness of the event, the adobe house will not be open for tours. No reservations required at event supported by Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine. .  www.rancholoscerritos.org or call (562) 570-1755. Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Location: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach 90807. Located northwest of the intersection of San Antonio Drive and Long Beach Boulevard. Cost: $5 adults; $3 children 4-12; Free 3 years and under.
SANTA CRUZ - Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival - Designed for beginner and novice paddlers, the Celebrity races are a chance to discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing. Join the fun or cheer for friends in the race. The Polynesian Festival follows with a taste of the tropics- fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice, Maori face painting, print making and dance performances. Co-sponsored by Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club. Call  (831) 420-5273 or email: [email protected] Cost: FREE   Cost: Free. Time: Races start 9:00 a.m. Festival starts 11:00 a.m., Location: Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz, California
 
  August 21, 2007   TOP
Tuesday
ATASCADERO - Tuesdays in the Park  BBQ & Music. Concert and BBQ at the charming Atascadero Lake Park. BBQ from 5-7, then Atascadero Community Band until 8 pm. Peddle boats, bike & kayaks available for rental. Location: Atascadero Lake Park, Highway 41 West Atascadero CA. Call: 805-466-2044
LONG BEACH - Moonlight Movies on the Beach Series. Funky, free Film Festival returns to the beaches of Belmont Shore for its fourth season. Classics for the whole family, cartoons start at dusk, followed by the feature attraction. Free parking, free popcorn and a full dinner menu is available, as well as snacks. Time: 8 p.m. (approx.) Call for movies hotline at Grunion Gazette: (562) 434-1542. Location: 5101 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. alfredosbeachclub.com
 
  August 23, 2007
Thursday
FOLSOM - Thursday Night Market sponsored by Folsom Historic District Association. Folsom’s charming Historic District hosts Thursday Night Market from 6 to 9pm Thursday evenings. These family-friendly events feature arts & crafts, food vendors, activities for children, do-it-yourself demonstrations, a fresh produce market, music, and entertainment for all age groups. Visit art galleries, the Folsom History Museum, the Railroad block, restaurants, antique shops, and much more as you spend a summer evening on historic Sutter Street. Phone: (916) 608-4545. www.folsomfairs.com
LONG BEACH - Concert. Free summer concerts at the Rancho garden features Nueva. Dynamic South American folk compositions with an innovative, refreshing beat.  Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m. Address: 4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 570-1755. www. rancholoscerritos.org
LOS ANGELES - Sizzling Summer Nights - LA's hottest Latin bands, including Orquesta Son Mayor, the Romantic of Salsa Yari Moré, and other favorites heat up the dance floor. Enjoy live music, dance lessons, museum admission, and a taco and drink bar serving up the best margaritas in Griffith Park! Plus, visit the Museum Store for complimentary food tastings, special markdowns, and CDs from featured bands. Separate dance floor for kids and free parking. Bring your date, friends, co-workers, and kids to another unforgettable season of Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry! Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $5 general. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. autrynationalcenter.org
 
  August 24, 2007   TOP NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features Richard Elliot. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
PLEASANTON -
Outdoor Concert with Magic Moments play 50's rock & roll. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net.
SAN CLEMENTE - Island Nights At The Beach Club! Catch the Aloha spirit as the City of San Clemente launches its inaugural Island Nights at the Ole Hanson Beach Club Pool. Family fun for everyone, including live island music, swimming, arts & crafts for kid, and even snacks and dinner plates for a nominal fee. Pre-registration is encouraged, or you can pay at the door. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Fee: $2 per person. Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Location: 105 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA Call: (949) 361-8264.
TEMECULA
-  Concert with  Sligo Rags band. Summer Concerts in Old Town Temecula feature bluegrass bands performing in the Mercantile at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Location:  42051 Main St., Temecula, CA.  Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Free www.temeculacalifornia.com. 
 
  August 25, 2007
Saturday
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Huck Finn Fishing Derby - for children through 15 years of age. Kids bring fishing poles to compete for prizes for largest fish and best dressed Huck Finn or Becky Thacher. Prizes include bikes, skateboards, fishing poles and fishing passes. A small amount of bait is provided for free. Location: Huntington Beach Pier, 315 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: Huntington Beach Community Services, at (714) 536-5262.
IRVINE - Salute John Williams with fireworks and laser show. Music by John Williams, including themes from: Harry Potter; E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial; Jurassic Park; The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars; Superman; Hook; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Richard Kaufman, conductor. John Williams transformed the landscape of Hollywood film music with Star Wars. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA. Tickets range from $21-$101. Box office: 714-755-5799
SANTA CRUZ - Midsummer Full Moon Madness. Take a docent-led moonlit walk through the Redwood Grove. Learn about stars & creatures of the night. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton. Phone: (831) 335.4598  santacruzstateparks.org
SEAL BEACH - Red Car Museum - One of California's remaining historical red cars that were used to take passengers from Los Angeles to the Southern California Beaches is on display and open for the public to wander through. Artifacts, photos and a video display of the Red Car can be viewed at this interesting museum in Seal Beach. Location: Greenbelt at Main Street. Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Cost: No fee, donations appreciated. Call: (562) 683-1874.
 
  August 25 - 26, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
KINGS BEACH - Fine Arts Festival.  The 4th Annual Fine Arts Festival at Kings Beach State Park on the shores of North Lake Tahoe featuring one-of-a-kind displaying two-dimensional and sculptural works including mixed media paintings, glasswork, sculptures, photography, home decor and much more. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
LONG BEACH - Tiki Beach Festival. 7th Annual Tiki Beach Festival and Polynesian Spectacular includes a Luau, Island Arts and Crafts Marketplace, Uncle David Tribute, Fire Knife Dancers, Hula Girls, Live Music and Dancers all day, Tiki Carvers, Luau and Polynesian Spectacular at Night, Shaved Ice, Tiki Bar and Lounge, Kahalua Pork,  Outrigger Canoe Rides, 100's of Tikis for Sale, Island Cultural Center and Workshops, Kids' Zone, Fresh Leis, Catamaran "Nahoku" Rides, Kanine Kahuna Contest, Fresh Fruit Smoothies and the big  Hawaiian Vacation Giveaway. Time: Both days - Sunrise to Sunset. Luau Show tickets are available @ $30/ person and includes Luau Dinner... There will be a limited number of tickets. Location: Alfredo's Beach Club. Call: (562) 434-1542. Address: 5411 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA (Granada Street Launch Ramp). www.alfredosbeachclub.com

 
  August 26, 2007
Sunday
MALIBU - National Dog Day 2007 in Malibu. A huge fundraiser to help raise money for dog adoptions will be held. There are 500 dogs that are available to become family pets. Enjoy all you can eat BBQ buffet and beverages; Celebrities; Ferris Wheel; Paddle Boating with Lifeguard; Swimming Pool with Lifeguard; Face Painting; Balloon Animals; Water Slide; Sand Volleyball; Basketball Court; Horseshoes; Merry-Go-Round; Ping-Pong; Picnic Tables, Plenty of FREE Parking and everything included in ticket price! Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets $35; Children 3 and under are FREE! Location: Malibu Conference Center at Calamigos Ranch, 327 S. Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265. Call toll free for event and dog adoption info: 800.821.2097.
SAN DIEGO - Beyonce with Robin Thicke in Concert at Cox Arena. Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:30 PM. Tickets: $49.75 - $89.75 Location: 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., San Diego, CA. Call: (619) 594.0429
 
  August 28, 2007   TOP
Tuesday
LONG BEACH - Moonlight Movies on the Beach Series. Funky, free Film Festival returns to the beaches of Belmont Shore for its fourth season. Classics for the whole family, cartoons start at dusk, followed by the feature attraction. Free parking, free popcorn and a full dinner menu is available, as well as snacks. Time: 8 p.m. (approx.) Call for movies hotline at Grunion Gazette: (562) 434-1542. Location: 5101 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. alfredosbeachclub.com
 
  August 30, 2007
Thursday
LOS ANGELES - Sizzling Summer Nights - LA's hottest Latin bands, including Orquesta Son Mayor, the Romantic of Salsa Yari Moré, and other favorites heat up the dance floor. Enjoy live music, dance lessons, museum admission, and a taco and drink bar serving up the best margaritas in Griffith Park! Plus, visit the Museum Store for complimentary food tastings, special markdowns, and CDs from featured bands. Separate dance floor for kids and free parking. Bring your date, friends, co-workers, and kids to another unforgettable season of Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry! Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $5 general. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. autrynationalcenter.org
SAN JOSE - A Taste of Paso Wines. More than 25 Paso Robles wineries, including winemakers and proprietors from boutique and established vintners, will visit Silicon Valley to pour their premium Paso wines. Appetizers will be provided by Il Fornaio Restaurant at The Sainte Claire Hotel in downtown San Jose. Silent Auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. General Public Tasting, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Limited number of tasting tickets available. $65 in advance. $75 at the door. Location: The Sainte Claire Hotel, Downtown San Jose, 302 Market Street, San Jose, Calif. 95113. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tastepasowines.com or call 805-239-8463.
 
  August 31, 2007 NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features Rick Braun. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
PLEASANTON - Outdoor Concert with Tom Rose Band playing R&B. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net.
TEMECULA -  Concert with Silverado Bluegrass Band. Summer Concerts in Old Town Temecula feature bluegrass bands performing in the Mercantile at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Location:  42051 Main St., Temecula, CA.  Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Free www.temeculacalifornia.com. 
 
  Aug. 31 - Sept. 3, 2007 LONG BEACH - Art Deco Festival. Event raises funds for the preservation of the Queen Mary ship. It includes lectures, Friday night welcoming reception with band, Swingsations, Pajama Party in the Queen's Salon; 4 lectures and guided tours on Saturday, plus the Art Deco Ball featuring Mora's Modern Rhythmists; 3 lectures and guided tours on Sunday, plus an afternoon Tea Dance at the Queen's Salon. Call: (562) 499-1696.
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  September 1, 2007
Saturday
HOLLYWOOD - Concert - Creative Energy benefit Showcase for Music Artistry features eclectic genres of Gospel, Jazz, Neo Soul & Unique Spoken Word. Musical artists Dionne , J. Boykin, Nazarite, The Long Beach Choir ,Wendell & Albertina and more will entertain and inspire the audience with their powerful voices of song. Location: GARDEN PAVILION at Celebrity Centre, 5930 Franklin Avenue {corner of Franklin & Bronson}, Hollywood, California 90028. Ticket cost includes food, raffles, entertainment & parking. Line starts @ 5:30; Food Served @ 6 p.m.; Doors Open @ 7 p.m.; Show Starts @ 8 p.m. Admission: $40. http://creativeenergymusicalartbenefi.eventbrite.com/  Contact: Donna Brown (562) 299.2616
 
  Sept. 1 - 2, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Civil War Re-enactment and Encampment. The public is invited to enjoy the days gone by in the living history show in Huntington Central Park. Live canon battles, camps, actors in costume and food vendors. Call Kelly at (714) 969-8928 or email [email protected]
 
  September 2, 2007 LONG BEACH - Garden Tours at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. 1st Sundays, March – October. Rancho Los Cerritos is the perfect place to celebrate the arrival of the changing seasons with a guided tour of its extensive, lush grounds. Discover the beauty and history of the main garden, orchard and courtyard. The historic site boasts many unique plants and features. Some trees date back to the 1840s when John Temple, owner of the 27,000-acre Rancho from 1844-1866, started the garden. In 1931, renowned landscape architect Ralph Cornell redesigned the gardens for Llewellyn Bixby, Sr. and added more exotic plants and fruit trees. A water tower, a cast iron tallow pot from the 1840s, and an adobe horno are additional features you will explore during your one-hour tour. Time: 2:30 p.m.; Location: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (One block west of Long Beach Blvd. at San Antonio Drive). Cost: Free; by reservation only.
 
  September 7, 2007 NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features Peter White. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
PLEASANTON - Outdoor Concert with Public Eye, play to 40's. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location:  Lions Wayside Park, 1st & Neal St., Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net.
 
  September 8, 2007 HUNTINGTON BEACH - Jazz Concert - 5th Annual BBJAZZ Concert in Huntington Beach's Central Park runs all day long and will include top artists Peabo Bryson, Marion Meadows and Jeff Lorber, plus many more. Cost: $45/ general admission. Time: Noon to 9 p.m. Location: 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. For Tickets call (714) 377-7574 or (323) 864-8690 or purchase on line bbjazz.com
HUNTINGTON BEACH - 5K/2K Walk for the Animals.  The Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OCSPCA) walk includes entertainment; sponsor and vendor booths; silent auction and door prizes. All funds raised from the Walk help support the organization’s programs including veterinary care for sick and injured animals; subsidized spay/neuter, feral cat rescue; cruelty prevention through humane education in the classroom; and pet-assisted therapy. Time: 9 a.m. in Central Park East, Golden West Street, Huntington Beach. Cost: $25.Call:  (714) 374-7738; email, [email protected], or f orangecountyspca.org.
IRVINE - Tchaikovsky Spectacular - With fireworks and cannons! Send Summer out with a bang! The traditional end to Pacific Symphony’s Summer Festival, featuring Tchaikovsky’s lush Piano Concert No. 1 and his “1812” Overture complete with fireworks and cannons! Shostakovich: Suite from “Moscow, Cheryomushki” Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev: Suite from “Cinderella”;  Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor”; Tchaikovsky: “1812” Overture with Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor and Alexander Korsantia, piano. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA. Tickets range from $21-$101. Box office: 714-755-5799
 
  Sept. 8 - 16, 2007   TOP OAKLAND -  Northern California Fall Boat Show is returning to Jack London Square includes with more than 100 yachts, power & sail in the Jack London Marina. The annual boat show includes vessels to 70 feet at the docks and over 150 trailer boats on land, insuring a "boat for every need" at this fall's favorite nautical event. Many yachts typically debut here for the first time because of the fall season timing of this event and the importance of the California boating market. Yachts from distant countries like Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, France, Great Britain and China, as well as all major US manufacturers, help draw an attendee base from all over the Western States. Show hours daily: 10am - 6pm. Admission:
Adult $10; Under 15 FREE! Show information number is 1-800-698-5777
 
  September 9, 2007 LOS ANGELES - Kaiser Permanente City of Los Angeles Triathlon. 7th Annual event starts at the famed Venice Beach at dawn with a run into the Pacific Ocean for the first leg of the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon. After exiting the water, competitors bike the second leg from LA’s West side, to Hollywood and into Downtown, where they complete the third leg, running to the finish line at STAPLES Center . A unique opportunity to see Los Angeles and Hollywood television landmarks along the historic course. Start at Venice Beach , 6:45 a.m. professional athletes; 7:00 a.m. recreational athletes in waves; Finish at STAPLES Center , Downtown Los Angeles. Olympic distance (swim 0.9 miles; cycle 24 miles; run 6.2 miles) or Sprint distance (swim 0.4 miles; cycle 20 miles; run 3.1 miles). Amateur/recreational athletes and newbie triathletes who want a taste of the triathlon, but don’t want to go the full distance, can choose between the sprint triathlon distance or a Bike-only segment (24 miles) / Three-person relay team (swim, bike and run legs). More Information and Registration: For more information and to register log on to www.LATriathlon.com or call (714) 978-1528.
 
  September 13, 2007
Thursday
SAN DIEGO - Taste of Downtown. 8th annual event features an unforgettable dining experience with scrumptious samples from Downtown San Diego’s delicious dining establishments. From cafés and bistros to Five-Star dining, enjoy specialties from around the world, including main dishes and decadent desserts. The Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, East Village and Little Italy, join together will participate in this self-guided walking tour which includes complimentary shuttle service to each neighborhood. This event has been a sell-out for the last five years, so get your tickets early! Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket: $25/person. Proceeds will benefit the Downtown San Diego Partnership.  Tickets or information, call: (619) 233-5008 or visit www.dtsd.org.
 
  September 14, 2007 NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features Rippingtons. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
 
  Sept. 14 - 16, 2007
Friday - Sunday
 
VACAVILLE - Jazz Festival. 8th Annual Jazz Festival. Location: Town Square Plaza, Vacaville. www.vacajazzsociety.org
  September 15-16 2007 VENTURA - Aloha Beach Festival. The Aloha Beach Festival is designed to share in the spirit of aloha - kindness, unity, modesty and patience expressed with perseverance. Events will include the World Beach Frisbee® Freestyle Disc Championships, the K9 World Beach Frisbee® Disc Championships and the Aloha California Long boards Championships and the Aloha BZ® Soft Board Challenge. The Aloha Stage will feature hula dancers, a fashion show and live music. The festival will include food vendors and booths displaying beach culture and island-style hand-made gifts and local art work. A portion of the proceeds from the Aloha Beach Festival will benefit at-risk kids in Hawaii through the non-profit Kapi'olani Health Foundation.  Time: 9am-6pm. Location: West of Ventura Pier at Buenaventura State Park. Phone: 805-648-2662
Admission: Free. Contact: [email protected]
 
  September 16, 2007
Sunday
CARMEL - The NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest®. America's premier tomato festival takes place at the spectacular countryside setting of Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel, California, where you will experience more than 350 tomato varieties from around the world for the tasting; exceptionally delicious tomato dishes created by 60 of  America's top chefs; a tasting of more than 100 premium wines; an amazing Salsa Showcase tasting of 100, commercially available, tomato salsas; an old-fashioned country BBQ; an International Olive Oil Tasting; celebrity chef and gardening demonstrations; a tasting display of great tomato-related specialty foods; sales of hard-to-find fresh heirloom tomatoes and heirloom tomato seeds; and to top it off, live music and dancing under Carmel Valley¹s oak-covered hillsides.  General Admission: $95 (includes all foods, wines and activities); Free: Children under 12 with parent. Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Quail Lodge Resort, Carmel Valley, California. www.tomatofest.com/carmel_tomatofest.html or call (800) 965-4827
 
  September 21, 2007
Friday
NEWPORT BEACH - Summer Jazz Series features Guitars and Saxes. Time 8 - 11 PM. Cost: $45 to $80. Location Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, CA. summerjazzseries.com.  Call: (949) 729-6400.
 
  Sept. 21 - 22, 2007
Friday & Saturday
LAKEPORT - Western States Seaplane Festival. The oldest, largest seaplane gathering West of the Mississippi, this 28th annual event attracts pilots, crews and seaplane enthusiasts. Schedule includes activities for the public on Saturday, Sept. 22: Kiwanis Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.; public view of planes and activities at Natural High School on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Display of Seaplanes open to the public; Seaplanes rides at Library Park; Arts & Crafts area in Library Park; Radio Control Car Racing on Third Street; Car Show in Library Park; REACH helicopter on display; Lakefront Show at Library Park; 10 a.m. Water ski racing heats & 10:30 Wake board show; 11 a.m. Water ski racing finals and Wake board demonstrations;  Noon Boat parade and show.   Festival Opening Ceremonies at 1 p.m.  Aerial demonstration at 1:30 p.m.  Seaplane water-bombings at 2 p.m. Seaplane spot landings - 2:30 p.m.  Seaplane water-bombings - 3 p.m.  Grand Parade of Seaplanes at 3:30 p.m. Location: 225 Lake St., Lakeport, CA. Call: (866) 525-3767. www.seaplanefestival.org.
 
  Sept. 22, 2007   TOP
Saturday
CALIFORNIA - Free fishing days! Fish today without buying a license in Calif. All bag & size limits apply.
SANTA CRUZ
- Bay Area Sport Kite League Kite Festival at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, to benefit Children's Hospital. This 1st annual event includes kite flying fun and entertainment all day long for one of the best causes on the planet...The Children! * Sport Kite demonstrations by some of the best Kite Fliers in the United States, Kite Making for Kids, a large collection of Giant Kites and Inflatables dominating the skies over the Santa Cruz Beach, Buggy and Land Boarding demos, Bol races, Indian Fighter Kite games, Kite Mass Ascension, Rokkaku Fighter, Kite Battle and games are free to the public, donations welcome. Children's Hospital Oakland representatives will be on hand to distribute information. Time: 9am to 7pm. Location: At the beach at the Santa Cruz Beach, Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA.  www.erzin.net/KiteFest/
SANTA ROSA
- Snoopy's Joe Cool Festival - Celebrate the summer of cool in Snoopy's home town, Santa Rosa.  A summer-long exhibit at the Charles M. Schulz Museum culminates in the auctioning of artist-created cartoon characters seen around town, and a festival with music, games, food and a variety of entertainment. Activities for all ages. Free!! Time: 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: Ballfield next to Schulz Museum  (2301 Hardies Lane ~ Santa Rosa, CA 95403) on Hardies Lane. Call: (707) 579-4452
 
  September 22 - 23, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
LOS ALAMOS - Los Alamos Days - 60th Annual event includes a fun-filled weekend featuring a classic car show, peddlers mart, food booths, live entertainment, parade, dinner dance, historical western displays and more free fun for the entire family. Main Street of Los Alamos, Los Alamos, CA. Phone: 805-344-2504
 
  September 27, 2007
Thursday
LA JOLLA - La Jolla Gallery and Wine Walk. Experience a Night of Art and Wine in the Beautiful Village of La Jolla with the Fourth Annual “La Jolla Gallery and Wine Walk”. Participants will enjoy a self-guided tour full of incomparable art and fine wine at over 25 of La Jolla Village’s exceptional galleries where artists will showcase pieces from around the world. Participants can sample two red and two white wines at each gallery and exquisite cuisine at 15 of the galleries. Ticket: $30/person (to benefit Promote La Jolla). Event will sell out early, so get your tickets now! Time: 5 PM - 9 PM. For tickets or information please call McFarlane Promotions at 619-233-5008 or visit www.lajollabythesea.com.
 
  Sept. 23, 2007   TOP
Sunday
OXNARD - Autumn Home Tours. Classic homes from the early 20th Century are open for viewing during the 9th Annual Autumn Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The classic homes are located along “F” and ‘G” Streets within the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. The tree-lined streets feature a mix of early 20th century houses including a large number of Craftsman bungalows and large & small houses in the Arts and Crafts, Prairie and Colonial Revival styles. Call: 805-483-7960. Visit the website at www.oxnardhistoricdistrict.com.
 
  September 29, 2007
Saturday
LOS ANGELES - Gene Autry Centennial Gala offers an extraordinary evening of star-studded excitement and good ole' cowboy fun with a tribute to one of America's greatest national entertainers. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gene Autry's birth. Silent and live auction, followed by dinner and entertainment by Glen Campbell, Norm Crosby, Joe Digenova, Willie Nelson, Joe Pesci, and surprise guests. Event Chair: Jackie Autry. 6 pm Silent Auction and Cocktail Reception; 8 pm Live Auction and Dinner; Black tie or formal Western. Tickets are $1,000 per person. Sponsorships and table sales begin at $10,000. Location: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. For further information, contact Janet Reilly at 323.667.2000, ext 317.
 
  September 29 - 30, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
FOLSOM - Folsom Gourd & Arts Festival. The Festival is open to artists of all mediums, including, but not limited to, gourd art, painting, printmaking, sculpture, drawings, photography, fiber arts, glass, pottery, jewelry, and mixed media. Scarecrows from Scarecrow Contest will be available at the festival for purchase or raffled as prizes.  For tourists it offers a fantastic opportunity to purchase original art. Location: Folsom City Park, Folsom, CA. www.folsomgourdfestival.com
WALNUT CREEK - Arts and Crafts Fair. The 59th Semi-Annual Arts & Crafts Fall Sidewalk Fair, at North Main, Cypress, and Locust streets, this event has become one of the East Bay’s most popular arts and crafts festivals featuring 200 artists. . Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and September 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
 
  October 2007    TOP  
  OCTOBER
Halloween events

Halloween slide show.

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Ghost Hunt is a walking tour event that visits some of San Francisco's most notorious haunted places. The tour walks a mile on tree lined streets in a safe quiet neighborhood with beautiful historic Victorian architecture. There is one moderate hill, the pace is easy and the views are spectacular. Departing year-round, rain or starshine, from an authentic restored Victorian, the magnificent Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter, on the corner of Sutter and Octavia. Cost: $20 per person. Kids under 16, $10. The Ghost Hunt is not recommended for kids under 8. Reservations not required. Time: Begins at 7pm, ends close to 10pm and operates seven nights a week. Call: (415) 922-5590 www.sfghosthunt.com
BUENA PARK - Knotts Berry Farm-
Shocking walk-through mazes, re-themed rides and one scare experience, with Knott’s Annual Haunt and 1,000 costumed creatures wandering the park, mazes and rethemed rides. Tickets:  www.ticketmaster.com; www.knotts.com
CAPITOLA - Capitola Village Halloween Parade in Capitola Village.  Capitola-Soquel Chamber for more info 475-6522. Parade begins at 2 p.m. Capitola, California Call: (831) 475-6522. www.capitolachamber.com
LONG BEACH -
Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade - [email protected]
OCEANSIDE -Dia de los Muertos  (Day of the Dead) - Street festival celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones with ofrendas/altars built in the streets.  Public Contact phone: (760) 967-2005 www.msoceanside.com
UNIVERSAL CITY - Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park Halloween Experience.  www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com / www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com or call 818-622-3801.
PETALUMA
- Halloween Historic House Tour - Petaluma, California.
www.heritagepetaluma.com  MORE
YOUNTVILLE -
Vintage 1870 in Yountville offers a ghoulish Halloween line-up. Vintage 1870 is located on the Vintage Estate at 6525 Washington Street in Yountville – Napa Valley . Call (707) 944-2451  www.vintage1870.com
PISMO BEACH - Pumpkins on the Pier - Halloween celebration. The City of Pismo Beach Recreation Division and the Pismo Beach Business Improvement Group (B.I.G.) sponsor this event. Cost: Free. Call: (805) 773-7063.
 
  October 1 - 7, 2007
Monday - Sunday
SAN LUIS OBISPO - San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival. San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival is an annual event in which artists are pre-selected through application process to participate in this fundraiser for the San Luis Obispo Art Center.  Quick Draw begins 9:30am to 11:30am on Saturday, October 6, followed by a live auction of the paintings. Exhibition and Silent Auction: Saturday, October 6, by ticket only. (One complimentary ticket per artist.) The San Luis Obispo Art Center is located at 1010 Broad Street (at Monterey) on the west end of Mission. San Luis Obispo, CA. Call: (805) 543-8562. sloartcenter.org
 
  October 5 - 7, 2007
Friday - Sunday
CARPINTERIA - Avocado Festival - The Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun. www.avofest.com
SANTA ROSA - Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Taste and purchase over 550 award-winning wines made exclusively with Sonoma County grapes, in one panoramic wine country location. Be a stomper or swabbie in the World Championship Grape Stomp. View thousands of exhibits, ranging from agriculture, livestock and baked goods, to arts and craft displays; live Jazz; family fun: kids carnival, free Haunted Room, Giant Pumpkin Competition, contests, and family activities. Time: Friday 10am - 8:pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am - 7pm. Price: Adults, $6; Seniors $4; children ages 7-12 $2; free for
children 6. Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa, CA. Phone: (707) 545-4203. www.harvestfair.org
 
  October 6, 2007   TOP
Saturday
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Car Show - Ocean View High School 4th Annual Car Show includes prizes, goody bags, raffles, BBQ, breakfast, music, vendors, T-shirts, etc. Cost: $20/car entry. Free to see. Location: Ocean View High School, 17071 Gothard St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (Warner Parking Lot at Gothard). Time: 9 am to 2 pm. Awards at 1:30 p.m. Call: (714) 478-7562.
OXNARD - 11th Annual Multicultural Festival. Oxnard celebrates the rich diversity of its residents during the 11th Annual Multicultural Festival. The festival includes free entertainment, arts & crafts, children’s activities, delicious ethnic foods, and music & dance from around the world. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call: 805-385-7434 or visit the website at http://www.ci.oxnard.ca.us/commrelations/mcf/.
WEST POINT - Lumberjack Days. The Annual Lumberjack Days parade and festival celebrates the lumber history of Calaveras County. It takes place in downtown West Point on the first Saturday of October. Complete with vendors, lumberjack competitions, a parade and car show, this event is fun for the whole family! Call: (209) 293-4325
 
  October 6 - 7, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
SAN CARLOS - Art and Wine Festival. The 17th Annual Art & Wine Festival, is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Two blocks of San Carlos Avenue adjacent to Laurel Street and three blocks (600-800) of Laurel Street are closed down for this show that showcases 300 artists and craftspeople and features live entertainment, children's area, food, beer and wine. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
 
  Oct. 7, 2007   TOP LONG BEACH - Garden Tours at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. 1st Sundays, March – October. Rancho Los Cerritos is the perfect place to celebrate the arrival of the changing seasons with a guided tour of its extensive, lush grounds. Discover the beauty and history of the main garden, orchard and courtyard. The historic site boasts many unique plants and features. Some trees date back to the 1840s when John Temple, owner of the 27,000-acre Rancho from 1844-1866, started the garden. In 1931, renowned landscape architect Ralph Cornell redesigned the gardens for Llewellyn Bixby, Sr. and added more exotic plants and fruit trees. A water tower, a cast iron tallow pot from the 1840s, and an adobe horno are additional features you will explore during your one-hour tour. Time: 2:30 p.m.; Location: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (One block west of Long Beach Blvd. at San Antonio Drive). Cost: Free; by reservation only.
 
  October 13 -14, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
OAKLAND - Arts and Crafts Festival.  The 13th Annual Montclair Village Fine Arts & Crafts Fall Fest, in Montclair on Mountain Boulevard at La Salle in the Montclair Business District, this fall event plays host to more than 90 artisans. Time: October 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
 
  October 14, 2007 SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: ACT Mutt Strut Poker Run. Come walk your dog, play poker, and maybe win great prizes at the Animal Coalition of Tahoe Mutt Strut Poker Run. Events include 1.2 mile walk along Ski Run and the party at Ski Run Marina with music, raffles, and games. All proceeds benefit our spay-neuter program and the El Dorado County Animal Shelter. October 14, 2007, registration 11:00-11:30 am. $15 for first hand, 3 for $25. 530-573-2525, www.tahoeanimals.org for more information.
 
  October 19 - 21, 2007
Friday - Sunday
MENLO PARK - Art and Crafts Fest - The 11th Annual Sidewalk Arts & Crafts Fall Fest, comes to Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park with an exciting array of original works by 90 artists and craftspeople from throughout the West. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296 -1195. pacificfinearts.com
 
  October 20, 2007
Saturday
SANTA CRUZ - Halloween Woof in the Woods. This event features a dog costume contest, talent show, doggie treats, howling contest & guided forest walks. 10 am - 4 pm. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton Phone: 831.335.3174 www.santacruzstateparks.org
 
  October 27, 2007
Saturday
SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz Mask Festival. The Santa Cruz Mask Festival has it all: dance, theater, storytellers. A fun filled day for the whole family. 12 - 5 pm. Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420.6177  nelsoncenter.com
 
  Oct. 31, 2007   TOP
Wednesday
BIG BEAR LAKE - Boo in the Zoo. It's a special afternoon of Tricks 'n Treats for kids. Call (909) 878-4200. Time: 2 pm - 5 pm. Location: 43285 Goldmine Drive in Big Bear Lake, California. www.moonridgezoo.org
CALABASAS - Halloween Carnival -  City of Calabasas kicks off a night of trick or treating with outdoor theater, games, refreshments and more at Juan De Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas CA. Call (818) 880-6461
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Halloween on Main includes bounce houses for kids, petting zoo, booths, candy from merchants and a costume contest. Location: Main Street between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Street. Time: 6 - 9 p.m. www.hbdowntown.com
MARINA DEL REY -
Halloween Party, Charthouse Restaurant, 13950 Panay Way, Marina del Rey. Time: 5-7PM. Call: 310-822-4144
REDONDO BEACH - Halloween Party on Redondo Beach Pier,  5pm-8pm. www.rbmarina.com
SANTA CRUZ
- Halloween on the Wharf, Santa Cruz Wharf.  Call 420-5273  Cost: FREE
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WEST HOLLYWOOD - West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval - 
20th Annual Event is the  largest Halloween street party in the world, attracting over 450,000 people – young, old, gay, straight, who take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the craziest, most eccentric costume creations ever. The big draws of the evening are the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of an Honorary "Queen of the Carnaval." Last year, Radio and Television Personality Ryan Seacrest took home the title. Fantastic live entertainment, food vendors, and special events like "drag" races, pumpkin carving contests, and children's activities. Admission is free. Time: 6:00pm - Midnight. Location: Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Call: (323) 848-6503.
 
  November 2007    TOP  
  November 9 - 11, 2007 MONTEREY - The Great Wine Escape Weekend. The 11th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend will be held at locations throughout Monterey County. This hospitality event of the year for Monterey County features over 45 Monterey wineries, local and national celebrity chefs, and the ultimate travel experience in the unparalleled setting of Monterey Wine Country. Events throughout the
weekend include wine and food pairing sessions on Friday afternoon at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, wine country open houses and tours on Saturday, a hidden gem and boutique wine tasting on Saturday afternoon, over 20 winemaker dinners by world-renowned chefs on Friday and Saturday evenings, and The Great Wine Escape Grand Finale at Quail Lodge on Sunday.
www.montereywines.org / 831-375-9400 [email protected]
 
  November 24, 2007
Saturday
 
CAPITOLA - Surfin' Santa - Santa & his reindeer surf into Capitola Beach, towel off, take Christmas requests and hand out candy canes! Starts at 12 pm. Capitola Beach, Capitola Village. Phone: 831.475.6522 www.capitolasoquelchamber.com
  November 30, 2007
Friday
OXNARD - Tree Lighting, Plaza Park. Hometown Holidays in Oxnard kicks off with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Oxnard, Plaza Park. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard. Free. Call 1-800-269-6273
 
  December 2007    TOP  
  December 1, 2007
Saturday
OXNARD - Hometown Holidays Christmas Parade. The annual hometown-style parade features local bands, floats and youth groups. Parade time: 10 a.m. Location: Downtown Oxnard. Call the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-269-6273. Free.
 
  December 2, 2007
Sunday
LONG BEACH - Snow in Bixby Knolls. Snow in Bixby Knolls is a winter playland of more than 30 tons of man-made snow, including sled runs and a snowfield. Since Southern California December's are usually sunny and warm, don't miss out on the free open-air festival with artisan and antique vendors, foods and live entertainment. The day also includes the arrival of Santa Claus and opportunities for children to visit with Santa. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue between Carson Street and San Antonio Drive. bixbyknollsinfo.com
 
  December 8, 2007   TOP
Saturday
OXNARD - 42nd Annual Parade of Lights. The annual lighted boat parade celebrates Christmas “California Style.” Boats are decorated in the set theme and parade throughout Channel Islands Harbor. Pre-activities take place in the afternoon. Great viewing is available from all points of the Harbor and at the area restaurants. Time: 7 p.m. – Channel Islands Harbor, 3600 S. Harbor Blvd. For more information, call the Channel Islands Harbor Visitor’s Center at 805/985-4852. Free. Visit the website: www.channelislandsharbor.org.
 
  December 8-9, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
OXNARD - Victorian Christmas House Tours.  Take a tour of the houses in Heritage Square all dressed up for Christmas! Docents, dressed in period clothing, guide visitors through the 1800’s-style Victorian houses that are filled with history and interesting tales. Refreshments are included in the admission price. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Heritage Square, Oxnard, CA. For more information, call 805/483-7960.
 
  December 9 - 25, 2007
 
OXNARD - Christmas Tree Lane, “F” and “G” Streets houses in the Henry T. Oxnard Historical District are brightly decorated for the holidays. Visitors are welcome to take a leisurely drive or stroll down Christmas Tree Lane. Hours run from 6 to 10 p.m. Call 1-800-269-6273. Time: 6 to 10 p.m.
 
  December 12 - 16, 2007 NEWPORT BEACH - Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Boat owners in Newport Harbor “deck the hulls” of their seagoing vessels for the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Ranked one of the Top Ten holiday happenings in the nation by the New York Times, the parade features approximately 100 elaborately decorated boats and draws more than one million spectators each year. Prizes are awarded in a variety of categories and are highly coveted – motivating boat owners to spend as much as $50,000 on decorations! ChristmasBoatParade.com
 
  December 2007    TOP BISHOP - Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Street of Lights - Bishop City Park 6 p.m. Hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, candy, great holiday music and Santa! Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau at the park from 3 to 6 pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. 760-873-8405 (last year's date: 12/8/2006)
LOMPOC
- Founding Day Celebration at La Purisima Mission.  400 luminarias lead guests to the church for a musical performance by a local group. The park and Prelado de los Tesoros celebrate the founding of La Purisima Mission by providing an evening of candlelight and music. After the performance, guests are invited to La Sala to enjoy fellowship and refreshments. Because of limited seating, free tickets for this event become available November 1st. Please contact the park office before November 1st to find out how to acquire tickets. Time: 7 p.m. Location: 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA.  www.lapurisimamission.org   Phone: 805-733-3713   (last year's date: 12/8/2006)

 
  December  2007- 
January 2, 2008
SACRAMENTO - CARMICHAEL - Holiday House Display - More than just lights, many say this event rivals the Bellagio water show in Las Vegas. Over 2 million computer-controlled actions or "states" per song create one of the best light and music shows you'll find. Visitors are invited to bring canned good donations. Time: Sunday - Thursday 6pm-9pm; Friday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. Location: 6425 Meadowhill Court, Carmichael, CA 95608. Directions: Go North on Fair Oaks Blvd from Arden Way. Turn Right on Landis Ave, Turn Right on Deodar Street, Turn Left onto Meadowhill Court. Cost: Free!   www.lightupxmas.com
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Christmas Lights Huntington Harbour gondola cruises offered from world class gondoliers. See the Cruise of Lights lights displays that run through New Year's 2007 in your private gondola. Ideal for the romantic couple, friends and family.  Location: Peter's Landing and Marina, Huntington Beach (Pacific Coast Highway near Anderson). Time: 10 am to midnight. Lights can be seen after 5 p.m. daily. Sunset cruise is around 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 
  December 2007 ALTADENA - Christmas Tree Lane Tree Lighting Ceremony. This annual tradition at a location that holds status as a National Historic Register attraction is held on the Altadena Library lawn. Time: 5 to 7 p.m.  (last year's date: 12/9/06)
AUBURN
-  Country Christmas -  20th annual Old Town Country Christmas takes you back in time on two Saturday evenings in December. Between 5pm to 9pm, Old Town Auburn turns back the clock to days gone by with Christmas in the foothills. Lighted by Coleman Lanterns, streets are lined with crafters and food vendors, a bonfire to keep you warm, entertainment, pony rides and hayrides and strolling carolers are always a favorite. Over 50 shops and restaurants are open , admission is free and a free shuttle is provided from the fairgrounds. For information: (530)888-1585 (last year's date: 12/9/06)
BISHOP - Annual Bishop Christmas Parade on Main Street starts at 10 am . Horses, bands, floats, and more! Fun for the entire family. Sponsored by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau 760-873-8405.  www.bishopvisitor.com (last year's date: 12/9/06)
EUREKA - Christmas Truckers Convoy- Thousand of people line the streets & delight at the spectacle of a hundred huge trucks adorned in holiday lights, Parade winds through the town with music & horns blaring Jingle Bells. Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, 3750 Harris Street, Eureka, CA 95503. Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call: 707-442-5744. Cost: Free (last year's date: 12/9/06)
LONE PINE - LONE PINE -  Christmas Parade - Sponsored by Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce. www.lonepinechamber.org. Time: 1 p.m. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
NAPLES - Naples Boat Parade - Saturday, December 9, 2006 Time: 6 p.m. Theme: The Magic of Music. Small Boat start time: 6:00 p.m. at the 2nd Street Bridge; Large Boat start time: 6:30 p.m. near Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.  Parking Alternatives: Naples Bayside Academy (5537 The Toledo) offers parking for a donation of $10, no advanced reservations. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit student programs. Other Places to park include Mothers' Beach,  marine lots east of Davis Bridge, Marine Stadium, and 54th & Bayshore. Unauthorized Boats: Entry to the canals by unauthorized boats during the parade will be restricted. Patrol boats may deny access.  (last year's date: 12/9/06)
OAKLAND - Sing Along Messiah - with Oakland East Bay Symphony. Bring your friends and family to this unique community event. Mariachi players, cabaret performers, gospel singers and klezmer artists give their own special interpretations of Handel's famous arias. Regardless of your age, voice type or whether you sing or not, you'll enjoy experiencing Handel's choral masterpiece as never before, with a chorus of 3,000 in the glorious Paramount Theatre. Time: 8 p.m., Doors open 60 minutes before show time. Tickets: $28, $22, $15. Location:
 Paramount Theatre. Call:  (510) 893-2300  www.paramounttheatre.com  (last year's date: 12/9/06)
OCEANSIDE - Annual Boat Parade of Lights is coming to the Oceanside Harbor. This is a joint effort between the Oceanside Yacht Club and the City of Oceanside starts at 7 pm and lasts about one hour. It is expected that 25-30 boats ranging from kayaks to large yachts will participate. The Harbor Police lead the parade which can be viewed from almost anywhere within the harbor. If you are interested in entering the parade, there is no entrance fee and entry forms are available at the Yacht Club office. In addition to the parade, the Yacht Club will be serving dinner from 5 to 9 pm for a nominal cost. After the parade, don’t miss the awards ceremony as the Yacht Club has arranged for some great prizes. Come early and make an evening of it! Contact the Yacht Club at (760) 722-5751.  www.ci.oceanside.ca.us (last year's date: 12/9/06)
ORCUTT - Orcutt Annual Christmas Parade includes an afternoon parade featuring marching bands, Santa Claus, and some of the finest automobiles on the Central Coast. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Park Street and the route follows Broadway to Clark Street to Twitchell, and ends at May Grisham School. A Santa Maria Style Barbecue follows. Contact the Orcutt Fire Department for more information (805) 937-7515  (last year's date: 12/9/06)
OX BOW - Ox Bow Lighted Boat Christmas Parade, hosted by Ox Bow Marina, usually the second Saturday in December, and is open to all boaters at no charge. Sign up in advance in the office, or by calling in for a reservation. The boats gather at dusk at the marina, then parade up Georgiana Slough and the Mokelumne River to the Hwy 12 and back, and then by all the homes at Oxbow 916/777-6060.  (last year's date: 12/9/06)
OXNARD
- Channel Islands Harbor Boat Parade - 41st Annual Parade of Lights. www.channelislandsharbor.org (last year's date: 12/9/06)
PASO ROBLES -  Vine Street Victorian Showcase with Bands, Dancers, Scrooge, Refreshments, and much more...Free! No cars allowed. Please no dogs. Location: 8th-21st Streets. Time: 6 - 9pm www.pasoroblesdowntown.org (last year's date: 12/9/06)
PERRIS -
The Lights on the Lake Holiday Boat Parade on  Lake Perris. Time: 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Call park at 951-657-0676. Location-Directions The recreation area is located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I 215. 17801 Lake Perris Drive Perris, California 92571 Marina Phone: 951-657-2179. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
SAUSALITO - The 19th Annual Sausalito Lighted Yacht Parade, along the Sausalito Waterfront beginning at the north end of town, off Clipper Yacht Harbor and proceeding south passing the Spinnaker Restaurant into the cove at the Sausalito Yacht Club, where the judges will be stationed, and Gabrielson Park, continuing out around the ferry landing past Scoma's & Horizon's Restaurants, passing the Sea Lion Sculpture and the Gaylord's Restaurant rounding the "blue-light special" spotter boat at the south end of the parade and returning along the waterfront. Time on Saturday is 6:00 PM. Entry is FREE and the awards ceremony follows at the Sausalito Yacht Club, 8:30 PM with party. For an entry form visit the Sausalito Yacht Club website: www.syconline.org.  The event is co-cosponsored by: The Sausalito Yacht Club, Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Marin, Peg Copple & Associates, Innovative Marketing Questions contact Merv Regan 415-331-7204  (last year's date: 12/9/06)

 
  December 2007    TOP DANA POINT - Boat Parade of Lights - 33rd annual event. Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for awards. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of the restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers boat rides, call (949) 496-5794.Time: 7 p.m. Location: Dana Point Harbor 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA. (last year's dates: 12/8-9/2006)
LAGUNA BEACH -
Nutcracker Ballet - Laguna Ballet Celebrates 22nd Anniversary Performance of The Nutcracker. Laguna Ballet  continues the tradition with the 22nd annual Nutcracker performance at the Laguna Artists’ Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. Over 75 Orange County students come together each year. Tickets can be purchased by contacting 949-855-0331, wwww.LagunaNutcracker.com
MARINA DEL REY - Holiday Boat Parade - The Friday evening boat parade will be run between 7 and 9 P.M. and the Saturday evening parade between 6 and 8 P.M. Traditional fireworks that annually noted the beginning of the boat parade will be shot off the south jetty of the marina at 5:55 P.M. Saturday. Call: 310-670-7130. Burton Chace Park is a great place to plan a family or holiday party viewing event! Parking: Public Lot 01 Fisherman’s Village 13737 Fiji Way Public Lot 08 4220 Admiralty Way  Public Lot 04 Near Burton Chace Park  13500 Mindanao Way Public Lot 09 14101 Panay Way  Public Lot 05 4545 Admiralty Way Public Lot 10 4101 Admiralty Way  Public Lot 07 4350 Admiralty Way Public Lot 12 14151 Marquesas Way  Public Lot 13 4601 Via Marina. www.mdrboatparade.org (last year's dates: 12/8-9/2006)
MONTEREY -  Christmas in the Adobes. Evening candlelit walking tours of historic Monterey and the adobes. Participating buildings are decorated with period ornamentation. Refreshments and entertainment. For information call (831) 647-6226. Time: 5 to 9 p.m. (last year's dates: 12/8-9/2006)
NEWPORT BEACH - Boat Parade - The Grand-Daddy of Them All Now In Its 99th Year. Over a million viewers watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the parade starts off Collins Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 8:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Two separate routes are run on different evenings.) Christmas Boat Parade, please call (949) 729-4400.
OCEANSIDE - Live Nativity - Scenes portraying the Nativity using live Character. Presented by the Del Oro Hills Community Church. Call: (760) 947-3200. Time: 5pm - 9:30pm. Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park  (last year's dates: 12/8-9/2006)
PERRIS - Santa Train - Ride with Santa. A full day of fun for the whole family, refreshments, gifts and holiday music. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular ticket prices apply, but you must pick up a reservation for your Santa Train ride upon arrival.  Prices: Access to the Museum Grounds is free, (except during certain special events), Parking is always free. Call: (951) 943-3020
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  December 31, 2007
Monday
ATASCADERO -Winter Wonderland includes an ice sculpting show, real snow piles and sledding area, tree lighting ceremony and sing-along, craft and food vendors, children's train, SANTA and much more. Location/Address: Historic Sunken Gardens, El Camino Real, Atascadero. Cost: Free admission. Phone: 805-462-0177. atascaderomainstreet.org
AUBURN -  Country Christmas -  21st annual Old Town Country Christmas takes you back in time on two Saturday evenings in December. Between 5pm to 9pm, Old Town Auburn turns back the clock to days gone by with Christmas in the foothills. Lighted by Coleman Lanterns, streets are lined with crafters and food vendors, a bonfire to keep you warm, entertainment, pony rides and hayrides and strolling carolers are always a favorite. Over 50 shops and restaurants are open , admission is free and a free shuttle is provided from the fairgrounds. For information: (530)888-1585
BIG PINE -
Christmas Tree Lighting. Held at the Roosevelt Tree, a magnificent 80 foot giant Sequoia named in honor of President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt - at the junction of US 395 & State highway 168 north of downtown Big Pine. Sponsored by the Big Pine Civic Club, Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department and the Big Pine Chamber of Commerce. Event includes the appearance of Santa riding in on a fire truck, stockings for the kids, hot drinks and cookies and Christmas Carols by the Big Pine Girl Scouts.
BURBANK
- Holly Trolley Tour- Enjoy hot chocolate and caroling as you view the best of Burbank ’s holiday decorations from an open-top, double-decker bus.  www.downtown-burbank.org
COLUMA
- Christmas in Coloma at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COSTA MESA - Nutcracker Ballet - The Nutcracker is Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker is a classic rendition of the familiar tale of Clara and her whimsical journey through the Land of Sweets where she learns about life, love and the holiday spirit.  www.festivalballet.org
FERNDALE - Holly Holstein, Ferndale's Christmas Cow, the holiday heifer greets children on Main Street from 2 to 4 p.m. Call: (707) 786-4477. www.victorianferndale.org
FULLERTON - First Night Celebration - Fullerton’s 17th Annual First Night attracts all ages to celebrate New Year’s Eve in an arts-filled and alcohol-free environment! This event features live music, rides, activities for the kids, and much more! A spectacular fireworks finale at midnight will signal the beginning of a new year! Time: 7:00pm-12:00am. Cost: Free admission. Location: Throughout Downtown Fullerton ( Harbor Blvd , Wilshire Ave. , and Pomona ). Vendor opportunities: (714) 738-6545. Sponsorship: Ashley Glass at (714) 738-3338.
LAGUNA BEACH - Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy - Enchanted winter wonderland of the 16th annual Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival features over 175 artists and creators with original, handcrafted gift items that include: hand blown glass, ceramics, clothing, ornaments, jewelry, painting, sculpture and so much more. Admission includes complimentary art project for all ages, a real snow play field, holiday entertainment, 3 outdoor cafés, artist demonstrations including glass blowing and daily visits with Santa. Call 949.497.0514 Directions: In downtown Laguna Beach at Main Beach, make a right onto Broadway. In two blocks Broadway becomes Laguna Canyon Road. The Sawdust is on your right.
LA MIRADA -  Messiah Sing -  Conductor Dr. Brian Trevor Ambassador Choir and Orchestra Bring your Messiah score and sing with them or  listen. Time: 6:00 PM. Location: Granada Heights Friends Church, 11818 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638. Phone: (562) 943-–7255.
LOS ANGELES - LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015. www.laautoshow.com.
MISSION VIEJO - Nutcracker Ballet performed by Anaheim Ballet, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo. For ticket information  www.anaheimballet.org  or call (714) 490-6150: (714) 490-6150.
SAN DIEGO - 36th Annual Port of San Diego Boat Parade of Lights, Free Viewing! The spectacular boat parade of lights features individually holiday decorated private craft. The boat parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Island Marriott Hotel, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy carrier turning basin. Fireworks begin at 5:30pm, Light Parade begins immediately following 5:30-9pm. For boaters wishing to view the parade, a good viewing area is where the parade route turns for Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For those viewing on land, the north and south ends of the Embarcadero as well as the pathway along Coronado are good spots as they tend to be less crowed. If you plan on viewing the parade from Harbor Island, get there early and be aware that parking is at a premium. Another good spot is the park behind Seaport Village. www.sdparadeoflights.org
PERRIS - Santa Train - Ride with Santa. A full day of fun for the whole family, refreshments, gifts and holiday music. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular ticket prices apply, but you must pick up a reservation for your Santa Train ride upon arrival.  Prices: Access to the Museum Grounds is free, (except during certain special events). On regular weekends, an all-day pass to ride the trains costs $10 for adults, $8 for children 5-11, free for kids under 5. Parking is always free. Call: (951) 943-3020
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SANTA ANA
-  Las Posadas Mexican Christmas at Bowers Museum is a traditional family festival featuring a trio of singers, Los Sonidos, leading Las Posadas procession outside the museum into the Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard for a re-enactment  of Mary and Joseph seeking refuge in Bethlehem.  Singers,  Fiesta Ballet Folklorico dancers, musicians, a piñata, food, and Santa Claus are part of the festivities. Traditional tamales and hot chocolate will be served. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Arts Council, the event is free and there is a nominal charge for food and beverage. Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street,  Santa Ana. Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Location: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana. Call: 714-567-3679.
SANTA BARBARA -  The Nutcracker Presented by Santa Barbara Festival Ballet at Arlington Theatre: 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Info: 805-963-4408

 
     TOP ANAHEIM -  New Years with The Goo Goo Dolls at House of Blues. (VIP Dinner package available). 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA.  Call: (714) 778-BLUE.  www.hob.com or ticketmaster.com
AVALON 33nd Annual New Year's Eve Celebration at the Casino Ballroom. Dance in the New Year in the world famous Casino Ballroom. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520, or visit www.CatalinaChamber.com |
CARLSBAD - Kids' New Year's Eve at Legoland, New Year's Eve fun for children at Legoland begins with a 3pm party with fun entertainment in Miniland. Features a concert with special guests at 4pm and a 5pm year-in-revue. Then, at kids' midnight (6pm to the rest of us) there will be a 22-foot-tall "brick drop" and a spectacular fireworks show with special fireworks viewing glasses. 760-918-LEGO;  www.legoland.com
COSTA MESA
Big New Year's Celebration in the OC, an Orange County tradition in the making this New Year's Eve as the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center is transformed into the west coast version of Times Square! Eleven themed areas will feature a wide array of exhibits, food, off-beat attractions and live music from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Violent Femmes, Berlin, The Psychedelic Furs, The English Beat, Reel Big Fish, Blondie, Soul Asylum, Berlin, Everclear, Poison, Dishwalla,The Romantics, The Knack, The Tubes and Tommy Tutone on 6 stages. With all that, plus the spectacular midnight celebration and Orange Drop featuring a special performance from Sugar Ray, this event promises to be an experience of a lifetime! Location: Orange County Fair & Exposition Center - Costa Mesa. Time: 6:00pm - 2:00am More information   www.ocnye.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
FERNDALE - 9th Annual New Year's Eve Rodeo Bash. West Coast Rodeo Company presents a full day of rodeo events, beginning at 8 a.m. sharp in the indoor arena. Team penning, branding, roping; breakaway roping; steer wrestling; men's and women's calf roping; barrel racing; loggers cow riding; and bull riding. Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-4864
ESCONDIDO - 10th Annual Welk Resort Theatre Musical Christmas Welk Resort Theatre presents popular and exciting musical comedies and revues at their theater in Escondido. Matinee and dinners shows available as well as evening performances. The 2004 schedule includes many favorites including the 10th Annual Welk Musical Christmas from Nov 11 to Dec 31, 2004. Tickets and information: 760-749-3000 or 800-932-9355
ESCONDIDO
- First Night Escondido: Community celebration of music, dancing and fun for the entire family. Alcohol & drug free event. 6pm-midnight with fireworks at midnight. California Center for Arts & Grand Avenue, downtown Escondido. (760) 639-0220
HUNTINGTON BEACH - New Year's Eve Gala Evening with smooth jazz artist. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA.
LONG BEACH - New Year's Eve Reggae Boat Party 2005 with Fireworks. Location: 140 Marina Drive, Long Beach, California.  Call for information: (562) 799-7000.  
LONG BEACH - Queen Mary Ship - New Year's Eve Celebration with Live Bands and Fireworks. Includes hot hors' d' oeuvres, parking, party favors and a spectacular midnight fireworks show. Tickets for the celebration will be on sale at ticketmaster.com. Guests must be at least 21 years of age. Included in the ticket price are 8 separate live musical and entertainment venues. Guests can dance from party to party while enjoying a variety of music. Party favors including hats and noisemakers will be available, as well as midnight balloon drops and a spectacular fireworks display at 12:20 a.m. Cost: TBD Call: (562) 435-3511. Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California.   | Long Beach Hotels |  
LONG BEACH - Brazilian New Year's Eve Celebration - Now that you must be almost ready for Christmas… you can start thinking about partying in New Years… Start the year dancing as they do in Brazil. In California, the Brazilians love Long Beach and the Queen Mary ship, home of the annual Brazilian Carnaval!
Kick off the New Year with a spectacular celebration aboard the Queen Mary in the Long Beach Harbor with party favors, Music, Dancing and a spectacular midnight fireworks show, plus the world's best Caipirinha's!  Sambajah, the new generation of Brazilian samba dedicated to make people dance plus "Special Guests" Andrea Ferraz and Carol on vocals and guitarrists Adassi from Black Oil Band. Oya Brazil Samba Show and their stunning Samba Dancers, Danilo and Ki-xego Axé Dancers. DJ Izael playing a variety of Brazilian beats. Partygoers who attend the New Year’s Eve party will be dancing non-stop to the pulsating rhythms of SAMBA, MARCHA, AXÉ MUSIC, SAMBA-REGGAE, FORRÓ, PAGODE, FREVO and CARNAVAL ELECTRICO. Dress code is white, the color of peace and hope, a tradition in Brazil.  Location: Queen Mary - 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802  www.BrazilianNites.com  (818) 566-1111
NEWPORT BEACH Annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party from Un4seen Productions. Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in style! Join the fun on Newport’s most elegant oversized luxury yacht! 3 levels, outdoor decks, Luxury Lounge and 1 large dance floor. This 400 capacity luxury yacht is less than two years old and is already making history as being the most memorable New Years Yacht Cruises. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!!! Entertainment: Level 1: Luxury Lounge; Level 2: Hip Hop & Dance; DJ Menskeeza and DJ Emmtee; Level 3: Scenic Deck (dance under the stars).   Includes:  Four-hour luxury cruise through Newport Harbor; FREE OPEN BAR ALL NIGHT! Midnight champagne toast; Unlimited appetizer buffet court; 1 Huge dance floor; 14 Luxury Bathrooms! No lines. Ticket Information: Get your tickets on line or by phone at www.un4seenproductions.com. Call: 949-378-9971 or email [email protected] or at the following locations: Catwalk – 119 Main St Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714-960-3444; The Green Room - 4525 W. Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663 949-548-3688. Hotel Info: Holiday Inn Express (Within Walking Distance), Time: Boat Leaves from Newport Harbor  8:45pm – 1:00am (be sure to arrive on time); 21&over. Where: Newport Harbor Water Front Marina, 2901 W. Coast Hwy. Newport Beach, CA 92663
NEWPORT BEACH - New Year's Eve Grand Ballroom Black Tie Gala in Orange County's
elegant, view- ballroom starts with a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and Champagne from 8 - 9 p.m. An elegant dinner created by Chef Josef Lageder is paired with excellent wines. Dance the night away to the sounds of one of the area's hottest 10-piece bands, "Rembrandt" and enjoy a Champagne toast at midnight. Event begins at 8 p.m.
Location: Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663 balboabayclub.com
SAN DIEGO - First Night San Diego Celebration: Alcohol free event, from 6pm-1am, for the entire family. Features food, entertainment, dancing & fireworks at midnight. Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown San Diego. (619) 296-8731   | San Diego Hotels |
SACRAMENTO - New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration - Sacramento: Along with 2 fireworks shows, enjoy live music, food & drink vendors, a children�s stage hosted by top entertainers & live performances from local acts. On the waterfront in Old Sacramento. (916) 808-7777
SIMI VALLEY - Annual "Christmas Around the World" Tree exhibit. A local favorite in the area, trees are decorated to represent different countries around the world. at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive. Call: (800) 410-8354.  www.reaganfoundation.org
MARINA DEL REY
- New Year's Eve Fireworks show in the marina
starts 30 seconds before Midnight. This year’s fireworks will be presented by the famed Zambelli Pyrotechnics and will be launched off the Marina del Rey’s south jetty near Fisherman’s Village. Burton Chace Park, located at 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, at 13755 Fiji Way, and Marina (Mother’s Beach) at Admiralty Way and Via Marina are premiere locations for viewing the pyrotechnic extravaganza.
 
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CAYUCOS - 28th annual Carlin Soule Memorial Polar Bear Dip held at the Cayucos pier. The annual event -- held each New Year's Day -- celebrates the new year with a polar cold water swim. Some don costumes for the event, but others come clad in nothing more than a bathing suit to ring in the new year. No wetsuits are allowed, according to officials at the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce. It starts at noon, and in one minute, it's over. Only a handful actually make it out past the pier for a lengthier swim, while the majority head in and quickly out of the near 50-degree water. www.cayucoschamber.com
HUNTINGTON BEACH
- Pier Plunge - This dip and dive into the Pacific Ocean to celebrate the New Year at the Huntington Beach Pier includes a festive group. Bring some donuts and share some fun on a local run (into the water.) Location Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street. Time: Approx. 10 a.m.

SANTA MONICA - Resolution Festival - This day-long festival at the Santa Monica Pier has been created in order to assist individuals/families in kick-starting their New Year's Resolutions. To help support these goals, there will be free workshops and lectures focusing on various subjects (health and proper dieting, financial management, conflict resolutions, etc.), a free Polar Bear beach plunge, and low-fee physical competitions (soft sand run/walk, 10,000 steps walk, and a Polar Bear Swim) for those who want to begin the year with an athletic challenge. Participants can allocate $10 of the competition fees to one of these beneficiary charities: Challenged Athletes Foundation, Johnny G Foundation, Operation USA, Team Parkinson, and TreePeople. Enjoy the boardwalk and the sunshine and make 2006 the "no-excuses" year for your resolutions! Call 310-474-4832 or go to www.resolutionfest.com for more information.
PASADENA - Tournament of Roses Parade.
Magnificent floral floats, spirited marching bands, and talented equestrian units will anchor a traditional two-hour spectacle along Pasadena's famed Colorado Boulevard. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. (PST) featuring spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units. Following the Rose Parade at 2:00 p.m. (PST), the 91st Rose Bowl Game, presented by Citi, will feature an exciting match up between two championship teams, showcasing the best of collegiate football. For additional information, please call (626) 449-ROSE.
VENICE BEACH
- Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive. Join this lively group for its 46th annual dip. They go into the ocean at Noon. Call: (310) 390-5700.
 
  January 2008 WHALE WATCHING - Views available along the vantage points of the California Coast that include Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Humboldt Bay, Monterey Bay, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Point Fermin, Newport Beach and San Diego.
DANA POINT Cruise Photos & Tickets! - Each winter, thousands of California Gray Whales leave the cold Artic Seas and follow the coastline to the warm, calm waters of Southern California and Baja. This 5,000-mile migration brings much of the pod past Dana Point, where pods of Giant Grays can be easily seen and photographed. Dana Wharf Sportfishing – (949) 496-5794  www.danawharfsportfishing.com; Dana Island Yacht Charters – (949) 248-7400  www.danaislandyachts.com;  Ocean Institute – (949) 496-2274  www.ocean-institute.org; Aventura Sailing Association – (949) 493-9493 www.aventurasailing.com;  Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari – (949) 488-2828 www.dolphinsafari.com
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REDONDO BEACH -
California gray whale migration from the Arctic to Baja and back. Dolphins, Harbor Seals and Sea Lions and the beautiful Santa Monica Bay coastline on three-hour experience.  (310) 372-2111 www.rbmarina.com
SAN DIEGO -  Annual migration of California gray whales to the warm breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California. Glimpse these peaceful "giants of the sea" from Cabrillo National Monument or on special whale-watching cruises. 619-557-5450 or 619-236-1212 | San Diego Hotels |
 
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  April 19 & 20, 2008 LANCASTER - California Poppy Festival. Family fun is at the heart of the annual California Poppy Festival with two days of live music, exotic animal exhibits, more than 200 arts and crafts/fine arts vendors, a farmers’ market, aerospace displays, a children’s carnival, and much more. With more than 55 acres of exciting activities, discover why people keep coming back to be part of the California Poppy Festival! When: 10 am to 6 pm daily. Where: Lancaster City Park
43011 N. 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534. Contact: Laurie Butts, Special Events Manager (661) 723-6077 / [email protected]  www.poppyfestival.com

 
  April 2008 SANTA BARBARA - South Coast Earth Day is dedicated to education and conservation. Sponsored by Community Environmental Council and the University of California Santa Barbara Donald Bren School for Science & Environmental Management, visit SBEarthDay.org.
 
  May 2008     SANTA ANA - “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor” will premiere on May 18, 2008 through Oct. 12, 2008 at Bowers Museum. 120 objects-including 20 complete life-sized figures, the most ever to have left China, found in what would have been gardens within the tomb complex belonging to China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang 259 – 210 B.C. Drawn from 11 different collections around Shaanxi Province, Emperor Qin is one of the most important men in history, credited with unifying several separate warring states into a unified China. He initiated the 30-foot-high, 3,000-mile-long Great Wall of China to protect his empire from invaders from the north.  Call: 714-567-3679. Location: 2002 North Main Street, Santa CA. www.bowers.org. See additional Bowers Museum events.
 
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  JULY 4, 2008 CHULA VISTA -Celebrate Chula Vista. Taste of the Bay features flavors of the South Bay with barbecue and other great food! The highlight of this Independence Day celebration will be the Fourth of July firework display setting the bayside aglow! Presented by the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Port of San Diego, Chula Vista Convention & Visitors Bureau and City of Chula Vista. Time: Noon to 9 p.m.  Cost: Free. Location: Bayside Park, Chula Vista, CA. Call (619) 420-6603. chulavistachamber.org.
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Billed as largest 4th of July Parade west of the Mississippi, it includes a fireworks show over the Pacific Ocean. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street, fireworks after dark. Free. Event includes
 Expo at Pier Plaza Concert with Golden West Pops from 7 to 8:45 p.m. To celebrate 4th of July, an expo with foods, free giveaways, and concerts will be be featured before the 4th of July Parade, Street Fair and Fireworks display free to the public. Location: Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA
LONG BEACH -
Queen Mary 4th of July Celebration with live bands all day and fireworks at night. Time: Noon  to 10 p.m. Cost: $12 - 33. www.queenmary.com
SANTA ROSA
-  the Sonoma County Fairgrounds will host  Red, White and Boom featuring a record number of kids rides.. The Fireworks Sky Concert begins at 9:30 pm and will be simulcast on KSRO 1350 AM, The River 97.7 FM, Froggy 92.9 FM, The Fox 101.7 FM, The Mix 104.9 FM. Free parking in downtown Santa Rosa. www.SonomaCounty4th.com
AVALON 4th of July Parade, Fireworks Display, Dinner at the Casino Ballroom. Join island residents for the golf cart parade down Crescent Avenue starting at 1pm. Enjoy a BBQ buffet dinner and music of the USC Marching Band in the Casino Ballroom plus a magnificent fireworks display over Avalon Bay with viewing from the balcony. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce 
BERKELEY 4TH of July at the Marina - Food, arts and crafts, adventure playground, free sailboat rides,  puppets, belly dancers, face painters and wacky art cars.  Free.
BERKELEY - All City Picnic includes music, children’s games, breakfast, exhibits and petting zoo. Call: 408-984-3257. Free
CALISTOGA Silverado Parade patriotic display with kids, horses, bands and floats. Get there early as the parade route down Lincoln and FairWay Aves fill up early in their favorite spots.
CAPITOLA
- World’s Shortest Parade 2007. Parade at 10 am, pancake breakfast before, party in the park afterwards. 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. Soquel Dr. & State Park Dr., Aptos Village. Phone: (831) 688.1467  aptoschamber.com
CORONADO - Parade, U. S. Navy S.E.A.L. demo, fireworks and music. Free
CORTE MADERA/LARKSPUR
- Parade, arts and crafts, entertainment, carnival games, children’s activities and food. Free
FULLERTON - Fourth of July Festival & Fireworks Show - This festival provides a safe 4th of July alternative for Fullerton residents and visitors from surrounding areas. An amazing sky show of choreographed fireworks begins at 9:00pm. The festival includes games, food booths, live entertainment, pony rides, and other activities for all ages. Time: 5:00-9:30pm. Location: Fullerton High School Stadium (at Lemon & Berkley – Fullerton , Ca). Cost: Free. If you are interested in becoming a Vendor at any of these events, or for more detailed information, please call (714) 738-6545. To become a sponsor, please contact Ashley Glass at (714) 738-3338. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us/depts/parks_n_recreation/special events/deafult.asp
JULIAN
- OLD-FASHIONED  Parade; barbecue and quilt show, western shoot-out and World War II fly-over. FREE
 
LOMPOC - Color guards, patriotic speeches, fireworks, barbecue, children’s parade, antique cars, music and entertainment. FREE 
LOS ANGELES - Entertainment, musket salute, historical portrayals and outdoor dance.  FREE 
NEWPORT BEACH -Fourth of July Celebration offers a memorable Fourth of July along the water and under the stars at The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. One of Orange County’s most spectacular seaside fireworks display for nearly 50 years begins in the early afternoon with a barbecue, carnival games, crafts, face painting, music and more, followed by an evening filled with “rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air.” Cost: $30/car.  For more information, call Newport Dunes at (800) 765-7661 or visit www.NewportDunes.com.
OXNARD -  Annual "Fireworks by the Sea" Celebration includes a full day of entertainment, good food, and activities ending with a spectacular evening fireworks display. Location: Channel Islands Harbor, corner of Victoria & Channel Islands Blvd.www.channelislandsharbor.org 

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Chronicle Fourth of July Waterfront Festival Fisherman's Wharf   415-705-5500 A day long event featuring the West Coast's largest display of fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts  and crafts. Fireworks begin around 9:00 p.m. Dress warmly.
FESTIVITIES AT PIER 39   Celebration includes entertainment and fireworks.   FREE

SANTA CLARA - Music, children’s games, breakfast, exhibits and petting zoo.  FREE 
SANTA CRUZ
- Old Fashioned Celebration at Wilder Ranch, Jumpin’ Frog Jamboree at Roaring Camp, 10K Firecracker Race and Aptos Parade  www.downtownsantacruz.com

SAN RAMON -
STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR  Entertainment, skydiving exhibitions, food and fireworks. FREE
VALLEJO - Traditional Independence Day celebration includes pops concert, parade, ducky derby and fireworks.  FREE 
VENTURA-
4th of July Street Fair in Ventura!  Ventura's downtown area 30th Annual 4th of July Street Fair with over 300 artisans. Booths offer handmade arts and crafts and food from local restaurants, while live entertainment, a children's parade and children's activities. Time: 11 am to 5 pm. Free shuttle service- Ventura County Government Center parking lot closest to Telephone & Hill Streets, beginning at 11am and continuing until 5pm. The shuttle drop off point at the Street Fair will be at California & Santa Clara Streets by the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau.
(805) 654-7830 or (805) 654-7788 (TDD) www.venturastreetfair.com
WATSONVILLE - SPIRIT OF WATSONVILLE  Parade, food, games and fireworks. FREE 
 
    FACTOID ABOUT EVENTS: Cultural Events/Festivals are very popular among travelers. In fact, most (75%) U.S. adult travelers attended a cultural activity or event while on a trip in the past year. This translates to an estimated 109.8 million U.S. adults. Their households generated 97.7 million person-trips including a cultural event or festival in 2002. Examining the variety of cultural activities to do on trips shows that past-year travelers most often attend performing arts events (48%) and/or visit art museums or antique establishments (47%). Source: The Historic/Cultural Traveler. Expired events list.  / California Festivals & Fairs  /