Through July 5 Events 2004



DEL MAR - San Diego County Fair Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA, 92014. Call: (858) 755-1161

July 2 - Sep. 5 LAGUNA BEACH - Sawdust Festival. More than 175 local artists invite visitors to stroll along sawdust-covered paths through a village of fine arts and superb crafts. Meet and purchase directly from the artists! Varied demonstrations including glass blowing, complimentary art workshops, children's art activities, refreshments and live music on three stages, roving musicians and circus acts Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Location: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. Cost: TBD. Call: (949) 494-3030. 
July 2 -5

SAN JOSE SOCCER FESTIVAL and KICK-IT CONCERT - The San Jose Soccer Festival is back! It's our 3rd annual event and we're bringing a carnival of soccer activities to your area. This year the San Jose Soccer Festival will hold two tournaments simultaneously; a fast paced in-wall, round corners, small goal, no goal keeper, 4v4 challenger and a miniature 4v4 soccer game challenge. It will take place July 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 8am- 10pm. The festival will close with the Kick It Concert, July 4th at 5pm. The concert features “J-Kwon”, “E-A-Ski”, Angelina and many more. This is an exciting event that will attract sports enthusiasts from across the Bay Area. This community event will have food, prizes, games and entertainment. Cost for festival: Children $1 and Adults $2. For more information, please contact Roger Hooks at (408) 617-2524
$35 CASE WINE BLOWOUT SALE  July 2-5 10am-6pm Rapazzini Winery, 4350 Monterey Highway, Highways 101 & 25,  3 miles south of Gilroy. Call: 408-842-5649

July 4 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 (310) 510-1520 or vis
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. Call: 510-548-5335.  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. Call: 707-942-5111.
Parade, U. S. Navy S.E.A.L. demo, fireworks and music. Call: 619-437-8788. Free
- Parade, arts and crafts, entertainment, carnival games, children’s activities and food. Call: 415-924-0441. Free
FELTON - 1880's Fun with Gold Panning, Hand Car Rides, Candle Making, Chuckwagon BBQ, Steam Trains and Beach Trains, Roaring Camp Railroads. Call 831-335-4484 
JULIAN- OLD-FASHIONED  Parade; barbecue and quilt show, western shoot-out and World War II fly-over.. TEL 760-765-1770. Free.
- Color guards, patriotic speeches, fireworks, barbecue, children’s parade, antique cars, music and entertainment. TEL 800-240-0999 or 805736-4567  FREE 
LOS ANGELES - Entertainment, musket salute, historical portrayals and outdoor dance.. TEL 213-628-7163;  FREE 
- Celebration at Bluffs Park includes Concerts, Pie Eating Contest, Games, Tug of War, Exhibitions, Awards and more.  Call: 310-456-2489.
OXNARD - 7th 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. Call: (805) 985-4852 or 385-7545.

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. Call: 415-705-5500 Free
SAN RAMON - Star-Spangled Spectacular includes entertainment, skydiving exhibitions, food and fireworks. Call: 925-973-2300. Free
SANTA CLARA - Music, children’s games, breakfast, exhibits and petting zoo. Call: 408-984-3257. Free
- Old Fashioned Celebration at Wilder Ranch, Jumpin’ Frog Jamboree at Roaring Camp, 10K Firecracker Race and Aptos Parade
VALLEJO - Traditional Independence Day celebration includes pops concert, parade, ducky derby and fireworks. Call: 707-644-5551. Free
WATSONVILLE - Spirit of Watsonville Parade, food, games and fireworks.Call: 831-728-6011. Free
July 8 -29

SAN JOSE - WINE 101: Understanding the World of Wine. This comprehensive 4-week course covers a broad range of wine fundamentals. Even the most seasoned wine enthusiast will find this course useful in reinforcing his wine knowledge and sharpening his understanding of wine tasting principles. Held every Thursday for 4 weeks from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Wine Galleria, 377 South First St. Cost $185/person plus lab fee of $75 paid to instructor at first meeting. Wine Passage, Inc.,Tel: 408-269-5244

July 9, 10 
& 11
IMPERIAL BEACH U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition Saturday, 7 am - 11 am Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce Pancake Breakfast - North side of Portwood Pier Plaza  9 am - 8 pm Various food. craft & misc. vendors - Seacoast Drive  10 am - 12 noon Sandcastle Parade - arranged by the IB Chamber - Seacoast Drive  2 pm - 3:30 pm: Awards at 4 pm Kids 'n Kastles Competition sponsored by the IB Optimist Club. For children 12 and under. Call 619.421.5359 for more information  Dusk (9 pm) Fireworks, Portwood Pier Plaza area, sponsored in part by the Port of San Diego and the City of Imperial Beach - Sandcastle Fireworks information page)   Sunday, July 21 7 am - 11 am Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce Pancake Breakfast - North side of Portwood Pier Plaza   9 am - 5 pm Various food. craft & misc. vendors - Seacoast Drive 7:30 am - 1 pm: Awards at 4 pm 21st 
July 10 OJAI Lavender Festival - When the lavender blooms in Southern California this summer, the charming village of Ojai will be the place to go as the first Ojai Lavender Festival comes to town with a full day of free presentations plus a Mediterranean Marketplace and self-guided tour of local herb gardens and lavender farms. The Ojai Lavender Festival is presented by the California Lavender Association, and sponsored by California Lavender fine floral foods and Rivendell Aromatics in partnership with the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Events: 10am-4pm. Call: (805) 798-1231.
July 10 - 11 BURBANK - Relay For Life in Burbank  symbolizes 24 hours in a person's life  whose fighting cancer. Relay begins at  8 a.m. - Location: Robert Gross Park, 2814 Empire Avenue, Burbank.  Cancer survivor ceremony 8 a.m., Luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m.  American Cancer Society fundraiser to raise funds for much needed cancer research, community education, legislative advocacy and patient service programs. For more information call 818-841-2994.
July 14 - Aug. 18 NEWPORT BEACH Summer Concert Series - Every Wednesday evening beginning at 7 p.m. in Bloomingdale’s outdoor Courtyard includes jazz, big band, pop and rock n’ roll. Concerts are complimentary and seating is available on a first come first serve basis. Preferred seating is available and may be purchased through the Concierge at (949) 721-2000. Location: 401 Newport Center Drive.
July 15 - 18 GRASS VALLEY - California World Fest. This 8th Annual musical event features bands and musicians from around the globe, camping, concerts, classes, food booths, souvenir sales and more. Performing in 2004:  Youssou N'Dour, Tommy Emmanuel, Badi Assad, Alasdair Fraser, Les Yeux Noir, Joe Craven, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Radim Zenkel and the bluehouse. California WorldFest, PO Box 5198, Chico, CA 95927 Call: (530) 891-4098.
July 16 & 17 MARYSVILLE - California Peach Festival is the largest peach event in the Western United States! It includes a 5K Run/Walk in the morning of the event, a peaches and pancake breakfast, music on five stages, over 150 vendors featuring peach food or crafts, community entertainment, special events and activities, a peach cocktail garden and a Children's area. Foods include: Peach Ice Cream, Peach Smoothies, Peach Tempura, Peach Baklava, Peach Funnel Cakes, Peach Sundaes, Peach Cobbler, Peach Pies and, of course, Fresh Peaches. Times: Friday July 16th - 6 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday, July 17th - Noon to Midnight Sponsored by City of Marysville. Sponsor information: (530) 671-9600
July 23, 24, 25 GILROY Garlic Festival  (25th Annual) - Includes food booths, competitions, arts and crafts, kids rides, games and entertainment, three stages and several groups of strolling musicians playing jazz, rock 'n roll, country, blues, reggae, swing and more. General admission: $10/person, discounts for seniors and children. Call: (408) 842-1625. Location: Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Avenue. 
July 31 - August 1 WATSONVILLE - Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival. The 10th Annual Festival will be held in downtown plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. It includes contests, carnival rides, food booths, art, vendor sales and fun.
August 21 YUBA CITY - International Tomato Festival August 21, 2004 Time: 4 p.m. to Midnight in Downtown Yuba City. The International Tomato Festival includes juicy and ripe tomatoes along with specialty tomato dishes, gardening demonstrations, tomato products, salsa dancing, salsa music, Italian and Mexican music and entertainment, terrific food, wonderful stores, live music on three stages and family fun. Tomato Stomp, Tomato Alley, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Bloody Mary's are included in the fun. Call: (530) 671-9600
August 21 - 22 SANTA ROSA - Historic Railroad Square Association presents Heritage Days. Time: 10 am to 5 pm daily. Historic Railroad Square, Santa Rosa Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Santa Rosa's Historic Train Depot. Entertainment and events include
Art Show -- Live music -- Vintage car show -- "Rosie" tours -- Cooking demonstrations by local chefs -- Old-time games  Living history -- Vintage fashion show -- Sidewalk Sales --Theatre vignettes by the 6th Street Playhouse -- Horse & Carriage rides -- Guest speakers -- Raffle prizes -- Foods by local restaurants -- Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society 1904 Trolley exhibit, and much, much more! Call: 707-578-8474 or visit our website at:
Aug.23 - 29 CULVER CITY - The Fiesta La Bollona Days Festival includes music, food, crafts and more. Fiesta La Ballona weekend fair! Come to Veterans' Park for a great festival - there'll be music, rides, crafts, food and much more! It's also a great chance to learn about the many volunteer organizations that make our community great. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Veterans' Park Fiesta La Ballona weekend fair! Come to Veterans' Park for a great festival - there'll be music, rides, crafts, food and much more! It's also a great chance to learn about the many volunteer organizations that make our community great. Call: 310-253-6639
Aug. 28 - 29 PALO ALTO - The Bay Area Knife Collectors Association (B.A.K.C.A.) 25th annual show at the Hyatt Ricky's in Palo Alto, California. The event features custom knife makers from throughout California and neighboring states displaying their special cutlery and associated items. Location: 4219 El Camino Real. Call: (925) 829-3036.
Sept. 4 - 6 CAPITOLA Begonia Festival - For over 50 years Capitola has held a nautical parade with Begonia covered barges that float down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon. The festival runs for several days and also includes a Sand Sculpture Contest at Capitola Beach, Volleyball Tournament at Capitola Beach, Twilight Concert at the beach on the Esplanade, Horseshoes on the Sand at Capitola Beach in front of the Venitian Hotel, a Fishing Derby on Capitola Wharf and Rowboat Races. Call: 831-476-3566 
Sept. 18 - 19 CAPITOLA Capitola Art & Wine Festival features over 200 artists, 14 wineries, gourmet food, entertainment on 3 stages and children's art area. All in the beautiful, beach-side setting of Capitola Village-by-the-Sea. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call: 831-475-6522
Sept. 24 -27 MALIBU Film Festival is an exhibition of work that showcases the best of independent cinema. Duke's Opening Night Gala
September 26th at 8 pm, the Opening Night Party at Duke's of Malibu is a star studded event sponsored by Paul Mitchell and others. The party includes a premiere film, a fashion show, live music and entertainment. Cost: $100/person. On October 2nd at 8pm, the Vermeer Cream Liqueur Awards Dinner is held at Malibu's world famous Taverna Tony's restaurant. Cost: $100/person. General admission to film festival shows is approx. $8/person. Location of screenings: 3822 Cross Creek Road. Call: (866) 468-3399.
Sept. 25 - 26

PACIFICA - 19th Annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest is a celebration of sun, sand, and surf that defines life on the coast. The event begins with a parade and includes a two day arts and crafts fair, food booths, vendors, live music and a variety of entertainment acts. Location: Palmetto Avenue, park at Oceana Boulevard. Cost: Free admission. Call: 650-355-8200.

Oct.1 - 3

CARPINTERIA - Avocado Festival is one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun.  Call: 805-684-0038 

Oct. 8 - 10 CALISTOGA -Three days and nights of popular music styles and genres featuring Jazz and Blues, the best of live music in multiple venues at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga. A Gala Event to be held at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) will kick off the festivities on Friday night where, over great food and local wines including the upper  Valley's big reds, participants will have the opportunity to meet and listen to Joyce Cooling Group, one of the region's most dynamic and popular contemporary jazz guitarists. On Saturday beginning at 11AM, rotating bands will play multiple venues all day and the headliner, Maria Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band will play on the grass Saturday evening at 8:30P. Sunday music will begin at 11AM with the 50 voice Oakland Interfaith Choir on the grass at 1:30p and end  with a special event TBA that evening. Throughout the weekend, the music will be accompanied by available food and drink and an Art Show sponsored by the Calistoga Art Guild. Get the latest info at
Oct. 9 & 10 PORT HUENEME - 50th Annual Harbor Days Celebration. Location: Hueneme Beach (Surfside Drive at Ventura Road). Includes Arts & Crafts Festival, Food Booths, Kite Demonstration, Extreme Motorsports Show (Sunday), Live Music, Bands, Dance Group, Singers, Bavarian Beer and Wine Garden, Kids Attractions.
Oct. 11 CAPITOLA 8th Annual O'Neill Capitola Women's Longboard Surf Fest sponsored by West Wind Surf Club of Capitola Village Association and Capitola Chamber of Commerce. Longboards at least 3 feet over contestant head qualify for entry (first come first serve) into this funding event for local organizations. Cost: $55. Call: 831-464-5080.
Oct. 16 -17 HALF MOON BAY Art & Pumpkin Festival’s 33rd anniversary celebration includes the amazing "Picasso of pumpkin carvers," harvest-inspired crafts, the tastiest pumpkin pie on the planet, three stages of smashing entertainment, the ultimate home-spun parade, and the never-ending search for the Great Pumpkin –– all part of the "Royal Granddaddy" Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival’s 33rd anniversary celebration. Enjoy Scarecrow Contest, Haunted House, Pumpkin Run/Walk, Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest and the Great Pumpkin Parade. Location: Main Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free
SPRINGVILLE 24th Annual Apple Festival
draws over 30,000 visitors to town! 24th Annual Apple Festival !  Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 30 AVALON Halloween Costume Ball. The ghosts and goblins that haunt the Casino Building invite you to "75 years of Fears" as the Casino Building is transformed into a Haunted Mansion with a frightfully fun atmosphere. Dine if you dare at a themed buffet. Dance to the live music and dress to win the Best Costume Contest. For tickets and information call: (800) 626-4804. |
Oct. 31 CAPITOLA Village Halloween Parade - Line-up at 1:30 p.m., Parade begins at 2 p.m. Calling all Ghosts, Goblins, Witches, Pirates  and of course Sponge Bobs.  Parade route: Pacific Cove Parking Lot to Capitola Avenue to San Jose Avenue to Esplanade ending at Esplanade Park. Trick-or-Treat bags & balloons for all costumed paraders. Refreshments, Face Painting & Pumpkin Painting at Esplanade Park. Trick-or-Treating at Capitola Village shops.
Halloween Bal Masque. Every year Nepenthe sponsors a benefit for the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. Call: (831) 667-2345 Halloween Bal Masque. Location: Highway 1, 29 miles south of Carmel.
Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 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. Admission: $5, Seniors: $3, Children under 15 are Free.
Nov. 26 OJAI Holiday Stroll. The day after Thanksgiving is a festive day of shopping and entertainment in downtown Ojai, with live music and refreshments. Time: 1 - 5 pm. Call: (805) 640-0491
Dec. 3 VISALIA 24th Annual Christmas Tree Auction & Holiday Festival. Time: 7 pm - Midnight. Location: Visalia Convention Center, 303 East Acequia St. Cost: $60 at the door. Call: (559) 734-5876 ext.14.
Dec. 6 AVALON Annual Open House at the Inn on Mt. Ada featurs a holiday party - the only public event at the Inn all year long! Feast on home baked cookies, sing carols & revel in the beauty of the Inn. Raffles conducted throughout the afternoon as a fundraiser for the Museum. Free admission. For more info call the Catalina Island Museum (310) 510-2414,
Dec. 10 - 24 SANTA CRUZ - Visits with Santa and Carriage Rides will be sponsored by the Downtown Association. Dates: December 10 through 12 and December 20 through 24. Call: 831-429-8433
Dec. 11 VENTURA 28th Parade of Lights and Festival in Ventura Harbor. Festival starts at 1pm, Parade starts at 7pm. Fireworks grand finale Address: 1583 Spinnaker Dr. Call: (877) 89HARBOR. Cost: Free.
Dec. 12 - 26 OXNARD Christmas Tree Lane. Houses in the Henry T. Oxnard Historical District are brightly decorated for the holidays. Location: F Street. Time: 6 - 10 pm. Call: (800) 269-6273. Cost: Free.
Dec. 31 AVALON 32nd Annual New Year's Eve Celebration at the Casino Ballroom. Dance in the New Year in the world famous Casino Ballroom. Reservations go on sale starting October 1, 2004. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520,

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