navigation image



May 2008 Events California



MAY 17, 2008



ANGELS CAMP - Jumping Frog Jubilee and Calaveras County Fair. A popular contest based on Samuel  Clemens’ trips to the Gold Country region that inspired his published work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, about Jim Smiley and his frog Dan’l Webster. Event includes a carnival, vendors, games, entertainment and the famous Jumping Frog contest. Cost: $9/adult; $5/child daily. Location: Fairgrounds along Highway 49 between Angels Camp and Sonora.


ATASCADERO - Concert with Stacy Earle and Mark Stuart. Time: 7 p.m.  Cost: $20 person, add $30 for optional dinner. Location: Green Acres Lavender Farm, 8865 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero, CA. Call: (805) 466-0837.


BALBOA ISLAND -  Balboa Island Museum - Come aboard a time capsule to explore photos and information about history and formation of one of California's wealthiest little islands. Location: 502 S. Bayfront, Suite A (upstairs), Balboa Island, CA 92662. Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please call to confirm the hours: (949) 675-3952; Or to make an appointment: (949) 723-4226

CLEAR LAKE - Catfish Derby. 26th annual event  is the largest catfish tournament west of the Mississippi. Runs through Sunday, May 18. Cost: $10/child; $40-50/ adult. Location: Derby Headquarters, Clearlake Oaks fire station, 12655 E. Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks. Call: (707) 998-1006 /


CORONA -  Koroneburg European Old World Festival. Southern California's Only Permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village enjoy jugglers, music, jousting, battles and entertainment for the entire family.  Runs weekends through June 15, 2008. Time: 11 to 7 p.m. Cost: $18 adult (coupons on website). Location: Crossroads, Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880


DOHENYDoheny Blues Festival. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (approx.) Cost: $45/day; $75/pass -2 day. Location: Doheny Beach, Dana Point, CA. Box Office (949) 360-7800, [email protected]


HUNTINGTON BEACH - Duck-a-thon. Rubber duck race in which public purchases toy rubber ducks (around $10/ea). The ducks are dropped by a tractor into the ocean and the come ashore, collected by volunteers. The first ducks to arrive win prizes.  Location: Pier Plaza- Pacific Coast Highway at Main St. Time: Daily at 10 a.m. Cost: Free admission.


KNIGHTS LANDING -  Gourd Festival. Sixth Annual Gourd Festival attracts artists from all over California who will sell their exquisite gourd art, gourd supplies and tools, plus free demonstrations from expert gourd artist Maria Dellos. Hay rides, children's gourd crafting area and a shaded picnic area on site.  Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tickets: Free Admission and parking. Location: Greg Leiser Farms, 21886 Knights Road, Knights Landing, CA 95645. Contact: Mary Leiser 530-735-6677 or [email protected]


LONG BEACH -Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride. 25th Anniversary Celebration of Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride – festival and parade will be held along the streets of downtown Long Beach. Call: 562-987-9191. More details may become available.

MADERA - Spring Wine Trail Adventure. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location Madera Wine Trail, Madera, Ca. Cost: $20/souvenir glass.


MOUNTAIN VIEW - A LA Carte Art Festival. Become Your Own Beauty Expert. The Great Beauty Tour visits Walnut Creek, San Ramon, and the Mountain View. Chuck Hezekiah, Mr. Makeover, and a team of beauty experts are coming to town with the Great Beauty Tour, an upbeat, educational, program that will help women take the guesswork out of choosing and using skincare products and cosmetics. The high-energy program, brought to you by Maybelline New York and Garnier Nutritioniste, is complete with live demonstrations, great makeup tips, and visuals. Those attending can also receive tips, and personalized one-on-one consultations. For more information on the Great Beauty Tour, visit Time: 10am – 6 pm, Location: Safeway – 2505 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, Corner of Mercy and Castro Sts, Mountain View, CA

- California Strawberry Festival. 25th anniversary Strawberry Festival celebrates the locally-grown crop, strawberries with foods galore. Bands, games, contests, entertainment and carnival rides offer a weekend of fun for all ages. Location: Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, California. Admission: $12 (approx.) - free (4 and under).


PASO ROBLES - Paso Robles Wine Festival. The 26th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival weekend is the 2008 Paso Robles Wine Festival marquee tasting event in the downtown city park. It features more than 90 area wineries host an array of special events including winemaker dinners, food pairings, seminars, winery tours, special tastings and more. Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended since there is a limited amount on the day of the event. $50 Tasting Ticket – advance purchase recommended - includes unlimited wine tasting (2-5 p.m.) in the designated tasting area and a commemorative Riedel glass;
$15 Designated Driver/Child Ticket - includes access to the event, four non-alcoholic beverages and a commemorative beverage container.
Always held 3rd weekend in May. Call (805) 239-8463.


REDDING - Redding Rodeo. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Location: Redding Rodeo Grounds, Redding, CA. Call: (530) 241-8559.


SACRAMENTO - Gem Faire. Classes, demos, and gems to adore in this popular event where you can even find jewelry repair while you wait! Time: Friday: 12pm-7pm, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm. General Admission $5 Weekend Pass; Children 11 and under Free. Tel. (503) 252-8300. Location: Cal Expo, Building A, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815.


SAN JUAN BAUTISTA - Antique Fair along Mariposa Street in the downtown area is sponsored by San Juan Bautista Antique Committee.  Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: San Juan Bautista, CA. Call: (831) 623-4491.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Heritage Art Exhibition & Sale. The 2nd Annual art exhibition and sale will showcase the original works of 40 Plein Air (French for “open air”) artists from across the nation who have captured the breathtaking beauty of the landscape at 10 exhibition sites within the Irvine Ranch wildlands and parks. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to take home these one-of-a-kind masterpieces at the outdoor dinner gala. Hosted by the Capistrano Valley Conservancy (CVC), along with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, all proceeds from the gala and art sale will support the CVC’s mission of increasing the public’s awareness of the fragile nature of the natural treasures of this region. Time: 5 p.m. Cost: $165 person; $1000 for table of 8. Location: The Oaks Horse Farm, 28650 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA.


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Swallows Inn Regional Chili Cook-off. Location: Swallows Inn, 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California.  Chili, Chili Verde, and  Salsa. Entry $77. Contact: Cheryl Krupp: (949) 493-3188. [email protected]

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Band - Foghat at The Coach House. Price: $27.50. Time: 8 p.m. Location: 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA. Call: (949) 496-8930.


SONOMA VALLEY - Passport to Sonoma Valley. The charm of Sonoma Valley, California 's Original Wine Country, will be showcased in 40 Sonoma Valley Wineries presenting over 200 exceptional wines, gourmet food pairings and entertainment. Your passport and commemorative wine glass give you unlimited tastings, discounts on wine purchases and entry to Sonoma Valley 's acclaimed wineries and hidden gems not normally open to the public. Time: 11 am to 4 pm daily. Tour one day or the entire weekend. Cost:  Weekend Passport: $50; One-Day Passport: $45/person.  Ticket sales start March 1,  Call: (707) 935-0803. or buy online:

SAN PEDRO - L.A. Wood (Woodies on the Waterfront) will be held at Berth 73 within the Ports o' Call in San Pedro Ca. 90731.  The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes by 4 p.m. There will be Live  Music , Food (including famous swordfish sandwiches) and a raffle, with event T- Shirts available! Admission is free for the cars and public, with plenty of parking. For more info e-mail [email protected] or call Stan (310) 833-0680