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September 1, 2009

Tuesday

  LOS ANGELES - Monty Python's Spamalot. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $88 - 227 approx. Location: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA. centertheatregroup.org

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Lagoon Water Park. The large saltwater lagoon with chlorinated water  offers trained lifeguard supervision. Besides swimming, the Lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children's play equipment, and volleyball courts. There is also a grassy area and luau shelter for day and evening events, plus snack bar facilities provided by Ruby's Restaurant onsite. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily. Cost: $5 adult; $4 child; Free under 2 years. Season pass family of 4 is $100. Call: (310) 318-0681. redondo.org

SACRAMENTO - Carved Elegance: Woodies, Wheels, and Waves Car Exhibit.  Runs through September 19. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Hours: Daily from 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm through the Summer. Museum admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $4 Students, children under 5 free. For more information, call (916) 442-6802.  calautomuseum.org.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Cost: Kids (Ages 3-17): $8; Required Chaperones are free (one per 6 children). Additional Chaperones: $10 each. Address: , 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org
 VENTURA - They Paint Horses, Don’t They? & Amazing Horses A to Z. Horses are viewed from unexpected perspectives by 14 contemporary American artists in the exhibition They Paint Horses, Don’t They? runs through September 7. Cost: Free. Location: 89 South California Street, Ventura, CA.  Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. venturamuseum.org.

 

September 2, 2009

Wednesday

  LAKE ELSINORE - Cruise Night. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, car show, music, awards, and more. Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Lake Elsinore Marketplace, on Central between Dexter and Cambern, Lake Elsinore, CA.

LOS ANGELES - Monty Python's Spamalot. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $88 - 227 approx. Location: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA. centertheatregroup.org

PLEASANTON - 1st Wednesday Street Party… Celebrate Pleasanton! Street Party farewell at downtown 1st Wednesday.  Live music at the North and South ends of Main Street, Gyro-Ride at the corner of Main and Angela and dancing under the stars to the music of D-Lucca are on tap. Beer, including selections from Anheuser Busch, Trumer Pils and micro-brews from the Main Street Brewery will be served. Wines from Elliston and Fenestra will also be available. Purchase drink scripts f from. Location: Main Street will be closed from St. John Street to Old Bernal Avenue from 4:30p.m. to 10 p.m. West Angela from Main to First Street will also be closed from 4:30 to 10 p.m. There will be plenty of off-Main Street parking available, Pleasanton, CA. Call: (925) 484-2199.

PLEASANTON - Imagination Expressed 2009. The Pleasanton Art League show runs through September 13 at the Museum On Main Street, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton. Artwork will be available for sale. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $2 donation requested. Location: 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA. museumonmain.org

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Lagoon Water Park. The large saltwater lagoon with chlorinated water  offers trained lifeguard supervision. Besides swimming, the Lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children's play equipment, and volleyball courts. There is also a grassy area and luau shelter for day and evening events, plus snack bar facilities provided by Ruby's Restaurant onsite. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily. Cost: $5 adult; $4 child; Free under 2 years. Season pass family of 4 is $100. Call: (310) 318-0681. redondo.org

SACRAMENTO - Carved Elegance: Woodies, Wheels, and Waves Car Exhibit.  Runs through September 19. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Hours: Daily from 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm through the Summer. Museum admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $4 Students, children under 5 free. For more information, call (916) 442-6802.  calautomuseum.org.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Cost: Kids (Ages 3-17): $8; Required Chaperones are free (one per 6 children). Additional Chaperones: $10 each. Address: , 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org

VENTURA - They Paint Horses, Don’t They? & Amazing Horses A to Z. Horses are viewed from unexpected perspectives by 14 contemporary American artists in the exhibition They Paint Horses, Don’t They? runs through September 7. Cost: Free. Location: 89 South California Street, Ventura, CA.  Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. venturamuseum.org.

 

September 3, 2009

Thursday

  KELSEYVILLE - Lake County Summerfest. End-of-summer celebration with community festivals, art events, arts, crafts, entertainment, indoor and outdoor concerts, street dances, theater productions, wine tasting, farmers' markets, food, a celebrity golf tournament, car show, motorcycle rally, and the Lake County Fair. Location: Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville, CA. Call:  (800) 660-5253. konoctiharbor.com
LAKEPORT - Lake County Fair.  Lake County Fair is one of Lake County's most popular summertime events enjoyed by more than 37,000 people each year. Live entertainment, exhibits, carnival rides, food, livestock, and fun for the whole family. Runs through Sept. 6. Location: Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St., Lakeport, CA. Call: (707) 263-6181. lakecountyfair.com
LOS ANGELES - Monty Python's Spamalot. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $88 - 227 approx. Location: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA. centertheatregroup.org

PLEASANTON - Imagination Expressed 2009. The Pleasanton Art League show runs through September 13 at the Museum On Main Street, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton. Artwork will be available for sale. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $2 donation requested. Location: 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA. museumonmain.org

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Lagoon Water Park. The large saltwater lagoon with chlorinated water  offers trained lifeguard supervision. Besides swimming, the Lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children's play equipment, and volleyball courts. There is also a grassy area and luau shelter for day and evening events, plus snack bar facilities provided by Ruby's Restaurant onsite. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily. Cost: $5 adult; $4 child; Free under 2 years. Season pass family of 4 is $100. Call: (310) 318-0681. redondo.org

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Cost: Kids (Ages 3-17): $8; Required Chaperones are free (one per 6 children). Additional Chaperones: $10 each. Address: , 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org

VENTURA - They Paint Horses, Don’t They? & Amazing Horses A to Z. Horses are viewed from unexpected perspectives by 14 contemporary American artists in the exhibition They Paint Horses, Don’t They? runs through September 7. Cost: Free. Location: 89 South California Street, Ventura, CA.  Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. venturamuseum.org.

 

September 4, 2009

Friday

  LAKEPORT - Lake County Fair.  Lake County Fair is one of Lake County's most popular summertime events enjoyed by more than 37,000 people each year. Live entertainment, exhibits, carnival rides, food, livestock, and fun for the whole family. Runs through Sept. 6. Location: Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St., Lakeport, CA. Call: (707) 263-6181. lakecountyfair.com

LOS ANGELES - Monty Python's Spamalot. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $88 - 227 approx. Location: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA. centertheatregroup.org

MURPHYS - First Fridays in the Park. Music, food and fun for the whole family with festivities make this a nice way to spend first Friday of the month evenings through September. Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Murphys Community Park, Murphys, CA. Call: (209) 728-2788

PLEASANTON - Imagination Expressed 2009. The Pleasanton Art League show runs through September 13 at the Museum On Main Street, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton. Artwork will be available for sale. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $2 donation requested. Location: 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA. museumonmain.org

PLEASANTON - Public Eye, concert. Top 40's music will be performed at the Pleasanton Summer Concerts. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Lions Wayside Park, corner of First and Neal Streets in Pleasanton, CA. Call: (925) 484-2199. pleasantondowntown.net

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Lagoon Water Park. The large saltwater lagoon with chlorinated water  offers trained lifeguard supervision. Besides swimming, the Lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children's play equipment, and volleyball courts. There is also a grassy area and luau shelter for day and evening events, plus snack bar facilities provided by Ruby's Restaurant onsite. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily. Cost: $5 adult; $4 child; Free under 2 years. Season pass family of 4 is $100. Call: (310) 318-0681. redondo.org

REDONDO BEACH - Cruise at the Beach. Meets every Fri. night through early September at Ruby's Diner, 245 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, CA. myspace.com/rubysredondobeachevents

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

VENTURA - They Paint Horses, Don’t They? & Amazing Horses A to Z. Horses are viewed from unexpected perspectives by 14 contemporary American artists in the exhibition They Paint Horses, Don’t They? runs through September 7. Cost: Free. Location: 89 South California Street, Ventura, CA.  Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. venturamuseum.org.

 

Sept. 5,  2009

Saturday

Labor Day Weekend

  ARNOLD - Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival. 37th Annual Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival on Labor Day Weekend, September 5 & 6, features fine handmade arts & crafts and gourmet foods at one of the area's most popular events. Live country/swing music by "Homegrown" from Modesto and juggling by "Bonzai" Bunnell from San Francisco perform each day; continuous entertainment. The Ebbett’s Pass Lion’s Club serves a pancake breakfast from 7:30 - 11:00 each day. The Ebbett’s Pass Volunteer Department offers local beers & wine for sale. Hours of the Festival are 10 - 5 each day. Free admission and parking. Location: Highway 4, Downtown Arnold, CA. Call Kim or Mark at 925/372-8961, or email: [email protected]

CAPITOLA - Begonia Festival. 57th Annual Nautical Parade includes begonia covered barges floating down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon on Sunday. Today's festivities include the Sandcastle Festival Competition from 8 a.m. to Noon at Capitola Beach, Art in the Park at Noon; Concert in Esplanade Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Capitola Goes to the Movies at Dusk - on the Beach; and Float building viewing is from 4 to 10 p.m.  begoniafestival.com

HEALDSBURG - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. 29th Annual wine showcase includes wine sampling, Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $150. Location:  MacMurray Ranch, 9015 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, CA. sonomawinecountryweekend.com Get Tickets and view more Sonoma Events

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 complete with Abe Lincoln. Live canon battles, camps, actors in costume and food vendors. Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 1 - 10 a.m. opens, 1:30 p.m. battle; living history weapons demo at 2:30 p.m., final battle at 4 p.m., twilight concert to follow. Sunday, Sept. 2 - Church service at 8 a.m., camp opens at 9 a.m., first battle at 11 a.m., weapons demo at Noon, 2nd battle at 2 p.m.  Call Kelly at (714) 969-8928

KERNVILLE -  Arts & Crafts Festival. 45th annual event. Sponsored by Kernville Art Association in Circle Park, Kernville, CA. Call: (760) 378-4109. kernvillechamber.org

LAGUNA BEACH -  Sawdust Festival. 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, entertainment, 3 outdoor caf├ęs and artist demonstrations including glass blowing. Call (949) 494-3030 Address: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA. Cost: TBD/person. Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

LAKE ELSINORE - Inland Empire Valley Symphony, concert. Music With A View Concert Series invites you to this free event. Bring blankets for an evening of relaxing entertainment. The City of Lake Elsinore and the Elsinore Valley Arts Network are proud to present the Concerts in the Park Series 2009. Food, Soft Drinks, Wine and Beer will be sold at each event.Have a Picnic. Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: McVicker Park, 29355 Grand Ave., Lake Elsinore, CA. Call: (951) 245-8890. musicwithaview.com

LAKEPORT - Lake County Fair Location: Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St,, Lakeport, CA. Call: (707) 263-5092. lakecountyfair.com

LONG BEACH - Long Beach Blues Festival. The ong Beach Blues Festival features blues, soul singers, Orleans legends and Little Richard. Location: Athletic Field of Cal State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cost: approx. $50/day; $80/2 day pass. jazzandblues.org

LONG BEACH - Greek Festival by the Sea. Time: Noon - 9 p.m. Cost: $2 donation. Location: 5761 E. Colorado, Long Beach, CA. lbgreekfest.org

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

LOS ANGELES - Monty Python's Spamalot. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $88 - 227 approx. Location: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA. centertheatregroup.org

LOS ANGELES - African Marketplace & Cultural Faire. Events include jazz, r&b and top music concert acts, literary presentations, vendors selling unique gifts and foods, and an entire fun zone for kids. The event also runs on September 1. Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Cost: Approx. $8.00 for adults $5 for children over 12 & Seniors. Phone: (323) 293-1612. africanmarketplace.org

DUNSMUIR - Mossbrae Music Festival. Botanical Gardens Stage in Dunsmuir City Park, Dunsmuir, CA. Festival begins at 2:30 pm. All-ages. Cost: Approx. $15 in advance or $20 day of concert. $10 ages 5-17. www.positiveproductions.net

MAMMOTH LAKES - Annual Labor Day Festival of the Arts at Mammoth Lakes presented by by Mono Council for the Arts  More than 100 fine artists and contemporary crafts people gather in scenic outdoors for event that offers family fun, food and live entertainment, Times: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. Where: Sam’s Wood Site, on Minaret Road between Main Street (Hwy. 203) and Meridian Road in Mammoth Lakes. Cost: Free admission.  www.monoarts.org and www.troutstock.com, or call (760) 873-7242.

RIPON - Color The Skies Rise Shine Give Run Balloon Festival 2009. " Benefiting Children's Hospital Central California ", this large two-day festival includes a Hot Air Balloon Launch at 7 a.m., Tethered Balloon Rides ($5); Pancake Breakfast ($8/ $5 seniors); Chug A Bug Train Ride ($2); and Arts, Crafts and Entertainment; and a  1mile, 5k, and Kids fun runs (registration on active.com). Time: 6:30 a.m. to Noon. Location: Mistlin Sports Park, Jacktone Rd. & River Rd. off the 99 Hwy, Ripon, CA. Cost: $5 parking. Call: (209) 509-5116. colortheskies.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets
SAUSALITO - Sausalito Art Festival. Sausalito Art Festival, America's #1 Outdoor Fine Art Festival, launches its 55th annual event over the Labor Day weekend with artists from around the world at Marinship Park on Sausalito's picturesque waterfront. Participating artists include award winners.  Time: 9 am - 6 pm. Admission: Around $20/general to free/under 6 years. Weekend pass available, prices subject to change. Hotline (415) 331.3757.Location: Marinship Park, Sausalito, CA.  ci.sausalito.ca.us/ sausalitoartfestival.org

SONORA - Certified Farmer's Market. Amnesia is featured entertainment. Fresh produce, crafts and live entertainment. Location: Theall and Stewart St., Sonora, CA. Time: 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Call: (209) 532-7735. sonoraca.com

 

September 6, 2009

Sunday

  ARNOLD - Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival. 37th Annual Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival on Labor Day Weekend, September 5 & 6, features fine handmade arts & crafts and gourmet foods at one of the area's most popular events. Live country/swing music by "Homegrown" from Modesto and juggling by "Bonzai" Bunnell from San Francisco perform each day; continuous entertainment. The Ebbett’s Pass Lion’s Club serves a pancake breakfast from 7:30 - 11:00 each day. The Ebbett’s Pass Volunteer Department offers local beers & wine for sale. Hours of the Festival are 10 - 5 each day. Free admission and parking. Location: Highway 4, Downtown Arnold, CA. Call Kim or Mark at 925/372-8961, or email: [email protected]

CAPITOLA - Begonia Festival. 57th Annual Nautical Parade includes begonia covered barges floating down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon. Great views from the Stockton Bridge, Cliff Avenue and Wharf Road. Other events during the day include Horseshoes on the Sand 8 AM - Finish Capitola Beach in front of the Venetian Hotel. Float Construction Viewing all day, Chalk Art on the Seawall 9 AM - Noon at the seawall on the Esplanade. Begonias to go, Head to Toe! 11 AM - Noon In Esplanade Park. Become a part of the Festival! Create and design a festive hat for the occasion! Bring your own hat, begonias are free. Concert in the Park 4 - 6 PM at the beach in Esplanade Park. begoniafestival.com

CHICO - Taste of Chico. Taste of Chico 2009 is a highly acclaimed food, music and fine-art festival. It boasts over 80 restaurants, breweries, wineries and beverage distributors. Event participants will feast on fabulous fare while they stroll Downtown streets. Four main stages host continuous live music and performances while the "Open Air Art Gallery" previews fine artists from the Chico Art Center's Open Studios Tour. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $15 - 28 for samples, wine, etc. Call: (530) 345-6500. downtownchico.com
LAKEPORT - Lake County Fair.  Lake County Fair is one of Lake County's most popular summertime events enjoyed by more than 37,000 people each year. Live entertainment, exhibits, carnival rides, food, livestock, and fun for the whole family. Runs through Sept. 6. Location: Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St., Lakeport, CA. Call: (707) 263-6181. lakecountyfair.com

LONG BEACH - Greek Festival by the Sea. Time: Noon - 9 p.m. Cost: $2 donation. Location: 5761 E. Colorado, Long Beach, CA. lbgreekfest.org

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles African Marketplace & Faire. This annual event now in its 24th year features food vendors, clothing and crafts, and lots of stage entertainment. It's a great way to celebrate the summer outdoors in L.A.  Subject to change: Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Cost: $ 5 -10. Call: (323) 293-1612. africanmarketplace.org

PISMO BEACH - Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves. Over 70 local artists and craftsmen exhibit and sell paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass artist, textile, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and much more. Live music, hands-on children's activities, fresh flowers and plants, BBQ, and on-site massage offer a day of fun for all ages. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Dinosaur Caves Park, Pismo Beach, CA. classiccalifornia.com

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Lagoon Water Park. The large saltwater lagoon with chlorinated water  offers trained lifeguard supervision. Besides swimming, the Lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children's play equipment, and volleyball courts. There is also a grassy area and luau shelter for day and evening events, plus snack bar facilities provided by Ruby's Restaurant onsite. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily. Cost: $5 adult; $4 child; Free under 2 years. Season pass family of 4 is $100. Call: (310) 318-0681. redondo.org

RIPON - Color The Skies Rise Shine Give Run Balloon Festival 2009. " Benefiting Children's Hospital Central California ", this large two-day festival includes a Hot Air Balloon Launch at 7 a.m., Tethered Balloon Rides ($5); Pancake Breakfast ($8/ $5 seniors); Chug A Bug Train Ride ($2); and Arts, Crafts and Entertainment; and a  1mile, 5k, and Kids fun runs (registration on active.com). Time: 6:30 a.m. to Noon. Location: Mistlin Sports Park, Jacktone Rd. & River Rd. off the 99 Hwy, Ripon, CA. Cost: $5 parking. Call: (209) 509-5116. colortheskies.com

SAN FRANCISCO - Angel Island After the Fire Hike. Docent led tour takes you by the areas where a fire destroyed plants and trees, and will show how it is recovering.  Learn about the historic sites and impact on vegetation and the BayWood Artists. The hike is about 6 miles. Take the earliest ferry from San Francisco or Tiburon and meet at 10:30 at the Island gift shop. Return on the last ferry. Bring hiking shoes, layered clothing, water, lunch, camera, and binoculars. Group size limited. Call (415) 435-3522 for reservations. $5 fee goes to the state park. angelisland.org

SUNOL - Historic Train Rides. Depart from Sunol depot and travel part of the historic route of the first transcontinental railroad. Departure times: 10:30 a.m.; Noon; 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cost: $10. Location: Sunol Station, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA Call: (925) 862-9063. ncry.org

 

September 7, 2009

Monday

  CAPITOLA - Begonia Festival. 57th Annual Festival. Fishing Derby on Capitola Wharf begins at 8 a.m. Kids Art Event at 11 a.m. at Esplanade Park; Rowboat Races at 1 p.m. at Soquel Creek, Capitola, CA.  begoniafestival.com

CLEARLAKE OAKS - Historic Family Ranch Day Trip. Guests experience a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and other flora and ends with an authentic chuckwagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Time: Daylight tours, RSVP a must. Cost: $60; $50 age 55 and older. Location: Eleven Roses Ranch, 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA. Call: (707) 998-4471

LONG BEACH - Greek Festival by the Sea. Time: Noon - 9 p.m. Cost: $2 donation. Location: 5761 E. Colorado, Long Beach, CA. lbgreekfest.org

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles African Marketplace & Faire. This annual event now in its 24th year features food vendors, clothing and crafts, and lots of stage entertainment. It's a great way to celebrate the summer outdoors in L.A.  Subject to change: Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Cost: $ 5 -10. Call: (323) 293-1612. africanmarketplace.org

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

VENTURA - They Paint Horses, Don’t They? & Amazing Horses A to Z. Horses are viewed from unexpected perspectives by 14 contemporary American artists in the exhibition They Paint Horses, Don’t They? runs through September 7. Cost: Free. Location: 89 South California Street, Ventura, CA.  Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. venturamuseum.org.

 

September 8, 2009

Tuesday

  BREA - Farmers Market. This weekly event at Downtown Brea features the finest, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and includes crafts, too. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free to attend. Location: Birch Street, Downtown Brea, CA. breadowntown.com

SACRAMENTO - Carved Elegance: Woodies, Wheels, and Waves Car Exhibit.  Runs through September 19. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Hours: Daily from 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm through the Summer. Museum admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $4 Students, children under 5 free. For more information, call (916) 442-6802.  calautomuseum.org.

SAN DIEGO - Monty Python's Spamalot, musical. This Tony award winning Best Musical was derived from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $18-79. Location:  Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101. Call: (619) 570-1100. broadwaysd.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 9, 2009

Wednesday

  LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

PLEASANTON - Imagination Expressed 2009. The Pleasanton Art League show runs through September 13 at the Museum On Main Street, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton. Artwork will be available for sale. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $2 donation requested. Location: 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA. museumonmain.org

SACRAMENTO - Carved Elegance: Woodies, Wheels, and Waves Car Exhibit.  Runs through September 19. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Hours: Daily from 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm through the Summer. Museum admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $4 Students, children under 5 free. For more information, call (916) 442-6802.  calautomuseum.org.

SAN DIEGO - Monty Python's Spamalot, musical. This Tony award winning Best Musical was derived from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $18-79. Location:  Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101. Call: (619) 570-1100. broadwaysd.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 10, 2009

Thursday

  LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

PLEASANTON - Imagination Expressed 2009. The Pleasanton Art League show runs through September 13 at the Museum On Main Street, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton. Artwork will be available for sale. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $2 donation requested. Location: 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA. museumonmain.org

SACRAMENTO - Carved Elegance: Woodies, Wheels, and Waves Car Exhibit.  Runs through September 19. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Hours: Daily from 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm through the Summer. Museum admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $4 Students, children under 5 free. For more information, call (916) 442-6802.  calautomuseum.org.

SAN DIEGO - Monty Python's Spamalot, musical. This Tony award winning Best Musical was derived from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $18-79. Location:  Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101. Call: (619) 570-1100. broadwaysd.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 11, 2009

Friday

  CHESTER - Street Rod Extravaganza.  23rd Street Rod Extravaganza invites Street Rodder's to a friendly competition and poker run/walk. Call: (530) 258-2426.

CLOVERDALE - Street Celebration with Car & Motorcycle Show. Cruise downtown and enjoy a Sock Hop in the Plaza. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Downtown, Cloverdale, CA. Call 707-894-4470. cloverdale.com

DANA POINT - Tall Ships Festival. Massive seafairing vessels, pirate re-enactments, food, entertainment and a ship parade are part of this three day, weekend celebration. Time: 5-7p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Cost: Free to watch, $30 - 45 for ship ride. Location: Dana Point Wharf, Golden Lantern at Pacific Coast Highway,  Dana Point, CA. Full schedule at ocean-institute.org

DANA POINT - Life Changing Lives Gala. $1000 Plate Gala Fundraiser features a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner & live entertainment. Emceed by Roy Firestone and Mindy Stearns, the second annual Life Changing Lives benefit - One Nation. Time: Cocktail reception and silent action, 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner event. Cost: $1000/person. Location: St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch beach Resort, Dana Point, California. Contact: 4lcl.org.

LODI - September Fusion Friday. One can never have enough BBQ, especially in Lodi ! Waterloo, CA Restaurant will host complimentary appetizers with some of their Bette’s World Famous Black Barbeque Sauce! Here at the winery we can never get enough of it! We’ll also get to enjoy live blues music from The Esquires! $10 admission includes wine tasting, appetizers, and souvenir wine glass. Waterloo Restaurant will also have dinners available for purchase. Location: Borra Vineyards, 1301 E. Armstrong Rd., Lodi, CA. Call: (209) 368-2446. [email protected] borravineyards.com / BorraVineyards.com

LONG BEACH - Lobster Festival is an annual feast and favorite for waterfront dining and entertainment. Set along Shoreline Village overlooking the Queen Mary ship, the atmosphere is casual, comfortable and cool. Time: 5 to 11 p.m. Cost: $13 - 55. Location: Rainbow Lagoon [400-403], Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. Parking is available at Long Beach Convention Center, 300 Ocean Blvd. Cost: $10/car. originallobsterfestival.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

OAKLEY - Oakley Almond Festival. Carnival, Car Show, Cook-off  and other activities at O'Hara Park, O'Hara Ave & Cypress, Oakley, CA 9456.Other events include Sports on the Delta & Boat Show, Diaper Derby and more! Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.  oakleychamber.com

PLEASANTON - Imagination Expressed 2009. The Pleasanton Art League show runs through September 13 at the Museum On Main Street, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton. Artwork will be available for sale. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $2 donation requested. Location: 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA. museumonmain.org

SAN DIEGO - Monty Python's Spamalot, musical. This Tony award winning Best Musical was derived from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $18-79. Location:  Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101. Call: (619) 570-1100. broadwaysd.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 12, 2009

Saturday

  BIG BEAR LAKE - Run the Bear Marathon. Big Bear Lake's 26.2 mile course meanders past wildlife, towering pine trees, majestic mountain vistas and of course beautiful Big Bear Lake. Other race events categories include a half marathon, a bike tour, a 5K run and a 1K fun run for kids. Time: 7 a.m. approx. Cost: $79.50; half marathon $49.50; bike tour $49.50; 5K run $29.50 and kids 1K fun run $1. Call 888-906-9998. runthebear.com

CHESTER - Street Rod Extravaganza.  23rd Street Rod Extravaganza invites Street Rodder's to a friendly competition and poker run/walk. Call: (530) 258-2426.

CLOVERDALE - Cloverdale Street Celebration. Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast from  8-10 a.m., Cars & Motorcycles, Live Music,  Raffles & Prizes Galore, Food, Craft & Commercial Booths, and Chili & Salsa Contest. Firefighters Association BBQ & Dance 4:30 pm to Midnight. Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Cost: Free admission. Location: Downtown, Cloverdale, CA. cloverdale.com
CORONA DEL MAR - Coastline Motoring Road Rally. This classic car event is a prelude to the Coastline Car Classic. Motoring through the scenic coastal and country back roads of Orange County while showcasing beautiful vintage automobiles in a gorgeous roadside setting, the journey begins at Big Corona del Mar State Beach, travels along the coast, through the inland country roads and ends at the waters edge for lunch at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $80. Register: cdmchamber.com.

CULVER CITY - Wizard of Oz, free movie showing. Made in Culver City, a free film program presented by the Culver City Redevelopment Agency, will feature the beloved MGM musical classic The Wizard of Oz. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Culver City Hall Courtyard, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA. Call: Culver City Cultural Affairs Hotline at (310) 253-5716. culvercity.org

DANA POINT - Tall Ships Festival. Massive seafairing vessels, pirate re-enactments, food, entertainment and a ship parade are part of this three day, weekend celebration. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Cost: Free to watch, $30 - 45 for ship ride. Location: Dana Point Wharf, Golden Lantern at Pacific Coast Highway,  Dana Point, CA. Full schedule at ocean-institute.org

FULTON - Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. The 13th Annual Tomato Festival features more than 170 varieties of heirloom tomatoes in every size, shape and color picked fresh from Culinary Gardens and sampled on a beautiful Wine Country afternoon. Time: 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $75. Location: 5007 Fulton Rd., Fulton, CA. Tickets

LONG BEACH - Lobster Festival is an annual feast and favorite for waterfront dining and entertainment. Set along Shoreline Village overlooking the Queen Mary ship, the atmosphere is casual, comfortable and cool. Time: Noon to Midnight. Cost: $13 - 55. Location: Rainbow Lagoon [400-403], Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. Parking is available at Long Beach Convention Center, 300 Ocean Blvd. Cost: $10/car. originallobsterfestival.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

LOWER LAKE - Old Time Bluegrass Festival. The 4th annual bluegrass fest features headliners Laurie Lewis & Nina Gerber, plus Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band! Children's activities, handmade arts & crafts, a variety of food from local vendors, a beer & wine garden serving Lake County wines, Art in the Barn and musician workshops are a few of the great activities and events.  Sponsored by the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA), the Children’s Museum of Art & Science (CMAS) and the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, this is a benefit to support Lake County school students and the educational projects of non-profits AMIA & CMAS. Time: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $15-presale, $20 day of; Free: 12 and under wit adult. Location:
Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, 8853 Hwy 53 at Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake, CA. Call: (707) 995-2658. andersonmarsh.org

MURPHYS - Charity Classic Car Show. Murphys-Angels Lions Club International 2nd Annual Charity Classic Car Show . Pre - 1975 Vehicles - All Makes & Models Welcome. Show Cars Park on Beautiful Grass.  Trophies, Dash Plaques, Drawings, Vendors, Local DJ "Decade Music"  Skate Board Park & Face Painting, BBQ Tri-Tip & Bratwurst Sandwiches, Cold Draft Beer & Sodas, Hot Dogs & Snow Cones Available for Purchase. Plenty of Public Parking. 
Time: 9 am - 4 pm. Cost: $15. Pre-Reg. / $20. after 8/29. Spectators are free. Location: Feeney Park - On Pennslyvania Gulch Rd. @ Hwy. 4 in Historic Murphys, CA. Contact  Terry Costa at [email protected] orr (209) 728-9971 for more info. 

MURPHYS - Art Walk. Murphys Art Walk features 30 artists with 20 art galleries and businesses participating. Time: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown Murphys, CA. visitmurphys.com
OAKLEY - Oakley Almond Festival. Carnival, Car Show, Cook-off  and other activities at O'Hara Park, O'Hara Ave & Cypress, Oakley, CA 9456.Other events include Sports on the Delta & Boat Show, Diaper Derby and more! Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.  oakleychamber.com

SAN DIEGO - ArtWalk on the Bay. Held right on the water at Embarcadero Marina Park North, this open-air gallery offers a more intimate experience for attendees, with breathtaking views of San Diego's waterfront. Showcasing the best of San Diego's original works of art for exhibition and sale, ArtWalk on the Bay gathers the finest artists, performers and entertainers in the region to create an event loved by visitors and locals alike. This year's event will feature the new "Bayside Lounge" which will be serving Bloody Marys, cold beer and wine. Also, KidsWalk will provide hands-on activities to keep the whole family entertained! Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Free. Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North (Behind Seaport Village) 500 Kettner Blvd at Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA.Phone#: (619) 615-1090. artwalkonthebay.org

SAN DIEGO - Monty Python's Spamalot, musical. This Tony award winning Best Musical was derived from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Time: 2 & 8 p.m. Cost: $18-79. Location:  Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101. Call: (619) 570-1100. broadwaysd.com

SAN FRANCISCO - Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival. The 14th Annual Chocolate event includes chocolate dishes, live entertainment and the beautiful setting only San Francisco can offer. Time: Noon to 5 p.m. Location:  Ghirardelli Square and on Beach Street between Larkin & Polk Streets, San Francisco, CA. ghirardellisq.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets
SANTA CLARA - Bay Area UFO Expo. Join the 11th annual UFO Expo and listen to presentations from a variety of authors and guests. Dannion Brinkley, Robert Dean, Maurice Cotterell, Ruben Uriarte and a weekend full of guest lectures and seminars along with over 80 UFO exhibitors make this one of the most popular UFO events held annually. Time: Daily. Cost: $79 day admission; $129 two day admission. Location: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA. Contact: (209) 836-4281. thebayareaufoexpo.com

 

September 13, 2009

Sunday

  CARLSBAD - Hot Rods and Cool Treats Classic Car Show. Relive the old fashion days of Model T's and family picnics with Dixie tunes and the harmonies of a Barbershop Quartet. There will be crafts, relay games, good old-fashioned ice cream, and of course the classic cars of the golden years. Be a judge in the Classic Car Show and vote on your favorite classic car. Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: Free to watch. Location: Pine Avenue Park, 3333 Harding Street, Carlsbad, CA.  Call: (760) 602-7519. ci.carlsbad.ca.us

CHICO - Durham Harvest Festival and Car Show. 30th Annual Durham Harvest Festival and Car Show at Durham Community Park offers a day of fun and entertainment. There will be over 200 restored antique and custom cars from all over California presented by Early Ford V8 Club along with many other activities including a craft show with over 50 booths featuring items from all over California. Pancake Breakfast 7:30am - 11am, Lunch 11am - 3:30pm.  Event Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location, Durham Park, Chico, CA.  Call: (530)899-1583. durhamrotary.org

CORONA DEL MAR - Coastline Car Classic. This motorsport event showcases elegant, unique automobiles in Southern California. thousands of family, friends and extreme car enthusiasts will spend the day viewing over 200 vintage & dealer select automobiles in 14 classes at this judged event. Festivities include live entertainment, food & beverages, unique vendor exhibits, VIP hospitality and awards ceremony emceed by Automotive Commentators Dave Kunz (KABC) & Art Gould (KPFK). Location: Big Corona del Mar State Beach, Corona del Mar, CA. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $50 one car and two people. Register: cdmchamber.com.

DANA POINT - Tall Ships Festival. Massive seafairing vessels, pirate re-enactments, food, entertainment and a ship parade are part of this three day, weekend celebration. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free to watch, $30 - 45 for ship ride. Location: Dana Point Wharf, Golden Lantern at Pacific Coast Highway,  Dana Point, CA. Full schedule at ocean-institute.org

IRVINE - 20-20-20 Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company. Combining brilliant ballet technique with traditional Ukrainian fork dance, Virsky is bravura dancing at its best – showcasing a mix of lyrical dancers and virtuosic fireworks. Barclay's 20th season features 20 events with all tickets priced in the 20s. Time: 3 p.m. Ticket: $25. Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine Ca 92612. Call: (949) 854-4646. thebarclay.org

LONG BEACH - Lobster Festival is an annual feast and favorite for waterfront dining and entertainment. Set along Shoreline Village overlooking the Queen Mary ship, the atmosphere is casual, comfortable and cool. Time: Noon to 10 p.m. Cost: $13 - 55. Location: Rainbow Lagoon [400-403], Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. Parking is available at Long Beach Convention Center, 300 Ocean Blvd. Cost: $10/car. originallobsterfestival.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

OAKLEY - Oakley Almond Festival. Carnival, Car Show, Cook-off  and other activities at O'Hara Park, O'Hara Ave & Cypress, Oakley, CA 9456.Other events include Sports on the Delta & Boat Show, Diaper Derby and more! Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.  oakleychamber.com

PASADENA - Rose Bowl Flea Market. Rose Bowl Flea Market and Market Place is billed as the flea market of the stars. With over 2500 vendors, this decades-long tradition of outdoor shopping is a whopping success that continues to delight all ages. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $8 - 20; Free for kids under 12 with an adult; Free Parking. Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA. rgcshows.com

PLEASANTON - Imagination Expressed 2009. The Pleasanton Art League show runs through September 13 at the Museum On Main Street, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton. Artwork will be available for sale. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $2 donation requested. Location: 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA. museumonmain.org

RANCHO SANTA FE - “A Finer Art Affaire” Art Fair. The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild proudly presents one of the finest juried art fairs in Southern California! Over 100 of California's finest artists will be displaying their works in this multi media event. Sculpture, oil, watercolor, pastel, woodworking & jewelry will be on display. Musicians will perform & local restaurants will be open for casual dining. Free admission located in the parks at the corner of Paseo Delicias and Avenida de Acacias in the beautiful, historic village of Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Phone: (858)759-3545. ranchosantafeartguild.org

SAN DIEGO - Monty Python's Spamalot, musical. This Tony award winning Best Musical was derived from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Time: 1 & 6 p.m. Cost: $18-79. Location:  Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101. Call: (619) 570-1100. broadwaysd.com

SAN DIEGO - ArtWalk on the Bay. Held right on the water at Embarcadero Marina Park North, this open-air gallery offers a more intimate experience for attendees, with breathtaking views of San Diego's waterfront. Showcasing the best of San Diego's original works of art for exhibition and sale, ArtWalk on the Bay gathers the finest artists, performers and entertainers in the region to create an event loved by visitors and locals alike. This year's event will feature the new "Bayside Lounge" which will be serving Bloody Marys, cold beer and wine. Also, KidsWalk will provide hands-on activities to keep the whole family entertained! Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Free. Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North (Behind Seaport Village) 500 Kettner Blvd at Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA.Phone#: (619) 615-1090. artwalkonthebay.org

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

SANTA CLARA - Bay Area UFO Expo. Join the 11th annual UFO Expo and listen to presentations from a variety of authors and guests. Dannion Brinkley, Robert Dean, Maurice Cotterell, Ruben Uriarte and a weekend full of guest lectures and seminars along with over 80 UFO exhibitors make this one of the most popular UFO events held annually. Time: Daily. Cost: $79 day admission; $129 two day admission. Location: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA. Contact: (209) 836-4281. thebayareaufoexpo.com

VENTURA - Ventura Car Show. Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run. Call: (805) 479-1102. venturavintagerods.org

September 14, 2009

Monday

  CLEARLAKE OAKS - Historic Family Ranch Day Trip. Guests experience a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and other flora and ends with an authentic chuckwagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Time: Daylight tours, RSVP a must. Cost: $60; $50 age 55 and older. Location: Eleven Roses Ranch, 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA. Call: (707) 998-4471

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

VENTURA - Ventura Car Show. Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run. Call: (805) 479-1102. venturavintagerods.org

September 15, 2009

Tuesday

  BREA - Farmers Market. This weekly event at Downtown Brea features the finest, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and includes crafts, too. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free to attend. Location: Birch Street, Downtown Brea, CA. breadowntown.com

CLEARLAKE OAKS - Historic Family Ranch Day Trip. Guests experience a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and other flora and ends with an authentic chuckwagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Time: Daylight tours, RSVP a must. Cost: $60; $50 age 55 and older. Location: Eleven Roses Ranch, 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA. Call: (707) 998-4471

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 16, 2009

Wednesday

  CHULA VISTA - Blink-182 and Weezer, concert. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $100. Location: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Cir., Chula Vista, CA. Call: (619) 671-3500. Ticketmaster.com

CLEARLAKE OAKS - Historic Family Ranch Day Trip. Guests experience a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and other flora and ends with an authentic chuckwagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Time: Daylight tours, RSVP a must. Cost: $60; $50 age 55 and older. Location: Eleven Roses Ranch, 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA. Call: (707) 998-4471

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LAKE ELSINORE - Cruise Night. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, car show, music, awards, and more. Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Lake Elsinore Marketplace, on Central between Dexter and Cambern, Lake Elsinore, CA.

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

SANTA CRUZ - That's Entertainment, musical. The Follies annual theatrical event with a large cast of performers - all 50 years and older - performs smoldering cabaret with a couple of dueling divas from the Broadway stage. Time: Sept. 16-19, 2009 at 1 p.m. Special Friday night show, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Adult: $18; Under 12 free. Location: Civic  Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA. Call:  (831) 423-6640Tickets $18 (kids under 12 are free). santacruzfollies.net

 

September 17, 2009

Thursday

  CLEARLAKE OAKS - Historic Family Ranch Day Trip. Guests experience a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and other flora and ends with an authentic chuckwagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Time: Daylight tours, RSVP a must. Cost: $60; $50 age 55 and older. Location: Eleven Roses Ranch, 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA. Call: (707) 998-4471

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

SACRAMENTO - Carved Elegance: Woodies, Wheels, and Waves Car Exhibit.  Runs through September 19. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Hours: Daily from 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm through the Summer. Museum admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $4 Students, children under 5 free. For more information, call (916) 442-6802.  calautomuseum.org.

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

SANTA CRUZ - That's Entertainment, musical. The Follies annual theatrical event with a large cast of performers - all 50 years and older - performs smoldering cabaret with a couple of dueling divas from the Broadway stage. Time: Sept. 16-19, 2009 at 1 p.m. Special Friday night show, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Adult: $18; Under 12 free. Location: Civic  Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA. Call:  (831) 423-6640Tickets $18 (kids under 12 are free). santacruzfollies.net

 

September 18, 2009

Friday

  CHICO - Diamond W National Bull Riding Championship. Diamond W Western Wear presents, the Annual National Bull Riding Championship Finals at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico. Tickets and information available at Diamond W Western Wear, 181 E. 2nd Street, Chico. Time: 5:30 p.m.  Call: (530) 891-1650891-1650.

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LAKEPORT - American Triple-T Triathlon.  Event offers participants intimate camaraderie and a "red-carpet experience" rarely found in traditional triathlons. Dates: Sept. 18 through 20. Cost: $300/person. Location:  Library Park, 222 Park Street, Lakeport, California. Call:  (614) 371-9453. americantripletcali.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

NEWPORT BEACH - Taste of Newport. This is the premier Orange County/Southern California food sampling event that features hot bands, cool nights and food and beverage galore. Last year the event featured Styx, UB40 and other top bands. Time: 6 to 11 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: 600 Newport Center Drive (approx), Newport Beach, CA. tasteofnewport.com

SACRAMENTO - Carved Elegance: Woodies, Wheels, and Waves Car Exhibit.  Runs through September 19. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Hours: Daily from 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm through the Summer. Museum admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $4 Students, children under 5 free. For more information, call (916) 442-6802.  calautomuseum.org.

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

SANTA CRUZ - That's Entertainment, musical. The Follies annual theatrical event with a large cast of performers - all 50 years and older - performs smoldering cabaret with a couple of dueling divas from the Broadway stage. Time: Sept. 16-19, 2009 at 1 p.m. Special Friday night show, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Adult: $18; Under 12 free. Location: Civic  Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA. Call:  (831) 423-6640Tickets $18 (kids under 12 are free). santacruzfollies.net

SOLVANG - Danish Days. Solvang's big annual street event offers Danish food, costumes, entertainment and dancing. Get out and share the culture of this Danish Capital, USA!

 

September 19, 2009

Saturday

  BELLFLOWER  - Bellflower Blvd. Classic Car Show. Hosted by Bellflower Noon Lions, this event includes a car competition, food booths, vendors, and live entertainment. Time: 4 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, CA. bellflower.org

CHICO - Diamond W National Bull Riding Championship. Diamond W Western Wear presents, the Annual National Bull Riding Championship Finals at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico. Tickets and information available at Diamond W Western Wear, 181 E. 2nd Street, Chico. Time: 5:30 p.m.  Call: (530) 891-1650891-1650.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Surfboards in the Sand. A photo opportunity to have your board and yourself or group pictured next to Huntington Beach Pier. Time: Noon. Cost: $10/person, $20 day of. Location: Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 969-3492. surfboardsinthesand.com

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LAKE ELSINORE - KFROG 95.1 Wagon Wheel Country Music Concert. Huge country music festival at Lake Elsinore stadium includes car show, BBQ Cook-off, Mechanical Bulls, Pancake Breakfast, RV Camping, Country Music Memorabilia, live auction, A Cool Zone, Vendors, Budweiser Beer Garden, BMX Demo and more. Cost: $55 -150/person. wagonwheelfestival.com

LAKEPORT - American Triple-T Triathlon.  Event offers participants intimate camaraderie and a "red-carpet experience" rarely found in traditional triathlons. Dates: Sept. 18 through 20. Cost: $300/person. Location:  Library Park, 222 Park Street, Lakeport, California. Call:  (614) 371-9453. americantripletcali.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

MARIPOSA - Blazin' Hog BBQ & Zydeco Music Festival. The annual festival includes great food, hot music and dancing, a fun time. BBQ enthusiasts prepare their specialties, with samplings, plus beer, wine, soda or juice to wash down the food. Arts & Crafts vendors, kids' activities, and the highlight--bands. Bands include Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Mark St. Mary and his Louisiana Band, The Blues Box Bayou Band, and others. Time: 12 Noon. Cost: $10 for adults, $7.50 seniors, $5 kids 5 - 17, under 5 Free! Location: Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Hwy 49 1 1/2 miles south of Mariposa downtown, CA. blazinhog.com

MORRO BAY - Avocado & Margarita Festival. Did you know that avocados grow abundantly in the Morro Bay region? And Margaritas are the perfect cocktail to accompany this delicious food. Contests will include best guacamole recipe, and the hilarious kids' event, best dressed avo! Live music with great bands, booths, food, and a full day of Morro Bay's seaside beauty are expected for this culinary affair. Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: 714 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA. Call: (805) 772-4467. morrobay.org

NEWPORT BEACH - Taste of Newport. This is the premier Orange County/Southern California food sampling event that features hot bands, cool nights and food and beverage galore. Last year the event featured Styx, UB40 and other top bands. Time: 4 to 11 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Fashion Island, Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA. tasteofnewport.com
OCEANSIDE - Oceanside Harbor Days. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce presents Oceanside Harbor Days. Event will have arts and crafts, food and vendor booths. Special entertainment programs and participation events including: live entertainment, static displays, nail and sail, and wandering pirates. Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA. Call: (760) 722-1534.ci.oceanside.ca.us

SACRAMENTO - Carved Elegance: Woodies, Wheels, and Waves Car Exhibit.  Runs through September 19. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Hours: Daily from 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Extended hours on Thursdays from 6pm – 9pm through the Summer. Museum admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $4 Students, children under 5 free. For more information, call (916) 442-6802.  calautomuseum.org.

SAN DIEGO - Old Town San Diego Art Festival. Lively masterpieces and works of art along the historic streets of Old Town fill the streets with over 150 contemporary artists from around the world. A showcase of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, chalk art, fashions, furniture and jewelry, plus flavors from over a dozen local restaurants and the finest wines offer something for everyone! Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Call: (619) 233-5008. oldtownartfestival.com.

SAN FRANCISCO - 2009 Festa Coloniale Italiana. Sponsored by the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, it's a celebration of Italian culture, tradition and community friendship in the heart of San Francisco’s historic North Beach district. Italian music including opera, traditional instrumentalists and a variety of show-stopping bands, plus mouth-watering Italian cuisine, a demonstration of Italian dances and much, much more will be featured. Time: Noon to 7 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. Call: (415) 781-0165. sfiac.org/festa.html

SANTA BARBARA - Sandcastle Festival. Live music, surf-a-duck race, food, bouncy house, contests, prizes, more! Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Free to watch. Location: East Beach, 1118 E. Cabrillo, Santa Barbara, CA. sandcastlefestival.com

SANTA CRUZ - That's Entertainment, musical. The Follies annual theatrical event with a large cast of performers - all 50 years and older - performs smoldering cabaret with a couple of dueling divas from the Broadway stage. Time: Sept. 16-19, 2009 at 1 p.m. Special Friday night show, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Adult: $18; Under 12 free. Location: Civic  Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA. Call:  (831) 423-6640Tickets $18 (kids under 12 are free). santacruzfollies.net

SOLVANG - Danish Days. Solvang's big annual street event offers Danish food, costumes, entertainment and dancing. Get out and share the culture of this Danish Capital, USA! Danish Parade is featured at 2:30 p.m.

SONORA - Certified Farmer's Market. Amnesia is featured entertainment. Fresh produce, crafts and live entertainment. Location: Theall and Stewart St., Sonora, CA. Time: 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Call: (209) 532-7735. sonoraca.com

SUNSET BEACH - Sunset Beach Chili Cook-Off. 12th Annual Sunset Beach Chili Cook-off heats up your September. $5 donation suggested for admission and sampling at this fundraiser to raise money for Sunset Beach Woman's Club Scholarship Program & Sunset Beach Community.  Time: 11 a.m. Cost: Donation requested, $5. Location: 12th Street (behind the Fire Station) Sunset Beach. Call or email Jennie Griffin (562) 505-7558 - [email protected] .

WESTMINSTER - Westminster Foursquare 11th Annual Car Show. This car show is to benefit the youth program at Westminster Foursquare Church. There will be classic cars, Santa Maria style BBQ, raffle prizes, and fun for kids and teens! Please come and join us for this FREE event! You'll be glad you came! If you would like to register a car you can pre-register for $20. If you sign up the day of the event it is $25. Time: 9 am- 1 pm. Location: Westminster Foursquare Church is located on the corner of Jackson and 23rd. Right off the 22 and Beach Blvd., 8091 22nd St., Westminster, CA. Call: (714) 891-5869. westmin4sq.org

 

Sept. 20, 2009

Sunday

  LAKE ELSINORE - KFROG 95.1 Wagon Wheel Country Music Concert. Huge country music festival at Lake Elsinore stadium includes car show, BBQ Cook-off, Mechanical Bulls, Pancake Breakfast, RV Camping, Country Music Memorabilia, live auction, A Cool Zone, Vendors, Budweiser Beer Garden, BMX Demo and more. Cost: $55 -150/person. wagonwheelfestival.com

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LAKEPORT - American Triple-T Triathlon.  Event offers participants intimate camaraderie and a "red-carpet experience" rarely found in traditional triathlons. Dates: Sept. 18 through 20. Cost: $300/person. Location:  Library Park, 222 Park Street, Lakeport, California. Call:  (614) 371-9453. americantripletcali.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

NEWPORT BEACH  - Taste of Newport. This is the premier Orange County/Southern California food sampling event that features hot bands, cool nights and food and beverage galore. Last year the event featured Styx, UB40 and other top bands. Time: Noon to 8 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Fashion Island, Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA. tasteofnewport.com

SAN DIEGO - Old Town San Diego Art Festival. Lively masterpieces and works of art along the historic streets of Old Town fill the streets with over 150 contemporary artists from around the world. A showcase of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, chalk art, fashions, furniture and jewelry, plus flavors from over a dozen local restaurants and the finest wines offer something for everyone! Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Call: (619) 233-5008. oldtownartfestival.com.

SHINGLETOWN - Wild Horse Sanctuary Trail Ride. Two or three day event. Cost: $435/person.

SOLVANG - Danish Days. Solvang's big annual street event offers Danish food, costumes, entertainment and dancing. Get out and share the culture of this Danish Capital, USA!

SUNOL - Historic Train Rides. Depart from Sunol depot and travel part of the historic route of the first transcontinental railroad. Departure times: 10:30 a.m.; Noon; 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cost: $10. Location: Sunol Station, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA Call: (925) 862-9063. ncry.org

 

September 21, 2009

Monday

  CLEARLAKE OAKS - Historic Family Ranch Day Trip. Guests experience a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and other flora and ends with an authentic chuckwagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Time: Daylight tours, RSVP a must. Cost: $60; $50 age 55 and older. Location: Eleven Roses Ranch, 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA. Call: (707) 998-4471

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 22, 2009

Tuesday

  CLEARLAKE OAKS - Historic Family Ranch Day Trip. Guests experience a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and other flora and ends with an authentic chuckwagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Time: Daylight tours, RSVP a must. Cost: $60; $50 age 55 and older. Location: Eleven Roses Ranch, 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA. Call: (707) 998-4471

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 23, 2009

Wednesday

  HUNTINGTON BEACH - Oktoberfest. Traditional German Bier Garden Celebration with oom-pah-pah band, chicken dance, and delicious ethnic food. Begins at 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Old World German Restaurant, Huntington Beach, CA. oldworld.ws

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Film Festival. It's five days of urban edge in a utopian setting. Help celebrate the eighth anniversary. There's no doubt that SDFF is the hottest ticket in town! The accredited SDFF has earned more than 12 awards, including Best Beach Fest, Best Regional Film Fest, Best Festival and coveted spot as one of the country’s Top 10 Film Festival Vacations – and it all happens here in the Gaslamp Quarter! Sept. 23 – 27, 2009 at the Gaslamp Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue. Tickets $12-99. sdff.org

SAN FRANCISCO- Angel Island Potomac Tour.  Enjoy a tram tour of Fort McDowell, one of the oldest military posts in the nation, and other significant historical Angel Island sites. Board FDR's Presidential Yacht, USS Potomac at Jack London Square, Oakland. A Gourmet Box Lunch and beverages will be provided on the tour. Time: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $90/person. Reservations required, call: (510) 627-1215.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 24, 2009

Thursday

  HUNTINGTON BEACH - Oktoberfest. Traditional German Bier Garden Celebration with oom-pah-pah band, chicken dance, and delicious ethnic food. Begins at 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Old World German Restaurant, Huntington Beach, CA. oldworld.ws

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

SAN DIEGO - Taste of Downtown. San Diego's most prominent Taste returns to downtown for the tenth consecutive year. Participants will stroll through each corner of downtown San Diego and taste a wide variety of the best cuisine the city has to offer. The Taste of Downtown offers a selection of San Diego's finest restaurants located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the bustling Financial District, cultural Little Italy, the newly renovated Ballpark District and Horton Plaza. Complimentary shuttles will be available to take you to and from each neighborhood. Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door the day of the taste. Call: (619) 233-5008. dtsd.org.

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Film Festival. It's five days of urban edge in a utopian setting. Help celebrate the eighth anniversary. There's no doubt that SDFF is the hottest ticket in town! The accredited SDFF has earned more than 12 awards, including Best Beach Fest, Best Regional Film Fest, Best Festival and coveted spot as one of the country’s Top 10 Film Festival Vacations – and it all happens here in the Gaslamp Quarter! Sept. 23 – 27, 2009 at the Gaslamp Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue. Tickets $12-99. sdff.org

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 25, 2009

Friday

  LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

PASO ROBLES - Soulamente in Concert.  The 2009 Vina Robles Concert Series, presented by AMS Entertainment, invites guests to bring a picnic or pre-order one prepared by Trumpet Vine Catering. Vina Robles wines are available for purchase. No outside beverages please. Time: 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30, concert begins at 7 PM. Cost: $22. Location: Signature Room, Vina Robles Hospitality Center, 3700 Mill Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446. Call (805) 227-4812.

REDONDO BEACH - Lobster Festival. This annual culinary event is the talk of the town. Lobster Festival participants can purchase fresh Maine lobsters. There is live music, a free children's area and activities for the whole family. Event runs through September 27. Time: Daily. Cost: $12 general admission. Lobster $20 - 40, approx. Location: Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA. lobsterfestival.com

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Film Festival. It's five days of urban edge in a utopian setting. Help celebrate the eighth anniversary. There's no doubt that SDFF is the hottest ticket in town! The accredited SDFF has earned more than 12 awards, including Best Beach Fest, Best Regional Film Fest, Best Festival and coveted spot as one of the country’s Top 10 Film Festival Vacations – and it all happens here in the Gaslamp Quarter! Sept. 23 – 27, 2009 at the Gaslamp Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue. Tickets $12-99. sdff.org
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

September 26, 2009

Saturday

  CALIFORNIA - Earth Dance Music Festival. A day of prayer, dance and more. Various locations.

CLEAR LAKE - Clear Lake Splash-In & Seaplane Festival. 30th annual aeronautical fest is the oldest and largest seaplane gathering in the Western United States, where dozens of seaplanes take off from and land on Clear Lake. The gathering begins Friday at noon and continues through Sunday noon. Call:  (775) 781-1434. clearlakesplashin.com

FOLSOM - Folsom Gourd & Arts Festival. Location: Folsom City Park, Folsom, CA. folsomgourdfestival.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH - NAMI 5K Walk. 5th annual NAMIWALKS 5K Event includes entertainment, health tables, and prizes. Bring your family, friends, & co-workers for a morning of fun! Registration is free and begins at 8 a.m. Walk starts at 9 a.m. Donations are accepted. Location: Huntington Beach Pier at Pier Plaza, Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA. Call:  Stephanie Barr - 714-544-8488, or check namioc.org

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Wetlands Gardening - Enjoy the Great Outdoors while helping to restore the Bolsa Chica Wetlands! Help restore native plant communities through non-native plant removal, and cleanup efforts. Don't forget to bring: Drinking water, wear closed toed shoes, layered clothing you don't mind getting dirty, and protection from the sun. Time: 9 a.m. to Noon. Cost: Volunteer, no cost. Location: Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center: 3842 Warner Ave.Huntington Beach, CA 92649 R.S.V.P. at (714) 846-1114 or email: [email protected] bolsachica.org

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

KELSEYVILLE - Kelseyville Pear Festival. 17th annual event includes a parade, pear-cooking demonstrations, pear tasting, pear-packing contest, Pear Pavillion, antique tractor and engine exhibit, agricultural memorabilia, historical exhibit, quilt show, fine arts show and sale, mule-drawn wagon rides, children's area, petting zoo, arts and crafts, music and food. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Main Street, Kelseyville, CA. Call:  (707) 279-9022. pearfestival.com
LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

MOORPARK - Oktoberfest.  Rotary Club of Newbury Park 23rd Annual Oktoberfest. Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $10.

NEWBURY PARK - Oktoberfest. The Newbury Park Rotary club 23rd annual Oktoberfest at Underwood Family Farms is held today and tomorrow. Oktoberfest features live German music and dancers, wine and beer tasting with California wines and German brews available, Bavarian costumes and stein-holding contests. Craft vendors, a petting zoo, pumpkin and vegetable picking, corn slingshot, pig races, and free hayrides are also on tap. German food will be available as well as a full food court with variety of tastes. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6: p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, kids under two free. Free parking. Location: Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA. Active military (with current ID) enter free! Tickets at okto-beerfest.com or Call (805) 701-7248. underwoodfamilyfarms.com

OCEANSIDE - KIFM Jazz at the Beach.  KIFM 98.1 San Diego Concert series 21 and up event. Food and beverage will be sold. Time: 2pm - 6:30 p.m. Location: Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside, CA. Call: (619) 291-9797. kifm.com
SUNDAY ART IN THE ALLEY Time: 6 to 10 a.m. Location:Pier Amphitheater (200 North The Strand), Oceanside, CA.  Call: (760) 721-7777.Call: (760) 672-1848. ci.oceanside.ca.us

PACIFICA - Pacific Coast Fog Fest. 24th annual event celebrates the region's misty fog. Located in San Francisco Bay Area's San Mateo County, Pacifica sits along the coast sometimes shrouded in fog. Music, a parade, sand sculpture, food, vendors, and activities for all ages make this a fun weekend to remember, fog or not. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Highway 1 @ Oceana Blvd., Pacifica, CA. pacificcoastfogfest.com

REDONDO BEACH - Lobster Festival. This annual culinary event is the talk of the town. Lobster Festival participants can purchase fresh Maine lobsters. There is live music, a free children's area and activities for the whole family. Event runs through September 27. Time: Daily. Cost: $12 general admission. Lobster $20 - 40, approx. Location: Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA. lobsterfestival.com
SAN DIEGO - Adams Avenue Street Fair. This annual event is one of the largest FREE music street fairs in California. Over 50 live music acts on 6 stages, three beer gardens, and hundreds of craft and food vendors.
adamsaveonline.com

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Film Festival. It's five days of urban edge in a utopian setting. Help celebrate the eighth anniversary. There's no doubt that SDFF is the hottest ticket in town! The accredited SDFF has earned more than 12 awards, including Best Beach Fest, Best Regional Film Fest, Best Festival and coveted spot as one of the country’s Top 10 Film Festival Vacations – and it all happens here in the Gaslamp Quarter! Sept. 23 – 27, 2009 at the Gaslamp Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue. Tickets $12-99. sdff.org

SOLVANG - Solvang Jazz Festival. Great Jazz while you cruise the charming streets of Danish-inspired Solvang during the annual Jazz Festival. Call: (425) 481-3274; www.solvangjazz.com

 

September 27, 2009

Sunday

  CHICO - Chico Walk for Farm Animals. Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals will host a Walk for Farm Animals to benefit Farm Sanctuary. Walks occur throughout the U.S. and Canada every fall in honor of World Farm Animals Day. Farm Sanctuary operates the largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North. Time: 9:30 a.m., Walk: 10:30 a.m. Cost: $20 at gate. Location:: Lower Bidwell Park, Cedar Grove, 1968 E. Eighth St., Chico, CA.  Call (607) 583-2225 ext. 229. walkforfarmanimals.org,

FOLSOM - Folsom Gourd & Arts Festival. Location: Folsom City Park, Folsom, CA. folsomgourdfestival.com

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

NEWBURY PARK - Oktoberfest. The Newbury Park Rotary club 23rd annual Oktoberfest at Underwood Family Farms features live German music and dancers, wine and beer tasting with California wines and German brews available, Bavarian costumes and stein-holding contests. Craft vendors, a petting zoo, pumpkin and vegetable picking, corn slingshot, pig races, and free hayrides are also on tap. German food will be available as well as a full food court with variety of tastes. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6: p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, kids under two free. Free parking. Location: Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA. Active military (with current ID) enter free! Tickets at okto-beerfest.com or Call (805) 701-7248. underwoodfamilyfarms.com

OXNARD - Autumn Home Tours. Classic homes from the early 20th Century are open for viewing during the Annual Autumn Home Tour. 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. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $15-20. Location: Public parking available near the Ticket Booth at 424 South C Street, Carnegie Art Museum (North side of Plaza Park at Fifth and C Streets), Oxnard, CA. oxnardhistoricdistrict.com.

PACIFICA - Pacific Coast Fog Fest. 24th annual event celebrates the region's misty fog. Located in San Francisco Bay Area's San Mateo County, Pacifica sits along the coast sometimes shrouded in fog. Music, a parade, sand sculpture, food, vendors, and activities for all ages make this a fun weekend to remember, fog or not. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Highway 1 @ Oceana Blvd., Pacifica, CA. pacificcoastfogfest.com

\REDONDO BEACH - Lobster Festival. This annual culinary event is the talk of the town. Lobster Festival participants can purchase fresh Maine lobsters. There is live music, a free children's area and activities for the whole family. Event runs through September 27. Time: Daily. Cost: $12 general admission. Lobster $20 - 40, approx. Location: Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA. lobsterfestival.com

SAN DIEGO - Adams Avenue Street Fair. This annual event is one of the largest FREE music street fairs in California. Over 50 live music acts on 6 stages, three beer gardens, and hundreds of craft and food vendors.
adamsaveonline.com

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Film Festival. It's five days of urban edge in a utopian setting. Help celebrate the eighth anniversary. There's no doubt that SDFF is the hottest ticket in town! The accredited SDFF has earned more than 12 awards, including Best Beach Fest, Best Regional Film Fest, Best Festival and coveted spot as one of the country’s Top 10 Film Festival Vacations – and it all happens here in the Gaslamp Quarter! Sept. 23 – 27, 2009 at the Gaslamp Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue. Tickets $12-99. sdff.org
SARATOGA - Cheech & Chong. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $89 -188. Location: Mountain Winery, Satatoga, CA. tickco.com

SOLVANG - Solvang Jazz Festival. Great Jazz while you cruise the charming streets of Danish-inspired Solvang during the annual Jazz Festival. Call: (425) 481-3274; www.solvangjazz.com

 

September 28, 2009

Monday

  CLEARLAKE OAKS - Historic Family Ranch Day Trip. Guests experience a 90-minute narrated mule-drawn wagon ride that meanders through a valley rich with history, wildlife, and other flora and ends with an authentic chuckwagon barbecue, complete with Dutch oven cobbler and complimentary Lake County wine. Time: Daylight tours, RSVP a must. Cost: $60; $50 age 55 and older. Location: Eleven Roses Ranch, 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA. Call: (707) 998-4471

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

Sept 29, 2009

Tuesday

  BREA - Farmers Market. This weekly event at Downtown Brea features the finest, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and includes crafts, too. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free to attend. Location: Birch Street, Downtown Brea, CA. breadowntown.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Surf City Nights. Outdoor street fair & farmer's market. Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: 200 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA. hbdowntown.com

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

SANTA BARBARA- Khaled Hoseinis Author Presentation. Writer's discussion about both his literary accomplishments, Kite Runner and its successor A Thousand Splendid Suns. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets $18 - $28. Location: The Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA. Call: (805) 893-3535;

 

Sept 30, 2009

Wednesday

  HUNTINGTON BEACH - Oktoberfest. Traditional German Bier Garden Celebration with oom-pah-pah band, chicken dance, and delicious ethnic food. Begins at 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Old World German Restaurant, Huntington Beach, CA. oldworld.ws

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment. julianca.com

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111. lacountyfair.org

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 missionsjc.com

SANTA ANA - Discovery Science Center. Discovery Science Center celebrates preschoolers during the entire month of September with a new 4-D movie - Turtle Vision.  Meet Smokey Bear and enjoy Smokey Bear Story Time! Then explore Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, a new, hands-on exhibit all about recycling and conservation. Call 714-913-5030 to plan your group visit today! Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regular admission & exhibits go all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Address: 2500 N. Main Street,  Santa Ana, CA 92705. Phone: (714) 542-2823. discoverycube.org  Get tickets

 

Sept. 2009

Date TBD

 

 

SAUSALITO- The Great Chili Cookoff. Location: Dunphy Park, Sausalito, CA. Sponsored by the Sausalito Parks & Recreation (415) 289-4152. ci.sausalito.ca

SUNSET BEACH - Chili Cook-Off. The Annual Chili Cook-Off is hosted jointly by the Sunset Beach Woman's Club & the Sunset Beach Community Association. Join the fun filled event, chili tasting, music, refreshments & souvenir limited edition cook-off T-shirts. $5 admission (all proceeds go to the Sunset Beach Community). For more information call Angie at (562)592-3170. Location: Community Fire Station and Greenbelt on Pacific Ave. Open to the public at 11:00am.

 

 

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