July 2009 Events



  July 18, 2009


  ATASCADERO - Lavender Festival. 4th annual Lavender Festival at Green Acres Lavender Farm includes green themes, vendors, musical entertainment, locally grown and locally made products, and a beautiful farm setting to enjoy the day. The event runs throughout the weekend, July 18-19. Time: Cost: Free admission. Location: Green Acres Lavender Farm, 8865 San Gabriel Rd., Atascadero, CA. Tel:(805)466-0837. Evening Concert with Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart at 7 p.m. costs $20/person, and dinner option is $30. greenacreslavenderfarm.com

CAMPBELL - Big Bands and BBQ. Location: Downtown Campbell. Time: Noon to 8 p.m. Cost: Free, foods for fee. downtowncampbell.com

COSTA MESA - Orange County Fair. Orange County Fair is one of the most popular urban fairs in the U.S. Pig races, people contests, carnival rides, food, fun, and loads of live entertainment and fun for the entire family. Runs through Aug. 9, 2009 (closed Mondays). Tickets: $5 - 10, kids under free 5 free, subject to change. Location: 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA. Call: (714) 708-1500. ocfair.

GRASS VALLEY - World Festival. Four days of top notch music and camping (if you like) at Grass Valley Fairgrounds. Headliners this year feature acts such as the Indigo Girls and Los Lobos. Cost: $30/day pass - $140/ 4 day pass and camping included. Time: Daily. Location: Grass Valley Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. californiafestival.com

GROVER BEACH - Pismo's and Taws Square Dancing. Time: 7 - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5.50/person. Location: Grover Beach Community Center, 1230 Trouville Ave., Grover Beach, CA. Call: (805) 481-3559.  grover.org

GUERNEVILLE - Fabulosa Fest 2009 - a radical, fund-raising festival that celebrates WOMEN’s Music and Art. Live Outdoor Concerts, DJ and Pool Parties, Independent Short Film Exhibition, Comedy, Artisan Crafts Fair and more for women and their friends! Legendary Troubadour, Ferron, Vicki Randle (The Tonight Show band), Gretchen Phillips (Texas Hall-of-Fame member), Kaia Wilson (Butchies), Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata) and Leyna Noel & the Finer Things, plus regional favorites like Judea Eden, Carole & Mitzi, Shelley Doty Xtet, Blair Hansen, Lynn Bobby, Elin Jr, Trusting Lucy, Motherlode (feat. Jackie Strano), Clair, Audrey Howard & the Misters, Jo Boyer, Wildsang, the Raks Rosa Dance Company and more will attend and/or perform. DJ performances by DJ Just Jillin’, DJ Sisters (of Soul’d Out), DJ Pink Lightning (of Stay Gold), DJ Venus in Furs (Sardines!) and more, poolside and at our favorite Guerneville hot spot, Bucks. Time: All day, daily through July 19. Cost: $45-55. Location: 16590 highway 116 (downtown) Guerneville, CA 95446. Call: (415) 643-3486. myspace.com/fabulosafest

HUNTINGTON BEACH - US Open of Surfing. The biggest beach event to hit the sand is pure surfing competitions today. Time: Daylight. Cost: Free. Location: Huntington Beach Pier (south side) @ Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. usopenofsurfing.com

IMPERIAL BEACH - U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition and Festival. Seacoast Drive is closed for the event that runs through Sunday, July 19. Over 100,000 people attend! usopensandcastle.com

IRVINE - Wicked to Oz Musical Show. Broadway favorites presented by Men Alive: The Orange County Gay Men's Chorus.  Time: 3 & 8 p.m. Cost: $25 - 47.50. Location: UC Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA. Call: (949) 854-4646. thebarclay.org

KELSEYVILLE - Lake County's Window to the Universe at Taylor Observatory. Taylor Observatory public  lecture, planetarium experience and astronomical viewing. From Stonehenge to Hubble allows guests to learn about and view objects through a telescope. Time: 8 to 11 p.m. Suggested donation: $3. Location: 5725 Oak Hill Lane, Kelseyville, CA. Call:  (707) 262-4121. taylorobservatory.org

LONG BEACH - Julius Caesar, play. Long Beach Shakespeare Company's FREE Summer Shakespeare Festival is back for its 11th Season! Intrigue, conspiracy, murder... and a ghost! It's a power struggle--Roman style. On stage in the classic political thriller! William Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR. It's festival seating: bring blankets or low-backed chairs to sit on. Bring a picnic or get a meal there! Food and beverages will be available on site! A glorious spectacle! Saturdays at 6pm, Sundays at 2pm at the Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA. lbshakespeare.org

MANHATTAN BEACH - AVP Crocs Tour Manhattan Beach. This top beach volleyball event will they feature Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, among other Beijing Olympians and beach volleyball superstars on the Los Angeles beaches and sands. Don’t miss it! In addition to the volleyball tournament, every AVP event features the ultimate beach party put on by its numerous active lifestyle-focused sponsors. Time: Open Qualifier: 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m. (approx.) Gates open at 7 a.m. (event runs through July 19). Cost: Stadium Courtside: $50. Stadium and Outer Court General Admission: Free. Location: Manhattan Beach Pier, 10 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA. For more information, go to avp.com.

MENDOCINO - Big Band Concert at Mendocino Music Festival. Location: Mendocino Headlands State Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean,  Main Street between Lansing and Kasten, Mendocino, CA. The event runs through July. Shows are at 8 p.m. Call (707) 937-4041. mendocinomusic.com

'ORANGE - Bunny’s Busy Day Author book signing. Marylin Mansdorf, author of Bunny's Busy Day, will read her book to kids and doing a book signing. Parents can bring cameras for a photo opportunity with Bunny character from the book. Included is a fun coloring activity for the kids and a take home bookmark. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Barnes & Noble, 791 South Main St., Suite 100, Orange, CA 92868. Call: (714) 558-0028.

OXNARD - Oxnard Bill of Rights Tall Ship Cruises. Historic ship sets sail each weekend for a 3 hour cruise offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost: $45; age 55+ $40; $35 age 12 and under. Location: Marine Emporium Landing, Channel Islands Harbor, 3600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA. Call: Island Packers Cruises (805) 642-1393. islandpackers.com.

PIERCY - Reggae on the River annual music festival. Location:  Highway 101 at Dimmick Ranch/French's Camp. The Festival entrance is on the highway, just after exits for Piercy in Humboldt County, 200 miles north of San Francisco, 75 miles south of Eureka. Once you see the Piercy exits, you will begin to see signs for the Festival. Stay on Hwy 101 and follow the signs. reggaeontheriver.com

PLEASANTON - Alameda County Fair. Award-winning fair features top acts and wristband one fee for carnival rides. The theme in 2009 is "Come Out & Play", and you can play through July 19 (closed on Mondays).  Con Funk Shun performs today. Fair time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: $10; kids $6; parking: $8; Carnival wristband $20 approx. Location: Valley Ave. @ Bernal, Pleasanton, CA.  alamedacountyfair.com

REDONDO BEACH - Summer Concerts on the Pier. This free summer concert series at the Redondo Beach Pier features, rock bands, surf sounds, Irish bands, indie, and jazz. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: 100 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA. redondopier.com.

SAN DIEGO -  Pride Parade. The annual Pride Parade has over 150 floats and is the largest civic event in San Diego and the largest Pride parade in Southern California. Celebrate equality, freedom, and diversity!  Time: 11 am. University Ave between Normal St., down 6th to Upas, San Diego, CA.  In addition to the parade there's a Pride Festival with juried exhibit showcasing works by local LGBT artists skilled in oil painting, pottery, sculpturing and jewelry making, etc. Location: 6th & Juniper in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. sandiegopride.org

SAN DIEGO - Fiddler on the Roof, musical.  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

SANTA BARBARA - California Wine Festival. The California Wine Festival is the quintessential California wine tasting experience. Saturday afternoon, the Reds, Whites & Blues Wine Festival brings together a world-class wine tasting showcase featuring 300-400 different California wines, dozens of top chefs from award-winning local restaurants, craft brewers, artisan bakers, cheese makers, fine food purveyors, "Best Chef of 09" prizes to the top three winners, and a silent auction featuring exotic and rare wines. A portion of the proceeds goes to local charities. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Cost:$49-$79 (VIP ticket includes Rare & Reserve Sunset wine tasting.) Location: Chase Palm Park, 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, Ca. Phone: 805-223-1880. Email: [email protected] californiawinefestival.com / californiawinefestival.com

SANTA MARIA - Santa Barbara County Fair. 118th annual event is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The fair includes livestock, food booths, carnival rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment and contests.  Location: 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria, CA. Call: (805) 925-8824. santamariafairpark.com

SEAL BEACH - Seal Beach Lions Club Fish Fry - This 65th annual event at Seal Beach Pier "seals the deal" for honest-to-goodness cooking that will have you licking your fingers. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: Free, food for fee. Location: Eisenhower Park, Seal Beach Pier, Seal Beach, CA. sealbeachlions.com

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

WEED - Spirituality & Abundance, couse. Have you ever noticed that many spiritual people have trouble making ends meet? This class can help you remove conscious and unconscious blocks to your souls true prosperity and abundance. The techniques taught are simple and easy to use, yet deeply profound. Event goes through July 19. Time:  Sat & Sun 11 am to 7 pm. Cost: $350. Location: Weed, CA. Contact: Arianne, (415) 994-9993.

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