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  May 2010




May Annual Fairs and Festivals

ALISO VIEJO -  International Festival. Soka University’s 8th Annual International Festival features over 600 international musicians and dancers performing on three stages, international food, demonstrations and workshops, ceramic sale, crafts, non-profit and business exhibitors, games and inflatable rides. SUA’s International Festival is part of the Orange County’s Imagination Celebration held in cooperation with the OC Department of Education and Arts OC. Time: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm. Location & address: Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Cost: Free. Parking on campus: $10. Parking off campus with shuttle. Call: (949) 480-4081.


ARROYO GRANDE - Strawberry Festival. Annual Memorial weekend Strawberry Festival includes the entertaining Strawberry Stampede walk/run, Strawberry Pancake Breakfast, Strawberry Shortcake & T-shirt booths, Strawberry Prince & Princess Contest, Strawberry Blonde Contest, Strawberry Cooking Contest, Kiddie Carnival, Arts & Crafts Show, and Entertainment. Vendor booths, foods, rides, games and bands make for a lively weekend of fun on the Central Coast California. Location: Arroyo Grande Village, Arroyo Grande, CA


ORANGE - Circus Vargas. Amazing acts under the big tent offer fun entertainment for all ages. Circus Vargas appears in Orange through May 4, then moves to Ventura, CA. Time: 4:30; 7:30 p.m. Location: The Block, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange, CA 92683. Call:


SAN JUAN BAUTISTA - California Indian Market and Peace Pow Wow is an annual event to celebrate peace. Native American Indian culture, festive costumes, products, art and a variety of goods and services are all explored in the 25th annual celebration held at Mission San Juan Bautista. Held 3 days, May 1 -3, 2009, a $1 donation is requested.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Classic Car Show. Enjoy a live band, car show, booths and food. This is a fundraiser for Edison High School. Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: Free to attend, car registration: $30 day of; $35 pre-register. Open to all pre-1975 and special interest cars. Location: 21400 Magnolia Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 962-6894.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Therapeutic Riding Center Kentucky Derby. No, this isn't the REAL Kentucky Derby. This is a themed event to raise money for the  at Huntington Central Park's Equestrian Center. Guests attending will enjoy dinner, dancing and cocktails. There will be silent and live auctions, riding demonstrations and contests. Time: 2 to 4 p.m. for daytime activities; till 7 p.m. for the big dinner BBQ, silent auction and added fun with the band, The Emperors, an HB Local fave. Cost: $30; $5 age 10 and under. Tickets are presale only. Location: 18381 Golden West St., Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 313-0922 or TRC (714) 848-0966 or email Donna at [email protected]

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Surfing Sundays. The 13th annual concert series at the beach features five top acts of the surfing band world. Deadmen Don't Surf, Pollo del Mar, and many more will be featured. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Pier Plaza, 325 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 960-3483.

AUBURN - Cain's Crossing Renaissance Faire. This 16th Century Renaissance faire features Queen Elizabeth, Pirates, Magician, Fencing and Archery. It is great enjoyment for all ages, and quite affordable. Cost: General $10, Seniors and Children (eleven and under) $5. Address: Auburn Regional Park 3880 Richardson Dr. Auburn, CA. Call: 530-885-8461 ext 20.

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

SANTA MARIA - Bull Canyon Run  - This 5 and 10 K run that's a fundraiser for Special Olympics traverses the lovely countryside of Bull Canyon Road. Time: 8 a.m. Runners: $20/each, $15/under 18, $15/all walkers, approx. Location: Edwards Community Center (next to new Santa Maria High School at Panther Drive near Main St.)

ANGELS CAMP - Jumping Frog Jubilee and Calaveras County Fair. A popular contest based on Samuel  Clemens’ trips to the Gold Country region that inspired his published work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, about Jim Smiley and his frog Dan’l Webster. Event includes a carnival, vendors, games, entertainment and the famous Jumping Frog contest. Cost: $5 - 10. Location: Fairgrounds along Highway 49 between Angels Camp and Sonora.

ARCADIA - Basset Hound Spring Games. 12th Annual Basset Hound festival includes Treat Toss, Competition Drooling, Kissing Contest, the Agility Course, Marathon Napping, Synchronized Swimming, the Basset-Boxer Relay, and much more. Also included is a raffle, good food, lots of booths to shop at, and the Basset Hound Rescue Merchandise table where you can find all things Basset Hound.  Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $15 /first hound; $8 additional hounds per group. Location: Arcadia Park, Arcadia, CA.

COULTERVILLE - Coulterville Coyote Howl. 24th Coulterville Howl and Car Show on the streets of downtown Coulterville begins at 9 a.m. with vendor crafts. At 10 a.m. the parade begins on Main Street, along with the car show which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and live music throughout the day.  At 2:30 p.m. get ready for some howling in a contest for the best howl. An evening dinner dance at Coulter Cafe goes from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and costs $15 admission. The featured band at the dance is Blues Box Bayou Band. Location: Highway 132/49. Call: (209 ) 878-3015. Accommodations: Hotel Jeffery in Coulterville, CA.

DOHENY - Doheny Blues Festival. Held at Doheny Beach in Dana Point, this annual event has featured Bonnie Raitt and other artists.

ENCINITAS -  City of Encinitas 5K-1K Run/Walk. This fun filled community event will be held at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. This event is just a part of the Encinitas Sports and Fitness Festival weekend of events that includes a Triathlon, Century Bicycle Tour, Swim and Paddle races and a Fitness Expo. Held annually, this USA Track and Field sanctioned race features free refreshments, a popular event t-shirt and goody bag for all participants. Participation medals are handed out to all youth runners and walkers. Each age group’s top three finishers will receive an award. All ages are welcome rain or shine, however, no skateboards, roller blades or scooters please. Pushed baby strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. Call (760) 633-2740.

FOLSOM - Run with Nature at the Parkway. This 26th annual 5 & 10K run/walk is a great spring ice breaker. Time: 8:15. Cost: $25-30. Location: Raley's at the Parkway, 25025 Blue Ravine Rd., Folsom, CA.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Duck-a-thon. Annual Rubber Ducky Race at Huntington Beach Pier. Events go on all day at Pier Plaza. Cost: $10/duck.

PORTERVILLE - Porterville Fair. Livestock, attractions, carnival and country fair nights are the highlights of this fabulous fair. Time:  12:00 p.m. - Gates, Concessions Open, Rotary Stage Entertainment starts, Fun Zone, Carnival, Indoor & Outdoor Exhibits Open 7:30 p.m. - Indoor Exhibits Close 11:00 p.m. -  Fair closes. Cost: $7 admission, $4 parking.  Call: (559) 781-6582.

SAN RAFAEL - Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance. First annual event celebrates classic cars with competition the public is invited to enjoy as a benefit for Hospice By The Bay Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $15 general admission; $10 senior and under 16 (when accompanied by adult). Location: Marin Center Fairgrounds, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA. Call: (415) 479-7727

BISHOP - Mule Days! - Bishop's largest annual event held every Memorial Day weekend as back country mule and horse packers celebrate the opening of the summer packing season. World's largest non-motorized parade, events; rodeo-style packing competitions, concerts, crafts fair, and more.

SAN BERNARDINO - National Orange Show. Now in its 94th year, this is the top event of the year in San Bernardino. Activities include Petting Zoo and Farmyard Follies; Home Arts Pavilion with hand crafted exhibits, quilts, collectibles; Model Train Exhibit featuring the Inland Empire Module Railroad Group; Kid's Town USA with Showboat Marionettes; Shoppers Expo A commercial marketplace with exhibits, products, services, and the newest gadgets and gizmos; and Helm & Sons Carnival featuring the Pirate Ship ride & Giant Carousel.
 Time: Daily.  Location: National Orange Show Grounds, San Bernardino, CA. Call: (909) 883-3596.


HUNTINGTON BEACH - AVP Crocs Tour Huntington Beach Open. World-class beach volleyball features defending gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers. Women’s frontrunners and Beijing Olympians Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs will also hit the sand, competing against, Jen Kessy and April Ross, Holly McPeak and others to take the throne. Time: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (approx.) Location: 285 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach , CA 92648. Cost: $20- up.

WATSONVILLE - Watsonville Fly-In and Airshow. This annual event features vintage planes in aerial displays, warbirds, military and more. Food vendors, bands, classic car show and lots of entertainment throughout the weekend make this one of the top picks for Memorial Weekend. Location: Watsonville Airport, Watsonville, CA. Cost: $15 adult/day; $10 age 6-12 years; Free under 6 years. Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

GARDEN GROVE - Strawberry Festival. 50th anniversary Strawberry Festival. For information call 714-638-0981. Hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: The Festival is held at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street Streets in downtown Garden Grove, California.


SACRAMENTO - Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, California 95815. Admission free, $7/parking. Carnival passes sold. Hours: Thursday, Friday. - Noon -10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call: (916) 263-2975.


VACAVILLE - Fiesta Days Carnival, music and entertainment all day. Location: Creekwalk at Andrews Park, Vacaville.


BERKELEY - Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival. Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley at the annual chocolate art event. Eat chocolate squares, cookies and brownies, while watch some fabulous chart art creations. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost: Free Admission; $10 /10 chocolate sampling tickets.  The to-go menu features organic café mocha, chocolate mochi ice cream, and spicy chocolate tandori chicken, as well as the weirder chocolate goat cheese truffles, chocolate garlic clusters, and chocolate soap! Spend your tickets on these delights in the businesses flying festival balloons. Vendors with chocolate-related items and hand made arts & crafts fill the Farmer's Market area, music fills the air, clowns, and many more surprises. The artwork remains in place for the next two weeks. Location: North Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA. Call: (510) 548-5335.