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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sept. 15: Old Grove Festival at Armstrong Woods

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

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Get your blood moving before the cold comes with a short hike to the Old Grove Festival. You’re sure to be hungry after that, so join in for a great feast that’ll fill your belly. Save some room—Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks are in charge of the entertainment, alongside Solid Air, the Mighty Chiplings, and Gordan and D’Orazi. The natural starlit atmosphere adds to the magic, and sound just resonates beautifully in the crisp forest air. Gather round the amphitheater—you might want to bring something soft to sit on the wooden benches—on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Armstrong Woods. 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 4pm. $25—$40. 707.869.2015.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sept 8: Napa River Wine and Crafts Fair

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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The best of the best is out in force at the Napa River Wine and Crafts Fair. This festival showcases over 150 artists and their original handcrafted art and crafts—and it’s juried, so you know you’re not going to be looking at backyard scraps. Enjoy the aesthetic eye candy while strolling to the beat of live music, a classy glass of wine in hand and maybe some street food in the other to balance it out. Might want to watch your step, though; you’ll just be one of the expected 25,000 people there. Practice your weaving-through-a-crowd skills before coming out on Saturday, Sept. 8, on First and Main Street and Veteran’s Park, downtown Napa. 10am—6pm. Free. 925.372.8961.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sept 1-3: Fishstock at Jenner Community Club

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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Why yes, things do happen out in far-west Sonoma County! Behind a gas station out by the ocean comes the annual Fishstock celebration—a three-day event of music, food and fun. While swimmingly enjoying grilled summer goodies and local wines, you can float by the community market for some fresh produce, or hear Dead Cat Hat, the Jennerators and Miss Jane play at Café Aquatica. And even though most outside of the North Bay have never heard of this small town, I’m sure BBQ oysters and king salmon tacos are nothing to miss. Follow the currents to this lesser known part of the coast (make sure to bring your GPS) this Labor Day weekend from Saturday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept. 3 at Jenner Community Club. 10398 Hwy. 1, Jenner. Noon—6pm. $5. 707.865.2771.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Aug 19: Sonoma County Bicycle Expo at 2nd & E Streets

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

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If seeing those Olympic thigh muscles haven’t inspired you to pump pedal yet, then the Sonoma County Bicycle Expo will. Featuring BMX stunt performances, well-fashioned art bikes, street musicians, and bike-building workshops, this athletic celebration is nothing to drive past! Get a rare opportunity to see local elected officials in their bike wear during the annual Ride About Town and race down Second Street in the Small World Fat Tire event by Bike Monkey. This all-day fest might tire you, but no worries—New Belgium Brewing hosts a “chill space,” complete with comfy chairs and a giant Connect Four game. Skip the steroids and throw up those kickstands on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Second Street between D and E Streets, Santa Rosa. 10am—4pm. Free. 707.545.0153.

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Aug 18-19: Wings Over Wine County Air Show at Charles M. Schulz Airport

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

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It’s more than a bird, it’s more than a plane—it’s the Wings Over Wine County Air Show. Draw your attention upward as fighter jets turn the sky into an epic gymnasium, with vertical takeoffs, diving ground attacks, tumultuous flips through the clouds and supersonic accelerations that would scare even the toughest speed demon. Julie Clark’s T-34 dances with fireworks, Spencer Suderman paints the air with smoke, and a Globemaster (one of the military’s largest and newest planes) opens up for public viewing. Get higher off the ground on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18—19, at the Charles M. Schulz Airport. 2200 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa. 9am—4pm. $20—$120. 707.566.8380.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Aug 10: Uke-a-Palooza at Oxbow Public Market

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

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Aloha, brah! Strap your ukuleles to your haole backs and join King Kukulele onstage as the big kahuna makes a special appearance on the Oxbow deck for the Uke-a-Palooza! If the tiny guitars irritate your eardrums, then head for the luau, including classic Hawaiian flatbread, ahi poke appetizers, Kahlua porchettas, and everything coconut, pineapple, or sea salt. Vintage printed tourist shirts are also on sale, so even from the mainland, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a beach chair and kicking your flip-flops into the sand. Holoholo to this second annual Polynesian-themed festival on Friday, Aug. 10, at Oxbow Public Market. 644 First St., Napa. 6—9pm. Free. 707.226.6529.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 21: Far West Fest at Love Field

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

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Three stages featuring a diverse line-up—including Les Nubians, Orgone, Vinyl, MC Radioactive, Marshall Payne, and many more—vendors selling local and organic offerings, family-friendly activities and all proceeds donated to community non-profits—how much better can it get? Voted the Best Music Festival in Marin County by Bohemian readers, the annual Far West Fest is a green, zero waste event—so don’t forget to bring your own cup or water bottle for discounts at the beer booth, and ride your bike or take public transportation to get there and receive free cookies and beer! It’s “good times for the greater good” on Saturday, July 21, at Love Field. 11191 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes Station. $24; ages 10-7, $15; under 10, free. 10:30am—7:30pm. 415.663.8068.

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July 21: Rivertown Revival at David Yearsley River Heritage Center

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

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There is barely anything to not do at the Rivertown Revival! Who can turn down a festival complete with over 100 musicians, an art boat flotilla, boat drag races, aerial acts over the water, local food merchants and numerous theatrical performances? This very green party—a reported 98-percent waste diversion rate last year—is all-ages and for everyone old enough to breathe, “saving souls” for a bargain entrance fee that benefits Friends of the Petaluma River. And look no further, fiancés and fiancées—you can have a $5 wedding in the garden with thousands of your newest and oldest friends! Come to “the greatest slough on Earth” on Saturday, July 21, at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center. Copeland and D Streets, Petaluma. $5. 11am-7pm. 707.548.2937.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 14: Healdsburg Water Carnival at Memorial Beach

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:32 PM

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If there’s one thing that Healdsburgers do well, it’s bringing parties to the water. Join them at the Healdsburg Water Carnival when the White Swan and other floats come down the Russian River. Live music, food vendors, sales booths, and activities will follow—are those people paddling on wine barrels? Nothing finishes off this all-day event like a good dinner, drinks, and a live music by the fearless Jazz Mafia (an offer you definitely can’t refuse). And don’t forget the fashion! Be the best-dressed bather for the Vintage Bathing Suit Contest, and grow out those whiskers for the Whiskeroo Contest! It’s wet and wild on Saturday, July 14, at Memorial Beach, Healdsburg. 11am. Daytime activities free; evening concert $25. 707.565.2041.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 30-July 4: Marin County Fair at Marin Center Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

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“Walking aimlessly. Seas of fairgoing flesh, plodding, elbowing, looking, still eating. They stand placidly in long lines. . . . Don’t the fairgoers mind the crowds, lines, noise? But the state fair is deliberately about the crowds and jostle, the noise and overload of sight and event. . . . The real spectacle that draws us here is us,” wrote David Foster Wallace in his darkly comical “Ticket to the Fair.” Wallace was brilliant, but he got it all wrong: what draw us are the churros. Decide for yourself from June 30 to July 4 at the Marin County Fair, with concerts by Joan Jett, the Temptations, Steel Pulse and others, at the Marin Center Fairgrounds. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $14–$16. 415.473.7048.

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