Outdoor Summer Festivals and Events in Northern California


From the issue Summer Menu

Summer Menu

1. Hike-Inn Breakfast: Enjoy hot pancakes after a short hike to the West Point Inn on Mt. Tam (June 17, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9). www.westpointinn.com
2. Who’s Your Crawdaddy? Lounge Louisiana style at the Isleton Crawdad Festival on the California River Delta (June 16 & 17). www.crawdadfestival.org
3. River Music: Relax on the Russian River while listening to stellar blues musicians like Buddy Guy and Little Richard (June 16 & 17). www.russianriverfestivals.com
4. Hair Ball: Catch the musical “Hair” at Mt. Tam’s outdoor Mountain Theater (June 3, 9, 10, 17). www.mountainplay.org

5. Apple Pie Americana: Take in the Mendocino 4th of July parade – consistently noted as one of the best in the country. Hang out until July 7th to enjoy the town’s salmon barbecue (the largest in the world); later that evening watch fireworks over the ocean at Pomo Bluff in Fort Bragg. www.gomendo.com
6. Golden Rush: Watch a small gold rush town burst to life at one of the top mountain bike festivals in the West: the Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Festival. Enjoy the street festival with live music and the famous river bike jump: a wooden ramp set up on the Yuba River (July 13 – 15). www.downievilleclassic.com
7. Rings of Fire: Gape at the fire sculptures and a fire interpretation of Homer’s Odyssey (new this year) at The Crucible’s Fire Arts Festival in Oakland (July 11 – 14). www.thecrucible.org
8. Vine-Ripened Features: Top off your wine country trip with a movie under the stars: Wine Country Film Festival (July 19 – Aug. 5). www.winecountryfilmfest.com
9. Biking Under the Influence: Costumes, bikes, and beer collide in Golden Gate Park at the Tour de Fat (July 21). www.newbelgium.com
10. Bountiful Sip and Sea: Taste wines, crack oysters, and shake your hips at the Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival (Aug. 25 & 26). www.winecountryfestivals.com

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