BODEGA BAY - Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival April 28 -29, 2012. 39th Annual event celebrates with a boat parade, the blessing of the fleet, the wooden boat race, live performances, and more! Time: 10am - 5pm at Westside Park on Westshore Road in Bodega Bay. Admission is $10, seniors $8, kids under 12 are free. Parking is free. bbfishfest.org
CAMBRIA - Heart's Ease Fairie Festival - Phone: (805) 927-5224
Annual Cambria Wildflower Show, April 28 - 29, 2012.
A display of fresh wildflowers collected from the Monterey County line to the Morro Bay Estuary and from the coastal bluffs to the ridge of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Donation at the door $3, Students of all ages free. Time: Sat. 12-5 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cambria Vets' Hall Sponsored by Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Phone: (805) 927-2856. See Flower Shows
CERRITOS - Cerritos Birthday Festival, April 27-29, 2012. Live entertainment, Large carnival, two stages, Giant Fireworks Show, Taste of Cerritos, Food Court, plus other exhibits. Cost: Free admission. Location: Bloomfield & 195th St., Cerritos Regional Park, Cerritos, CA. oentertainment.net
COSTA MESA - Southern California Spring Garden Show, April 26-29, 2012. South Coast Plaza Crate and Barrel / Macy's Home Store Wing. Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 9 p.m., Saturday 10am - 8 p.m., Sunday 11am - 6:30 p.m. Free Admission and Parking.
CUPERTINO -Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival - April 28-29, 2012. Annual festival honors the anniversary of Cupertino's sister relationship with Toyokawa, Japan. Memorial Park, across from De Anza College, Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. Call: (408) 940-5227. cupertinotoyokawa.org.
ENCINITAS - Encinitas Street Fair April 28-29, 2012. Annual Spring Street Fair held on Historic 101 includes four stages with live entertainment, a beer garden, kiddie rides, 400 vendor booths with arts, crafts, and treasures from around the world. Food is sold at the event, too! This is Encinitas hot ticket item to launch summer. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Highway 101 between D and J Streets in Downtown Encinitas, CA. encinitas101.com
FOLSOM - Springtime in the Garden April 28 - 29, 2012. The Folsom Garden Club 12th annual Springtime in the Garden tour is your opportunity to get plant and landscaping design ideas. A master gardener will be onsite. Cost: $12 per person. A map and directions will be included in the ticket.. This is annual fundraiser for college scholarships and community projects. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Coast Dream Machines, April 28-29, 2012 Car Show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Half Moon Bay Airport, Half
Moon Bay, CA miramarevents.com
IRWINDALE - The Original Pleasure Renaissance Faire, April 7 - May 20, 2012 on Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Location: Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale, CA. Call: (626) 969-4750. renfair.com
LONG BEACH - Coalition for Tween Girls. If you're a parent of a girl age 7 to 14, this event is ideal for your daughter. Girls along with parents, mentors and caregivers are invited to the Miss Expo to celebrate a girls transition into womanhood. Fun, exhibitors, shopping opportunities, giveaways, arts & crafts and more! Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 (Buy 1 Get 1 Free Code MEBOGO) Group Rate: $5 for groups of 5 or more. Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach. missexpo.org
LOS ANGELES - Maja's Mysteries: Rapture & Release, tour. aja's guests will gather in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel (on the exact site of the guru Yogananda's remarkable 1952 death during a banquet) to take a metaphysical journey into history, faith at one of hundreds of Obscura Day events happening worldwide on April 28, 2012. Time: 10:30am-3:30pm Cost: $63/person, includes snacks esotouric.com Call: 323-223-2767 Location to meet: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
MORAGA - Moraga Triathlon. The swim is a challenging 400 meter sprint, followed by a 22 K bike ride (about 13 miles) winding through a scenic redwood forest. The event culminates with a 5 K (3.1mile) run through the Campolindo subdivision before completing a lap around the Campolindo Track and a finish in front of the grandstand. Returning in 2012 are the youth divisions for ages 5-7 and 8-11. Youth routes and distances will be available soon. Make your New Year’s resolution and start training for the Moraga Triathlon. Compete as an individual or relay team. Location: Soda Aquatic Center- Campolindo High School 300 Moraga Road The Town of Moraga, coupled with the Soda Aquatic Center and Campolindo high school campus. For more information visit moragatri.com or call (925) 888-7035.
PARADISE - Gold Nugget Days, April 26-29, 2012. Town celebrates the discovery of a famous Magalia Gold Nugget.
PENN VALLEY -
Bridgeport Bridge Sesquicentennial Birthday, April 27-29, 2012.
South Yuba River State Park at
Bridgeport, 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd.,
Penn Valley, CA
PETALUMA - The 31st Annual Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Celebration & Parade. Historic Downtown Petaluma, CA 10 .m. to 5 p.m. The Parade Starts at 12 Noon. petalumadowntown.com
POWAY - Train Song Festival. Train Song Festival at Old Poway Park cosponsored by the City of Poway and San Diego Folk Heritage. Information: (858) 668-4576
RAMONA - Charity Cars & Crafts Show. Hot Cars and Cool Jazz! Featuring everything from Chromed-Out Classics to customized PT Cruisers, you will find delights for young and old alike! Come enjoy the Swingin' Sounds of the award-winning Royal Blues Jazz Band as they bring some groovin' music for your enjoyment! Mom's will appreciate taking a stroll through our craft vendors to find that perfect gift for someone special, or splurge on that unique decor item for themselves! Kids will enjoy testing their skills with a Basketball Throw maneuvering a mini R/C car through an obstacle course! And who can forget good food, and lots of it? Admission is FREE for spectators, Cars may be entered for $20 if pre-registered, or $25 day of the show. Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: Ramona High School, Ramona, CA. To benefit the RHS Band & Guard Programs--event is still recruiting sponsors & vendors. For more information call 760-315-0566 or visit bulldogcarsandcrafts.com
REDONDO BEACH - Spring Fest, April 26- 29, 2012. Spring Carnival & Community Festival Carnival Rides, Kids' Zone Arts & Crafts, Food Court, Gourmet Food Trucks. FREE Admission, FREE Parking. Christiansen Amusements rides offered $25 day, $50 pass for 3 days. Location:1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA. Hours and info: nrbba.org
SACRAMENTO - Cal State Flower, Food & Garden Show April 27-29, 2012. Includes floral design competition with professional and amateur. Hours: Fri, Apr. 27: 12 noon - 7 p.m. Sat, Apr. 28: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun, Apr. 29: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sacramento Convention Center, CA. calstategardenshow.com
SANTA BARBARA - Fair & Expo April 25-29, 2012. Theme in 2012 - Fair-y Tails. earlwarren.com
SANTA CRUZ Ducky Derby. 22nd Annual Ducky Derby & Carnival Rain or Shine. Rubber Duck Races, Games, Food Prizes, Entertainment, Free Admission. duckyderbysantacruz.com
SANTA CRUZ -Logjam! 2012, April 28-29. The longest running "old boards, no cords" surfing competition is back at Pleasure Point for two days of amazing surfing action on vintage boards from the 1960's. Location: Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, CA. bigsticksurfing.org
SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival April 27-29, 2012. Cost: $7 adult. Location: 937 South Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, Calif. santamariafairpark.com
STOCKTON - Asparagus Festival April 27-29, 2012. 27th Anniversary Stockton Asparagus Festival, April 27, 28, 29, 2012. The festival is open each day, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Cost: $12 admission; $7 teens, college students, seniors; Free age 12 & under. asparagusfest.com
UPLAND - Lemon Festival and Business Expo, April 27-29, 2012. Lemon Festival & Business Expo in Downtown Upland. Great food, carnival rides and games, lemon flavored items and artisans from all parts of California. Friday, April 27 - 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, April 28 - 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, April 29 - 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For vendor information, contact the Upland Recreation Division at (909) 931-4399. For Business Expo information, contact the Upland Chamber of Commerce at (909) 204-4465. For entertainment information, contact Carly Moultrie at (909) 241-7480. uplandpl.lib.ca.us
VACAVILLE - Cowtown Country & Western Music Festival. Downtown Vacaville Town Square goes country and western! A full day of country music, line dancing, square dancing, roping, food and vendors! It's a full schedule of events. Time: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Cost: Free admission, downtownvacaville.com
WALNUT CREEK - Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, April 28 - 29, 2012. The 68th Semi-Annual event includes 150 artists and crafters lining the sidewalk of Main Street and the closed street of Locust in downtown Walnut Creek. This event has been ranked as one of the top 100 outdoor fine arts shows in the country. Call: (209) 267-4394. pacificfinearts.com
WINDSOR - Carnaval, a Multicultural music, food and entertainment event. Noon - 5:30 p.m. Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Drive, Windsor, CA. Cost: Free. Yes, there is no fee to enjoy and support the local Windsor cultural diversity.
WOODLAND - Scottish Games & Festival, April 28-29, 2012. Location: Yolo County Fairgrounds, Woodland, CA. saccallie.com
WOODLAND HILLS -
Heritage Days and Civil War Reenactment,
April 28-29, 2012. Activities all day long at Pierce College Farm Center, Woodland Hills, CA.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $12 general admission; $8 age 4-15 years ; $10 age 65 & older Location: 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA. Call: (818) 999-6300. piercefarmcenter.com