BLYTHE - Bluegrass Festival Jan. 20 - 22, 2012
One of the biggest Bluegrass events in the U.S. includes two stages packed with musicians all day long for 3 full days, plus contests, quilt show, food, merchandise booths and more, make this the event not to miss for bluegrass lovers. Artist Lineup The Bluegrass Brethren Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (Special Sunday Performance Only) Plus the following great performers: Audie Blaylock & Redline, The Special Consensus, The Spinney Brothers, IIIrd Generation Bluegrass, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Highway 65, Pine Mountain Railroad, The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Lonesome Otis, Just 4 Fun. Time: Daily. , 3 day admission. Location: Colorado River Fairgrounds, 11995 Olive Lake Blvd., Blythe, CA 92225. 922-8166. blythebluegrass
CARLSBAD - Carlsbad Marathon Jan. 22, 2012. Carlsbad Marathon 7am-10am, Sunday, January 22, 2012 901 Palomar Airport Rd. Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-692-2900
DEL MAR - Antique Show & Sale Jan. 20 - 22, 2012
The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale is celebrating it's 51st great year at the O'Brien Pavilion at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds. The appraisal people will be back for all 3 days of the show and their rate is still only per item. Also, our great repair & restoration people will be there to help you make your damaged treasures as good as new. They are able to repair all types of glass & crystal, pottery & porcelain, furniture, jewelry, art and much more. General admission is and children are Location: Exit off the 5 freeway at Via de la Valle, turn west and you can come in either the main gate on Jimmy Durante Blvd or the Solana Gate which is straight ahead on the left side of Via de la Valle.
SAN FRANCISCO - Dine About Town Jan. 15 - 31, 2012 dineabouttown
COLOMA - Gold Discovery Day - Jan. 22 - 23 marshallgold
Gold was discovered on January 24, 1848. It's commemorated on the anniversary of James Marshall's momentous discovery of gold in the tailrace of Sutter's Mill. Historic demonstrations, tours, speakers, and Gold Rush music highlight this annual commemoration. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 295-2162 or 622-3470.
RIVERSIDE - Dickens Festival Jan 21 - 23
A Victorian dance, essay contest, exhibits, lectures, games and fun are included on one of Riverside's top cultural events all year long! dickensfest
SAN LUIS OBISPO -Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Audiences are captivated by the stirring sound of bass, alto and tenor harmonies that are the traditional sounds of South Africa's premier male a cappella group. The soul of Paul Simon's classic "Graceland" release, the nine members of LBM now serve as their country's cultural musical ambassadors and emissaries of peace.Time: 8 p.m. 6-38. Location: Christopher Cohan Center, Harman Hall, One Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA. 756-2787. calpolyarts
SANTA CRUZ - Monarch Butterfly Tour. Visitors can take Monarch Butterfly Tours at Natural Bridges State Beach. These walks take place during the winter months, when migrating monarchs come to Santa Cruz. The monarchs are migrating from their over-wintering sites along this portion of the coast and heading north, south and east. Public tours are offered on weekends in January and no reservations are necessary. Meet at the Visitor Center for the hour-long program. Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Location: West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA.