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Santa Cruz Beach Clam Chowder Cook Off Feb.25-26, 2023

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BAKERSFIELD: Bakersfield Home and Garden Show Feb 24-26, 2023, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Entertainment, activities and attractions include: arts, crafts, and food vendors.  Location: Kern County Fairgrounds 1142 So. P Street, Bakersfield 93307 $10 Admission, $5 parking,

CAMBRIA & SAN SIMEON:  BlendFest on the Coast, February 23-26, 2023. The only wine event dedicated to blends, experience a taste of Paso Robles Wine Country on the beautiful California coast, hosted by Paso Wine. $50-145,

COSTA MESA: Gem Faire February 24-26, 2023 at OC Fairgrounds Fair & Event Center. Precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold, silver, minerals &  more at manufacturers' prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing. Location: 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA. $7, parking is $12, 

COSTA MESA:  OC Home & Garden Show February 25-26, 2023. Location: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive. $free admission, $10 parking approx,

ESPARTO: Capay Valley Almond Festival February 25-26, 2023,  8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Parade Feb.25, 2023. Multiple events in Esparto, Guinda, Rumsey, Brooks and Capay.

FRESNO: Fresno Tattoo Expo February 25-26, 2023 at Fresno Fairgrounds. Fresno Tattoo Convention features 200+ tattooers. All ages welcome, bring the family! Get tattooed and enjoy live music, sideshow performers, vendors, food & drinks. Hosted by Central Valley Tattoo. Location: 1121 S. Chance Ave. $20-30, 

FULLERTON: Misery, play, January 20-February 26, 2023 at Maverick Theater. Stage adaptation of Stephen King's thrilling novel. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m. Location: The Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton, CA 92832. Tickets: $30 general admission, and $15 for students with ID (not appropriate for ages 13 and under), or  (714) 526-7070 | entertainment

INDIO: Riverside County Fair & National Date Fest February 17-26, 2023 at Riverside County Fairgrounds. Includes queen and court, date contests and foods, carnival rides, vendor booths, food and Presidents Day Parade.  $15,

MONTEREY: East of Eden Cat Fanciers Show February 25-26, 2023, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monterey Fairgrounds 2004 Fairground Road Monterey, CA 93940. $10,

ONTARIO: Compete Nationals February 24-26, 2023 at Ontario Convention Center. An internationally recognized martial arts competition. Location: 2000 E. Convention Way, Ontario, CA.

PALM DESERT: Inaugural Desert Winefest, February 25-26, 2023 at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. The event raises funds for both the Family YMCA of the Desert and Desert Cancer Foundation. Hours: Saturday 1-5 p.m.; Sunday 12-4 p.m. Location: 43900 San Pablo Ave., Palm Desert, CA. $80-120 ($25 designated driver),

RIPON: Almond Blossom Festival February 23-26, 2023. Always the last weekend of February, and the first festival of the season, the Ripon Chamber of Commerce presents a carnival, fun run, and well known community parade. Events on Feb.26 at at Mistlin Sports Park include Festival Vendor Booths, ABF Carnival and Community Stage Live Music.

PALM SPRINGS: Modernism Week February 16-26, 2023. For details, maps, times, and to purchase tickets, see

REDWOOD CITY: San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society (SFPCS) Camellia Show February 25-26, 2023, at Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt, Redwood City, CA | camellias

RIVERSIDE: Dickens Festival February 25-26, 2023 at Main Street between University and 11th Streets. A Victorian parade, concerts, games, vendors, food booths and fun are included on one of Riverside's top cultural events all year long! Street Festival portion is free,

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Wedding Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The International Wedding is a place where "all things weddings" can be found! We love weddings so much! The flowers, the gowns, decor, music, the planning process, linens. Location: CalExpo - Building C, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815. $15,

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Bird Festival February 22-26, 2023. The festivities take place at Marina Village Conference Center. Our field trips reach every corner of the county. Location: 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109. Festival registration is $35 per person, which gains you access to many included social events. Field trips and programs are available at additional cost. Tour registration: | birding

SAN FRANCISCO: Pacific Orchid Exposition February 24-26, 2023. A Legacy of Orchids San Francisco County Fair Building Hall of Flowers 1199 9th St. San Francisco, CA

SAN JOSE: San Jose Spring Show, February 25-26, 2023 at San Jose McEnery Convention Center - South Hall 435 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

SAN LUIS OBISPO: SLO Comedy Fest February 23-26, 2023. Free on several shows, most are $10-up,

SANTA CRUZ:  Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival February 25-26, 2023.  $12 tasting kit, 6 tickets.

VALLEJO: Vallejo Gem and Mineral Show, February 25-26, 2023, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Solano County Fairgrounds. Gems, geodes, fossils, beads and minerals from around the globe. Discover lapidary and stone crafts from vendors and live demonstrations. Something for everyone! Silent auction, geode cuttings, and games of chance and discovery for kids! Location: McCormack Hall, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589. $6; Free under age 12 years,


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SANGER: Blossom Trail Bus Tour February 26-27, 2022, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sanger Chamber of Commerce hosts this fun event that includes beer & wine tasting stops, Mimosa Breakfast and Lunch. $125,


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