California November Festivals

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November Festivals and Events

For those who love the holidays November calendar of events is filled with festivals that involve shopping, seasonal activities such as skating, lights and Christmas or Thanksgiving festivals.

CLAREMONT: 71st Annual Festival at Pilgrim Place, a senior community in Claremont, CA. Free Admission. Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Shopping! Music! Food! Over 65 booths offering; Jewelry, Fabric Creations, Children’s Activities, Woodworking, Paintings, Metal Sculpture, Stained Glass, Jams/Jellies, Vintage Clothing, Antique Items, Furniture, Stamps/Coins, Books, Pottery, Weaving, Plant Sale and more. Take a ride on a train and boat. Full turkey dinner, hamburgers, hotdogs, chili (vegetarian options available) pie, popcorn and ice cream at the Food Court. Festival is 100% undertaken by residents and staff of Pilgrim Place, a senior community of persons who have dedicated their lives in serving others. All proceeds of the event fund the Resident and Health Support Program that assists residents needing financial support.  Location: Pilgrim Place, 625 Mayflower Road, Claremont, CA 91711 pilgrimplace.org | (909) 399-5500

SAN BERNARDINO: SBD Fest Air Show, Car & Motorcycle Show November 2-3, 2019 San Bernardino International Airport
$15-up, sbdfest.com | air shows

LONG BEACH: Festival of Flight  November 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 

Past events

CAYUCOS: Cayucos Car Show November 3, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Awesome cars, good music, beer Garden, BBQ at the Vet's Hall. cayucoschamber.com

AVILA BEACH: Harvest on the Coast Weekend November 2-4, 2018, $40-$225  slowine.com

LA MESA: 12th Annual Historic Home Tour Saturday, November 3, 2018 9 a.m.-3 p.m Mediterranean to Modern Architecture in La Mesa Highlands. lamesahistory.com | home tour 

LANCASTER: Field of Drafts Beer Festival Saturday, November 3, 2018 1 - 5 p.m. Lancaster Municipal Stadium (The Hangar) $45 fieldofdrafts.com  

LODI: Grape Bowl Classic Band Review, November 3, 2018, Time: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Lawrence School 221 Lawrence Ave. Lodi, California Band Review, Field Show & Jazz $10 field show, grapebowlclassic.com 

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Fallback Festival November 4, 2018, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. William Heath Davis House, spanning 4th Avenue between Market Street and J Street and Island Avenue between 4th and 5th Avenues. 410 Island Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 Free, gaslampquarter.org

CARLSBAD: Carlsbad Village Faire November 4, 2018, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
State & Grand Parking Lot
Carlsbad, CA
carlsbad.org
Free
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the semi-annual street fair in May and November. Over 900 vendors, 50 food booths, Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, Kids bounce houses, Beer & Wine Garden.

PLEASANTON: Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival November 2-4, 2018. Kumu Hula Assoc. of Northern Calif. Celebrate Hawaiian culture and traditions through solo and group hula competitions, arts and crafts, and food, which is vital to sharing the traditions, values and art of hula with the world. Held at Alameda County Fairgrounds. $20, kumuhulaassociation.com

PALM SPRINGS: Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival November 1-4, 2018. Multiple block parties, a two-day festival and Nov. 5 parade in Palm Springs, California. pspride.org

NEWBERRY SPRINGS: Pistachio Festival November 3, 2018, 9 a.m. Newberry Community Center & Park 30884 Newberry Road (Just South of Historic Route 66) Newberry Springs, CA 
pistachiofestival.info

SANTA CRUZ: Hot Rods at the Beach November 3, 2018, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach Street Santa Cruz, CA Free to see, hotrodsatthebeach.com Hundreds of hot rods, street rods, vintage, muscle, custom and classic cars in the Boardwalk Parking Lot

SAN DIEGO: Fiesta de la Cuadrilla November 2-4, 2018 Balboa Park Pan American Plaza 2080 Pan American Plaza San Diego, CA 92101 sdsda.org

SONOMA: Extra Virgin Festival November 3, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. sonomavalley.com B.R. Cohn Winery 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen CA, 95442 (800) 330-4064 | sonomaextravirginfestival.com

 SONOMA: Wine & Food Affair November 3-4, 2018. $, wineroad.com

TURLOCK: Country Folk Art Urban Marketplace November 3-4, 2018. Held at Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Admission: $6, approx. countryfolkart.com

CLAREMONT: Padua Hills Art Fiesta November 4, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The exhibition takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. Admission is $8, claremontmuseum.org

BIG SUR: The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival, November 1-4, 2018. A weekend of culinary and wine events in Big Sur, combining Hiking with Stemware, wine maker dinners, a Grand Tasting with a local cookbook and wine book signings and the chance to meet some of California's best wine makers. Big Sur, Ca. bigsurfoodandwine.org

FOLSOM to AUBURN: Rio Del Lago November 3, 2018
rio100mile.com Qualifier for the 2018 Western States 100 is a 100 mile race about 40 minutes east of Sacramento in the Sierra-Nevada

ALAMEDA: Holiday Boutique November 3-4, 2018, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fine arts, crafts, apparel, gourmet gifts, antiques, collectibles, more. Free admission. Location: Albert DeWitt 'O Club, Alameda Point. alamedaca.gov

FRESNO: Fall Home Improvement Show, November 2-4, 2018. Fresno Fall event offers a variety of cost effective options, all in a one stop shopping, stress free environment. Pick up a gift or stocking stuffer, create your own wreath, floral spray or centerpiece at the popular Make and Take Craft Corner, or talk with local contractors about a new kitchen, pool, or landscape project. Fall into savings with over 300 exhibitors.  Location: Fresno Fairgrounds, Fresno, Calif.  fresnoshows.com

LODI: Sandhill Crane Festival November 2-4, 2018

RAMONA: Art and Wine Festival November 3, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Begent Ranch 18528 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA ramonaartandwinefest.net

RIDGECREST: Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival November 3-4, 2018, 10 a.m. Free, rpfestival.com   Balsam Street Fair, Balsam and French Avenues

MADERA: Madera Pomegranate Festival November 3, 2018. Celebrate all things pomegranate with recipe contests, fun run, entertainment, arts and food. pomegranatefestival.com

TWENTYNINE PALMS: Weed Show November 3-4, 2018

YUBA CITY: Sikh Festival November 2-4, 2018 Sikh Temple Tierra Buena 2468 Tierra Buena Road Yuba City, California 95993 facebook.com/  

PERRIS: Thomas the Train Festivals Day Out with Thomas Orange Empire Railway Perris, California November 3-4, 2018, and November 9-11, 2018. Info: thomasthetrain.net featuring Percy 2201 South A Street Perris, CA

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Timeless Treasures Boutique November 8-11, 2018
6906 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA Free admission, timelesstreasuresboutiques.com

SANTA ANA: West Coast Gem & Mineral Show November 9-11, 2018. Location: Hilton Orange County, 3050 Bristol, Costa Mesa, CA Free and open to the public, mzexpos.com 80 local, national, and international vendors sell minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, meteorites, beads, lapidary, crystals, metaphysical supplies, and  more. Many of the dealers mine and prepare their own material and handcraft the unique jewelry they sell, and enjoy sharing their knowledge with their customers.  Tourmaline and gold, quartz, malachite from Africa, rhodochrosite and fine minerals from Russia, China, India, and all over the US.

LONG BEACH: Festival of Flight  November 17, 2018, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Long Beach Airport 3590 E Wardlow Rd. Long Beach, CA 90807 Free, lgb.org | air

LOS ANGELES: InnovateLA November 2-18, 2018.  200+ events! innovate.la

SAN PEDRO: Annual City of Los Angeles & Battleship USS Iowa Veterans Day Music Festival November 11, 2018
Berth 87
San Pedro, CA
Free
(310) 732-3508
pacificbattleship.com
Built in 1940, the USS Iowa (BB-61) served our country for over 50 years. Designated the World's Greatest Naval Ship due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization, she kept pace with technology for more than 50 years. USS Iowa is now transforming into the most interactive and educational museum of its kind. The festival will show our appreciation for all that this nation's veterans have done to protect our freedoms. The free events is for the whole family and will include live music, a resource fair, free food, and loads of activities! 250 S. Harbor Blvd. 

LOS ANGELES: Pershing Square Downtown on Ice November 15, 2018-January 21, 2019
532 S. Olive St. Downtown Los Angeles, CA
holidayicerinkdowntownla.com

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Beer Week, November 2-11, 2018 Hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival highlighting San Diego's award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs. sdbeer.com

 DEATH VALLEY: Death Valley 49ers Fest Nov. 4-11, 2018 deathvalley49ers.org The annual Death Valley Encampment is held the first full week of November. The event is sponsored by the Death Valley 49ers, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Death Valley.

MENDOCINO COAST: Feast Mendocino November 2-11, 2018,  mendocino.com

PASADENA: Craftsman Weekend November 9-11, 2018 pasadenaheritage.org/craftsmanweekend | home tour

OAKLAND: Festival of Black Dolls November 10, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
659 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
$5, oaklandlibrary.org

BIG BEAR: Big Bear Comedy Festival November 9-10, 2018 bigbearcomedyfestival.com

SAN FRANCISCO: Celebrate Diwali with Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea and a spectacular Fireworks show over the San Francisco Bay, November 10, 2018, 12-9 p.m.
Experience a far-away land inspired by the sights, sounds, and smells of India at Pier 39 starting at noon with fireworks at 7 p.m. Open to all ages and admission is FREE! Enjoy tea samplings from the Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea Cart, Tea cup rides, Rickshaw rides, Henna tattoos, Paint-your-own diyas, Color pages of Diwali designs, Participate in a photo mosaic wall, DIWALI fireworks at 7 p.m. Location: East Park at Pier 39 Parking: Parking garages nearby Public Transportation: By bus (Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 bus stop) - By light-rail (The Embarcadero & Stockton stop) Tickets: https://bit.ly/2pTWdrn 

PASADENA: Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair, November 17-18, 2018, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. OJackalope Indie Artisan Fair in Old Pasadena showcases 200+ selected artisans selling handmade, specialty, trendsetting Indie fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper products, home decor, housewares, art, photography, and more. Location: 275 S. Raymond Avenue, Central Park. Admission is free; artisan workshops may require pre-registration, jackalopeartfair.com

GRASS VALLEY: Country Christmas Faire November 23-25, 2018
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd.
Grass Valley, CA
nevadacountyfair.com
$5, free parking
Strolling entertainment, festival foods, the magical Gingerbread House exhibit, elves, and a community bonfire. Wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered; and Victorian singers perform throughout the event. Santa available each day.

FULLERTON: Pumpkin Launch   Cal State Fullerton Athletic Field Fullerton, CA oc.discoverycube.org/event/pumpkinlaunch/ Free community event

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: NoHo Fringe Festival   nohofringe.org

SAN LEANDRO: Fear Overload

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Day of the Dead San Luis Obispo November 3, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dia de los Muertos Mission Plaza Monterey Street at Chorro Street San Luis Obispo, CA Free, community invited to participate diadelosmuertosslo.org

SANTA MONICA: Santa Monica Day of the Dead Woodlawn Cemetery, Mausoleum & Mortuary 1847 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA Free, smgov.net/dia | facebook.com/Woodlawns

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Dia de los Muertos  

MURPHYS: Day of the Dead  Main Street, Downtown  Murphys, CA Free, visitmurphys.com | day of dead

SAN DIEGO: Old Town San Diego's Dia de los Muertos in Old Town San Diego SHP Historical dayofthedeadsd.com

SANTA ANA: Annual Noche de Altares 

RIVERSIDE: Day of the Dead
Downtown Riverside, White Park. Join Aztec Dancing, Traditional Altars.

SANTA MONICA: Dia de los Muertos   Woodlawn Cemetery. Enjoy traditional music and dance

SAN RAFAEL: Day of the Dead Celebration 

DEL MAR: The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale November 16-18, 2018. $8 admission approx. calendarshows.com

LOS ANGELES: American Indian Arts Marketplace November 10-11, 2018

TEMECULA: Temecula Holiday Home Tour November 10-11, 2018.  $42, VIP Experience $150 | Bistro $16,  tvwc.com tvwc.com | home tour 

AUBURN: Auburn Mandarin Festival November 16-18, 2018
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, CA
mandarinfestival.com

MONTERY: Monterey Cowboy & Music Festival November 3, 2018. montereycowboy.org

SACRAMENTO: Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show November 16-18, 2018 CalExpo Sacramento, CA $9 admission harvestfestival.com Holiday shopping, hundreds of vendors, entertainment, food and more.

PARADISE: Festival of Trees November 17, 2018, 6 p.m.  Paradise Elks Lodge, Paradise, CA $25, paradisechamber.com A Christmas wonderland, showcasing holiday gifts, decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. Free admission. Bid on the tree you love and take it home fully decorated. Many fun Christmas activities, vendors to shop.

NAPA: Gifts 'n Tyme Holiday Faire November 16-18, 2018 Location: Chardonnay Hall Napa Valley Expo 575 Third Street Napa, CA afterthegoldrushfestivals.com

RANCHO MIRAGE: Armenian Cultural Festival November 10-11, 2018, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Food, music, dance, cultural vendor exhibits. 38905 Monterey Ave. $3, aacod.org

HERMOSA BEACH: Holiday Sidewalk Festival November 16-18, 2018, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Annual Holiday Sidewalk Festival participating stores put out racks and tables of sale and discount items. Streets are filled with a roaming balloon artist, a face painter, carolers strolling the streets and music on two stages. Location: Downtown Hermosa Beach CA. hbchamber.net

ENCINITAS: Fall Street Fair November 18, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. encinitas101.com Karl Strauss Beer Garden Food: The Lumberyard Tavern sells sliders and wraps Bands, 450+ booths, a Kids Zone, a Dog Zone, dance troupes.

TRINIDAD Annual Blessing of the Fleet November 22, 2018, Trinidad Pier
Sponsored by: The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce. trinidadcalif.com
Not one fisherman has been lost to the wiles of the winter sea. There have been close calls, a few years back, a wave rolled a boat not once - but three times and the crew survived. Unfortunately, the year before the annual blessing was launched, one local fisherman was lost. Growing up in Trinidad, fishermen know full well the mercurial nature of the ocean. Thanksgiving Day

INDIAN VALLEY / LAKE ALMANOR: Holiday Home Tour November 9-11, 2018, mountainaffairs.com

LAKE ALMANOR: Merchant's Night Holiday Celebration November 23, 2018, 5-8 p.m. Chester Merchants when they throw open their doors for their annual Merchants Night Celebration. Food, hospitality, store specials, music and visits from Santa Claus. Location: Main Street, Chester, CA 96020. lakealmanorarea.com

PASO ROBLES: Holiday Craft Bazaar November 23, 2018,  10 a.m.-4 p.m. Paso Robles Downtown City Park Paso Robles, CA pasoroblesdowntown.org Free admission Arts, crafts and handmade goods

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Central Coast Craft Fair November 23-24, 2018 Veterans Memorial 801 Grand Ave San Luis Obispo, CA Free admission, free parking californiacraftshow.com Largest Hand-made Craft Show on the Central Coast on Thanksgiving weekend for over 35 years in beautiful downtown San Luis Obispo includes contemporary and country crafters and artisans, plus free Cider and Cookies in the Boutique

RICHMOND: Great Train Expo November 24-25, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The show is designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. Craneway Pavilion - 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA Presented By: Train Expo Inc. $11, trainshow.com

POMONA: Everybody's Bird Mart November 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. All  types of birds and supplies for sale. Best prices in town and the biggest show you will ever attend. Hundreds of vendors. $10, everybodysbirdmart.com

YUCAIPA: Apple Butter Festival at Historic Los Rios Rancho November 23-25, 2018
Riley's at Los Rios Rancho
39611 Oak Glen Rd. #13, Yucaipa, CA. 92399
losriosrancho.com

SAN JOSE: Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show November 23-25, 2018
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA
$9 admission
harvestfestival.com
Holiday shopping, hundreds of vendors, entertainment, food and more.

OAKDALE Annual Cowboy Christmas November 23-24, 2018, oakdalecowboymuseum.org

PASADENA - Doo Dah Parade  November 18, 2018

McCLOUD: McCloud Dog & Pony Parade Saturday, November 24, 2018, 12-2 p.m. Join pet owners, bicyclists, vintage car owners, floats and other decorated participants for a trip down main street during this free, traditional McCloud event.  mccloudchamber.com

SAN MATEO: Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show November 9-11, 2018
San Mateo County Events Center
1346 Saratoga Dr.
San Mateo, Ca
$9 admission
harvestfestival.com
Holiday shopping, hundreds of vendors, entertainment, food and more. 

PALM SPRINGS: Veterans Day Parade November 11, 2018 Annual patriotic parade last approx. 1 hour, honoring nation's heroes.

VALLEY CENTER: Santa's Coming Craft Fair November 23-25, 2018
Bates Nut Farm
Valley Center, CA
Admission and parking are free
Over 80 artisans, handmade crafts, fine art, bands, Santa arrives by hayride both Friday and Saturday.

SAN RAFAEL: San Rafael Parade Of Lights & Winter Wonderland November 23, 2018, Location: San Rafael, CA sresproductions.com

SUTTER CREEK: Craft & Gift Fair November 24-25, 2018 and December 8-9, 2018, 10 a.m.
Sutter Creek Auditorium
18 Main St.
Sutter Creek, CA
suttercreek.org

MORRO BAY: Morro Bay Winter Fest November 30-December 12, 2018
Morro Bay Blvd & Main Streets
Morro Bay, CA
morrobay.org
Many activities and events celebrate the holidays in the charming Central Coast city by the bay in San Luis Obispo County.

BALDWIN PARK: Baldwin Park Parade November 3, 2018 and Carnival November 1-4, 2018 in Morgan Park. Parade starts at 9:45 a.m. at Baldwin Park Blvd. at Olive, traveling south on Baldwin Park Blvd. and ending at Morgan Park, 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd. Carnival at Morgan Park   baldwinpark.com

Past Events

CAMARILLO: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration   Conejo Mountain Funeral Home

CHINO: Annual Chino Invitational Band Review & Field Show Tournament, Time: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Band Review, awards 40 high school and junior high/middle school bands. Chino High School 5472 Park Place Chino, CA $10 field tournament, chino77thcavalry.com/invitational.html Free admission  | marching bands

CLOVIS: Golden State Tournament of Bands, Time: 6-10 p.m. Clovis High School 1055 Fowler Ave. Clovis, CA westernbands.org | clovishighband.com

COSTA MESA: Community Chili Cook-Off. Chili Contest. Entertainment, Exhibits, Vendors! Vote for your favorite chili! The competition is ready to heat up! Time: 124 p.m. Cost: Free Location: Halecrest Park 3107 Killybrooke Lane and 3124 College Ave., Costa Mesa, California, RSVP: halecrestpark.com

DENAIR: Winter Farm/Construction Toy Show

SAN FRANCISCO: Sea Music Monthly Sing-along of Sea Shanties November 4, 2017 San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Hyde & Jefferson Streets San Francisco, CA (415) 447-5000. nps.gov/safr

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: ZedFest Zombie Film Festival October 31-November 3, 2017 zedfest.org

OJAI: Ojai Film Festival November 2-12, 2017 ojaifilmfestival.com Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film

SAN FRANCISCO: The Rocky Horror Picture Show  November 1-4, 2017 Victoria Theatre 2961 16th Street San Francisco, CA. 415-863-7576 $30-40, victoriatheatre.org

SAN JOSE: Independence High School Band Tournament, Time: 3:30-10 p.m. Independence High School 1776 Educational Parkway San Jose, CA 95133 Adults $12 approx. westernbands.org

YUCCA VALLEY: Gourd Festival

HOLLYWOOD: AFI Fest
afi.com
Meet celebs and watch cutting edge films at American Film Institute Festival.

SIERRA MADRE: Hops for Hope November 4, 2017 Santa Anita Park Arcadia, CA thesperofoundation.org

TWENTYNINE PALMS: 8th Annual Chalkfest November 4-5, 2017 10 am to 3 pm Community Services Building Joe Davis Dr 29 Palms, CA yuccavalley.org

LONG BEACH: Autumn Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA
aquariumofpacific.org

PISMO BEACH: Marching Band Review, Time: 8:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau (805) 773-7034 pismochamber.com Over 20 Marching Bands for middle and high schools from all over California competing for awards. Bands march down Dolliver Street and compete on Dolliver between Hinds and Main Streets from approximately 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

RIVERSIDE: Annual Deepavali Program  4-8 p.m. Landis Arts Theatre Riverside Community College   Hindu Society Of Inland Empire, CA riversidetemple.org | Diwali

SAN BERNARDINO: San Gorgonio High School Field Tournament, Time: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 2299 Pacific Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92404 sghsbands.org This is the school band's biggest event and fundraiser of the year in which everyone pitches in to make it a great success.

MADERA Pomegranate Celebration
pomegranatefestival.com

NEWBERRY SPRINGS Pistachio Festival
pistachiofestival.info
Pistachio Festival

SAN CLEMENTE: San Clemente Field Tournament, Time: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente High School 700 Avenida Pico San Clemente, CA 92673 $10 admission

SAN FRANCISCO: American Indian Film Festival November  aifisf.com. Longest running, best known film festival dedicated to Native Americans featuring 95 films from Indigenous people.

NORTHRIDGE: Holiday Traditions In Northridge November

TURLOCK: Country Folk Art Craft Show

SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Sea Glass Festival

VALLEY CENTER: Christmas On The Farm Valley Center, CA

FORESTHILL: Holiday In The Pines Craft Faire  Foresthill, CA

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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