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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

July 14, 1996|MARY FRANCES SMITH

CARMEL--Another summer of classical music is planned throughout the village during the annual Carmel Bach Festival, which started July 13 and continues through Aug. 4. Bruno Weil is music director for the event, featuring concerts in the Sunset Theater, the Carmel Mission Basilica and other venues. Works by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Handel and other composers will be performed. Tickets: $10-$50. (800) 550-4333.

BIG BEAR LAKE--Old-fashioned fun awaits at the 49th annual Old Miner's Days, July 19-Aug. 4. Celebrate this area's gold mining history with festivities throughout the Big Bear Valley on July 19-21, July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4. Activities include a chili cook-off; burro events, including donkey baseball; horseshoe pitching, and the Cowboy Poetry Reading Competition and Music Festival. The Grand Parade is 12:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Summit and Big Bear Boulevard. Free; special events require a $1 Big Bear button. (909) 866-7000.

SONOMA--Sonoma's bounty of art, food and wine are showcased at the 11th annual Salute to the Arts at 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 20-21 in downtown's Sonoma Plaza. Chefs and winemakers are on hand, local authors sign books, and actors and musicians present theater and a wide variety of music. Local galleries sponsor visual art exhibits. Free; food and wine tasting packages: $10-$25. (707) 938-1133.

TEMECULA--The Temecula Greek Festival, featuring Greek cuisine, music and entertainment, and a marketplace of Greek crafts and goods, is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 20 and noon-6 p.m. July 21 in the Circle K shopping center on Front Street in Old Town. Free admission. (909) 676-1984.

SAN LUIS OBISPO--El Chorro Regional Park becomes a 16th century English village for the 12th annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 20-21. Featured: Parades, music, jousting, puppetry, plays and children's activities. $7; general; $5, kids 6-12 and seniors; free for those under 6. On California 1 between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. (805) 781-2777.

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