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California Corner Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

September 08, 1996|MARY FRANCES SMITH

SONORA--Sonora Blues and Brews '96 comes to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on Sept. 14. Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop are among the performers at the event, noon-9 p.m. Beer tasting, featuring suds from 20 microbreweries, is 1-5 p.m.; $5 in addition to festival admission, which is $18 in advance, $20 at the door, free for those under 12. (209) 533-3473.

TEMECULA--The second annual Temecula Valley International Film Festival, a showcase of 44 feature-length, short and student films, is Sept. 18-22. The main venue is SoCal Cinemas at Tower Plaza, Rancho California and Ynez roads. $5 per screening; packages are available. Workshops and special events are scheduled, including an opening night gala. Featured films include "Dating the Enemy" and "Twilight Highway." (909) 699-6267.

WATSONVILLE--Black Diamond and the Creole Jazz Kings are among the performers scheduled for the sixth annual Fats Waller Memorial Jazz Festival, Sept. 20-22. Thirteen bands will play in downtown Watsonville venues, including the Miramar Restaurant and the United Presbyterian Church. $45, three-day badge. Day passes: $15 Friday; $25 Saturday; $20 Sunday. (800) 833-3494.

CHULA VISTA--A parade of tall ships and many other maritime events await at the 10th annual Harbor Day Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21 at Chula Vista Harbor. Also offered at the free celebration: live music, a crafts fair, a classic car show; a kite festival and kids' activities. J Street exit from Interstate 5 south. (619) 585-5682.

LOS OSOS--The natural beauty of the Central California coast is the backdrop for the Pacific Storytelling Festival. A varied lineup of storytellers will weave tales and spark the imagination, Sept. 21-22 in Montana de Oro State Park on Pecho Valley Road. Tickets: $11-$40. Festival and camping information: (805) 594-8856.

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