6-Aug. 29: FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS, Laguna Beach
Orange County. Festival features art exhibit by more than 160 artists and craftspeople; pageant re-creates classical and contemporary artworks with live models, music and narration. This year's theme is "Metropolis, Art of the World's Great Capitals." Tel. (800) 487-3378 or (714) 494-2685, fax (714) 494-9387.
10-12: PAUL BUNYAN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL, Westwood
Shasta Cascades. Logging show, Paul Bunyan's home tour, music, arts and crafts, parade, picnic and children's carnival. Tel. (530) 256-2456, fax (530) 256-3539.
10-26: ORANGE COUNTY FAIR, Costa Mesa
Rodeo, livestock exhibitions, vendors, fiber art, handicraft displays and food. Tel. (714) 708-1543, fax (714) 641-1360.
1-19: CALIFORNIA RODEO, Salinas
Central Coast. Top PCRA rodeo professionals compete in steer wrestling, bull riding, calf roping and bareback and bronco riding; parade, concerts and barbecue. Tel. (800) 771-8807 or (408) 757-2951, fax (408) 757-5134.
18-19: SEAFOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, Monterey
Central Coast. Festivities include blues, country rock and Reggae music; arts and crafts and seafood. Tel. (408) 655-8070, fax (408) 655-8072. Free.
18-Aug. 2: OLD MINERS DAYS, Big Bear Lake
Inland Empire. Old-time fair, chili cook-off, loggers jubilee, cowboy poetry, Miss Clementine contest and parade. Tel. (800) 4-Big Bear or (909) 866-4608.
24-26: GARLIC FESTIVAL, Gilroy.
Central Coast. 20th annual food fair features garlic dishes, wines, arts and crafts and entertainment. Tel. (408) 842-6436, fax (408) 842-6438.
25-26: FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, Fremont
Bay Area. More than 700 arts and crafts booths; wine, beer and food vendors; auto show, entertainment and children's activities. Tel. (510) 795-4781, fax (510) 795-2240. Free.
1-10: SONOMA COUNTY FAIR, Santa Rosa
North Coast. Fair features horse racing, flower show, farm animals, arts and crafts exhibits, entertainment and carnival. Tel. (707) 545-4200, fax (707) 573-9342.
1-2: SALSA FESTIVAL, Oxnard
Central Coast. Salsa-making contest, 5K run, arts and crafts, dancing, music and children's carnival. Tel. (805) 483-4542. Free.
5-9: OLD SPANISH DAYS FIESTA, Santa Barbara
Central Coast. Grand parade, horse-drawn carriages, Spanish markets, carnival, rodeo, arts and crafts, dancing and variety shows. Tel. (800) 927-4688 or (805) 962-8101. Free.
7-9: SAN JOSE JAM FESTIVAL, San Jose
Bay Area. One of the largest free jazz festivals in the U.S. features Latin jazz, bebop, rhythm and blues, fusion and modern jazz. Tel. (408) 288-7557, fax (408) 288-7598. Free.
8: GREAT PETALUMA QUILT SHOW, Petaluma
North Coast. Quilt historians and artisans display hundreds of colorful quilts. Tel. (707) 763-0945. Free.
8-9: NATIVE AMERICAN CRAFT DAYS, Bridgeport
High Sierra. Festival features Native American dancing, demonstrations, arts and crafts and basket-weaving workshop. Tel. (760) 934-3342, fax (760) 934-3342. Free.
8-9: CABRILLO MUSIC, ART, FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL, Santa Cruz
Bay Area. Fine arts and crafts festival includes international foods, music and wines. Tel. (800) 833-3494 or (408) 425-1234, fax (408) 425-1260. Free.
21-Sept. 7: CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR, Sacramento
Gold Country. Top-name entertainment, fireworks, county exhibits, livestock nursery, culinary delights, carnival rides, award-winning wines and microbrews; expanded Big Bear Frontier program. Tel. (916) 263-3000, fax (916) 236-3304.
29-30: BROCCOLI FESTIVAL, Greenfield
Central Coast. Array of broccoli delights includes soup, pizza and salads; carnival, entertainment and car shows. Tel. (408) 674-5240.
3-7: EASTERN SIERRA TRI-COUNTY FAIR AND HOMECOMING RODEO, Bishop
High Sierra. Old-fashioned country fair features thousands of exhibits including quilts, agriculture, livestock, photography and arts and crafts; carnival, destruction derby, pig races, pony rides, petting zoo, horse shows and PRCA rodeo. Tel. (760) 873-3588, fax (760) 873-8874.
4-7: GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL, Sacramento
Gold Country. Enjoy life in 1849 with period street dramas, music, storytellers, merchandise and Gold Miners' Ball. Tel. (916) 264-7777, fax (916) 264-7788.
4-8: PAUL BUNYAN DAYS, Fort Bragg
North Coast. Event includes fiddlers contest, logging show, fire department water fight, Belle of the Redwoods Dance, crafts fair and Paul Bunyan parade. Tel. (707) 964-8687. Free.
5-6: SAUSALITO ART FESTIVAL, Sausalito
Bay Area. Fine arts festival features more than 225 juried artists and 14,000 works of art; three stages of entertainment; food and wine. Tel. (415) 332-3555, fax (415) 332-0323.
11-13: VIVA MEXICO! San Francisco
Mexican Independence Day festival features two days of traditional music and folk dancing with children's hands-on arts and crafts demonstrations. Tel. (415) 705-5500, fax (415) 981-8808. Free.
13: NEWPORT BEACH SANDCASTLE CONTEST, Newport Beach
Orange County. Features sandcastles and sand sculptures built by amateurs and professionals. Tel. (714) 729-4400, fax (714) 729-4417. Free.
17-20: ROUTE 66 RENDEZVOUS, San Bernardino