Northern California Community Events and Festivals – September 2012

September 1, 2012 – West Coast Crab & Jazz Festival – Oakland CA

Bring your family and friends to the 2nd Annual West Coast Crab & Jazz Festival. Enjoy dinner, dancing, and first class entertainment with Special Guests Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett. Stay for the incredible International ALL-YOU CAN EAT buffet complete with endless Dungeness Crab, 40 other items and Bottomless Wine.

September 1-2, 2012 – Gold Rush Days – Sacramento CA

The Gold Rush Days   press release says, “ More than 200 tons of dirt will be dumped on the streets of Old Sacramento as the annual Gold Rush Days festival will “turn back the clock,” transforming Sacramento’shistoric district into a scene straight out of the 1850s. Costumed re-enactors, Wild West gun fights, musicians playing period instruments, and many aspects of life during the Gold Rush will be highlighted during the four-day event.”  Gold Rush Days is a FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days!

September 2-3, 2012  – 31st Annual Harvest Wine Celebration – Livermore CA

Known for its complimentary buses that shuttle guests between the winery locations, the Livermore  Valley Harvest Wine Celebration showcases our picturesque region’s wine, food, arts and music.  Each of the 40+ wineries offers a unique experience-samples of the latest releases, music, arts and crafts vendors and food for sale prepared by a local caterer or restaurant. Tickets include an official  tasting glass, wristband and event map and are available online now.

September 8-9, 2012 – Tracy Dry Bean Festival – Tracy CA

The Tracy Dry Bean Festival is a celebrated community tradition of fun, families & of course beans!  If you’re a great cook we welcome you to participate in our famous Chili Cook-Off! Join us for our Celebrity Kitchen cooking demos and cooking contests, etc.  Bean Ice cream, Bean Chips, & of course Chili Beans! You can expect some great food at this years Tracy Dry Bean Festival!  Don’t miss this years Chili Bean Cook-Off. Attendance: 50,000.

September 8-9, 2012 – Assyrian Chaldean Food Festival – Ceres CA

Come join the fun at the Assyrian Chaldean Food Festival. Enjoy ethnic Mediterranean Food, Folkloric dancing, kids games and raffle ticket drawing for some great prizes at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 3005 6th Street in Ceres (Weekend Sept. 25th & 26th) (11 am to 7:00 pm both days). Admission is Free, and is open to all ages.

September 8-9, 2012 – Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – San Francisco CA

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to announce the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival held in Ghirardelli Square benefiting Project Open Hand. Projected to be the biggest one yet, this two-day long celebration of chocolate will feature sampling by some of the finest local dessert companies and of course Ghirardelli Chocolate! Come enjoy live music, chef demonstrations, ice cream eating contests and more! $20 for 15 chocolate samples

September 13-16, 2012 – Lodi Grape Festival – Lodi CA

The Lodi Grape Festival’s mission and main purpose is to promote the agriculture and agricultural products of San Joaquin County, and to offer diverse forms of agricultural education. The Festival strives to present unique, family – oriented exhibits that not only entertain, but educate and enlighten.

September 15, 2012 – 18th Annual California Brewers Festival – Sacramento CA

Point West Rotary presents this 18th annual California Brewers Festival bringing 60+ breweries and a few thousand thirsty neighbors to Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA. We give you a brew cup, brew tokens and you taste whatever you want. And the best part? You’re enjoying unique beers while helping local charities!

September 15-16, 2012 – 38th Annual ClovisFest – Clovis CA

Come join the fun at the annual ClovisFest, “Each morning starts off at 7 AM with a sky full of hot air balloons. Arts and crafts, All Valley Car Show, BBQ Cook-Off, multi-cultural food, live entertainment, family carnival and more! Drawing over 70,000 attendees, you don’t want to miss out on one of the last events of the year!”

September 15-16, 2012 – Hughson Harvest Festival – Hughson CA

Chili cook off, farmers market, food booths, commercial booths, arts and crafts booths, non profit booths, an alumni football game, a street dance, a petting zoo, a childrens play area, and live entertainment.

September 15-16, 2012  Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival – Santa Clara, California

The 2012 Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival will feature the talents of local and regional artists with nearly 175 booths, 25 community groups serving international foods, fine wines, micro-brewed beer and entertainment on three stages.

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