Karfluki means “big fun” in Auburn

Karfluki Festival

Anyone who’s spent time in the foothills can tell you that the creative community does eclectic well. They bypass Forever 21 to sport old-timer vests and antique boots laced up to their knees. They don’t riff on generic electric guitars; they strum a range of eclectic, obscure world-music instruments. And they don’t have “big fun”; they have Karfluki, an annual music, food and family fun festival at the Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds. This year’s lineup features Celtic folk tunes by Tempest, the “squeezebox rock” of Those Darn Accordions, Cajun-inspired tunes by Tom Rigney & Flambeau, the eclectic sounds of the Fishtank Ensemble, Latin and world-guitar fusion from Incendio and the Anderson Family Bluegrass Band playing, well, you know. Fire dancers, jugglers, belly dancers and pipers will dot the crowd providing what promises to be a family-friendly event. $38 two-day pass, $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday, free for youths under age 12 with a guardian. Noon to 10 p.m. Sa 5/3 and noon to 6 p.m. Su 5/4. Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High Street, Auburn; www.karflukifest.com.