Places & Neighborhoods: Get out of town …in town

Druids, Buddhist relics and triathletes prove awesome summer events aren’t restricted to the Bay Area

Buddha World Tour 2009 stops in … Davis!?

Buddha World Tour 2009 stops in … Davis!?

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Fifth annual Celtic Midsummer Faerie Festival

When: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Fair Oaks VFW Hall, 8990 Kruithof Way in Fair Oaks;

Cost: free

Why: People will be dressed up like fairies and druids performing poetry and beating on drums.

Third annual Summer Solstice Celebration

When: Friday, June 19; Saturday, June 20

Where: Nugget River Park, Highway 193 at Chili Bar in Placerville;

Cost: $8-$10 Friday, $25-$30 Saturday, $60 for camping and music both days, free for those younger than 16

Why: The longest day of the year deserves recognition with music, camping, games and water rafting.

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration

When: Friday, July 3; Saturday, July 4

Where: Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova;

Cost: visit the Web site for information

Why: In Rancho Cordova, Fourth of July is a two-day celebration with fireworks, music, a parade and carnival rides.

Buddha’s relics world tour

When: Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12

Where: Veteran’s Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th Street in Davis

Cost: free

Why: Crystals and other relics from the cremation ashes of the Buddha and other Buddhist masters will be displayed before they are eventually enshrined in the Maitreya Buddha in India.

California WorldFest

When: Thursday, July 16, through Sunday, July 19

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley;

Cost: $60-$140 for adult ticket with camping, $35 for child ticket with camping, $65 for youth with camping, $39-$120 adult day tickets, $15 for child, $25 for youth

Why: Eight stages with music and dance, featuring Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, Jackie Greene and more.

Eppie’s Great Race

When: Saturday, July 18, 8 a.m.

Where: along the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova and Sacramento;

Cost: visit Web site for registration information

Why: Running, biking and paddling along the American River is a great way to get in shape—or a fun event to watch while eating a gigantic breakfast burrito.

Jackie Greene puts a local face on California WorldFest.

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Ninth annual Nevada City Film Festival

When: Thursday, August 20, through Sunday, August 23

Where: various venues in Nevada City;

Cost: visit the Web site for ticket prices

Why: Screening of films from around the world with workshops to turn novice film enthusiasts into award-winning filmmakers.

Miners’ Picnic

When: Saturday, August 29, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire Street in Grass Valley; (530) 273-8522;

Cost: $3 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 16 and free for children under 6

Why: It’s been going on for 114 years, and there will be lots of fiddles, panning for gold and a unicyclist.

Folsom Cyclebration

When: Friday, September 11, through Sunday, September 13

Where: Negro Bar State Park, Greenback Lane and Folsom Boulevard in Folsom;

Cost: visit the Web site for information

Why: September is beautiful for bicycle riding and races around lakes and trails in Folsom.

Honor the chicken, and then <i>taste it</i>!

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Fair Oaks Chicken Festival

When: Saturday, September 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Fair Oaks Village, 10219 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Fair Oaks;

Cost: free general admission, $5 for 8 a.m. country breakfast

Why: The only event this summer where you can honor chickens and eat them, too.