10 fairs and festivals not to miss this summer
All American Tattoo Festival
Featuring tattoos, arts and special guests Steve Ma Ching and Sulu’ape Steve Looney. $20 per day, $40 for a weekend pass.F, 6/18-Su, 6/20. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street; www.allamertatfest.com.
Sacramento French Film Festival
A celebration of French culture, featuring a plethora of classic and new-release French films as well as French and local short films. Ticket prices vary; visit the website for more information.F, 6/18-Su, 6/27. Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street; (916) 455-9390; www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org.
Sacramento Pride Festival
A huge event featuring a parade, hundreds of exhibitors, a kids’ zone, beer garden and live performances by Bebe Zahara Benet, L.A.’s That’s What She Said comedy duo and Kaylah Marin. Sa, 6/19, 10am-5pm. Capitol Mall, between Third and Seventh streets; http://sacramentopride.org/festival.
California State Fair
The state fair has moved from its traditional Labor Day schedule to July. Yet there will be the same fabulous fair fare, such as the Magnificent Midway carnival rides, concerts, deep-fried food and lots of people watching. $12 general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth 5-12, free for children 4 and under. W, 7/14-Su, 8/1. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard; (877) 225-3976; www.bigfun.org.
Sierra Storytelling Festival
Storytellers and special guests will tell stories from African, Jewish and American Indian traditions, as well as folk tales. Call for tickets. F, 7/23-Su, 7/25. North Columbia School House Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road in Nevada City; (530) 265-2826; www.sierrastorytellingfestival.org.
Northern California Blues Festival
All the blues music you can handle, featuring Volker Strifler, Dennis Jones, Kaye Bohler, Chris Cain, the Sacramento Blues Revue, Zac Harmon and Elvin Bishop. $25 general advance, $30 general day of the event; $5 for children 12 and under. Sa, 8/7, noon-10pm. Auburn Regional Park, 3770 Richardson Drive; (916) 350-4640; www.norcalbluesfest.com.
Nevada County Fair
Carnival rides, live entertainment, community exhibits, barns full of livestock, monster trucks and more. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. W, 8/11-Su, 8/15. Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley; (530) 273-6217; www.nevadacountyfair.com.
Eight stages of music and dance from around the world featuring Ziggy Marley, Keb’ Mo’ and more. There also will be camping, workshops, international food, crafts and more. Th, 7/15-Su, 7/18. Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley; (530) 891-4098; www.worldfest.net.
Nevada City Film Festival
The ninth annual Nevada City Film Festival will feature independent films, Q-and-A sessions with filmmakers, workshops and more. $10-$70. Th, 8/19-Su, 8/22. Various venues in Nevada City, www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com.
California Brewers Festival
A beer drinker’s paradise featuring more than 150 microbrews from breweries around the country and world. Tickets allow for 10 4-ounce samples. $30 advance, $35 at the door, $5 for designated drivers and those 12-20, free for children under 12. Sa, 9/11, 1-5pm. Discovery Park, off of Garden Highway; http://calbrewfest.com.