Magazine article Sunset

Northern California in July. (Tips & Trips)

Magazine article Sunset

Northern California in July. (Tips & Trips)

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* NOVATO Get thee to a fair Once upon a time there was a little Renaissance fair in a small grove of oak and bay trees near China Camp State Park. The fair proved so popular that it moved to grander groves in Blackpoint before being displaced by a housing development. But fear not, gentle reader: the Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faire is back at Novato's Stafford Lake Regional Park, where you can laugh at Punch & Judy, try your hand at crossbows, or enjoy a pint of stout. Weekends Jul 12-Aug 10; $6-$20. www.forestfaire.com or (415) 897-4555. * MENDOCINO Groove by the sea Most days, the sound of the ocean crashing upon the rocky shore dominates the Mendocino Headlands. But for the past 17 summers, the sounds of violins, woodwinds, and guitars have also wafted over the bluffs, thanks to performers at the Mendocino Music Festival. This year the rural festival opens with an evening of urban compositions by the likes of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. Jul 15-26; $15-$45. www. mendocinomusic.com or (707) 937-4041.

* SAN JOSE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

Get hapi More than 700 bon odori dancers dressed in kimonos and hapi coats make their way through San Jose's Japantown during the annual SanJose Buddhist Church Betsuin's Obon Festival, July 12--13. …

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