Discover Solano Spring 2014

Discover Solano Spring 2014: Calendar of events

By From page DIS52 | March 31, 2014

Total Home & Garden Show

Noon to 6 p.m. April 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13

300 Chadbourne Road, Fairfield

The Total Home and Garden Show features more than 300 exhibitors under one roof, from gardening ideas to cooking demos to Elvis and the Easter Bunny. Info.: www.totalhomeandgardenshow.com.

Solano Wine and Food Jubilee

6:30 p.m. April 26

300 Chadbourne, Fairfield

Solano County premiere fundraiser benefits NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs. Food and wine vendors come from across the region to showcase their food and beverages. For those 21 and older. Info.: www.wineandfoodjubilee.org.

21st annual Benicia Classic Car Show

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27

On the First Street Green

Features pre-1976, American-made cars and trucks. Info.: www.pantherbandboosters.com/car-show.

Farmers markets

Fairfield Certified Farmers Market: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, May 1 through Oct. 2. Lawn at Jefferson Street just north of Texas Street. Info.: www.pcfma.com.

Vacaville Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 3 through Oct. 11. Main Street between Parker and Dobbins streets. Info.: www.pcfma.com.

Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, year-round. 975 Sereno Drive. Info.: www.pcfma.com.

Vallejo Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, year-round. Georgia and Marin streets. Info.: www.pcfma.com

Benicia’s Certified Farmers Market: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, April 24 through Oct. 29.
First Street between B and D streets. Info.: www.beniciamainstreet.org.

Dixon May Fair

May 8-11

Dixon May Fair, 655 First St.

This is the oldest district fair in California and features rides, livestock exhibits, a demolition derby, music and other attractions. It is celebrating its 139th anniversary. The theme is “Best of Show” to celebrate the people who bring their best garden products, crafts, quilts and other items to compete at the fair. Info.: www.dixonmayfair.com.

Fiesta Days

May 22-26

Andrews Park in Vacaville

Everything from carnival rides to food to diaper derbies. Parade takes place May 24 along Merchant Street. The grand marshal this year is longtime resident and civic leader Bob Meador. Info.: www.fiestadays.org.

Creekwalk Concert Series

6:30 p.m. Fridays, June 6 through Aug. 22

Andrews Park, Vacaville

Children ages 12 and younger admitted free. Info.: www.downtownvacaville.com/calendar/creekwalk.

Northern California Pirate Festival

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14

Vallejo Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo

Features costumed actors, pirate encampments, crafts, foods and entertainment. A children’s area will feature a 30-foot slide and school of piracy. The festival is being held for its eighth year. Info.: www.norcalpiratefestival.com.

Juneteenth Celebration

June 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m

City Park, 425 Alabama St., Vallejo

Juneteenth dates back to 1865 and celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. The Solano County African-American Family Reunion Committee promotes the Vallejo event, which will be held for the 26th time this year. The event includes poetry, art, immunizations, health screenings, vendors selling clothing and other accessories, food and entertainment.

Fourth of July

The Fairfield celebration starts at 10 a.m. July 4 with an Independence Day parade, which winds through downtown Fairfield along Texas Street.

Neighboring Suisun City picks up the celebration in the afternoon with a festival along its waterfront with live entertainment and vendors, and culminates with an evening fireworks show over the Suisun Marina.

Benicia starts its celebration at 6:30 p.m. July 3 with a torchlight parade along First Street. Starting at noon July 4, it will hold a large community picnic at the City Park, with arts, crafts, food and entertainment. Independence Day will end with a fireworks show at the foot of First Street at 9 p.m.

Vallejo begins its celebration at 10 a.m. with a parade that will travel a route that begins at Broadway and Tennessee streets, turns left on Sonoma Boulevard, then right on Georgia Street through downtown. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. at the Vallejo waterfront.

Benicia Waterfront Festival

11 a.m to 6 p.m. July 26

On the First Street Green

Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, microbrew tastings, arts & crafts marketplace, delectable gourmet foods and kids’ activity area. Info: 707-745-9791, www.beniciamainstreet.org.

Holy Ghost Festa & Parade

10 a.m. to  8 p.m. July 27

BDES Hall, 140 W. J St., Benicia

Parade, Mass, food, auction, dance, dinner. Info.: www.beniiciaholyghost.org.

Solano County Fair

July 30 to Aug. 3

Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo

The Solano County Fair is a five-day celebration of carnival rides, livestock exhibits, live music and exhibits. It debuted more than 60 years ago at the county fairgrounds in Vallejo and remains at the same location. Info.: www.scfair.com/scfair.html.

Peddler’s Fair

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Aug. 9

Downtown Benicia

Antiques, collectibles, and handcrafted items.  Info.: www.beniciapeddlersfair.org.

Tomato Festival

11 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16, noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 17

Downtown Fairfield

A celebration of all things tomato, the event includes VIP wine and food pairing on Aug. 16. Info: www.fairfieldmainstreet.com.

Winters Earthquake Festival

5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 22

Main Street, Winters

The annual festival celebrates the rebuilding of Winters after the devastating earthquake of 1892 with food and craft booths and a live band street dance. Info.: www.winterschamber.com/event/22nd-annual-winters-earthquake-festival.

Vacaville Art, Wine & Brew Festival

Aug. 22-24

Town Square Plaza, Vacaville

Artists, crafters, music, food, wine stroll, brew tasting and more. Wine stroll 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in and around downtown Vacaville at local merchants. Beer tasting, Town Square only, 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 23. Info.: www.downtownvacaville.com/calendar/events/art_wine_brew.

Vacaville Jazz Festival

Sept. 19-21

Downtown Vacaville

Features several bands performing at various venues in downtown Vacaville and at the Nut Tree Village. Info.: www.VacaJazzSociety.com.

Dixon Scottish Games

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24

Dixon May Fairgrounds, 655 S. First St.

A celebration of Scottish culture with music, food, dancing, rugby and opening and closing ceremonies. Info: www.scotsindixon.org/games_2.html.


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