Every year just before Thanksgiving, thousands head to Auburn to revel in sweet, juicy mandarin oranges.
The Mountain Mandarin Festival returns for three days – Friday through Nov. 23 – with growers selling plenty of five- and 10-pound bags for your citrus stockpiling needs. Vendors will also serve mandarin-infused drinks, mandarin fudge, mandarin popcorn and other fun, inspired eats, along with mandarin-based products such as olive oil, marmalade, honey and syrup. If you start feeling a citrus overload set in, note there will also be an assortment of traditional fair food available.
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The festival takes place at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 23. General admission on Friday costs $3. On Saturday and Sunday, it climbs to $8, but seniors and military get in for $5. Free entry for kids under 12. For more information, visit www.mandarinfestival.com.
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When: 7-10 p.m. Friday
Where: Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., Chico
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When: Various times, Friday and Saturday
Where: Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St., Napa
Cost: $10-$15 for performances, $10 for workshop
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When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 23
Where: Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco
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When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23
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