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Oakland welcomes Dragon Boat Festival

Rowers race during the 2015 Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by Kaiser Permanente. This year, a fleet of 40-foot decorative dragon boats will glide along the water Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18.
Rowers race during the 2015 Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by Kaiser Permanente. This year, a fleet of 40-foot decorative dragon boats will glide along the water Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18. California Dragon Boat Association

The 21st annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by Kaiser Permanente, will bring Chinese traditions to Lake Merritt.

A fleet of 40-foot decorative dragon boats will glide along the water while boaters beat Chinese drums Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18.

Saturday features traditional Chinese blessings of the boats as the dragons are “awakened.” Both days include food and craft vendors, games for all ages and free arts, crafts and games for children. Guests will have a chance to build their own boat.

The festivities get going at Lake Merritt in Oakland with free admission. Complimentary shuttles from BART stations and designated parking structures will be available.

For details, visit www.sfdragonboat.com

Grapes galore

 

What: The Lodi Grape Festival includes a petting zoo, BMX bike demonstrations, live music and classic carnival rides.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15; noon to midnight Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

Where: Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 East Lockeford St.

Cost: $9 adults; $5 ages 6-12; children under 5 get in for free. See website for admission discounts.

Information: www.grapefestival.com/events/grape-festival

Classic cars

 

What: Enjoy Selma’s 10th Parkin’ in the Park Car Show, featuring classic cars, food and craft vendors.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: Lincoln Park, at the corner of Rose and McCall avenues

Cost: Free

Information: www.cityofselma.com/chamber/calendar.htm

Heritage days

 

What: The Mountain Heritage Days festival and parade will celebrate the Central Valley’s history by offering live music and demonstrations in gold panning, carving and weaving.

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: Fresno Flats Historical Village and Park, 49777 High School Road

Cost: Admission to enter the park is free; Saturday dinner is $25 for adults and $10 for children.

Information: fresnoflatsmuseum.org/heritage-days/

Aloha, Napa

 

What: Authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian food, dance and culture will fill the Ninth Annual Napa Valley Aloha Festival.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd St.

Cost: Free.

Information: www.napavalley.com/events/

Singing the Blues

 

What: The Delta Blues Festival is jam-packed with live music, food and crafts.

When: Noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: Waldie Plaza,

W. Second St.

Cost: Free

Information: www.deltabluesfestival.net/

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