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San Jose overrun by snakes, scorpions and other cold-blooded creatures

Rick and Laila Porter started the San Jose Reptile Show in 2014 to fill the void in the Northern California reptile community. Their children, shown here at a 2016 event, hold an Albino Burmese Python, which will be on display at the 2017 gathering.
Rick and Laila Porter started the San Jose Reptile Show in 2014 to fill the void in the Northern California reptile community. Their children, shown here at a 2016 event, hold an Albino Burmese Python, which will be on display at the 2017 gathering. The San Jose Reptile Show

For the fourth year in a row, this cold-blooded show will warm your heart. Thousands of turtles, lizards, snakes and other creepy crawlies will be on-site at the San Jose Reptile Show for guests to check out and purchase.

Held at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (344 Tully Road in San Jose), the family-run event boasts dozens of reptile-breeder participants from throughout the Bay Area. The event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20.

For those who already have a special slimy someone in their life, several vendors will be selling discounted supplies and custom terrariums. Younger reptile enthusiasts can also try their hand at some reptilian arts and crafts.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for kids 5-12 and free for kids 5 and under. For more information, visit www.thesanjosereptileshow.com

Banana Festival International 2017

What: Go bananas at a festival dedicated to celebrating the humble, potassium-packed fruit. Play a life-size game of banana-themed Candy Land, try banana-based foods from Central America and Africa or watch a community parade as contestants compete for best banana float.

Where: 1658 South Airport Way, Stockton

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 18-19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 20

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Information: www.facebook.com/Banana-Fest-International-947311752066454

BridgeFest and Flying Saucer Contest

What: Think you can build a flying saucer better than an alien, Earthling? Test your engineering prowess at BridgeFest, where attendees will launch homemade saucers off the Van Duzen River Bridge. The goal: To land your saucer as close as possible to a pole located down river and win prizes.

Where: Van Duzen River Bridge, along Highway 36, Bridgeville

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 19

Cost: $5 entrance fee

Information: www.bridgevillecommunitycenter.org

Festival of Colors

What: Don your white shirts and head to this late summer Holi festival, derived from the traditional Hindu spring celebration. Get smattered with color powders, then enjoy the festival’s other offerings such as yoga and dance classes. The festival comes Sacramento’s Southside Park Sept. 30.

Where: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 North Sierra St., Reno.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 19

Cost: $9 for entry plus one packet of colors; kids 12 and under free

Information: www.festivalofcolorsusa.com

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