San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park

The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park was designated as an NHP in 1988 and is located right next to Fisherman’s Wharf. The Maritime NHP consists of three main attractions: the Maritime Museum, Hyde Street Pier and the visitor’s center, which are kind of separated from each other, so expect some walking.

Maritime Museum

The museum is in a nifty building right in front of Ghirardelli Square. It’s a bit on the smallish side, but it’s free, so that’s no big deal.

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San Francisco Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival is held annually at Ghirardelli Plaza in San Francisco. While it is an open event, you can pay money to have access to a number of samples or you can shell out the big bucks to get into the wine and chocolate tent.

Thankfully, it’s very easy to tell which direction you should be heading in.

So, basically, you pay $25 to get a 15 Sample Tasting Ticket. Most (maybe all?) vendors had samples available, and would mark off a slot on your ticket every time you picked one up. I admit that it took me a second to figure out exactly how this worked, but I was really impressed by the system once I did.

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Stroll Through History

Admission: Walking and bike tours: free
Bus tour: $15
Open homes: $25

Woodland’s Stroll Through History is an annual event in historic Woodland now in its 26th year. The main focus of the event is walking, biking and bus tours of some of Woodland’s historic homes and buildings.

While the event mostly focuses on the tours, there are a few things around the Heritage Plaza; a pancake breakfast, old-fashioned fire trucks and cars and a handful of vendors.

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Sacramento Greek Festival

Admission: $5

The Sacramento Greek Festival, now in its 51st year, is put on by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation to celebrate all things Greek, including food, art, and general culture.

I’m not sure what most of this is, but it looks really tasty.

It’s a SWARM of nesting dolls.

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Elk Grove Multicultural Festival


Elk Grove Multicultural Festival Admission: Free The Elk Grove Multicultural Festival is pretty much what it says on the tin, a free festival celebrating various different cultures with preformances, food and vendors. I definitely think my favorite part was …


Kennedy Mine


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Woodland Tomato Festival


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Columbia SHP


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Gilroy Garlic Festival


Gilroy Garlic Festival Admission: $20 Running for over 36 years, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the biggest, and probably best well known food festival in Northern California. Celebrating all things garlic, the festival has tons of garlic …


Historic Colfax


Historic Colfax Colfax, an historic city in California’s Gold Country, is named after former US Vice President Schuyler Colfax, who visited the town during the construction of the transcontinental railroad. It’s still a pretty railroad heavy town, and has …