Festivals ’n Such

Home Grown Blues Series July and AugustJuly, August
5:30 - 7:00, Thursdays, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Downtown Oakland, CA. FREE. Different local Blues artist each week. INFO: 510-836-2227, www.bayareabluessociety.net

Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival July 11 - 12
11 - 7 p.m., City Hall Plaza, Hayward, CA. INFO: 510-836-2227, www.bayareabluessociety.net

18th CA Coast Music Camp July 12 - 25
Two sessions. Placer County, CA .Instruction in guitar, mandolin, bass, voice, fiddle, banjo, percussion, and songwriting in many styles: folk, blues, bluegrass, swing, jazz, and Brazilian. Jams, song-circles, open mics, concerts, workshops, and dances. Instructors: Susan Anders, Steve Baughman, Sylvia Herold, Chris Grampp, Ray Bierl, Jennifer Scott, Lisa Aschmann, many others. Swimming, hiking, relaxing. INFO: www.musiccamp.org

California World Fest July 16 - 19
Grass Valley Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Eight stages of music and dance from around the world, camping, workshops, international food, crafts, renowned children's program. INFO: 530-891-4098, www.worldfest.net/index.asp

Humboldt Folklife Festival July 17 - 25
Perigot Park, and other venues in Blue Lake, CA. Dances, Workshops, kids' performances, Free All-Day Fest, Songwriters, Acoustic Jazz, Fiddle Fest, Bluegrass & Old Time, A Capella. INFO: 707-822-5394, www.humboldtfolklife.org

Redwood Dulcimer Day July 25
Boomeria, Bonny Doon, CA. Appalachian dulcimer workshops & jam. Also, faculty concert on July 24, in Boulder Creek. INFO: Janet Herman 408-867-9762, www.folkplanet.com/dulcimerday

Puget Sound Guitar Workshop July 25 - Aug 14
(3 separate week-long sessions). Inspiration and instruction for acoustic musicians at all levels. Bellingham, WA, near Seattle. INFO: 360-647-2979, www.psgw.org

Country Roads Summer Music Camp Aug 5 - 9
Mount Madonna Country Park, Watsonville, CA. A family camp for all ages. Kids & adults join in sing-alongs and playing instruments. Crafts, jams, camp-fire sings and open-mic. Concert with Carolynn Hester & more. INFO: 408-379-4090, www.soundwestmusic.com

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Fest August 7 - 9
Hollister, CA. Great lineup on two stages, camping, kids' activities, open mic, jamming. INFO: 303-753-6870, www.rmfiddle.com

31st Annual Intl. Musical Saw Festival August 8 - 9
Roaring Camp, Felton, and Santa Cruz, CA. FREE! Contest, workshops, open-mic, jams, potluck, all instruments. Bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, blues, classical, and even show tunes. All acoustic musicians are welcome to join jamming on Sat. afternoon & evening; actual Festival is Sun, 10:00 am - 6:00 p.m. INFO: Morgan Cowin, 415-459-7722, www.sawplayers.org

Women’s Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Aug 21 - 24
Mendocino, CA. Guitar instruction for women by women. Beg. - Adv. Intermediate. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. INFO: 415-669-7447, www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com

Cotati Accordion Festival August 22 - 23
La Plaza Park, Cotati CA. Accordion in every culture; food, drink, dancing. INFO: 707-664-0444, www.cotatifest.com

Old Time Music & Crafts Festival Aug 31 - Sept 6
Plymouth County Fairgrounds, LeMar, Iowa. Ten stages, hundreds of players, art & crafts artisans, Native American Flute Championships, competitions, camping, jamming.INFO: 712-762-4363, http://oldtimemusic.tipzu.com/34th-national-old-time-country-amp-bluegrass-festival

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention Sept 9 - 13
Venues in Berkeley, CA, including Freight & Salvage Berkeley Farmer's Market, Ashkenaz & more. Mike Seeger, The Tallboys, Eric & Suzy Thompson & more. Concerts, workshops, square dance, youth showcase, jamming & more. INFO: www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org/index.html

American Banjo Camp September 10 - 13
Fort Flagler, WA. New, optional extra day! Learn old-time or bluegrass banjo with world-class instructors. Demonstrations, hands-on classes, faculty concerts, jamming. INFO: www.langston.com/ABC/

Delta Blues Festival September 19
12:00 - 7:30 p.m., Antioch, CA. FREE. Music, food, arts & crafts. INFO: 925-698-8024, www.deltabluesfestival.com

Sebastopol Celtic Festival September 25 - 27
Community Center, Sebastopol, CA. Concerts, workshops, jams. Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Old Blind Dogs, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Dervish, Mike Marshall & Darol Anger, Baka Beyond, Alison Brown, Joe Craven, Molly's Revenge w/ Moira Smiley, Väaut;sen, & more. INFO: 707-829-7067, www.cumuluspresents.com/celtic/

BACDS Fall Frolick Weekend October 16 - 18
Monte Toyon, Aptos, CA. Primarily English country and display (morris/sword, etc) dance weekend, also music and singing. Some contra dancing, but mostly English. INFO: www.bacds.org/fw