Festivals 'n Such


23rd Jewish Music Festival March 22-30
Various locations in the East Bay, San Francisco and Marin. Concerts includes the folk-punk band Golem, soprano Heather Klein, multi-instrumental duo Teslim-featuring Sephardic, Mizrahi & original music, Israeli percussionist Chen Zimbalista, Community Dance Party and more. INFO: 510-848-0237, www.jewishmusicfestival.org

CBA Annual Spring Camp Out April 10-13
Stanislaus Fairgrounds, Turlock, CA. Jam 'til your fingers turn to mush. Camping. INFO: 916-989-0993, www.cbaontheweb.org

Two Day Town April 25-27
Lake Del Valle, Ohlone Wilderness, Livermore, CA. Camping, live music, kids' activities, nature walks, yoga, massage, Fretted Friends Camp Music Store, Bobby's Bike Tour and more. INFO: 510-287-9095, www.twodaytown.com

California Autoharp Gathering May 16-18
St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap CA. Incredible instructors, workshops, concerts, dance, open mike, jams, camping, etc. This year they celebrate the music of the 60's and will have special tribute to the Bluestein family. INFO: www.calautoharp.com

Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest & Festival May 18
Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA. Singing, playing, dancing, crafts, jamming! INFO: 818-382-4819, www.topangabanjofiddle.org

Strawberry Music Festival May 22-25
Camp Mather, near Yosemite, CA. All kinds of acoustic music-jamming, concerts, workshops, kids activities, camping. Register early - extremely popular. INFO: 209-984-8630, www.strawberrymusic.com

8th Annual CBA Music Camp June 8-11
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. For all who love to play Old-Timey or Bluegrass, want to improve their instrumental or vocal skills and work on jamming-particularly advanced beginners and intermediate players. Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Bass, Vocals, Jamming 101. Workshops, staff and student concerts. Fills up fast. INFO: Ingrid Noyes, 415-663-1342 www.cbamusiccamp.org

CBA Father's Day Bluegrass FestivalJune 12-15
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Blue Highway, The Dan Tyminski Bluegrass Band, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Crooked Still, Bradley Walker, Grasstowne, The Wilders, SideSaddle & Co, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys & more. INFO: www.cbaontheweb.org

Mendocino Folklore Camp June 21-28
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, CA. Squares & Contras, Hungarian & Croatian Dance, American Singing, American Folk Instruments & more. INFO: 707-823-4145, www.mendocinofolklorecamp.com

Fiddlekids June 23-27
Tehiya Day School, El Cerrito. Fun-filled fiddle camp, for children 7-13 years of age, with a minimum of one year of violin/fiddle lessons. A joyful immersion into fiddle music with art and dance as well. Performance on final day. Fills early. INFO: 510-848-2112, www.fiddlekids.com

Scandia Camp June 14-21
Dance and music of Hallingdal, and Sweden with dancers Sissel Rudningen and Bjorn Lien. Hardingfele player: Hilde Kirkeboen. Dance and music of Varmland, Sweden with dancers Britt-Marie and Sven Olsson. Fiddlers: Ann-Marie Forsberg and Gert Ohlsson. Nyckelharpa: Gert Ohlsson. INFO: www.scandiacampmendocino.org/

Balkan Music and Dance Workshop June 28-July 5
Mendocino Woodlands, CA. Balkan & Greek Dance, Balkan instrument and singing workshops, Kids Activities, Evening Ethnic Parties & more in the beautiful redwoods. Camp can fill up by mid-April. INFO: 510-547-1118, www.eefc.org

BACDS English Week July 12-19
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino, CA. English Country Dance with Bruce Hamilton, Joanna Reiner, and Brooke Friendly. Display Dance with Judy Erickson & Alistair Brown, Scottish Country & Step Dance, Cape Breton Dance. Musicians: Peter Barnes, Jon Berger, Doug Creighton, Earl Gaddis, Debbie Jackson, Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Lisa Scott. Music and special workshops. INFO: 510-528-7953, www.bacds.org/camps/eweek2008/

BACDS American Week July 5-12
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, CA. Contras and Squares with Lisa Greenleaf and Carol Ormand, Couple Dancing with Valerie Williams, Clogging with Judy Erickson, Storytelling with Willy Claflin, Moving Violations, Notorious. INFO: 415-456-4602, 408-858-4812, www.bacds.org/amweek

Willamette Valley Autoharp GatheringJuly 31 - Aug 13
Mennonite School, Salem, Oregon. Karen Mueller, Doofus, Brian Bowers, Merle Korn, Mimi Geibel, Steve Akerman, and more. Hands-on Workshops, Open Stages, Jamming, Singing, Evening Concerts, Wonderful Food, Good Fun, Nice Folks. Some April 1 registration deadlines; check website. INFO: www.wvag.com

Stockton Folk Dance CampJuly 20 - 26, July 27 - Aug 7
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. Two sessions. Romanian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Polish, Italian, Russian, Squares, Singing. Registration fills up very early. INFO: 530-474-3231, www.folkdancecamp.org