Festivals 'n Such

Dana Point Tall Ships Festival

September 9-10
Ocean Institute, Dana Point, CA . Foggy Dew, Halau Hula Lani Ola, Pint & Dale, Bill Dempsey & Connie Allen, Gary Seiler & more. Demonstrations, crafts, food, ship tours. INFO (949) 496-2274, www.tallshipsfestival.com

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention

September 14-17.
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Farmers Market, Ashkenaz, Berkeley Rep Thrust Stage & more. Squaredance, concerts, workshops, old time cabaret, clogging workshop, jamming at all times, & a stringband contest. New Lost City Ramblers, Hank Bradley & Jody Stecher, Ginny Hawker, The Mercury Dimes, Adam Rose & the Original Sinners, Stairwell Sisters, The Squirelly Stringband, and more. INFO www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org.

Millpond Music Festival

September 15-17
Millpond County Park, Bishop, CA. Traditional and contemporary music in intimate festival surroundings. Camping. Brian Joseph, David Lindley, Mark Atkinson Trio, Laura Love, Grupo Fantasma, Gibson Brothers, Kusun Ensemble, and more. INFO (760) 873-8014, (800) 874-0669, www.inyo.org/millpond

Julian Bluegrass Festival

September 16-17
Frank Lane Park, Julian, CA. Workshops: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals. Connie Allen & Bill Dempsey, 7th Day Buskers, Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band & more. INFO (760) 763-3937, www.julianbluegrassfestival.com

San Francisco Blues Festival

September 22-24
Great Meadow, Fort Mason, SF. Blues documentary films at Roxie Film Center at New College, Free kickoff concert on Friday. Little Richard; Ruth Brown; Louisiana Voice of the Wetlands Allstars; Irma Thomas, & more. INFO (415) 979-5588, www.sfblues.com.

10th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival

September 23
Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont CA. 10:00-7:00. Traditional Cajun & Zydeco music & dancing. Mark St. Mary & His Blues & Zydeco Band, Les Amis Creole, Queen Ida and her Zydeco Band, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Andre Theirry & Zydeco Magic. Food, vendors, dance lessons. INFO (510) 544-2513, www.ebparks.org/events/zydeco_06.htm

7th Annual SF World Music Festival

September 24-October 7
Venues around San Francisco. Concerts, workshops, lectures, films and more. Voices of Kurdistan featuring Aynur, Ali Akbar Moradi, Mico Mendes, Hussein Zahawy, Kourosh Moradi, Rojan, Ulas Ozdemir; Tabla Raza with Alice Fong Yu Percussion Troupe; Art of Cantonese Opera lectures/workshops/recital. INFO www.sfworldmusicfestival.org

KVMR Celtic Festival

September 30 - October 1
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Performances, jams, Scottish Games, living history, kids' area. Dougie MacLean, Alasdair Fraser Band, Shooglenifty, The Cottars, Molly's Revenge and more. INFO www.kvmr.org/celticfestival

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

October 6-8
Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, SF, CA. FREE! Earl Scruggs, Iris DeMent, Del McCoury Band, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Richard Thompson & many, many more. INFO www.strictlybluegrass.com

Loch Lomond Highland Games

October 7
Highlands Park, Ben Lomond, CA. 10:00-6:00. Celtic Music, games, clans & societies, reenactment. Banshee in the Kitchen, Tempest, Cele De, Celtic Blacklyst, Dobhran & more. INFO (831) 457-6716, www.lochlomondceltic.org/games.htm

9th Annual Train Song Festival

October 7
Old Poway Park, Poway, CA. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Music inspired by the history and culture surrounding railroads. Train-related vendors & displays, train robberies, arts & crafts, and kids' entertainment. Railroad movie under the stars. Ride the 1907 Baldwin No. 3 Steam Engine. INFO (858) 668-4576, www.powaymidlandrr.org/songfest.htm

Central Valley Blues Festival

October 7-8
Courthouse Park, Merced, CA. Big Jack Johnson & the Oilers, Toni Lynn Washington, Junior Watson, Vasti Jackson, Lil' Dave Thompson, & more. INFO (209) 383-4958, www.centralvalleybluesfestival.com

BACDS Fall Weekend

October 13-15
Monte Toyon Camp, Aptos, CA. Family-friendly, eclectic mix of dance, music, and singing workshops. Contras, & Swing, English Country Dance, Appalachian Clogging and more. INFO (650) 365-2913, www.bacds.org/camps/fallwk2006

30th Country Roads Weekend

October 20-22
Mount Madonna County Park, between Gilroy and Watsonville, CA. Camping fee $15 and program fee $5 for adults, kids free. Relaxed play-music-together-sing and-perform-around-the-campfire weekend. INFO Anna Green (408) 379-4090, www.sfbay.net/swmusic

Wild Jammin' Women Music Camp

October 20-22
Camp de Benneville Pines, Angelus Oaks, CA. Song circles, rounds singing, workshops, camping, and more. Every woman, no matter their ability or training has a place at this camp. INFO Masa (858) 270-7922, www.wildjamminwomen.com

WoMaMu Vocal Empowerment Weekend

October 22-24
Santa Sabina Retreat Center, San Rafael, CA. Voice lessons with Judy Fjell, Theater Improv workshops, chants, rounds, vocal harmony, spontaneous jamming and singing. INFO Lynne (541) 245-9540, www.womamu.org

West Coast Ragtime Festival

November 17-19
Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. 6 venues for listening & dancing to every kind of ragtime & ragtime related music. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, Ragtime Collectors Exchange. INFO (916) 457-3324, www.westcoastragtime.com/05wcrf-home.htm