Festivals 'n Such

Dana Point Tall Ships Festival September 8-9
Ocean Instit., Dana Point, CA. Bill Dempsey, Bog Skippers, John Kraus, Bob Zentz, Hula Connection, & more. Demonstrations, crafts, food, ship tours. INFO 949-496-2274, tallshipsfestival.com/info.html

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention Sept 13-16
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Farmers Market, Ashkenaz, Jazzschool & the Jupiter. Tom, Brad and Alice; Rich Hartness, Donna Ray Norton, Todalo Shakers, Lee Stripling, Heidi Clare. Concerts, Square Dancing, String Band Contest, Cabaret, Workshops, Jamming and more. INFO www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org

Millpond Music Festival September 14-16
Millpond County Park, Bishop, CA. Traditional and contemporary music in intimate festival surroundings. Camping. John Jorgenson Quintet, Joe Craven and Django Latino, Le Vent du Nord, The Waybacks, Joel Rafael, Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, The Horse Flies, West African Highlife Band, Vasen, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Taarka, Jamie Laval & Ashley Broder, Will Kimbrough, Incendio, idle Hands Bluegrass Band. INFO 760-873-8014, 800-874-0669, www.inyo.org/millpond

Julian Bluegrass FestivalSeptember 15-16
Frank Lane Park, Julian, CA. Workshops: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals. Trails and Rails, Highland Way, Sara Petite & the Tiger Mountain Boys, Judy Taylor and the Wild Oats Band, Cool River Trio & more. INFO 760-763-3937, www.julianbluegrassfestival.com

11th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival September 22
Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont CA. 10:00-7:00. Traditional Cajun & Zydeco music & dancing. Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie and Corey Lil Pop Ledet, Andre Theirry & Zydeco Magic and more. Food, vendors, dance lessons. INFO 1-888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org/activities

San Francisco Blues Festival September 28-30
Great Meadow, Fort Mason, SF. Free blues documentary films: Every Beat of My Heat - the Johnny Otis Story, Sacred Steed, The Blues According to Lightnin' Hopkins, A Well Spent Life. Charlie Musselwhite, Allen Toussaint, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and more. INFO 415-979-5588, www.sfblues.com

KVMR Celtic Festival Sept 28-30
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Performances, jams, Scottish Games, living history, Kids' area. Dervish, Maura O'Connell, Baka Beyond, The McDades, Wake the Dead, Celtic Spring, Molly's Revenge and more. INFO www.kvmr.org/celticfestival

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass October 5-7
Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, SF, CA. 11:00 am-7:00 pm. FREE! Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Los Lobos, Robert Earl Keen, Doc Watson with David Holt & Richard Watson, Hazel Dickens, The Secret Life of Banjos, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones & many more. INFO www.strictlybluegrass.com

Loch Lomond Highland Games October 6
Highlands Park, Ben Lomond, CA. 10:00-6:00. Celtic Music, games, clans & societies, reenactment. Tempest, Wicked Tinkers, Dobhran, Peter Daldry, Harper's Hall, Cele De, Santa Cruz Pipe Band, Community Music School & more. INFO 831-457-6716, www.lochlomondceltic.org/games.htm

9th Annual Train Song Festival October 6
Old Poway Park, Poway, CA. 10:00 Am-4:00 pm. 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: 7:00 pm. Ride the 1907 Baldwin No. 3 Steam Engine. INFO 858-668-4576, www.powaymidlandrr.org/songfest.htm

Wolf Mountain Bluegrass Fest Oct 6-8
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, CA. Frank Wakefield, Sawtooth Mountain Boys, BladeRunners, Mighty Crows, Lost Coast, Lone Prairie, Down Beets, Page Brownton & more. Camping, jamming, workshops. INFO 831-425-2270, www.wolfmt.com

BACDS Fall Weekend October 12-14
Monte Toyon Camp, Aptos, CA. Family-friendly, eclectic mix of dance, music & workshops. Contras: Cis Hinkle. English Country Dance: Robin Hayden. Contras & English: Fred Park. Longsword for beginners & experienced dancers: Jocelyn Reynolds of the Ring of Cold Steel sword dance team; music by Anise Feldman. English dance music & music workshops: Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Charlie Hancock & Kathrine Gardner. American contradance music & workshops: Serpentine (Andrea Hoag, Charlie Pilzer, & Leigh Pilzer). INFO 650-365-2913, www.bacds.org/camps/fallwk2007/

Country Roads Weekend October 19-21
Mount Madonna County Park, between Gilroy and Watsonville, CA. Camping fee $15 plus program fee $5 (adults), kids free. Features informal music jams, campfire sing-along, gospel sing-along and open mic. INFO Anna Green 408-379-4090, www.soundwestmusic.com/countryroadsfolkmusiccamp.html

West Coast Ragtime Festival November 16-18
Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, dancing to ragtime, waltzes, tangos, early foxtrots, and sentimental 'parlor' songs. Don't miss: the romantic atmosphere; the Edwardian attire - a room full of people so attired is a very impressive sight indeed. Hotel reservations: 916-922-8041 - ask for ragtime festival rates. INFO 866-724-9273, www.westcoastragtime.com