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13 Northern California events worth traveling to this winter

Published On 12/22/2014 Published On 12/22/2014
Heavenly Mountain Resort
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Event

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Dec 22-25

The Bracebridge Dinner You're gonna need to get on this RIGHT NOW, but trust us -- it's worth it. The Ahwahnee turns into an 18th century English manor for "a feast of food, song, and mirth" for this four-hour pageant that includes more than 100 players and a seven-course meal.

The Ahwahnee

The Bracebridge Dinner The Ahwahnee You're gonna need to get on this RIGHT NOW, but trust us -- it's worth it. The Ahwahnee turns into an 18th century English manor for "a feast of food, song, and mirth" for this four-hour pageant that includes more than 100 players and a seven-course meal.

Flickr/Julie Blaustein

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Event

Location

Jan 1-Mar 31

Titans of Mavericks One of the most hazardous events in the world, Mavericks has 24 big wave surfers compete against each other for the opportunity to make history. Can’t plan for this one since even the surfers know “the call” can come on any day.

Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay

Titans of Mavericks Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay One of the most hazardous events in the world, Mavericks has 24 big wave surfers compete against each other for the opportunity to make history. Can’t plan for this one since even the surfers know “the call” can come on any day.

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Event

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Jan 9 Fri

Santa Cruz Fungus Fair Despite being in Santa Cruz, this event isn’t about that kind of mushrooms. Still, this is your chance to learn everything you need to know about ‘shrooms in case you ever get lost in the forest.

Louden Nelson Community Center

Santa Cruz Fungus Fair Louden Nelson Community Center Despite being in Santa Cruz, this event isn’t about that kind of mushrooms. Still, this is your chance to learn everything you need to know about ‘shrooms in case you ever get lost in the forest.

Visit Mendocino County, Inc.

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Event

Location

Jan 16 Fri

Mendocino County Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival Mendocino County goes crazy for crab during this annual festival that includes crab-themed specials, crabby overnight packages, and crab and wine pairings. Highlight: the crab cake cook-off and wine tasting competition on January 24th.

Mendocino County

Mendocino County Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival Mendocino County Mendocino County goes crazy for crab during this annual festival that includes crab-themed specials, crabby overnight packages, and crab and wine pairings. Highlight: the crab cake cook-off and wine tasting competition on January 24th.

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Event

Location

Jan 17 Sat

23rd Annual Winter WINEland This weekend is all about wine. A bajillion tastings are included. Plus, some wineries will have food pairings, some will have tours (do the wine cave ones), and ALL of them will have something on sale.

Wine Road

23rd Annual Winter WINEland Wine Road This weekend is all about wine. A bajillion tastings are included. Plus, some wineries will have food pairings, some will have tours (do the wine cave ones), and ALL of them will have something on sale.

North Lake Tahoe Snowfest

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Event

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Feb 27-Mar 8

North Lake Snow Fest Space Cowboys, fireworks, Tainted Love, a parade, a post-parade party, a Polar Bear Swim, a dog pull, bar game Olympics, a rib fest... basically everything you like, all jam-packed into 10 days of happiness.

North Lake Tahoe

North Lake Snow Fest North Lake Tahoe Space Cowboys, fireworks, Tainted Love, a parade, a post-parade party, a Polar Bear Swim, a dog pull, bar game Olympics, a rib fest... basically everything you like, all jam-packed into 10 days of happiness.

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Event

Location

Mar 6 Fri

37th Annual Barrel Tasting Forget crazy themes and fancy food; this Wine Road barrel tasting in Sonoma County is all about tasting wine at 100+ wineries. Plus, it happens over two weekends, so you can also attend March 13-15. Tickets go on sale January 23rd.

Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County

37th Annual Barrel Tasting Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County Forget crazy themes and fancy food; this Wine Road barrel tasting in Sonoma County is all about tasting wine at 100+ wineries. Plus, it happens over two weekends, so you can also attend March 13-15. Tickets go on sale January 23rd.

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Event

Location

Mar 15 Sun

Fairfax Brewfest Tons of craft beer with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Sample 20+ beers and then chow down on a corned beef sandwich. You know you wanna.

Pavilion in Downtown Fairfax

Fairfax Brewfest Pavilion in Downtown Fairfax Tons of craft beer with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Sample 20+ beers and then chow down on a corned beef sandwich. You know you wanna.

Chef Charlie Palmer

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Event

Location

Mar 19 Thu

Yountville Live! Four days of music, great wine, and food from world-class restaurants. #fancy

Yountville, CA

Yountville Live! Yountville, CA Four days of music, great wine, and food from world-class restaurants. #fancy

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Event

Location

Mar 20 Fri

Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot First, you sample 60 Pinots. Then you eat as much pork as possible, including homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, pates, and more. Oink oink.

Hotel Healdsburg

Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot Hotel Healdsburg First, you sample 60 Pinots. Then you eat as much pork as possible, including homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, pates, and more. Oink oink.

WinterWonderGrass Festival

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Event

Location

Mar 20 Fri

WinterWonderGrass Local bluegrass and acoustic roots music comes to Tahoe, and along with it: two heated beer halls with full-service bars sporting a focus on whiskey. Yes, please.

Squaw Valley

WinterWonderGrass Squaw Valley Local bluegrass and acoustic roots music comes to Tahoe, and along with it: two heated beer halls with full-service bars sporting a focus on whiskey. Yes, please.

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Event

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Mar 28 Sat

Battle of the Brews There are more than 30 breweries providing beer you can taste, but ALSO there’s The ‘Wich Hunt, which is a hunt for the best sandwich (God’s work), The Craft Cup, a craft brew competition, AND all of the proceeds go to helping the children in need in Sonoma. So basically you’re drinking beer and eating sammies for charity.

Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Battle of the Brews Sonoma County Fairgrounds There are more than 30 breweries providing beer you can taste, but ALSO there’s The ‘Wich Hunt, which is a hunt for the best sandwich (God’s work), The Craft Cup, a craft brew competition, AND all of the proceeds go to helping the children in need in Sonoma. So basically you’re drinking beer and eating sammies for charity.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

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Event

Location

Apr 4 Fri

High Roller Hold 'Em High-flying, big-air competition meets Texas Hold 'Em poker in this huge party and snowboard competition with huge snowboarders, DJs, and pyrotechnics.

Heavenly Valley

High Roller Hold 'Em Heavenly Valley High-flying, big-air competition meets Texas Hold 'Em poker in this huge party and snowboard competition with huge snowboarders, DJs, and pyrotechnics.