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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

SAN DIEGO--The holiday season is fair season, and there are plenty of those coming up around the state. The seventh annual Holiday Avenues of the Arts street fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18-19, offers a spectrum of handmade treasures, live music, kids’ activities and artist demonstrations. On Fifth Avenue, between Market and L streets in downtown’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Free. (619) 239-1143.

BAKERSFIELD--The Holiday Street Fair and Festival of Cars is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19 on Chester Avenue, between 17th and 22nd streets, downtown. Highlights at the free event include a farmers’ market, pony rides and a model train show. ($1). (805) 325-5892.

SONORA--There’s holiday fun in the Mother Lode Country at the 21st annual Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival ’95, Nov. 24-26. In addition to 250 artisans, the festival features live music and seasonal entertainment. $5, general; $4, seniors; $1, kids 6-12; free for those under 6. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. At the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on California 49. Before the event: (209) 533-3473; during the event: (209) 532-9804.

SANTA CRUZ--There is a Victorian theme to the 1995 Santa Cruz Christmas Craft and Gift Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24-26. At the historic Cocoanut Grove ballroom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St. $4, general; free for kids 12 and under. (408) 423-5590, Ext. 2337. SAN FRANCISCO--Sparkling gift ideas await at the Holiday Clay and Glass Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25-26. The annual event of the Assn. of California Ceramic Artists is in the County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. $2.50, general; $1, seniors; free for those under 12. (510) 865-0541.

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