Festivals, Feasts & Fairs


FULLERTON--The city packs plenty of offerings--from paintings and puppetry to a pipe organ concert--into its Night in Fullerton, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Admission to the art, music, drama and dance programs at 16 sites around the city is free. Highlights include big-band music at Eastside Christian Church, 2505 E. Yorba Linda Blvd., and traditional Korean dances at Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave. Free bus service is available to venues, departing from Wilshire Boulevard at Harbor Boulevard. Tel. (714) 738-3167.

VENTURA--Local restaurateurs, vintners and microbrewers will offer a Taste of Ventura next weekend, along with musical entertainment. Friday (5 p.m.-midnight), Saturday (noon-midnight) and April 27 (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) at Vintage Marina, 2950 S. Harbor Blvd. $6 adults; $3 seniors, military; children 12 and under free. Food and beverages start at $1. (800) 994-4852.

IMPERIAL--Get your free onion rings at the Imperial Valley Sweet Onion Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the California Mid-Winter Fairgrounds, off California 86. There will also be plenty of food for sale such as sausages with onions and even onion ice cream; onion-eating, onion-cooking and onion-golfing contests; and musical entertainment. $1 adults, 50 cents children 12 and under. (619) 353-1900.


JULIAN--The ninth annual Fat Tire Festival rolls around May 2-4. Bicyclists convene at Jess Martin Park, one-half mile south of Julian off California 79. Events begin at 8 a.m. all three days, with competitions including the Monster Hill Climb and the Poker Ride, in which cyclists collect playing cards along the route and the best hand wins. $40 for one-day ticket; $55 for three days. The ticket includes wine-tasting and dining. (760) 765-1857.

SAN JOSE--The 5th of May will be celebrated on the 4th of May as the city marks Cinco de Mayo. A parade kicks off events at 9 a.m. along Santa Clara Street. The festival follows, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. About 200 vendors will sell arts, crafts and food; singers, dancers and mariachis will perform. Along Almadan Boulevard, between Santa Clara and San Carlos streets. Free admission. (408) 923-1646.

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