Festivals, Feasts & Fairs


OJAI--The annual Ojai Valley Quilt Show, Thursday through next Saturday, has quilting all sewn up with a display of about 200 quilts, some antique; vendors selling quilts, fabric and books; guest speakers; and artists on hand to greet the public (1-3 p.m. Jan. 24). There will also be live music (11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 24) and a silent auction. The show will be at three sites within walking distance, near Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 per person. (800) 610-7836.

HOLTVILLE--This city’s Carrot Festival, Jan. 30-Feb. 8, will include carrot-recipe cooking contests, a carnival midway and arts and crafts booths. A parade with local school bands and floats will step off at 10 a.m. Feb. 7, and a rib cook-off will start at 10 a.m. Feb. 8. ($1 tasting tickets). 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Holtville City Park, 101 W. 5th St. Free. (760) 356-2923.

INDIO--Native American art, cowboy art, jewelry, pottery and sculpture will be among works displayed at the Southwest Arts Festival Jan. 31-Feb. 1. There will be food vendors, and a jazz ensemble and a Native American flutist will entertain. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Riverside County Fairgrounds’ Promenade, California 111 and Arabia Street. $5, $4 for 65 and over, 12 and under free. (760) 347-0676.


DAVIS--Wildlife enthusiasts are preparing for what’s billed as the largest wetlands festival in the U.S. The 5th annual California Duck Days, Feb. 7 and 8, will feature field trips (6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) around the Sacramento Valley to spot birds. Activities at Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) will include demonstrations and workshops on conservation, decoy carving and duck carving. $12 for field trip, $6 admission to center, 16 and under free. (800) 425-5001.

SAN FRANCISCO--More than 100 folk- and ethnic-art dealers will sell North American pottery, basketry, textiles and jewelry at the Tribal, Folk and Textile Art Show (a benefit for San Francisco’s Craft and Folk Art Museum) Feb. 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (no admittance after 4 p.m.) $10, 16 and under free. At Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard. (310) 455-2886.

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