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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

COSTA MESA--Think pink at the Orange County Fair Friday, July 10-26, where this year’s theme is “In the Pink: A Tribute to Fiber Arts, Fuchsia and Fun.” It will include contests, concerts, a youth expo, agricultural exhibits and equestrian events. Noon-midnight Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-midnight Thursday-Sunday. Orange County Fairgrounds. $6, $2 ages 6-12, $4 seniors, free under 5. $4 parking. (714) 708-3247.

PALO ALTO--The Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival, presented by the Assn. of Ceramic and Glass Artists of California next weekend, July 11 and 12, will feature glazed bowls and plates, hand-blown glassware, jewelry, porcelain dinnerware, stoneware and flower pots, as well as ikebana flower arranging and pottery demonstrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road. Free. (650) 329-2366.

SANTA BARBARA-Oo La La! The 11th annual French Festival Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11, offers crepes, quiche, vichyssoise and other French delicacies; music on three stages; can-can, folk, Cajun and belly dancing; arts and crafts; and a poodle parade. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. both days. Oak Park. Free. (805) 564-PARIS.

MONTEREY--Visit exotic lands at the third annual Monterey World Cultures Festival, Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12, featuring the music of acoustic guitars, ashwin batish-sitars, astarius-didgeridoos and more; folklorico, flamenco and Aztec dance; food; and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. both days. Monterey County Fairgrounds, $6, $3 seniors and students, free under 12. (408) 623-2379.

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OJAI--Lords and ladies descend on Lake Casitas for the eighth annual Ojai Renaissance Faire Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12. The event will be a re-creation of a 16th century English country village, complete with a cast of merchants, craftsmen and entertainers. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. From U.S. 101 in Ventura, take California Highway 33 to Highway 150 and turn left to Lake Casitas. $8, $4 children under 12, free under 5. (805) 649-2233.

Call listed phone numbers for directions.


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