Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

TRUCKEE--Chug over to Truckee for the first annual Railroad Days next weekend, Sept. 26-27. The festival, commemorating the first transcontinental route through the Sierra Nevada, offers a parade (10 a.m. Saturday), food, handcar races, carnival games, historical lectures and a train exhibit. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Commercial Row, historical downtown. Free. (530) 550-9005.

SALINAS--The Canadian Snowbirds, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other flying machines will take to the skies for the 18th Annual California International Airshow next weekend. Gates open at 4 p.m., and show begins at 6 p.m. Friday; gates open at 9 a.m. and show begins at noon Saturday and Sunday. Salinas Municipal Airport. $13, $7 children ages 6-12, free under 6. Grandstand, box and club seating also available. (888) 845-SHOW.

SAN DIEGO--Put on your dancing shoes for the International Dance Assn.'s Oktoberfest next weekend. The beginning dance workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and Folk Dance Festival, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, will be in the ballroom of the Balboa Park Club. Free. Vendors will sell food and beverages, as well as dance clothing and other items. (619) 280-5855.

JULIAN--The Julian Art and Music Festival, at the Menghini Winery next weekend, will feature works of art from the Julian Arts Guild, folk music, a country barbecue and wine tasting. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Three miles north of Julian on Farmer Road. Free. (760) 765-2072.

SONOMA--The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, first held in 1897, is celebrating the beginning of its second century with wine tastings, food and pageantry, including clowns and storytellers, musicians, puppet shows, singers, arts and crafts, historical presentations, a grape stomp and more next weekend Sept.26-27. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Free. (707) 996-2109.

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