Irish Fair and Music Festival
When, where: June 18 and 19, Irvine Meadows
Highlights: A parade, music and dance performances, a genealogy area, a dog show, hurling and Gaelic football games, an art show, merchants selling imports, plus Ireland-inspired food and beer.
Cost: $18 ($15 advance); $15 for students and ages 62 and older ($12 advance); free for ages 12 and younger and for active-duty military in uniform and their families
Info: (818) 501-3781, https://www.irishfair.org
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
When, where: June 24-26,Monterey County Fairgrounds
Highlights: This annual event draws musicians from around the world; Grammy winner Mavis Staples headlines.
Cost: Grounds passes start at $25; arena seating $130-$200 until June 15
Info: (831) 394-2652, https://www.montereyblues.com
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When, where: June 24-26, Infineon Raceway
Highlights: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and defending champion Jimmie Johnson duke it out on the course. Also that weekend in Sonoma: Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event.
Cost: Ticket prices vary; see website for details
Info: (800) 870-7223, https://www.nascar.com/series/cup
Raft for the Cure
When, where: June 25, Colorado River (check in at the Moab Adventure Center)
Highlights: Raft the Colorado during this annual fundraising event to benefit breast cancer research; included in the registration fee is a full day of river rafting, plus lunch, dinner, a concert and more.
Cost: $100 ($85 for ages 5-15), includes all of the above, plus round-trip transportation from Moab Adventure Center and a commemorative T-shirt and wristband; proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Info: (866) 904-1163, https://www.raftforthecure.com
Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris
When, where: Through Oct. 9, De Young Museum
Highlights: Paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings are on display in an exhibition that spans every phase of Pablo Picasso’s career.
Cost: $25; $22 for ages 65 and older; $21 for students; $15 for ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and younger, as well as for museum members
Info: (415) 750-3600, https://www.deyoungmuseum.org
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