Doo Dah Parade, Fawnskin Festival

When, where: July 26, North Shore Drive at Cherokee Street.

Highlights: Community parade; festival with pet, apple pie and horseshoe contests; kids' races and games; hamburgers and hot dogs.

Cost: Parade free, festival $1.

Info: (909) 866-3414.


Gilroy Garlic Festival

When, where: July 25 to 27, Christmas Hill Park, 7100 Miller Ave.

Highlights: Heaps of garlicky fare (2 1/2 tons of garlic are used), arts and crafts, entertainment on three stages.

Cost: $12; ages 6 to 12, $6; 5 and younger, free.

Info: (408) 842-1625, www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.


Mendocino Music Festival

When, where: July 12 to 26 at Mendocino Headlands State Park.

Highlights: Classical, opera, bluegrass, jazz, tango and other music performed in a 16,000- square-foot, ocean-adjacent tent; some like to have pre-concert picnics on the headlands.

Cost: From $16 for an evening- concert youth ticket to $415 for the series of 12 concerts in the best-seat section of the tent.

Info: (707) 937-4041, www.mendocinomusic.com.