July 9–23/MENDOCINO – Each July Mendocino welcomes hundreds of musicians for its two-week festival, held at an outdoor concert hall perched atop coastal cliffs. Listen to music styles ranging from big band to contemporary while overlooking the ocean at Mendocino Headlands State Park.
July 14–30/CARMEL – With a very impressive run, the Carmel Bach Festival will usher in its 85th season in 2022. California’s oldest music festival includes 14 days of performances centered on John Sebastian Bach and those he influenced. Soak up intimate performances at the 718-seat Sunset Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea, home to the main concert series.
Thru July 24/LOS ANGELES – Enjoy a dinner theater experience at Vibiana, the former cathedral turned dining space in downtown Los Angeles. The limited-run show showcases circus-style acrobats, aerialists, dancers, and musicians from the San Francisco-based company Vau de Vire, while the three-course dinner by restaurant Redbird features delights such as Creekstone Farms filet mignon and Valrhona chocolate cake. Book ahead and choose from two shows daily, Thursdays through Sundays.
OC (Orange County) Fair
Thru Aug. 14/COSTA MESA – One of the country’s top-ten largest fairs. no shortage of rides, carnival games, animals, arts and crafts, beer, food, and live music! It’s “Time For Fun” and Orange County is ready to kick it off with a blast. Make sure to get your tickets online as advanced ticket reservations are required at https://ocfair.com/oc-fair/buy-tickets/. Hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 11 a.m. – midnight Fri.-Sun. Closed Mon.-Tue. hear music, check out the amazing vendors, marvel at the exhibits, and visit all the competitions to see who takes the blue ribbon home!