Global Gathering: California Worldfest

Buy your ticket early for the Julytime jubilee and save.

SUMMER, DISTILLED: What is the exact middle date, or even middle hour, or even middle minute, of summertime? With the warmest, easy-going-est of seasons kicking off around June 21, and wrapping up three months later, at least 'round this hemisphere, one would only need to look at the first week in August, near the end, to land upon that summery centerpoint. But summer's middle spots, those places and times when things just couldn't get any summerier, can happen throughout the season (and, truly, the whole calendar year, if one looks). And one of the stalwarts of the sunny stretches just happens to be in July, around the middle of the month, right when people are absolutely settling into the pleasures of the doors-opened, breezes-a-blowin' time of year. It's California WorldFest, an alfresco treasure of a music festival that alights in Grass Valley each year. And in 2017 that alighting will take place from...

JULY 13 THROUGH 16: In fact, tickets are already on sale, with savings for early buyers, so comb through the stellar line-up of global-awesome, strings-and-harmonies outfits. Reggae star Etana will perform, and the horns-laden Federspiel, and the islands-tributing funky-rootsy Kanekoa. The family-nice happening boasts kid-ready activities away from the stages, and yoga, and vendors, and other deep-of-mind/heart diversions to keep guests moving/thinking/socializing when they're not enjoying the tunes. More info will flow from the festival as winter and spring roll out, but if this is a summer centerpoint for you, in spirit, then ponder securing your entry as soon as you're able. The place? It's at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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