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Madera is located north of Fresno on Highway 99. Madera Lake is nearby. Its name derives from the Spanish word for "timber" and was laid out by the California Lumber Co. in 1876.

Madera is part of the Fresno, California metro area.


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10/21 Coming to The area
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Bach Festival Carmel CA July13-27 Multiple performances of works by Bach.
Gilroy Garlic Festival Gilroy CA July26-28 The internationally acclaimed Great Garlic Cook-off, the signature event of the Gilroy Garlic Festival has increased the top prize in the July 27th competition to $5,000.
The Rio Vista Bass Derby Festival Rio Vista CA October11-13 Rio Vista is proud to host the oldest fishing derby on the West Coast. The festival is a three-day derby for bass, catfish and sturgeon. The festival also boasts music, food and fun for fishermen and non-fishing children and adults as well. The events include a carnival, live music and dancing, classic car show, a pancake breakfast, parade and BBQ. A large fireworks display is also featured on Saturday night.