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The cavern was discovered in 1849. Many signatures dating back to the 1850's are visible. John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club, was reputed to have left his signature but it has not been found. Chambers and passageways in the caverns contain glittering formations ranging from fragile soda straws on the ceiling to colossal stalagmites rising from the floor.

California Cavern is open for all trips weather permitting, spring through fall. California Cavern offers family walking tours, wild cavern expedition trips, gemstone mining, a free nature trail and picnic tables set in beautiful countryside. They also offer an unusual venue for your wedding! Marriages have been performed inside the cave, and receptions held in the pavilion. A four-hour Wild Downstream Circuit Tour is available by reservation.

Location: PO Box 78, 9565 Cave City Road, Mountain Ranch California 95251 Telephone 209-736-2708 Toll Free: 866-762-2837 Fax 209-736-0330

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Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.
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.