ASAP GETAWAYS : SAN FRANCISCO IN FESTIVAL SPIRIT.Byline: Daily News
Carnaval San Francisco Carnaval San Francisco was founded by a large group of visionary artists in 1979 who came together in Precita Park to celebrate living a rich cultural life in tune with the rhythms of nature and the ancestors. 1996, the city's largest multicultural celebration, heats up the Mission District with international rhythm and color May 25 and 26.
The free two-day outdoor festival, strung along seven blocks filled with entertainment and food, will include the Grand Carnaval Parade, which steps off at 10 a.m. May 26 at 24th and Bryant streets, winding through the neighborhood with more than 200 lavish floats, larger-than-life puppets, costumed dancers, steel bands, American Indian American Indian
or Native American or Amerindian or indigenous American
Any member of the various aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere, with the exception of the Eskimos (Inuit) and the Aleuts. dancers and Dixieland, jazz, salsa and other music.
The festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days along Harrison Street between 16th and 22nd streets. Information: (415) 824-8999.
Ferndale: This Victorian village The Victorian Village is a neighborhood located north and near west of downtown Columbus, Ohio, USA. It is an older area with a fair number of established trees for an urban setting. will celebrate Memorial Day with a parade down Main Street through the town's historic district. Events begin at 9:45 a.m. May 27. Information: (707) 786-4356.
Oakhurst: More than 400 vendors of antiques, collectibles and crafts will be at the Mountain Peddlers Show Labor Day Labor Day, holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September to honor the laborer. It was inaugurated by the Knights of Labor in 1882 and made a national holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1894. weekend in this village east of Merced. The show runs from 9 a.m. until dark May 25 and from daylight to 4 p.m. May 26 at the intersection of Road 426 and Highway 41. Admission is free. Information: (209) 683-7766.
Garden Grove Garden Grove, city (1990 pop. 143,050), Orange co., S Calif., a suburb of Long Beach and Los Angeles, on the Santa Ana River; founded 1877, inc. 1956. Many of its residents work in nearby aerospace and defense installations, and there is light manufacturing. : The nation's leading strawberry producer will celebrate its harvest with a May 24-27 Strawberry Festival A Strawberry Festival is an event and celebration in many towns in North America. In most instances, areas around these towns are, or have been, deeply involved in the production and marketing of strawberries, and the festivals are usually held in late spring around the time of the , featuring a parade, carnival, contests, arts and crafts arts and crafts, term for that general field of applied design in which hand fabrication is dominant. The term was coined in England in the late 19th cent. as a label for the then-current movement directed toward the revivifying of the decorative arts. and strawberries galore. Events run 1 to 10 p.m. May 24, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 25 and 26, and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 27. Admission is free. Information: (714) 638-0981.
Healdsburg: The 47th annual Country Fair runs May 23-25 in Recreation Park at Piper and North streets, kicking off with a twilight parade at 6 p.m. May 23. Events include livestock showmanship and auction, a chili cookoff A “chili cookoff'” is a social event, similar to a barbecue, in which competitors prepare their own particular recipe for chili con carne and submit it for taste testing. , food and games. Information: (707) 431-7644.
Auburn: The town will host the Gold 'n' Fiddle Festival May 24-26, with fiddle-playing championships, storytelling, cowboy poetry, entertainment, crafts and food. Information: (916) 823-3435.
Oak Glen: This desert town, north of Beaumont, will host its 20th annual Festival in the Glen and the 13th semiannual Historical Frontier Encampment on Memorial Day weekend. Admission to both events, which run from 10 a.m. to dusk, is free.
The festival runs May 25-27 at Oak Tree Village, 38480 Oak Glen Road, featuring music, arts and crafts, clowns and games. Information: (909) 797-4020.
The encampment runs May 22-27 at Los Rios Rancho, 39610 Oak Glen Road, and features hundreds of mountain men, cowboys, American Indians, Civil War soldiers, trappers and traders with re-enactments of life from the 1500s through the 1800s. Information: (909) 797-1005.
Photo: Heritages of many nations are celebrated at San Fran cisco's annual multicultural festival.