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Mouthful: Accordions and fans take over Cotati

Use an Accordion, Go to Cotati: The 24th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival takes place this weekend in La Plaza Park.

Dozens of performers take the stage during this two-day fete; a full schedule is available at cotatifest.com.

Don’t miss the Polka/Zydeco tent, where you’ll find a polka dance party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

New this year is a stage for students.

You’ve got to leave your pups at home and cannot bring in outside food or beverages, except for one bottle of water per person. There is plenty to eat and drink in the park.

Tickets are $15 in advance for a single day and $25 for both days. They are available at all Oliver’s Market locations, at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa and at People’s Music in Sebastopol. You may also purchase tickets by calling (888) 559-2576 and by visiting the website.

Parking has always been a challenge at this popular event but organizers are trying something new this year, with parking available at the CalTrans lot at the corner of Old Redwood Highway and St. Joseph’s Way. A free shuttle will be available throughout the festival.

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Wine & Swine: On Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square hosts a street fete, Sonoma County Wine and Swine, with live music, art and artisans and plenty of good things to drink and eat, including spicy barbecued pork.

Musicians include the Easy Leaves, the Sam Chase and Misisipi Mike,with Misisipi Mike Wolf and the Midnight Gamblers playing their outlaw honky tonk tunes.


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