July 4 weekend fest planner: Chosen Few, RibFest and more

Although a short list this Fourth of July weekend, it’s certainly not a quiet one. Get down and dancey at the Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic on Saturday, ride a cultural wave of Caribbean, African and Latin American tunes at the three-day International Festival of Life or fill up at a giant...

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