Bay Area Festivals and Fairs

SF, Marin & Peninsula


Fillmore Jazz Festival –This event features live jazz and soul music and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The event also includes fine art and crafts, gourmet food and beverages. July 1-2. 10am-6pm.. FREE. Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets. 800-310-6563.

Star City Music Festival –Artists include Afrolicious; gypsy-rockers Diego’s Umbrella; Allman Brothers tribute band, the Allmond Brothers Clan; guitar virtuoso Eric McFadden and  more. July 8. 11am-dusk. $15, benefits San Bruno Mountain Watch. Brisbane Community Park, 11 Old County Road, Brisbane. 415-508-2140.

August Festivals:

Festival of the Sea – This year’s theme is “High Tech on the High Seas: the Evolution of Maritime Culture and Technology.” Learn about engines that made a difference while sampling traditional music from live acts. Family-friendly activities will include knot-tying, rigging, caulking, steam bending and rope-making demonstrations; a small boat launch, kids’ craft stations and more. Sat., Aug. 19. 9:30am-5pm. FREE. San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Hyde Street Pier., San Francisco 415-447-5000.

Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival -  This festival promotes local artists and raises funds to benefit local youth programs. It includes live entertainment, a kids’ korral, hand-crafted goods, country cooking and more. Aug. 19-20. Check website for times.  FREE.  I.D.E.S Grounds, 22 Stage Road.

Nihomachi Street Fair – Check out aspects of Asian-Pacific American life expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, community outreach and children’s activities. Aug. 5-6. Check website for times. FREE. Japantown, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets.

September Festivals

San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival

Enjoy two days of non-stop entertainment, food, shopping, dragon parades, cultural events, children’s activities and more. The festival is sponsored by the Chinatown Merchants Association. Sept. 30-Oct. 1. 11am-6pm daily. FREE. Grant Avenue. 415-690-9225.

Sausalito Art Festival – Billing itself as America’s premiere waterfront art festival, this event features fine art, music, food and wine. Sat., Sept. 2-Sun., Sept. 3.10am-7pm. Mon., Sept. 4. 10am-5pm.  Daily admission: $30 general, under 13 FREE. Testa Street, Harbor Drive and Coloma Street. 415-332-3555.

 Redwood City Salsa Festival – The 10th annual festival features multiple stages of a variety of music, including salsa, Latin, jazz and reggae. Amateur and professional salsa chefs will compete for fun and prizes. There will also be food and a children’s play area. 12-8pm. FREE. Broadway between Middlefield and Hamilton. 650-780-7000.

East Bay


Fourth at the Fair – Celebrate at the Alameda County Fair with the Red, White and Blues Festival from 12-8pm and the Fireworks Spectacular show at 9:30pm set to music by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Tue. July 4. 12-11pm. $12-15 ages 13-61, $8-10 ages 6-12, under 6 FREE. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. 925-426-7600.

Contra Costa County

Concord Parade and Festival –Kick off your Independence Day with a parade at 10am. Continue the celebration from 4-10pm at the annual Fourth of July Festival & Fireworks with a kids’ carnival, food booths, vendor exhibits, live entertainment and 9pm fireworks. Tue., July 4. FREE. Mount Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St., Concord. 925-695-7268.

worldOne Festival –The city of El Cerrito/worldOne Fourth of July Festival will return with live entertainment on the main stage, shopping, tasty food and a children’s fun area with games, jump houses and rides. Tue., July 4. 10am-6pm. FREE. Cerrito Vista Park, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. 510-233-0611.

Chevron Family Theatre Festival – This day-long festival of arts and entertainment offers more than two dozen professional performances in three theaters, the lobbies and right outside. Star Wars characters will be in attendance and children can build their own LEGO droids to help save the galaxy.  Sat., July 15.10am-4pm. $5 performances inside theaters, outside events FREE. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

Pedalfest –July 22. Celebrate all things cycling at a huge bicycle festival with daredevil stunt performances, a kids’ bike rodeo and pedal-powered music, food and art. 11am-6pm. FREE. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland. 510-645-9292.

Benicia Waterfront Festival – July 29. Celebrate a picturesque waterfront locale with live music, food, Kids' Activity Alley and more. July 29-30. 11am-6pm. $15 weekend pass, $10 adults, ages 12 and under FREE. First Street Green, First and E. B streets, Benicia. 707-745-9791.

Berkeley Kite Festival – July 30. Head to the Berkeley Marina for a whimsical event with opportunities to fly a kite, make a kite, watch expert competitions and performances, play in the kids’ zone and catch candy from the sky. 10am-5pm. $15 parking fee, admission FREE. Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way. 510-235-5483.


Solano County Fair. Aug. 2-6. The theme this year is "This Fair's for Ewe!" and there’ll be live entertainment, exhibits, great food, animals, rides, games and all that other fun fair stuff. Wed.-Fri.: 3-11pm, Sat. and Sun: 12-11pm. $6-10 admission per person. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 707-551-2000.

Fremont Festival. Aug. 5. Come to the 34th annual Fremont Festival of the Arts for music, food, artists and a Kids City filled with performers and hands-on activities. Also Sun. 10am-6pm. FREE. Walnut Avenue and Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. 510-795-2244.

Laurel Street Fair. Aug. 12. Celebrate one of Oakland’s unique neighborhoods at this outdoor festival featuring a children’s carnival, plenty of food and music, dancing, shopping and more. 11am-6pm. FREE. MacArthur Boulevard, between 35th and 38th avenues, Oakland. 415-505-5559.

Art + Soul Oakland. Aug. 19-20. Oakland’s flagship festival is back with an array of music, dance, art, food and fun. Aug. 19-20. 12-6pm. $15 adults, $7 seniors and youth, 12 and under FREE. Frank Ogawa Plaza, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. 510-444-2489.

Silicon Valley

Gilroy Garlic Festival – Join in loads of fragrant fun at this annual garlic festival. Games for kids, pyrotechnic cooking, three stages of live entertainment and the world famous garlic ice cream will keep you busy the whole weekend. July 28-30. 10am-7pm. $18-20, kids under 10 FREE. Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave. 


23rd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival – This multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of strawberry delights, non-stop entertainment, gooey contests and more. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 5-6. 10am-7pm. FREE. Downtown Watsonville.

Santa Clara County Fair – Experience the kids' zone featuring entertainment by Twinkle Time and Capt'n Jack Spareribs. Watch judging of 4-H animals and youth projects. Check out the carnival, Sea Lion Encounter, roller derby, wine tasting and a demolition derby. August 3-6. See website for hours. $5 parking, admission $5-10, under 5 FREE. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose.

25th Annual Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival – Celebrate the history of Polynesia since the Three Hawaiian Princes first rode the waves at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River in 1885. Sun., Aug. 20. 9am-5pm. FREE. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf.


Northern California Renaissance Faire –Travel back to a time of knights, feasts and festivities and spend the day shopping in the authentic marketplace. Enjoy dance performances, concerts, jousting tournaments and more. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 16-Oct. 15. 10am-6pm. $28 general, kids 12 and under FREE. Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway 152, Hollister.

Ohlone Day – Ohlone people will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language and history in this family-friendly event. Sat., Sept. 9. 10am-4pm. $10 parking, admission FREE. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 Big Trees Park Road, Felton.

Silicon Valley Fall Festival – This festival features more than 75 works of art from local artists. There will be activities and crafts for children and entertainment for adults. Sat., Sept. 9. 10am-5pm. FREE. Cupertino Memorial Park, 10185 N. Stelling Road.

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