Bay Area Festivals and Fairs

SF, Marin & Peninsula

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.

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


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. 


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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