Bay Area Festivals and Fairs
Bay Area Dance Week – Starting with the kick-off dance at noon April 21 at San Francisco City Hall, kids can hop in on 400 free performances and events around the region. April 21-30. Learn the kick-off dance and see a full schedule at bayareadance.org.
Cherry Blossom Festival – Now in its 50th year, this festival showcases Japanese culture with a parade, arts and crafts, origami demos and more than 50 performers. April 8-9 and 15-16. Post and Fillmore streets, Japantown. sfcherryblossom.org.
Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show – Motorized mechanical marvels ranging from monster truck to vintage planes take to the streets and the sky. April 30. $25 adults, $15 ages 11-17 and seniors, FREE under 11. Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway. dreammachines.miramarevents.com.
Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival – Honoring Cupertino’s sister city Toyokawa, Japan, the event offers indoor exhibits at Quinlan Community Center and outdoor food and entertainment including Japanese dancers, Taiko groups and martial artists at Memorial Park. April 29-30. 10455 Miller Ave. cupertinotoyokawa.org.
Carnaval – The Mission District transforms into an enormous celebration with a parade, dancing, drumming, music, colorful costumes and traditions from Latin American and western Africa. May 27-28, with a parade on May 28. Mission Street, Mission District. Carnavalsanfrancisco.org.
Cinco de Mayo – A family-friendly fiesta of Latino music, food and arts and crafts. May 6. Valencia Street, between 21st and 24th streets, Mission District. mncsf.org.
May Fête Children’s Parade and Fair – High school marching bands and hand-pulled floats are among the highlights of this parade and fest in downtown Palo Alto. May 6. cityofpaloalto.org/recreation.
CityFest – Enjoy carnival rides, arts and crafts and a Curiosity Zone, featuring STEM exhibits by IBM, HP, CuriOdyssey, Hiller Aviation and the Techshop. June 3-4. Shell and East Hillsdale boulevards. fostercitychamber.com.
San Carlos Hometown Days – Fly on the zipline, ride the mechanical bull, climb the rock wall, bungee jump or run the 5K or 10K at this community festival. May 19-21. Cedar Street and San Carlos Avenue. sancarloshometowndays.com.
Art and Wind Festival – Explore more than 200 arts and crafts booths, entertainment on four stages, kite-flying demonstrations, kite-making workshops and more. May 28-29. San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. www.artandwind.com.
Contra Costa County Fair – The first county fair of the year, this event features live entertainment, livestock shows, speedway races, a roller derby and more. Entrance fees started at $4 in 2016. Check website for 2017 fees. May 18-21. 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. contracostafair.com.
A La Carte & Art – Enjoy handcrafted wares, specialty food, green exhibits, live music, a car show, climbing wall, bungee jumps and giant inflated balls inside which you can run and roll around. May 6-7. Castro Street near Church Street, Mountain View. alacarte.miramarevents.com.
Boogie on the Avenue – Experience New Orleans with 200 art booths, live music and Cajun and international cuisine. May 20-21. From Third Street to Railroad Avenue, Campbell. campbellchamber.net/boogie.
Union Street Music Festival – Bluegrass, country, blues and jazz bands pump up the volume on historic Union Street. June 3-4. Union Street from Gough to Fillmore streets. sresproductions.com.
Haight Ashbury Street Fair – This famous hub of hippiedom is a hit any time of the year, but the annual street fair adds to the excitement with entertainment and arts demonstrations. June 11. Haight and Cole streets. haightashburystreetfair.org.
North Beach Festival – Decorate the street with chalk art at this 63-year-old event that features 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 gourmet food booths and entertainment. June 17-18. Vallejo Street. sresproductions.com.
San Mateo County Fair – This celebration boasts entertainment, a large midway, farm animals and exhibits. June 10-18. $10-12 at the gate, $8-10 online until June 9, under 6 FREE. San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo. sanmateocountyfair.com.
Livermore Rodeo – Teens will love the high-adrenaline performances of barrel racing, bull and bronco riding, steer wrestling, a parade and more. June 10-11. Fees in 2016 were $14-$25. See website for 2017 fees. 3000 Robertson Park Road. livermorerodeo.org.
Alameda County Fair – “Best Summer Ever” is the theme of this three-week fair offering entertainment, rides, horse racing, a rodeo, fireworks and more. June 16-July 9 (closed June 19-20 and June 26-27). $12 adults, $8 ages 6-12 online until June 15, under 6 FREE. Kids FREE Fridays until 5pm. 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. alamedacountyfair.com.
Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival – Art, crafts, live bands and carnival rides. June 3-4.