Bay Area Festivals and Fairs


Sunnyvale Art, Wine & Music Festival. June 2-3. Check out more than 350 of the nation’s best artists, live music, children's rides, quality beers, and fine wines. Sunnyvale. FREE.

Redwood Mountain Faire. June 2-3. This annual event brings together a wide range of music styles on two stages, fine art and crafts, exciting children’s activities, and excellent food and beverages, including local micro-brews and wines. $25 adults, kids 12 and under FREE. Felton.

cityFEST. June 2-3. Foster City’s largest event, this festival includes a carnival, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, live music and a Curiosity Zone featuring interactive activities and demonstrations involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics. FREE. Foster City

Union Street Music Festival. June 2-3. Enjoy live music from four themed stages: jazz, blues, country and indie. There will also be arts and crafts booths, food, craft beer and beverage gardens and community groups. FREE. San Francisco.

Family Music Festival. June 2. Music for Minors II Kids Choir will offer musical fun for the whole family with performances by the choir, singing and signing, dancing and movement, an opportunity to make instruments and more. 2-5pm. FREE. Niles Town Plaza, 37592 Niles Blvd., Fremont.

Art & Wine Festival. June 3. Children can visit the Kids Zone, parents can enjoy the wine and craft beer, and everyone can get into the food and hundreds of arts and crafts booths at this 37th annual event. 11am-6pm. FREE. Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-934-2007.

San Mateo County Fair. June 9-17. Ride the Ferris wheel, play games on the midway, check out the art and crafts made by your neighbors, visit farm animals and enjoy performances by Sheila E, TLC, Gossamer Magic, Sugar Ray, Pablo Cruise, Average White Band and John Michael Montgomery. $10 adults, $8 kids 6-12 before June 3; $15 adults, $10 kids 6-12 at the gate. San Mateo

Spring Share Faire. June 10. Learn new skills including Chicken Care and Improv, Science and Crafts and Tool Care. The event will also include goods to share including garden, clothing, household, books and more. FREE. Palo Alto

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival. June 10. Enjoy live music, food and family activities at this annual festival on the JCC field. This year will be a beach theme. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. $8-15, free for kids 12 and under. Los Gatos.

San Francisco Folk Festival. June 9. This event features music, dance, storytelling workshops, concerts, crafts and vendors. FREE. San Francisco.

Novato Art, Wine and Music Festival. June 9-10. Enjoy two stages of live music, a children’s area with Ju

County Fair Opening. June 15-July 8. Say “Hello Summer!” when the Alameda County Fair returns today through July 8 with rides, animals, food, games, concerts and more. Kick off the festivities with an Opening Day Cattle Drive at 10:30am today through the streets of downtown Pleasanton, and then keep the fun moving with $1 admission and $1 rides until 5pm. 10:30am-11pm. After 5pm: $10-15 ages 13-61, $8-10 ages 6-12, under 6 FREE; carnival wrist bands $28-35. Alameda County Fairgrounds. Pleasanton.

North Beach Festival. June 16-17. This outdoor festival features more than 125 arts and crafts booths, tasty food, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, poetry readings, beverage gardens, kids’ chalk art and the blessing of the animals. FREE. San Francisco.

Juneteenth Parade and Festival. June 16. The purpose of this event is to promote historical awareness, build self-esteem with youth, connect organizations with the community and showcase African-American vendors. FREE. San Francisco.

Pirate Festival. June 16-17. Arrrr! Help Dad tap into his inner pirate during Father’s Day weekend and invade the Vallejo waterfront for pirate encampments, treasure of all kinds and mischievous entertainment for all ages. June 16-17. 10am-6pm. $12 admission, ages 12 and under FREE.  Vallejo. 

Summer FamilyFest. June 23. The library will celebrate its Summer Reading Festival with entertainment and activities at Lafayette Summer FamilyFest 2018. Please register online. 11am-2pm. FREE. Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 925-385-2280.

Marin County Fair. June 30-July 4. This fair celebrates family, art, agriculture and the environment. There will be carnival rides, concerts and fireworks every night, as well as baked goods, photography and more. $12-15 plus $3 service fee. San Rafael.


Art + Soul Oakland – Music, dance, food, art and family fun. July 28-29. Downtown Oakland. 

Berkeley Kite Festival – High-flying fun with kites of all shapes and sizes. July 28-29. 

Gilroy Garlic Festival – Garlic ice cream, kids’ activities and food demonstrations. July 27-29.

Pedalfest – A celebration of cycling including a kids’ bike rodeo and stunt shows. Oakland.

Bricks by the Bay – LEGO displays and discussions for all ages. July 12-15. Santa Clara. .


Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival – See the work of chalk artists and enjoy chocolate tastings, live music and more. Aug. 25. Gourmet Ghetto on N. Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

Santa Clara County Fair – Family fun as well as livestock, arts and crafts, and more. Aug. 2-5. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. 408-494-3100. 

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