Bay Area Festivals and Fairs
Don't miss out on these great events happening in Sept.
Castro Valley Fall Festival – This event includes three stages of national and regional music, a children’s area, food booths, arts and crafts and more. Sat., Sept. 7-Sun., Sept. 8. FREE.
Contra Costa Greek Festival - St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church sponsors this festival, which celebrates food, wine and tradition. There will also be dancing, performances and a market. Sept. 13- 15. FREE admission; $10 parking. Concord.
Culture in the Community Celebration – Honor all the different cultures that make up San Ramon. This event features multicultural dance, music, poetry and other performances. Visit displays featuring residents’ different heritage. Sun., Sept. 22. FREE.
Eat Real Festival – Learn where food comes from, who grows it and how to make it. All food is affordable and incorporates regionally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients. Sept. 21-22. FREE. Jack London Square, Oakland.
Fine Arts, Crafts & Marketplace – Artisans and crafters set up booths on downtown streets. Venders are pre-screened to ensure a quality event and a variety of wares. . Sat., Sept. 21. FREE. Benecia.
Hayward Mariachi Festival – A variety of mariachi groups present their music, and ballet folklorico groups will perform. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.Sept. 13. FREE.
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival – Billed as the largest festival in Contra Costa County, this event includes three kids’ zones, art, handmade crafts, food, wine, microbrews and continuous music on four stages. New this year is a Young Maker’s Expo for entrepreneurs 9-16 years old. Sept. 21- 22. FREE.
Moon Festival – Enjoy Asian-inspired festivities like lion dances, live music, special animal encounters, martial arts demonstrations and kids’ activities including face painting, arts and crafts and more. Sept. 7. Oakland Zoo.
Oakland Pride Parade and Festival – This event bills itself as Northern California's second largest pride parade and festival. It features more than six city blocks of music, art and food. There is a children’s play area. Sept. 8.
Scottish Highland Gathering and Games – Celebrate the best of Scottish culture, competition, cuisine and entertainment. Learn about Celtic heritage, clans and societies. Sept. 1. Pleasanton.
Spirit and Soul Festival – Richmond's Main Street will be transformed into an outdoor bazaar filled with food, artisan vendors, live music from two stages, dancing in the streets a beverage pavilion and a youth zone. Sept. 21. FREE.
Walnut Festival – This annual event includes family-friendly entertainment, two stages of live music, a large carnival with more than 30 rides, a kids’ zone, a showcase of local talent, food, craft beer garden and more. Sept. 19- 22. Walnut Creek.
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Bay Area 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival - Celebrate the good and bright things in life by lighting the water with floating water lanterns. Sept. 21. Foster City.
Bay Area Korean Chuseok Festival – This event celebrates the Korean Chuseok (harvest) culture, cuisine, arts and the Bay Area Korean-American community. There will be Korean singers and dancers (traditional and pop), martial arts demonstrations, games, food and more. Sept. 14. San Francisco.
Belmont Greek Festival – Now in its 49th year, this festival celebrates Greek culture, food and entertainment. There will be Greek meals and desserts, folk dancers, singers, musicians, a mythology play, cooking demos, a children’s area, unique boutiques, a bookstore, a flea market and more. Sept. 1- 2. 12-8pm. Belmont.
Egyptian Festival – This event features live Arabic music, good food and desserts, a bazaar, a kids’ corner, a fire truck and more. Sept. 7- 8. Redwood City.
Festa Coloniale Italiana – This event features live music, authentic Italian cuisine, wine tasting, the Ricco Italian dancers, an expert pizza toss and more. Sept. 7. FREE. San Francisco.
Fiestas Patrias – This Mexican patriotic holiday features kids’ arts and crafts, an inflatable play area, authentic Mexican food, a traditional flag ceremony, ballet folklorico dancing, live mariachi music and a performance by Los Mismos. Sept. 15. 3-8pm. FREE. Redwood City.
Harvest Festival - Celebrate family and cultural traditions of the harvest season. Entertainment includes bluegrass music, line dancing and puppet shows. Learn about bees and farm animals and visit with creatures from the San Francisco Zoomobile. Craft stations include pumpkin decorating and sukkah decorating with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center. Enjoy cider and fruit tasting. Sept. 28. Woodside.
Kings Mountain Art Fair - For 56 years, every Labor Day weekend, a magical transformation occurs in the redwood forest just 30 miles south of San Francisco. Artist booths pop up around the Kings Mountain Fire Station and local beer and wine begin to flow. Sept. 1- 2. 10am-5pm. FREE. Woodside.
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival – The festive spirit of the Big Easy comes to the Bay Area with this festival. Featuring arts and crafts by 250 artists, food and drink, a cool car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness booths, a Super Duper Kidz Fun Zone and more. Sept. 1.
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival – This event supports established, independent artists and emerging student artists. There is live entertainment, including performances geared for children and kids’ craft activities. Sept. 14-15. 9
Montara Art and Music Festival – This event features food, crafts, music and libation. Sept. 22. FREE. Montara.
Oktoberfest by the Bay – Celebrate Munich’s famed festival in true tradition and spirit with nonstop music, singing, dancing and the best in German food and drink. Headlining the stage will be the 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band. Sat., Sept. 21- 22. San Francisco.
Oktoberfest Redwood City – Featuring a traditional German Oktoberfest setting with more than 1,100-feet of family-style bench seating, this event includes music, dancing, contests, cold beer and other beverages and food., Sept. 25-29. Redwood City.
Pacific Coast Fog Fest – This event features live music, arts and crafts, food, beer, wine, a family fun fest and parade (theme: Discover Pacifica). Sept. 28-29. Pacifica.
Redwood City Salsa Festival – Salsa music, salsa dancing and salsa tasting are at the forefront of this event. There will also be three stages of music including salsa, Latin jazz and reggae, a children’s play area and hands-on art projects. Sept. 21.
San Anselmo Country Fair Day and Parade – This annual event is Sun., Sept. 29 and begins with a pancake breakfast at the downtown fire station,followed by a country fair, music and food festival.
San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival – Enjoy two days of nonstop entertainment, food, shopping, dragon parades, cultural events, children’s activities and more. Sept. 7-8.
San Francisco Greek Food Festival – This 68th annual event features spanakopita, moussaka, gyros and other Greek specialties as well as Greek wine and delicious pastries. There will be music, dancing, church tours and children’s activities. Sept. 20- 21.
Sausalito Art Festival - Fine art, music, food and wine come together at this annual event. There will be 260 artists from 41 states and 12 countries, 19 bands on two stages, a children’s adventure land and a messy art festival for kids. Sept. 1-2.
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Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival – A kids play area, carnival games, rides and gourmet food trucks are among the offerings at this 43nd annual festival that raises money for local schools and nonprofits, and merit-based scholarships for local students. Sept. 15. 10am-6pm. FREE. Almaden Lake Park, 6099 Winfield Blvd., San Jose.
Bark in the Park - Dog lovers and their furry friends are celebrated at this annual festival, billed as the largest dog festival of its kind in the country. Sept 21. San Jose.
Capitola Art & Wine Festival – Children’s activities, plus local dance and performing arts groups, street performers, live music, art and food are all part of this annual community festival. Sept. 14. 10am-6pm. Sept. 15. 10am-5pm. FREE. Capitola Village.
Capitola Beach Festival – A nautical parade with begonia-laden floats on Soquel Creek on Saturday night, plus daytime sandcastle building and rowboat contests, children’s art events and more. Sept. 28-29. Check website for schedule. FREE. Esplanade Park, Capitola. .
Luna Park Chalk Art Festival - A community event in its 12th year, attracting more than 3,000 artists, students and vendors. Sept. 21-22. San Jose.
Mole & Mariachi Festival – Competing chefs prepare mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, for festival-goers to sample amid live music, dancing, vendors and children’s activities. Sept. 8. 11am-5pm. Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, 144 School St.
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival - A Super Duper Kids’ Park is among the activities at this popular festival now in its 48th year. Sept. 7-8. Sat., 11am-7pm. Sun., 10am-6pm. FREE. Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue.
Northern California Renaissance Faire – Travel back to a time of knights and maidens for dance performances, jousting tournaments and more. Concerts every Sat. Weekends Sept. 15-Oct. 21. 10am-6pm. $28, age 12 and under FREE. Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway 152, Hollister.
Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival – Kids Kingdom, Toddler Town and three stages of live entertainment are among the family-friendly highlights of this annual event. Sept. 15. 10am-6pm. Sept. 16. 10am-5pm. FREE. Central Park, 969 Kiely Blvd.
Santa Cruz County Fair – A traditional county fair with carnival rides, midway games, livestock, a horse show, live entertainment and more. Sept. 11-15. $7-10; age 5 and under FREE. Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville.
Santa Cruz Greek Festival – A family-friendly annual celebration of Greek food and culture. Sept. 6. 5-10pm. Sept. 7. 11am-10pm. Sept. 8. 12-7pm. FREE. Church and Center Streets.
Santa Cruz Mountain SOL Festival - Three days of music, art, camping, children’s activities and more. Roaring Camp Railroads will run shuttle trains between the festival and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Sept. 20-22. Felton.