Best Community Fairs and Festivals
These community fairs, festivals and events were voted the Bay Area’s 2019 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.
Gold: Bay Area KidFest. This Memorial Day weekend event features rides, entertainment, Alaskan pig racing, arts and crafts and more. Mount Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St., Concord. bayareakidfest.com.
Silver: Alameda County Fair. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. 925-426-7600. annual.alamedacountyfair.com.
Bronze: Ardenwood Farm Harvest Festival. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757. ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood.
Gold: San Carlos Hometown Days. A kids’ carnival, action-packed rides for teens, and 5K and 10K runs are among the highlights at this festival held annually in mid-May. Cedar Street and San Carlos Avenue. sancarloshometowndays.com.
Silver: Redwood City Music on the Square. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway. 650-780-7000. redwoodcity.org.
Bronze: Maker Faire. Mid-May. 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo. makerfaire.com.
Bronze: PJCC Rock the Block. 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 650-212-7522. pjcc.org/programs/rock-the-block.
Bronze: San Carlos Art and Wine Faire. Downtown San Carlos. 650-593-1068. sancarlosartandwinefaire.com.
Gold: A Christmas Carol at the American Conservatory Theater. A Bay Area holiday tradition now in its 43rd year. Geary Theater, 405 Geary St., San Francisco. 415-834-3200. act-sf.org.
Silver: Shakespeare in the Park. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Performs in parks all over the Bay Area. 415-558-0888. sfshakes.org.
Bronze: Marin County Fair. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-499-6400. marinfair.org.
Bronze: Scaregrove Halloween Celebration. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. 415-831-2700. sfrecpark.org.