These community fairs, festivals and events were voted the Bay Area’s 2021 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.
San Francisco & Marin
Gold: Marin County Fair. Features farm animals, carnival rides, live entertainment and more. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-499-6400. marinfair.org.
Silver: A Christmas Carol at the American Conservatory Theater. 415 Geary St. and 1127 Market St., San Francisco. 415-749-2228. act-sf.org.
Bronze: Shakespeare in Park. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Performs in parks all over the Bay Area. 415-558-0888. sfshakes.org.
Gold: Gilroy Garlic Festival. A Bay Area tradition with everything from garlic fries to garlic ice cream. P.O. Box 2311, Gilroy. 408-842-1625. gilroygarlicfestival.com.
Silver: Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. Memorial Park, 21255 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. 408-252-2303. cupertinocherryblossomfestival.org.
Bronze: Christmas in the Park. Downtown San Jose. 408-809-9627. christmasinthepark.com.
Gold: Alameda County Fair. From rides and animals to fair food and live entertainment, the Alameda County Fair is a tradition for many East Bay families. Taking place this year Oct. 22-31. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. 925-426-7600. alamedacountyfair.com/2021-fair.
Silver: Ardenwood Historic Farm Harvest Festival. 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797. ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood.
Bronze: Castro Valley Fall Festival. Castro Valley Boulevard between Redwood Road and Santa Maria Avenue, Castro Valley. firstname.lastname@example.org. edenareachamber.com/events/details/2021-fall-festival-6769.
Gold: San Carlos Art and Wine Faire. This event features artists, food, drinks, entertainment and a classic car show. The 2021 event has been canceled but it’s scheduled to be back Oct. 8 and 9, 2022. 600 Laurel St., San Carlos. facebook.com/sancarlosartandwine.
Silver: Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. 650-780-7000. redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/cultural/lunar-new-year.
Bronze: Belmont Greek Festival. 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. 650-591-4447. belmontgreekfestival.com.
Bronze: Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. The 2021 event has been cancelled. Main Street, Half Moon Bay. 650-726-3491. pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com/event-details.html.