Best Community Fairs and Festivals

Kids Enjoying a Tea Cup Ride at the Fair

These community fairs, festivals and events  were voted the Bay Area’s 2020 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. Celebrate Japanese culture at this two-day festival every spring.Memorial Park, 21255 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

Silver: Gilroy Garlic Festival. P.O. Box 2311, Gilroy. 408-842-1625.

Bronze: Music in the Park. Plaza de César Chávez, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. 408-279-1775.

East Bay

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. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. 925-426-7600.

Silver: Crowden Community Music Day. 1475 Rose St., Berkeley. 510-559-6910.

Bronze (tie): Turn the Page! Children’s Book Festival. Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-452-2259.         

Bronze (tie): Walnut Festival. P.O. Box 3408, Walnut Creek. 925-935-6766.


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.

Silver: Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. 650-780-7000.

Bronze: Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Main Street, Half Moon Bay. 650-726-3491.

San Francisco and Marin

Gold: Marin County Fair. Features farm animals, carnival rides, live entertainment and more. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-499-6400.

Silver: San Rafael PorchFest. Gerstle Park District.

Bronze (tie): Scaregrove at Stern Grove. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. 415-831-2700.

Bronze (tie): Free Shakespeare in the Park. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Performs in parks all over the Bay Area. 415-558-0888.