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.
Gold: Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. Celebrate Japanese culture at this two-day festival every spring.Memorial Park, 21255 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. 408-252-2303.cupertinotoyokawa.org.
Silver: Gilroy Garlic Festival. P.O. Box 2311, Gilroy. 408-842-1625. gilroygarlicfestival.com.
Bronze: Music in the Park. Plaza de César Chávez, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. 408-279-1775. sjdowntown.com/music-in-the-park.
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. annual.alamedacountyfair.com.
Silver: Crowden Community Music Day. 1475 Rose St., Berkeley. 510-559-6910. crowden.org/community-music-day.
Bronze (tie): Turn the Page! Children’s Book Festival. Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-452-2259. fairyland.org.
Bronze (tie): Walnut Festival. P.O. Box 3408, Walnut Creek. 925-935-6766. thewalnutfestival.org.
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 Lunar New Year Celebration. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. 650-780-7000. redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/cultural/lunar-new-year.
Bronze: Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Main Street, Half Moon Bay. 650-726-3491. pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com/event-details.html.
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. marinfair.org.
Silver: San Rafael PorchFest. Gerstle Park District. sanrafaelporchfest.com.
Bronze (tie): Scaregrove at Stern Grove. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. 415-831-2700. sfrecpark.org.
Bronze (tie): Free Shakespeare in the Park. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Performs in parks all over the Bay Area. 415-558-0888. sfshakes.org.