Best Community Fairs and Festivals

These community fairs, festivals and events  were voted the Bay Area’s 2023 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. Features cultural exhibits and performances, Japanese cuisine, Taiko drums, martial arts, traditional Japanese dancers, arts and crafts and more. Cupertino.

Silver:  Christmas in the Park. San Jose.

Bronze: Music in the Park. San Jose.


Gold: Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration. Each year this free event showcases city officials, recreation staff, lion dancers, martial artists, taiko drummers and other live performances. Redwood City.

Silver: San Carlos Art and Wine Faire. San Carlos.

Bronze: San Carlos Hometown Days. San Carlos.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: Marin County Fair. This county fair features concerts and other live entertainment, carnival rides, food and drinks, competitive exhibits, agriculture competitions and fireworks. San Rafael.

Silver: A Christmas Carol at the American Conservatory Theater. San Francisco.

Bronze: Shakespeare in the Park. Multiple locations.

East Bay

Gold: Alameda County Fair. This family-favorite event in June and July includes rides, food, animals, a full line-up of concerts and other entertainment, live horse and pig racing and more. Pleasanton.

Silver: Oakland First Fridays. Oakland.

Bronze: Piedmont Food Fest. Piedmont.


A Taste of Latkes

In the Bay Area, winter holiday time is eclectic, rich in traditions from across the globe. Over the years, we’ve been invited to feasts of every variety. Come Hanukkah, my house is thick with the smell of potato latkes frying. I, for my part, am famous – at least among my boys and their hungry friends – for my potato latkes, which I always serve with applesauce made from apples from the first tree we planted when we moved into our house decades ago.

Top Holiday Events in San Francisco and Marin

If you are looking for a fabulous 2022 holiday season, here are some great ways to create memories and traditions in San Francisco and Marin.

Top Holiday Events on the Peninsula

Head to the Peninsula for some wonderful ways to celebrate the 2023 holiday season. 

Top Holiday Events in the East Bay

’Tis the season to get into the spirit of the 2022 winter holidays. 

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