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.
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. cupertinocherryblossomfestival.org.
Silver: Christmas in the Park. San Jose. christmasinthepark.com.
Bronze: Music in the Park. San Jose. mitpsj.com.
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. facebook.com/sancarlosartandwine.
Bronze: San Carlos Hometown Days. San Carlos. Sancarloshometowndays.com.
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. fair.marincounty.org/2023.
Silver: A Christmas Carol at the American Conservatory Theater. San Francisco. act-sf.org.
Bronze: Shakespeare in the Park. Multiple locations. sfshakes.org.
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. annual.alamedacountyfair.com.
Silver: Oakland First Fridays. Oakland. oaklandfirstfridays.org.
Bronze: Piedmont Food Fest. Piedmont. Piedmontfoodfest.org.