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The Story Road Tamale Festival entices food lovers on June 7.

Suumer 2008

Festivals, Fairs & Fun


St. John Vianney Fiesta

A community event with games, rides, food and live entertainment. May 16, 5–11pm, May 17, 11am–11pm and May 18, 11am–9pm; free. St. John Vianney Church and School, 4601 Hyland Ave, San Jose. 408.258.7832.

Communitywide Garage Sale

Sift through hand-me-downs and knickknacks from hundreds of Los Gatans and Monte Serenos. May 17, 9am–3pm; free. Main Street, downtown Los Gatos. 408.354.6820.

Living History Day

Guess the identity of Saratoga's historical characters walking along Big Basin Way and win a prize. May 17, 11am–2pm; free. Big Basin Way, Saratoga. 408.741.1213.

Annual Ho'ike

Celebrate Hawaiian culture with live music, kids' carnival games, arts and crafts, traditional food and more. May 17, 5–9:30pm; $25–$40. DeAnza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino. 408.873.9778.

Hands on the Arts

Multicultural arts festival where youth ages 3–12 can explore hands-on art, music, dance and theater projects under the guidance of professional artists. May 17, 10am–4pm; $5. Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Dr, Sunnyvale. 408.730.7350.

YSI Insect Fair

Annual kids' fair, including a butterfly exhibit, live arthropods and various crafts activities. May 17, 10am–4pm; free. Youth Science Institute, Sanborn-Skyline County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga. 408.867.6940.

San Jose MotoFest

This fourth annual festival features displays of cars, trucks, boats and motorcycles, plus barbecue, bounce houses and face painting for the kids. May 17, 10am–4pm; free. Cathedral of Faith, 2315 Canoas Garden Ave, San Jose. 408.267.4691.

St. Martin's Festival and Fun Day

The annual festival has games, prizes, carnival booths, jump houses and live music, plus a chance to win a new car. May 18, 11am–8pm; free. St. Martin of Tours, 200 O'Connor Dr, San Jose. 408.294.8953

Cupertino Special Festival

Includes a kid's carnival with a petting zoo and train ride, music and more. Proceeds benefit children with autism. May 17, 10am–6pm; free. Cupertino Civic Center, 10300 Torre Ave, Cupertino.

Immigrants Day Festival

Celebrate the Peninsula's diversity at this multicultural family event. May 17, noon–4pm; free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. 650.299.0104.

Celebrate Cambrian

With live entertainment, games, food, resource booths and more. May 17, 11am–3pm; free. Camden Multi-Service Center, 3369 Union Ave, San Jose. 408.559.8553.

Artichoke Festival

The edible thistle gets its day at this annual festival with food, children's activities, musical performances, a parade and cooking demonstrations. May 17, 10am–6pm and May 18, 10am–5pm; $8 general, $4 kids 12 and under. Main Grounds, Merritt Street, Castroville. 831.633.2465.

Spring Fling 2008

Support Don Callejon School at fundraiser, including live local entertainment, food, game and exhibit booths and a "Kidz Zone." May 17, 11am–5pm; free (donations are tax-deductible). Don Callejon School, 4176 Lick Mill Blvd, Santa Clara. 650.520.9065.

101st Season Kick Off

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk celebrates opening weekend with an aquatic show, high-dive acts, skydivers and a performance by the Amazing Chinese Acrobats. May 17–18, 11am–8pm; free. Main Beach, Santa Cruz. 831.423.5590.

KQED/KTEH Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage and the Youth Spirit Award winners with live entertainment and special activities. May 17, noon–5pm; free with paid admission. Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. 408.298.5437.

Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park

Browse a variety of works from more than 200 artists, plus entertainment, food and beverages. May 17–18; free. Lincoln Park, Foothill Expressway between Edith and Main, Los Altos.

A La Carte and Art

Food and art festival, featuring chef demonstrations, a kids' zone, wine, beer and margaritas and live music. May 17–18, 10am–6pm; free. Castro Street, between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue, downtown Mountain View. 650.964.3395.

Livermore Scottish Games And Celtic Celebration

A full schedule of Scottish events, including heavy athletics, rugby, sheepdog trials, historical re-enactments, clan tents, live entertainment and crafts. May 17–18, 10am–6pm; $10–$15. Robertson Park, 3200 Robertson Park Road, Livermore. 925.373.5748.

Rainforest Fun Fest

Two days of face painting, prize drawings, food, a science booth and other family fun. May 17–18, call for times; free. Sunnyvale Christian School, 445 S. Mary Ave, Sunnyvale.

Silicon Valley Open Studios

The final weekend of this art event covers the studios of artists along the South Bay. May 17–18, 11am–5pm; free.

Boogie on the Bayou

More than 200 arts and crafts booths, live music, international. Cajun and New Orleans cuisine, beer and wine and kids' activities. May 17–18, 11am–5pm; free. East Campbell Avenue, downtown Campbell. 408.378.6252.

Friendship Day

Mid Peninsula Old Time Auto Club holds annual car show and barbecue, featuring more than 850 cars. May 18; call for hours and prices. Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City. 650.851.4944.

Russian American Fair

Celebrate Russian culture and heritage through arts, crafts, food and more; hosted by the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center. May 18, 10am–5pm; $3–$5, children under 6 free. Terman Middle School, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. 650.852.3509.

Fire Truck Day

Honor local fire fighters with hands-on activities, demonstrations, live music and displays of modern and antique fire trucks. May 18, 10am–3pm; $3.50–$5, children 3 and under free. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 510.635.0135.

St. Clare Community Festival

The school hosts its annual three-day festival of family fun, including carnival rides, a rummage sale, games, entertainment and a barbecue. May 30, 5–9pm, May 31, noon–9pm and Jun 1, noon–7pm; free. St. Clare School, 725 Washington St, Santa Clara. 408.246.6797.

Foster City Arts and Wine Festival

This year's annual festival includes family entertainment, various booths, food, art and wine. May 30, 5pm–10pm, May 31, 11am–7pm, Jun 1, 11am–5pm; free. Foster City. 650.573.7600.

Greek Festival

Featuring authentic Greek food, arts and crafts and live music. May 30, 5pm–10pm, May 31, 11am–10pm and Jun 1, 11am–9pm. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1260 Davis St, San Jose. 408.246.2770.

Vintner's Festival

An art, food and wine event held at multiple wineries and restaurants throughout Santa Cruz County. May 31–Jun 1, west side of Santa Cruz Mountains; Jun 7–8, east side of Santa Cruz Mountains; 11am–5pm; $30–$35. 831.479.WINE.

Sunnyvale Cherry Festival

Festival celebrates all things cherry, featuring food, games and contests, and music from the Hot Rods. May 31–Jun 1, 9:30am–5pm; call for prices. C.J. Olson Cherries, 348 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 408.736.3726.


Food and Wine Classic

Mingle with top chefs and vintners while tasting delectable foods and sipping fine wines. Proceeds benefit Montalvo's arts and eduction programs. Jun 1, noon; $150–$175. Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road. 408.961.5858.

Art on the Edge

This festival of contemporary art, technology and culture incorporates exhibitions, films, concerts and performances displayed throughout downtown San Jose. Jun 4–8, call for times; $15–$125. Various Locations.

Story Road Tamale Festival

This annual festival celebrates Latino heritage with food (including eating contests and uchepos, traditionally authentic tamales of Michoacán), live music, demonstrations and dancing. Jun 7, 10am–6pm; free. Emma Prusch Park, 647 S. King Road, San Jose. 888.5.TAMALE.

Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival

The city of Sunnyvale hosts its annual event, now in its 34th year, including wine tasting from regional wineries, beer, food and crafts booths from local artisans and vendors and more. Jun 7–8, 10am–6pm; free. Washington and Sunnyvale avenues, downtown Sunnyvale. 408.763.4971.

St. Christopher 50th Annual Parish Festival

The church and school throw a fundraiser with live music, carnival rides, an auction, a rummage sale, food and games. Jun 6–8, call for times; free. 2278 Booksin Ave, San Jose. 408.269.2226.

Samoan Heritage Day

Learn about Polynesian culture and enjoy traditional song, dance, cuisine and art. Jun 7, 10am–7pm; free. History Kelley Park, Senter Road, San Jose. 408.640.9461.

Carmel Valley Art And Wine Festival

A day of art, crafts and wine, now in its fourth year. Jun 7, call for time; free. Carmel Valley Village, Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 831.659.4000.

Sunset Celebration Weekend

One of the Bay Area's most well-known magazines opens its doors for an open house with interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Jun 7–8, 10am–5pm; $10–$12, 12 and under free. Sunset, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park. 800.786.7375.

Burlingame's Art in the Park

Arts and craftspeople display their wares at this 38th annual event. Plus food and live music. Jun 7–8, 10am–5pm; free. Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame. 650.558.7300. www.pacificfine

Capitola Rod and Custom Classic Car Show

Including more than 300 hot rods, muscle cars, coupes, roadsters, custom and classic cars no newer than 1972, live music and more. Jun 7, 9am–5pm and Jun 8 9am–2pm; call for prices. Esplanade, Capitola. 831.475.6522.

Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show

Guests will be served tea, fruit and pastries while viewing a vintage hat and fashion show. Jun 8, 1–4pm; $25 adv. Harris-Lass Historic Museum, 1889 Market St, Santa Clara. 408.249.7905.

Nativity Carnival

Music, eats and rides in a carnival setting. Jun 13, 5–11pm; Jun 14, noon–11pm; Jun 15, noon–6pm; free. Nativity School, Oak Grove Avenue and Laurel Street, Menlo Park. 650.323.7914.

Chalk Art Festival

Artists of all ages are welcome to participate in festival celebrating community and creativity. Chalk provided by Heart of Chaos. Jun 14, 10am–2pm; free. Gardner Community Center, 520 W. Virginia St, San Jose.

Willow Glen's Dancin' On the Avenue

Featuring the Joe Sharino Band, Ryze the Band, Silicon Valley House Rockers and Mamaluke. Jun 14, 5–10pm; free. Lincoln Avenue between Minnesota and Willow streets, Willow Glen. 408.298.2100.

Birthday Fireworks Show

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk celebrates 100 years of family fun with a pyrotechnic extravaganza choreographed to custom music. Jun 14, call for time; free. Main Beach, Santa Cruz. 831.423.5590.

Dia de Portugal Festival

Participate in this worldwide day of celebration with Portuguese folklore, Brazilian dancing, live music, a parade, ethnic food and an art show. Jun 14, 10am–7:30pm; free. Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. 415.999.7894.


Dianna Giatto and the Craving play the Gay Pride Festival and Parade June 14.

San Jose Gay Pride Festival and Parade

Two days celebrating the LGBT and diverse cultural community of San Jose and surrounding areas, including live entertainment, a parade and booths. Jun 14–15; call for times, prices and parade route. Discovery Meadow, West San Carlos Street at Woz Way, downtown San Jose. 831.338.2578.

Juneteenth San Jose

An annual celebration of African American history and the emancipation of slaves. Jun 14, noon–8pm and Jun 15, 11am–8pm; free. Cesar Chavez Park, South Market Street, downtown San Jose. 408.292.3157.

Hats Off to Dad

A Father's Day celebration with steam engine rides, model railroad exhibits and a chuck wagon barbecue, and dads receive engineers' caps and free handcar rides. Jun 15, call for time; reservations recommended, prices vary. Roaring Camp Railroads, Graham Hill and Mount Herman Road, Felton. 831.335.4484.

Wild Brew Yonder

A twilight helicopter air show and microbrew festival at the historic aviation museum, including aerial acrobatics and international foods and beers. RSVP by June 11. Jun 20, 6–9pm; $50–$60. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 6550.654.0200.

Vertical Challenge

The largest helicopter show in the country lands at the San Carlos Airport with helicopters from around the world performing a variety of aerial demonstrations. Jun 21, 9am–5pm; $10 ages 5–17 and seniors, $17 adults, 4 and under free. San Carlos Airport, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 650.654.0200.

Campbell Highland Games

A Celtic celebration, now in its 30th year, with Scottish Heavy Athletics challenges, including the caber toss and stone put, plus bagpipe music, ceilidh dancing, living history, Scottish organizations and more. Jun 21, 9am–5pm; $10–$15. Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell. 408.219.9264.

Burbank Neighborhood Jamboree

West San Carlos Business Association hosts this evening of music and dancing, kids' activities, rock climbing, a bounce house, food and more. Jun 21, 4–9pm; free. Shasta Avenue and West San Carlos Street, San Jose. 408.947.8711.


Dance to live music, watch Bavarian folk dancers and enjoy dinner at this 23rd annual event. All proceeds from the day benefit Livermore schools' arts programs. Jun 21, 6–10pm; $8–$29. Livermore Valley Plaza, 2400 First St, Livermore. 925.373.6800.

Japanese Cultural Fair

Learn about Japanese culture through martial arts demonstrations, live music, arts and crafts and storytelling. Jun 21, 11am–6pm; free. Mission Plaza, Santa Cruz. 831.462.4589.

Civil War Re-enactment

Step back in time and take a living history lesson of what the war between the states was like. Jun 21–22, 9am–6pm. Casa de Fruta, 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister. 408.842.7282.

Monterey Bay Blues Festival

Featuring acts such as B.B. King, Bettye LaVette, Blind Boys of Alabama and Debbie Davies. Jun 27– 29; call for times and tickets and other details. Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey. 866.558.4253.

Surf City Classic

A chance to view more than 150 restored classic Woodies. Plus live music and prize drawings. Jun 28, 10am–4pm; free. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. 831.420.5273.

Puerto Rican Cultural Festival

The annual Dia de San Juan festival features live Puerto Rican music, folkloric dancing, a domino tournament, arts, crafts, children's activities and food. Jun 28, 11am–7pm; $15-–$125. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View. 888.200.1488.

Summer Berry Festival

Dshowcasing the local wealth of berries, including cooking competitions, bluegrass music, children's craft activities and more. Jun 28, call for time; free. Monterey Bay Farmers Market, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos. 831.728.5060.

Hawaiian Lu'au

Hula Halau 'O Pi'ilani hosts this dinner and Hawaiian show, including music from Auntie Linda and Nalu, plus a raffle, door prizes and arts and crafts. Jun 28, 5–9pm; $35. I.F.E.S. Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View. 408.247.0500.

Last Original Hot Rod and Kustom Car Show

Cars, pinups and performances from Distortion, Texas Steve and the Git Gone Trio, Miss-fire and more are featured at this annual event. Held "fog or shine." Jun 28, call for time; free. The Sea Bowl, 4625 Cabrillo Hwy 1, Pacifica. 650.271.1784.

Great Train Robberies

Shootouts, duels and other blazing re-enactments will demonstrate why the West was wild. Jun 28–29; call for times and prices. Roaring Camp Railroad, Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831.335.4484.

Celebrate America

Bethel Church hosts this nonpartisan evening of family activities, patriotic music and a laser light show. Jun 29, 5pm; free. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View. 408.246.6790x230.


Fillmore Street Jazz Festival

A jazz festival featuring three stages of continuous live music, outdoor street cafes and arts and crafts booths. Jul 5-–6, 10am–6pm; free. Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy, San Francisco. 800.731.003.

Monterey Highland Games And Celtic Festival

Toro Park is taken over by pipe bands, caber toss throwers, Irish step dancers and kilts. This annual event is preceded by a Celtic Week celebration beginning June 28. Jul 5-6, call for times; $12–$20. Toro County Park, off Highway 68, Monterey. 831.647.6311.

Big Bands and BBQ

The Downtown Campbell Business Association presents this first annual day of dueling bands, dancing, top barbecuers and artisan booths. Jul 12, 2–9pm; free. East Campbell Avenue, downtown Campbell.

Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival

Local artisans display the products of their toiling. Plus live music, food, workshops and clay activities for kids. Jul 12–13, 10am–5pm; free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. 650.329.2366.

Los Altos Art and Wine Festival

Featuring hundreds of arts and crafts booths, works from local artists, food and wine, plus a KIDZONE, street performers and three stages of music. Jul 12–13, call for times; free. Main and State streets, Los Altos. 209.296.1195.

Obon Festival

The largest Japantown cultural happening of the year features food, dancers, music and more. Jul 12–13, call for times; free. Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. Fifth St, San Jose. 408.293.9292.

Amazing Chinese Acrobats

Watch the troupe of acrobats perform amazing stunts with plates, hoops, poles, chairs, bicycles and more. Jul 13–Aug 21, Sun, noon and 6pm; Mon-–Thu, noon and 3pm; free. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 831.423.5590.

California Rodeo Salinas

With live country music, a daily horse parade, games and food, a "Miss California Rodeo" pageant, camel races and more. Jul 17–20, times vary; $7–$19. Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St, Salinas. 831.775.3100.

Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

Rev up for summer with the country's biggest motorcycle race, the MotoGP World Championship. Jul 18–20, 8am; $20–$90. Laguna Seca Raceway, 1021 Salinas Hwy, Monterey. 831.242.8201.

Connoisseur's Marketplace

A fine-crafts festival, plus a variety of cuisines from around the world and kids' events. Jul 19–20, 10am–6pm; free. Santa Cruz Avenue, between El Camino Real and Johnson Street, Menlo Park. 650.325.2818.

Art on the Wharf

Local artists overtake the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to display original paintings, photography and other works. Plus live jazz and fun for kids, including face painting and print making. Jul 20, 9:30am–5:30pm; free. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. 831.420.5273.

Festa Italiana Community Street Fair

Sample Italian cuisine, listen to live music, take in a bocce ball tournament, browse vendor booths, view a chalk art gallery and more. Proceeds benefit the developmentally disabled. Jul 20, 10am–5pm; free. South B Street between Tilton and Second avenues, downtown San Mateo.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy's 30th annual festival celebrates the stinking rose. With food, live music, cook-offs, a children's area and more. Jul 25–27, 10am–7pm; $6–$12. Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave, Gilroy. 408.842.1625.

Day Out With Thomas

The only Northern California appearance of Thomas the Tank Engine. The day includes rides, storytelling, puppet shows and more. Jul 25–27 and Aug 1–3; call for times and prices. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Road, Felton. 866.468.7630.

Founders Day 1777

Celebrate the 231st anniversary of Founders Day at the historic Peralta Adobe with authentic songs and dances of early California, children's activities, historical displays, food and guided tours of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House. Jul 27, noon–5pm; free. Peralta Adobe–Fallon House, 175 W. St. John St, San Jose. 408.918.1050.

Moss Landing Antique Street Fair

Browse through thousands of antiques and collectibles and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Jul 27, 7:30am; free. Downtown Moss Landing. 831.633.4501.

Wharf-to-Wharf Race

First run the scenic 6 miles, then listen to forty live bands, feast on local cuisine and relax in the Santa Cruz breeze. Jul 27, 8:30am. Starts at Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz. 831.475.2196.

Spirit West Coast

Three days celebrating Christ and the Christian life, with sermons, comedians, workshops and a horde of Christian bands, including Newsboys, Third Day and tobyMac. Jul 31–Aug 2, times vary; $29–$125. Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey. 831.443.5399.


Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival

This year's sweetly seedy fest includes entertainment, a carnival, and "gooey contests" for berry lovers of all ages. Aug 1–2, 10am–11pm; Aug 3, 10am–10pm; free. Ramsay Park, Historic Downtown Plaza, Watsonville. 831.566.1230.

Santa Clara County Fair

This year's fair centers around livestock competitions. Aug 1–3, call for prices and times. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. 408.494.3100.

Swing Time in the Square

A street dance with the Joe Sharino Band. Aug 1, 7–9:30pm. Homestead and Benton streets, Santa Clara. 408.615.2219.

Beer Festival

Beers from more than 60 breweries, live music and delicious food marks this annual event. Aug 2, 12:30–5pm; $25–$30. Monterey Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. 831.373.2843.

Fremont Festival of the Arts

With arts and crafts booths, live music, rides, a firefighters' combat challenge, food and wine and a kids' zone. Aug 2–3, call for times; free. Paseo Padre Parkway and Mowry Avenue, Fremont.

Turkish Festival

The culture of Turkey gets its due celebration at this festival highlighting the arts, music, folk dances, crafts and foods of the country. Aug 2–3, 11am–6pm; free. Custom House Plaza, Monterey.

Cabrillo Music Art, Food And Wine Festival

Two full days of world music and dance, art, food vendors and local vintners. In conjunction with the Jul 27–Aug 10 music festival. Aug 2–3, 11am–8pm; free. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium street front, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz. 831.426.6966.

Antiques and Collectible Flea Market

Eight blocks of vintage treasures for sale. Aug 3, 8am–5pm; free. Downtown San Juan Bautista. 831.623.2454.

Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival

One-of-a-kind vehicles, including antique cars, classics and motorcycles, plus family activities. Proceeds benefit the Museum of American Heritage. Aug 3, 10am–4pm; free. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. 650.321.1004.

Shady Shakespeare

The 2008 season features Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors. Aug 7–Sep 14, Thu–Sun, 7pm; free. Sanborn Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga.

Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival

This annual festival features more than 80 acts performing in a multiplicity of forms and subgenres of jazz. Aug 8–10; see website for times and locations; $5, children 12 and under free. Various locations, downtown San Jose.

San Mateo County Fair

Traditional exhibits, animals, rides and entertainment. Aug 8–17; call for times and prices. San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 S. Delaware St, San Mateo. 650.574.3247.

Winemakers' Celebration

The 16th annual celebration features wine samples from more than 40 Monterey County wineries, as well as live music, tours, dinners and a silent auction. Aug 9, noon–4pm; $35–$40. Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 831.375.9400.

Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival

California artists and vintners share their wares at this annual event presented by Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce. Aug 9–10; 10am–6pm; free. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. 831.438.1010.

Musical Saw Festival

This annual event is a chance to hear a traditional folk instruments in concert and participate in workshops and jam sessions. Aug 10, call for time; free. Roaring Camp Railroad, Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831.335.4484.

Festival of India

Festival showcases Indian culture and heritage through a family-friendly fair. Aug 16–17; call for times. 39439 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont. 510.909.7007.

Monterey County Fair

"Home Grown" is this year's theme. The traditional fair includes music, dancing, food and fun for all ages. Aug 12–17; call for times and prices. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey. 831.372.5863.

Fiesta de Artes

Los Gatos' premier art and wine festival features live bands, local talent, arts and crafts and more than 150 vendors. Aug 16–17, 10am–6pm; free. Los Gatos Town Center, 110 E. Main St, downtown Los Gatos. 408.354.9310.

Celebrate Milpitas

The event formerly known as the Summer Art and Wine Festival is now focused on celebrating the "crossroads of culture and technology" that is Milpitas, with live music, rides and food. Aug 16–17, 10am–6pm; free. Milpitas Boulevard, between Calaveras Boulevard and Turquoise Street, Milpitas. 408.262.2613.

Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival

Novice racers are encouraged to participate in this outrigger canoe-racing event. Aug 17, races at 9am, festival at 11am; free. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. 831.420.5273.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The longest-running circus troupe in America heads into San Jose to perform dazzling feats and daring spectacles. Aug 20–22, 7:30pm; Aug 23, 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 24 1:30pm, 5:30pm; $15–$95. HP Pavilion, 525 W. San Carlos St, Downtown San Jose. 408.998.TIXS.

Cajun/Zydeco Festival

The East Bay Regional Park District will hold its annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival, featuring down-home Louisiana-style music and food. Aug 23, 10am–7pm; $2–$20. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 888.EBPARKS.

Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp

The winery hosts a day filled with grape stomping, games, delicious foods and fine wines. 21+. Aug 23, 2:30–9:30pm; call for prices. Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main Ave, Morgan Hill. 408.779.2145.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Now in its 27th year, several thousand arts and craftspeople come together at this community extravaganza to browse fine art booths, walk through the Italian Street Painting Expo and view the Kids' Art Studio. Aug 23–24, 10am–6pm; free. University Avenue, downtown Palo Alto. 650.324.3121.

North Fair Oaks Community Festival

This annual event includes a morning parade, performing arts stages, exhibits and food. Proceeds benefit the Sheriff's Youth Program Fund. Aug 24, 11am–6pm; free. Middlefield Road, between First and Fifth avenues, Redwood City. 650.368.2497.

Electronic Sports World Cup

The "Olympics of video games" comes to San Jose where the world's best gamers will compete for top titles. Aug 25–27; call for prices. Various locations.

Monterey Bay Reggaefest

Embrace your red, green and gold at this 12th annual music festival including three days of live reggae. Aug 29–31; call for times and prices. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. 831.394.6534.


Fringe Festival

Now in its 17th season, this 12–day festival offers theater goers 30 shows presented by local, national and international performers. Sep 3-14, call for prices and times. EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco. 415.931.1094.

Claws for a Cause Lobster Festival

This evening of fun, music, dancing and all the lobster you can eat is hosted by the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club. Sep 6, 5:30–10pm; $85. CB Hannegan's, Bachman and North Santa Cruz avenues, Los Gatos. 408.354.3300.


The good eats keep coming at the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival, Sept. 6-7.

Mountain View Art And Wine Festival

Beer and wine, live music, arts and crafts vendors and children's activities. Sep 6–7, 10am–6pm; free. Castro Street, between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View. 650.968.8378.

Capitola Art and Wine Festival

Fine art, wine, music and food by the sea. Sep 6–7, 10am–6pm; free. Stockton Avenue and Esplanade, downtown Capitola. 831.475.6522.

Renaissance Faire

Enter a world of music, history, excitement and laughter. With theater, juggling, mime, comedy, wine tasting, gourmet food and arts and crafts. Saturdays and Sundays, Sep 6–Oct 12, 10am–6pm; $10–$25. Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister. 408.847.FAIR.

Vintage Santa Clara

An annual wine and food celebration. Sep 7, 1:30–5pm; call prices. Mission Gardens, Santa Clara University. 408.554.6800.

Santa Cruz County Fair

Games, rides, displays, live music and livestock, plus residents show off singing and dancing talent at "Santa Cruz County Fair Idol." Sep 9–14; call for times and prices. County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville. 831.724.5671.

Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival

This fundraiser event features talents from local and regional artists, international foods, more than 175 booths, entertainment stages and a kids' area. Sep 13–14, 10am-–5pm; free. Central Park, 969 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara. 408.615.3140.

Cupertino Fall Festival

Browse arts and crafts booths, sample beers and wines and listen to live music. Plus a kids' area with rides, games and hands-on activities. Sep 13–14, 10am–6pm; free. Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave, Cupertino. 408.243.1771.

Aki Matsuri

Kids events, food and Japanese entertainment. Second week in Sep, noon–5pm; free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. Fifth St, San Jose. 408.285.0367.

Antique Autos in History Park

Antique autos built in before 1946 will be on display along with early-day gas engines, historic fire equipment and more, plus live music, children's activities, trolley rides and food. Sep 14, noon–5pm; free. History Kelley Park, Senter Road, San Jose. 408.918.1050.

Monterey Jazz Festival

This annual festival celebrates its 51st anniversary with performances from Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Jamie Cullum and others. Sep 19–21; call for times and prices. Monterey Fairgrounds, 2000 Fairground Road, Monterey. 925.275.9255.

Ohlone Day

Celebrate the heritage of the Ohlone people through traditional dance, demonstrations, stories, songs and crafts. Sep 20, 10am–4pm; free. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, off Highway 9, Felton. 831.335.7077.

Celebrate Saratoga!

Dance your way to various food and wine vendors while listening to live music acts. Plus a fun zone for kids. Sep 20, call for times; free. Big Basin Way, downtown Saratoga. 408.867.0753.

To Life! A Jewish Cultural Street Festival

This festival highlights facets of the Jewish culture, including music, dancing, art and food. Sep 21, 10am–5pm; free. California Avenue between El Camino and Park, Palo Alto.

Bark in the Park

This is a festival for the entire family, including the dog. Sep 20, 10am–5pm; free. William Street Park, William and South 16th streets, San Jose.

Almaden Valley Art And Wine Festival

A fundraiser for local schools, charities and scholarships, including arts and crafts, live entertainment, wine and beer and a children's area. Sep 21, 10am–6pm. Almaden Lake Park, Coleman Road and Almaden Expressway, San Jose.

San Francisco Blues Festival

This event, which claims the title of "the world's oldest blues festival," is in its 36th year. Sep 28, noon; free. Sep 26–28, call for times; $35–$80. Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco. 415.979.5588.

Garage Sale

Hunt for bargains all weekend long at this citywide garage sale. Sep 27–28, 9am–4pm; free. Call for locations. Cupertino. 408.777.3354.

Taste of Morgan Hill

Food and entertainment. Sep 27–28, 10am–6pm; free. Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. 408.779.9444.

Italian Family Festa

Celebrate Italian-American heritage through food, performances and more. Sat–Sun, Sep 27–28; call for times and prices. Downtown Willow Glen, Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street, San Jose. 408.293.7122.

Memorial Day Weekend

Watsonville Fly-In

Annual festival of antique flying machines, classic cars and aerial tricks. May 23, noon–8pm, May 24, 9am–7:30pm and May 25, 9am–5pm; $5–$15. Watsonville Airport, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville. 831.763.5600.


The Bay Area's largest anime convention, including guest stars, art, games and karaoke, FanimeCon also hosts its third annual music festival featuring Japanese and local indie acts. May 23–26; see for times and prices. San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St, San Jose.

Felton Remembers Parade

Annual festival and parade celebrates those who have served. With games, entertainment, food, a beer and wine garden and more. Parade starts on Highway 9 between Henry Cowell and Graham Hill Road at 10am. May 24; free. Felton Commons Park, Felton.

Kids 'n' Kites Festival

A family-friendly day celebrating the wind, with kite-flying demonstrations, interactive games, live performances and more. May 24, 11am–4pm; free. Central Park Softball Complex, 1110 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont. 510.790.5523.

Mushroom Mardi Gras

Food, a wine tent and beer garden, a 10K and 5K fun run and walk, live performers, "Munchkinland" for kids, a parade and stage show and crafts. May 24, 10am–7pm and May 25, 10am–6pm; free. Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, downtown Morgan Hill. 408.778.1786.

Santa Cruz Blues Festival

Music festival featuring acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery and Boneshakers. May 24–25, 10am–7pm; $25–$190. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos. 831.479.9814.

Boulder Creek Art, Wine and Music Festival

Stroll the streets of Boulder Creek, wine in hand, and listen to live music, nosh on a variety of foods and browse collectibles, craft booths and art displays. May 24–26, noon–6pm; free. Downtown Boulder Creek. 831.338.2578.

Red, White and Cool BBQ

This annual all-you-can-eat barbecue includes potato salad, hot dogs, chicken, watermelon and more. May 24–26, noon–2pm; $9–$13. Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy. 408.840.7100.

Civil War Battles and Encampment

Experience historic battles complete with the sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells. May 24–26, call for times; $5. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831.335.4484.

Art and Wind Festival

Kite-making workshops, kids activities, live entertainment and more blow into town at the annual Art and Wind Festival. May 25–26, 10am–5pm; free. San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon.

Boardwalk Opens

The seaside amusement park kicks off its summer season with extended hours and rides. May 26. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 831.423.5590.

Memorial Day Ceremony

A special ceremony, held in honor of local service men and women who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. May 26, 9am; free. Veterans Memorial Park, 455 E. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas. 408.586.3210.

Memorial Day Parade and Picnic

Gilroy honors fallen officers with this annual remembrance ceremony at Gavilan Hills Cemetery, parade and family festival. May 26, 9am–4pm; free. Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy. 408.846.0460.

Memorial Day on the Farm

Kids can help take care of chores in the morning, taste some farm-baked cookies, participate in old-time games and more at this historic holiday on the farm. May 26, 10am–4pm; call for prices. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 510.796.0199.

Memorial Day 2008

Kids can make simple instruments and flags and participate in a Memorial Day parade. May 26, 10am–5pm; $7–$8. Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. 408.298.5437.

Memorial Day Ceremony

An event honoring and celebrating those who have served and lost their lives. May 26; call for times and prices. U.S.S. Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda. 510.521.8448.

Labor Day

Begonia Festival

This nautical parade of begonia-festooned floats is a beachside tradition. The best viewing starts Sunday at 1pm from Cliff Avenue, Wharf and Stockton roads. Aug 29. Aug 29–Sep 1, all day; free. Various locations, Capitola. 831.476.3566.

Sand Sculpture Contest

Dozens gather to carve, scrape, dump and mold sand into works of art. This contest helps kick off the annual Begonia Festival. Aug 30, 8:30am–noon, with judging beginning at 1pm; free. Capitola Beach, Capitola. 831.476.3566.

Millbrae Art and Wine Festival

The "Big Easy" takes over the city in this Mardi Gras–style celebration with food and drinks, music, arts and crafts and a kids' stage. Aug 30–31, 10am–5pm; free. Broadway Avenue, between Victoria and Meadow Glen, downtown Millbrae. 650.697.7324.

Great Train Robberies

Shootouts, duels and other blazing re-enactments will demonstrate why the West was wild. Aug 30–31; call for times and prices. Roaring Camp Railroad, Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831.335.4484.

Comcast Art and Soul Oakland

Three days of music, food, art, poetry and entertainment in downtown Oakland. Aug 30–Sep 1, 11am–6pm; $5–$10, children 12 and under free. Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland. 510.444.CITY.

Tapestry Arts Festival

A wide array of arts, crafts and live entertainment with more than 350 booths. Aug 30–31, 10am–6pm and Sep 1, 10am–5pm; free. San Carlos and Santa Clara streets, downtown San Jose. 408.494.3590.

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