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A Guide to the Art, Wine and Fun Festivals of the Summer

Almaden Valley Art and Wine Festival
A fundraiser sponsored by the Almaden Valley Women's Club and the City of San Jose. Sep 21. Parma Park, 6645 Camden Ave, San Jose.

Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival
Novice racers encouraged. Aug 24; races at 9am, festival at 11am; free. Santa Cruz Wharf. 408.420.5273.

Aloha Festival
The Pacific Islanders of San Francisco offer music as well as Polynesian dance. Aug. 2-3; 10am-5pm; free; $5 parking. San Francisco Presidio Parade Grounds.

Aptos Cement Ship Festival
A trip back to the grand days of the famed landmark. Jun 7, 11am-5pm; free. Seacliff State Beach, near Aptos. 831.685.6444.

Armenian Festival
With music, food and children's events. Jul 6, 11am-6pm; free. St. Andrew Armenian Church, 11370 S. Stelling Rd, Cupertino. 408.257.6743.

Art on the Wharf
Local artists display their wares, plus food, wine and music. Jul 19-20, 9:30am-5:30pm; free. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. 831.420.5273.

Books, Arts and Crafts
Everything from photographs to used and new books for sale. Jun 1, 11am-4:30pm; Jun 2-3, 10am-4pm; free. Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14885 Oka Rd, Los Gatos. 408.379.8432.

Burlingame's Art in the Park
Arts and craftspeople combined with food and music. Jun 7-8, 10am-5pm; free. Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame. 650.558.7300.

Campbell Highland Games
A Celtic celebration with competitions and entertainment. Jun 14, 9am-5pm; $8/$10. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd, San Jose. 408.225.3305.

Celtic Festival
Featuring Claude the Dragon, Black Irish Band, Magrath Irish dancers, ethnic food and vendors and a variety of children's activities. June 7; 10am-5pm; $5/$8. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont. 510.796.0663.

America Festival
Celebrate the diverse cultures that makes up San Jose through music, entertainment and activities--plus fireworks. Produced as a benefit for the Emergency Housing Consortium. Jul 4; 11am-10pm; free. Guadalupe River Park, San Jose. 408.294.2100.

Begonia Festival
This nautical parade of begonia-bedecked floats is a beachside tradition. The best viewing starts at 1pm from Cliff Avenue, Wharf and Stockton roads. Aug. 31; 1pm; free. Capitola. 831.476.3566.

Boulder Creek Art and Wine Festival
Fourteenth annual edition of popular festival. Entertainers include Lady Bo, Red Beans and Rice, the Dirty Butter Jug Band and the Modern Gypsies. May 24-26; 11am-6pm; free. Downtown Boulder Creek. 831.338.7099.

Brew Ha Ha
More than 80 distinctive varieties of microbrews will be available along with an extensive lineup of top-quality comedy performers. Sep. 20-21; noon-7:30pm; free. Plaza De Ceasar Chavez Park, Market and San Carlos streets, San Jose.

Cabrillo Music Festival
The street fair accompanying the annual new-music festival features two full days of nonstop ethnic music, dance, food, wine, and talented artists. Aug. 2-3; 11am-8pm. Church Street in front of the Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz. 831.426.6966.

Capitola Art and Wine Festival
Fine art, wine, music and food by the sea. Two hundred artists and 14 wineries will participate. Sep. 20-21; 10am-6pm; free. Downtown Capitola. 831.475.6522.

Carnival and World Music Festival
A parade plus arts and crafts booths, food and children's games. Jun 7, 10am-6pm; free. San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz. 831.425.1234.

Civil War Days
Re-enactment of battles. May 24-26; 10am-4pm; $5/$8. Ardenwood Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont. 510.796.0663.

Civil War Re-enactment
History buffs relive the past twice a day (11am and 3pm). May 24-26; 10am-4pm; $1 admission, $5 parking. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Rd, Felton. 831.335.4484.

Connoisseur's Marketplace
A fine crafts festival, plus a wide variety of food treats. Jul 19-20; 10am-6pm; free. Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. 650.325.2818.

Fiesta de Artes
Los Gatos' premier art and wine festival (the Strawberry Festival est morte). The entertainment will feature live bands, local talent, and more than 150 vendors. Aug. 9-10; 10am-6pm; free. Los Gatos Town Center. 408.354.9310.

Flea Market Festival
Lots of treasures for sale, plus food and entertainment. Jun 7, 8am-3pm; free. San Jose Almaden Flea Market, Parma Park, 6445 Camden Ave, San Jose. 408.268.1133.

Free Folk Fest
San Francisco's 27th annual free celebration of folk music. performers include Ragged but Right, Ray Bierl, Steve Seskin and more. Jun 21-22; noon-11pm; free. Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello St, San Francisco.

Fremont Art and Wine Festival
With arts and crafts booths, food and wine and a kids' zone. Jul 26-27; 10am-6pm; Mowry and Walnut, Fremont.

Garlic Festival
Gilroy celebrates 25 years of the stinking rose. Lots of food and plenty of live music. Jul 25-27; 10am-7pm; $5/$10; Uvas park Drive and Miller Avenue, Gilroy. 408.842.1625.

Gay Pride Parade
San Jose is proud to present its Gay Pride Festival and Silicon Valley's Gay Pride Parade. Jun 7-8; downtown San Jose.

Gilroy Juneteenth Festival
Featuring renowned New Orleans sax and flute jazz artist Frederick Sheppard. Jun 12; 6pm-10pm; Jun 13; noon-9pm; $5 donation. 7469 Forest St., Gilroy. 408.848.1225.

Greek Festival
Culture and food of Greece, plus musical performances. May 30, 5-10pm; May 31, 11am-10pm; Jun 1, 11am-9pm; $3/$5. St. Nicholas Church, 1260 Davis St, San Jose. 408.246.2770.

Hayward Zucchini Festival
Twenty-first annual festival of music, foods, crafts and "Kids Town." Aug. 16-17; 10am-7:30pm; $5/$2 seniors and kids. Kennedy Park, Hayward. 510.564.9466.

Holistic Arts Fair
Featuring lectures, exhibits, workshops and music. Sep 20-21. Divine Science Center, 1540 Hicks Ave., Willow Glen. 408.293.3838.

Independence Day at Ardenwood
Everything but the fireworks. Jul 4, 10am-4pm; $5/$8. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont. 510.796.0663.

Japanese Cultural Fair
The culture, music and traditions of Japan will be spotlighted. Jun 21; 11am-6pm; free; Mission Plaza, High and Emmett streets, Santa Cruz. 831.462.4598.

Japantown Vibe
Come enjoy song, music, dance, arts and crafts and open restaurants and shops. Aug 17, 2003; 10am-6pm; Japantown, San Jose.

Jewish Cultural Street Festival
Featuring Judaic and fine art, Jewish music, delicious Kosher and vegetarian cuisine, and multiple stages of entertainment. Sep 21; 10am-6pm; free. California Avenue between El Camino Real and Park Avenue, Palo Alto.

Kings Mountain Art Fair
Food, art and family activities. Aug 31-Sep 2; 10am-5pm. Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd, Woodside. 650.851.2710.

Mariachi Festival
San Jose's Mariachi Festival celebrates 12 years of music, food, exhibits and education. Jul 9-13; call for ticket info. Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose. 1.800.MHC.VIVA.

Millbrae Art and Wine Festival
Food and drinks in abundance plus music, arts and crafts and a Kids' Stage. Aug 30-31; 10am-5pm; free. Broadway Avenue in downtown Millbrae. 650.697.7324.

Milpitas Art and Wine Festival
Featuring nonprofit booths, kids' activities, rides and two stages of music. Aug 16-17; 10am-6pm; free. Milpitas Boulevard, Milpitas. 408.262.2613.

Mountain Art Guild Art and Wine Festival
Join the Santa Cruz artists for a weekend of wine, food, art and music. May 31; 10am-6pm; Jun 1; 10am-5pm; Radonich Ranch, Santa Cruz.

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival
Beer and wine, live music, arts and crafts vendors and children's activities. Sep 6-7; 10am-6pm. Castro Street, Mountain View. 650.968.8378.

Multicultural Festival
Come and share family stories with cultural performances, free workshops, car seats and health screenings. May 25-26; 10am-4pm; free. History Park at Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Rd, San Jose. 408.521.5110.

Mushroom Mardi Gras
Join in the food, fun, music and crafts devoted to the towns favorite fungus. May 24-25; 10am-6pm; $5/$10. Community Park, West Edmundson Avenue and Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. 408.778.1786.

Obon Festival
Food, dancers and music, with San Jose Taiko. The largest Japantown cultural happening. Jul 12-13, 12:30-9pm; free. Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. Fifth St, San Jose. 408.293.9292.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
Food booths and several hundred arts and craftspeople. Aug. 23-24; 10am-6pm; free. University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. 650.324.3121.

Russian-American Fair
With music, food and circus performers. Jun 8, 10am-5pm; $3/$5. Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto. 650.852.3509.

Samoan Heritage Day
A celebration of Samoan culture and Polynesian food. Jun 7, 10am-3:30pm; free. County Building, 70 W. Hedding St, San Jose. 408.274.2871.

San Carlos Fine Arts Festival
Arts and crafts vendors. Jun 13-15, 10am-5pm; free. Laurel St, San Carlos.

Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival
This 23-year tradition boasts talents from local and regional artists, international foods, 175 booths, four entertainment stages and the famous Kids' Kingdom. Sep 13-14; 10am-5pm. Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara.

Santa Clara County Fair
Three days of entertainment, exhibits and rides. Aug 1-3; 11am-11pm; free. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd, San Jose. 408.494.3166.

Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival
Fourth annual Art Under the Oaks presented by Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce. Aug 9-10; free. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley. 831.438.1010

Shark Festival
A celebration of the 11th birthday of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Sep 27; 11am-4pm; free. Santa Cruz Wharf. 408.420.5273.

Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival
With multiple food and crafts booths. Jun 7-8; 10am-6pm; free. Town & Country, Sunnyvale. 408.763.4971.

Sunnyvale Cherry Festival
With many sweet treats, plus kids' activities. Jun 13-15; 10am-5pm; free. West El Camino Real and Mathilda streets, Sunnyvale. 408.736.3726.

Surf City Classic
A chance to view restored classic Woodies. Jun 21, 10am-4pm; free. Santa Cruz Wharf. 831.420.5273.

Tapestry Arts Festival
A huge array of arts, crafts and life entertainment. Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sep 1; 10am-6pm; free. San Carlos and Santa Clara streets. 408.494.3590.

Taste of Morgan Hill
Food and entertainment plus a display of classic cars.
Sept. 27-28; 10am-6pm. Morgan Hill.

Vintner's Festival
This art, food and wine event will be located at a number of wineries and restaurants throughout Santa Cruz County. May 31-Jun 1; east side of Santa Cruz Mountains; Jun 7-8; west side of Santa Cruz Mountains; 11am-5pm; $20. 831.479.WINE.

Union Street Festival
The Union Street Association is proud to present the 27th annual Union Street Festival. Come and partake in one of the most popular summer events of the San Francisco Bay Area. Jun 7-8; 10am-6pm; Union Street, San Francisco.

Vintage Santa Clara
Twentieth year for wine and food celebration. Sep 7; 1:30-5pm; $30/$35. Mission Gardens, Santa Clara University. 408.554.6800.

Watsonville Fly-In
Annual festival of antique flying machine, aerial tricks and fireworks. May 23, noon-10pm; May 24-25, 9am-5pm; $5/$10. Watsonville Airport, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville. 831.763.5600.

Willow Glen's Dancing on the Avenue
Dance the evening away. Joe Sharino leads the way. Jun 14, 5-10pm; free. Lincoln Ave, Willow Glen. 408.298.2100.

Summer Music Guide 2003

Summer Sonic: This summer, Good Charlotte's Joel Madden looks forward to touring and working on his '65 Chevy.

Perry-patetic: Lollapalooza's Perry Farrell attempts to recapture the spirit of 1991.

Modern Love: The 1983 Day on the Green with the Police, the Fixx, Madness, Oingo Boingo, and the Thompson Twins blew open the alternative-rock movement in the Bay Area. Plus: an interview with Fixx frontman Cy Curnin.

Ozzfest 2003: With Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed and Chevelle. Shoreline.

Summer Sanitarium: With Metallica, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne and Deftones. Candlestick.

Wilco and R.E.M: Shoreline.

Björk: Pier 30/32.

Stanford Jazz Festival: With the Branford Marsalis Trio, alumni from Cal Tjader's groups, James Williams, Madeline Eastman, Dena DeRose and Geri Allen's Ensemble. Dinkelspiel Auditorium and Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University.

Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival: With Nneena Freelon, the Count Basie Orchestra, Greg Osby, ¡Cubanismo!, the Yellowjackets, Jimmy Heath and Ledisi. Dinkelspiel Auditorium and Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University.

India.Arie: Montalvo.

Beck/Dashboard Confessional: Greek Theatre.

The Dixie Chicks: HP Pavilion.

Lou Reed: Mountain Winery.

Shows: From Agenda to Zoë.

Summer Festival Guide: Art, wine and more.

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