2018 Summer Festivals in Bay Area

2018 Summer Festivals in Bay Area

Woohoo, Summer is here, a favorite time of year for many!

It’s time to wear our shorts and sandals, absorb the beautiful Bay Area sun, and chill with friends and family.

Oh, and let’s not forget the wine and beer to pair with those fabulous foods!

Excerpt: San Jose Mercury news

Aug. 10-12


San Jose Jazz Summer Fest: Aug. 10-12, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 170 S. Market St., San Jose.

Over 120 performances on 12 stages in downtown San Jose. $5-$385. Tickets, lineup, schedule: http://Summerfest.sanjosejazz.org

Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 11-12. Civic Center lawn in downtown Los Gatos.

More than 220 artist booths, children’s activities, live music, food, wine and beer. Free. http://lgfiesta.org

Salsa music and food festival: Aug 11, 10am – 3pm. Martin Luther King Jr, Civic Center Park, Berkeley.

Join Ecology Center for first ever Salsa Fest! There will be: Salsa tasting (Find your favorite farmers’ market salsa!) Salsa dancing with a live DJ Mayky 1:30-3 PM. click here.

4 Latino shows @ 19th Annual Laurel Street Fair: FREE. Aug 11, 11 am – 7 pm. 4222 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland.

The 19th Annual Laurel Street Fair returns full of love and rhythms from around the corner and around the globe. click here.

Japanese Summer Festival: 1-9 p.m. Aug. 11, noon-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Diablo Japanese American Club, 3165 Treat Blvd., Concord.

Taiko, judo and dance performances, bonsai and ikebana displays, traditional food, games for children. Free. www.diablojaclub.com/summer-festival

Kids ‘N Fun Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 11. Memorial Park Amphitheater, 21163 Anton Way, Cupertino.

Multicultural event for kids. Activities, games, entertainment and food. Details: www.tcsa2015.org

Fiesta Hispana 2018: Aug 12, 10 AM – 10 PM. California’s Great America, 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara.

No te pierdas a Joss Favela, Chiquis, Virlán García, y Adal Loreto. click here!



2017 Summer Festivals in Bay Area 1


Aug. 13-19

Festival of Globe’s India Day Festival: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 18-19. Fremont, 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway and nearby streets. Health fair, kids corner, rides and games, food festival, dance competition and grand parade 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 19. Free. www.fogsv.com

Hayward Zucchini Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 18-19. Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. Zucchini dishes, zucchini-growing contest, live music, arts and crafts, kids town with rides. Admission, $5-$10; kids under 5 free. www.zucchinifest.org

Burlingame on the Avenue: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19. Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame. Featuring jazz, rock and blues bands. Updates: https://bit.ly/2HMLMNA

Scotts Valley Art, Wine and Beer Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 18 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. Fine art, food, live music, children’s activities, wine and beer. Free. www.svartfestival.com/

Assyrian Food Festival: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 19. Assyrian Church of the East, 680 Minnesota Ave., San Jose. Featuring traditional Assyrian food, live music, dancing, entertainment, children’s activities, wine bar and more. Free. www.Assyrianfest.com

Aloha Races & Polynesian Festival: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. Outrigger races, island-style music, Polynesian dancing, vendors and more. Free. Details: https://bit.ly/2I3oSFc



2017 Summer Festivals in Bay Area 2


Aug. 20-26

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25-26. University Ave., Palo Alto. About 300 arts booths, 60 Italian street painters for the Italian Street Painting Expo (on Tasso Street), sculpture plaza, children’s art studio, food and beverages. Free. http://mlaproductions.com

Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m Aug. 25. Gourmet Ghetto, North Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. Create chalk art and eat chocolate. Prizes awarded for best drawings. Live entertainment, vendors. Free. https://bit.ly/2KrLttm

Italian Family Festa: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 25 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 26. History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. Italian food, wine, grape stomp, bocce, live music, cultural seminars and historical/genealogical displays. Free. www.italianfamilyfestasj.org

Taco & Tequila Festival: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25-26. Downtown Santa Cruz. Gourmet street tacos, beer, arts and craft vendors, live music and margaritas. Tequila sampling 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 only. $40. Premiere 2-day pass $60. Admission $10. https://bit.ly/2rcpXko

Silicon Valley Pride: 6-11 p.m. Aug. 25 for Night Festival, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 26 for Day Festival. Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. Live entertainment, vendors and feed. Parade 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 26, along Market Street. Details: www.svpride.com
Aug. 27-Sept. 3 (Labor Day weekend)

Scottish Highland Gathering and Games: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 1-2. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Caber tossing and other athletic games, traditional music and dance, Celtic heritage events, sheep dog trials, whisky tasting, clan gatherings. Advance tickets, $11-$50. Free for children 11 and under and active military. See website for tickets to grandstand and trackside seating, tastings. www.thescottishgames.com

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1-2. Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae. 48th annual festival with music, art and crafts, food, children’s playland, car show. Free. http://millbrae.miramarevents.com

Sept. 4-9

Hot San Jose Nights: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8. Reid-Hillview Airport, 2500 Cunningham Ave., San Jose. Classic car show, airplanes on display, military tank rides, STEAM festival for children, live music. Small aircraft flights for kids ages 8-17 from 8 a.m.-noon. Free. www.hotsanjosenights.com

Pittsburg Seafood & Music Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Along the Pittsburg Marina. Seafood booths, jet ski races, arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock wall climbing, live entertainment, wine, beer. Free. www.pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com
Solano Avenue Stroll is being held this year on Sept. 8-9 in Berkeley and Albany. (Courtesy of Jennifer Hansen Romero)
Solano Avenue Stroll is being held this year on Sept. 8-9 in Berkeley and Albany. (Courtesy of Jennifer Hansen Romero)

Solano Avenue Stroll: 10 a.m.-5 pm. Sept. 9. Along Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany. Over one mile of entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, state of the art mechanical rides. Free. http://bit.ly/1AvLAHb

Capitola Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9. Capitola Village, Capitola. Art, wine, music, food and an area for the kids. Free admission. http://capitolachamber.com/art-and-wine-festival

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10 am.-6 p.m. Sept. 9. Castro Street, downtown Mountain View. Arts and crafts, music, food and wine booths and children’s park. Free. http://mountainview.miramarevents.com
Sept. 10-16

Silicon Valley Fall Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15. Memorial Park,10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino. Multicultural family festival of games, education, food and entertainment. http://cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=1088

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept.15 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16. Downtown Lafayette. Summer of Love-themed festival with 250 arts and crafts booths, entertainment, children’s activities, food, wine, beer, and exhibits. Free. http://lafayettefestival.com

Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept 16. Central Park, Santa Clara. More than 175 art and crafts booths, entertainment, food, beer, wine and children’s activities. Free. www.santaclaraartandwine.com

Almaden Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16. Almaden Lake Park, corner of Almaden Expressway and Coleman Avenue, San Jose. Food and wine, entertainment, silent auction and children’s zone. www.almadenwine.org

Santa Cruz County Fair: noon-11 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12-16. County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville. Carnival rides, livestock, food, merchants, races, music performances, art and children’s activities. www.santacruzcountyfair.com

Luna Park Chalk Art Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15. Backesto Park, San Jose. Artists, students and chalk enthusiasts create over 250 pieces of art throughout the park’s pathways. Arts and crafts, food trucks and live music. Free. http://bit.ly/2pzWVZ8

Bark in the Park: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15. William Street Park, S. 16th and E. William streets, San Jose. Dog costume and tail wagging contests, demonstrations of dog agility, vendors for humans and dogs. www.barksanjose.org
Sept. 17-23

Monterey Jazz Festival: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 22-23, Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. The 61st annual festival, with 500 artists performing on eight stages. Tickets and information: www.montereyjazzfestival.org

Bay Area Blues Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22-23. Downtown, Martinez. Blues music on two stages, food, craft beer and wine, arts and crafts, community booths, kids activities, chalk art. Free. https://martinezbluesfestival.com/

Antique Autos in History Park: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 23. History San Jose, 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose. Festival of antique autos, fire equipment, bicycles, motorcycles, plus antique crafts and collectibles, live music and food. Admision, $5. www.scvmtfc.org
Sept. 24-30

Pacific Coast Fog Fest: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 29-30. Pacifica, along Palmetto Avenue. Parade and marching band competition, live music, sand sculpture demo, 200 arts and crafts booths, food, beverages, plus Family Fun Fest (1-4 p.m. Sept. 30). Free. http://pacificcoastfogfest.com


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