Summer is here, Woohoo! It’s definitely our favorite time of year!
Let’s wear our shorts and sandals to absorb the beautiful Bay Area Sun with our friends and family. Oh, and let’s not forget wine and beer to pair with these fabulous foods!
Art + Soul Oakland: Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 19-20. Downtown Oakland. National and local musicians, urban dance stage, circus stage, artisan marketplace, interactive mural painting, family fun zone, global food booths, beer and wine. Barbecue contest Saturday, vintage car show Sunday. Admission, $7-$15; kids 12 and under free. http://artandsouloakland.com
Hayward Zucchini Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 19-20. 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: Aug. 19-20, hours TBA. Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame. Live music, arts vendors, children’s activities, food, wine and beer. Free. Schedule updates: www.burlingamechamber.org
Scotts Valley Art, Wine and Beer Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 20. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. Local artists, food and drink, music and children’s activities. Free. www.svartfest.com
Assyrian Food Festival: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 19 and 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 20. Assyrian Church of the East, 680 Minnesota Ave., San Jose. Food, wine bar, music, dancing, arts and crafts booths, children’s activities. www.assyrianfest.com
Aloha Races & Polynesian Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 20. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. Canoe races, arts and crafts, food and performances. Details: www.cityofsantacruz.com/
La Guelaguetza in Salinas: 11am – 5pm. Aug 20. One of Mexico’s amazing festival comes to Bay Area. Mas musica, canto, baile, artesania, comida y mucho mas de nuestra Cultura Oaxaqueña. click here!
Italian Family Festa: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 26 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 27. 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
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 26-27. University Ave., Palo Alto. About 300 arts booths, 60 Italian street painters, sculpture plaza, children’s art studio, food and beverages. Free. http://mlaproductions.com
Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m Aug. 27. Gourmet Ghetto, North Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. Create chalk art and eat chocolate. Prizes awarded for best drawings. Live entertainment, vendors. Free. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com
Silicon Valley Pride: Aug.26-27. Downtown San Jose venues. Night festival, 6-11 p.m. Aug. 26, Almaden Boulevard. Parade, 10 a.m. Aug. 27, along Market Street. Festival, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 27, Almaden Boulevard. Schedule, details: www.svpride.com
Taco & Tequila Festival: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 26-27. San Lorenzo Park, 134 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz. $40 tequila tasting, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 27 only. Admission $10, free kids under 12. http://tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com
Aug. 28-Sept. 4 (Labor Day weekend)
Capitola Begonia Festival: Sept. 1-4. Capitola Village, Capitola. Labor Day weekend tradition, in its 65th — and final — year, features nautical parade of begonia-laden boats, sand sculpture contest, fishing derby, concerts and family activities. Free. Details: http://begoniafestival.com.
Scottish Highland Gathering and Games: Sept. 2-3 (hours TBA). 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-$30. See website for tickets to grandstand and trackside seating, tastings. www.thescottishgames.com
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 2-3. Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae. 47th annual festival with music, art and crafts, food, children’s playland, car show. Free. http://millbrae.miramarevents.com
Belmont Greek Festival: Labor Day weekend (days, hours TBA). Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda at Ralston Avenue, Belmont. Greek food, music, dancing plus fun zone for children. Ticket, schedule updates: www.goholycross.org/festival/
Pittsburg Seafood & Music Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Along the Pittsburg Marina. Seafood booths, arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock wall climbing, live entertainment, wine, beer. Free. www.pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 am.-6 p.m. Sept. 10. Castro Street, downtown Mountain View. Arts and crafts, music, food and wine booths and children’s park. Free. http://mountainview.miramarevents.com
Castro Valley Fall Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 9-10. Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley. Local entertainment, arts and crafts, community booths, food. 510-537-5300. www.edenareachamber.com
Silicon Valley Fall Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9. Memorial Park, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino. Multicultural family festival of games, education, food and entertainment. http://cupertino.org
Antique Autos in History Park: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 9. History San Jose, 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose. Festival of antique autos, early-day tractors, plus antique crafts and collectibles, live music and food. Admission, $5. www.scvmtfc.org
Solano Avenue Stroll: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10. Along Solano Avenue, Albany/Berkeley. Parade at 10 a.m. Live entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, state-of-the-art mechanical rides. Free. www.solanoavenueassn.org
Santa Cruz Greek Festival: 5-10 p.m. Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 9 and noon-8 p.m., Sept. 10. Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 223 Church St., Santa Cruz. Authentic cuisine, spirits, live music, dancing. Free admission. www.livelikeagreek.com
Capitola Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10. Capitola Village, Capitola. Art, wine, music, food and an area for the kids. Free. http://capitolachamber.com.
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept.16 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 17. 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. 16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept 17. 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. 17. Almaden Lake Park, 15652 Almaden Expressway, San Jose. Food and wine, entertainment, silent auction and children’s zone. www.almadenwine.org
Santa Cruz County Fair: Noon-11 p.m. Sept. 13-15, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 16 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 17. County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville. Carnival rides, livestock, food, merchants, races, music performances, art and children’s activities. www.santacruzcountyfair.com
Chalk Art Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16. Backesto Park, San Jose. Artists, students and chalk enthusiasts create over 250 pieces of art throughout the park’s pathways. Free. www.lunaparkarts.org
Monterey Jazz Festival: Sept. 15-17, Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. The 60th anniversary festival, with jazz artists on eight stages. www.montereyjazzfestival.org
Bark in the Park: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16. 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. $5 donation per dog. www.barksanjose.org
Northern California Renaissance Faire: Weekends, Sept. 16-Oct. 15. Hollister, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway. Renaissance-era pageantry, music, drama, with themed characters, artisans, Celtic concerts. Themed weekends (pirates, royal masquerade, Oktoberfest, fantasy). Ticket promotions, packages: www.norcalrenfaire.com
Pacific Coast Fog Fest: Sept. 23-24. Pacifica, along Palmetto Avenue. Parade and marching band competition (10 a.m. Sept. 23), live music, sand sculpture demo, 200 arts and crafts booths, food, beverages, plus Family Fun Fest (1-4 p.m.Sept. 24). Free. http://pacificcoastfogfest.com
SoFA Street Fair: 2-9 p.m. Sept. 24. Downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (South of First Street area). Fall rendition of twice-yearly event. Local, regional, national bands on 14 stages. Food, beer, games, arts. Free. http://sofastreetfair.com
Bay Area Blues Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23-24. Main Street at Alhambra Avenue, Martinez. Blues music on two stages, food, craft beer and wine, arts and crafts, community booths, kids activities, chalk art. Free. www.bayareabluesfestival.com
Sept. 25-Oct. 1
Diwali Festival: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 30. Memorial Park, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino. Multicultural music, dance, food, arts and crafts. Free. http://cupertino-chamber.org