Woohoo, Summer is here, a favorite time of the year for many people!
It’s finally 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
Polk Street Blues Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 17-18. Polk Street, between California to Sutter streets, San Francisco.
Live music, arts and crafts, food booths and more. Free. bayareabluesfestival.com
Festival of Globe’s India Day Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 17-Aug. 18. Downtown Fremont, 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway and nearby streets.
Health fair, movie festival, food festival, dance competition. And grand parade runs 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. www.fogsv.com
37th annual Hayward Zucchini Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 17-18. Southland Mall, Hayward.
Zucchini dishes, zucchini-growing contest, live music, arts and crafts, children’s rides and food. Admission, $5-$10; kids under 5 free. www.zucchinifest.org
Scotts Valley Art, Wine and Beer Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 17 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley.
Fine art, food, live music, classic cars, dog show, children’s activities, wine and beer. Free. www.svartfestival.com
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 24-25. 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 beer and wine. Free. mlaproductions.com
Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m Aug. 24. Along 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. 24 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25. History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose.
Italian food, wine, grape stomp, bocce, Italian flag throwing demonstration, live entertainment, cooking stage. Free. www.italianfamilyfestasj.org
Taco & Tequila Festival: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 24-25. San Lorenzo Park, Downtown Santa Cruz.
Gourmet street tacos, beer, margaritas, arts and craft vendors, live music, including Tone Loc. Tequila sampling 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 only.Teguila tasting, $40, general admission, $10. https://bit.ly/2rcpXko
Eat Drink SF: 12:45-3:30 p.m. and 7:45-10:30 p.m. Aug. 24, The Midway, 900 Marin St., San Francisco.
Featuring top chefs, wineries and innovative cocktails paired with food from restaurants in the SF Bay Area. All food, drink and culinary programs are included in the ticket price. $120-$229. https://bit.ly/2Ye6s9o
Silicon Valley Pride: 4-10 p.m. Aug. 24 for Night Festival, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 25 for Day Festival. Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose.
Live entertainment, vendors and feed. Aug. 25 parade time tba, along Market Street. www.svpride.com
Labor Day weekend:
Scottish Highland Gathering and Games: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1. 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, $13-$45. Free for children 11 and under and active military personnel. See website for tickets to grandstand and trackside seating, tastings. www.thescottishgames.com
49th annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae.
Music, art and crafts, food, children’s playland, car show. Free. http://millbrae.miramarevents.com
Kings Mountain Art Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Kings Mountain Fire Station and Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.
Art, food and beverages, and a children’s craft and activities area. Free. www.kingsmountainartfair.org