Here’s some of the Bay Area festivals and fairs that await in 2022.
The big caveat: As with all things in the pandemic era, everything here is subject to change. Double check locations, dates, times and COVID precautions before you go. [source: eastbaytimes].
Napa Lighted Art Festival: Jan. 15-March 13, downtown Napa and the Oxbow District.
Enjoy eight, spectacular lighted art installations from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, plus artist meet-and-greets, a community art project by Children’s Museum Napa Valley and a one-night music performance by Festival Napa Valley. Check out the schedule at donapa.com/lighted-art-festival.
San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade: Jan. 29-March 6.
Festivities include the Flower Market Fair (Jan. 29-30, Chinatown), Chinese New Year celebration and Choy Sun Doe (Feb. 1, Chinatown), a Chinese New Year Parade (Feb. 19, location tba) with floats, ferocious lions, firecrackers and a 288-foot long Golden Dragon, and Community Street Fair (Feb. 19-20, Chinatown) with Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and more. Details: chineseparade.com
Dilworth Chinese New Year Performance: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Dilworth, 1101 Strayer Drive, San Jose.
Waha Montessori: bit.ly/3Ct6qOn
Lunar New Year Celebration: Feb. 5, Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose.
Check back for information: cdm.org/event/lunar-new-year
San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year concert: 5 p.m. Feb. 5, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with the S.F. Symphony at this vibrant event that draws upon Asian traditions, past and present. Enjoy family-friendly activities followed by a performance ($35-$85) of Eastern and Western orchestral works. Continue the festivities at the dramatic, post-concert banquet (ticket information tba). Sfsymphony.org
Seltzerland: Feb. 19, Monarch Bay Golf Club, 13800 Monarch Bay Drive, San Leandro.
Spend the afternoon tasting 100+ unique hard seltzers. Includes munchies, tons of Seltzer swag and photo ops. $29-$49. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3IF4zKv
Noise Pop: Feb. 21-27. Multiple Bay Area venues.
This festival celebrates independent music, film, and art with acts including Alex G, The Drums performing “Portamento”, Dorian Electra, King Woman, The Microphones, Guapdad 4000, VTSS and Vegyn. $99-$389. noisepopfest.com/info
The Real Irish Comedy Fest: March 10-18. Various Bay Area venues.
This St. Patrick’s series showcases Irish comedic talent — Sean Finnerty, Martin Angolo, Dave Nihill and more — at various venues, from Healdsburg to Santa Cruz. Among them: March 11, Santa Cruz’s Kuumbwa Jazz Club ($25-$30. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3Gp8FVo); 7 p.m. March 12, Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center ($30-$40. Firehouse box office: bit.ly/3DKDXV0; 7:30 p.m. March 13, Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts ($30, Lesher Center: bit.ly/339nvAU; and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: March 12-13. Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin.
Details tba. Expect Irish entertainment, authentic Irish foods and beverages, an Irish marketplace, parade and more. Dublin.ca.gov
Patrick’s Pawade 2022: 1-4 p.m. March 20. Patrick’s Park, Fort Mason, San Francisco.
This fundraiser for Rocket Dog Rescue features dog yoga, a canine costume contest, longest human tunnel record attempt and more. Free admission. Dog yoga is $20. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3DK5HJ6
Pacific Coast Dream Machines: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 24. Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay.
This festival features 2,000 driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. The world’s coolest cars, vintage buses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antiques and historic military aircraft will be on display. $15-$40. Dreammachines.miramarevents.com
Himalayan Fair: Spring 2022. Postponed last October, the fair is typically held at Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley,
More than 100 vendors, live music, tarot, children’s crafts and food booths. himalayanfair.net/
Art on the Main: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15, North Main Street from Civic Drive to Mount Diablo Boulevard., Walnut Creek.
Browse the art festival booths for ceramics, glass, paintings, photography and beautiful leather. Enjoy live music and food and wine booths. thewalnutfestival.org/art-on-the-main.html
Fremont Burger & Brew Fest: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21. Capitol Avenue from Paseo Padre Parkway to Liberty Street in downtown Fremont.
Sample burgers, sliders and brews from Bay area breweries and food booths and enjoy live entertainment. Includes a Burger Throwdown cooking competition. BurgerandBrewFest.com
Bottle Rock Napa: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. May 27-29. Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa.
Last year’s music festival featured 80 bands, including The Highwomen, Guns N’ Roses and Foo Fighters, on five stages, as well as gourmet food, wine and beer stalls, a culinary stage and more. The 2022 lineup is tba. Find details at bottlerocknapavalley.com.
Bay Area KidFest: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 28-29 and until 5 p.m. May 30. Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St., Concord.
Enjoy kid-friendly games, rides and activities, food booths and a meet-and-greet with Chase & Skye from “PAW Patrol.” Admission is $8, with fees for food and rides. KidFestConcord.com
Mushroom Mardi Gras: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 28 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 29. 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill.
Browse the handicraft booths and gourmet food stalls as you enjoy live entertainment from strolling musicians and street performers, beer and wine gardens, premium wine tasting ($30), cooking demonstrations, a mushroom expo and MunchkinLand for the kids. mhmmg.org/home
Carnaval San Francisco: Festival May 28-29, with parade May 29.
The revelry covers 17 blocks in San Francisco’s Mission district, offering five main stages, 50 local performing artists, and 400 vendors. Enjoy international food, dancing and live entertainment for families and friends of all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Free admission. carnavalsanfrancisco.org
San Ramon Art and Wind Festival: May 29-30, San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.
Event typically includes kite-making workshops, kite-flying demos, professional kite flyers, children’s activities, arts and crafts and food booths. Free admission. bit.ly/2jzqXuI
Contra Costa County Fair: Mid-May. Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch.
This county fair is typically held in late spring and includes rides, an Xtreme sports zone, games, live music, an agriculture pavilion, and food and drink booths. Details will be posted here: Contracostafair.com
Oakland Greek Festival: Mid-May. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland.
In previous years, the fair has included music, dancing, food and wine. Check the website for updated information. Oaklandgreekfestival.com