Experience 11 fun weekend events with amazing Bay Area weather!
We love festivals and strive to display the largest Bay Area list of outdoor activities.
Get out and enjoy live music, arts, food, dancing with your friends and family and date!
Which one are you going?
- Tip! Get free sunblock at their information or volunteer booths. Apply on your face before you start walking around. 🙂
- Note: 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. [sources: mercury news and eastbaytimes].
First let’s start off with Latino music at 6 festivals!
Bier! Brezeln! Bratwurst!- Oktoberfest Redwood City: Sept. 21-25, Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Redwood City’s eighth annual Oktoberfest celebration will feature more than 1,100 feet of “family style” bench seating, plenty of fun, merriment and music, dancing, tasty food, cold beer and other beverages. Find more details at redwoodcity.org/oktoberfest
Monterey Jazz Festival: Sept. 23-25, Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey.
The festival typically features scores of artists performing on eight stages. The 2022 lineup as well as ticket and other information will be posted at: montereyjazzfestival.org
Folsom Renaissance Faire & International Jousting Tournament: September 24-25th at Folsom City Lions Park, 403 Stafford St., Folsom.
The fair typically features more than 800 costumed entertainers, plus shopkeepers and artisans, an international jousting tournament and food and drink booths. Look for updates this summer at folsomfaire.com/.
Pacific Coast Fog Fest: 24 – 25th on September in Pacifica along Palmetto Avenue.
Marching band competition, live music, sand sculpture demo, 200 arts and crafts booths, food and drink stalls, plus a Family Fun Fest. Find more details at pacificcoastfogfest.com.
Mare Island PedalFest: Sept. 25, Mare Island, Vallejo.
A family-friendly all ages cycling event with multi-faceted activities for cyclists of all levels and abilities: racers, bike tourists and cycling spectators. Experiences include: Lap of the Shipyard; Kids Bike Rodeo and Urban Cyclo-cross races. Check website for updates: mareislandpedalfest.com
The Petaluma Fall Antique Faire, SUNDAY AT 8 AM – 4 PM, Downtown Petaluma, Petaluma.
Corks, Forks, Rhythm and Brews: 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 1, Alameda.
Held in the heart of the Bay Area at scenic Alameda Point, the event features California’s best wineries, spirits, breweries, gourmet food, restaurants and live entertainment to benefit the Alameda Boys & Girls Clubs’ education and youth development programs throughout the year. $100 to $200. corksforksonthepoint.com
Pleasanton Harvest Festival: October 28-30th, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton.
The autumn-themed event typically includes craft booths and food and drink stalls. Tickets are $4-$9. Find updates at https://harvestfestival.com/pleasanton
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: First weekend in October. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This enormous, free festival features an eclectic lineup of country, soul and folk musicians performing on six outdoor stages. Check back for the lineup at hardlystrictlybluegrass.com.
Monterey Beer Festival: 12:30-5 p.m. Oct. 15. Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. The festival will showcase a wide array of new craft brews, plus live music and food booths. Find details at WhatsupMonterey: bit.ly/31JhFps
Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival: Scheduled for fall 2022. In previous years, the festival was held at Equestrian Park, 3675 Bonny Doon Road, Bonny Doon. Enjoy an afternoon of tastings with local wineries and breweries, artist and craft vendors, food trucks and live bands. bonnydoonartandwinefestival.com
Campbell’s Oktoberfest: Last year’s Oktoberfest was held in October in downtown Campbell. The festival typically includes live music, beer, local wines, Bavarian pretzels, German food, the chicken dance and stein holding and costume contests. Check for updates at Campbelloktoberfest.com
Festival of Globe’s India Day Festival: Last year’s festival was held in October at 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, and nearby streets. Events typically include a kids corner, rides and games, food festival, dance competition and grand parade. Free admission. Check for updates at www.fogsv.com.
San Mateo Harvest Festival: Last year’s festival was held in November at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. The event typically includes craft booths and food and drink stalls. Tickets are $4-$9. Find updates at harvestfestival.com/san-mateo
Napa Valley Film Festival: Last year’s festival was held in November in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. The festival typically includes more than 100 new independent films screened alongside awards-season contenders at venues throughout Napa Valley. Attendees enjoy interactions with visiting filmmakers and celebrities, film Q&As, culinary demonstrations and wine tastings and an array of parties and winemaker dinners. Find updates at NapaValleyFilmFest.org
Christmas in the Park: The 2021 holiday festival in San Jose ran from Thanksgiving through the beginning of January. It typically includes more than 500 decorated Christmas trees, animated displays and an inflatable beer and wine garden along with nightly entertainment. In addition, Blinky’s Illuminated Holiday is a mile-long drive-through at San Jose’s Lake Cunningham Park with 12 themed areas, 100,000 synchronized lights and a custom holiday soundtrack. When the date nears, find specifics for 2022 at Christmasinthepark.com.
Great America Winterfest: The 2021 festival ran from December through New Year’s Day at 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. In addition to the usual rides, the festival typically includes holiday attractions, such as a chance to send letters to the North Pole, Santa’s workshop, cookie baking in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and ice skating. Find updates at cagreatamerica.com/events/winterfest
Fairy Winterland: Last year’s festival ran the last two weeks of December at Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. It included twinkly lights and culturally-diverse holiday displays, a Black Santa and a Festival of Lights Parade with treats for the kids. childrensfairyland.brushfire.com/fairyland/518645