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[list] Bay Area festivals and fairs for 2022

July 1 @ 11:00 am - September 14 @ 11:59 pm

Experience many amazing events this weekend 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. [source: eastbaytimes].




First, let’s start with 2 Latino events!


2 bands on 2 stages in Antioch! 4th of July Parade & Celebration, 11am – 10pm.

Includes pancake breakfast, live entertainment, food booths, a car show and a fireworks show that starts at 9:20 p.m. Check for updates at celebrateantioch.org/event



Vacaville. July 4th Concert & Fireworks 2022. 7/4/2022, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Andrews Park, 614 E. Monte Vista Ave.

Project 4 band takes the stage to bring Pop, Soul, Latin, R&B, and Rock & Roll. This energetic band will have you dancing, singing, and smiling until fireworks light up the sky.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1724643577901668/




Here’s all the festivals!


Marin County Fair: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 30 – July 4, Marin Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

Enjoy outdoor entertainment including concerts, carnival performers and rides, interactive art experiences, the Global Marketplace, the Barnyard, food and drinks, and nightly fireworks. $20-25. MarinFair.org

California’s Great America.

Enjoy the regular rides and amusements, then stay for the fireworks show that’s usually visible from the Flight Deck roller coaster plaza. 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Details will be posted at cagreatamerica.com


Sunday [some appear on Monday]:


Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market, SUNDAY 11 AM – 5 PM.

A very inexpensive way for local artists to expose their work to adults and children in Alameda. Artists are encouraged to create artwork during the fair, so the attendees can see artists in action. Visit https://www.alamedaartfair.com

Half Moon Bay 4th of July Festival, Sunday, July 3rd, and Monday, July 4th, 10AM to 5PM.

Live Music both days and Festive Food including “Chamarita” Beef & Linguisa Sandwiches & Hot Dogs. https://july4th.miramarevents.com/ides-festival

Morgan Hill Freedom Fest. Sunday, July 3rd 9:30 AM to July 4, 11:00 PM. Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Road.

Live music at 3 p.m. and the largest, land-based fireworks display in Northern California begins at 9:30 p.m.

Admission: The festival is FREE for everyone! Parking is a modest $10 online (or $15 at the door) to help pay for the fireworks and you can sit just yards away from where they are being launched.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 3-4. 1001 Fairgrounds Drive SW, Vallejo. Prices start $40.

It’s an epic three-day party, July 2-4. Say Happy Birthday America with screamin’ rides, spectacular fireworks, music and of course ice-cold Coca-Cola. https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom/events/july4thfest


Monday July 4th [listed by favorites]:


Foster City 4th of July Celebration. Leo Ryan Park, 9am-9:45pm.

You don’t want to miss all the games, food, entertainment, family and dog parade, and a grand fireworks display. For more information, call 650-286-3380 or Details at fostercity.org

Napa. Spend the day tasting wine, then gather in Downtown Napa for a free concert at the Oxbow RiverStage (5:30pm) followed by fireworks display (9:30pm).

Best viewed from Oxbow Commons, the Harry T. Price Riverwalk, Veterans Park, and Riverfront Green Park—put on by Napa Parks and Rec.  For more info, plus special events around Napa Valley, go to visitnapavalley.com.

Mountain View Celebration @ Shoreline.

Purchase tickets for the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony at Shoreline Amphitheatre.  https://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/events/july4thfireworks.asp

Redwood City: 2 events. Fourth of July Festival includes a parade and fireworks.

  • Parade begins at 10am on Brewster Ave in downtown.
  • Fireworks start at 9:30 PM at the Port of Redwood City.
  • More information on these events can be found at http://www.parade.org/.

San Francisco: 2 events.

  • Pier 39: family-friendly activities, entertainment, live music, and a pyrotechnic fireworks show that begins at 9:30pm.
  • Aquatic Park: live music concert starts at 6 PM and is followed by the fireworks display at 9:30 PM. Admission is free.

Half Moon Bay Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., parade, noon-1:30 pm.,

Main Street, downtown Half Moon Bay. The celebration typically features music, craft beer, wine, cocktails and food trucks. The kids’ fun zone will feature a bungee jump, cornhole and more. https://july4th.miramarevents.com

San Jose Rose, White and Blue parade, 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ The Alameda.

The parade will feature live music, a car show, food trucks, and many opportunities to grab souvenirs.  https://www.rwbsj.org/

Alameda 4th of July parade, 7am – 3pm. The largest parade in Bay Area.

Police will close streets along the parade route to traffic starting at 7:00 a.m. and most closures will remain in effect until 3:00 p.m. https://www.alamedaca.gov/RESIDENTS/Alameda-4th-of-July-Parade

Fremont 4th of July Parade, 10am. They will feature music and parade souvenirs.


Sausalito’s 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Celebration. Mon Jul 4, 10:00AM – 10:00PM.

Parade at 10:00am down Bridgeway and Caledonia. Afternoon picnic at Dunphy Park. Band will cover rock favorites from 12:30-4:30pm from the gazebo.  The evening events will take place at Gabrielson Park. Neon Velvet is sure to keep you dancing from 6:30-9pm. Fireworks will begin around 9:15pm and last for half an hour.

Vallejo 4th of July. Parade at 10am. Classic cars, a live music, family-friendly activities and cultural performances.

More information on the parade can be found here: https://vallejojuly4.com

Los Altos 11th 4th of July parade, Town Hall at 9:30 AM.

The parade will conclude at Gardner Bullis School where refreshments will be provided.

Sonoma 4th of July. Parade begins at 10 AM, firework show at 5pm. 

It will make its way around the town’s historic Plaza. After parade, an old-fashioned festival with food, drinks and game booths provided by nonprofit organizations in Sonoma.

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July, 12noon.

A parade, mayor’s bike ride and a Red, White and Blue concert at City Plaza. Details will be posted at www.watsonvillerec.com

Orinda 4th of July, 10am Parade.

In previous years, the celebration was held in front of the Community Center, 28 Orinda Way, and included a flag-raising ceremony, fun run, parade and concert. Find details at https://orindaassociation.org/4th-of-july-parade

Santa Clara 4th of July Picnic and Celebration. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara.

After a 12:15 p.m. welcome ceremony, enjoy live music from the Cocktail Monkeys and Pop Rocks, and beginning at 1 p.m., enjoy live dance from Santa Clara Elite and Performance Dance Teams . There will be food trucks, community booths and a kids zone with bounce houses and carnival games. santaclaraca.gov

Cupertino Fourth of July. 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Memorial Park, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino.

A children’s carnival follows from 9 to 11:30 a.m., a flag raising at 9:30 a.m., children’s parade at 10 a.m. and a live concert at 10:30 a.m. Later on, at 9:30 p.m., watch a fireworks show with multiple viewing spots including Creekside Park.  www.cupertino.org

Fairfield 4th of July Parade and Family Activities, 10am – 2pm.

Food booths, live music, contests and more. 1000 Texas St. Look for updates at visitfairfieldca.com/events

Danville 4th of July Parade 9 AM. San Ramon Valley High School & ends at Town & Country on San Ramon Blvd.

Veterans and military are invited to a barbeque afterwards. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1387576475095659

American Canyon. Community Park 2, 20 Benton Way.  3 pm – 10 pm.

American Canyon Road and Elliot Drive; travel north on Elliot Drive to Benton Way, ending at Community Park II (20 Benton Way). The fireworks will begin shortly after dusk. The Silent Disco will continue until 10:30 pm.

Beats, Brews & Vines, JULY 4, 2022 AT 3 PM. 300 Block of Broadway in Millbrae.

The concert is from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the 300 blocks of Broadway between Hillcrest & La Cruz. There will be booths for food and drinks, available for purchase. https://www.facebook.com/cityofmillbrae

Milpitas 4th of July. Gates open at 5 PM for ticket holders, and 6 PM for non-ticket holders.

Family friendly activities, including a Game Truck, live music, and a fireworks show.  www.milpitas.gov/July4th

Livermore fireworks night, “United we Shine” 9:30 PM.

Fireworks will be launched at the downtown parking garage on 216 Maple St and will be closed until 11 PM.



Second week:


Stanislaus County Fair: July 8-17. 900 N. Broadway, Turlock.

Previous fairs included nearly life-sized dinosaurs stomping and roaring, a children’s area, live music and exhibits. stancofair.com

Festival Napa Valley: July 15-24, venues across Napa Valley.

Enjoy music, wine, food and world-class performances spanning all genres. Featuring symphonic concerts, opera, jazz and dance with world-class artists performing music from Copland and Bernstein to jazz, swing, Broadway, bluegrass and country. Together with the ticketed evening performances, the Festival includes 20-plus free small ensemble concerts at CIA at Copia during the day, July 9-23. For further details and tickets visit festivalnapavalley.com.

Bastille Day Festival and Bal Populaire: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 16, Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco.

Previous years’ celebrations included food, wine and beer booths, a vintage Citroen car show, a children’s garden, French Quarter tours, French music, a waiters race and a performance with local French bands. Free. bastilledaysf.org

Menlo Summer Fest: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 16-17. Santa Cruz Avenue, downtown Menlo Park.

The fest features live music, art, food and drink booths, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, kids’ fun zone and more, summerfest.miramarevents.com

Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival: July 16-17. Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road.

The 51st annual festival will include live music, dance, food stalls, whiskey tastings and Scotland and Ireland-inspired athletic spectacles. $10-$20. montereyscotgames.com

Valley of the Moon Music Festival: July 16-31, various locations in Sonoma Valley.

This festival of classical and romantic music is performed on period instruments and includes a speaker series providing historical and social context and a free children’s concert. Cost varies. valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org/season8

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: July 24-Aug. 2, Santa Cruz. T

he program typically includes renowned musicians, composers and guest artists. The 2022 lineup is tba. Check for updates at cabrillomusic.org/

Santa Clara County Fair: July 27-31 and Aug. 3-7. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose.

Last year’s events included: interactive STEAM theme (science, tech, engineering, agriculture/art, math) tech displays, plus arts and crafts competitions, livestock and agriculture exhibits, carnival games and food booths. Find ticket, schedule and entertainment details at thefair.org.

Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival: Typically held in July in downtown Los Altos, Main and State streets.

In previous years, the festival included fine art exhibits, live music, children’s activities and food and drink booths. Free. bit.ly/2FwMDA8

Artichoke Festival: June 11-12, typically held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey.

The festival usually includes daily cooking demonstrations, as well as artichokes served every which way — fried, steamed, grilled, alongside sausage or mixed into cupcakes and ice cream. Details can be found at artichokefestival.org/.

PAL Music Festival: Last year’s festival, which benefits the Police Activities League, was held in July online.

It included music, including blues, country, reggae and salsa. Free admission. Check for updates at PALMusicFestival.com.

CANCELLED Gilroy Garlic Festival: Last year’s festival was held on two weekends at the end of July at Gilroy Presbyterian Church at 6000 Miller Ave. in Gilroy.

The festival typically includes games, live music, a cooking contest, cooking demos and a Gourmet Alley lineup of garlicky fare, from succulent scampi to garlic bread. Specifics will be posted at gilroygarlicfestivalassociation.com/events.

Berkeley Kite Festival: In previous years, the festival was held at the end of July at Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina.

The festival typically includes giant creature kites, free kite-making lessons, team kite flying, food booths, live music, a candy drop and a children’s zone with crafts. Free. berkeleykitefestival.com

Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival: The festival is typically held in late July and early August at the Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School.

In years past, the festival has attracted top-notch artists, such as the Schumann Quartet and Russian baritone Nikolay Borchev, to the mainstage. musicatmenlo.org/

Art + Soul Oakland:

In 2019, the festival was held at the end of July in downtown Oakland and included live music, dance, food booths and family fun. Check for updates at Artandsouloakland.com.



Santa Clara County Fair: July 27-31 and Aug. 3-7. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. Last year’s events included: interactive STEAM theme (science, tech, engineering, agriculture/art, math) tech displays, plus arts and crafts competitions, livestock and agriculture exhibits, carnival games and food booths. Find ticket, schedule and entertainment details at thefair.org.

Outside Lands: Aug. 5-7. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Celebrate live music and Bay Area food, wine, beer and comedy. Line-ups for 2022 are tba. 2021 prices were $165-$855. Details on the 2022 festival will be posted at sfoutsidelands.com.

Fremont Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. August 6-7. Downtown Fremont, along Paseo Padre Parkway and nearby streets. In previous years, this festival boasted more than 500 arts and crafts booths, Kid City, live music and food, beer and wine stalls. fremontfestival.net

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2022: Aug. 12-14, Plaza de César Chavez Park, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. Enjoy a mix of international stars, emerging artists and local gems playing jazz, blues, R&B, New Orleans and Latin music. $30-$190. Summerfest.sanjosejazz.org

Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival, August 13th, 10am – 5pm. Shattuck and Cedar streets in North Berkeley.

The festival typically includes chalk art and delicious chocolate. Free admission. Details posted at bit.ly/2KrLttm.

Gravenstein Apple Fair: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 13-14, Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol. Enjoy live music, all things Gravenstein, local food, art and crafts, kids activities, farm demonstrations, craft cider and beer, wine and more. $10-$125. gravensteinapplefair.com

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 26-27. University Ave., Palo Alto. Browse 300 fine art and contemporary craft displays and the work of more than 60 Italian street painters. Check out the children’s art studio, as well as the sculpture plaza and food and drink stalls. Free. Festivalnet: bit.ly/3DJMvLz

Silicon Valley Pride Parade and Festival: Aug. 27-28. In previous years, the festival was held at Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. Events typically include live entertainment and food and drink booths, as well as a parade on Market Street. svpride.com/

Rosie Rally Home Front Festival: Last year’s festival, sponsored by the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, went virtual for two weeks in August. The festival will repeat its virtual campaign in 2022. Plans for an in-person festival have not yet been set. Check for updates at rosietheriveter.org.

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest: In previous years, the festival was held in August at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 170 S. Market St., San Jose. The celebration typically includes more than 120 jazz performances on 12 stages in downtown San Jose. Details will be posted at Summerfest.sanjosejazz.org.

Strawberry Festival: Last year’s festival was held in August in downtown Watsonville and included sweet treats, family activities and live entertainment. Check the Watsonville Parks and Recreation website for details: bit.ly/3vOOtXm.

Japanese Summer Festival: This festival is typically held in August at the Diablo Japanese American Club, 3165 Treat Blvd., Concord. It usually includes taiko, judo and kendo, obon and classical Japanese dance, Ikebana flower arranging, children’s games, a crafts boutique and sushi stalls. Check for 2022 updates at diablojaclub.com/summer-festival.

Kids ‘N Fun Festival: Previously, the festival was held in August at the Memorial Park Amphitheater, 21163 Anton Way, Cupertino. The festival typically includes children’s activities, games, performances and international food booths. The event’s 2022 dates and details will be available this spring on the city of Cupertino’s website: bit.ly/3pIpZxE.

Burlingame on the Avenue: Will be held in August on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame. In previous years it featured jazz, rock and blues bands. For updates check the city’s website: bit.ly/2HMLMNA.

Hayward Zucchini Festival: The last zuke festival — in 2019 — was held in August at Southland Mall in Hayward. The event typically includes a vast array of zucchini dishes, a zucchini-growing contest, live music, arts and crafts booths, children’s rides and food stalls. Find updates for 2022 at hayward-ca.gov/discover/calendar?page=19.

Scotts Valley Art, Wine and Beer Festival: Last year’s festival was held in August at Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. The festival typically includes fine art booths, live music, a car show and food, wine and beer stalls. Free. Find 2022 specifics at svartfestival.com/.

Italian Family Festa: In previous years, the festival was held in August at History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. The celebration typically includes Italian food and wine booths, a grape stomp, bocce, live music, cultural seminars and historical/genealogical displays. Free. Find updates at italianfamilyfestasj.org.

Hot San Jose Nights: Last year’s event was held at the end of August at Reid-Hillview Airport, 2500 Cunningham Ave., San Jose. The event typically includes a classic car show, airplanes on display, military tank rides, a STEAM festival for children, live music and small aircraft flights for kids ages 8-17. Free. Updates can be found at hotsanjosenights.com.

Pleasanton Harvest Festival: Last year’s festival was held in August at Alameda Fairgrounds, 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.


Kings Mountain Art Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3-5. Last year’s festival was virtual, but this fair typically features original art by independent artists, live entertainment and food and drink booths. Details about the 2022 fair will be posted at kingsmountainartfair.org.

Scottish Highland Gathering and Games: Typically held Labor Day weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Events usually include caber tossing and other athletic feats, traditional music and dance, Celtic heritage events, sheep dog trials, whisky tastings and clan gatherings. Thescottishgames.com

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival: Typically held on Labor Day weekend. Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae. The festival usually includes live music, art and crafts booths, food stalls, a children’s playland and a car show. Free. Check Everfest for updates: bit.ly/31JCSjh

San Francisco Fringe Festival: September 8-17. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco. The 30th annual festival features live in-person theater and unpredictable stage shows by more than 20 performers and ensembles. Find the complete line-up and ticket information when the event draws closer at fringefestivals.com/festival/san-francisco-fringe-festival.

Festa Italia: Sept. 9-11, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. The 88th annual festival features authentic Italian cuisine, great music, dancing, crafts and more. Free admission. festaitaliamonterey.org

Pittsburg Seafood & Music Festival: Sept. 10-11. Pittsburg Marina. In previous years, the festival has included seafood booths, jet ski races, arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock wall climbing, live entertainment and wine and beer stalls. Free admission. Find updates at pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com

Solano Avenue Stroll: Sept. 11. Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany. This street fair features live entertainment, food booths, handicrafts, a parade and rides. Free. bit.ly/1AvLAHb

Santa Cruz County Fair: Sept. 14-18. County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville. In previous years, the fair has included carnival rides, livestock exhibits, food booths, live music and children’s activities. Find updates and ticket prices at www.santacruzcountyfair.com.

Northern California Renaissance Faire: Previously held in mid-September. 2022 at Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister. The fair typically includes Renaissance-era pageantry, live music, artisans, Celtic concerts and food and drink vendors. Updates will be posted at norcalrenfaire.com/

Bark in the Park: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. William Street Park, S. 16th and E. William streets, San Jose. In previous years, this event has included dog costume and tail-wagging contests, dog agility demonstrations and vendor stalls for humans and dogs. barksanjose.org

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival: Sept. 17-18. Downtown Lafayette. Browse the arts and crafts booths, enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities, and shop the food, wine and beer stalls. Free admission. lafayettefestival.com

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

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

Almaden Art & Wine Festival: Typically held in September at Almaden Lake Park, corner of Almaden Expressway and Coleman Avenue, San Jose. The festival usually includes food and wine booths, live entertainment and a children’s zone. Details for 2022 will be posted at almadenwine.org.

Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes: In previous years, the fiesta was held in September on the Civic Center lawn in downtown Los Gatos. The fiesta generally offers more than 220 artist booths, children’s activities, live music and food, wine and beer stalls. Free. Find updates at lgfiesta.org.

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival: Last year’s festival was held in September on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. The festival typically includes arts and crafts, live music, food and wine booths and a children’s park. Free. Find updates at mountainview.miramarevents.com.

Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival: In previous years, the festival was held in September at Central Park, Santa Clara. The festival usually includes art and crafts booths, live entertainment, children’s activities and food, beer and wine stalls. Find updates at santaclaraartandwine.com.

Folsom Renaissance Faire & International Jousting Tournament: Last year’s fair was held in September 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: This festival is usually held in September in Pacifica along Palmetto Avenue. Past years have included a parade and 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.

Salsa Festival: In previous years, the festival was held in late September in downtown Redwood City. The festival typically includes live salsa music, salsa dancing and salsa tasting, plus a tequila tasting, hands-on art projects, children’s play areaand food stalls. Check Redwood City’s website for details: bit.ly/3IyscVh.

Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival: In previous years, the festival was held in September at Lake Merritt, Oakland. The country’s largest dragon boat festival typically features teams from around the world competing in 40-foot dragon boats, plus food carts, cultural arts performances, a kids zone and arts and crafts booths. Updates can be found at sfdragonboat.com.

Capitola Art & Wine Festival: In previous years, the festival was held in September at Capitola Village, Capitola, and included art exhibits, live music, food and wine booths and a kids area with free admission. Find updates capitolachamber.com/art-and-wine-festival.

Oktoberfest Downtown Redwood City: Last year’s Oktoberfest was held in September at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. The festival included live music, dancing, craft brews, German pretzels and brats, games and competitions. Check Redwood City’s website at bit.ly/2XrbzYI.

Aloha Outrigger Races: Last year’s event was held in September at the Santa Cruz Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz. Events typically include outrigger races, island-style music and Polynesian dancing. Check the city of Santa Cruz’s website for updates at bit.ly/3Gsz04J.


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

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