2019 fairs and festivals — your guide to fun in the SF Bay Area

2019 fairs and festivals — your guide to fun in the SF Bay Area

Here’s your guide to summer fun in the Bay Area

Bricks by the Bay: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13-14. Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Lego creations from across the country, People’s Choice contest and Lego vendors. $12-$15. bricksbythebay.com

San Jose Obon Festival: noon-10 p.m. July 13 and noon-8 p.m. July 14. San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin grounds and North Fifth Street, Japantown. Taiko drumming, traditional dance performances, cultural displays, games, food and beverages. Free admission. www.sjbetsuin.com

Stanislaus County Fair: July 12-21. 900 North Broadway, Turlock.  Children’s area, concerts, live entertainment and exhibits. Admission: $7-$12. Kids 6 and under free. stancofair.com

Bastille Day Festival: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. July 13. Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco. Food, outdoor bistro with wine and beer, vintage car show, kids playground, French Quarter tours, waiters race, petanque tournament. Free. www.bastilledaysf.org

San Rafael Hops and Vines Stroll: 2-7 p.m. July 13. City Plaza, 1000 Fourth St., San Rafael. The tasting event will feature new and established) downtown breweries, bars and restaurants and also include San Rafael merchants and businesses offering wine and beer tastes inside their stores. $25-$30. http://bit.ly/2WFdaot

Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 13-14. Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B St., Hayward. 20th annual celebration of East Bay’s history as onetime hotbed of blues music. Performers include Lonnie Shields, Harmonica Explosion featuring Big Harp George and Johnny Rawls (July 13); West Coast Blues Caravan of All-Stars, Oakland Blues Divas and  Russell City Memorial Blues Band (July 14). Food and drink available. $25-$50. www.westcoastbluessociety.org,

Bay Area Taco & Beer Festival: 3-6 p.m. July 13. San Jose Municipal Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave., San Jose. Unlimited pours of more than 60 craft beers from local and regional breweries as well as unlimited taco tastings from dozens of restaurants and food trucks. Food trucks will be selling additional food and beverage items. Also featuring vendors, photo booth, lucha libre wrestling, bull riding and more. $39-$89. http://bit.ly/2VNfKeC

Blown glass created will be among the works of art featured at the Clay and Glass Festival in Palo Alto. (Courtesy of ACGA) 

ACGA Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13-14. Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. More than 130 clay and glass artists, hands-on clay activities, artist demos. Free. www.clayglassfestival.com

40th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 13-14. Downtown Los Altos, Main and State streets. Fine art, concerts, children’s activities, food, wine and craft beers. Free. http://bit.ly/2YazOoN

July 15-21

Wanderlust Wellness Festival: July 18-21. Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley. Wellness and mindfulness festival includes guides, yoga and meditation teachers, outdoor instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs. $30-$3,850. wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley/

Northern Nights Music Festival: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 19-21. Cooks Valley Campground, 83950 Road 442 East, Piercy. Three-day overnight/camping music festival allowing recreational cannabis dispensing and use on-site. Featuring bands Big Wild, Desert Hearts, Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds and more. Also includes cannabis vendors and activities. $89-$399, including passing and multi-day passes. http://bit.ly/2PV9UT8

33rd annual Art Under the Oaks: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.July 20-21. Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore.  Art, wine, food, live music and family fun. Free.  www.aldenlane.com

Menlo SummerFest: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 20-21. Santa Cruz Avenue, downtown Menlo Park. Live music, 200 artists, “savory city” specialty foods, garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, artisan cocktails, craft beer and premium wine, children’s zone, family fun run. Free. summerfest.miramarevents.com/

PianoSonoma Music Festival: July 21-Aug. 3. Green Music Center at Sonoma State, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Featuring artists in residence and other musicians private and public concerts and community workshops in Sonoma County. Prices vary. gmc.sonoma.edu/author/pianosonoma/July 22-28

PAL Music Festival: Noon-8 p.m. July 27. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Live music, art booths, food trucks and a kids zone. Free admission. Concession proceeds benefit Police Activities League’s educational and recreational summer programs for kids. www.PALMusicFestival.com

Gilroy Garlic Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 28 (entrance gate closes one hour prior to event closing time). Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave., Gilroy. Gourmet alley, cooking demonstrations and competitions, arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities. Admission, $12.99-$20; under 9 free; discounts available for online purchases. www.gilroygarlicfestival.com

Berkeley Kite Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27-28. Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. Giant creature kites, free kite-making lessons, team kite flying, food, music, candy drop, children’s zone with crafts, pony rides, more. Free. www.berkeleykitefestival.com

Alameda Art & Wine Faire: 10 a.m.-6 pm. July 27-28. Downtown Alameda, along Park Street, between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues. Vendor booths, food, arts and crafts, wine, beer, live music, children’s area and carnival rides. downtownalameda.com/Art-Wine-Faire

Benicia Waterfront Festival: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27-28. Located on the First Street Green. Live music, craft beers, wine, food, vendor village, children’s activity alley. $5-$10, $15 two-day pass. http://bit.ly/2J9ojuj 

Art + Soul Oakland: Noon-6 p.m. July 27-28. Downtown Oakland. Music, dance, artisan marketplace, craft beer, wine, food, fun zone. Performers include Jazz Mafia, Lyrics Born, Pointer Sisters, more. $8-$18. http://artandsouloakland.com

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: July 28-Aug. 11. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. America’s longest running festival of new orchestral music celebrates its 57th season with a remarkable women-centric season, featuring a series of relevant and forward-looking commissioned works. $30-$65. www.cabrillomusic.org

July 29-Aug. 4

Santa Clara County Fair: Aug. 1-4. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. Entertainment and other attractions TBA, check back for updates. www.thefair.org

51st annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 3-4. Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road. Music, dance, food, whiskey tasting and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland. $12-$20. Children 8 and under free. www.montereyscotgames.com

Fremont Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. August 3-4. Downtown Fremont, along Paseo Padre Parkway and nearby streets. More than 500 arts and crafts booths, Kid City, live music, food, beer and wine. Free. www.fremontfestival.net/

San Jose Renaissance Faire & Fantasy Fest: Aug. 3-4. Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. Pageantry, full-combat jousting and other games and demonstrations, artisans, food and drink, crafts, music and dance. $10-$18, under 6 free. www.sanjosefaire.com

Aug. 5-11

Tony Le dances with Lorie Roffelsen to Orquestra Saboricua at the San Jose Summer Jazz Fest 2019 in San Jose on August 11, 2018. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group archive) 

San Jose’s Jazz Summer Fest: Aug. 9-11. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 170 S. Market St., San Jose. More than 100 performances on 12 stages in downtown San Jose. Performers include Marcus Shelby, Zydeco Flames, Charlie Hunter, Fred Hersch and many more. $15-$395. Tickets, lineup, schedule: http://Summerfest.sanjosejazz.org

Rosie Rally Home Front Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Aug. 10. Craneway Pavilion, Ford Assembly Plant, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond. A family-friendly event with live music, food, costume contests, dancing and more. Free. www.rosietheriveter.org/events/rosie-rally

Aug. 12-18

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

Aug. 19-25

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

Visitors grab a bite at the Italian Family Festa at History Park in San Jose in 2016. (Courtesy Ernie Murata/Italian American Heritage Foundation) 

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

Aug. 26-Sept. 2 (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

Artist Maria Schindler works her booth at the Kings Mountain Art Fair in Woodside on September 2, 2018. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group archive) 

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

Sept. 3-8

Hot San Jose Nights: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7. Reid-Hillview Airport, 2500 Cunningham Ave., San Jose. Classic car show, airplanes on display, S.T.E.A.M. festival for children, live music and food. Free. www.hotsanjosenights.com

Oysters in a half shell are prepared during the Pittsburg Seafood and Music Festival in Pittsburg on September 10, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group archive) 

Pittsburg Seafood & Music Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 7-8. Along the Pittsburg Marina. Seafood booths, jet ski races, 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. 7 and 10 am.-6 p.m. Sept. 8. Castro Street, downtown Mountain View. Arts and crafts, music, food, wine, beer and children’s park. Free. http://mountainview.miramarevents.com

Solano Avenue Stroll: 10 a.m.-5 pm. Sept. 8. Along Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany. Over one mile of entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, mechanical rides. Parade starts at 10 a.m. and travels westbound from Colusa (in Berkeley) to Masonic (in Albany). Free. http://bit.ly/1AvLAHb

Sept. 9-15

Rattlesnake Dave startles the Santa Cruz County Fair crowd with two of his poisonous vipers on September 14, 2018. (Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel archive) 

Santa Cruz County Fair: Sept. 11-15, noon-11 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday,  County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville. Carnival rides, livestock, food, merchants, races, live music, art and children’s activities. www.santacruzcountyfair.com

Capitola Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15. Capitola Village, Capitola. Art, wine, music, food, kids’ activities. Free. http://capitolachamber.com/art-and-wine-festival

Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept 15. Central Park, 969 Kiely Blvd., 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. 15. Almaden Lake Park, corner of Almaden Expressway and Coleman Avenue, San Jose. Art, food, beer and wine, entertainment, silent auction and children’s zone. www.almadenwine.org

Sept. 16-22

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept.21 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22.  Downtown Lafayette. More than 250 arts and crafts booths, entertainment, children’s activities, food, wine and beer. Free. http://lafayettefestival.com


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