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Rundown of Fairs and Festivals going on in the Bay Area for 2018

The fair and festival season is upon us. That means it's time to get out, enjoy the sun, gaze at eye-popping arts and crafts, catch some great live music and entertainment, and devour all manner of delicious food and drink.
 
To help your planning, here's a rundown of some of the many fairs and festivals going on in the Bay Area.
 
JULY 31-AUG. 6
SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIR: Carnival rides, live music, food and drink, kids’ activities. children’s activities. July 30-Aug. 2 (entertainment and event schedules TBA); Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose; ticket information TBA; www.thefair.org.
 
ALOHA FESTIVAL: Polynesian dance performances, music, Hawaiian art and souvenirs, food and drink. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 1-2; San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo; free admission; www.pica-org.org.
 
FREMONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: More than 700 artists’ booths, live music on three stages, kids’ activities, food and drink. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1-2; Capital Avenue, between Paseo Parkway and State streets; free admission; www.fremontfestival.net.
 
MONTEREY SCOTTISH GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL: Live Celtic entertainment with massed pipe bands on parade, British and Scottish food and drink, demonstrations and contests, arts and crafts. Gates opens 9 a.m. Aug. 1-2; Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road; $12-$15, $15-$20 two-day pass; www.montereyscotgames.com.
 
OAKLAND ART + SOUL FESTIVAL: Live music on several stages (lineup TBA), dancing, barbecue contest, food and drink, arts and crafts, and art. Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 1-2; Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway, Oakland; $7-$10 (kids 12 and under free); www.artandsouloakland.com.
 
MONTEREY BAY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Various strawberry treats, Food and drinks, carnival rides, live entertainment. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 1-2; Ramsay Park, 1255 Main St., Watsonville; free admission; http://cityofwatsonville.org/visitors/strawberry-festival.
 
AUG. 7-13
CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL: More than 80 craft brews on tap, food, live entertainment. 5:30 p.m.
 
Aug. 7, 12:30-5 p.m. Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 9; Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Santa Cruz; ticket packages $10-$99 (kids under 12 free on Aug. 9); www.californiabeerfestival.com.
 
GOOD OLD FASHIONED BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Aug. 6-9; Bolado Park, near Bolado Road and Airline Highway, Hollister; lineup and ticket information TBA; www.scbs.org/events.
 
LOS GATOS FIESTA DE ARTES: Live music, arts and crafts, food, wine and beer, kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 8-9, Los Gatos Town Civic Center, 100 E. Main St.; free admission; www.lgfiesta.org.
 
SCOTTS VALLEY ART & WINE FESTIVAL: More than 150 artists; food, wine and beer, live music, kids’ rides and activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug.16; Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley; free admission; http://svartfest.com/
 
AUG. 14-27
HAYWARD ZUCCHINI FESTIVAL: Zucchini delicacies, food and drink, live entertainment, kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
 
Aug. 15-16; Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward; $4-$8; www.zucchinifest.org.
PALO ALTO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: Italian street painting, arts and crafts, live music, food and drink, kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 22-23; University Avenue, between High and Webster streets; free admission; www.mlaproductions.com.
ASSYRIAN FOOD FESTIVAL: Food and drink, live music and dancing, arts and crafts, kids’ activities. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
 
Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug 23; Assyrian Church of the East, 680 Minnesota Ave., San Jose; http://assyrianfestival.com.
 
AUG. 28-SEPT. 6
ITALIAN FAMILY FESTA: Italian delicacies, wine, grape-stomping. arts and crafts, entertainment, kids’ activities. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 30; Guadalupe River Park, 350 W. Julian St., San Jose; free admission; www.italianfamilyfestasj.org.
 
MILLBRAE ART AND WINE FESTIVAL: Food and drink, Mardi Gras-themed music and entertainment, kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5-6; Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Milbrae; free admission; http://millbrae.miramarevents.com.
 
SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GATHERING & GAMES: Scottish contests and demonstration, live entertainment, including Celtic music, pipe bands, dancers, food and drink, kids’ activities. Sept. 5-6 (exact schedule TBA); Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton; $11-$19 advance/$13-$24 gate; two-day passes $26 advance/$31 gate; www.thescottishgames.com.

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