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.
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/
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.