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A Year's Worth of Events

A date with culture.


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The Koreatown-Northgate Culturefest Celebrating the area's diverse and vibrant neighborhood. Saturday, May 14, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Telegraph Ave. from 24th-27th streets. KoreatownNorthgate.org

Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival With live performances; a children's court with arts, crafts, and games; a food court with crafts, community information booths, and vendors; dance performances; poets; DJs; emcees; speakers; and open ciphers. Typically held in May, free. San Antonio Park, 18th Ave. (at Foothill Blvd.), Oakland. EastSideArtsAlliance.com

Oakland Greek Festival With Greek food, drinks, music, and dance. Typically held in May. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. OaklandGreekFestival.com

Oakland Indie Awards With food and drink samplings from local restaurants; plus expos by local media, small businesses, and organizations. Typically held in May. Location TBD. OaklandIndieAwards.com

Park Street's 10th Annual Spring Festival Featuring arts, crafts, food, beer, wine, and kids' area with pony rides and petting zoo. May 7-8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Park Street, Alameda. ShopParkStreet.com

Peddlers' Faire Arts and collectibles fair sponsored by the Main Street Martinez Association. May 21. Main St., Martinez. MainStreetMartinez.org.

Spring Antiques & Collectibles Street Faire With vintage, retro and antique home decorations, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, pottery, books and collectibles from more than 400 dealers. For info, call 510-522-7500, or visit PleasantonAntiqueFaire.com. May 29, free. Main St., Pleasanton, 925-484-2199.


24th Annual Tri for Fun Series of four triathalons designed for novices over the course of the summer, with a 400-yard swim, 11-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run. Advance registration is encouraged and includes a T-shirt, refreshments, and raffle. Don't forget your bike helmet and swim cap. June 18, July 16, August 20, and September 18. $65 (with discounts for competing in multiple races). Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton. OnYourMarkEvents.com.

Alameda County Fair Starting at the end of June and lasting till just after the Fourth of July, the fair features horseracing, contests, concerts, livestock, agriculture education, and carnival rides for the kiddies, plus plenty of barbecued ribs, turkey legs, and corn on the cob. June 22 through July 10. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Annual Statuto Race This internationally famous 8K run or one-mile walk commemorates the Statuto Albertino of 1848 — Italy's first constitution as a cohesive nation — and is the fourth-oldest footrace in the United States. June 5, 9 a.m. Begins at 1630 Stockton Street in San Francisco, goes through North Beach, and ends at Washington Square Park. SFIAC.org/statuto.html.

AT&T Giant Race A half-marathon, 5K timed race, fun run, and walk lets you skip, hop, or whatever you like across home plate at AT&T Park. The route winds along the Embarcadero, beginning and ending at the ballpark. Afterward, enjoy the pregame festival with live music, food, and giveaways. All of the funds raised go to Project Open Hand. June 19, AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. TheGiantRace.com.

Berkeley World Music Festival Featuring live performances, as well as a crafts bazaar. Typically held in June. Telegraph Ave., bet. Bancroft Way and Parker St., Berkeley.

The Best of the Bay Century Enjoy panoramic bay views, miles of pastoral and forested hills, and deep, cool redwood forests on this ninety-mile trek through the Bay Area. Preregistration only; limited to 150 riders. June 18. Begins at the Orinda BART station. 510-357-3045 or CherryCityCyclists.org.

Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival With a sidewalk chalk art contest. June 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Shattuck Ave. (between Rose and Delaware sts.), Berkeley. NorthShattuck.org.

Double Dipsea Handicap Race This 13.7-mile handicap race starts at Stinson Beach then goes on through Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais State Park before ending up back at the beach. This race is extra fun for slow runners because they get a head start, and the fast runners have to work harder to catch up. June 25. Begins at Stinson Beach. DoubleDipsea.com.

East Bay Open Studios East Bay Open Studios connects the public with more than four hundred artists in fourteen cities in the East Bay. June 4, 5, 11 and 12, free. Various East Bay locations. ProArtsGallery.org/ebos/index.php.

Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival More than ninety professional artists from across the western US will showcase their works. June 24-26, free. Mountain Blvd. at La Salle Ave. and Antioch Ct., Oakland. MontclairVillage.com

Frameline Aka the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Film Festival, the 35-year-old summer happening has branched out over the years and now cruises the world for its innovative, exciting programs. Risky and proud of it. Typically held in June. Various locations. Frameline.org

Giro di Peninsula All proceeds from this "Italian experience" bicycle ride go to helping the Festa Foundation provide assistance to Bay Areans with developmental disabilities. The ride features five different courses (100K, 70K, 30K, and 30KEZ) as well as good food and free T-shirts for all. Typically held in June. San Mateo; exact location TBA. FestaFoundation.org/giro.html.

King of the County BBQ Challenge & Music Festival With live music, more than one hundred arts and crafts vendors, barbecue, kids' activities, Smokey the Bear and his fire engine, carnival rides, face painting, games, and a car show.. Typically held in June, free. Martinez Regional Shoreline, Ferry Street, Martinez. CountyBBQ.com

Laurel Summer Solstice Music Festival Featuring live performances. Typically held in June, on or near the summer solstice, free. Laurel Village (near 38th Ave. and Macarthur Blvd.) Oakland.

Live 105's BFD Over the years, San Francisco's leading modern rock outpost Live 105 has reliably convened less edgy chart-toppers like Good Charlotte and Linkin Park, classic rebels like Social Distortion and The Cure, and an array of up-and-coming, underground, and local acts. Typically held in June. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View. Live105.com

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