The East Bay has an almost overwhelming supply of exciting festivities that take place throughout the year. To help you navigate that landscape of fun, we've created a chronological road map of our favorite events and where to find them. We wouldn't want to lose you amid all the beer festivals and free concerts.
Alameda Point Antiques Faire Huge outdoor event featuring more than eight hundred antique dealers. First Sunday of every month, 6 a.m.-3:00 p.m., free-$15. 2900 Navy Way, Alameda. AlamedaPointAntiquesFair.com
First Friday Shorts A monthly showcase of short films highlighting films by local filmmakers and community media arts organizations. First Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m., free. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland. TheNewParkway.com
Oakland Art Murmur Monthly art walk in Oakland. First Friday of every month. 6-9 p.m., free. At various galleries in the Telegraph Avenue and Broadway corridor, starting at 27th Street and ending in the Jack London District. OaklandArtMurmur.com
Piedmont Avenue Stroll Participating merchants stay open late to host art, entertainment, and refreshments. Third Thursday of every month. 6-9 p.m., free. At various stores and galleries on Piedmont Avenue. PiedmontAveStroll.org
Saturday Stroll A weekly companion to Art Murmur, but with fewer festivities and more focus on the galleries. Saturdays. 1-5 p.m., free. OaklandArtMurmur.org
Second Saturdays On every second Saturday of the month galleries on 15th Street open their doors at night to host joint openings and events with music. Exact times vary.
Bacon and Beer Festival Celebration of bacon and beer presented by Oakland Grown, Bison Organic Beer, and Eat Boston. Sunday, March 15. Jack London Market Building, 55 Harrison St., Oakland. BaconandBeer.net/Oakland
CAAMFest The annual event has grown into a ten-day feast with two important main courses: films from Asia and films by Asian Americans. Because it comes early in the calendar year, the festival often steals thunder from other fests with its adventurous selections. March 12-22. Various venues in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. CAAMedia.org
Oakland Running Festival Full and half-marathon, 5K, kids' fun run, and team relay. Sunday, March 22. Snow Park, 19th and Harrison streets, Oakland. OaklandMarathon.com
White Elephant Sale Biggest rummage sale in Northern California, with proceeds benefitting the Oakland Museum of California. Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 333 Lancaster St., Oakland, WhiteElephantSale.org
Bay Area Craft Beer Festival Sip suds from more than thirty local microbreweries. Saturday, April 18. Noon-4 p.m., $5-$45. Martinez Waterfront Park. BayAreaCraftBeerFestival.com
Berkeley Vegan Earth Day Earth Day celebration with panel discussions, speakers, film screenings, and food demos focused on the intersection of veganism and the environment. Saturday, April 19. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $10-$15. David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. BerkeleyVeganEarthDay.com
Montclair Village Restaurant Walk Co-sponsored by the Lions Club, this event showcases village restaurants and food and beverage outlets, with tastings and more. Proceeds go to charity. Tuesday, April 21. 6-8:30 p.m. Montclair Village and Village Square, Oakland. MontclairVillage.com
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival A large, vibrant celebration of Japanese culture and of the Japanese-American community, with a parade, food booths, and live performers spread out over four days. Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12 and 18-19, free. Japantown, On Post St. between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, San Francisco. SFCherryBlossom.org
The San Francisco International Film Festival The oldest film fest in the Western Hemisphere is also one of the world's most interesting, because it plays to the Bay Area's film-loving audiences instead of to industry types with two weeks of movies you'll probably never see anywhere else. April 23-May 7. Various venues. SFFS.org
Oakland Drops Beats A full day of free local music shows in various venues in Downtown Oakland — accompanied by live paining and food. A perfect way to discover new local musicians for free. Also held in the Fall. April 25. Free. OaklandDropsBeats.com
Bay to Breakers The infamously zany 12K race features runners decked out in costumes as they traverse the streets of San Francisco. Sunday, May 17. Starts at Howard St. at Beale St., San Francisco. BaytoBreakers.com
Bike to Work Day Drop your car keys, grab your bike, and participate in Bike East Bay's annual celebration of the bicycle. With deals and promotions for bike riders at various Bay Area locations. Thursday, May 14. bikeeastbay.org
SF Carnaval Festival and Parade Parade and street fair celebrating Latin American and Caribbean cultures, with food, non-stop music, dancing, a crowning of the King and Queen, and work by local artists. Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Harrison St., between 16th and 24th streets, San Francisco. CarnavalSanFrancisco.org.
Himalayan Fair Berkeley's "Little Lhasa" comes alive at the popular annual event, but the "great mountain cultures" of Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bhutan also are represented, with a full day's worth of elaborately costumed traditional dance and music performers. And don't forget the spicy, charcoal-grilled food. Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 16-17, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m, donations accepted. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. HimalayanFair.net
Jazz on Fourth With food, drink, and other merchants lining Fourth Street, and two stages are filled with homegrown talent, culminating in the finale's big-band pyrotechnics of award-winning, globetrotting Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Sunday, May 17. 12-5 p.m., free. Fourth Street, Berkeley. FourthStreet.com
Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival With live jazz 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 Avenue at Foothill Boulevard, Oakland. EastSideArtsAlliance.com