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A Year's Worth of Festivities

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.


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Oakland Greek Festival With Greek food, drinks, music, and dance. Friday-Sunday, May 15-17. 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. Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 6:30-10:30 p.m., $10, $15. OaklandIndieAwards.com

Park Street's 14th Annual Spring Festival Touted as a Mother's Day tradition, the annual festival features arts, crafts, food, beer, wine, and a kids' area with bounce houses and a petting zoo. Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Park Street, Alameda. ShopParkStreet.com

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Dedicated to restoring and presenting original silent films with live musical accompaniment — which means no special effects (well, hardly any), no overbuilt soundtracks, and a complete absence of Shia LaBeouf. What a relief. May 28-June 1. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco. SilentFilm.org

Session Fest Over thirty craft breweries show off their best session beers, accompanied by live music, food trucks, and sunshine. May 23. Jack London Square, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com


Alameda County Fair The annual 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 17-July 5. Closed Mondays. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. AlamedaCountyFair.com

Berkeley World Music Festival Featuring live performances by Bay Area-based world music artists, as well as a crafts bazaar. Saturday-Sunday, June 13. Noon-9pm. Free. People's Park, Berkeley. BerkeleyWorldMusic.org

Dancing Under the Stars Weekly series of free dance styles (with different genres each week), provided by the Linden Street Dance Studio. Dance party follows each lesson. Every Friday from June 5- August 28. 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Foot of Broadway, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

East Bay Open Studios Connects the public with more than four hundred artists in fourteen cities in the East Bay. June 6-7 and June 13-14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Various East Bay locations. ProArtsGallery.org

Frameline Aka the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Film Festival, the decades-old summertime festival has branched out over the years and now spans the globe with its innovative, exciting programs. June 18-28. Various locations. Frameline.org

Laurel Summer Solstice Music Festival Inspired by Fete de la Musique in France, the summer festival features live performances by both amateur and professional musicians on street corners and in stores, cafes, and parking lots. Typically held in June, free. Laurel Village, between 39th Ave. and Loma Vista Ave., Oakland. LaurelVillage.org

Live Oak Park Fair With a bazaar featuring fine crafts, contemporary art, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, quilts, baskets, sculptures, clay, fiber, glass, metal, hand-cut block prints, paintings, and woodwork by more than one hundred artisans. Plus food and music. Typically in June. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. LiveOakParkFair.com

Montclair Village Fine Art Festival Featuring arts and crafts vendors and more. Typically in late June. Mountain Boulevard, between La Salle Avenue and Antioch Court, Oakland. MontclairVillage.com

San Francisco Pride One of San Francisco's biggest, most colorful parties. Aside from the usual two-day procession of cowboys in leather chaps and sexy transgendered go-go dancers, the parade also features special musical guests and sundry forms of entertainment. This year's theme: "Color Our World with Pride." Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28. Parade starts at Market and Beale streets and ends at Market and 8th streets. Celebration held in Civic Center, San Francisco. SFPride.org

Temescal Street Cinema With free screenings of locally made films and shorts projected on the side of a Bank of the West building, plus live music, and popcorn. Typically held in June and July, free. 49th Street and Telegraph Avenue, Oakland. TemescalStreetCinema.com

Waterfront Flicks Watch outdoor movies along the Oakland waterfront, with trivia games, prizes, beer, and food. Proceeds benefit the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. June 11& 25, July 9 & 23, August 12 & 27. Sundown, free. Market lawn at Jack London Square, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com


Berkeley Kite Festival The Berkeley Marina, directly in the path of the relentless winds coming off the Pacific Ocean, has long been a prime spot for flying kites. Kite teams from Berkeley and Japan show off their enormous kites (both traditional and non-), visible as far as the eye can see. Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Cesar E. Chavez Park, 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley. HighlineKites.com/pages/Berkeley-Kite-Fest.html

Brainwash Movie Festival The Bay's only "drive-in, bike-in, walk-in" film fest started off showing a bunch of ultra-indie films and vids on a wall in a West Oakland parking lot; it's since grown to cover multiple days at various venues. July 17-18 and July 24-25. Location TBA. BrainwashM.com

Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina Live entertainment on the main stage, plus arts and crafts booths, massages, sailboat and dragon boat rides, and fireworks, viewable from the end of the Berkeley Pier at dusk. An alcohol-free event with complimentary valet bike parking. Friday, July 4, noon-10 p.m., free. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley. AnotherBullwinkelShow.com/4th-of-july

Fourth of July Festival of Family Fun With music, food, arts and crafts, and carnival games. Friday, July 4. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

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