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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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Mayor's Fourth of July Alameda's annual Fourth of July extravaganza attracts some 20,000 spectators, or roughly one-third of the city's population, and is rumored to be one of the longest Fourth of July parades in the world. There's flag waving, color guards, marching bands, baton twirlers, classic cars, horses, politicians, veterans, and floats, floats, floats. The best hometown parade going in the East Bay, no question. Friday, July 4, free. MyAlamedaParade.com

Park Street's 30th Annual Art & Wine Faire Arts, crafts, food, beer, wine, two music stages, kids' area, petting zoo, valet bike parking, and more. Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Park Street, Alameda. ShopParkStreet.com

Pedalfest The third annual festival features tons of bike-themed activities, including bike trick demonstrations, a pedal-powered stage (to fuel the music), plus rides, art, food, and much more. Saturday, July 25. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Oakland. PedalfestJackLondon.com

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival The world's oldest and largest Jewish film festival sees its mission as exploring the Jewish experience in all its complexity. And if that means giving equal voice to Palestinians and other minorities, so be it; boundaries were created to be stretched. July 23-August 9. Various locations. SFJFF.org

San Francisco Marathon Run across the Golden Gate Bridge and past many of the city's most famous landmarks in this extremely popular event. Options include a full marathon, two half-marathons, a 5K run, and more. Participants receive T-shirts, coaster medals, and completion certificates. Sunday, July 26. Races begin at various points in San Francisco. 888-958-6668 or TheSFMarathon.com

Temescal Street Fair Features food and drink from local restaurants, four stages with live music, fine artists, craft and community booths, carousel rides, and kids' activities. Sunday, July 5. Noon-6 p.m., free. Telegraph Ave., between 42nd and 51st streets, Oakland. TemescalDistrict.org


Biergartenfest Annual German beer and food festival organized by Oakland Nature Friends. Typically held in August. 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland, TheNatureFriendsCorporation.org

Caltopia A free festival on the UC Berkeley campus, featuring music, food, and games. Open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Sunday-Monday, August 23-24. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. UC Berkeley campus. Caltopia.Berkeley.edu

Chinatown Streetfest With more than 200 booths spanning nine blocks, selling food, crafts, unique Asian products, arts and crafts, and community resources. Plus live entertainment and a "Cultural Village," presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Typically in August, free. Oakland Chinatown, Oakland, www.oaklandchinatownstreetfest.com

Laurel Street Fair Now in its sixteenth year, the Laurel Street Fair features a music and dance stage, DJ booths, a kids' area, creative crafts and merchandise, fashion shows, and food vendors. Typically held in early August. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. MacArthur Blvd. between 35th and 38th aves., Oakland. LaurelDistrictAssociation.org

Oakland Art and Soul Festival Set in downtown Oakland's City Center, the annual festival is a feast for the eyes, ears, mind, and mouth, with national music acts, dance and fashion shows, and an array of vendors serving ethnic eats and crafts as diverse as the city. August 1-2, Noon- 6 p.m. Oakland City Center, 500 12th St., Oakland. ArtAndSoulOakland.com

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival The extravagant three-day affair in Golden Gate Park features a lineup with mass appeal, likely to draw KFOG devotees, hip-hop heads, indie-rock fans, and the jam-band set. Acts TBA. August 7-9. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., San Francisco. SFOutsideLands.com


Oakland Pride Festival Oakland's own Pride Festival, with a parade, live entertainment, vendor booths, and much more. Sunday, September 13. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free. Franklin and Webster streets, Oakland. OaklandPride.org

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention A five-day music festival featuring local and national acts in venues throughout Berkeley. September 16-20. BerkeleyOldTimeMusic.org

Eat Real Fest Wildly popular three-day celebration of cheap, healthful, locally sourced gourmet food, with vendors, demonstrations, film screenings, literary readings, and much more. Friday-Sunday, September 18-20, free. Jack London Square, foot of Broadway, Oakland. EatRealFest.com

Folsom Street Fair The self-proclaimed "granddaddy of leather events" celebrates leather, rubber, and fetish styles, in addition to featuring live rock performances, vendor booths, and exhibitions. Sunday, September 27, free. Folsom St., between 7th and 12th streets, San Francisco. FolsomStreetFair.org

Mission Creek Oakland Music and Arts Festival An offshoot of the Mission Creek Arts & Music Festival in San Francisco, Mission Creek Oakland books bands in a variety of genres over several weeks. Typically held in September. Various East Bay venues. MCOFest.org.

Oaklavia Three miles of streets circumnavigating Lake Merritt will be closed to cars, allowing people to walk, dance, bike, and boat around the lake.  Sunday, September 14. Lake Merritt, Oakland. Oaklavia.org

Oakland Underground Film Festival Film festival highlighting independent film and projection art, with a special emphasis on social justice; local filmmakers; urban life; and avant-garde, experimental, and nonlinear films. Typically held in late September. Various locations. OakUFF.org

Solano Stroll Since 1974, folks from all over the East Bay have enjoyed the massive street fair, featuring all kinds of entertainment, including more than five hundred vendors. The event includes a theme parade, entertainers, food vendors, juried arts and crafters, games, art cars, and community organizations. Sunday, September 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Solano Ave., Berkeley. SolanoAvenueAssn.org


Bay Area Circus Arts Festival A celebration of the circus arts, with workshops on subjects like fire-spinning and acro-balancing, as well as organized juggling and unicycle games (don't miss Berkeley's Revolution unicycle basketball team, reigning North American champs). Typically held in October. Location TBA. BerkeleyJuggling.org/festival

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