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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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Berkeley Video and Film Fest With feature films and shorts in a variety of genres. Typically held in October, November, and December. East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison St., Berkeley. BerkeleyVideoFilmFest.org

Dia de los Muertos Festival Annual festival honoring the dead featuring dancing, food, vendors, altars, and more. Typically held in late-October. Fruitvale Village, Between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue on East 12th Street, Oakland. UnityCouncil.org

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Massive three-day music festival featuring both high-profile and up-and-coming bluegrass, country, blues, and rock artists. October 2-4, free. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., San Francisco. HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com

The Jack London Classic – Classic Cars and Boats Showcase of more than 60 classic automobile and boats. The Pavilion stage will also host live music throughout the day. Typically held in late October. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

Lions Club Halloween Parade A parade of kids and costumed animals starts at the Village Park entrance and winds its way down Mountain Boulevard, turns right on La Salle Avenue, right on Moraga Avenue, and returns to the Park. Thursday, October 31. 3 p.m. free. Mountain Village Park, Oakland. MontclairVillage.com

Litquake The West Coast's largest independent literary festival features readings and other literature-themed events throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. Typically held in mid October. Various venues. Litquake.org

Oakland Black Cowboy Parade & Heritage Festival Annual parade featuring real cowboys. Typically held in October. DeFremery Park, 18th and Adeline streets, Oakland. BlackCowboyAssociation.org

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond With live music and other entertainment, along with more beer and bratwurst than anyone would know what to do with. Saturday, October 3. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Dimond District, Fruitvale Ave., between Montana Ave. and Colma St., Oakland. Oaktoberfest.org

Oktoberfest Annual German beer and food festival organized by Oakland Nature Friends, with music by Bajuk Trio. Typically held in October. 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland, TheNatureFriendsCorporation.org

Park Street's 20th Annual Classic Car Show This annual car show has a bumper-to-bumper crop of more than four hundred primo vehicles that have been waxed, buffed, and shined so fine that onlookers can see their reflections in the gleaming panels and bumpers of the hardtops and hatchbacks. Saturday, October 10, free. Park St., Alameda. ShopParkStreet.com

Sunday Streets Berkeley More than a mile of Shattuck Avenue, from Rose to Haste streets, will be closed to car traffic, allowing people to skate, bike, walk, dance, and play. Sunday, October 11. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. SundayStreetsBerkeley.com

Treasure Island Music Festival The two-day fest, co-organized by the folks who bring you Noise Pop and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, is a must-attend event for anyone curious about the state of independent music. Acts TBA. Held in October. Treasure Island. TreasureIslandFestival.com


Vintage Fashion Faire A vintage fashion extravaganza with more than fifty booths showcasing fashion from every decade, including Victorian and Deco eras, and the Forties through the Eighties. Friday, Nov 16, 10-5 p.m. $5-$10. 2701 Monarch St., Alameda. AlamedaPointAntiquesFaire.com/blog/vintage-fashion


Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony In addition to tree lighting, there will be tap-dancing Christmas trees, live music, a talent competition, live reindeer, a parade float preview with costumed characters, and more. Friday, December 4. 4:30-7:30 p.m., free. Jack London Square, foot of Broadway, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

Montclair Village Holiday Stroll Village merchants stay open to shoppers and their families for a gala kick-off to the holiday season. Activities include a window display contest, a visit from Santa, entertainment, music, refreshments, and more. Typically held in early December. Montclair Village, Mountain Blvd. and La Salle Ave., Oakland. MontclairVillage.com

Oakland Holiday Parade This parade delights kids big and small, drawing as many as 70,000 people with giant helium balloons, cartoon and storybook characters, marching bands, floats, and more. Typically held in early December. 2 p.m., free. Broadway and 11th St. to 20th St. and Harrison St. OaklandHolidayParade.com

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair Vendors from far and wide set up shop in the streets, where all manner of gifts — framed black-and-white photos, wooly hats, screen-printed T-shirts, artwork, ceramics, jewelry, and more — can be found at prices that won't break your bank. December 11-12, 19-20, 22-23. Telegraph Avenue, between Dwight and Bancroft ways, Berkeley. TelegraphFair.com

Winterfest A holiday festival in the Dimond District. Typically held in early December. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dimond Recreation Center, 3860 Hanly Rd., Oakland. DimondNews.org


Oakland Chinatown Lunar New Year Bazaar Two-day celebration held in the heart of Oakland Chinatown features vendors selling traditional new year decorations, flowers, gifts, candies, and more, dragon and lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese cultural music, and a "Little Prince & Princess" contest. Typically held in late January, early February. 9th and Franklin sts. and Pacific Renaissance Plaza, Oakland. OaklandChinatownChamber.org


Chinese New Year Parade A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush. Typically held in February. 6 p.m.-8 p.m., free. Chinatown, San Francisco. ChineseParade.com

Noise Pop The biggest independent music festival of the year brings together the hottest noisemakers for anticipated reunions and rarely seen bills, performed in intimate environments. The festival seems to keep expanding with each year, and now includes a film festival, comedy acts, art, and a crafts fair. Typically held in February. Various venues. NoisePop.com

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