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What to Do in 2013

The best of the Bay Area's annual events.


No matter what time of year, whether your tastes lean toward family-friendly street fairs or grueling running festivals, chances are there's an event for you happening somewhere in the Bay Area. We culled from our list of annual happenings and chose the ones we think you should know about now. So mark your calendars — it's going to be a busy 2013.


Alameda Point Antiques Faire Huge outdoor event featuring more than eight hundred antique dealers. First Sunday of every month, 6 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free-$15. 2900 Navy Way, Alameda.

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 Art Walk 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. PiedmontAvenue.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


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 14-24. Various venues. CAAMedia.org

Japanese Food Festival With sushi, sake, live entertainment, a silent auction, and more. Typically held in March. Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland. Oakland-Fukuoka.org

Oakland Running Festival Full and half-marathon, 5K, kids' fun run, and team relay. Sunday, March 24. Snow Park, 19th and Harrison streets, Oakland. OaklandMarathon.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. The spring show is focused on tiki style. Friday, March 22, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, $5-$10. AlamedaPointAntiquesFaire.com/blog/vintage-fashion

White Elephant Sale Biggest rummage sale in Northern California, with proceeds benefitting the Oakland Museum of California. Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 333 Lancaster St., Oakland, WhiteElephantSale.org


14th Annual Whiskies of the World Expo A whiskey and artisanal spirit festival on the SF Hornblower Yacht with hundreds of whiskeys and other libations for tasting, whiskey seminars and pairings, top-deck cigar smoking, live music, and food. Saturday, April 6, 6-9 p.m., $60-$130. WhiskiesoftheWorld.com

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival Sip suds from more than thirty local microbreweries. Saturday, April 20. Noon-4 p.m., $5-$45. Historic Downtown Martinez. BayAreaCraftBeerFestival.com

Berkeley Earth Day A celebration of the environment with earth-conscious cultural performers, speakers, and environmental resource booths. Saturday, April 20. Noon-5 p.m., free. Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King Jr. and Allston ways, Berkeley. BayAreaEarthDay.com

Cal Day Campus open house with lectures, lab tours, free admission to university museums, music and dance performances, and more. Saturday, April 20. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free. UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley. CalDay.Berkeley.edu

Deep Green Earth-day festival and conference celebrating the environmental, economic, and health benefits of cannabis. Typically held in April. $12-$75. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, DeepGreenFest.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. Typically held in April. 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, pageant, and live performers spread out over four days. Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14 and 20-21, free. Japantown, Post and Buchanan streets, San Francisco. NCCBF.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 25-May 9. Various venues. SFFS.org


Bay to Breakers The infamously zany 12K race features runners decked out in costumes as they traverse the streets of San Francisco. Sunday, May 19. 7 a.m.-noon. 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 the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's annual celebration of the bicycle. With deals and promotions for bike riders at various Bay Area locations. Thursday, May 9. EBBC.org/btwd

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. Sunday-Monday, May 26-27, free. Harrison St., between 16th and 23rd streets, San Francisco. CarnavalSF.com.

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 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 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 19, free. Fourth Street, Berkeley. FourthStreet.com