If it's summer, it must be time for fairs and festivals. As usual, there are a variety of events to choose from, ranging from the really big shows (San Jose Jazz Festival, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Art and Soul in Oakland) to the major art and wine festivals to the street fairs that let you sample the food and ambience of neighborhoods around the Bay.
Please be sure to clip and save these summer festival listings. And enjoy your summer.
-- Charlie McCollum, Eye editor
Civil War Battles and Encampment. 31st annual. Visit encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers and witness historic battles. Be advised that
Mushroom Mardi Gras. Music, food and beverages, children's activities, arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 26 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 27. Morgan Hill Community Center grounds and Depot Street, between Dunne and Third. Free. 408-778-1786, www.mhmushroommardigras.com.
Olson's Cherry Festival. Games, contests, tours, face painting, cherry tasting,
Great America Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks and AsianFest. The park celebrates Memorial Day weekend and kicks off the start of summer with fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. May 27. Additionally, there will be music, dancing and culture, all with an Asian flare. Park opens at 10 a.m. $36-$46. 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. 408-988-1776, www.cagreatamerica.com.
Santa Cruz Blues Festival. Performances begin Saturday featuring the Dooble Brothers, Joan Osborne, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers. Sunday will feature Los Lonely Boys, Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop with Jame Cotton, Coco Montoya with Jimmy Thackery, and Michael Burks and the Holmes Brothers. Additionally, there will be food and children's activities. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 26-27. Aptos Village Park, Soquel Drive, near State Park Drive. $65-$110, www.santacruzbluesfestival.com.
May 31-June 6
Cannery Row Block Party. 9th annual. Children's games, food, music and entertainment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3. Cannery Row, Monterey. Free admission. Visit www.canneryrow.com.
Foster City Arts and Wine Festival. Art, crafts, carnival, lagoon cruises, dragon boat rides, food, wine and beer, entertainment. Carnival starts 5 p.m. June 1. Festival is at 11 a.m. June 2-3. Leo Ryan Park, East Hillsdale and Shell boulevards. Free admission. 650-573-7600, www.fostercitychamber.com.
Goodguys Summer Get-Together. More than 2,500 hot rods, custom and classic cars and trucks, vendor exhibits, swap meet, entertainment and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. $6-$17, $8 parking. 925-426-7600, www.summergettogether.com.
Redwood Mountain Faire. Event will include music, arts and crafts, children's activities, food and beverages. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 2-3. Roaring Camp, 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton. $18-$30, $13-$25 seniors/students, children are free. 831-216-6535, www.redwoodmountainfaire.com.
San Jose Greek Festival. 41st annual. Food, music and dancing, crafts and art displays. 5-11 p.m. June 1, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 2 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 3. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1260 Davis St. $5, children 11 and younger are free. 408-246-2770, www.saintnicholas.org.
Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival. With more than 300 artists, food, wine, local microbrews, classic car show, NASA display, children's area and entertainment. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2-3. Sunnyvale and Washington avenues, downtown. Free admission. 408-736-4971, www.svcoc.org.
Sunset Magazine's Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park. Seminars on gardening, cooking, travel, recreation and home décor, hands-on projects, food tasting, beer, wine. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2-3. 80 Willow Road. $16, $14 seniors, free ages 12 and younger. Visit www.sunset.com/cw.
Vasona Vibrations Free Summer Concert Series. Tenth annual. A family-friendly outdoor series featuring acoustic performances by local artists. 5 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-July 28. Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos. Free admission. Visit www.SouthBayFolks.org/vasona.
Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival. More than 200 artists and crafts makers, beer and wine, food, family entertainment. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3. Heather Farm Park, North San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. Free admission. 925-934-2007, www.walnut-creek.com.
Capitola Rod and Custom Classic Car Show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 10. Esplanade and Stockton streets, Capitola. 831-475-6522, www.capitolacarshow.com.
Dia de Portugal Festival. Food, information, vendors, music, a parade, children's activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 9. History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. Free admission, $6-$10 parking. www.diadeportugalca.org/festival.
Monterey Beer Festival. With beverages from more than 60 breweries, music, food. 12:30-5 p.m. June 9. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $40-$60. www.nightthatneverends.com.
Novato's Festival of Art, Wine and Music. 26th annual. Some 200 art and crafts vendors, music on two stages, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, bounce house and more for children. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 10. Grant Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street. Free admission. Visit www.novatochamber.com/events.
St. Christopher's Parish Festival and Barbecue. Art, crafts, games, family activities, silent auction, rummage sale, carnival, food vendors, evening entertainment. 5-10 p.m. June 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10. St. Christopher's Parish/School, 2278 Booksin Ave., San Jose. 408-269-2226, www.stchristopher.net.
San Mateo County Fair. Carnival rides, livestock and agricultural exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment including the Pointer Sisters and Tower of Power. June 9-17. San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 Delaware St., San Mateo. $5-$7, 650-574-3247, www.sanmateocountyfair.com.
Alameda County Fair. Entertainment, contests and food. June 20-July 8. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. $6-$10, $10 parking. 925-426-7600, www.alamedacountyfair.com.
Danville Fine Arts Faire. Art and artists, music, food and beverage. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16-17. Hartz Avenue and West Prospect Avenue. Free admission. 831-438-4751. Visit www.mlaproductions.com.
Jazz on the Plazz. Free outdoor concerts, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Los Gatos, June 20-Aug. 29. Los Gatos Town Plaza, West Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue. Free. Complete schedule at www.jazzontheplazz.com.
Juneteenth in the Park. A celebration of the spirit of African-American independence. Noon-8 p.m. June 16-17. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market and San Carlos streets, San Jose. Free admission. www.bayareajuneteenth.org.
North Beach Festival. 58th annual. Live music, pizza toss, Italian cuisine, cooking stage, art and crafts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 16-17. Washington Square Park, Grant Avenue near Columbus Avenue, San Francisco. Free admission. 1-800-310-6563, http://northbeachchamber.com.
Palo Alto World Music Day. Performances by 50 music groups. Genres include jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock and choirs. 3-7:30 p.m. June 17. University Avenue, downtown Palo Alto. www.pamusicday.org.
Redwood City's Downtown Jazz. A free weekly performance of jazz 8 p.m. Mondays from June 18 to Aug. 6. 2600 block of Broadway. www.redwoodcity.org/events/music.html.
Redwood City's Music in the Park. Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. from June 20 to Aug. 15. Stafford Park, Hopkins Avenue and King Street. Free. www.redwoodcity.org/events/music.html
Santa Cruz Japanese Culture Fair. Taiko and martial arts performance, raffle, traditional dance, arts and crafts and food. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 16. Mission Plaza, 103 Emmet St. Free. 831-462-4589, www.jcfsantacruz.com.
Starlight Cinemas. Free outdoor movie series. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. from June 14 to Aug. 23. Bring a lawn chair; refreshments available for purchase. For complete schedule: www.sjdowntown.com/Starlight_Cinemas.
Summer Series Music + Market. Music performances by various artists. Additionally, there will be food booths and arts and crafts. 5:30-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday (except July Fourth) from June 20 to Aug. 29. Murphy Avenue, downtown Sunnyvale. www.sunnyvaledowntown.com.
Dancin' on the Avenue. Food, music, dancing, business booths, art and children's activities. 3-8 p.m. June 23. Lincoln Avenue between Willow and Minnesota, San Jose. Free admission. www.dancinontheavenue.org.
Festival in the Park. More than 130 exhibitors, food court, free kayaking on the lake, a climbing wall, face painting, petting zoo, watermelon eating contest, raffle prizes, and fitness demonstrations. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23. Hellyer County Park, 985 Hellyer Ave., San Jose. 408-355-2240.
Montclair Village Fine Arts Festival. 35th annual. Showcasing 90 artists from the western part of the country. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 22-23 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24. Montclair Village Shopping district, Mountain Boulevard and La Salle, Oakland. Free. www.pacificfinearts.com.
Monterey Bay Blues Festival. Performances will include Lenny Williams, Ruthie Foster and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood. Noon-8 p.m. June 22-24. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Fairground Road and Casa Verde Way, Monterey. Tickets in advance start at $30. www.montereyblues.com.
San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. Performances and exhibits. Noon-6 p.m. June 23, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. June 24. Celebration event held at the Civic Center both days. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Market Street. www.sfpride.org.
June 28-July 4
Aptos Fourth of July Parade and Celebration. Food, entertainment, games, art and crafts. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. Pancake breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., parade 9 a.m. Aptos Village Park, State Park Drive and Soquel Drive. Free admission. No fireworks. www.aptoschamber.com.
Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina. Food, live entertainment, art and crafts vendors, free sailboat rides 1-4 p.m., dragon boat rides 2-6 p.m. Noon-9:30 p.m. July 4. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. University Avenue. Free. 510-548-5335, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us.
City of Santa Clara Fourth of July All-City Picnic. Pancake breakfast followed by entertainment and family activities. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4. Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. No fireworks. 408-615-3140, http://santaclaraca.gov.
Marin County Fair. Music, food, animals, rides. Additionally, there will be fireworks each night. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 30-July 4. Fairgrounds, Civic Center Drive (off Highway 101), San Rafael. Advance tickets $14-$16, free ages 4 and younger. 415-499-6800, www.marinfair.org.
Morgan Hill Independence Day. The July 4 event begins at 8 a.m. with five-kilometer walk/run at P.A. Walsh School followed by a parade. There will be a car show immediately following the parade. Entertainment and fireworks viewing at Morgan Hill Community Park. Music begins at 6 p.m., fireworks display when dark. www.mhfreedomfest.org.
Roaring Camp Fourth of July Celebration. Event will feature hula hoop contests, games, live music and barbecue. July 4. Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton. Free, parking $8. 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com.
San Francisco Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration. Music and viewing of fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. Noon-9:30 p.m. July 4. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero. Free admission. 415-705-5500, www.pier39.com.
San Francisco Symphony Fourth of July Celebration. Fireworks show and raffle, set to patriotic songs, marches and narrations. Symphony performance 8 p.m. July 4. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. For more information: www.livenation.com.
San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganza. Fireworks will begin following the conclusion of each game: 5 p.m. June 30, 6:30 p.m. July 4 and 7 p.m. July 5. Municipal Stadium, 588 East Alma Ave (Senter and Alma), San Jose. 408-297-1435, http://sjgiants.com.
USS Hornet Museum Independence Day. Live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages, prizes and a bounce house for kids. Tours of the famous aircraft carrier will be available throughout the day. Fireworks from other Bay Area events can be viewed on deck. 1-9 p.m. July 4. 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 in Alameda. Please contact the museum for more information at 510-521-8448, or visit www.uss-hornet.org.
Fillmore Jazz Festival. Bay Area talent, food and cultural presentations. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 7-8. Fillmore Street between and Jackson and Eddy streets, San Francisco. Free admission. www.fillmorejazzfestival.com.
Sunnyvale's Jazz & Beyond. Music performances by various artists 5:30-8:30 p.m. each Saturday from July 7 to Aug. 25. There will be food booths and arts and crafts. Murphy Avenue, downtown Sunnyvale. For complete schedule: www.sunnyvaledowntown.com.
Fountain Blues Festival. 32nd annual. Music performances will feature Fito de la Parra, Harvey Mandel and Larry Taylor, Ruthie Foster, the Chicago Blues Guitar Shootout. Noon-8 p.m. July 14. St. James Park, North First and St. John streets, San Jose. $12. 408-279-1775.
Hot San Jose Nights. Classic automobiles on display, live music, Elvis impersonator Rick Torres, food, go-carts, casino and drawings. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. July 14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. $12, $5 ages 6-11, free ages 5 and younger. 408-615-1454, www.hotsanjosenights.com.
Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival. 33rd annual. Fine art, entertainment, food and beverages. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 14-15. Main and State streets, Los Altos. http://downtownlosaltos.org.
Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival. 20th annual. More than 175 artists showing their work. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14-15. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. For more information: www.clayglassfestival
Connoisseurs' Marketplace. 26th annual. Arts and crafts, music, food, beverages, car show and kids activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 21-22. Santa Cruz Avenue, between El Camino Real and Johnson Street, Menlo Park. Free admission. 650-325-2818, www.miramarevents.com.
July 26-Aug. 1
Gilroy Garlic Festival. With food, cooking demonstrations, wine, beer, more than 100 art vendors, music and entertainment. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27-29. Christmas Hill Park, Miller Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard. $8-$17, 408-842-1625, www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.
Redwood City PAL Blues and Arts Festival. Performance times for each day to be determined. Additionally, there will be food and beverages, a raffle and children's entertainment. 6-8 p.m. July 27 and 11 a.m.-p.m. July 28. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. Free admission. 650-556-1650, www.palbluesfesival.com.
Aloha Festival. Hula, Polynesian dance performances, music, Hawaiian art and souvenirs, food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4-5. San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. www.pica-org.org.
Art and Soul Festival in Oakland. Eighth annual. Music, food and art. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 4-5. Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway. Advanced ticket prices are $5-$10. 510-444-2489, www.artandsouloakland.com.
Cabrillo Food Art & Wine Festival. In association with the Cabrillo Festival of New Music. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 4-5. Outside Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St. Free admission. www.cabrillomusic.org.
Santa Clara County Fair. Carnival rides, performances, food and children's activities. Aug. 2-5. Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. For more information: www.thefair.org.
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival. Food, carnival rides, entertainment and various strawberry treats. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 4-5. Ramsay Park, 1255 Main St., Watsonville. Free admission, www.mbsf.com.
AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival. Music and various entertainment, food and children's activities. Aug. 10-12. Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, Market Street and Park Avenue. $5-$20, free for children 4 and younger. 408-288-7557, www.sanjosejazz.org.
Burlingame ArtzFest. Music, art and crafts, gourmet food, children's area. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 11-12. Burlingame Avenue near the Burlingame Train Station. 650-344-1735, http://burlingamechamber.org.
Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. Aug. 9-12. Bolado Park, near Bolado Road and Airline Highway, Hollister. 831-336-2185, www.scbs.org/events.
Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes. 16th annual. Music, art, crafts, food and wine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 11-12. Los Gatos Town Civic Center, 100 E. Main St. Free admission. Visit www.lgfiesta.org.
Outside Lands. Wine, food and a whole lot of top-name music, headed this year by Neil Young, Metallica and Stevie Wonder. Aug. 10-12. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Three-day passes $225-$495; no information on single day tickets. Check www.sfoutsidelands.com.
Pistahan. 19th annual Filipino American Arts Exposition. Music, dance, art, crafts, food, artifacts, trade expo. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 12. Yerba Buena Gardens, 700 Howard St., San Francisco. Free admission. 415-543-1718, www.ybgf.org.
Assyrian Food Festival. 20th annual. Pastries, live music, dancing, arts and crafts and kids activities. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 18-19. Assyrian Church of the East, 680 Minnesota Ave., San Jose. 408-314-6451, www.assyrianfest.com.
San Jose Pride. A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity, with entertainment on two stages, outdoor dance club, country-western dance stage, strolling performers, food court. Free. Aug. 17-19. Discovery Meadow, West San Carlos Street and Woz Way. www.sanjosepride.com.
Italian Family Festa. 32nd annual. Art, crafts, entertainment, food, children's activities. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 26. North Autumn Street, between Julian and Santa Clara Street, San Jose. 408-293-7122, www.italianfamilyfestas.org
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. Art, music, food and beverages. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25-26. University Avenue, between High and Webster streets. Free admission. For more information: www.mlaproductions.com.
Aug. 30-Sept 5
Arts, Crafts & Music Festival. The event will feature pottery, leatherwork, wood crafts, stained glass, dolls, food and entertainment. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 1-3. Casa de Sweets Pavilion, Casa de Fruta Country Park, 6680 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister. 1-800-548-3813, www.casadefruta.com/events.
Kings Mountain Art Fair. 48th annual. Featuring 130 fine artists, food and beverages, kid's activities. 13889 Skyline Blvd. Woodside. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1-3. 650-851-2710, www.kingsmountainartfair.org.
Millbrae Art and Wine Festival. Music, fine art, crafts, juggling, magic, fun and games for children, food, wine. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1-2. Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen. Free admission. 650-697-7324, www.miramarevents.com.
Monterey County Fair. With horse shows and races, carnival rides, entertainment. Aug. 29-Sept. 3. Fairground Road and Casa Verde Way, Monterey. 831-372-5863, www.montereycountyfair.com.
Sausalito Art Festival. 60th annual. Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 1-2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitor Center and Marinship Park. For more information: www.sausalitoartfestival.org.
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games. 147th annual. Games and entertainment, 30 pipe bands, dancers, Celtic music, food and beverages, and children's activities. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 1-2. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. More information: www.caledonian.org.
This summer's calendar was compiled by Gregory Young of the Mercury News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.