Spring and Summer festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wine Country, and all of Northern California give us a fun way to spend a day with friends and family, celebrating everything from holidays to food, spirits, flowers, pride, and diverse cultures. Here are some of my favorite festivals from hometown to big city.
San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival (free)
When is the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival?
In March, usually on St. Patrick’s Day (but check before you head out).
Where is the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival?
The Parade usually goes from 2nd and Market Streets to Civic Center and the Festival takes place at the same location.
SAVVY TIP: Take BART to the San Francisco Civic Center/UN Plaza Station.
About is the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
The SF St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (free) dates back to 1852, and features all things Irish. The parade, typically held the Sunday before Saint Patrick’s Day, features traditional music and dance, floats flouting the green, marching bands, festival food and drinks and more.
Along with celebrations of Irish history, plenty of cultural clichés, and a full day of fun and festivities with live performances and children’s activities, locals like to add their own brand of San Francisco festival quirk. Post-parade pub crawling is a given.
Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival (free)
When is the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival?
Where is the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival?
Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plz, Dublin, California.
About the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival
The SF Bay Area’s Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival (free) is a two-day celebration featuring Irish music and dance, an Irish Tea Cottage, arts & crafts and vendor booths. You’ll enjoy live entertainment on two stages, carnival rides, food and drinks.
The event also features a Firefighter Pancake Breakfast, Lions Club Parade, Dublin Sister City Green & White Gala and the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk.
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
When is the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival?
Takes place every year in April.
Where is the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival?
The festival is in Japantown, San Francisco, California (Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets). The Grand Parade, begins at City Hall.
About the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (free) draws more than 200,000 people to San Francisco’s Japantown to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms.
The annual event features a colorful parade, a food bazaar with traditional Japanese fare, cooking demonstrations, a Japanese traditional arts and crafts fair. The event also features the Queen’s Program, booths, a children’s village, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, and more.
Exhibits and demonstrations typically include ikebana (flower arranging), sumi-e (brush/ink painting), calligraphy, bonsai (tree dwarfing), origami, and doll-making. Entertainment stages will feature Japanese classical and folk dancers, martial artists, taiko drummers and others.
Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival
When is the Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival?
Annually in April. The event goes on, rain or shine.
Where is the Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival?
Historic Downtown Petaluma, California. The parade starts at Walnut Park (4th & D Sts.), goes North on Fourth St. to Kentucky St., goes right on Washington Street heading East, then turns right on Petaluma Blvd. North heading South and ends at Walnut Park.
SAVVY TIP: Try the City Parking Garage on First & C Street or the City Parking Garage on Keller and Western Ave. The two-hour parking restriction is lifted on that day for the surrounding non-closed streets.
About the Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival
Not every town can boast a Butter & Egg Day Parade, and folks in Petaluma have good reason to love theirs. The event (free) features a parade which showcases the history and culture of Petaluma, typically draws crowds of more than 25,000 people.
You can browse arts and crafts exhibits and community booths, enjoy festival foods, and take the kids to the family area to play on the inflatables, rides, and enjoy hands-on activities.
The celebration goes on all day, before, during and after the parade, and covers four blocks.
San Francisco Carnaval
When is San Francisco Carnaval?
Every year in May over Memorial Day Weekend.
Where is San Francisco Carnaval?
Festival is on on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. Parade starts at 24th & Bryant Street to 24th & Mission, then north on Mission Street to 17th Street to South Van Ness.
About San Francisco Carnaval
San Francisco’s Carnaval Parade and Festival (free) saturates the city’s Mission District every year over Memorial Day Weekend. This is one of the Bay Area’s most popular festivals, drawing more than 400,000 people and covering eight city blocks in the city.
The annual event, celebrating Latin American and Caribbean cultural traditions, is family friendly and features Latin food, live music and fun activities, such as salsa dance classes and competitions, drumming, kid’s activities, and more.
Ghirardelli Square Wine Festival
When is the Ghirardelli Square Wine Festival?
Annually in May.
Where is the Ghirardelli Square Wine Festival?
Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. Ghirardelli Square is located at 900 North Point Street at the corner of Beach and Larkin Streets. It is on the West side of Fisherman’s Wharf, two blocks east of Van Ness Avenue and one block west of the Cable Car turnaround at Beach and Hyde Streets.
SAVVY TIP: There’s a parking garage entrance on Larkin between North Point and Beach Streets.
About the Ghirardelli Square Wine Festival
San Francisco’s annual Ghirardelli Wine Festival is a free all day festival in Ghirardelli Square. The event features top tier wines, local food, live music and entertainment throughout the Square and on Beach Street.
The Wine Festival is one of several annual events at the Square. Considered a San Francisco landmark by some, and always popular with tourists, Ghirardelli Square is know for its chocolate, shops and cafes. Located along Fisherman’s Wharf, the public square is set up like a small village.
Although the day-long event is free, wine tasting requires a tasting ticket.
SAVVY TIP: Walk into the chocolate shop for a free sample (flavor of the day), and then go to the back to see how the chocolate is made.
San Francisco Oysterfest Music Festival
When is the San Francisco Oysterfest Music Festival?
Every year in May.
Where is the San Francisco Oysterfest Music Festival?
Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow, 300 Bowling Green Drive San Francisco, CA 94117.
If you’re driving, you can park at UCSF parking lot at Parnassus and take the free shuttle to and from the event. Better yet, take public transportation or ride a bike. You can also call Uber Cab and mention Oysterfest to get a great discount on your trip.
About the San Francisco Oysterfest Music Festival
San Francisco Oysterfest Music Festival provides more than an orgy of oysters, including the Oyster Shuck and Suck Competition, Oyster History Exhibition, and Oyster Cooking Demonstrations.
You’ll also find the Guinness Believer Expo, plenty of fine beer, great food, and live music all in a beautiful outdoor setting. SF Oysterfest is the largest on the West coast, drawing crowds of more than 400,000.
SAVVY TIP: Children ages 11 and younger get in free.
Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival
When is the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival?
Every year in May.
Where is the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival?
Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek, California (at Ygnacio Valley Road).
About the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival
The Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival (free) is a free annual event in May that features non-stop local and Bay Area music and entertainment, arts & crafts from more than 200 artisans, award-winning local and regional wines and microbrews, ethnic and traditional festival food.
This East Bay festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors over the weekend. Popular attractions are the Premium Wine Tent, the expanded Children’s Area, and the Grape Stomp Competition where you can dye your feet purple. Wine/beer tasting and glasses for purchase.
San Ramon Art and Wind Festival
When is the San Ramon Art and Wind Festival?
Takes place annually in May over Memorial Day weekend.
Where is the San Ramon Art and Wind Festival?
San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Boulevard, San Ramon, California.
About the San Ramon Art and Wind Festival
The San Ramon Art & Wind Festival is a free Bay Area event that takes place over Memorial Day Weekend in San Ramon Central Park.
You’ll enjoy entertainment on three stages, craft booths, professional kite flying demos on both Sunday and Monday, and a hot air balloon launch on Memorial Day.
The festival includes over 200 arts & crafts booths, entertainment on three stages, kite-flying demos, free kite making workshops, kids’ activities, a non-profit info alley, displays and more.
Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras
When is the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras?
Annually in May over Memorial Day Weekend.
Where is the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras?
Morgan Hill Outdoor Community Center Amphitheater and Surrounding area — 17000 Monterey Rd. Morgan Hill, California, and on Depot Street, between Dunne and 3rd Street, downtown Morgan Hill. (Free parking.)
SAVVY TIP: You’ll find free parking all around the area including the Park & Ride Lot on Butterfield between Dunne & Main and city streets. If parking at the Park & Ride lot, entrance to the festival is just on the other side of the pedestrian train crossing, closest to the MunchkinLand and Depot Food Court.
About the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras
The annual Mushroom Mardi Gras festival is a free family-friendly event that features live entertainment on two stages, strolling musicians, street performers, arts, crafts, and unique booths.
Festival food features mushrooms that grow in Santa Clara Valley: Portabella, Crimini and white. A Munchkinland area keeps the kids busy with rides, games and family entertainment.
A La Carte & Art, Mountain View
When is A La Carte & Art?
Every year in May.
Where is A La Carte & Art?
Castro Street (between Church St. & Evelyn Ave.), Mountain View, California.
About A La Carte & Art
A La Carte & Art, in Mountain View, is a free springtime celebration of the arts. This family-friendly festival features live music, a juried arts and crafts show, a classic car show, and a Fun Zone for kids.
Around 200 exhibitors show their latest handcrafted wares. You’ll enjoy artisan specialty food offerings, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits.
You’ll also find plenty of festive food and drink for purchase, with premium wine, microbrews and margaritas, a farmers’ market with fresh seasonal produce.
Bay Area KidFest, Concord
When is Bay Area KidFest?
Every Memorial Day Weekend in May.
Where is Bay Area KidFest?
Mt. Diablo High School in Downtown Concord, CA — 2450 Grant St. just 4 blocks from Todos Santos Plaza or the Highway 242 exit at Grant St./Solano Way.
KidFest Parking is on the Mt. Diablo High School lots (last year it was $5 per day). Handicap parking is available directly in front of entrance gate. Parking lots open at 9:30am. Enter on Grant Street near Bacon Street
About Bay Area KidFest
Bay Area KidFest is a three day festival that takes place over Memorial Day Weekend. Kids’ activities include a ferris wheel, pony rides, EuroBungy trampoline, Cap’n Hook Fun House, petting zoo, giant slide, face painting, and more. All of the entertainment and activities are included in the price of admission.
Not verified for this year, but in previous years you could age $1 off admission by donating acan of food (regular admission is $6). Babies under 24 months and Seniors 65+ usually get in free. All Entertainment & shows, and most activities are free with admission.
North Beach Festival, San Francisco
When is North Beach Festival?
Every year in June.
Where is North Beach Festival?
North Beach district, on Grant Avenue, between Columbus and Filbert; Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Green; and Vallejo and Green Street between Grant Avenue and Columbus. Animal blessing takes place at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi (610 Vallejo Street), San Francisco, California.
SAVVY TIP: Parking is available at 735 Vallejo (south side of street) between Stockton and Powell, 766 Vallejo (north side of street above Central Station) between Stockton and Powell and on Filbert between Columbus and Mason.
About North Beach Festival
San Francisco’s annual North Beach Festival (free) presents an interesting array of juried arts and crafts exhibits and art for sale, all with an Italian flavor and flair. The festival features gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, arts and crafts booths, and a kid’s chalk art area. The festival also presents a traditional blessing of the animals at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. Goes on rain or shine. Smoke free event.
The Union Street Festival, San Francisco
When is Union Street Festival?
Every year in June.
Where is Union Street Festival?
Union Street in San Francisco, California (from Gough to Steiner).
SAVVY TIP: Secure Valet Bike Parking is provided on Union & Fillmore.
About Union Street Festival
San Francisco’s Union Street Festival is one of the city’s biggest free festivals. The event features craft beer and wine tasting pavilions, live entertainment, arts and crafts booths, gourmet foods and bistro style cafes.
People often go for the location near Union Street’s historic Victorian homes which have been transformed into popular boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Tasting tickets cost extra (get them at the event). Event goes on rain or shine.
San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration
When is San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration?
A weekend in June each year.
Where is San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration?
Celebration at Civic Center, 100 Grove, San Francisco, CA 94102. Parade goes down Market Street, starting at Market & Beale and ending at Market & 8th Street, in downtown San Francisco.
SAVVY TIP: If you’re taking BART / MUNI, the following stations service the Parade Route: Embarcadero Station, Montgomery Station, Powell Station, Civic Center/UN Plaza.
About San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration
San Francisco’s Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is a free annual event that takes over the downtown Civic Center and the city on (every year in June), with, well, pride, and a whole lot of fun and excitement in honor of the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.
San Rafael Food and Wine Festival
When is San Rafael Food and Wine Festival?
Every year in June.
Where is San Rafael Food and Wine Festival?
Main street, San Anselmo Avenue between Tamalpais and Bolinas Avenues, San Rafael, California.
About San Rafael Food and Wine Festival
The annual San Rafael Food & Wine Festival features gourmet food from local restaurants, art from 200 artists, fashion shows, craft beer, wine samples from many of the Bay area’s boutique wineries, and a large kids area. The event draws crowds of approximately 30,000. Admission to the event is free.
Foster City Arts & Wine Festival
When is Foster City Arts & Wine Festival?
Annually in June.
Where is Foster City Arts & Wine Festival?
Leo J Ryan Memorial Park, Shell Blvd. and E. Hillsdale, Foster City, CA.
SAVVY TIP: Free parking at Parkside Towers. Carnival ride discount tickets are usually available every year from the Chamber of Commerce before the beginning of the festival at the Foster City Chamber of Commerce (1031 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Ste. F, Foster City), or at the Recreation Center (650 Shell Blvd, Foster City).
About Foster City Arts & Wine Festival
The Foster City Arts & Wine Festival is a free summer event that features live entertainment, a talent show, arts and crafts, fun festival food, wine and beer, and walks along the lagoon. In the evenings the event continues with carnival rides. The event is free, but you’ll need to purchase ride tickets.
Berkeley World Music Festival
When is Berkeley World Music Festival?
Every year in June.
Where is Berkeley World Music Festival?
Starting at People’s Park and ending at the Village, in Berkeley, California.
SAVVY TIP: Grab a map and schedule at the Haste Street info booth near UC Berkeley along Telegraph Ave.
About Berkeley World Music Festival
Berkeley World Music Festival (free) features world and local music artists in a continuous schedule of performances at People’s Park and the Village. The Festival showcases the Bay Area’s vibrant world music scene, along with dance, and local arts & crafts.
Northern California Pirate Festival, Vallejo
When is Northern California Pirate Festival?
Annually two days in June, usually Fathers Day weekend.
Where is Northern California Pirate Festival?
Vallejo Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, California (a block north of the Vallejo Ferry Terminal).
SAVVY TIP: From the San Francisco Ferry Terminal or Pier 41 on Fisherman’s Warf, ride the ferry to the festival. Or take Highway 80 and exit at Georgia Street to find ample free parking in nearby city lots.
About Northern California Pirate Festival
The Northern California Pirate Festival is full of piratical mischief and good times, drawing some 30,000 visitors.
Billed as the biggest and best Pirate Festival in the country, the festival features tall ships, pirate encampments, nautical inspired crafts, sword fighting and ship to shore canon battles, festival food, live music on four stages, micro brews, fine wines, children’s games and entertainment, and a children’s costume contest.
Kids can join the for cannon battles, costume contests, and treasure hunts. To participate, all you have to do is wander around the festival looking for clues and collecting four stamps to place on your entry card in the treasure chest.
San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
When is San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival?
Every year in June.
Where is San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival?
San Anselmo Avenue (Bolinas to Tamalpais), downtown San Anselmo, California.
SAVVY TIP: Public Parking is available for $5 at St. Anselm’s School. Enter off Richmond Rd. between Belle & Mariposa. Find valet bike parking behind our information center at Tunstead Avenue.
About San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
The San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival is a free Marin County event that features more than 200 presentations by artists, an array of delicious gourmet wine and food, live entertainment, and children’s art activities and rides.
Approximately 30,000 people are expected to attend this free North Bay festival, which was voted ‘Best Local Festival’ by the North Bay Bohemian and ‘Best Town-Wide Festival’ by the Pacific Sun.
The event also has a Wine and Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion and a Fashion Show with clothing from local shops, and a Pet Fashion Show. The event takes place rain or shine.
King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival, Martinez
WHEN is King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival?
Every year in June.
Where is King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival?
Martinez Marina Waterfront Park, Joe di Maggio Dr, Martinez, California.
About King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival
The King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival cooks up good times at the Martinez Marina Waterfront Park. The free annual Father’s Day event features an amateur BBQ competition, plenty of live music from local bands, arts and crafts vendors, kid’s activities and rides, and a petting zoo. Free admission and parking.
Cotati Jazz Festival, Sonoma Valley
When is Cotati Jazz Festival?
Every year in June.
Where is Cotati Jazz Festival?
La Plaza Park and Downtown Cotati, California.
About Cotati Jazz Festival
The Cotati Jazz Festival at La Plaza Park (free) celebrates local food, jazz, dancing, art, wine tasting, and beer. Toss in raffle prizes and you’re looking at a whole lot of free Sonoma County fun for the whole family.
Expect celebrating after the event in restaurants and bars in downtown Cotati.
Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco
When is Fillmore Jazz Festival?
Every year in July.
Where is Fillmore Jazz Festival?
Fillmore Street, Jackson to Eddy, San Francisco, CA. (Streets will be closed to vehicle traffic.)
SAVVY TIP: For parking, try The Fillmore Center Garage (Fillmore & Eddy); Japan Town Garage / Kabuki Garage (1600 Geary). Free monitored bicycle parking at O’Farrell & Fillmore Streets.
About Fillmore Jazz Festival
The Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco (every year in July), billed as the “largest free jazz festival on the west coast,” draws crowds of more than 100,000 to celebrate jazz, culture and great food and drinks.
The event features up-and-coming jazz fusion and Latin jazz music on multiple stages.
You’ll also enjoy more than eight blocks of arts and crafts along Fillmore Street, one of San Francisco’s well known shopping and dining districts.
4th of July Pier 39 Waterfront Celebration & Fireworks, San Francisco
When is San Francisco’s Pier 39 4th of July Celebration?
July 4th every year. Celebration 12-9:30pm. Fireworks 9:30pm over the San Francisco Bay. (Check the official site for updates before you go.)
Where is San Francisco’s Pier 39 4th of July Celebration?
At PIER 39 — Fireworks will launch from the foot of MUNI Pier and barges just north of PIER 39, San Francisco, CA. Find a viewing spot along the waterfront at Aquatic Park, or try a different view from Coit Tower, Ghirardelli Square, or the Cannery.
SAVVY TIP: Public transportation is highly recommended. The Municipal Pier, located at the foot of Van Ness Avenue, will be closed to the public on the Fourth of July.
About San Francisco’s Pier 39 4th of July Celebration
If you’re looking for something fun to do in San Francisco on Independence Day, Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf is the place to be. Expect crowds, plenty of live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display. Activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice.
Gilroy Garlic Festival
When is Gilroy Garlic Festival?
Cancelled indefinitely in 2022.
Berkeley Kite Festival
When is Berkeley Kite Festival
Every year in July.
Where is Berkeley Kite Festival?
Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, Marina Blvd & Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, CA.
SAVVY TIP: Marina parking is tight, so you can park at Golden Gate Fields ($15 fee to charity) and ride the free shuttles to the festival. (Take the Buchanan / Albany exit from Highways 80 or 580, and go west the the Golden Gate Fields.)
About Berkeley Kite Festival
The annual Berkeley Kite Festival (free) at the Berkeley Marina, features high-flying fun and kite activities of all kinds.
Team Kite Ballet, Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the Skies, the Worlds Largest Octopus Kite, and 20,000 sq. ft. of Giant Creature Kites from New Zealand are just a few of the highlights. You’ll also find arts and crafts, festival food and music, including Taiko Drummers.
Children enjoy the free candy drop, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, arts & crafts.
Redwood City Summer Blues Festival
When is Redwood City Summer Blues Festival?
Every year in July.
Where is Redwood City Summer Blues Festival?
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Downtown Redwood City, California.
About Redwood City Summer Blues Festival
The annual Blues, Arts and Bar-B-Que Festival at Redwood City’s Courthouse Square features live music (mostly blues), food from local merchants, and a children’s area with an arcade. The free event is sponsored by the Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL).
Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival
When is Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival
Every year in July.
Where is Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival
Main Street and Second Street, in Downtown Los Altos, CA.
About Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival
The Los Altos Arts and Wine Festival is one of the Bay area’s biggest two-day events. The free event features live music on three stages, original works from local and regional artists and craftspeople.
You’ll enjoy select wine vintages by the glass from local wineries, festival food, including Thai, Chinese, Mexican, and American favorites like sausages, hot links and roasted corn, and deserts, and a Family FunZone.
Jerry Day, San Francisco
When is Jerry Day?
Every year in August.
Where is Jerry Day?
The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater / McLaren Park, 45 John F. Shelley Drive – Excelsior, District – San Francisco, California.
About Jerry Day
Jerry Day, celebrates The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, a San Francisco native considered one of the great rock guitarists of all time. This cultural event captures the spirit of Jerry Garcia, his legacy, and the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater.
Pistahan Parade and Festival, San Francisco
When is Pistahan Parade and Festival?
Every year in August. Follow the link above to the event website for dates/details.
Where is Pistahan Parade and Festival?
The Festival is at Yerba Buena Gardens (Mission St, between 3rd and 4th, San Francisco, CA).
The Pistahan Parade begins at the San Francisco Civic Center at Grove Street and Larkin Street, marches down Market Street, makes a right on 4th street and ends at Yerba Buena Gardens on Howard Street.
About Pistahan Parade and Festival
The Pistahan Festival (free) at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens, features Filipino art, dance, music and food, live entertainment on two stages, an Art Pavilion, a Culinary Pavilion (with Adobo Cook-Off and Balut-Eating Contest), a Heritage Pavilion, Health Pavilion, Dance Pavilion and more.
The event, organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition, is the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., drawing more than 75,000 visitors each day.
On the Terrace level of Yerba Buena Gardens, you’ll find the Dance Pavilion, the Ramar Foods Culinary Pavilion where they hold Pistahan’s popular Adobo Cookoff and Balut-eating Contest, and the Wine Tasting Pavilion where you can sample Pistahan wine.
Gravenstein Apple Fair, Sonoma Valley
When is Gravenstein Apple Fair?
Every year in August.
Where is Gravenstein Apple Fair?
Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol, California.
About Gravenstein Apple Fair
The Gravenstein Apple Fair celebrates everything apple with plenty of live music on two stages, great food, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, arts and crafts booths, a petting zoo, pony rides and other festival fun.
The Gravenstein apple probably got its start in Denmark and/or Germany, in the gardens of the Duke Augustenberg, Castle Graefenstein, Schleswig-Holstein.
But its unique root system thrives in the fog and soil of the Sebastopol area. So why wouldn’t Sonoma County celebrate the fruit with it’s own fair? Ticket prices at the gate usually range from $5 to $12 (last checked) but see the official website for updates.
Art & Soul Festival, Oakland
When is Art & Soul Festival?
Every year in August.
Where is Art & Soul Festival?
Downtown Oakland, centered in Frank Ogawa Plaza and City Center, encompassing 10 city blocks.
SAVVY TIPS: You can take the Alameda/Oakland ferry from San Francisco’s Pier 39 or Ferry Building to Jack London Square. The event planners recommend taking public transportation because parking is limited. Art + Soul is easily accessible on BART from the 12th Street/Oakland City Center Station. If you’re driving, you can park at The City Center West Garage at 12th & Martin Luther King, Jr. Way all day for $5 (last checked). Limited street parking is also available, if you get there early.
About Art & Soul Festival
The Annual Art & Soul Festival in Oakland features concerts on several stages by dozens of national recording artists and Bay Area bands. Live music includes jazz, rock, gospel, E.D.M., punk, honky-tonk, metal, world, Latin, folk, R&B, and blues.
The festival has been named the Bay Area’s “best annual cultural event” by Oakland Magazine and Best Festival by East Bay Express. The SF Weekly added, “Art & Soul is dialed in to practically everything that makes Oakland great.”
Art & Soul Oakland also showcases hundreds of artisan and vendor and food booths, and also provides a substantial Family Fun Zone. NOTE: The event sometimes makes discount tickets available in advance for $5 off on their website.
Fremont Festival of the Arts
When is Fremont Festival of the Arts?
Every year in August.
Where is Fremont Festival of the Arts?
Paseo Padre Parkway, between Mowry and Walnut Avenues, Fremont, CA.
SAVVY TIP: The Fremont Festival of the Arts has no official parking area, except for the Wine Garden preferred spots. You can find free parking around the festival area. Some lots may be closed to Festival attendees, and local businesses may charge for parking in their parking lots.
About Fremont Festival of the Arts
The Fremont Festival of the Arts (free) features more than 700 artisan booths, live music on three stages, “Kid City” area for children, and a Gourmet Marketplace. They call this east Bay event “the largest free street festival west of the Mississippi River.”