Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

St Patricks Day San Francisco

Seattle's annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival will draw thousands of people to the green streets of downtown Seattle. A family favorite, the parade and festival offers plenty of Irish culture, including … [Read more...]

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

Calistoga Tractor Parade

Honk if you love Calistoga at Christmas time! For quirky small town fun, you can't beat the annual Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade (December 6, 2014), presented by the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce. Calistoga, part of … [Read more...]

Mother Goose Parade

Mother Goose Parade

The Mother Goose Parade (November 23, 2014) has marched down the main streets of El Cajon (always the Sunday before Thanksgiving) since 1947. The event features motorized floats, marching bands, equestrian groups, and … [Read more...]

Leap Sandcastle Contest: Free

Leap-Sandcastle

Leap’s Sandcastle Contest will take place November 11, 2014 at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Take a barefoot walk south of the Cliff House and you'll find 400-square-foot plots in the sand showcasing 25 original … [Read more...]

PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration

Holiday_Tree_Lighting

Locals and tourists alike won't want to miss San Francisco's PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration (November 22 & 23, 2014) as it magically lights up the holiday season in San Francisco. The event is free and a fun … [Read more...]

San Rafael Parade of Lights + Winter Wonderland

San Rafael Parade of Lights

This year's San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland is a free event that will take place the two days after Thanksgiving (November 28 - 29, 2014). The parade is one of the largest holiday parades in the Bay … [Read more...]

Seattle Holiday Parade of Lights Cruise

Seattle Parade Of Lights Cruise

One of the savviest ways to enjoy Seattle's Holiday Parade of Lights is by joining the procession on board a yacht. Two deals are on sale for festive two-and-a-half-hour dining cruises for this holiday season (November - … [Read more...]

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macys Parade NY

The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday, November 27, 2014) is world famous for it's giant helium balloon characters and its fabulous marching bands. More than three million New Yorkers line the parade … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Launch at Discovery Science Center: Free

Pumpkin Launch Cal State Fullerton

The Pumpkin Launch at the Discovery Science Center at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday (November 1, 2014) is a free event that features flying pumpkins, fun family-friendly activities and hands-on challenges like a … [Read more...]

Kinetic Sculpture Race in Ventura: Free

Kinetic Sculpture Race

The Kinetic Sculpture Race in Ventura (October 18, 2014) is a fun family event that features people-powered vehicles, or some people would call them "inspired works of art," that compete in a contest over an all-terrain … [Read more...]

San Carlos Art & Wine Faire: Free

San Carlos Art Wine

The annual San Carlos Art & Wine Faire (October 11 - 12, 2014) features 275 fine artists, fine wine, live entertainment on 3 stages, a Classic Car show, and Family Fun Zone. Enjoy the festival food and grab a … [Read more...]

Bicycle Music Festival: Free

Bicycle Music Festival

The Bicycle Music Festival, now in Oakland, is a 100% bicycle-powered musical celebration (October 11, 2014). The free all-day event that used to be held on Summer Soltice has changed it's date and location this year to … [Read more...]

Rockridge Out & About Street Festival

Rockridge Out About

Oakland's Rockridge Out & About Street Festival is happening again in North Oakland’s famed Rockridge neighborhood (October 12, 2014).  The stage is set for musicians, street performers, fashion shows, lifestyle … [Read more...]

San Diego Kids Go Free in October

Kids Free San Diego

Sure, the kids are already back in school in October. But San Diego museums, restaurants, and attractions still want to help you spend quality time with the little darlings. So again this year, more than 100 of San … [Read more...]

Biketoberfest: Free + $5 Off Beer

biketoberfest

The Biketoberfest in Fairfax CA (October 11, 2014) features bikes, beer, and food. The free event includes a Cargo Bike Jubilee, vintage bike show, live music, 40 Beers from 24 West Coast brewers, celebrity road and … [Read more...]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: Free

hardly-bluegrass

If you like big outdoor music bashes, check out Harldy Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park (October 3 - 5, 2014). The free festival features bands on four stages throughout the park. You'll find the … [Read more...]

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival: Free

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Fest

The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival (October 18 - 19, 2014), in Half Moon Bay, will draw unbelievbable crowds of Bay Area folks willing to fight the terrible traffic just to see the giant pumpkins parade down Main … [Read more...]

Bernal Heights Fiesta on the Hill: Free

Fiesta On The Hill

Fiesta on the Hill (October 26, 2014) is a community based, high-profile and energetic Festival with an attendance of over 20,000 friends and neighbors from San Francisco‘s Bernal Heights area, neighboring communities … [Read more...]

Grub Street Food Festival: Free

Grub Street Food Festival Manhattan

The 4th Annual Grub Street Food Festival (October 5, 2014), in Lower East Side Manhattan, is a collaboration between Hester Street Fair and New York magazine. The event is free to attend, but bring cash for amazing food … [Read more...]

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival 2013

The Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival in San Francisco (September 13 - 14, 2014) is a delicious event that's free to attend, although you have to pay for food, wine and chocolate tasting. The free festival activities … [Read more...]

SF Opera in The Park (Golden Gate Park)

Opera in Golden Gate Park

This year's free annual Opera in the Park  concert in Golden Gate Park will take place on September 7, 2014. This event celebrates the opening of San Francisco Opera's 92st season with stars from the fall operas, … [Read more...]

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival: Free

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

The 43rd annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival (September 6 - 7, 2014) is a free event expected to draw more than 200,000 arts lovers to Silicon Valley’s epicenter. Check out the Kids Park and Salsa Sunday … [Read more...]

International Dragon Boat Festival: Free

International Dragon Boat Festival San Franisco

The San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival at Treasure Island (September 20 - 21, 2014) is the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. The event hosts more than 130 dragon boat teams and … [Read more...]

Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival: Free

Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival

The 34th annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, at Santa Clara's 52-acre Central Park (September 13 - 14, 2014), will feature fine wines and mico-brews, international foods, local artists, live entertainment on … [Read more...]

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival: Free

Lafayette Art and Wine Fest

The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival (September 20 - 21, 2014) is one of the five biggest outdoor festivals in Contra Costa County. The free festival draws more than 100,000 people and features live music on four … [Read more...]

Cambridge Carnival International: Free

Cambridge Carnival

The annual Cambridge Carnival International in Cambridge, MA (September 7, 2014), draws thousands of visitors, making it the largest festival in the city. The festival features all things from African cultures. The … [Read more...]

Solano Avenue Stroll: Free

Solano Ave Stroll

The annual Solano Stroll (September 14, 2014) is the East Bay’s largest street festival, promising 26 blocks of free fun along Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany. The Stroll kicks off with a theme parade of about 100 … [Read more...]

Eat Real Festival, Oakland: Free

Eat-Real-Festival

The Eat Real Festival at Oakland's Jack London Square (September 19 - 21, 2014) is all about street food, fresh summer produce,  food competitions, chef demonstrations, live music, dance performances, handcrafted local … [Read more...]

Pacifica Fog Fest & Parade: Free

fogfest

The 29th annual Pacifica Fog Fest (September 27 - 28, 2014) will feature the annual Parade and Marching Band Competition, the Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest, the Fog Jog, and the Fog Bank Contest. The Fog Fest … [Read more...]

The Bay Area Blues Festival: Free

bay area blues festival

The Polk Street Blues Festival has combined with the Downtown Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival to become the Bay Area Blues Festival (September 27 - 28, 2014). It is a free two-day event that brings live blues … [Read more...]

Thai Cultural Day: Free

Thai Cultural Day Los Angeles

Go for the food, go for the culture. The 22nd annual Thai Cultural Day is free to attend (September 21, 2014). The festival features a day of traditional Thai food, dance, arts, Muay Thai kickboxing demonstrations, Thai … [Read more...]

San Francisco Lawn Party: 50% Off

SF Lawn Party Tickets

Half Off Party Tix: Games, Food Trucks & Music at SF Marina Green. Here's a half price ticket deal for The San Francisco Lawn Party -- discount price $17.50 (regular price $35.00). This is the Bay Area's largest … [Read more...]

Los Altos Fall Festival: Free

los altos fall festival

  The annual Los Altos Fall Festival (October 4 - 5, 2014) is a free family event that features live entertainment, fun festival food, fine wines and micro brews, more than 150 arts & crafts booths, and a … [Read more...]

Grape Day Festival and Parade: Free

Escondido Grape Day Festival Parade

 The Grape Day Festival and Parade in Escondido is a free community event that takes place every year on the Saturday after Labor Day (September 6, 2014). The fun starts with the Grape Day 5k fun run at 7:30am, … [Read more...]

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Free Day

Smithsonian Museum Day

On Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, you can get in FREE to hundreds of participating museums across the United States. Check the map (link below) to see which of your local museums partner with Smithsonian for this free … [Read more...]

Napa Valley Aloha Festival: Free

Aloha Festival

The annual Fall Napa Valley Aloha Festival, hosted by The Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation (September 10, 2014), is a free festival that will feature live entertainment and Hawaiian/Polynesian music, dance, authentic … [Read more...]

Alameda County Fair: Deals + Free Days

Alameda County Fair Deals

The Alameda County Fair (June 18 - July 6, 2014), dubbed the "Fastest Growing Fair in America," is a fun family event with plenty of entertainment, fireworks, daily horse races, Mutton Bustin', concerts, food, … [Read more...]

Millbrae Arts & Wine Festival: Free

Millbrae Art Wine Fest

Not to be left out, another Bay Area Labor Day festival is the 44th Annual Millbrae Arts and Wine Festival (August 30 - 31, 2014). The event will turn downtown Millbrae into the “Big Easy” with a Mardi Gras-style … [Read more...]

DC Blues Festival

DC Blues Fest

The 26th Annual DC Blues Festival (Saturday, August 30, 2014). The Festival includes Music Workshops, a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, and lots of Family-Friendly Fun. Stay tuned for this year's musical lineup. WHAT: … [Read more...]

Tualatin Crawfish Festival: Free Friday

crawfish festival

The Tualatin Crawfish Festival offers free admission of Friday to kick off festivities at the Tualatin Commons. On Friday, you can also get sample size crawfish dishes for a small fee. The festival gets its crawfish … [Read more...]

Jerry Day: Free

Art By beansyt

Jerry Day is on Sunday (August 3, 2014) and it's free, of course. Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates Jerry Garcia, a San Francisco native, considered one of the great rock guitarists of all … [Read more...]

Pistahan Parade and Festival: Free

Pistahan Parade

The Pistahan Festival (August 9 - 10, 2014), at 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 … [Read more...]

Fremont Festival of the Arts: Free

fremont festival arts

The Fremont Festival of the Arts (August 2 - 3, 2014) is a free event that features more than 700 artisan booths, live music on three stages, “Kid City” area for children, and a Gourmet Marketplace. They call the east … [Read more...]

Fiesta La Ballona: Free

Fiesta La Ballona

Fiesta La Bollona is a free family event in SoCal that not only has free admission but free parking as well. You can enjoy live music on two stages, carnival rides and games, and community performances. A kids area … [Read more...]

Washington Park Free Summer Festival Concerts

Washington Park Summer Festival

Summer in Portland Oregon means lots of free stuff is going on in the parks. Take advantage of the spectacular weather and catch a free concert in Portland's Washington Park. Bring a picnic supper or grab a bite from one … [Read more...]

Kings Mountain Art Fair: Free

Kings Mountain Art Fair

Labor Day weekend brings a few festivals to the Bay Area, including The Kings Mountain Art Fair (August 30 - 31, September 1, 2014), which presents juried artists exhibits in a stunning setting among the … [Read more...]

Napa Blues, Brews and BBQ: Free

Blues Brews BBQ

Napa Blues, Brews and BBQ will take place in Downtown Napa (August 23, 2014). The event features a winemakers' Rib Eatin’ Contest and lots of BBQ for the rest of us: ribs, chicken, oysters, corn, pork, and whatever else … [Read more...]

Fillmore Jazz Festival: Free

Fillmore Jazz Fest

The Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco (July 5 - 6, 2014), billed as the "largest free jazz festival on the west coast," will draw crowds of more than 100,000 to celebrate jazz, culture and great food and … [Read more...]

Berkeley Kite Festival: Free

berkeley-kite

The annual Berkeley Kite Festival at Cesar E. Chavez Park, at the Berkeley Marina (July 26 - 27, 2014) features high-flying kite activities of all kinds. Team Kite Ballet, Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the … [Read more...]