San Francisco Festivals, Parades, Fairs

SF Bay Area Festivals Parades Fairs

Golden Gate Park Band Concerts: Free

gg Band

The Golden Gate Park Band free summer concerts have been entertaining Bay Area music lovers for years on summer Sunday afternoons at the Spreckles Temple of Music in the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. This … [Read more...]

Vintage Paper Fair: Free

vintage cars

The Vintage Paper Fair offers a fun trip back in time through printed paper collectibles. The event is free in several California cities (March - November 2014) -- Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Glendale, San Francisco, and … [Read more...]

SF Beer Week Review

SF Beer Week

Beer aficionados aren't the only ones who look forward to the annual SF Beer week (February 6 - 15, 2015), but an appreciation for the brew doesn't hurt. Hundreds of events are planned for the week-long celebration of … [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...]

Leap Sandcastle Contest: Free


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...]

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...]

Biketoberfest: Free + $5 Off Beer


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


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...]

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...]

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


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


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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Art & Soul Festival Oakland

Art and Soul Festival Oakland

The Annual Art & Soul festival in Oakland (August 2 - 3, 2014) features concerts on several stages by dozens of national recording artists and Bay Area bands. Styles will include jazz, rock, gospel, E.D.M., punk, … [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


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...]

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival Cookoff

The 36th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 25 - 27, 2014) is a popular South Bay tradition billed as the "Ultimate Summer Food Fair" -- three days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, and live … [Read more...]

Santa Clara County Fair: Deals

Santa Clara County Fair Promo

The Santa Clara County Fair (July 31 - August 3, 2014) is a popular family event in the South Bay, featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, horse shows, livestock competitions, demolition derby, shopping, food, and … [Read more...]

Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival: Free

Los Altos Arts & Wine

The Los Altos Arts and Wine Festival in Downtown Los Altos (July 12 - 13) is one of the Bay area's biggest two-day events. Live music on three stages will include concerts by Sage, The Cocktail Monkeys, The Houserockers, … [Read more...]

Connoisseurs’ Marketplace: Free

connoisseurs marketplace

Connoisseurs’ Marketplace, Menlo Park's annual summer festival of the arts (July 19 - 20, 2014), features live music, fine arts and crafts, chef's demos, artisan foods, wellness booths, home and garden exhibits, a … [Read more...]

San Francisco Opera at the Ballpark: Free

SF Opera Ballpark

San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants will hold their annual Opera at the Ballpark, at AT&T Park on Saturday July 5, 2014, simulcasting Verdi's La Traviata live from the War Memorial Opera House. Sit on … [Read more...]

Redwood City Blues Festival: Free

RWC Blues

The eighth annual Blues, Arts and Bar-B-Que Festival at Redwood City’s Courthouse Square (July 25 - 26, 2014) features live music (mostly blues), food from local merchants, and a children's area with an arcade. The event … [Read more...]

SF LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade

Photo: Jane Cleland

San Francisco's Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade will take over the downtown Civic Center and the city on (June 28 - 29, 2014), with, well, pride, and a whole lot of fun and excitement in honor of … [Read more...]

Union Street Festival: Free

SF Union Street Festival

San Francisco’s Union Street Festival in San Francisco (June 7 - 8, 2014) is one of the city's biggest free festivals. The event features craft beer and wine tasting pavilions, live entertainment, arts and crafts booths, … [Read more...]

San Mateo Central Park Music: Free

Central Park Music San Mateo

The 2014 Central Park Music Series offers free live music on Thursday nights in the summer. The City of San Mateo calls this their signature summer event. The events are a great opportunity to socialize with friends, … [Read more...]

Stern Grove Festival Free Concerts

Stern Grove Festival 2014

Stern Grove Festival 2014 -- San Francisco’s annual admission-free outdoor concert series, features world-class performers for this favorite outdoor summer event. This year's festival (June 22 – August 24, 2014) features … [Read more...]

San Francisco’s North Beach Festival: Free

2013 North Beach Festival

San Francisco's 60th annual North Beach Festival (June 14 - 15, 2014), in San Francisco's Little Italy, is a free event that presents an interesting array of juried arts and crafts exhibits and art for sale, all with an … [Read more...]

San Mateo County Fair: Deals + Free

San Mateo County Fair Deals

The San Mateo County Fair (June 7 - 15, 2014) usually offers a few ways to get discounts on tickets, starting with presale ticket prices that save you around $2 per ticket per day, and $9 for an all day Carnival … [Read more...]

King of the County BBQ & Music Festival

bbq contest

Here's a fun Father's Day weekend event: the annual King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival (June 14 - 15, 2014) is cooking up good times at the Martinez Marina Waterfront Park. The event features an amateur … [Read more...]

Film Night in the Park: Free

Film Night in the Park 2011

Catch a flick outdoors this summer at a community park in San Francisco or Marin when Film Night in the Park celebrates its 21st season (June 14 – September 27, 2014). Like the drive-in movies of yesteryear, Film Night … [Read more...]

Sonoma Lavender Festival


Find out everything you ever wanted to know about lavender ... and then some. The Sonoma Lavender Festival (June 28 - 29, 2014) is offering lavender cuisine, wines, craft making, massage, free seminars and 20 to 60 … [Read more...]