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Summer 2005 Guide


The Lights Fantastic: KFOG gets a jump on the fireworks seasons with an early pyrotechnics show May 21 in San Francisco with music by the Wallflowers.

Summer 2005 Guide


From festivals to fairs to race cars in downtown San Jose, there is something better than TV to do every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day and beyond


Cooking for Solutions
Celebrity chefs, including Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook, will create gourmet dishes, and actor John Cleese will be on hand. May 20-21; call for times and prices. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. 831.644.7561. www.montereybayaquarium.org.

De Anza College Pow Wow
Featuring an outdoor American Indian art market, dancing and food. May 20, 5-11pm; May 21, 10am-11pm; Sun, 10am-6pm; free. S-Quad, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino.

Circus Chimera
Circus artists from around the world present enchanting characters, amazing human feats and colorful theatrical elements to tell a fantastic and captivating story. May 20, 4:30 and 7:30pm; May 21-22, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30pm; $10-$22. Discovery Meadow, San Jose. 888.663.7464. www.cdm.org/circus.

St. John Vianney Fiesta
A family community event with games, rides and live entertainment. May 20, 6-11pm; May 21, 10am-11pm; May 22, 10am-9pm; free. 4601 Hyland Ave, San Jose. 408.258.7832. www.sjvsj.net.

KFOG Kaboom!
The Wallflowers headline this event held by KFOG 104.5/97.7 that includes some early fireworks and activities for kids. May 21, 4-10pm; free. Piers 30-32, San Francisco. 415.817.KFOG. www.kfog.com.

Hands on the Arts
Multicultural arts festival where kids can explore arts projects under the guidance of professional artists. May 21, 10am-4pm. Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Dr, Sunnyvale. 408.730.7361. sunnyvale.ca.gov.

A La Carte and Art
Featuring original work from 200 artists and craftspeople, celebrity chef demonstrations, wine and microbeer tasting, continuous music, street performers, interactive kidzone with carnival rides and face painting. May 21-22, 10am-6pm; free. Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View. 650.964.3395. www.miramarevents.com.

Silicon Valley Open Studios
The final weekend of art event covers the studios of artists in southern Santa Clara County and in towns along Highway 17. May 21-22; 11am-5pm; free. www.svopenstudios.org.

Sunset Weekend Celebration
One of the Bay Area's most well-known magazines opens its doors for an open house with interactive exhibits and demonstrations. May 21-22, 10am-5pm; $10 general, $8 seniors, 12 and under free. Sunset, 80 Willow Rd, Menlo Park. 800.786.7375. www.sunset.com.

Campbell Historical Museum Family Fun Day
With hands-on activities for kids and info about the bygone days of the valley. May 22, 10am on. Free. Campbell Historical Museum, 51 No. Central Ave, Campbell.

Car Show and Educational Expo
Annual display of American automotive engineering from the days of cheap gas. May 22, all day; free. San Jose City College, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose. 408.298.2181.

St. Martin of Tours Festival
Entertainment for the family, plus a barbecue and raffle. May 22, 11am-6pm. St. Martin of Tours Church and School, 200 O'Connor Dr, San Jose.

Saratoga Community Band
A summer concert. May 22, 4-6pm. Free. Wildwood Park, Saratoga. 408.279.2868.

Spring Festival
With two score groups providing information. May 22, 12:30-6pm. Free. 484 E. San Fernando St, San Jose. 408.269.9358.

Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival
The Museum of American History sponsors a display of unusual classic cars, bicycles and motorcycles. May 22, 10am-4pm; $10/$15. El Camino Park, across from the Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. 650.321.1004.

Franklin-McKinley School District Music Festival
The culminating event where students can showcase what they have learned over the course of the year. May 26. 7-8:45pm; free. San Jose Civic Auditorium, 135 W. San Carlos St, San Jose. 408.283.6067.

Annual Red Road Pow Wow
Annual event filled with Native American spirit through dance, food and other cultural activities. May 27-29. Casa de Fruta, 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister. 831.818.4565. www.casadefruta.com.

Annual anime convention is in its 11th year. May 27-30; $25-$55. San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Ave, San Jose. 408.277.5277. www.fanime.com.


Watsonville Fly-In
A festival of antique flying machines, aerial tricks and fireworks. May 27, noon-10pm; May 28-29, 9am-5pm; $4/$10. Watsonville Airport, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville. 831.763.5600. www.watsonvilleflyin.org.

Art Exhibit and Sale
Women Artists in Recovery Co-Op show and sale presented by Recovery Connections Treatment Services. May 28, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-6pm; free. 1723 Hamilton Ave, San Jose. 408.423.9047.

Boardwalk Opens
The seaside amusement park starts the summer season by the beach. May 27. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 831.423.5590.

Civil War Days
Re-enactment of full battles. May 28-29, 10am-4pm; $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 4-17 years, 3 and under free. Also, Memorial Day events with activities from bygone era. May 30, 10am-4ppm. Ardenwood Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont. 510.796.0663.

Mushroom Mardi Gras
Food, fun, fungus, music and crafts. May 28-29. 10am-6pm; free. Monterey Road between Dunne and Main avenues, Morgan Hill. 408.778.1786. www.mhmushroommardigras.com/

Evergreen Fine Arts Festival
A weekend of art, food and music featuring local artisans. May 28-29, 10am-6pm; free. Evergreen Village Square, Ruby Avenue off Aborn Road, San Jose.

Santa Cruz Blues Festival
Featuring Robert Cray, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke and Elvin Bishop. May 28-29, 10am-7pm; $20-$110. 100 Aptos Creek Rd, Aptos. 831.479.9814. www.santacruzbluesfestival.com.

Red, White & a Little Blues
Continuous live bands on two stages with food, booths and arts and crafts. May 28-29. 11am-5pm. Alvarado St, Monterey. 831.655.8070. www.oldmonterey.org.

Civil War Re-enactment
Experience historic battles complete with the sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells. May 28-30, 10am-3pm, $5 admission/$6 parking fee. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Rd, Felton. 831.335.4484. www.roaringcamp.com.

Boulder Creek Art and Wine Festival
Annual edition of popular festival. Live music (Lady Bo, Red Beans and Rice, Con Corazon and Splashback), plus kids events. May 28-30, 11am-6pm; free. Downtown Boulder Creek. 831.338.2578. www.boulder-creek.com.

A multicultural dance extravaganza with a parade and performances by Los Hombres Calientes and more. May 28-29, 10am-6pm. Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd streets in San Francisco. www.carnavalsf.com.

Memorial Weekend Fireworks
Largest fireworks display set to patriotic and popular music. May 29; free with park admission. Paramount's Great America, 2401 Agnew Road, Santa Clara. 408.988.1776. www.pgathrills.com.


Greek Festival
With food and cultural fun. Jun 3, 5-10pm; Jun 4, 11am-10pm; Jun 5, 11am-9pm. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1260 Davis St, San Jose. www.saintnicholas.org.

St. Clare Community Festival
Family fun includes carnival rides, games, entertainment, strawberry shortcake and the famous chicken BBQ. Jun 3, 5-9pm; all day. Jun 4, noon-9pm; Jun 5, noon-7pm; free. Clare School, 725 Washington St, Santa Clara. 408.246.6797. www.stclareschool.org.

Annual Tamale Festival
A festival celebrating Latin heritage with food and dancing for the whole family. Jun 4, 10am-4:30pm; free. Emma Prusch Park, 647 S. King Road, San Jose. 408.794.1162. www.storyroad.org.

Peddler's Fair
Open market of food and other items. Jun 4-5, 10am-5pm; free. Historic Downtown, San Juan Bautista. 831.623.2454. www.san-juan-bautista.ca.us.

AVArtFest 2005
A large variety of art—watercolor, oil, pastel, photography, ceramics and fiber arts—will be on display for show and sale. Jun 4-5, 10am-5pm. Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara. 408.266.6103. www.avartfest.org.

Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival
The 31st annual event features multiple food and crafts booths. Jun 4-5; 10am-6pm; free. Downtown Sunnyvale. 408.763.4971. www.svcoc.org/events.html.

Union Street Festival
A two-day art and music festival features Los Maestros del Son, Melissa Rapp, Ripplegroove and more. Jun 4-5, 10am-6pm. Free. Union Street between Gough and Steiner, San Francisco. 415.428.9933.

Vintner's Festival
This art, food and wine event will be located at a number of wineries and restaurants throughout Santa Cruz County. Jun 4-5 east side of Santa Cruz Mountains; Jun 11-12 west side of Santa Cruz Mountains; 11am-5pm; $20/$25. 831.479.WINE.

Festival of Cultures
Presented by the San Jose Jazz Society, the event brings together a variety of cultural art forms, including north Indian classical dance, taiko drumming, jazz, hip-hop and Tahitian dance. Jun 9-12; $22/$32. California Theatre, 345 S. First Street, San Jose. 408.288.7557. www.sanjosejazz.org.

West Alameda Concerts At the Cove
Kickoff event for the monthly musical performances presented by the West Alameda Business Association. Jun 10, 5:30-7:30pm; free. Crab Cove, R.W. Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda. 510.523.5955. www.westalamedabusiness.com.

Bluegrass Festival
Tap your toes and clap your hands to the sounds of bluegrass music throughout the day. Jun 10-12; call for times and tickets. Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton. 831.335.4484. www.roaringcamp.com.

Celtic Festival
Featuring ethnic food, music and dancing. Jun 11, 10am-5pm; $5.50-$9.50, under 4 free. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont. 510.796.0663. www.ardenwood-celtic-festival.com.

Portugal Day Festival
Participate in this worldwide day of celebration with Portuguese and Brazilian dance shows, live music, ethnic food, book fair and art show. Jun 11, 10am-8pm; free. History Park, 1650 Senter Rd, San Jose.

Gay Pride Parade
San Jose presents its Gay Pride Festival and Silicon Valley's Gay Pride Parade. Performers include Bow Wow Wow, La Bouche and Jody Watley, plus comedian Marga Gomez. The headliner for Free Community Day in the Park (Jun 12) is Orchestra de Soul. Jun 11, noon-6pm; Jun 12, 11am-7pm; free. West San Carlos at Woz Way, downtown San Jose. www.sjgaypride.com.

Civil War Re-enactment
Step back into time and take a history lesson on what the war between the states was like. Jun 11-12, 9am-6pm. Casa de Fruta, 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister. 408.842.7282. www.casadefruta.com.

Burlingame's Art in the Park
Arts and craftspeople combined with food and music. Jun 11-12, 10am-5pm; free. Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame. 650.558.7300.

Mountain Art Guild Art And Wine Festival
Join the Santa Cruz artists for this annual weekend of wine, food, art and music. Jun 11, 10am-6pm; Jun 12, 10am-5pm; Radonich Ranch, 25140 Highland Way, Santa Cruz. 408.353.1325.

Nativity Carnival
Music, eats and rides in a carnival setting. Jun 11, 5-11pm; Jun 12, noon-11pm; Jun 13, noon-7pm; free. Nativity School, Oak Grove and Laurel streets, Menlo Park. 650.323.7914.

Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival
High quality artists from a variety of mediums will display their work on the sidewalks. Jun 17-19, 10am-5pm; free. Laurel Street between San Carlos Avenue and Arroyo, downtown San Carlos.

Campbell Highland Games
A Celtic celebration with caber toss, stone put and more, plus bagpipe music. Jun 18, 9am-5pm; $12/$10. Campbell Community Center, Campbell Avenue and Winchester Boulevard, Campbell. 408.219.9264.

Willow Glen's Dancing On the Avenue
Dance the evening away at 10th-anniversary community event. Jun 18, 5-10pm; free. Lincoln Avenue between Minnesota and Willow streets, Willow Glen. 408.298.2100.

Juneteenth San Jose
Celebration of African American history and emancipation of slaves. Jun 18-19, noon-8pm; free. Cesar Chavez Park, South Market Street, downtown San Jose. 408.292.3157.

Hats Off to Dad
Steam engine rides and model railroad exhibits. Jun 19, 11am-4pm; reservations recommended. Roaring Camp, Felton. 831.335.4484. www.roaringcamp.com.

Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Featuring acts such as Tommy Castro, Debbie Davies, Sista Monica and Buddy Guy. Jun 24-26; call for times and tickets. Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey. 831.394.2652. www.montereyblues.com.

Alameda County Fair
Walk the hay-covered grounds and enjoy rides, pink popcorn and cotton candy and caged creatures. Jun 24-Jul 10, times vary; $6-$9 plus $8 parking. Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton. 925.846.8910. www.alamedacountyfair.com.

Surf City Classic
A chance to view restored classic woodies. Jun 25, 10am-4pm; free. Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz. 831.420.5273.

Puerto Rican Cultural Festival
The annual Dia de San Juan features salsa music, dancing, arts, crafts and lots of food. Jun 25, 11am-7pm; $15-$25, children 10 and under free. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. 888.200.1488.

San Juan Mission Fiesta Day
Enjoy an afternoon barbecue, raffle, games and music. Jun 26, 11am-5pm. 2nd and Polk streets, San Juan Bautista. 831.623.2127. www.san-juan-bautista.ca.us.


Paramount's Great America Fireworks
Sky show free with admission. Jul 2-3. Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. 408.988.1776.

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
A jazz festival featuring three stages of continuous live music, outdoor street cafes and more than 300 arts and crafts booths. Jul 2-3, 10am-6pm; free. Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy, San Francisco. 800.731.003.

Tahiti Fete
Cultural programs devoted to Tahitian and Polynesian dance and culture. Jul 1-4; $14-$65. San Jose State University Event Center, Seventh and San Carlos streets, San Jose. 808.935.3002. www.tahitifete.com/SJ/index.htm.

Day on the Meadow
Warm-up for America Festival. Jul 3, call for times and prices. Discovery Meadow, San Carlos at Woz Way, downtown San Jose. www.americafestival.com.

July 3 Celebration
Jump and jive to the swinging sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Stanford Lively Arts' annual pre-Independence Day celebration, followed by fireworks. Jul 3, 7:30 pm; $38 lawn seating, $265-$625 group table seating. Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University, Palo Alto. 650.725.ARTS; http://livelyarts.stanford.edu.

Old-Fashioned Family Fourth of July
Games, train rides, music and a hobo barbeque. Jul 3-4. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill and Mt. Hermon Road, Felton. 831.335.4484. www.roaringcamp.com.

All-City Picnic and Fireworks
Includes family-friendly events such as a petting zoo and carnival games, along with a picnic and entertainment throughout the day. Jul 4, 8am-5pm; free. Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara. 408.615.3140.

EHC Lifebuilders America Festival For Independence
Celebrate the diverse cultures that make up San Jose through music, entertainment and activities—not to mention fireworks. Produced as a benefit for the Emergency Housing Consortium. Jul 4, 11am-10:30pm; free. Discovery Meadow, San Carlos Street and Woz Way, San Jose. 408.294.2100x44. www.americafestival.com.

Fourth of July Celebration
Events for every type with music and dancing on Sunday and a race, parade, festival and fireworks on America's birthday. Jul 3, 6-10:30pm; Jul 4, 8am-10pm; free. Downtown Morgan Hill. 408.891.1980. www.mhidi.com.

July 4th in Los Gatos
With entertainment, music, food and games throughout the day. Jul 4, all day; free. 110 E. Main St, Los Gatos. 408.354.9300. www.losgatosca.gov.

Redwood City Independence Day Parade and Celebration
Celebration includes Independence Day parade, a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts booths, entertainment and fireworks. Jul 4, 10am-10pm; free. Brewster and Willow streets, Redwood City. 650.599.3428. www.parade.org.

Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off
Musical entertainment by local band Johnny Super, various food vendors, a giant petting zoo, activities for the kids and, of course, a heated chili competition. Jul 4, noon-5pm; free. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Dr, Palo Alto. 650.463.4921. www.city.palo-alto.ca.us.

Shortest Fourth of July Parade
Just about everyone shows up to display their patriotism, send a political message or poke fun. Jul 4, 10am; free. Soquel and State Park drives, Aptos. 831.688.1467. www.aptoschamber.com.

Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Step back 100 years and celebrate Independence Day as it was in 1905. Jul 4, 11am-4pm; $6 day-use parking fee. Wilder Ranch, off Highway 1, north of Santa Cruz. 831.426.0505.

Monterey 4th of July Celebration
Flag-raising ceremony, parade, community backyard BBQ and fireworks display over Monterey Bay. Jul 4, 10am-5pm; 9:15pm fireworks; free. Colton Hall, Pacific Street between Madison and Jefferson streets, downtown Monterey. 831.646.3427. www.monterey.org.

Spirit of Watsonville
This party includes a pancake breakfast and parade. Jul 4, 8am-5pm; free. Downtown Watsonville. 831.728.6183. www.spiritofwatsonville.com.

Independence Day at Ardenwood
Featuring patriotic music, games, races, egg toss and a steam engine. Jul 4, 10am-4pm; $5/$8. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont. 510.796.0663.

Red, White & Blues Festival
Featuring the Caravan of All Stars and more, including local Bay Area blues acts. Jul 4, 1-6pm; free with fair admission. Alameda County Fair, 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton. 510.836.2227. www.bayareabluessociety.net.

Cupertino Fourth of July Fireworks
This year's show will be launched from Cupertino High School and will be visible from parks and open public spaces on the east side of town. Finch and Tilson streets will be closed to traffic from 6-10:30pm. Jul 4, 9:30pm. Downtown Cupertino.


Los Altos Art and Wine Festival
With crafts, arts, music and food booths. Jul 9-10, 10am-6pm; free. Main and State streets, Los Altos. 650.949.5282.

Obon Festival
Food, dancers and music. The largest Japantown cultural happening. Jul 9-10, 12:30-9:30pm; free. Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. Fifth St, San Jose. 408.293.9292.

San Jose Mariachi Festival
San Jose's Mariachi Festival celebrates music, food, exhibits and education, and features a concert by Linda Ronstadt. Jul 13-17; call for ticket info and schedule. Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose. 408.928.5563. www.mhcviva.org.

Summer Sounds Mountain View
A special concert with perennial valley favorite Joe Sharino. Jul 14, 6:30pm. Free. Plaza, Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View.

California Rodeo Salinas
Come see the daily horse parade just before the events. There will be country singers, games and food, along with barrel races and roping contests. Salinas Sports Complex, Salinas. Jul 21-24, times vary; $7-$19. Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St, Salinas. 831.775.3100. www.carodeo.com.

Monterey Rock and Art Festival
Local and regional California artists showing their work on three stages with 35 bands performing live. Jul 16, 11am-11pm; $12 adv/$17 door. Garden Stage of the Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey. 831.917.0774. www.montereyrockandart.com.

Connoisseur's Marketplace
A fine-crafts festival, plus a wide variety of food treats and even kids' events. Jul 16-17, 10am-6pm; free. Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park. 650.325.2818.

Art on the Wharf
Local artists display works in many media, plus food, wine and music. Jul 17, 9:30am-5:30pm; free. Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. 831.420.5273.

Wharf-to-Wharf Race
A Santa Cruz six-mile tradition. Jul 24, 8:30am. Starts at Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz. 831.475.2196. www.wharftowharf.com.

Summer Sounds Mountain View
Outdoor concert with the Yardies, a reggae band. Jul 28, 6:30pm. Free. Plaza, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

San José Grand Prix
A Champ Car World Series race runs through the streets of downtown San Jose. Jul 29-31. Event includes concerts and family fun.

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy's annual event celebrating the stinking rose. Lots of food and plenty of live music. Jul 29-31, 10am-7pm; $12/$6. Miller Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard, Gilroy. 408.842.1625. www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.

Day Out With Thomas
The only Northern California appearance of Thomas the Tank Engine. The day includes rides, storytelling, puppet shows and more. Jul 29-31, Aug 5-7. Call 1.866.468.7630 for tickets. Roaring Camp, Felton.

Moss Landing Antique Street Fair
Browse through thousands of antiques and collectibles and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Jul 31, 7:30am; free. Downtown Moss Landing. 831.633.4501. www.mosslandingchamber.com.


Cabrillo Music Art, Food And Wine Festival
Two full days of world music and dance, art, food vendors and local vintners. In conjunction with the Aug 1-14 music festival. Aug 6-7, 11am-8pm; free. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium street front, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz. 831.426.6966. www.cabrillomusic.org.

Santa Clara County Fair
Three days of entertainment, exhibits and rides. Aug 5-7, 11am-11pm; free. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd, San Jose. 408.494.3166. www.thefair.org.

Fremont Festival of the Arts
With arts and crafts booths, live music, firefighters' combat challenge, food and wine and a kids' zone. Aug 6-7, 10am-6pm; free. Mowry and Walnut, Fremont. www.fremontfestival.net.

Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
Entertainment on two stages, plus "gooey contests" for berry lovers of all ages. Aug 6-7, 10am-6pm; free. Historic Downtown Plaza, Watsonville. 831.728.6183. www.mbsf.com.

Antique and Collectible Flea Market
Eight blocks of vintage treasures for sale. Aug 7, 8am-5pm; free. Downtown San Juan Bautista.

Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival
Festival features hundreds of musicians playing jazz in a multiplicity of forms and subgenres. Aug 11-12, 5-10pm; Aug 13-14, noon-8pm; free. Caesar Chavez Park, South Market Street, San Jose.

San Mateo County Fair
Exhibits, animals, rides and entertainment. Aug 12-21, $7/$9; San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 S. Delaware St, San Mateo. 650.574.3247. www.sanmateocountyfair.com.

Fiesta de Artes
Los Gatos' premier art and wine festival. The entertainment will feature live bands, local talent and more than 150 vendors. Aug 13-14, 10am-6pm; free. Los Gatos Town Center. 408.395.8016. www.lgfiesta.org.

Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival
Fifth annual Art Under the Oaks presented by Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce. Aug 13-14; 10am-6pm; free. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley. 831.438.1010.

Summer Sounds Mountain View
With the Unauthorized Rolling Stones covering the band's hits. Aug 11, 6:30pm. Free. Plaza, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Art in the Park
Artists will be on-site displaying their work. There will also be a workshop presented by a Pixar Animation Studios representative. Aug 13, 10am-4pm; $5 general, children free. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont. 510.494.4228.

Winemakers' Celebration
The 13th annual celebration features wine samples from more than 40 Monterey County wineries, as well as music, tours, dinners and a silent auction. Aug 13, noon-4pm; $30 adv, $35 door. Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 831.375.9400. www.montereywines.org.

Musical Saw Festival
A chance to hear a traditional folk instrument in concert. Aug 14, 11am-4pm; free. Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton. 831.335.4484. www.roaringcamp.com.

Roaring Camp hosts a Hoolaulea (open house) complete with music, dance and traditional foods from the Hawaiian Islands. Ride the restored and historic 1890 Baldwin Locomotive, which ran on the Kahuku Plantation in Oahu, Hawaii, from 1890 to 1947. Aug 20; call for times and prices. Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton. 831.335.4484. www.roaringcamp.com.

Then and Now
Historic logging demonstrations, an old-fashioned pancake breakfast, modern conservation displays and crafts and games for the kids round out this event. Aug 13, 9am-2pm; free with day-use fee. Porter Picnic Area, Forest of Nisene Marks, Aptos. 831.763.7123.

Monterey County Fair
"Lettuce Entertain You" is this year's theme, with an attempt to create the world's largest salad. Music, dancing, food and fun for all ages. Aug 16-18, noon-10pm, Aug 19-20, 11am-11pm, Aug 21, noon-10pm; $4-$18, under 5 free. Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey. 831.372.5863. www.montereycountyfair.com.

Milpitas Art and Wine Festival
Featuring nonprofit booths, kids' activities, rides and two stages of music. Aug 20-21, 10am-6pm; free. Milpitas Boulevard, Milpitas. 408.262.2613. www.milpitaschamber.com/artwine/.

Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival
Novice racers encouraged, plus a celebration of island cultures. Aug 21, races at 9am, festival at 11am; free. Santa Cruz Wharf. 408.420.5273.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
Food booths and several hundred arts and craftspeople at a community extravaganza. Aug 27-28, 10am-6pm; free. University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. 650.324.3121.

J-Town Summer Import Festival
Hot cars, food and drinks, live entertainment and more. Au 28, noon-6pm; vehicle registration $10. Japantown, San Jose. 408.298.4303.


Tapestry Arts Festival
A huge array of arts, crafts and live entertainment with more than 350 booths. Sep 3-5, 10am-6pm; free. San Carlos and Santa Clara streets. 408.494.3590.

Millbrae Art and Wine Festival
Food and drinks plus music, arts and crafts and a kids' stage. Sep 3-4, 10am-5pm; free. Broadway Avenue in downtown Millbrae. 650.697.7324. www.miramarevents.com/millbrae.

Great Train Robberies
Shootouts, duels and other blazing reenactments will demonstrate why the West was wild. Sep 3-4; $18 adults, $12 children. Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton. 831.335.4484. www.roaringcamp.com.

Greek Festival
With a Greek dance performance, live Greek music and traditional Greek cuisine. Sep 3-4, 11am-7pm; Sep 5, 11am-4pm; free. Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 831.424.4434. www.stjohn-monterey.org.

Begonia Festival
This nautical parade of begonia-festooned floats on Sunday is a beachside tradition that runs all weekend. The best viewing starts Sunday at 1pm from Cliff Avenue, Wharf and Stockton roads. Sep 3-5, 1pm; free. Capitola. 831.476.3566. www.begoniafestival.com.

Ardenwood Rail Fair
Take a ride on America's only scheduled horse-drawn train. Explore local railroad history, visit rail and hobo camps, see model railroads in action and give a hand car a try. Sep 3-5; $5-$8. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 510.635.0135. www.ebparks.org/spevents.htm.

Lobster Festival
This evening of fun, music, dancing and all the lobster you can eat is hosted by the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club. Sep 10, call for times and prices. Oak Meadow Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. 408.354.3300. www.lgmorningrotary.org.

Garin Apple Festival
This late-summer festival celebrates the farm`s apple-growing tradition with folk music and old-fashioned games throughout the day. Sep 10, call for times and prices. Garin Regional Park, corner of Garin and Bello drives, Hayward. 510.636.1684.

Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Grand Opening Celebration
This all-day event features health-oriented info booths, children's educational activities, live music and cultural performances. Sep 10, 10am; free. Guadalupe River Park, 715 Spring St, San Jose. 408.277.5998. www.grpg.org/GrandOpening.

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival
Beer and wine, live music, arts and crafts vendors and children's activities. Sep 10-11, 10am-6pm; free. Castro Street, Mountain View. 650.968.8378. www.miramarevents.com/mountainview.

Capitola Art and Wine Festival
Fine art, wine, music and food by the sea. Featuring a concert on Saturday from 6-8pm. Sep. 10-11, 10am-6pm; free. Downtown Capitola. 831.475.6522. www.capitolachamber.com.

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
The annual chocoholic's dream features a hands-free Earthquake Sundae-Eating Contest with eight flavors of ice cream and eight toppings. Sep 10-11, noon-5pm; free admission, $8-$20 for tastings. 900 N. Point St, San Francisco. 415.775.5500. www.ghirardellisq.com.

Renaissance Faire
Enter a world of music, history, excitement and laughter. With theater, juggling, mime, comedy, wine tasting, gourmet food and arts and crafts. Sep 10-Oct 16, 10am-6pm; $10-$20. Casa de Fruta Parkway, Hollister. $10-$20. 800-52-FAIRE. www.casadefruta.com/events.html.

Vintage Santa Clara
Annual wine and food celebration. Sep 11; 1:30-5pm; $30/$35. Mission Gardens, Santa Clara University. 408.554.6800. www.scu.edu/alumni/events/vintage.cfm.

Antique Autos in History Park
Antique autos built before 1946 will be on display along with early-day gas engines, vintage fire equipment, vintage motorcycles, vintage boats and more. Sep 11, noon-5pm; free. History Kelley Park, Senter Road, San Jose. 408.997.0879.

Santa Cruz County Fair
Games, rides, displays and livestock. Sep 13-18. County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville. 831.724.5671. www.santacruzcountyfair.com.

Bark in the Park
This is a festival for the entire family, including the dog. Activities include contests, performances, demonstrations, live music, kids activities, rescue organizations, and specialty vendors. Sep 17, 10am-5pm; free. William Street Park, William and South 16th streets, San Jose. www.nagleepark.org/bark.

Aki Matsuri
Kids events, food and Japanese entertainment. Sep 17, noon-5pm; free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. Fifth St, San Jose. 408.285.0367.

Cajun/Zydeco Festival
The East Bay Regional Park District will hold its 9th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival, featuring down home Louisiana-style music. Sep 17, call for times and prices. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 510.635.0135. www.ebparks.org/spevents.htm.

Pasta Extravaganza
Enjoy some pasta underneath the stars. Sep 17, 5-10pm. Historic Downtown Gilroy. www.gilroyvisitor.org.

Celebrate Saratoga!
Food and wine from local restaurants, plus six live music acts. Sep 17, 5:30-10:30pm; free. Big Basin Way, downtown Saratoga. 408.867.0753. saratogachamber.org/calendar/celebrate/celebrate.htm.

Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival
A fundraiser event celebrating its 25th year, featuring talents from local and regional artists, international foods, more than 175 booths, entertainment stages and a Kids' Kingdom. Sep 17-18, 10am-5pm; free. Central Park, 969 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara. 408.615.3140. www.santaclaraartandwine.com.

Art/Craft Show and Wine Festival
View fine arts and handmade crafts. Buy a wine glass and pay per pour. Sep 17, 10am-5pm; free. 3rd Street, between Franklin and Muckelemi, San Juan Bautista. 831.623.2454. www.san-juan-bautista.ca.us.

Chinese Moon Festival
Join in an afternoon of interactive cultural and creative activities with themes such as the life of water, environmental awareness, quiet contemplation in nature, and cultural education. Sep 18, 1-5pm; free. Overfelt Gardens, 2145 McKee Road at Educational Park Dr, San Jose. www.chinese culturalgarden.org/moonfestival.htm.

Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade
Celebrating Mexican Independence Day with two stages of continuous entertainment, a children's art and crafts section and multicultural food and drinks. Sep 18, 9-11am parade, 10am-6pm festival; free. Discovery Meadow, Woz Way, San Jose. 408.288.9470.

Mission Adobe Day
With crafts, outdoor cooking, equipment demonstrations and living history activities. Sep 24, noon-4pm; free. 144 School St., Santa Cruz. 831.425.5849.

San Francisco Blues Festival
This event claims the title of "the world's oldest blues festival." Sep 23 kickoff concert; free. Sep 24-25, 11am-6pm; $25-$70. Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco. 415.979.5588. www.sfblues.com.

Taste of Morgan Hill
Food and entertainment plus a display of classic cars and a quilt show. Sep 24-25; 10am-6pm; free. Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. 408.779.9444. www.morganhill.org/tasteofmh/taste.htm.

Almaden Valley Art and Wine Festival
A fundraiser sponsored by the Almaden Valley Women's Club and the city of San Jose. Sep 25, 10am-6pm. Almaden Lake Park, San Jose. www.almadenartwinefestival.com.

Iranian Arts and Cultural Festival
This fundraising event includes various community activities, such as dance, music, poetry, arts and crafts, book signings, an art gallery and face painting, all accompanied by authentic Persian cuisine. Sep 25, 11am-6pm, free. Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino. 408.381.4268. www.payvand.org.

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