2012's To-Do List 

The best of the Bay Area's annual events.

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Fourth of July Festival of Family Fun With music, food, arts and crafts, and carnival games. Wednesday, July 4. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

Jail Break Run Run as if you're on the lam in this annual race coordinated by the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and the Special Olympics of Northern California. The 5K/10K run begins with a lap around the Santa Rita County Jail, and the event raises funds and public awareness for the Special Olympics. Sunday, July 22. Starting location TBA. OnYourMarkEvents.com

Mayor's Fourth of July Alameda's annual Fourth of July extravaganza attracts some 20,000 spectators, or roughly one-third of the city's population, and is rumored to be one of the longest Fourth of July parades in the world. There's flag waving, color guards, marching bands, baton twirlers, classic cars, horses, politicians, veterans, and floats, floats, floats. The best hometown parade going in the East Bay, no question. Wednesday, July 4, free. MyAlamedaParade.com

Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival Annual local independent music and arts festival, taking place at venues around the Bay Area. Typically held in July. MCMF.org

Park Street's 28th Annual Art & Wine Faire Arts, crafts, food, beer, wine, two music stages, kids' area, pony rides, petting zoo, valet bike parking, and more. July 38-29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Park Street, Alameda. ShopParkStreet.com

Pleasant Hill Firecracker 5K Run-Walk This flat, three-lap route along downtown Pleasant Hill's July 4 parade route starts at 8 a.m. The just-for-fun children's dash is a 100-yard sprint for kids seven and under. Wednesday, July 4. Register in front of Fleet Feet Sports, 45 Crescent Dr. PHJuly4.com.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Load up on energy drinks and watch Anthrax, (the East Bay's own) High on Fire, Slipknot, Slater, and others. Sunday, July 1, Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. MayhemFest.com

Run to the Lake A 5K run/walk, 10K run, and kids fun dash that benefits Eden Medical Center's Trauma Center. Sunday, July 8. Begins at Eden Medical Center, 20103 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley. EdenMedCenter.org/Events

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival The world's oldest and largest Jewish film festival sees its mission as exploring the Jewish experience in all its complexity. And if that means giving equal voice to Palestinians and other minorities, so be it. Boundaries were created to be stretched. July 19-August 6. Various locations. SFJFF.org

San Francisco Marathon Run across the Golden Gate Bridge and past many of the city's most famous landmarks in this extremely popular event. Options include a full marathon, two half-marathons, 5K run, a kids' run, and more. Participants receive T-shirts, coaster medals, and completion certificates. Sunday, July 29. Races begin at various points in San Francisco. 415-814-2823 or RunSFM.com

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Dedicated to restoring and presenting original silent films with live musical accompaniment — which means no special effects (well, hardly any), no overbuilt soundtracks, and a complete absence of Shia LaBeouf. What a relief. July 12-15. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco. SilentFilm.org

Temescal Street Fair Features food and drink from local restaurants, a fashion show, fine artists, craft and community booths, live music, a kids' stage, and more. Sunday, July 8. Noon-6 p.m., free. Telegraph Ave., between 48th and 51st streets, Oakland. TemescalDistrict.org

Waterfront Flicks Watch outdoor movies along the Oakland waterfront, with trivia games, prizes, New Belgium beer, and food from Miss Pearl's Jam House. Proceeds benefit the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. Thursday, July 12 and every other Thursday through September. Sundown, free. Market lawn at Jack London Square, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

August

Biergartenfest Annual German beer and food festival organized by Oakland Nature Friends, with music by Internationals. Sunday, August 5, 1 p.m. 3115 Butters Drive, Oakland, TheNatureFriendsCorporation.org

Bone Bash XIII Annual concert booked by the classic rock radio station. Typically held in August. Location TBA. 1077TheBone.com

Brainwash Movie Festival The Bay's only "drive-in, bike-in, walk-in" film fest started off showing a bunch of ultra-indie films and vids on a wall in a West Oakland parking lot; it's since grown to cover three days at various venues. Typically held in August. Location TBA. BrainwashM.com

Chinatown Streetfest With more than 280 booths spanning nine blocks, selling food, crafts, unique Asian products, arts and crafts, and community resources. Plus live entertainment and a "Cultural Village," presented by the Oakland Museum of California. August 25-26, free. Oakland Chinatown, Oakland, OaklandChinatownStreetFest.com

Festa Coloniale Italiana The San Francisco Italian Athletic Club's annual street festival celebrates North Beach's Italian and Italian-American culture. The fest also celebrates Ferragosto, a traditional mid-summer Italian holiday. Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. North Beach, San Francisco. SFIACFesta.com

Golden Gate Park Cross-Country A 5K race that begins on the upper dirt track on the south side of Polo Field at Golden Gate Park and finishes on the park's lower paved Polo Field track, after a run through Speedway Meadows and a loop around the Polo Field. Sunday, August 26. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., San Francisco. DSERunners.com

Oakland Art and Soul Festival Set in downtown Oakland's City Center, the annual festival is a feast for the eyes, ears, mind, and mouth, with national music acts, dance and fashion shows, and an array of vendors serving ethnic eats and crafts as diverse as the city. Typically held in August. Oakland City Center, 500 12th St., Oakland. ArtAndSoulOakland.com

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