2012's To-Do List 

The best of the Bay Area's annual events.

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Litquake The West Coast's largest independent literary festival features readings and other literature-themed events throughout SF and the East Bay. October 5-13. Various venues. Litquake.org

Mill Valley Film Festival Marin County's California Film Institute uses its clout as the hometown of many movie professionals to put on the one of the quirkiest and most intelligent fests anywhere, without the marketplace sensibility and ego trips — it's noncompetitive. October 4-14. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center New, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. MVFF.com

Montclair Village Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Featuring arts and crafts vendors and more. October 13-14. Mountain Boulevard, between La Salle Avenue and Antioch Court, Oakland. MontclairVillage.com

Oakland Black Cowboy Parade & Festival Annual parade featuring real cowboys. Typically held in October. DeFremery Park, 18th and Adeline streets, Oakland. BlackCowboyAssociation.org

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond With live music and other entertainment, along with more beer and bratwurst than anyone would know what to do with. Saturday, Oct 6. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dimond District, Fruitvale Avenue, between Montana Avenue and Colma Street, Oakland. Oaktoberfest.org

Oktoberfest Annual German beer and food festival organized by Oakland Nature Friends, with music by Bajuk Trio. Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m. 3115 Butters Drive, Oakland, TheNatureFriendsCorporation.org

Park Street's Classic Car Show This annual car show has a bumper-to-bumper crop of more than four hundred primo vehicles that have been waxed, buffed, and shined so fine that onlookers can see their reflections in the gleaming panels and bumpers of the hardtops and hatchbacks. Saturday, October 13, free. Park St., Alameda. ShopParkStreet.com

Rockridge Out and About A vibrant street festival with live music, tons of gourmet foods and beverages, a wellness tent, activities for kids, and more. Sunday, October 7. Noon-6 p.m., free. College Avenue, between Alcatraz and Manila avenues, Oakland. RockridgeOutAndAbout.com

Spice of Life Festival Food and drink festival in Berkeley's famed Gourmet Ghetto, also featuring vendors, art, entertainment, and kids' activities. Typically held in October. Shattuck Avenue, between Rose and Delaware streets, Berkeley. NorthShattuck.org

Treasure Island Music Festival The two-day fest, co-organized by the folks who bring you Noise Pop and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, is a must-attend event for anyone curious about the state of independent music. Acts TBA. Typically held in October. Treasure Island. TreasureIslandFestival.com


Hecho en Califas Annual arts and music festival focusing on work with themes of identity and social justice. Typically held in November. La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. LaPena.org

Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony In addition to tree lighting, there will be tap-dancing Christmas trees, live music, a talent competition, live reindeer, a parade float preview with costumed characters, and more. Saturday, November 30. 5 p.m.-7 p.m., free. Jack London Square, foot of Broadway, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

Temescal Turkey Trot With 1.5-mile and 5K runs and walks up Claremont Avenue the morning after Thanksgiving. Participants are encouraged to come in costumes. Temescal District, Oakland. TemescalDistrict.com


KPFA Crafts Fair Annual fundraiser for the radio station, featuring live music, food, and more than 200 juried booths selling crafts of various kinds. Typically held in December. Location TBA. KPFA.org

Montclair Village Holiday Stroll Village merchants stay open to shoppers and their families for a gala kick-off to the holiday season. Activities include a window display contest, cable-car trolley rides, a visit from Santa, entertainment, music, refreshments, and more. Thursday, December 4. 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., free. Montclair Village, Mountain Boulevard and La Salle Avenue, Oakland. MontclairVillage.com

Oakland Holiday Parade This parade delights kids big and small, drawing as many as 70,000 people with giant helium balloons, cartoon and storybook characters, marching bands, floats, and more. Typically held in December. Broadway and 11th Street to Harrison Street. OaklandHolidayParade.com

Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Celebration Typically held in December, free. Downtown Pleasanton, Main Street, Pleasanton. PleasantonDowntown.net

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair Vendors from far and wide set up shop in the streets, where all manner of gifts — framed black-and-white photos, wooly hats, screen-printed T-shirts, artwork, ceramics, jewelry, and more — can be found at prices that won't break your bank. Typically held on first three weekends of December. Telegraph Avenue, between Dwight and Bancroft ways, Berkeley. TelegraphFair.com

Winterfest A holiday festival in the Dimond District. Held in December. Dimond District, Oakland. DimondNews.org

Winter Island Alameda Two weeks' worth of holiday activities, including film screenings, culinary demonstrations, shopping fairs, parades, and more. Typically held in late December. Various locations. AlamedaWinterIsland.com.


Angel Island Trail Run With spectacular views of Marin County, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate, the trail circles the entire island and climbs Mount Livermore. You can choose from the 8K, 16K, 25K, or 50K runs. Hikers are welcome, too. Bring the whole family and enjoy a post-run picnic at beautiful Ayala Cove. Typically held in January. Bib pick-up is at Tiburon Ferry Dock, 21 Main St., Tiburon. PCTrailruns.com

Earth's Biggest Calendar Sale Huge — and hugely popular — sale of wall and desk calendars and organizers. January 1. Pegasus Books (all locations), 1855 Solano Ave., Berkeley; 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; 5560 College Ave., Oakland. PegasusBookstore.com


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