Nowhere do chocolate and chalk pair so well than at the annual Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival at Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto (Shattuck Avenue, between Rose and Delaware streets), where artists transform the city's sidewalks into a veritable chalk canvas under the gaze of chocolate-chomping revelers. In addition to live music, kids activities, and vendors, this year's festival on Saturday, June 2, features unusual chocolate offerings including chocolate goat-cheese truffles, Caribbean chocolate soup, and chocolate ricotta pizza. Artists of all abilities can sign up for the chalk-art contest the day of the event and win up to $250 in cash prizes. Rain postpones to June 9. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. 510-548-5335 or AnotherBullwinkelShow.comfree
Summer is swiftly approaching, and if you can hear the sounds of bouncy houses and farm animals, it's not just your imagination. The Berkeley Farmers' Market's seventh-annual Family Fun Festival comes to Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park (Center St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way) on Saturday, June 4, bringing with it a colossal variety of free, kid-centric activities: an all-day bouncy house, face painting, a craft booth, a petting zoo, and more. Grammy-nominated Caribbean artist Asheba performs at noon, followed by a family dance, a skateboard contest, and the obligatory cakewalk. Brace yourself. 10 a.m., free. 510-548-3333 or EcologyCenter.orgfree
Featuring over 1200 costumed actors from British Naval officers to swimming mermaids, the annual Fathers Day Weekend event appeals to children and adults alike with four stages of continuous live music from acoustic maritime classics to pirate rock, rows of nautically inspired handcrafts, gourmet foods, micro brewed beers, a dedicated Children's Area, and a 360 degree pirate battle featuring tall ships, black powder cannons and invading sword fighters.
Children under 12 FREE.
It's time once again for the annual Temescal Street Fair, which for the ninth year will stop traffic along a stretch of Telegraph Avenue in North Oakland for a day of food, drink, live performances, and other family-friendly revelry. This year's festival features a jam-packed lineup of performers across four stages, three stomach-stuffing food courts, and more than one hundred craft-tastic vendor booths. Among the many offerings to take in: a performance by the Kinetic Arts Center's young circus troupe, drinks from The Avenue and bites from Barlata, and crafts from artisans at the new Temescal Alley. Between 42nd and 51st sts. on Sunday, July 8. Noon-6 p.m., free. 510-860-7327 or TemescalDistrict.orgfree
Last year, the Alameda County Fair made the Guinness World Records for producing the world's largest "commercially available" hamburger (it weighed in at a whopping 777 pounds). This year marks a less caloric (though no less weighty) landmark for the annual fete: the fair's centennial. Festivities are already well underway at the Alameda County Fairgrounds (4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton), but you can still catch events like the hot-dog eating contest on Wednesday, July 4; the diaper derby on Friday, July 6; and all the barbecued, battered, and fried delights that keep us coming back each year. Through July 20. Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m; Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; July 4 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $6-$10, free for kids under six. 925-426-7559 or AlamedaCountyFair.com$4-$10, children under 6 free
Restorative justice programs may offer the best new hope for reducing violence in Oakland schools and the city overall, but their future funding is uncertain.