Fairs, Fests & Events 

From kite championships to hot rods, our guide to the summer's best events.

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Lodi Grape Festival and Street Rod Show More than 500 cars are expected to attend the Show which is open to entries from 1972 and earlier. Plus food, exhibitors, music, and a raffle. Info: Call 209-369-2771 or visit GrapeFestival.com. Fri., June 27, 6 p.m.; Sat., June 28, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi.

Motor J Style Auto show with 400 classic Japanese cars on display, drifting competition, rally x demos, swap meet, vendors, food, music, fun. Sat., May 24, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $20. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo.

Northern California Pirate Festival With treasure hunts, live cannon demonstrations, sword fighting in the streets and live music. Plus Jack Spareribs and his magic show, Captain Kidd and Nellie, Mister Mac and more. For a full list of piratical entertainment, visit NorCalPirateFestival.com. Held at the Vallejo Waterfront, near Vallejo Marina and Mare Island. Sat., June 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., June 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Vallejo Marina, 42 Harbor Way, Vallejo, 707-648-4370.

Parks for Peace Rededication Rededication ceremony features planting of peace pole, music, dance, spoken word, a job fair, and refreshments. Call 510-597-5038 for information. Sat., May 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St. (MacArthur and Broadway), Oakland, 510-597-5038.

Stroll for Health: 34th Annual Solano Stroll With a traditional pancake breakfast and theme parade, plus entertainers, food vendors, juried arts and crafters, games, art cars, and community organizations. Info: Call the Solano Avenue Assocation at 510-527-5358, or visit SolanoAveAssn.org. Sun., Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Solano Ave., Solano Ave., Berkeley.

Temescal Street Fair With food and drink from local restaurants including Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub, La Calaca Loca Taqueria, Bear Naked Burgers, Bakesale Betty, La Val's Pizza and BBQ, and Tanjia. Plus a fashion show, featured fine artists, craft and community booths, live music, a kids' stage, displays of alternative energy vehicles, and East Bay Depot Valet bike parking by East Bay Bike Coalition. Call 510-654-6346 ex. 2 for information. Sat., June 7, 12-6 p.m., free. Telegraph Ave., between 48th and 51st sts., Oakland.

Thursday Night Live in Old Oakland Main stage with DJs and live music, a beverage tent offering specialty cocktails, wine and beer garden, local artisans, resources from nonprofits, vendor booths, art installations, and A Taste of Old Oakland Passport. Call 510-301-3122 for info. Thu., June 5, 5:30-9 p.m., free. Old Oakland, 9th St. (at Broadway and Washington sts.), Oakland.

United by Pride, Bound for Equality: 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade: With Nikki Starr; "The Penis Issue: Trans and Intersex Women Speak Their Minds"; speaker John Forrett, Marriage Equality Commitment Ceremony (including a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus), Dykes on Bikes, Spencer Day, Daniel Lucio, CheerSF, the San Francisco Opera, Hair!, the GLIDE Ensemble, a huge parade down Market St., and much more. SFPride.org. Sat., June 28, 12-6 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., free. Civic Center Lawn, 1292 Market St., San Francisco.

Farmers' Markets

The Berkeley Farmers' Markets' Fifth Annual Family Fun Festival With vetriloquist Steve Chaney, world hip-hop dancers from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, Be Fit Berkeley city council member weigh-in, EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville (juggling,unicycling, & environmental education), Asheba & his Caribbean band, Bonnie Lockhart & Nancy Schimmel, activity booths, East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use free costume making and hands-on craft table, Play-Well TEKnologies (Teaching Engineering to Kids), and baby goats from Redwood Hill Farm. Sat., June 7, 10 a.m., free. Berkeley Farmers' Market, Allston St. between Milvia St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org.

Farm Fresh Choice Community Produce Stand Farm Fresh Choice runs produce stands in culturally diverse, limited-resource neighborhoods. Wednesdays, 3-6:30 p.m., 510-848-1704, EcologyCenter.org. Frances Albrier Community Center, San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St. (at Oregon St.), Berkeley, 510-981-5150, Ci.berkeley.ca.us/recreation/francesalbrier.

Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market Fresh and organic produce, breads, specialty foods, and more for sale, plus special programs and events. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 510-548-3333, EcologyCenter.org. MLK Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (between Allston and Center sts.), Berkeley, 510-981-6700.

Kids

Annual Children's Arts Festival Opportunity for kids to make clay sculptures, paint on easels, learn pastel techniques from a professional artist, construct origami figures, design hanging sculptures, paint sailboats to float in the park fountain, and make collages from recycled paper. Plus performances by local young musicians who participated in Pleasanton's annual Youth Music Festival. Call 925-931-5340 for info. Sun., June 1, 12-4 p.m., free. Centennial Park, 5353 Sunol Ave., Pleasanton.

The Berkeley Farmers' Markets' Fifth Annual Family Fun Festival With vetriloquist Steve Chaney, world hip-hop dancers from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, Be Fit Berkeley city council member weigh-in, EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville (juggling,unicycling, & environmental education), Asheba & his Caribbean band, Bonnie Lockhart & Nancy Schimmel, activity booths, East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use free costume making and hands-on craft table, Play-Well TEKnologies (Teaching Engineering to Kids), and baby goats from Redwood Hill Farm. Sat., June 7, 10 a.m., free. Berkeley Farmers' Market, Allston St. between Milvia St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org.

Cuentos en Español Classics and new favorites, read in Spanish, with vocabulary-building games and crafts from Spanish-speaking cultures around the world, and refreshments. First Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; First Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 5604 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-547-0932.

Garden Days in the EnviroGarden Hands-on activities and demonstrations. Learn about air quality, gardening, composting, solar energy, and more. Second and Fourth Saturday of every month, 12-4 p.m. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7395, ChabotSpace.org.

LGBT

11th Annual National Queer Arts Festival American Idyll: Gay Asian Pacific Alliance /GAPA 20th Anniversary Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) presents a multimedia event featuring visual arts, spoken word and performance that explores what it means to be gay in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. Featuring the premiere of a new theater work by Jordan de Peralta, plus appearances by Miss Sugar Chapeaux, GAPA Men's Chorus, Keri Hanna with sbQA Dance NRG, and members Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiuhula dance company. Sun., June 1, 7 p.m., free. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, 415-552-2131, SomArts.org.

25th Annual Folsom St. Fair Celebration of leather, rubber, and fetish styles with live rock performances, vendor booths, and exhibitions. FolsomStreetFair.com. Sat., June 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Folsom St., between 7th & 12th Sts., San Francisco.

United By Pride, Bound for Equality: 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade: With Nikki Starr; "The Penis Issue: Trans and Intersex Women Speak Their Minds"; speaker John Forrett, Marriage Equality Commitment Ceremony (including a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus), Dykes on Bikes, Spencer Day,daniel lucio, CheerSF, the San Francisco Opera, Hair!, the GLIDE Ensemble, a huge parade down Market St., and much more. SFPride.org. Sat., June 28, 12-6 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., free. Civic Center Lawn, 1292 Market St., San Francisco.

Live Variety

Thursday Night Live in Old Oakland Main stage with DJs and live music, a beverage tent offering specialty cocktails, wine and beer garden, local artisans, resources from non-profits, vendor booths, art installations, and A Taste of Old Oakland Passport. Call 510-301-3122 for info. Thu., June 5, 5:30-9 p.m., free. Old Oakland, 9th St. (at Broadway and Washington sts.), Oakland.

Museums

Art Saves Lives: 2008 Oakland Youth Arts Festival Multimedia festival featuring installations and performances by local youth, inspired by the Cool Remixed exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California. Sponsored by the Oakland Unified School District and hosted by Mind Power Collective. 2. Sat., May 31, 12-9 p.m., free. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-238-2200, MuseumCA.org.

Music

Han Rae-Sook: Thu., May 22, 7 p.m., free w/ museum entry. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., 415-581-3500, AsianArt.org.

"Regeneration Tour": featuring Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, & Dead or Alive, Mon., Aug. 11, 6 p.m., $49.50-$85. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

7th Annual Old School Funk Fest: featuring Teena Marie, Brick, Zapp, Slave, & more, Sat., June 28, 2 p.m., $30.75-$69.75. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Adrian Gormley: w/ Michael O'Neill, Fri., July 11, 5:30 p.m., free. Point Richmond Music, 117 Park Pl., Richmond, 510-236-1401, PointRichmond.com/prmusic.

Aimee Mann & Marc Cohn: Mon., July 14, 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$49.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Alan Jackson: Thu., Aug. 14, 8 p.m., $39.50-$75.50. HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, 408-287-9200, HPPSJ.com.

Allen Toussaint: w/ Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Sun., July 6, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

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