Your Annual To-Do List 

Our guide to the year's best Bay Area events.

Thanks to the Bay Area's temperate climate and abundance of the culturally inclined, there's no shortage of festivals, fairs, and events to keep you busy all year round.

Art Galleries

Estuary Art Attack A new monthly art walk in Oakland's Jingletown and in Alameda. Second Fridays of every month, 6-9 p.m., EstuaryArtAttack.com

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet Exhibition explores relationship between human communities and the natural world. Featuring work by Mark Dion, Ann Hamilton, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Rigo 23, Dario Robleto, Diana Thater, and Xu Bing. Through Sept. 27. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave. (UC Berkeley campus), Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Oakland Art Murmur Monthly art walk in Oakland. First Fridays of every month. 6-10 p.m., free. OaklandArtMurmur.com

Classes & Workshops

Descarga Workshop Learn basic grooves, arrangements, percussion breaks, improvised horn lines, and more for Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Ensemble class; previous experience necessary. $15/class drop-in or $12/class in advance, paid monthly. Taught by Javier Navarette. Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, LaPena.org.

Youth Afro-Caribbean Percussion Class With instructor Javier Navarette. Info: 510-798-5409. Saturdays, 12-1 p.m. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, LaPena.org.

Dance/Performance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater March 9-13, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 13, 2 p.m.; Sun., March 14, 3 p.m., $36, $48, $62. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz Sun., May 2, 3 p.m., $24, $30, $38. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

The Hard Nut Mark Morris Dance Group spoof on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker with Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Cole, plus Piedmont Children's Choirs directed by Robert Geary. Fri., Dec. 11, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 12, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 13, 3 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 17, 7 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 20, 3 p.m., $36, $48, $62. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

A House in Bali With Bang on a Can All-Stars & Gamelan Salukat. Music by Evan Ziporyn; libretto by Paul Schick (after Colin McPhee. Directed by Jay Scheib with staging and choreography by Anne Harley & Dewi Kadek Aryani, and musical direction by Evan Ziporyn & Dewa Ketut Alit. Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., $32, $50, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Lyon Opera Ballet Performing Forsythe's Duo, set to music by Thom Willems; Kylián's Bella Figura, set to music by Pergolesi, Vivaldi, and Boccherini; plus De Keersmaeker's Grosse Fugue, set to Beethoven. Feb. 26-27, 8 p.m., $38, $52, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Mark Morris Dance Group Presenting Empire Garden and Visitation, with the with the MMDG Music Ensemble (Wolfram Koessel, cello; Colin Fowler, piano; Michi Wiancko, violin; Jessica Troy, viola; & Cordelia Hagmann, violin). Sept. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 20, 3 p.m., $38, $52, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company Pre-performance talk March 26, 7 p.m. with MCDC Executive Director Trevor Carlson. March 26-27, 8 p.m., $30, $40, $50. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Program A (Oct 24): The Balanchine Couple featuring pas de deux from nine Balanchine ballets, narrated by artistic director Suzanne Farrell. Program B (Oct 25): Balanchine/Divertimento No. 15 (Pas d' Action); Agon; "Contrapuntal Blues pas de deux" from Clarinade; "Scene d'amour" from Béjart's Romeo and Juliet. Sat., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 25, 3 p.m., $34, $48, $60. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Fairs & Festivals

1st Wednesday Street Parties With live bands, vendors from local businesses, and samplings from local restaurants. For info, visit PleasantonDowntown.net/events. First Wednesday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 2, free. Downtown Pleasanton, Main St., Pleasanton, 925-484-2199.

13th Annual Martinez Car, Truck & Bike Show More than 100 cars, trucks, and motorcycles will line the streets of historic downtown Martinez. Plus raffles, live music, DJ, trophys, plaques, and more. Sat., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

38th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival With live jazz, rock, swing, blues, Motown, rumba, funk, hip-hop, flamenco, and Celtic music; food; wine; microbrews and margaritas, health and wellness displays; an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits; a kids' zone; magicians; and jugglers. For info, call 650-968-8378. Sept. 12-13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Castro St., bet. El Camino Real & Evelyn Ave., Mountain View.

Alameda County Fair Starting at the end of June and lasting till about the Fourth of July, the fair features horseracing, contests, concerts, livestock, agriculture education, and carnival rides for the kiddies, plus plenty of barbecued ribs, turkey legs, and corn on the cob. Typically held in June till early July. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com

Art & Wine Stroll Wine tasting and art. $15-$20. Typically held in May. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

Berkeley Pagan Parade & Festival Prizes for floats and best costume. Typically held in May. Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, ThePaganAlliance.org

Carnaval San Francisco Celebrating Latin American and Caribbean cultures with a parade and street fair. Plus a mobile basketball playground, Niñolandia for kids, food, non-stop music, drumming, dancing, a crowning of the King and Queen, and work by local artists. For info, call the San Francisco Carnaval hotline at 415-651-1811, or visit CarnavalSF.com. Typically held in May. Harrison St., between 16th and 24th sts., San Francisco.

Chinatown Streetfest With more than 280 booths spanning nine blocks, selling food, crafts, unique Asian products, arts and crafts, and community resources. Plus entertainment on three stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the Oakland Museum of California. Sat., Aug. 22, & Sun., Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Oakland Chinatown, 11th St. (at Webster St.), Oakland, OaklandChinatownStreetFest.com.

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