2012's To-Do List 

The best of the Bay Area's annual events.

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Double Dipsea Handicap Race This 13.7-mile handicap race starts at Stinson Beach and winds through Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais State Park before returning to the beach. The race is extra fun for slow runners because they get a head start, and the fast runners have to work harder to catch up. Saturday, June 23, $40-$60. Begins at Stinson Beach. DoubleDipsea.com

East Bay Open Studios Connects the public with more than four hundred artists in fourteen cities in the East Bay. Two weekends in June, free. Various East Bay locations. ProArtsGallery.org

Frameline Aka the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Film Festival, the decades-old summertime festival has branched out over the years and now spans the globe with its innovative, exciting programs. Typically held in June. Various locations. Frameline.org

Laurel Summer Solstice Music Festival Inspired by Fete de la Musique in France, the summer festival features live performances by both amateur and professional musicians on street corners and in stores, cafes, and parking lots. Typically held in June, free. Laurel Village, between 35th Ave. and High St., Oakland. LaurelVillage.com

Live 105's BFD Over the years, San Francisco's leading modern rock outpost Live 105 has reliably convened less edgy chart-toppers like Good Charlotte and Linkin Park, classic rebels like Social Distortion and The Cure, and an array of up-and-coming, underground, and local acts. Typically held in June. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. Live105.com

Live Oak Park Fair With a bazaar featuring fine crafts, contemporary art, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, quilts, baskets, sculptures, clay, fiber, glass, metal, hand-cut block prints, paintings, and woodwork by more than one hundred artisans. Plus food and music. Typically held in June, free. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. LiveOakParkFair.com

Northern California Pirate Festival Four acres of live music, pirate and military encampments, roving entertainers, treasure hunts, sword fighting, black powder drills, a children's stage, a costume contest, craft beers, pirate wares, and cannon battles. Typically held in June, free. Vallejo Waterfront Park, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. NorCalPirateFestival.com

Pacific Fine Arts Festival With sidewalk displays of fine arts and crafts and a judged show. June 22-24, free. Mountain Boulevard, at La Salle Avenue and Antioch Court, Oakland. MontclairVillage.com

SalmonAid Festival Wild salmon benefit featuring live musical performances, movie nights, salmon viewing, and culinary events. Typically held in June, free. Various locations TBA. SalmonAid.org

San Francisco Free Folk Festival A two-day, volunteer-run celebration of music and community with live music and workshops. Typically held in June, free. Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave., San Francisco. SFFolkFest.org

San Francisco Pride One of San Francisco's biggest, most colorful parties. Aside from the usual two-day procession of cowboys in leather chaps and sexy transgendered go-go dancers, the parade also features special musical guests and sundry forms of entertainment. This year's theme: "Global Equality." June 23-24. Parade starts at Market and Beale streets and ends at Market and 8th streets. Celebration held in Civic Center, San Francisco. SFPride.org

Temescal Street Cinema With free screenings of locally made films and shorts projected on the side of a Bank of the West building, plus live music by local bands, and popcorn. Thursday evenings in June and July, free. TemescalStreetCinema.com

24th Annual Tri for Fun Series of three triathlons designed for novices, with a 400-yard swim, 11-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run. Advance registration is encouraged and includes a T-shirt, refreshments, and raffle. Don't forget your bike helmet and swim cap. June 16, July 21, August 18, and September 18, $65. Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton. OnYourMarkEvents.com.

Vans Warped Tour With Vana, Sick of Sarah, Polar Bear Club, Mighty Mongo, Hyro Da Hero, I Fight Dragons, and more. Saturday, June 23. Location TBA. WarpedTour.com


Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon & Swim With a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz to the Presidio and a seven-mile out-and-back run across the Golden Gate Bridge. Typically held in July. East end of Crissy Field in the Presidio, San Francisco. TriCalifornia.com

Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships The Berkeley Marina, directly in the path of the relentless winds coming off the Pacific Ocean, has long been a prime spot for flying kites. Kite teams from Berkeley and Japan show off their enormous kites (both traditional and non-), visible as far as the eye can see. July 28-29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Cesar E. Chavez Park, 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley. HighlineKites.com/pages/Berkeley-Kite-Fest.html

Berkeley Juggling and Unicycle Festival An only-in-Berkeley celebration of the circus arts, with workshops on subjects like fire-spinning and acro-balancing, as well as organized juggling and unicycle games (don't miss Berkeley's Revolution basketball team, reigning North American champs). Typically held in July. Location TBA. BerkeleyJuggling.org

Dimond Park Picnic Community picnic with barbecue, free performances, swimming, and more. Bring your own picnic lunch. Typically held in July. Dimond Park, 3860 Hanley Rd., Oakland. DimondNews.org

East Bay SPCA Summer of Love Adopt-a-thon Adopt a new dog, cat, or rabbit from more than ten local adoption agencies, plus activities for kids and other family-friendly events. Sunday, July 22. Jack London Square, foot of Washington Street, Oakland. EastBaySPCA.org

Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina Live entertainment on the main stage, plus art and crafts booths, massages, sailboat and dragon boat rides, and fireworks, viewable from the end of the Berkeley Pier at dusk. An alcohol-free event with complimentary valet bike parking. Wednesday, July 4, noon-10 p.m. free. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley. AnotherBullwinkelShow.com/4th-of-july


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