2012's To-Do List 

The best of the Bay Area's annual events.

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Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival The extravagant three-day affair in Golden Gate Park features a lineup with mass appeal, likely to draw KFOG devotees, hip-hop heads, indie-rock fans, and the jam-band set. Acts TBA. Typically held in August. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., San Francisco. 415-831-2700 or SFOutsideLands.com

Pedalfest The second annual festival features tons of bike-themed activities, including bike trick demonstrations, a pedal-powered stage (to fuel the music), plus rides, art, food, and much more. Saturday, August 18. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

Round the Rock Alcatraz Challenge Canoe Race This Polynesian outrigger canoe race hosted by the Pacific Islanders Cultural Association and He'e Nalu of Marin Outrigger Canoe Club starts at the East Beach of Crissy Field National Park, and is followed by a raffle and prizes. Typically held in August. Crissy Field, 603 Mason St., San Francisco. AlcatrazChallenge.com


AT&T Giant Race A half-marathon, 5K timed race, fun run, and walk let you skip, hop, or whatever you like across home plate at AT&T Park. The route winds along the Embarcadero, beginning and ending at the ballpark. Afterward, enjoy the pregame festival with live music, food, and giveaways. All funds raised go to Project Open Hand. Sunday, Sep. 16. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. TheGiantRace.com

Berkeley Video and Film Fest With feature films and shorts in a variety of genres. Typically held in September. Various locations in Berkeley. BerkeleyVideoFilmFest.org

Eat Real Fest Wildly popular three-day celebration of cheap, healthful, locally-sourced gourmet food, with vendors, demonstrations, film screenings, literary readings, and much more. September 21-23, free. Jack London Square, foot of Broadway, Oakland. EatRealFest.com

Fall Boat Show For true boating enthusiasts. September 13-16. Jack London Square, Oakland. NCMA.com

Folsom Street Fair The self-proclaimed "granddaddy of leather events" celebrates leather, rubber, and fetish styles, in addition to featuring live rock performances, vendor booths, and exhibitions. Sunday, September 23, free. Folsom St., between 7th and 12th streets, San Francisco. FolsomStreetFair.org

Mission Creek Oakland Music and Arts Festival Now in its fourth year, Mission Creek books bands in a variety of genres over several weeks.. Typically happens in September. Various East Bay venues. MissionCreekOakland.Tumblr.com.

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. Typically held in September. Castro Street, between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View. MiramarEvents.com

Oakland Pride Festival Oakland's own Pride Festival, with a parade, live entertainment, vendor booths, and much more. Sunday, September 2, free. Franklin and Webster streets, Oakland. OaklandPride.org

Oakland Underground Film Festival Film festival highlighting independent film and projection art, with a special emphasis on social justice; local filmmakers; urban life; and avant-garde, experimental, and nonlinear films. September 27-30. Various locations. OakUFF.org

Power to the Peaceful Festival An estimated 50,000 folks flock to Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow, spreading the gospel of peace, love, granola, and environmental consciousness. In addition to potent performers, the fest also features a food drive, yoga jam, and vendors. Acts TBA. September 8-9. Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. PowertothePeaceful.org

Rock Make Street Annual street festival featuring two stages for local bands, plus craft booths, food, and a beer and wine tent. Typically held in September, free. Treat Ave at 18th Street, San Francisco. RockMake.com

Scottish Highland Games Traditional Highland games, plus craft booths, vendors, food, whisky tasting, mansion tours, a gathering of the clans, children's activities, dancing demonstrations, pipe band competitions and musical performances. September 1-2. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Caledonian.org

Solano Stroll A massive street fair featuring all kinds of entertainment, including more than five hundred vendors, plus a pancake breakfast, parade, games, and more. Sunday, September 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Solano Ave., Berkeley. SolanoAvenueAssn.org

Support Strokes Fundraiser benefiting various breast cancer organizations, hosted by California Canoe and Kayak. Three courses are available and novice as well as expert paddlers. Saturday, September 8. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oakland Estuary. JackLondonSquare.com


The Big Game The annual football game between longtime rivals Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Saturday, October 20. Stanford Stadium, 641 East Campus Drive, Stanford. CalBears.Cstv.com

Dia de los Muertos Festival Annual festival honoring the dead featuring dancing, food, vendors, altars, and more. Typically held in late-October. Fruitvale Village, Between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue on East 12th Street, Oakland. UnityCouncil.org

Fleet Week Watch the US Navy's precision flying team onboard the Potomac, from the middle of San Francisco Bay. Lunch, assorted wines, and other beverages included. Saturday, October 5-7. 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Presidential Yacht Potomac, 540 Water St., Oakland. JackLondonSquare.com

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Massive three-day music festival featuring both high-profile and up-and-coming bluegrass, country, blues, and rock artists. October 5-7, free. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., San Francisco. StrictlyBluegrass.com

KBLX Stone Soul Concert This year's show features live performances by MC Hammer, En Vogue, and more. Monday, October 1. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord. KBLX.com

Lions Club Halloween Parade A parade of kids and costumed animals starts at the Village Park entrance and winds its way down Mountain Boulevard, turns right on La Salle Avenue, right on Moraga Avenue, and returns to the Park. Wednesday, October 31. 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. free. Mountain Village Park, Oakland. MontclairVillage.com


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