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Chinatown Streetfest 

When: Aug. 25-26, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 2012
Price: free

If you notice an abundance of pregnant women and newborns at this year's Oakland Chinatown StreetFest, it might be because 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which according to the Chinese Zodiac is the most fortuitous time to conceive. Babies aside, the 25th-annual festival -- held between 7th and 11th sts. and Broadway and Harrison St. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. -- includes two performance stages, an expansive kids' area, food galore, and health and nonprofit resources like free blood-pressure screenings and eyeglass cleanings. Don't miss the Great Wall Youth Orchestra on the Cultural Stage on Saturday; Club 90 (covering Nineties hits by favorites from Nirvana to Whitney Houston) on the Popular Stage on Sunday; and a chance to walk in a pool of water while stuffed inside a giant plastic WowBall. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. 510-893-8979 or

— Cassie McFadden


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