Fairs, Fests & Events 

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

Art Galleries

8th Annual Art Sale Fund-Raiser More than 70 artists donate their work to benefit 21 Grand's exhibition program. Fri., June 6, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., June 7, 1-5 p.m.; Sun., June 8, 1-5 p.m., free. 21 Grand Gallery/Performance Space, 416 25th St., Oakland, 510-444-7263, 21Grand.org.

Dawn 2008 All-night arts & cultural festival to commemorate the grand opening of new Libeskind-designed Contemporary Jewish Museum with Jonathan Safran Foer, and Dengue Fever. Sat., June 7, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (between 3rd and 4th Sts.), San Francisco, 415-655-7800.


Out of the Gate in 2008: Alameda County Fair With horseracing, contests, live entertainment, livestock, agriculture education, a wine garden, concerts, and carnival rides. Info: AlamedaCountyFair.com. Starting June 20, Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through July 6, $4-$10. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.


The San Francisco Improv Festival 2008 With two stages with our Union Square and North Beach Stage at the Purple Onion. With alternative improvisational theater (Featuring New York's Imp), short form improv (ComedySportz San Jose) musical improvisation (Orlando's Improv Cabaret and the Uncle Ukulele Show from Minneapolis) and ensembles like ImprovBoston, and IOwest For the full lineup go to SFImprovFestival.com. Produced by The San Francisco Improv Alliance. Starting July 10, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 23, $15-$20. Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, 415-956-1653, www.caffemacaroni.com.

Culinary & Wine

Lakefest '08: Art & Wine Festival With arts & crafts booths, wine-tasting tents (two tents with 15 wineries in each) sponsored by Vine Wine Bar, live music stage, art cars, Grand Lake farmers' market (on Saturday), Taste of Lakeshore food tasting, kids area, and a green living expo. Call 510-682-8072 for information. Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Lakeshore Ave., between Lakepark & Mandana, Oakland.

Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival With handmade crafts and works of art, local and regional wines and microbrews, non-stop music and entertainment, food from dozens of local restaurants, children's activities, a train that circles the park, and the Colors of the Creek Art Exhibition. Call 925-934-2007 or visit Walnut-Creek.com. Sat., May 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., June 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Heather Farms Park, 301 N. San Carlos Dr., Walnut Creek.


11th Annual Dionysian Festival: Celebrating the 131st Anniversary of Isadora Duncan's Birth With Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers, G. Hoffman Soto and SotoMotion, Priya Ravindhran (classical Indian Dance), Shoko Hikage (Koto performance) with Mary Sano, and Rebecca Whittington (classical Indian Dance). Sat., May 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 5 p.m., $15-$17. Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing,, 245 Fifth St. (at Tehama between Howard and Folsom) (Studio 314), San Francisco, 415-357-1817, DuncanDance.org.

Congo Dance & Drum Festival With a soukous workshop, dance performances, drum classes, lectures, and special host Papa Titos, founder of the Tanawa Dance Company. Info: 510-368-2475, congofestival@yahoo.com, or YouMustDance.BlogSpot.com. June 5-7. Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland, 510-834-5740, 510-464-3210, Laney.peralta.edu.

Earthdance A three-day campout celebration for world peace, set in an oak forest. Five stages of entertainment, including electronica, folk, jam bands, reggae, world, and more. Markets, speakers, activists alley, and workshops. Sept. 12-14, Laytonville. EarthdanceLive.com

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Featuring Tajik dance by Miriam Peretz, Raices De Mi Tierra, Charya Burt Cambodian Dance, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, OngDance Company, Theatre Flamenco, and Las Que Son Son (June 7-8); Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers, Sindhu Ravuri, La Fibi Flamenco Dance Company, De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association, Imani's Dream, Chinese Performing Artists of America, Shabnam, Northern California Korean Dance Association, Ensembles Ballet Kolklõrico de San Francisco (June 14-15); Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble, Vishwa Shanthi Dance Academy, Murphy Irish Dancers, Ballet Folklõrico Mexicano de Carlos Moerno, LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble, Niharika Mohanty, Bolivia Corazón de América, China Dance School and Theatre, and Ballet Lisanga II West African Performing Arts Company (June 21-22); Chhandam Youth Dance Company, Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company, YaoYong Dance, ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Performance Troupe, Fuego Nuevo Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, Gadung Kasturi, CollageWest Dance Theatre, Halau 'o Keikiali 'i, and Alafia Dance Ensemble (June 28-29). For tickets, call 415-392-4400 or visit WorldArtsWest.org. Starting June 7, Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through June 29, $22-$44. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (at Bay St.), San Francisco, 415-567-6642, PalaceofFineArts.org.

Fairs, Festivals, & Fund-raisers

16th Burlingame Art & Jazz Festival Featuring a home & garden segment, wine pavilion, 150 artists exhibiting their work, unique crafts and jewelry, specialty clothing, gourmet foods, and a kids' area. Live Dixieland, swing, jazz, and Latin bands, featuring Steve Lucky & the Rumba Bums. Info: Visit Burlingame Chamber of Commerce at Chamber at BurlingameChamber.org, or call Georgette Naylor at 650-344-1735. Aug. 9-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Burlingame Ave., Burlingame, Burlingame.

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.

4th of July at the Berkeley Marina With fireworks, dragon boat rides, live music, Madame Ovary's Egg Puppets Shawnee the Clown, sailboat rides at the Cal Sailing club, Dana Smith & His Performing Dog Lacey, and Afro-Cuban Rumba. For details, call Another Bullwinkel Show at 510-548-5335. Fri., July 4, 12-6 p.m., free. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-6740.

5th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival Screening eight contemporary Greek feature films and 8 short films by Greek and Greek-American filmmakers (one feature and one short film will be shown each night). Info: GRFilm.com. Fri., June 6, $15, $25, $35. Delancey St. Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

8th Annual Art Sale Fund-Raiser More than 70 artists donate their work to benefit 21 Grand's exhibition program. Fri., June 6, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., June 7, 1-5 p.m.; Sun., June 8, 1-5 p.m., free. 21 Grand Gallery/Performance Space, 416 25th St., Oakland, 510-444-7263, 21Grand.org.

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.

Antioch's 10th Annual 4th of July Celebration With children's activities, live entertainment, a parade, classic car show, food, and fireworks. Call 800-310-6563 for info. Fri., July 4, 2-10 p.m., free. Downtown Antioch, 2nd St., Santa Rosa.

Arclight Shakespeare Festival Featuring the romantic comedy Twelfth Night set in ancient India. Plus the "Green Show," a free performance of Indian classical music, dance (Abhinaya Dance Company) and poetry on Saturdays (7 p.m.) and Sundays (6 p.m.)For tickets, call 800-838-3006, or visit ArcLightRep.org. Starting June 6, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 28, $10-$15. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro, San Jose.

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.

Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships With the Kite Team of Japan, Berkeley Kite Wranglers, Team Kite Flying, a giant creature kite expo, Team Ray Bethell, manufacturers' demos, Taiko drummers, rokkaku kite battles, candy drops, and kite-making workshops. Info: 510-235-KITE. July 26-27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-6740.

Carnival Fete, an indoor Music Festival & Official SF Carnival After Party Presented by Angel Magik. Four rooms of Caribbean, Latin, and urban sounds, plus live performances by Agua Libre, Zion-I, Capleton, Samba Da, Jennifer Johns, Young Fyah, Kev Choice, Los Rocas, Deuce Eclipse, Samba Queen, and Maisa Duke. DJs A-Ron, D-Sharp, Doogie, Fuze, Irie Dole, Papi Chocolate, J-Boogie, Mr. E, Rascue, Ripple, Dubsworth, Roommate, Santero, 6BLOCC, and Doogie. Angel Magik Entertainment & Myspace A Place For Reggae in conjunction with Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc & 1015 Folsom presents Carnival Fete, an indoor music festival & pfficial SF Carnival after-partu. Sun., May 25, 7 p.m., $25. 1015 Nightclub, 1015 Folsom St. (at 6th St.), San Francisco, 415-431-7444, 1015.com.

Chabot Space Games: 125th Anniversary Community Celebration With live music, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mars Drop, Space Bingo, Solar Ball, costumed characters, refreshments, and a torch run. Sat., June 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7395, ChabotSpace.org.

Cuica y Clave East Bay Carnaval celebration with Rumba Che, a Brazilian samba queen, salsa dancing, and a ceremony for Fo Go Na Ropa founder Carlos Aceituno. Tickets: UrbanEvents.com. Wed., May 21, 6 p.m., $10, $15. Karibbean City, 1408 Webster St., Oakland, 510-251-0769, KaribbeanCity.com.

Green Arts and Jam Forty-fifth annual celebration features nonstop performances with scenes from the Youth Theatre Company's productions of "Into The Woods" and "Seussical," the Oak Grove Blue Grass band, Shadelands Jazz/Rock band, Shadelands String Quartet, and Festival of Flutes. "Bangs and Beats" community drumming circle with recycled pots, pans, and garbage can lids. Plus free music lessons, coffee grounds paintings, collages from recycled materials, cardboard murals, a graffiti wall, and and clay. Plein aire painters, figure and portrait artists, ceramic artists, and printmakers will give demonstrations of their crafts. Call 925-943-5846 for details. Sun., June 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Civic Arts Education Shadelands Campus, 111 N. Wiget Ln. (at Ygnacio Valley Blvd.), Walnut Creek, 925-943-5846.

Japanese Cultural Fair With martial arts demonstrations, San Francisco Taiko, raffles, Okinawan Dance Theatre of Yugen, bonzai workshops, and a tea ceremony, plus keynote addresses by the Mayor of Santa Cruz and Japanese General Consul of San Francisco. Sat., June 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St., Santa Cruz.

Live Oak Park Fair More than one hundred artists and craftspeople from Northern California present their jewelry, textiles, woodwork, paintings, photography, limited edition prints, and ceramics. Plus food, drink, and live music. Call 510-227-7110 or visit LiveOakParkFair.com for info. June 14-15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.


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