Our Fourth Annual Guide to Festivals, Fairs, and Road Trips 

From the Black + White Ball to Zydeco Americana, a guide to the summer's biggest and best special events.

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Dia de Portugal: The annual festival at History Park San Jose includes Portuguese folkloric and Brazilian dance performances, bands made up of young adult Portuguese-Americans, food from Portugal, Macau, and Brazil, book fair, art exhibit, wine tasting, kids' activities, multiple exhibits in the Portuguese Museum, and more. Sat., June 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission, $4 parking fee, www.diadeportugal.com.

Eighth Annual Concerts at the Cove Series: Edie and the Boppers kick off the monthly series, which continues second Fridays through August. It's an Alameda tradition!, Fri., June 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, 510-521-6887, www.ebparks.org.

"The Gamble of Love" -- San Francisco Opera Summer Festival: Series includes Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades (6/12, 6/15, 6/19, 6/25, 6/28, 7/1, 7/7); Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles (6/14, 6/18, 6/23, 6/26, 7/3, 7/6, 7/9); Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte (6/24, 6/29, 7/2, 7/5, 7/8, 7/10). For tickets and showtimes, go to SFOpera.com, Sun., June 12, $25-$215, 415-864-3330. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (at Grove St.), San Francisco.

Gilroy Garlic Festival: Since 1979, Gilroy has hosted the world-renowned festival to celebrate the end of the garlic harvest and raise money for local charities. Hear live music on three stages, shop for arts and crafts, watch the great garlic cook-off and other celebrity cooking demonstrations, and eat all kinds of stinky food. July 29-31, www.gilroygarlicfestival.com. Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave., Gilroy.

Harmony Festival: Featuring five distinct "villages" (Eco-Village, Healing Sanctuary, Goddess Temple, Global Bazaar, and Crafters Village), and live music by the Nu Ladies of Funk with special guest George Clinton, Holly Near, Wisdom, David Jacobs-Strain, Joe Craven, Patrice Pike, Al Howard & the K-23 Orchestra, Riffat Sultana & Party, Free Peoples, Kali's Angels, Lemon Lime Lights, Kitaro, Jon Anderson, the Yoshida Brothers, Majek Fashek, Markus James and the Wassonrai, the Mutaytor, Karsh Kale, DJ Lorin, Midival Punditz, Dhamaal Soundsystem, El Circo, Apsara, the Family Stone Experience, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Ali Akbar Khan College Ensemble, and more, Sat., June 11, 11-2 a.m.; Sun., June 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $10-$55, 707-861-2035, HarmonyFestival.com. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Harmony Village.

Harvest Wine Celebration: Celebrate the annual harvest at 26 Livermore Valley wineries during the 24th annual event. Sample food and wines, check out live music, local crafts, and more. Your two-day ticket is good for wine tasting, logo glass, and transportation between wineries. Sun., Sept. 4, 12-5 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 5, 12-5 p.m., $35 in advance, $40 at event, 925-447-WINE, www.livermorewine.com.

Heartland Music Festival: Fund-raiser for music programs in Alameda schools, featuring Houston Jones, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Alhambra Valley Band, Ron Thompson and the Resistors, the Polka Cowboys, Old Time Serenaders, and more, Sat., June 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $12-$25, HeartlandMusicFestival.org. Rosenblum Cellars, 2900 Main St., Alameda.

Lambtown Festival: The nineteenth annual event includes craft and fiber booths, competitions, animal exhibits, and a variety of food celebrating the lamb industry and the agricultural heritage of the Solano County region. This year's live entertainment will feature music and performances represent many cultures including Basque, Spanish, Greek, Scottish, Peruvian, and American. The festival takes place at the May Fair Grounds, S. 1st St. (state Hwy. 113), Dixon. Sat., July 30, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., $1 entry fee includes raffle entry; kids 15 and younger get in free; parking across the street costs $2, or is free within a short walking distance, lambtown.com.

La Peña's 30th Anniversary Street Festival: Live music, food, drink, free kids' activities and show, and arts and community booths. With Pachasiku, Rafael Manriquez, La Peña Afro Cuban Youth Ensemble, La Peña Bomba Class, Jesus Diaz y su QBA, La Familia, Youth Movement Records, DJ José Ruiz. Kids' stage from noon-2 p.m. with Gary LaPow, Bonnie Lockhart, Asheba, and more. At the intersection of Prince St. and Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. Sat., June 11, 12-6 p.m., free admission, 510-849-2568, www.lapena.org.

Music in the Mountains 24th Annual Summer Festival: Celebrate the season opener with the Kronos Quartet on June 11. Other shows include Corky Siegel's Traveling Chamber Blues Show (6/12); the Young Composer's Showcase (6/14); Romantic Interludes (6/16); Intimate Chamber Works (6/18); Sizzling Works -- Fiery Artists (6/21); A Star Is Born with Sarah Wood (6/24); Broadway Revisited (6/25); A Zany Afternoon of Musical Antics (6/26); Designs in Music: Overture to Pleasure #1 (6/27); Nevada County Composers Cooperative (6/28); Music of Poetry and Romance (6/30); Designs in Music: Overture to Pleasure #2 (7/1); KinderKonzert (7/1); Concerto Showcase (7/2); Happy Birthday USA (7/3). $5-$28, 530-265-6124, MusicintheMountains.org. Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd.

Oakland Fourth of July Festival: Live music, international foods, arts and crafts, and children's activities provided by the United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate. A fireworks show explodes over the estuary beginning at 9:15 p.m. Mon., July 4, 1-9:30 p.m., free admission, www.jacklondonsquare.com. Jack London Sq., (foot of Broadway), Oakland, 510-645-5968.

San Francisco Pride: Pride Month culminates with the Pride Celebrations in Civic Center Saturday from noon-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-7 p.m., with vendors, artists, performers, and musicians. Sunday, the Pride Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. the Women's Motorcycle Contingent, roaring down Market Street from Davis to Hyde with more than 600 "dykes on bikes," followed by more than 200 parade contingents. Sat., June 25; Sun., June 26, 415-864-FREE, www.sfpride.org.

San Jose Gay Pride Festival: Live performances from Bow Wow Wow, La Bouche, Jody Watley, Marga Gomez, ProLatino Aztec Dancers, Lisa Dewey and the Lotus Life, Pansy Division, the Cheeseballs, and Orquesta d'Soul, Sat., June 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., SJGaypride.org. Downtown San Jose, along Market St..

SFJAZZ Summerfest: Featured artists: Taylor Eigsti Trio (6/9); Quetzal (6/16); Johnny Nocturne Band (6/23); Mingus Amungus (6/30); Clairdee (7/7); LaTiDo with Edgardo Cambon (7/14); John Worley's Worlview (7/21); Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (7/28); Beast From the Bay (8/4), Thu., June 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

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