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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Summer Centennial Festival Series: Featuring Mojo Hand and Anna Maria Flechero, Fri., June 10, 5:30-8 p.m., PointRichmond.com/prmusic. Baltic Square, 117 Park Place (behind the Baltic Restaurant), Point Richmond.

Tapestry Arts Festival: The thirtieth annual event features art, live music on four stages, food, free hands-on art activities for the kids, and in indoor home show, on Park Ave., Almaden Blvd., and San Fernando St. in downtown San Jose. Sat., Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, www.tapestryarts.org.

Westwave Dance Festival: The major presentation program of DanceArt, Inc. enters its fourteenth annual incarnation with choreographers presented in a shared-program format at San Francisco's ODC and Cowell theaters. Thu., July 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 23, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 24, 8 p.m.; Fri., July 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 30, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 31, 8 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 1, 8 p.m., www.danceartsf.org.

World One Festival: A day of world music and culture sponsored by World One Radio. Mon., July 4, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, www.worldoneradio.org. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave. (at Moeser), El Cerrito.

Fairs and days out

Alameda County Fair: This year's theme is "Come Out and Play!," and there will be rides, concerts, food, exhibits, a kids' park, live horse races, and much more. June 24-July 10, $4-$9, free for kids under 6, www.alamedacountyfair.com. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600.

Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire: Featuring more than 800 outdoor and indoor booths of antiques and collectibles, all twenty years old and older, plus food and beverages, unlimited free parking, and a free parking lot shuttle. First Sunday of every month, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $10 general admission 7:30-9 a.m., $5 general admission after 9, free for kids younger than 16, 510-869-5428, www.antiquesbythebay.net. Alameda Point Naval Air Station, Alameda Point, Alameda.

Ardenwood Celtic Festival: The seventh annual celebration of the music, dance, history, and mythology of Ireland and Britain includes performances by Tempest, the Druid Sisters Tea Party, Tinkers Damm, and others, plus step and belly dancers, classic British cars, Clydesdale horses, sword fighting, and more. Sat., June 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $9.50 adults, srniors $6.50, ages 4-17 $5, kids 3 and younger free, www.ardenwood-celtic-festival.com. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, 510-796-0663, www.ebparks.org.

Art & Soul: For the fifth year running, you can enjoy live rock, blues, jazz, and gospel by national and local artists, plus art, poetry, food, a kids' zone, and more. Sept. 3-5, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $5 per day, kids 12 and younger get in free, 510-444-CITY, www.artandsouloakland.com. Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.

Art in the Park: Walk in Time: The fourth annual event, with art music, crafts, food, and hands-on activities. Sat., Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 510-494-4228. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, 510-796-0663, www.ebparks.org.

Batizado and Cultural Encounter: The Roots of Brazil capoeira group presents a barbecue Brazilian style on June 11 at Dimond Park (3860 Hanly Rd., Oakland); its fifth annual Batizado featuring promotion ceremony for students and a showcase of African-Brazilian culture at a location TBA on June 12; and workshops with Grand Master Ralil Salomão June 13-15 at the BAKA Cultural Arts Center (1244 23rd Ave., Oakland). Sat., June 11, 12-5 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 3-5 p.m.; June 13-15, 6-9 p.m., barbecue $10 a plate, $10--$15 for Batizado, and $15 per day for workshops, bakaarts@yahoo.com, www.oaklandcapoeira.freeservers.com.

Bay to Barkers: The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society presents its eighth annual event, the biggest dog walk and festival in the East Bay. It includes a gentle 1.3-mile walk for dogs and their humans, plus activities for canines and informative demonstrations and exhibits. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Fri., June 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $25 preregistration, $30 day of event, 510-845-7735 ex. 13, www.berkeleyhumane.org/Community/events_B2B.html. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley.

Berkeley Fourth of July Fireworks: The display is launched from the Berkeley Pier at the foot of University Ave., but will be visible from all over the Marina and elsewhere. Automobile access is limited, so check the Web site in advance. The pyrotechnic display lasts approximately a half-hour. Mon., July 4, 9:30 p.m., 510-981-6737, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/marina/events.html. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley.

Berkeley Kite Festival: Coordinated by Tom McAlister, Highline Kites of Berkeley. Featuring giant kites, kite wranglers, free kite making, candy drop, kite championships, and much more. Sat., July 30; Sun., July 31, 510-235-5483, www.highlinekites.com/Berkeley_Kite_Festival. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley.

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