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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California State Fair: This year's fair at Cal Expo in Sacramento features musical performances by Macy Gray, Huey Lewis and the News, Boyz II Men, Los Lonely Boys, Hoobastank, Toto, and a "California Beach Party" featuring the Surfaris, Nelsons, and Jan & Dean, comedy by Paul Rodriguez, Carrot Top, and Bill Engvall, plus the usual array of rides, games, food, vendors, agricultural competitions, and more. Starting Aug. 12, Mondays, Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 12-10 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1, $5-$36, kids 4 and younger get in free, www.bigfun.org.

Danville Fine Arts Faire: Arts and crafts, Italian street painting, live entertainment, a street of flowers, and more. June 18-19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hartz Ave., downtown Danville.

Doing Good: The San Francisco Mime Troupe opens the season with a new drama inspired by John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, performed at venues throughout the Bay Area, including Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Francisco. Directed by Victor Toman. July 2-Oct. 2, free, 415-285-1717, www.sfmt.org.

East Bay Open Studios: Pro Arts' Open Studios takes eyes to the frontier of East Bay art with more than three hundred pieces on display, just a sample of four hundred artists exhibiting simultaneously throughout the region this month. Everything from custom jewelry and pottery to mixed-media collages and photorealist paintings crowd the twelve-foot-high walls. Notably, Joe Saxe mashes up photorealism, surrealism, and art deco in his magnetic painting Arthur Was Tired of People Asking Him for the Time. Translucent vegetation belonging in a similarly hyperreal world appears courtesy of gifted glass sculptor Kim Webster. And activist mixed-media artist Sarah Hirneisen catalogues the polluted soil of Oakland with a glass quilt of encased soil samples with appropriate labeling: cyanide, halogens, chromium, etc. -- D2. Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through June 12, www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/. East Bay, various locations.

Emeryville Celebration of the Arts Open Studios: The 19th annual artists' open studios event, three days only, in advance of the October 8-30 exhibition. Sun., July 17; July 23-24, 510-652-6122, www.emeryarts.org. Emeryville, various locations, Emeryville.

Fire Arts Festival: The fifth annual festival schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday, youth classes in the morning and afternoon; Wednesday evening, a free Burning Man's Desert Arts Preview; Thursday evening, the annual Fire & Light Benefit Auction Soiree (tickets $75); Friday night is the Fire Arts Arena Show: "Lightning from Above" (tickets $25); Saturday is the Crucible's free open house from 3-6 p.m., and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., intensive adult workshops in glass, fire performance, welding, neon and light, blacksmithing, and woodworking; Saturday night is another Fire Arts Arena Show, this one titled "Magma from Within" (tickets $25); and all day Sunday are more adult intensive workshops. Tue., July 12, 9 a.m.-noon. & 1-4 p.m.; Wed., July 13, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 & 7-11 p.m.; Thu., July 14, 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri., July 15, 8 p.m.-midnight; Sat., July 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & 8 p.m.-midnight; Sun., July 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Crucible, 1260 7th St., Oakland, 510-444-0919, www.thecrucible.org.

First Annual North Bay Music Awards: Honoring the rich musical heritage and cultural legacy of the North Bay with an awards ceremony and special performances by the Johnny Otis Tribute Band and members of P-Funk, Fri., June 10. Eco-Theater, Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Fourth of July at Pardee: Enjoy an old-fashioned, patriotic picnic. Mon., July 4, 12-4 p.m., 510-444-2187. Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th St., Oakland, 510-444-2187, info@pardeehome.org, www.pardeehome.org.

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.

Ice Cream in the Park: Junior Achievement invites you to eat all the Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream you can, create your own sundae, or build the world's largest ice cream cone at this third annual event. Sun., June 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $10 adults, $7 kids under 12 (includes science center admission), 650-737-0370, icecream@jaba.org, www.jaba.org. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7395, www.chabotspace.org.

John Muir Summer Festival: This year's festival at the John Muir Amphitheater in Martinez includes the "Celebrate Independence!" concert featuring the Diablo Symphony Orchestra actors and singers from the Willows Theatre Company, and more (July 1-3); a Willows production of The Sound of Music (July 13-31); and the annual performances of John Muir's Mountain Days (Aug. 4-7). Starting July 1, July 1-3; Wednesdays-Sundays; Aug. 4-7. Continues through July 31, willowstheatre.org/Summer_Festival.htm.

Juneteenth Festivities: Organized by the City of Oakland Employees Association. Sun., June 12, 12-1 p.m. City Hall Plaza, 14th and Broadway sts., Oakland.

Live Oak Park Fair: The Jazzschool presents live music from BHS Jazz Combos 1 and 2, SoVoSo, Joseph's Bones, Sarah Manning Quartet, Mingus Amungus, Michael Aaberg Trio, Joseph's Bones, Andrea Fultz, Sat., June 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

Mishap Prom 2005: Formal wear is optional for this event, which is like your high school prom, but weirder and cooler. Performances by the Gomorran Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Pope John Paul the Third (the band), Kitten on the Keys, and Top Ramen, Sat., June 11, 8 p.m., $5-$7. Cyclone, 1842 Illinois St., San Francisco.

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