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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Oakland Scottish Games: Enjoy live music, vendors, caber competition, and much more. There is no ceilidh this year. Sat., July 9, 10 a.m.; Sun., July 10, 10 a.m., www.jardine-engineering.us.vu/scots/main.html. Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, 925-275-9490, www.dunsmuir.org.

100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change: Art in a variety of media -- murals, masks, ceramics, prints, paintings, etc. -- by members of 25 East Oakland families. June 16-July 29. Oakland City Center, 500 12th St., Oakland, 510-628-8490.

Pleasanton Downtown Association Wine Stroll: The event returns for a sixth year to showcase more than twenty Livermore Valley wineries at up to thirty locations on Main St. and throughout downtown. Tickets available for advance purchase at the Rose Hotel, Clover Creek, Studio 7 Fine Arts, and the Pleasanton Downtown Association office. Thu., July 21, 6-9 p.m., $20, 925-484-2199, www.pleasantondowntown.net.

Rivertown Plein Air Paint Out: The first annual, with artists painting in the open air in the historic Rivertown district, and later displaying their work in the gallery. Reception: June 25, 5-7 p.m. June 25-July 23. Antioch Lynn House Gallery, 809 1st St., Antioch, 925-779-7018, www.acfantioch.org.

Royal Scottish Dance Society Fortieth Anniversary Gala: The San Francisco branch of the RSCDS will celebrate with a "Dance of the Decade," dancing into the wee hours done up in kilts and Prince Charlie jackets. Live music by Green Ginger. Light buffet. Grand March at 7:30 p.m. Sat., June 25, 7 p.m., $25 in advance, $35 at the door plus $10 for nonmembers), www.rscds-sf.org. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland.

Rubber Ducky Derby: The Children's Hospital Branches present their fourteenth annual fund-raiser. If your duck gets plucked at 4:30 p.m., you could win trips to Hawaii, Vegas, and anywhere Southwest flies plus a $400 Marriott gift card, or one of four other major prizes. Prices range from $10 per individual duck to $500 for racing 75 ducks in the Quacker Backer Race. Register online at www.rubberduckyderby.org. Sat., June 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.

San Francisco Fashion Week: Now in its second year, Fashion Week showcases Spring 2006 collections by up to twenty of the top emerging and established fashion designers from the Bay Area. Aug. 24-28, www.mysterygirlproductions.com/fashion_week. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (at Bay St.), San Francisco.

Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market: Fresh and organic produce, breads, specialty foods, and more for sale, plus special programs and events. Enjoy a peach-tasting table and cooking demonstrations July 23. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org. MLK Civic Center Park (at Center and Milvia sts.), Berkeley.

Shakespeare at Stinson: Richard III opened the twelfth season on May 20 and plays through June 26. It's followed by The Complete Works Of Shakespeare (Abridged) opening July 8, and culminates with Much Ado About Nothing, opening Aug. 19. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 9, $14-$25, 415-868-1115, shakespeareatstinson.org.

Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing: City of Pleasanton Civic Arts hosts the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival as it opens this season's free production. Blankets, low lawn chairs, and picnic suppers welcome. Starting June 25, Saturdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through July 10, 925-931-5361. Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave. (adjacent to Dolores Bengston Aquatic Center), Pleasanton.

Summer Solstice Celebration and Crafts Fair: The weekly farmers' market spills over with live music, craft fair, a solstice ritual, and more. Live performances by Daniel Berkman, Sons and Daughters of Orpheus, Wild Buds, Jazz Sabbath, and Zakiya. Sat., June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org. Civic Center Park, Center St. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Berkeley.

Temescal Street Fair: Performances by Junglz Apart, La Familia, the Stairwell Sisters, Asheba, Destiny Arts, Derique the High-Tech Clown, Opera Piccola, and more, plus craft and community booths, food, and a wine and beer court. Sat., June 18, 12-6 p.m., 510-593-9831. Telegraph Ave., between 48th and 51st sts., Oakland.

Texaco/Havoline West Coast Nationals: Featuring more than 3,500 rods, customs, and classics through 1954, plus vendor and manufacturer exhibits, swap meet, cars for sale, hot rod seminars, nostalgia stage shows and parties, award ceremony, and much more. Aug. 26-28, $15 general admission, $12 seniors, $6 kids 6-12, free for kids under 6; $8 parking fee, good-guys.com. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600.

Walk in the Wild: Tastings from some of the East Bay's finest restaurants. Sat., June 18. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org. shakespeareatstinson.org

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