Festivals/Fairs

June 13-30: The 26th Annual San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film FestivalA showcase for some of the world's finest films of and about the GLBT community. Various locations throughout San Francisco. www.frameline.org

June 16-August 18: Stern Grove Midsummer Music Festival Free performances among the trees by a variety of artists, including the San Francisco Opera, Canta Brasil, and Arrested Development. Stern Grove, San Francisco. (415) 252-6253. www.sterngrove.org.

June 19-23: Sonoma-Marin Fair Auto racing, petting zoo, "The World's Ugliest Dog" contest, and Diamond Rio ($1-7). Petaluma Fairgrounds. (707) 283-3247. www.sonoma-marinfair.org.

June 20-August 10: Make*A*Circus A Professional musical theater show, a circus skills workshop, and a performance by workshop participants. Various parks throughout the Bay Area. (415) 242-1414. www.makeacircus.org.

June 21-23: Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Earl Zero, Midival Pudits, and Quetzal are among the performers ($35-75). Angels Camp. (415) 472-5550. www.snwmf.com.

June 21-July 7: Alameda County Fair Pony rides, music, and comedy ($3-7). Pleasanton. (925) 426-7600. www.alamedacountyfair.com.

June 22-August 10: Robert Mondavi Summer Festival Boz Scaggs, Dave Brubeck, Etta James & The Roots Band, and other artists in five outdoor performances ($42-75). Robert Mondavi Winery. Oakville. (888) 769-5299.:

June 22-23: San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival Fine food and wines, live music, and lots of art (free). Downtown. (510) 970-3217.

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June 23: Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Gourmet goods from top local restaurants and California vintages in a redwood setting ($28). Downtown. (415) 388-8466.

June 24: First Grade Film FestA BAVC-sponsored event intent on showcasing first works of directors driven by ideas rather than genre. Grab a cocktail and kick back. FGFF takes off at Foreign Cinema. 2534 Mission Street ($5-6). www.firstgradefilmfest.com.

June 29-30: Russian River Blues Festival Tommy Castro, The Robert Cray Band, Coco Montoya, and others ($40-85). Guerneville. (510) 655-9471. www.russianriverbluesfest.com.

June 29-August 10: Stanford Jazz Workshop & Festival Top jazz musicians perform and lecture ($15-40). Stanford University, Palo Alto. (650) 736-0324. www.stanfordjazz.org.

June 30-July 27: CSU Summer Arts Festival Afrocubanismo music, children's theater, Russian dance, workshops, and performances (most events free). California State University at Fresno. (559) 278-7091.

July 3-7: Marin County Fair Carnival rides, fireworks, art, music, and a petting zoo (free-$10). Marin County Fairgrounds, San Rafael. (415) 499-6400. www.marinfair.org.

July 4: Jumpin' Frog JamboreeFrog-jumping contests and a steam-powered railroad ($5-15). Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. (831) 335-4484. www.roaringcamp.com.

July 4-7: High Sierra Music Festival Mediski Martin & Wood, Soundtribe Sector 9, The Slip, and more ($38-130). Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds, Quincy. (510) 420-1529. www.hsmusic.net.

July 6-August 10: Peaches Christ's Midnight MassThe fifth straight year of this playfully irreverent film series kicks off with an obligitory showing of the fabled Elizabeth Berkley (career-stalling) vehicle, Showgirls. Midnight Saturdays at the Bridge Theater. www.peacheschrist.com.

July 6: World's Largest Salmon Barbecue Feast on salmon, what else? Also, music and kids' entertainment ($15). Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg. (707) 961-6300. www.salmonrestoration.com.

July 6-7: Fillmore Street Jazz Festival The largest free festival of its kind on the West Coast (free). San Francisco. (510) 970-3217. www.fillmorestreetjazzfest.com.

July 10-14: San Jose International Mariachi Festival Celebrate Mexican culture with family activities, music, food, and vendors (free). Discovery Meadow, downtown San Jose. (800) 642-8482. www.mhcviva.org.

July 11-13: Sonoma County Wine and Food Showcase Fireworks, dancing, San Francisco Symphony, wine tasting, tours, luncheons, and dinners ($50-$225). Various Sonoma locations. (800) 939-7666. www.sonomawine.com.

July 12-21: Solano County FairHorseraces, livestock shows, a carnival, live horse racing, and James Brown ($6). Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo. (707) 644-4401. www.scfair.com.

July 12-14: Montclair Village Fine Arts Festival The 27th annual showcase of local artists. Oakland. (209) 296-1195.

July 13-14: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Girl Shy, The Blotand Male & Female ($10-12). Castro Theatre. (415) 478-2277. www.silentfilm.org.

July 13-14: Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival Artists' displays and craft demos from glassblowing to clay pot-throwing (free). Palo Alto Art Center. (650) 329-2366.

July 13-14: Oakland Scottish Highland Games Highland dancing, sheepdogs, caber tossing, haggis, and more ($10). Dunsmuir Historic Estate. (925) 275-9490. www.dunsmuir.org.

July 13-14: Obon Buddhist Festival Featuring a bazaar, games, food, entertainment, and an obon dance (free). Japantown, San Francisco. (408) 293-9293. www.sjbetsuin.org.

July 16-27: Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra Chamber, opera, big band, blues, and world music ($12-39). Mendocino Headlands State Park. (707) 937-2044. www.mcn.org.

July: 18-21: California Rodeo Bull riding, roping, carnival rides, the largest freestyle bullfight in the country ($6-18). Rodeo Grounds, Salinas. (800) 549-4989. www.carodeo.com.

July 20-21: Connoisseur's Marketplace Gourmet cooking demonstrations, Zazu Pitts Orchestra, crafts (free). Menlo Park. (650) 325-2818. www.miramarevents.com.

July 21: Jazz on the Half Shell Brazilian music by Liza Siva and Voz de Brazil, Hog Island oysters, and other gourmet foods ($15-18). Dance Palace Community Center, Point Reyes Station. (415) 663-1075. www.svn.net/dance.

July 23-August 5: Sonoma County FairRodeos, horse races, Tower of Power, Jump 5, and Charo ($5). Sonoma County Fair Grounds. (707) 545-4200. www.sonomacountyfair.com.

July 24-28: Ladyfest Bay AreaFirst ever of what will surely become a Bay Area institution. A five-day, nonprofit festival bringing in an incredible compilation of women's art, music, and activism. Workshops, concerts, gallery showings, and a film festival are just some of the offerings. Featuring The Donna's, Alix Olson, Michelle Tea, Blectum from Blechdom, Marilyn Wann, and others. www.ladyfestbayarea.org.

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