July 26-28: Gilroy Garlic Festival Garlic ice cream, anyone? ($10). Christmas Hill Park. (408) 842-1625. www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.

July 26-28: Benicia Waterfront Festival Beatlemania, wine tasting, seafood, and a powerboat race ($5). (707) 745-9791.

July 27-28: Berkeley Kite Festival Demonstrations, competitions, food, music, and children's events. Cesar E. Chavez Park/Berkeley Marina. (510) 235-5483. www.highlinekite.com.

July 27-28: Fremont Festival of the Arts Live music, food, wine, and the latest high-tech hardware and software (free). Downtown. (510) 795-2244. www.fremontbusiness.com.

July 27-August 11: North Beach Jazz FestivalIrvin Mayfield, Kermit Ruffins, and others. (Free-$18). Various North Beach locations. (415) 267-6943. www.nbjazzfest.org.

July 28: Up Your AlleySouth of Market street fair by and for leather enthusiasts. Complete with food, music, vendors, and demonstrations. Dore Alley. www.folsomstreetfair.com.

August 2-11: Cabrillo Music Festival Modern music gathering mixing theater, chorus, orchestra, dance, and video (free-$40). Various Santa Cruz locations. (831) 426-6966. www.cabrillomusic.org.

August 3-4: Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival Highland dancing, caber toss, and a pipe band competition ($10). Monterey/Salinas. (831) 647-6311. www.montereyscotgames.com.

August 3-4: San Francisco Aloha FestivalPacific Island dance, arts, crafts, and foods (free). Parade Grounds. (415) 281-0221. www.pica-org.org.

August 3-4: All NationsNative American dance, arts, crafts, and foods ($1). Petaluma Adobe Historic Park. (707) 281-0429.

August 3-24: Petaluma Summer Music Festival Jazz musician Shane Kelly, world music from Melody of China, Men of Worth Celtic Band, The 2nd Ave. Klezmer Ensemble, and others ($6-40). Cinnabar Theater. (707) 763-8920. www.cinnabartheater.com.

August 7-11: Napa Town & Country Fair Live music, destruction derby, Hispanic Extravaganza, and other attractions ($7). Napa Valley Expo. (707) 253-4900. www.napavalleyexpo.com.

August 7-11: San Jose Jazz Festival Five days of jazz, from salsa to bebop to modern (free). Plaza de Cesar Chavez and other venues. (408) 288-7557. www.sanjosejazz.org.

August 10-11: Great Gatsby Festival Cole Porter music revue, a high tea, vintage car and fashion shows, croquet lessons (free). Tallac Historic Site, South Lake Tahoe. (530) 541-5227. www.tahoeheritage.org.

August 10-11: Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes Gourmet food and wines, and arts and crafts in a charming South Bay town (free). Town Center. (408) 354-6558.

August 10-11: Small Brewers Festival More than 40 small brewers, including Speakeasy Ales and Lagers and Widmer Brothers Brewing ($15). Mountain View. (888) 875-BREW. www.smallbrewersfest.com.

August 10-11: Nihonmachi Street Fair Lion dancers, taiko drummers, arts and crafts, music, food, and children's events. San Francisco's Japantown and Japan Center. (415) 771-9861. www.nihonmachistreetfair.org.

August 14-September 2: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus($10.75-50). Oakland Arena, Compaq Center at San Jose, and the Cow Palace. (415) 478-BASS. www.tickets.com.

August 16-September 2: California State Fair Carnival rides, livestock exhibits, The Bangles, Foreigner, and Howie Mandel ($8) Cal Expo, Sacramento. (916) 263-3247. www.bigfun.org.

August 17-18: Hayward Zucchini Festival A fair devoted to a squash ($4). Kennedy Park. (510) 264-9466.

August 17-18: Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival A comedic juggler, rock 'n' roll, bluegrass, folk music, and a thrift-store fashion show (free). IDES Grounds. (650) 879-0848.

August 18: Comedy Celebration Day Northern California's top comedians entertain. Food, drinks, and souvenirs are also available (free). Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. (415) 386-5053. www.comedyday.com.

August 22-September 1: Lake County Summerfest Clear Lake celebrates with farmers' markets, county fairs, gold mine tours, Michael Bolton, fireworks, and more. Call for price/locations. (800) 525-3743. www.lakecounty.com.

July 11: Best of the Bay Area Party San Francisco magazine hosts this night of the area's best food, wine, and entertainment. Proceeds go to Glide Memorial. Ticket prices include open bar and tasting tables ($75-100). (415) 398-3595, ext. 405.

August 24-25: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts Local wine and foods, digital art pavilion, and three stages of entertainment (free). Downtown. (650) 324-3121. www.mlaproductions.com.

August 24-25: Cotati Accordion Festival Accordions play Tex-Mex, Irish, jazz, and classical music ($10-18). La Plaza Park. (707) 664-0444. www.cotatifest.com.

August 24-25: Bodega Bay Seafood, Art & Wine Festival All kinds of seafood, tastings from more than 30 wineries and breweries, bluesmen Red Archibald & the Internationals ($6). Chanslor Horse Ranch. (707) 824-8717.

August 26-September 2: Burning Man An experience of art, music, fire, camaraderie, and more ($125-200). Black Rock Desert, 120 miles east of Reno. (415) TO-FLAME. www.burningman.com.

September 7: Brazil in the Park: Bands, dancers, capoeria demonstrations, fashion show, games, food, art, children's activities, and a Carnaval parade (free). Golden Gate Park. (415) 334-0106.

August 31-September 29: San Francisco Shakespeare FestivalFree weekend performances of the Bard's classics. Golden Gate Park. (415) 422-2222.

August 31-September 2: Absolut A La Carte, A La Park Over 40 of San Francisco's top restaurants and more than 20 microbrews. Golden Gate Park. (415) 458-1988. www.tickets.com.

August 30-September 2: Sausalito Art Festival A fine-arts festival with music and food ($15). (415) 332-3555. www.sausalitoartfest.org.

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