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.

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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