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 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 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.
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 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 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 6-7: 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 12-14: 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: Obon Buddhist Festival Featuring a bazaar, games, food, entertainment, and an obon dance (free). Japantown, San Francisco. (408) 293-9293. www.sjbetsuin.org.
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: 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.
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 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: 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 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.
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 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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