Summer Events a Go Go!

What to do, all summer long

July 26-27: Berkeley Kite FestivalDemonstrations, competitions, food, music, and children's events. Cesar E. Chavez Park/Berkeley Marina. (510) 235-5483. www.highlinekites.com.

July 27: Up Your Alley FairSouth of Market street fair by and for leather enthusiasts. Dore Alley. www.folsomstreetfair.com.

July 28-August 10: Cabrillo Music FestivalModern music gathering mixing theater, chorus, orchestra, dance, and video (free-$40). Various Santa Cruz locations. (831) 426-6966. www.cabrillomusic.org.

August 2-3: San Francisco Aloha FestivalPacific Island dance, arts, crafts, and foods (free). Presidio Parade Grounds. (415) 281-0221. www.pica-org.org.

August 2-3: All NationsNative American dance, arts, crafts, and foods ($1). Petaluma Adobe Historic Park. (707) 762-4871.

August 6-10: Napa Town & Country FairLive music, destruction derby, Hispanic Extravaganza, and other attractions ($4-7). Napa Valley Expo. (707) 253-4900. www.napavalleyexpo.com.

August 9-10: Los Gatos Fiesta de ArtesArts and crafts plus gourmet food and wines in a charming South Bay town (free). Town Center. (408) 354-6558.www.lgkiwanis.org

August 9-10: 10th Annual 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 12-17: Monterey County Fair This year"s theme is the Land of Ahh"s. Horse races, livestock auctions, brand new Food & Wine Pavilion, Pete Escovedo, and more. ($4-8) (831) 372-5863 www.montereycountyfair.com.

August 15-September 1: California State Fair 150th AnniversaryCarnival rides, livestock exhibits, the Go-Gos, The B-52s, and Kirk Franklin ($1.50-9) Cal Expo, Sacramento. (916) 263-3247. www.bigfun.org.

August 16-17: Hayward Zucchini FestivalA fair devoted to a squash. Kennedy Park. (510) 264-9466.

August 20-September 7: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus($11-50). Oakland Arena, Compaq Center in San Jose, and the Cow Palace. (415) 421-TIXS www.ringling.com.

August 23-24: Palo Alto Festival of the ArtsLocal wine and foods, digital art pavilion, and three stages of entertainment (free). Downtown. (650) 324-3121.

August 23-24: Bodega Bay Seafood, Art & Wine Festival Seafood galore, wine and microbrew tastings, and music too ($5-7). Chanslor Horse Ranch. (707) 824-8717. www.sonomawetlands.org

August 25-September 1: Burning ManArt, music, fire, and freaks in the desert ($225). Black Rock Desert, 120 miles east of Reno. (415) TO-FLAME. www.burningman.com.

August 29-September 1: Sausalito Art FestivalA fine-arts festival with music and food ($5-20). (415) 331-37575. www.sausalitoartfest.org.

August 30-September 21: San Francisco Shakespeare FestivalFree weekend performances of the Bard"s classics. Golden Gate Park. (415) 422-2222. www.sfshakes.org

Cultural Events

Through August 31: Treasures of Lost Art Rare Italian manuscript paintings from the 13th to 16th centuries ($5-8) Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park. (415) 863-3330. www.thinker.org.

Through Aug 17: American Conservatory Theater:Urinetown, The Musical! Geary Theater. (415) 749-2229. www.act-sfbay.org.

Through August 31: Burning Man Deprecation NightHighlighting Burning Man artists every Tuesday. Odeon Bar, San Francisco. (415) 550-6994.

Through August 31: Reflections in BlackPart one of the three-part Smithsonian photography collection chronicling African-American history since 1840. Oakland Museum of California ($4-6). (510) 238-2200. www.museumca.org.

Ongoing: Book Passage Authors SeriesEvents all summer at this North Bay independent bookstore. Corte Madera. (415) 927-0906. www.bookpassage.com.

Through December 31: Cody's BooksAuthors Series at two Berkeley locations. (510) 845-7852. www.codysbooks.com.

Through December 31: A Clean Well-Lighted Place for BooksSan Francisco independent bookstore"s ongoing author series. (415) 441-6670. www.bookstore.com.

Through August 2: Burning Man Beach BurnDance, drum, and burn something at this recurring Saturday gathering. Ocean Beach, Stairwell 28. www.burningman.org.

July 1: Brower DayCelebrate the legacy of an American environmental leader with earth activities, (free). Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline, Oakland. (415) 788-3666, ext. 260. www.earthisland.org.

July 4-September 1: San Francisco Mime Troupe Annual Show Tony Awardwinning group premieres its 41st summer season with Veronique of the Mounties, a biting look at militarism and empires. Various locations throughout San Francisco (free). (415) 285-1717. www.sfmt.org.

July 6-20: Sonoma Valley Poetry FestivalA series of readings by local and national talent (free). (707) 280-4696.

July 13-18: The Woman's Will Shakespeare Company Love 1670s-style in Aphra Behn"s The Rover, presented by an all-female troupe. Various Bay Area parks (free). (510) 420-0813. www.womanswill.org.

July 13-14: San Francisco Silent Film FestivalAlice in Disneyland, Carmen, and 2001"s Claire ($10-12). Castro Theatre, 833 Market (415) 777-4908. www.silentfilm.org.

July 14-15: First Grade Film FestShowcasing works of first-time directors and early work of established directors, driven by ideas rather than genre. Grab a cocktail and kick back. FGFF takes off at Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission Street ($7). www.firstgradefilmfest.com.

July 17-August 10: Wine Country Film FestivalNapa and Sonoma ($8-25). (707) 996-2536. www.winecountryfilmfest.com.

July 17-August 4: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Castro Theatre and other locations (415) 621-0556. www.sfjff.org.

July 19-August 10: 66th Carmel Bach Festivalpresents works by Bach and others ($15-60). (831) 624-2046. www.bachfestival.org.

July 19: Books by the Bay Festival Readings by well-known poets and authors in support of indie bookstores (free). Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. (415) 561-7686 www.booksbythebay.com.

August 7-10: Steinbeck FestivalCelebrates the California author with lectures, films, readings, tours, and panel discussions (call for prices). Salinas. (831) 796-3833. www.steinbeck.org.

Music

Through August 30: Mountain Winery Concert Series Artists from Lyle Lovett and Tracy Chapman to James Brown and Meatloaf ($25-85). Mountain Winery, Saratoga. (408) 741-2822

July 8: Ozzfest 2003Marilyn Manson, KORN, Grade 8, and others take to the stage. Shoreline Amphitheater. (650) 962-1000.

July 11-13: 10th Annual Bluegrass Festival100% California Bluegrass ($17-55). Bolado Park, Hollister. (831) 479-4634. www.scbs.org.

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