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 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 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
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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