JUNE 25-JULY 11
Alameda County Fair
4501 Pleasanton (at Valley), Pleasanton, (925) 426-7559,
With funky concerts (War and The Spinners), a tasty Cooking Academy, and the Action Zone -- an expo covering sports from baseball to BMX biking -- this ain't your grandfather's county fair.
San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello (at Geary), S.F., noon-11 p.m., www.sffolkfest.org.
Workshops and live performances are the highlights of the 28th annual celebration of folk around the world.
San Anselmo Art and Design Festival
San Anselmo's big annual festival turns 21 this year and brings a new home-and-garden facet to the widely attended proceedings.
THROUGH JUNE 27
San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Various venues, S.F., 703-8650, www.frameline.org.
This festival, now 28 years old, hosts several U.S. and world premieres within its 80-plus features.
Napa County Fair
While it may sound like a fancy wine-related affair, the Napa County Fair is actually known for features such as its annual destruction derby.
Marin County Fair
Marin County Fairgrounds, Civic Center Drive, Marin, 499-6800, www.marinfair.org.
This year's 59th edition includes grand tributes to old (the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright in Marin) and new (hip hop dance contests).
Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
Along Fillmore (from Jackson to Eddy), S.F., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., (510) 970-3217, www.fillmorejazzfestival.com.
This beloved festival sees in excess of 100,000 revelers each year. For this year's 20th anniversary, anything goes.
The largest Tahitian cultural gathering outside of the homeland draws people from all over the map.
San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), S.F., 621-6120, www.silentfilm.org.
Nine films from 1919 to 1928 will be screened at the ninth annual edition of this silent giant.
JULY 10-AUGUST 15
Hearken back to ye olden days at this traditional time warp, which draws a curious crowd mix of utterly innocent and totally deviant.
Solano County Fair
Gilroy Garlic Festival
7050 Miller, Gilroy, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., (408) 842-1625, www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.
The mack daddy of all California food festivals celebrates a quarter century of stinking this year.
JULY 27-AUGUST 9
Sonoma County Fair & Exposition
Between the livestock contests and the Elvis impersonators' showdown, telltale markings of Heartland America right in our own backyard.
JULY 31-AUGUST 1
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
Strawberry tamales and a gooey strawberry contest are just two of the distinctive features of this festival, which is turning 10 years old.
JULY 31-AUGUST 1
Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships
Kites will be made and world records will be challenged in this 19th annual spectacular.
Santa Clara County Fair
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully (at South Seventh Street), San Jose, (408) 494-3247, www.thefair.org.
Dozens of cars smash it up at the Santa Clara County Fair's annual demolition derby, the certain highlight of the weekend.
Napa Town and Country Fair
Here's where the real civilized wine tasting/country fair activity takes place in Napa.
San Mateo County Fair
War, Loverboy, and the Village People are among the concert performances offered in this fair's 70th year.
The festival's 13th year brings something beyond nearly 100 varieties of tomatoes: The West Coast Barbecue Championships.
Nihonmachi Street Fair
Post (between Laguna and Fillmore), S.F., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 771-9861, www.nihonmachistreetfair.org.
The 31st annual celebration of Bay Area Asian and Pacific Islander communities features the Asian-American Bike Show, as well as street fair and food festival elements.
Pistahan celebrates the Bay Area's sizeable Filipino community with traditional flair, from arts and culture to culinary temptations.
Monterey County Fair