Fairs & Festivals

Tricycle Music Fest West 2011
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 3pm
Location: Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega Street, San Francisco

This event is the biggest little music series in San Francisco. Rhythm Child will perform at all ages show. Bring your drum and join the band!

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Leap Sandcastle Contest
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Ocean Beach (by the Cliff House), 700 Great Highway, San Francisco
Price: Free

The 27th Annual Sandcastle Contest theme: Sand Blast. This is a spirited competition between teams of architects, engineers, contractors and elementary school students to craft the most impressive creations of the imagination.

For more information: (415) 512-1899 or

Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Civic Center Park, Center Street @ Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley
Price: Free

Enjoy Native American food, Arts & Crafts, American Indian culture, singing, and all kinds of dancing contest.

For more information: (510) 595-5520 or

18th Annual Park Street Classic Car Show
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Historic Park Street District, Park St. & Central Ave, Alameda
Price: Free

More than 400 classical vehicles will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district. Most of the cars come from those magical decades—the ‘50s and the ‘60s.

For more information: (510) 523-1392 or

Blue Angels Air Shows
Date: October 8-October 9
Time: 12pm-4pm
Location: The Embarcadero & Pier 39, San Francisco

October 6-Blue Angels Circle and Arrival Maneuvers practice 1-5pm
October 7-Fleet Week Air Show Practice 12:30pm to 4pm
October 8- Air Show 12-4pm
October 9- Air Show 12:30pm-4pm
October 10- Pier 39-Navy Bank Southwest 12-2pm
October 11-All SFFWA Ships Depart

For more information: (650) 599-5057 or

92nd Annual Columbus Day Bazaar
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 8-October 9
Time: 10am-7pm
Location: Saints Peter and Paul Church, 660 Filbert Street, San Francisco
Price: Free

The Bazaar features games, food and good old-fashioned, low-tech entertainments for children and adults.

For more information: (415) 421-0809 or

21st San Carlos Art &Wine Faire
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 8-October 9
Time: 10am-5: 30pm
Location: Laurel Street Park,  759 Laurel Street,  San Carlos
Price: Free

This not-to-be missed event takes place in the heart of downtown San Carlos and provides activities and fun for the entire family including live music, more than 275 art and craft booths, and international food booths, and more.

For more information: (650) 593-1068 or

Annual Quilt Exhibition
Date: October 8-October 9
Time: 1pm-4pm
Location: Sanchez Adobe Historic Site, 1000 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica
Price: Free

This weekend event will include a bed turning activity of historic and new quilts. Throughout the afternoon, quilts will be folded back to reveal the hidden quilts underneath.
For more information: (650) 299-0104 or

Greek Festival Castro Valley
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 8-October 9
Time: Saturday, 11am-9pm
Sunday, 12pm-7pm
Location: Greek Festival Castro Valley, 20104 Center Street, Castro Valley
Price: Free

This event features authentic delicious affordable Greek food and drinks. Don’t miss the free dance lesson, live music, and free parking.
For more information: (510) 581-8950 or

All Italian Car and Motorcycle Show
Date: Sunday, October 9
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Lincoln Middle School, 1250 Fernside Blvd, Alameda
Price: $5

Those who admire Italian cars and motorcycles will not want to miss this exhibition. These fine Italian designed vehicles make Special Olympics possible for those who want only a chance to compete.

Rockridge Out & About Festival
Date: Sunday, October 9
Time: 12-6pm
Location: College Avenue between Alctraz and Manila, Oakland

Festival Highlights: Three stages with music and dance, Chef Stage, Market Hall’s Picnic in the Street, Wellness Tent, Kids Court, Oaklandish Harvest Hoedown, Rockridge Runway Fashion Shows.
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45th Annual Otsukimi – Moon Viewing Festival
Date: Sunday, October 9
Time: 5:30pm-8: 30pm
Location: Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Oakland

We hold our annual Otsukimi moon-viewing party on the full harvest moon each October at the Gardens Lake Merritt. Party will feature traditional Japanese entertainment, authentic Obento dinners, and astronomers with powerful telescopes.
For more information: (510) 325-3729

San Mateo Harvest Festival
Date: October 11-October 13
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
Price: $4-$9

The San Mateo Harvest Festival is one of the largest indoor arts and crafts shows on the West Coast. The event offers over 24,000 handmade gifts, live entertainment, delicious foods, a hands-on KidZone activity center and a mobile pet adoption center.

For more information: (800) 346-1212 or

Summerset IV 6th Annual Holiday Boutique
Date: October 15
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Orchard View Lodge 770 Centennial Drive Brentwood


Sponsored by 35+ vendors from around the Bay Area featuring: Blankets, aprons, runners, mats, tote bags, leather plus silk-velvet purses, purses with inter-changeable shells, custom & animal themed jewelry and gifts, Cookie Lee Jewelry, custom painted shirts, visors, & sets, Mary Kay, Bath & Body Products (all natural), home made jams, jellies, fudge, diabetic friendly baked goods–pies, brownies, cookies, biscotti, coffee cakes, wickless & soy candles, holiday floral: wreaths, trees, centerpieces, and a variety of Christmas decorations and much, much more. Lunch and beverages will be available.


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Portola Garden Tour
Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: The Portola in San Francisco\’s Southeastern Quadrant
Price: $20-$25


This is a self-guided garden tour to benefit the Portola Garden District Scholarship for students at City College of San Francisco. There are 22 public and private gardens to view, music and demonstrations.
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Half-Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 15-October 16
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: On Main Street between Miramontes and Spruce Streets, Half Moon Bay
Price: Free


Celebrate the great gourd at the world-famous Half-Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. Enjoy two days of great pumpkin parade, harvest-inspired crafts, festival food and drink, and much more fun stuff.


For more information: (650) 726-9652 or

20th Anniversary Celebration- Chinese American Historical Museum
Date: October 16
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: History Park San Jose
1650 Senter Road (Phelan) San Jose


Far East Lion Dragon Dance Assoc., Chinese Performing Artists of America, Asian Pop Medley: Milpitas High School Musical Troupe, Berryessa Chinese School Instrumental
Group, Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, The Joy of Dancing Dynamic Dance Troupe, Crystal Children’s Choir, Orchard School Asian Cultural Dance Troupe, Jung Su Won Martial Arts Academy, Pop Singer and Dancer Johnson Eung. Authors Wendy Rouse and Judy Wong with their respective books.


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Yerba Buena Family Day
Date: October 16
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Howard Street, San Francisco


Downtown San Francisco’s biggest free family block party is back with a full day of free admission at four leading museums, hands-on art making activities for kids and special family-friendly performances. All free! Plus this year, the excitement is high with the opening that weekend of the new exhibits at the newly renamed Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) so families will be among the first to experience all the new fun there.


For more information: or 415-614-3216

Chamber Music Day
Date: October 16
Time: 10am-5: 30pm
Location: de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco


Come to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and experience a cornucopia of chamber music ranging from the baroque through classical, contemporary, jazz and improvisation, performed by 33 of the Bay Areas finest musical ensembles.


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Global Marketplace 2011
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 5:45pm-8pm
Location: Fort Mason Conference Center, San Francisco
Join C.E.O. Women for our annual festival featuring international food, live world music, and the latest display of immigrant women’s entrepreneurship! Guests will have the opportunity to browse products and services made locally by aspiring immigrant women entrepreneurs, network with other business professionals, and celebrate the winners of our annual Entrepreneur of the Year awards recognizing 3 outstanding business owners who have graduated from our program.
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Noontime Concerts
Date: Every Tuesday – August 30, 2011
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California Street, San Francisco
Price: Free
Noontime Concerts has presented hundreds of lunchtime classical concerts since the organization’s inception in 1988. The series’ mission is to enrich the cultural life of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Performed by professional local and international touring artists, the concerts are not ticketed, but free-will donations are solicited.
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Santana Row Farmers’ Market
Date: Every Sunday – October
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Santana Row, Stevens Creek & Winchester Boulevard, San Jose
Price: Free
We offer fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and nuts, as well as a selection of organic produce – all direct from local farms. The market also offers delicious baked goods, freshly caught seafoods and specialty food items.


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Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center
Every Friday, April 1- November 18, 2011
Time: 5-10pm
Location: Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd & Buchanan Street, San Francisco
Foods, drinks and music entertainments will be feature on the day of event! Alcohol will be served and must remain inside the event at all times (21+)
For more information: (415) 779-6684,

North Bay Weekend Farmers Market
Date: April 2- December 31, 2011, every Saturday
Time: 9am-2pm
Location: Marinwood Plaza, 101 Marinwood Ave, San Rafael
For more information: (415) 419-6331

Shorty Rossi Pet Expo
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Santa Clara County Fairground
Price: Free
Pet lovers should get their four-legged friends ready for an Amazing Pet Expo coming their way soon. This free indoor event attracts thousands of pet lovers looking to enjoy a day out with their furry, feathered or reptilian pals! There will be live entertainment, Obedience Demonstrations, free nail trims, and tons of fun for your pet.

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Ohlone College Super Flea Market
Date: Second Saturday of each Month
Time: 8am-3pm
Location: Ohlone College Campus
Price: Free
For more information: (510) 659-6009

Ohlone College Super Flea Market
Date: Every Second Saturday of the month
Time: 8am-3pm
Location: Ohlone College Super Flea Market
Bldg #20, 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
Hundreds of vendors selling homemade crafts, furniture, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, dried and silk flowers, cosmetics, comics, baseball cards, wood products and much more delicious foods.
For more information: (510) 659-6285 or

Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: CalTrain Parking Lot, El Camino Real & O’Niell Street, Belmont
Come visit one of our farmers’ markets for the freshest seasonal produce
For More Information: (800) 949-FARM or visit

If you wish to get involved in the above Community Events, please contact the organizations directly.