January

Oakland Chinatown Lunar New Year Bazaar
January 21 - 22, | Pacific Renaissance Plaza
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional New Year decorations, flowers gifts, candies and more. Live entertainment includes traditional dance, music and a "Little Prince & Princess Contest."

Oakland Restaurant Week
January 20 - 29, | Various Locations
Take advantage of 10 days of specials offers at over a dozen Oakland restaurants. Reservations are highly recommended.

SF Sketchfest
January 19 - February 4, | Various Locations
This gut-busting festival features six Bay Area sketch comedy groups and is a much-anticipated event among comedy enthusiasts from across the globe.

February

San Francisco Independent Film Festival
February 7 - 21, | Various Locations
Make a point to check out this cinematic event featuring top independent, alternative and subversive films from the world over.

San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival
February 8 - 17, | Various Locations
Enjoy tons of rowdy musical performances, workshops and dances all across the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Francisco Bay Pacific Flyway Festival
February 8 - 10, | Mare Island
Get out and enjoy the Great Outdoors with guided nature hikes, outings and tours as well as numerous workshops. With more than 60 scheduled events you're bound to find something right up your alley.

Pacific Orchid Exposition
February 21 - 24, | Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
Join other orchid enthusiasts in browsing more than 150,000 breathtaking orchids from across the globe as well as educational exhibits and a host of vendors.

March

Oakland Running Festival
March 24, | Oakland
Enjoy a full weekend of health and fun with a variety of race lengths for all skill levels and ages as well as an informative Sports Expo, entertaining Celebration Village and tons of live music.

Crab Crawl
March 7, | Jack London Square
Snatch up incredibly fresh crab straight off a crabbing boat, sample tons of delicious crab-based dishes and enjoy shopping, live music, entertainment, exhibitions and special kid-centric activities.

St. Patrick's Day Festival
March 16, | Civic Center Plaza
Experience the revelry of the oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day parade west of the Mississippi River.

April

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
April 13 - 14 & April 20 - 21, | Japantown, San Francisco
Join more than 200,000 people in celebrating the grace and beauty of the Japanese culture. This free festival will feature a dazzling parade and numerous vendors and performances.

San Francisco International Beer Fest
April 27, | Fort Mason
Your ticket to this indulgent event includes a bottomless mug of the best from both local and international brew-masters, delectable food offerings and hard-hitting electronic music.

Horn Blower - Opening Day on the Bay Cruise
Date TBA | Crissy Field
Check out this one-of-a-kind parade showcasing more than 120 historic work boats, fireboats, towboats and more, decorated in the designated theme of the year.

May

Cinco de May Festival
May 4, | Dolores Park
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in true style with this light-hearted festival. Participate in a massive Zumba-thon and enjoy numerous live performances by top acts.

Small Business Week
May 13 - 19, | Various Locations
Join more than 4,000 area small businesses in a fervent week of networking, best practices and education. This annual is event is free.

June

Hold the Line Skills Camp
Dates TBA | Oakland Tech High School
A free clinic for high-school football players focusing on how to evolve both football and general athletic skill as well as educational and character development portions.

Union Street Festival
June 1 - 2, | Union Street in San Francisco
Come experience San Francisco's chic side and peruse a variety of the city's top boutiques, art galleries and eateries.

Live Oak Park Fair S.F.
June 9 - 10, | Live Oak Park
Expand your art collection and enjoy live entertainment without busting your budget at this free event featuring art spanning numerous media including painting to jewelry-making.

July

Oakland Jazz Festival
Dates TBA | Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
This outdoor concert features a variety of delightful jazz performances from renowned musicians. All seating is general admission and tickets are available for purchase online.

Berkeley Kite Festival
July 27 - 28, | Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina
This free event features a variety of modern-era kites including massive kites as large as houses and fun kite-making classes for the little ones.

4th of July Celebration at Jack London Square
July 4, | Jack London Square
A "family-friendly" celebration featuring giant slides and bounce houses for the kids, tons of festival foods and live musical performances.

August

Fremont Festival of the Arts
August 3 - 4, | Fremont, CA
Enjoy three stages of live music, tons of artisan booths and a variety of children's activities. Admission is free.

San Jose Jazz Festival
August 9, | Downtown San Jose
This annual event is spread over 12 city blocks and features a variety of renowned jazz musicians performing both indoors and out.

San Francisco International Arts Festival
August 15 - September 22, | Various Locations
Experience an epic art event with true international flair. The best music, dance, theater and visual artists from across the globe come together in celebration of all things art.

Chinatown Street Fest
Dates TBA | Downtown Oakland
Experience authentic Asian cuisine, traditions and wares at this celebration of Oakland's Asian community.

Oakland Art & Soul Festival
Date TBA | Downtown Oakland
Check out live jazz, rock, gospel, E.D.M., punk, honky-tonk, metal, world, Latin, folk, R&B, and blues music performed by the best area musicians and well-known national acts.

The Annual Scottish Gathering & Games
August 31 - September 1, | Canterbury Village
Join in traditional Scottish sporting competitions, watch dueling troupes of Scottish Highland dancers or indulge in authentic food and drink.

September

Oakland Pride Festival
Date TBA | Uptown Oakland
Help celebrate and show support for Oakland's LGBT community.

Garin Apple Festival
September 11 | Garin Regional Park
160 varieties of delicious apples are found in Garin and the Garin Apple Festival gives everyone a chance to taste-test and vote on their favorites while enjoying live music and a variety of other activities.

Solano Avenue Stroll
Date TBA | Solano Avenue
Experience over 500 vendors showcasing non-profit organizations, foods and entertainment. By far the East Bay's largest street festival.

Italian Festa
Dates TBA | San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
The San Francisco Italian Athletic Club invites everyone to North Beach for this annual celebration of all things Italy and Italian.

West Coast Crab & Jazz Festival
Dates TBA | Kaiser Rooftop Garden
A seafood lovers paradise, enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Dungeness crab, 40 other items and bottomless wine.

Women of Taste
Dates TBA | Kaiser Rooftop Garden
This event brings together world-class chefs, wine purveyors, foodies and more to celebrate culinary excellence.

Eat Real Fest
September 27 - 29, | Jack London Square
Take in a variety of demos and D.I.Y. exhibitions while enjoying the finest street foods and hand-crafted adult beverages. Non-alcoholic beverages also available.

October

A Chef's Delight
Dates TBA | Oakland Asian Cultural Center
A delightful food and wine festival benefitting the Wa Sung Community Center and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

Black Cowboy Parade & Heritage Festival
October 5, | DeFremery Park
Start with a parade featuring cowboys from across the nation, trick riders, school organizations and local businesses, followed by festivities offering a "Taste of the Old West."

Rockridge Out & About
October 6, | Rockridge District
A variety of activities will take place throughout the day featuring vendors, art work, food, live music, chef stage and a picnic in the street.

Mill Valley Film Festival
October 4 - 14 | San Francisco Bay Area
This respected festival sells more than 40,000 tickets annually and boasts a variety of sections including World Cinema, US Cinema, Valley of the Docs and more.

Oktoberfest by the Bay
October 3 - 13, | Pier 48 in San Francisco
Voted one of the 10 best locations to celebrate Oktoberfest in the US, festival goers will enjoy endless music, singing, dancing and, of course, the best in authentic German drink and dining.

November

Holiday Tree Lighting
Date TBA| Jack London Square
A cheery annual event featuring a children's singing competition, live musical performances and a preview of one of the floats from the Children's Holiday Parade.

Dia De Los Muertos Procession
November 2, | The Mission District in San Francisco
A beautifully gothic procession honoring both life and death. After the procession enjoy displayed art and varied live performances.

Winter Carnival
Dates TBA | Embarcadero Center
Delight the little ones with numerous kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, visits with Santa Claus and a very special Mickey Mouse appearance.

San Francisco Ski & Board Fest
November 3 - 4, | Fort Mason Center
This epic event features numerous vendor booths offering up top early season prices on gear and fashions as well as interactive exhibits, beer and wine tasting and tons more.

December

America's Children's Holiday Parade in Oakland
Date TBA | Downtown Oakland
Their little faces will light up as favorite cartoon and storybook characters appear on floats and as over-sized helium balloons. Colorful marching bands, floats and more will also take part in the parade.

Oakland Strolling Carolers
December 1 - 21, | Oakland Convention Center
Oakland's Strolling Carolers perform classic holiday favorites every Tuesday and Friday near and around the Oakland Convention Center.

Jack London Lighted Yacht Parade
Date TBA | Jack London Square
Enjoy free admission to this merry event featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, kid-friendly activities, visits with Santa and jolly carriage rides.