As summer comes to a close there is still some festival fun to be had in the Bay Area. So bust out the sunblock, pack the kids some Goldfish, and hit the circuit!
Eat Real – Oakland
This is the coolest block party around. Stroll along Jack London Square and feast upon delectable street food. All food is fresh, local and no more than $5. Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland. September 19-21. Friday 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rancho Day Fiesta – San Francisco
Cool off in Pacifica and enjoy early Californian music and dancing. The kids will enjoy watching demonstrations of old trades and partaking in craft activities. Sanchez Adobe, 1000 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica. September 20 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Splatter – Dublin
Games, bubbles, music, wine…what’s not to love! This event’s motto is “Not your ordinary food, wine and art festival”. Splatter is a family-friendly event with international cuisines of the Tri-Valley region and Livermore Valley wines. A Tasting Pavilion passport can be purchased for $30 at the door or $25 in advance or feast from the food truck. Emerald Glen Park, Tassajara Road and Central Parkway, Dublin. September 20 from 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
There is a reason this event is in its 19th season. More than 250 fine arts and crafts booths will be featured, as well as tons of food, various wineries and even microbreweries. There will be four stages for your family’s musical pleasure as well as a kid’s area with entertainment and activities for kids of all ages. Don’t miss the Battle of the Bands Contest! Downtown Lafayette on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 21 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bay Area Blues Festival /Italian Street Painting Festival – Martinez
This free, two-day event will present nonstop live blues performances on two stages, an arts and crafts marketplace, gourmet food booths, fine wines and craft beers. The highlight of the event is the street painting artists that will create inspiring chalk art. Downtown Martinez on Main Street between Court and Alhambra. September 27-28 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Art, Jazz and Wine Fest – Pleasant Hill
The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pleasant Hill are holding their 12th annual festival this fall. Hosted in Crescent Center you can stroll and shop not only the 70+ booths of arts and crafts, but enjoy some of Napa, Sonoma and Livermore’s finest varietals. Not into wine? There will be craft beer too. Rumor has it that SpongeBob SquarePants will be making live appearances throughout the weekend. This year’s event will include an expanded KidZone to let the kids go wild. Bounce house, water balls, magic shows – oh my! Live jazz will also be featured including a special Saturday night concert. Crescent Drive. Saturday October 4 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, October 5 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.