Menlo Park Connoisseurs’ Marketplace (credit: Miramar Events)
The sun is out and summer is in full swing. These July events and festivals in the Bay Area are some of the ones you can’t miss out on. As diverse as the San Francisco Bay Area is, it may be a bit overwhelming on the amount of events there is in just one month. Thankfully, we shortened the long list down to these ten local and popular events. From the world famous Gilroy Garlic Festival to the Berkeley Kite Festival, this list is sure to have an event for everyone. Which one is yours?
Opera at the Ballpark
1 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Enjoy hot dogs and garlic fries as you watch Verdi’s La Traviata streaming live via HD video simulcast from the SF Opera House onto the big scoreboard screen. You can sit on the baseball field or relax in the stands. Gates open at 6:30 pm for registered fans and 7:00 pm for general entry. Admission is free.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
Fillmore Street (Between Jackson & Eddy streets)
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, July 5-6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
This year’s Fillmore Jazz Festival embraces the spirit, insight, beauty, and power of women expressed through music. “Celebrating Women in Jazz and Beyond” is just that – a celebration. Re-connect with old friends and discover new ones. The Bay Area is blessed with an abundance of talented, inspiring women in the arts. Explore and enjoy!
Hot San Jose Night
Reid Hill View Airport
2500 Cunningham Avenue
San Jose, CA 95148
Date: Saturday, July 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This family friendly South Bay event brings together various cars and planes with old fashion family fun! On display, find vintage custom hot rods, muscle cars, sleek sports cars and so much more. Plus live bands & a food court. Free admission.
3rd Annual Island Reggae Festival
California’s Great America – Redwood Amphitheatre
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Date: Saturday, July 12 @ 10 am – 10pm
Featuring local and worldwide island reggae performers and bands, the Island Reggae Festival in Great America showcases the very best in Polynesian arts. Also benefits Diabetes Awareness.
Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival
Main & State Streets
Los Altos, CA
Saturday, July 12-13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Within the six-block downtown triangle you will find more than 150 shops offering just about everything from A to Z. Grab a quick bite or enjoy fine dining, make a deposit, book a trip, get your eyes or teeth checked, or have your clothes cleaned and tailored. All this and more with free, convenient parking on street and in the plazas.
Oakland Jazz Festival
Cal State East Bay
Date: Saturday, July 19
This day long musical event features some of the best in entertainment including Chaka Khan, Jonathan Butler, Alex Bugnon, Norman Brown, Jeffrey Osborne and so much more!
Santa Cruz Avenue (Between El Camino Real & Johnson Street)
Menlo Park, CA
Saturday, July 19-20 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Celebrating its 28th year, Menlo Park’s longtime signature contribution to the Bay Area’s vibrant festival scene is the popular mid-summer Connoisseurs’ Marketplace. It promises to be a sun-splashed weekend featuring 250 of America’s top artists, two days of stellar live music, engaging chefs’ demos, fabulous food and drink, artisan specialty food purveyors, a custom car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, and tons of fun for kids.
Great American Blues & Barbeque Festival
Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael
(415) 383 3470
Date: Sunday, July 20 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Great American Blues & Barbecue Festival returns to the heart of downtown San Rafael. This soulful and finger licking good festival celebrates Marin and America’s outstanding heritage of American roots and Blues music with performances by local and national blues artists on multiple stages. Food concessions and “King of the Q” competition focuses on the great American original, Barbecue, in all its tasty glory. Blues and Barbeque, there isn’t a better combo to be found.
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Park (Between Miller Avenue & Santa Teresa Boulevard)
Friday, July 25-27 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Now in its 36th year, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is one the Bay Area’s favorite annual events. Attendees enjoy three whole days of garlic-based fun, from a Gourmet Garlic Alley to live entertainment, and from free garlic ice cream to the crowing of Miss Garlic 2014. Don’t miss one of summer’s hottest (and spiciest) events!
Berkeley Kite Festival
Cesar E. Chavez Park at Berkeley Marina
Saturday, July 26-27 @ 10:00 am -5:00 pm
Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. There is something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival. From the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses, to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop for kids.