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Bay Area’s Best Summer Festivals

May 2, 2012 2:22 PM

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Reporting Liam Mayclem

Get festive and explores some of the Bay Area’s hottest festivals. From Outside Lands Music Fest in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to Oakland’s Eat Real Street Food Festival and the Sausalito Art Festival, join us as we cover the Bay Area’s best summer festivals.
outside lands Bay Areas Best Summer Festivals

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Outside Lands
Polo Fields, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
August 10-12 2012
www.sfoutsidelands.com

Billed as one of the country’s truly great music festivals, Outside Lands is a massive 3-day festival featuring amazing music, food and wine. This year’s line up features an eclectic array of artists from Metallica to Stevie Wonder. While Outside Lands is very family friendly, be sure not to miss the extraordinary wine tent, featuring wineries from all over the Bay Area. And grab some lunch or dinner at one of the many organic and delish food vendors serving up snacks. Tickets start at $225 for the 3-day festival, and parking is nearly impossible, so plan ahead. And rock on!

Ukulele Festival
Beringer Winery
St.Helena, CA
September 7-9, 2012
www.winecountryukefest.wordpress.com

This annual celebration of the Ukulele is staged in St. Helena every summer. Head to Beringer Winery for 2 and a half days of ukulele fun, lessons, concerts, gourmet food, and of course, some terrific wine. There’s no need to head all the way to Hawaii for some tropical music in the sun.

SF Chefs 2011

(SF Chefs Food and Wine)

SF Chefs Food and Wine
Union Square
San Francisco, CA
July 30-August 5, 2012
www.sfchefsfoodwine.com

The Bay Area’s food and wine community come together for what is regarded as one of the tastiest events of the year. Set in the epicenter of culinary innovation, SF Chefs is a unique opportunity to mingle and taste with the master chefs, mixologists, winemakers and other culinary superstars under a massive tent in San Francisco’s Union Square. Spot your favorite celebrity chefs and taste creations from the Bay Area’s best restaurant. Classes and private parties round out this delicious week that’s quickly becoming a national event. Keep your eyes peeled. You’ll be sure to spot out own Liam Mayclem there!

Sausalito Art Festival

(Sausalito Art Festival)

Sausalito Art Festival
Sausalito, CA
September 1-3, 2012
www.sausalitoartfestival.org

An Annual Art, Food & Wine Festival held in Sausalito every Labor Day Weekend, this year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Sausalito Art Festival. Spend the weekend admiring amazing and unique world-class art, checking out live music, and nibbling on yummy local food and fantastic wines. Nestled in this charming village just beneath the Golden Gate, the Sausalito Art Festival is a now known as one of the biggest art fairs in the country.

Weekend At The Treasure Island Music Festival 2010

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Treasure Island Music Festival
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
October 15-16, 2012
treasureislandfestival.com

Nestled on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, the Treasure Island Music Festival is a 2-day outdoor musical extravaganza. Known for having some of the hippest acts in music, Treasure Island is the cool kids’ music festival This year, check out bands like Chromeo, Death Cab for Cutie, and Empire of the Sun. A single day ticket starts at $70, and again, parking is near impossible.

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Arts & Culture section and discover the best of the Bay.

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