Friday October 24, 2014

All Your San Francisco Bay Area Food, Art, and Music Festivals — Fall 2014 & Winter 2015 Edition



Have a good weekend, everyone! Here is my festival guide, if a bit delayed this Fall. I hope you find something fun to do this winter….like go to the Holiday Tractor Parade. Or Migration Festival. Or the Truffle Fair. The Bay Area knows how to put on festivals, that’s for sure.




Yolo Wool Mill’s Annual Mill-In, October 25 2014, Woodland, CA

Danville Fall Crafts Fair, October 25-26 2014, Danville, CA

Wharf Fest, October 25 2014, Fisherman’s Wharf, SF

4th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat, October 26 2014, Japantown, CA





Pioneer Quilters Quilt Show, November 1-2 2014, Roseville, CA

American Indian Film Festival, November 1-9 2014, Union Square, SF

Dia De Los Muertos, November 2 2014, Mission District, SF

Fruitvale Dia De Los Muertos Festival, November 2 2014, Fruitvale, CA

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, November 2 2014, Berkeley, CA


BevMo Holiday Beerfest, November 8 2014, Marina, SF

Renegade Craft Fair, November 8-9, Fort Mason, SF

The 38th Annual International Model Rail Show, November 8-9 2014, Roseville, CA


Napa Valley Film Festival, November 11-16 2014, Napa, CA

San Mateo Harvest Festival, November 14-16 2014, San Mateo, CA

Green Festival, November 14-16 2014, Fort Mason, SF


Flavor! Napa Valley: A Celebration of Food, Wine, and Fun, November 19-23 2014, St. Helena, CA

Sacramento Harvest Festival at Cal-Expo, November 21-23 2014, Sacramento, CA

The 19th Annual Mandarin Festival, November 21-23 2014, Auburn, CA

The 34th Annual Charles Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party, November 22-December 21 2014 (weekends), Cow Palace, SF

Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo, November 22 2014 – January 4 2015, Sacramento, CA

Jingle Fest, November 23 2014, San Jose, CA


Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 28 2014, Ghirardelli Square, SF

Celebration of Craftswomen: The Largest Women’s Fine Arts Craft Shows in the US, November 28-30 2014, Fort Mason, SF

The San Rafael Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland, November 28 2014, San Rafael, CA

San Jose Harvest Festival, November 28-30 2014, San Jose, CA

The 31st Annual Holiday Open House in Sonoma, November 28-29 2014, Multiple Wineries Participating, Sonoma, CA

Christmas in San Francisco Crystal Fair, December 29-30 2014, Fort Mason, SF

Gem Faire (Monterey), November 29 – December 1 2014, Monterey, CA




Light the Menorah at Ghirardelli Square, December 2014, Ghirardelli Square

Noe Valley Wine Walk, December 4 2014, Noe Valley, SF

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, December 5-6 2015, Napa, CA

Artifactory Holiday Fair, December 6-9 2014, Palo Alto, CA

Union Street Holiday Festivities, December 6 2014, Union Street, SF

Swedish Christmas Fair (and Gingerbread House Decorating), December 6 2014, St. Mary’s Cathedral, SF

Mill Valley Holiday Craft Fair, December 6 2014, Mill Valley, CA

Christmas at the Waterfront, December 6 2014, Suisun City, CA

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade, December 6 2014, Calistoga, CA

Snow Day in the Berkeley, December 7 2014, Berkeley, CA


Star Trek Convention, December 12-14 2014, Hyatt Regency, SFO

Holidays on the Ranch, December 13, 2014, Wilder Ranch State Park, CA

Kimochi’s Silver Bells Arts & Crafts Faire, December 13 2014, San Francisco

San Francisco Bazaar Holiday Show, December 13-14, Fort Mason, SF

A Holiday Tradition at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, December 13-14, Oakland, CA

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair, December 13-14, Berkeley, CA

Santa’s Helper Holiday Gift Faire, December 13-14, Napa, CA




Sacramento Anime Convention, January 2-4 2015, Sacramento, CA

Sacramento State Home & Garden Show, January 2-4, Sacramento, CA

Gem Faire at Santa Rosa, January 2-4 2015, Santa Rosa, CA


Elysium Live: A Contemporary Exhibit of the Arts, January 8 2015, Sacramento, CA

International Sportsmen’s Exposition at Cal Expo, January 8-11 2015, Sacramento, CA

Santa Cruz Fungus Fair, January 9-11 2015, Santa Cruz, CA


Napa Truffle Festival, January 16-19 2015, Napa, CA


Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway, January 21-25 2015, Chico, CA

Gem Faire at San Rafael, January 23-25, San Rafael, CA

Zinfadel Experience, January 29-31 2015, San Francisco, CA

Russian Festival, January 30 – February 1 2015, Lower Pacific Heights, SF




The 25th Annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest, February 1 2015, Santa Rosa, CA

San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show, February 6-8 2015, Fort Mason, SF


Union Street Has a Crush on You, Valentine Wine Walk, February 12 2015, Union Street, SF

The 122th Cloverdale Citrus Fair, February 13-16 2015, Cloverdale, CA

San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, February 13-15 2015, Mare Island, CA

Santa Cruz Migration Festival, February 14 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair and Festival, February 14-15 2015, Chinatown, SF

The 13th Annual Spam Fest, February 2015, Isleton, CA (unconfirmed)


Pacific Orchid Exposition, February 19-22 2014, Fort Mason, SF

The Whole Bead Show: San Francisco, February 20-22 2015, Fort Mason, SF

Almond Blossom Festival, February 20-22 2015, Ripon, CA

California Duck Days, February 21 2014, Davis, CA

The 33rd Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off and Festival, February 22 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

Almond Festival, February 2015, Capay Valley, CA (unconfirmed)


Noise Pop, February 24-March 1 2015, San Francisco

The Great Crystal Fair, February 28-March 1 2015, Fort Mason, SF

October 23, 2014

This can be either as easy as taking a baby on BART or as difficult as taking a baby on the bus, all depending on whether your entry/exit stations have handicap accessible platforms. In all of these situations, an Ergo (or baby carrier of your choice) is an order of magnitude easier than a stroller.
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October 23, 2014

  Just a heads up that the terrific Randall Museum will be hosting a Family Halloween Fest this Saturday, October 25 from 10am to 2pm. It’s free, with a $3 donation requested. My love for the Randall Museum knows no bounds, and I hear this is quite the event. The museum closes for a few
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October 22, 2014

I’ll also get to riding the MUNI Metro and buses with a baby. Let’s start this off easy. You’re in luck! BART is the easiest baby transporting option. Just a few pointers:   1. No taking the Powell Street street-to-station elevator. I know your baby’s sleeping sweetly in the stroller and the last thing you
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October 22, 2014

Dave and I caught “112 Weddings” a few weeks ago on HBO. It’s a documentary by Doug Block (“51 Birch Street”, “The Kids Grow Up”) about the 112 weddings he has filmed as a wedding videographer, a job he picked up on the side to finance the documentaries he’s better known for. In the documentary, he
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October 21, 2014

I got into an e-mail conversation with a pregnant friend the other day and out tumbled all the random breastfeeding facts that all nursing moms know. For some reason, this is knowledge every nursing mom has, but no one else.  Maybe we don’t want to scare future moms? You’ll see so many posts about how much
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October 21, 2014

Have you ever been to the San Francisco Main Library, the one at Civic Center? Can I talk a bit about how much I love it there? You really don’t even have to have a kid to love it. It is vast; it is full of books. It is free. You can get a card
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October 20, 2014

  See, I told you things would be different around here. The San Francisco Momiform* is a bit of a land mine. There’s the usual San Francisco microclimates and mid-October heat waves to account for, but mom-dressing is an exercise in function, utility, and not looking like you’ve completely given up. Enter the Momiform, something
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October 20, 2014

Hi. I’m back I think? Maybe? Well, we’ll give it a shot. Welcome to the new Far Out City. As you may have noticed, some things have changed around here. Because A) haha, oh dear Lord, I do not have the time anymore. I mean, no one’s going to the SF library and pulling up
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September 24, 2013

Another photo of the America’s Cup from Inspiration Point in the Presidio. Did you just see that the Oracle team is now TIED with New Zealand?! And here, we all thought the race was pretty much over last weekend. When we were down by the Embarcadero, the New Zealand team was walking around, handing out
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September 23, 2013

  We are off to Sacramento this week, and so I’m furiously researching what to do with a baby in Sacramento. Have any ideas? Send me an email! Also, this is a fascinating read if you’ve ever thought about women’s roles and interests in urban planning. Did you know women travel more than men and
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