Monterey County Fair
The Murray Affair: One-Night-Only Bill Murray Art Show
What: The event of the year is finally here—a one night extravaganza of Bill Murray-inspired art. Whether you're a fan of his early SNL era or his latest string of Wes Anderson flicks, you'll want to see the kind of wacky art his fans and admirers have created in honor of the genius.
Where: Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco
When: Friday, August 8, 8:30pm-2:30am
Cost: $12-$15 pre-sale
Car-Free Sundays On Telegraph: Music & Outdoor Market | Berkeley
What: Telegraph Avenue is closed off for a day to cars between Durant Avenue and Dwight Way, so you can dine, listen to music, visit food vendors, and shop in the street.
Where: Dwight Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA
When: Sunday, August 10, 12-5pm
Silicon Valley Food and Art Festival
What: Turns out tech-centric Silicon Valley has a cultural pulse as well. This festival has a variety of food, demonstrations, cooking, art and wine shows, and culinary competitions.
Where: Quinlan Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA
When: Sunday, August 17, 2-6pm
Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival in Santa Cruz
What: Quick history lesson: in the summer of 1885, three Hawaiian princes rode redwood surf boards at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River, years before the Santa Cruz Wharf was built in 1914. This festival commemorates Santa Cruz's ties to Hawaii with outrigger canoe racing and a Polynesian Festival, complete with fresh flower leis, shave ice, and dance performances.
Where: Municipal Wharf, Beach Street and Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
When: Sunday, August 24, 11am-5pm
Why: The outrigger races were created with novice paddlers in mind, so grab an oar and dive in!
Millbrae Art and Wine Festival
What: Classic cars, craft beer, and hand-made arts and crafts are all part of this all-day festival. Check out some street rods at the "Classically Cool Car Show," or bop over to the tasting tent to sample some seasonal microbrews.
Where: Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae, CA
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 30-31, 10am-5pm
Why: This festival is a steal: for $10, you get your own tasting glass and 3 tasting tickets, each good for a 4-ounce pour.
Monterey County Fair
What: Nothing says end of summer like a good ol' fashioned fair. There will be concerts, a rodeo, a petting zoo, wood carving demonstrations, food tents, a wine pavilion, and enough amusement rides to enthuse the whole family.
Where: Fairground Road and Casa Verde Way, Monterey, CA
When: August 27-September 1,
Cost: Advance tickets are $3 for kids ages 6-12 and $7 for seniors and adults
Why: Because when was the last time you were on a Ferris wheel?