Summer 2008 fairs and festivals - Page 5

Jazz, chaps, and artichokes: Our guide to festive fun in the sun -- or fog, whichever

10am-4pm, free. Sonoma Lavender opens its private farm to the public for craftmaking, lavender-infused culinary delights by Chef Richard Harper, tea time, and a chance to shop for one of Sonoma's 300 fragrant products.


Stern Grove Music Festival Stern Grove, 19th Ave and Sloat, SF; Sundays 2pm, free. This beloved San Francisco festival celebrates community, nature, and the arts is in its with its 71st year of admission-free concerts.

JUNE 17–20

Mission Creek Music Festival Venues and times vary; Mission Creek Music Festival celebrates twelve years of featuring the best and brightest local independent musicians and artists with this year's events in venues big and small.

JUNE 20–22

Jewish Vintners Celebration Various locations, Napa Valley; (707) 968-9944, Various times, $650. The third annual L'Chaim Napa Valley Jewish Vintners Celebration celebrates the theme "Connecting with Our Roots" with a weekend of wine, cuisine, camaraderie, and history featuring Jewish winemakers from Napa, Sonoma, and Israel.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 14480 Hwy 128, Boonville; (917) 777-5550, pass, $135; camping, $50-100. Camp for three days and listen to the international sounds of Michael Franti & Spearhead, the English Beat, Yami Bolo, and many more.

JUNE 28–29

San Francisco Pride 2008 Civic Center, Larkin between Grove and McAllister; 864-FREE, Celebration Sat-Sun, noon-6pm; parade Sun, 10:30am, free. A month of queer-empowering events culminates in this weekend celebration: a massive party with two days of music, food, and dancing that continues to boost San Francisco's rep as a gay mecca. This year's theme is "Bound for Equality."

JULY 3–6

High Sierra Music Festival Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds, Quincy; (510) 547-1992, Ticket prices vary. Enjoy four days of camping, stellar live music, yoga, shopping, and more at the 18th iteration of this beloved festival. This year's highlights include ALO, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Built to Spill, Bob Weir & RatDog, Gov't Mule, and Railroad Earth.


City of San Francisco Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration Pier 39, Embarcadero at Beach; 705-5500, 1-9:30pm, free. SF's waterfront Independence Day celebration features live music by Big Bang Beat and Tainted Love, kids' activities, and an exciting fireworks show.

JULY 5–6

Fillmore Jazz Festival Fillmore between Jackson and Eddy;, free. More than 90,000 people will gather to celebrate Fillmore Street's prosperous tradition of jazz, culture, and cuisine.


Midsummer Mozart Festival Various Bay Area venues; (415) 392-4400, $20-60.

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