Summer Festivals & Events in Silicon Valley

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The Best Summer Festivals in Silicon Valley
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Summer is almost here and lots of great annual festivals and outdoor events are coming up. Planning your summer calendar? Check out this list for the most comprehensive guide to summer festivals and events in San Jose, Silicon Valley, and the Santa Cruz area. 

Dates are subject to change, so please check the official event website for more information. This list does not include local Independence Day events and celebrations. Find those here: 4th of July Fireworks & Events in Silicon Valley.

MAY 2016

  • A La Carte Art, April 30-May 1, Mountain View, CA - website
  • Saratoga Rotary Art Show, April 30-May 1, Saratoga, CA - website
  • California Indian Market & Peace Pow Wow, April 30-May 1, San Juan Bautista, CA - website
  • Nikkei Matsuri Japantown Art & Craft Festival, San Jose, CA - May 1 - website
  • Stanford Pow Wow, Stanford, CA - May 6-8 - website
  • Saratoga Wine Stroll, May 7, Saratoga, CA - website
  • Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh (Festival), May 7-8, Mountain View, CA - website
  • Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, May 14, Santa Cruz, CA - website
  • Polynesian Festival of Foster City, May 14, Foster City, CA - website
  • Fine Art in the Park, May 14-15, Los Altos, CA - website
  • Hakone Matsuri Festival, May 15, Saratoga, CA - website
  • Gilroy Art & Wine Stroll, May 21, Gilroy, CA - website
  • Milpitas International BBQ & Festival, May 21, Milpitas, CA - website
  • San Carlos Hometown Days, May 20-22, San Carlos, CA - website
  • Campbell Boogie on the Avenue, May 20-21, Campbell, CA - website
  • Maker Faire Bay Area, May 20-22, San Mateo, CA - website - Find out more in this post: Get Inspired at Maker Faire Bay Area
  • Taste of the Mountains, May 20-22, Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association - website
  • Santa Cruz County Beer Week, Santa Cruz, CA - May 23-27 - website
  • Fanimecon, May 27-30, San Jose, CA - website
  • Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras, May 28-29, Morgan Hill, CA - website
  • C.J. Olson’s Annual Cherry Festival, May 28-29, Sunnyvale, CA - website
  • Santa Cruz American Music Festival, May 28-29, Aptos, CA - website
  • Santa Cruz Longboard Invitational, May 28-29, Santa Cruz, CA - website

JUNE 2016

  • San Jose Greek Festival, June 3-5, San Jose, CA - website
  • Foster City cityFEST, June 3-5, Foster City, CA - website
  • Polca Polish Heritage Festival, June 4, Belmont, CA - website
  • Redwood Mountain Faire, June 4-5, Felton, CA - website
  • Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, June 4-5, Castroville, CA - website
  • SubZERO Festival, June 3-4, San Jose, CA - website. Find out more in this post: A Guide to the SubZero Festival
  • Bonny Doon Art, Wine, and Brew Festival, June 4, Bonny Doon, CA - website
  • Jazz on the Hill, June 4, San Mateo, CA - website
  • Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show, June 4-5, Capitola, CA - website
  • Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival, June 4-5, Sunnyvale, CA - website
  • Portugal Day (Dia de Portugal) Festival, June 11, San Jose, CA - website
  • Juneteenth in Laurel Park, June 11, Santa Cruz, CA - website
  • San Mateo County Fair, June 11-19, San Mateo, CA - website
  • Juneteenth Festival in the Park, June 17-18, Discovery Meadows Park, San Jose, CA - website
  • Summer Art Fair, June 18, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA - website
  • Palo Alto World Music Day, June 19, Palo Alto, CA - website
  • Downtown San Mateo Street Festival, June 18-19, San Mateo, CA - website
  • Dancin' On The Avenue in Willow Glen, June 21, San Jose, CA - website
  • Silicon Valley BBQ Championships, June 24-25, Santa Clara, CA - website
  • Woodies on the Wharf, June 23-26, Santa Cruz, CA - website
  • Fountain Blues Festival, June 25, San Jose, CA - website
  • Pleasure Point Street Fair, June 25, Santa Cruz, CA - website
  • Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival, June 26, Los Gatos, CA - website
  • Hop N' Barley Beer and BBQ Festival, June 25-26, Scotts Valley, CA - website

JULY 2016

  • Hollister Motorcycle Rally & Music Street Festival, July 1-3, Hollister, CA - website
  • Hot San Jose Nights, July 9, San Jose, CA - website
  • Obon Festival, July 9-10, Japantown San Jose, CA - website
  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, July 9-10, Los Altos, CA - website
  • Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival, July 9-10, Palo Alto, CA - website
  • U.S. Women's Open Golf Tournament, July 7-10, Morgan Hill, CA - website
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival, July 11-12, Felton, CA - website
  • Menlo SummerFest, July 16-17, Menlo Park, CA - website
  • Silicon Valley Beer Week, July 22-30, Various Locations - website
  • Farm + Fish + Flowers, July 23, Half Moon Bay, CA - website
  • The Yoga Expo, July 24, Santa Clara, CA - website
  • Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 29-31, Gilroy, CA - website - Find out more in this post: Gilroy Garlic Festival Tips.

AUGUST 2016

  • Santa Clara County Fair, August 4-7, San Jose, CA - website
  • San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival, August 6-7, San Mateo, CA - website
  • Fremont Festival of the Arts, August 6-7, Fremont, CA - website
  • Watsonville Strawberry Festival, August 6-7, Watsonville, CA - website
  • Church Street Fair, August 6-7, Santa Cruz, CA - website
  • Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, August 11-14, Tres Pinos, CA - website
  • San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, August 12-14, San Jose, CA - website
  • California Beer Festival, August 12-14, Santa Cruz, CA - website
  • Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes, August 13-14, Los Gatos, CA - website
  • Fremont Cajun-Zydeco Music Festival, August 13, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont, CA - website
  • Pescadero Art & Fun Festival, August 20-21, Pescadero, CA - website
  • Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival, August 20-21, Scotts Valley, CA - website
  • Burlingame on the Avenue, August 20-21, Burlingame, CA - website
  • Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival, August 20-21, Pescadero, CA - website
  • Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, August 27-28, Palo Alto, CA - website
  • Italian Family Festa, August 27-28, San Jose, CA - website
  • Tequila & Taco Music Festival, August 27-28, Santa Cruz, CA - website
  • Silicon Valley Pride Festival, August 27-28, San Jose, CA - website