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Food, Music, and Culture: Can’t-Miss Bay Area Events This Week

Updated: Jul 12

Summer is the best time for outdoor activities, and the Bay Area has a rich array of festivals and events lined up for everyone. Whether you're a foodie, a music lover, or an outdoor enthusiast, there's something for you to enjoy. Let's explore some of the exciting events happening in the Bay Area this week!


Bay Area things to do this week

Jollof Festival Oakland 2024

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time: 3 PM - 8 PM

Location: 1255 7th Street, Oakland


This festival celebrates West African cuisine, music, and culture. Highlights include the Jollof Cook-Off, where chefs from various West African countries compete for the title of "Jollof Rice Champion." Visitors can taste their unique Jollof rice flavors and vote for their favorite. Additionally, there are food feasts and cultural immersions, allowing visitors to explore various Jollof rice stalls and enjoy music, dance performances, art, and West African cultural heritage activities.


The Ube Festival

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2024

Time: 12 PM - 4 PM

Location: 428 11th Street, San Francisco


This event celebrates the Filipino specialty ingredient, ube (purple yam), offering a variety of ube dishes and desserts such as ube cake and ube ice cream. Besides the delicious food, there will be live music performances, arts and crafts stalls, and interactive games. The festival aims to promote Filipino culture, helping more people understand and appreciate this nutritious ingredient and the rich culinary traditions of the Philippines.


Foodwise Summer Bash

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2024

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: San Francisco Ferry Building

Purchase tickets here 👉 Foodwise Summer Bash


Celebrate the local food and farming community with unlimited food and drink from 48 popular Bay Area restaurants and beverage makers. The ingredients come from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market. Held at the beautiful San Francisco Ferry Building, the event features outdoor and indoor activities, music, and surprises. Additionally, there's a summer auction where you can win unique food experiences.



California State Fair

Date: July 12-28, 2024

Location: 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

Purchase tickets here 👉 California State Fair


This fair showcases California's industries, agriculture, and diversity. It features blue-ribbon animal displays, culinary delights and competitions, live music, a carnival, fireworks, and other family-friendly activities. Admission ranges from $0 to $16, with ride prices separate.


Kahuna Kupuna Surf Contest

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time: 7 AM - 7 PM

Location: Pacifica State Beach, 5000 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacifica


This is an amateur surf contest specifically for surfers aged 40 and over. The name "Kahuna Kupuna" means "Big Chief Wise Elder." The contest is free to watch, with registration fees for surfers ranging from $15 to $90.


Taste of Napa

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time: 12 PM - 3 PM

Location: Meritage Resort And Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa

Purchase tickets here 👉 Taste of Napa


Part of the Napa Valley Festival, this event features over 70 wineries, breweries, restaurants, and culinary artisans. Enjoy live music, games, activities, and a special international wine showcase. Tickets range from $150 to $295.




Bay Area Wonders Experience Day: Food, Wine and Music Moon Festival

Date: Saturday, Sep 7, 2024

Time: 1 PM - 6 PM

Location: Elliston Vineyards, 463 Kilkare Rd, Sunol


Love wine? Enjoy a Mid-Autumn carnival filled with delicious food, fine wine, and music in a lush valley. The event includes wine and food pairing courses by wine experts, freshly made mooncakes, creative merchandise stalls, food trucks, and a live concert by the local band ideaband. Hosted by KTSF's "Bay Area Wonders" host Jiayu Jeng, this is one of the most unique and festive events in the Bay Area this year. Don't miss out!



Cline Country Bluegrass Festival

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time: 1 PM - 8 PM

Location: Cline Family Cellars, 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma

Purchase tickets here 👉 Cline Country Bluegrass Festival


This festival features new wine releases from Cline Cellars, Fort Point Beer Co. brews, delicious food from The Cajun Connect Po’Boys, bluegrass music performances, and musical workshops. Tickets are priced at $30.


SailGP Season 4 Championship

Date: July 13-14, 2024

Location: San Francisco Bay


This intense, stadium-style racing event features 10 F50 fleets returning to San Francisco to compete in the Season 4 championship. Five fleet races will propel the top three teams into the winner-takes-all Grand Final showdown. Free viewing along the waterfront, with various event packages available.


This week's Bay Area events are vibrant and diverse, offering plenty of options for everyone, from exploring different cultural cuisines to participating in music and sports activities. These events not only provide a delightful summer experience but also allow you to immerse yourself in various unique cultural attractions. So, get your calendar ready, invite your friends and family, and enjoy these fantastic events together! The Bay Area summer awaits your exploration!




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