Things to do in the SF Bay Area: Aloha by the Bay, Sonoma County Fair, pay-what-you-can tacos

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California has fully reopened and events are happening in the San Francisco Bay Area again. If you want something fun to do, but have no idea where to start, ABC7 News reporter Jobina Fortson has a list of Bay Area events.

Weekend of July 31 - August 1

Now that California has reopened, so many events are coming back and others never got the chance to get started -- until now.

Nihonmachi Street Fair organizers were crushed last year when they were forced to cancel the annual festival. But it's back now with new pop-up events like Aloha by the Bay this Saturday at Peace Plaza.

Aloha by the Bay "is going to feature a lot of great Hawaiian musicians as well as Hlau, Hawaiian dancing groups, that will come out to Japantown and entertain the crowd," Grace Horikiri, Nihonmachi Street Fair Executive Director, told ABC7's Jobina Fortson. "The spirit of aloha is really to share and to embrace to engage with everyone around you. I think hopefully when everyone comes to Japantown this weekend, not only will they sponge in all the love that we're spreading out from the stage, but also continue that love and support our small businesses."

It's free - and isn't that the best kind of fun?

In the North Bay, the Sonoma County Fair will be underway at the same time. If you're really bold you could go to both in the same day! But for those of you who keep it simple, the Sonoma County fair will feature rides, your classic fair food and a lot of fun.

Oh and speaking of food! While many restaurants are struggling, San Francisco Mexican restaurant TATO wants to give back. They've reinstated their "Taco Love" special which features a two taco plate with sides, and PAY WHAT YOU CAN PRICING!

For even more fun things to do, be sure to check out our complete list below. Don't forget to check the event's website while planning your outings, as some availability may be limited.



Local Love Summer Art Festival
Oakland
7/28/2021
The Local Love Summer Art Festival is a six day celebration of Bay Area art and culture that is designed to support the participating local artists. The festival takes place at BLOC15 in Oakland and features a curated 10,000 square foot exhibition of Bay Area artists, daily musical acts, and vendor artists featured on the weekend days. The festival runs from Tuesday July 27 - Sunday August 1. The programming features, installations, interactive art, murals, films, performance, sculpture, music and more.

Sonoma County Fair
Santa Rosa
7/28/2021
Features rides, your classic fair food and a lot of fun.

July Summer DIY Project Day with SF Etsy (Ghirardelli Square)
San Francisco
7/29/2021
Join SF Etsy Artist Leah Jachimowicz as she guides you through the fascinating white-on-blue sunprints with the materials provided.

Gilroy Garlic Festival (Weekend 2)
Gilroy
7/30/2021
The world's most delicious alleyway is now a pre-ordered drive-thru, experiencing the "Taste of the Festival". Fans will be able to pre-order some of their favorites, from juicy pepper steak sandwiches to succulent scampi, world-renowned garlic bread, and much more. The drive-thru Gourmet Alley will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays and from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Santa Clara County Fair
San Jose
7/30/2021
This year the Santa Clara County Fair will only be livestock and competitive exhibits evaluation, with a showcase on youth and adult competitive exhibits in a self-guided virtual tour -- and it's free to the public!

Journey of the Line: Selected Works by Windy Chien
Larkspur
7/31/2021
Artist Windy Chien is best known for her 2016 work, The Year of Knots, in which she learned a new knot every day for a year. Her work ranges in size from a knot that can fit in the palm of a child's hand to room-sized installations that are sought after by private collectors. Following long careers at Apple and as owner of legendary music shop Aquarius Records, she launched her studio in 2015. Select clients include the National Geographic Society, Nobu Hotels, IBM, Google, and the Kering Group, and her work has been covered by Wired, The New York Times and Martha Stewart.

Avocadocon
San Francisco
7/31/2021
Savor this super fruit in all its cool and creamy glory: sliced, diced, smashed, and scooped atop any (and all) of your f-avo-rite dishes. With over-the-top avo toasts, flaky avo-stuffed empanadas, wood-fired avo-topped pizzas, juicy guac burgers, avo ice cream sandos, crispy panko-breaded avo fries, and so many more avo-licious treats you're sure to feel as happy as an avocado thriving in the California sun!

Nihonmachi Street Fair presents Aloha by the Bay
San Francisco
7/31/2021
On Saturday July 31st the Nihonmachi Street Fair presents in the heart of Jtown as we present "Aloha by the Bay" at the Peace Plaza. So grab a seat and enjoy an afternoon of island music and dance. This summer let's come together and spread the aloha spirit!

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Virtual
7/31/2021
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America's longest-running festival of new orchestral music, presents its second-ever virtual season over two weekends in summer 2021: July 31-August 1, and August 7-8. Season highlights include world premieres by composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Jake Heggie, and Sean Shepherd. The Festival's 2021 virtual season is free to the public and features offerings of dance, photography, videography and animation. Guest artists include St. Lawrence String Quartet, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, violinist Benjamin Beilman, and the award-winning Cabrillo Festival Orchestra led by Cristian Mcelaru.

Milk Bar Birthday Do Over Tour: San Francisco
San Francisco
7/31/2021
Earlier this year, we asked you to share someone that truly deserves a birthday do-over. Now, we've teamed up with our friends at American Express and Party City to send surprises every day during National Birthday Do Over Month to those that deserve it most. We're taking the party to some of our favorite cities. Join us for two-day pop-ups filled with treats, exclusive merchandise and much, much more.

Golden Gate Park Band concerts begin
San Francisco
8/1/2021
The Golden Gate Park Band provides free concerts to the people of San Francisco on behalf of the Recreation and Parks Department of San Francisco.

American Bach Soloists: 'The Garden of Harmony'
San Francisco
8/1/2021
The American Bach Soloists engage and inspire audiences through historically informed performances, recordings, and educational programs that emphasize the music of the Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic eras. Their weeklong annual festival returns with more music from the famed composer.

The Cable Cars return with free rides in August
San Francisco
8/1/2021
In August, SFMTA will be testing cable cars throughout the City -- if you see one you can get on at a stop and ride free of charge." -- so says Mayor London Breed on Twitter! Please note that cable cars are not be running typical service and will not be on a normal schedule until September.

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