5 Things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Dragon Boat Festival
Some 130 teams and 3,500 paddlers will be racing 300 and 500 meter courses in the waters off Treasure Island in the annual Dragon Boat Festival, the largest such fest in the U.S. This is an event with more than just colorful boats, with lion dances, taiko drumming, yo-yo stunts, acrobats, live music, food, crafts and a kid’s pavilion. Saturday and Sunday, 9/20-21, 10am-5pm, Treasure Island.

Black-eyed Pea Festival
No, this doesn’t involve a performance by will.i.am and the crew, but a celebration of African American and African culture, including food items for sale containing the legume. The all-day fest includes live music, including Young Gifted and Black, as well as storytellers, farmer’s market, arts, crafts, and even a class in meditation and yoga. Saturday, 9/20, 11am-6pm, Mosswood Park, Oakland.

Mole & Mariachi Festival
Mole and Mariachi bands, sounds good to me. Besides wonderful food and mole tasting, this event features a mole cook-off, giant paper-mache puppets, Mexican arts and crafts, and activities for the kids such as pinatas and tortilla making. Headlining the musical portion of the day are Mariachi Gilroy and Mariachi Sonora. Saturday, 9/20, 11am-5pm, Santa Cruz Mission Adobe.

Folsom Street Fair
Don’t bring the kids. Now in its 31st year! the Folsom Street Fair has become synonymous with the outrageous side of San Francisco’s LBGT culture, one of those only-in-the-Bay-Area events. Lots of leather, vinyl and other provocative attire will be worn by many of the 400,000 attendees filling up 13 blocks along Folsom. There’s music, and dj’s and vendors too. Sunday, 9/21, 11am-6pm.

The People’s Climate March
For everyone concerned about climate change who feels helpless to do anything about it, there’s at least this: join the rally, plant and dedicate fruit trees for peace, and participate in a global peace meditation to further the cause. A family-friendly event. Sunday, 9/21, 2-5pm, Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland.

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