SubZero Festival / South First Fridays Art Walk
The monthly art walk in downtown San Jose keeps growing, and now includes roughly 20 participating galleries, shops and bars, as well as a host of street performers. But in June’s version of the walk, the scene explodes with inclusion of the annual SubZero music & art fest. Three stages feature 15 bands on both Friday and Saturday nights (6-11pm), and don’t forget the craft beer garden and food trucks. Friday, 6/5-6, 7pm-10pm, South First St between San Carlos St. and Reed St.
Design Week SF
While professional designers and creative types will benefit from the many workshops and lectures, any lover of design will enjoy the gallery tours and talks as part of the annual Bay Area-wide design event. There’s also a writing hackathon on Saturday called Drinking Tea in the Shower. Now through next week, 6/5-12, day and evening events.
Way better than Cirque du Soleil, BLEU! from theater, dance and multimedia Italian troupe Compagnia TPO allows young audience members to participate in the production, chasing ‘fish’ along a ‘shoreline’ of projections and light of a Mediterranean port. Friday and Saturday, 6/5-6, various times for five shows, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford.
Bay Area Book Festival
This Berkeley-wide event includes a street fair with 150 exhibitors with blocks according to theme, a storytelling stage for kids at the Civic Center Park, and public art installations. Oh, and 300 authors from the Bay Area and beyond will be taking part in panels and presentations. Saturday and Sunday, 6/6-7, all day.
San Leandro Cherry Festival
Remember when the Anglo-Siamese Treaty was signed? Of course you don’t, because the year was 1909 and you were busy enjoying the inaugural Cherry Festival in San Leandro. Now 106 years later the fest is still going strong, which now features a beer garden, kids zone, live entertainment with En Vogue, and a parade. Saturday, 6/6, 11am-6pm, downtown San Leandro.