American Craft Council Show
The festival pavilion at Ft. Mason is transformed into craft central for this three-day event – the largest west of the Rockies – with some 225 clothing, jewelry, furniture and home décor artists from across the country displaying their wares. Friday, 7/31, 10am-8pm; Saturday, 8/1, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 8/2, 11am-5pm.
Fremont Festival of the Arts
Lace up your walking shoes for the largest free outdoor festival west of the Mississippi, and four miles of booth space with 700 artists, 30 food vendors, and 8 fine wine and beer sellers, as well as the Kid City and sound stages. Saturday and Sunday, 8/1-2, 10am-6pm, downtown Fremont.
Space Fest 2015
The small but mighty Space Station Museum in Novato is home to Space Fest 2015, featuring moon rocks, space suits, a moon buggy, and VIP appearances from five real-life astronauts. Saturday, 8/1, 10am-4pm, 464 Ignacio Blvd., Novato.
Art + Soul Festival
Downtown Oakland is the scene of the largest street party of the year for the 15th annual Art + Soul fest, with a blues & BBQ blowout, gospel showcase, poetry slam, dance festival, as well as art displays and large family fun zone. Saturday and Sunday, 8/1-2, noon-6pm, 14th and Broadway.
Stanford Jazz Festival
The annual jazz fest at Stanford is coming to an end next week, so make sure to catch one or more of the remaining nationally acclaimed acts. Latin percussionist John Santos plays his Afro-Cuban takes on American standards this Saturday, 8/1, while saxophonist Joshua Redman appears Wednesday, 8/5. Now until 8/9, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.