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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

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.

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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

KPFA Crafts Fair
If you want to buy a gift both unique and local for the holidays, this is your best bet to find something of interest. The fair boasts 200 juried exhibitors offering ceramics, housewares, textiles and furniture. There’s even items from indigenous communities across the globe. Saturday, 12/20, 10am-6pm, Craneway Pavilion, Richmond.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
To a journey to Victorian London, complete with teashops, pubs, and street performers, all within the cozy confines of the Cow Palace. Some visitors get in on the act as much as the performers, accents included, and you can actually buy things like hand-tailored great coats a la Sherlock Holmes. Saturday and Sunday, 12/20-21, Cow Palace, SF.

Christmas in downtown San Francisco
It’s not quite New York, which often has the benefit of snow, but there’s a lot to see and do to get you in the Christmas spirit. Start with Union Square’s towering Christmas tree and ice skating rink, visit Santa at Macy’s, window shop you’re way around the square, see the snow fall at the Hyatt Regency atrium, and visit the elaborate gingerbread house at the Fairmont atop Nob Hill.

Winter Solstice Eve Beach Celebration / Hike & Campfire
It’s that time of year when the gods save us from eternal darkness and decide to bring back the sun, also known as winter solstice. Celebrate with your fellow druids on Ocean Beach for dancing, singing, drumming and non-alcoholic beverages, 4pm. Or join a family-friendly walk in the Presidio, starting at Rob Hill and ending with a campfire at the Rob Hill campground, 5-6:30pm. Saturday, 12/20, SF.

BAM/PFA Moving Party
It’s the final day of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at its current, long-time location, before they reopen in their brand spanking new location in early 2016. Celebrate with music, sound and performance art, and art-making for kids, and join a procession to the new home currently under construction. Sunday, 12/21, 11am-5pm, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.