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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Perseids Meteor Party
Every year in August, the night skies rain down a shower of meteors known as the Perseids. The best place to enjoy the full show is somewhere away from the light pollution of cities, someplace like Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park outside of Gilroy. Bring blankets and snuggle up for the late-night event, with a park ranger on duty to answer your questions. Friday/early Saturday, 8/15, 1-4am.

SF Street Food Festival
San Franciscans love food trucks about as much as they love food, so a festival that celebrates foods bought and eaten on the street is a big Of Course. Over 100 food vendors will be on hand at Pier 70 in the Dogpatch, as well as a craft beer garden and live music from a host of local bands. Saturday and Sunday, 8/15-16, 11am-6pm.

Ft Point Living History Day
Built just prior to the Civil War, and the only fort on the west coast, Ft. Point’s historic heyday as California’s first line of defense comes alive during its Civil War Living History Day. Live reenactors will go through infantry and artillery demonstrations, while the medicine, music and dance of San Francisco of the mid-1800s will be on display. Saturday, 8/15, 10am-5pm.

Umoja Festival
Umoja, or ‘unity’ in Swahili, is the theme for this all-day celebration of African art and culture in Oakland’s Lowell Park, featuring an inter-African soccer tournament with players from around the Bay Area. Enjoy African cuisine from a host of vendors, and a musical lineup that includes Jah’Mila and master Senegalese drummer Samba Guisse. Saturday, 8/15, 10am-7pm.

Chinatown Music Festival
Come for the dumplings at Good Mong Kok Bakery, stay for the music. Now in its fifth year, the Chinatown Music Fest features traditional and contemporary pop, jazz, classical and R&B, along with a bit of Mongolian dance. The lineup includes local Chinatown band Jest Jammin’ with roots harking back to the ‘60s. Saturday, 8/15, 11am-5pm, Portsmouth Square.

Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Fairfax Festival and Parade
The colorful weekend fest in Marin’s last/best funkytown starts with “The Lego Movie” family film night on Friday, 6/12, in the Ballfield. After the 10am Saturday parade, enjoy great local music on three stages, crafts and flea markets, beer and wine tasting, food booths, an expanded kid’s area and an Ecofest area. Saturday and Sunday, 6/13-14, 11am-6pm.

Presidio Kite Expo
Nothing says summer more than a sunny day, a grassy field, and a big beautiful kite flying high in a blue sky. The festival features a kite making pavilion, a gallery walk of master kite makers, a team kite ballet choreographed to music, giant 100-foot animal kites, taiko drumming and of course food trucks. Saturday, 6/13, noon-5pm, Presidio Main Parade Ground.

North Beach Festival
One of the most “San Franciscan” of all the city’s neighborhoods is host to its 61st annual fest that’s both low-key and celebratory. Wander down Grant and Columbus and visit more than 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 food booths and two stages of live entertainment, as well as beverage gardens, Italian street painting, a kid’s chalk area and the blessing of the animals at the national shrine of St Francis of Assisi. Saturday and Sunday, 6/13-14, 10am-6pm.

Stern Grove Season Kick-off
The celebrated Stern Grove Festival opens its 2015 season of free summer concerts with the Doobie Brothers and opening act The California Honeydrops. Picnickers have been enjoying free concerts here since 1938, and the early bird gets the best spot since the park fills up fast. Or reserve a picnic table for a fee. Sunday, 6/14, 2pm, 19th Ave and Sloat Blvd, SF.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair
Just like the neighborhood, the Haigh-Ashbury Street Fair is a wild, rollicking good time. Two stages are set up at both ends of Haight with a full-slate of bands scheduled, as well as numerous food and craft vendors. Sunday, 6/14, 11am-5pm.