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There’s a Festival for That!

The best of August's eclectic street fair lineup

Dancers at the Bay Area Aloha Festival

If you want something to...

…do for lunch besides shop:
People in Plazas Market Street Music Festival

From gypsy swing to Celtic rock, a new show almost every weekday at a variety of downtown venues. peopleinplazas.org

…do with your dog:

Nihonmachi Street Fair
This Japantown fave is holding its first annual pooch parade and pageant, benefiting dogs left homeless by last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Aug. 4–5, nihonmachistreetfair.org

…entertain your kids while you eat yourself sick:

Bay Area Aloha Festival

Amazing hula dancing and Pacific Island cuisine are the big draws here. Aug. 4–5, San Mateo County Event Center, pica-org.org/AlohaFest

…satisfy your jazz/blues/swing jones until fall:

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

With more than 100 shows on 11 stages in 51 hours, it’s like the S.F. Jazz Festival’s intense, ADHD, but oh-so-cool younger brother. Aug. 10–12, jazzfest.sanjosejazz.org

…do on two wheels, helmet optional:

Pedalfest
Bike-powered music, eats, and daredevil entertainment (the Whiskeydrome is not for wusses). Aug. 18, jack London square, Oakland, pedalfestjacklondon.com

…make you laugh out loud:
San Francisco Improv Fest

A roster of famous (Weirdass, Messing with a Friend) and lesser-known acts, plus workshops for wannabes. Aug. 16–25, sfimprovfestival.com

…do on a lazy Sunday afternoon while you picnic on cold roast chicken and a nice little pinot:

Stern Grove Festival
The August lineup of everyone’s favorite free summer music extravaganza features the S.F. Opera, Al Jarreau, and alternative rockers OK Go. Happy 75th! Through Aug. 25, sterngrove.org