May 29, 2024
Palo Alto, Pleasanton, San Jose, Fremont host big events

Late summer means another weekend packed with festival choices. This time it’s gay pride, classic cars and hot rods, arts and wine, antiques and collectibles. Here are the highlights:

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts: Celebrating the 40th year of this University Avenue event with 250 arts booths, Italian Street Painting Expo along Tasso Street, live music on two stages, children’s art studio, plus food, wine, beer. Bring tote bags for purchases. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 26-27. Free admission. Details: www.paloaltochamber.com/festival-of-the-arts

Silicon Valley Pride: “Live Out Proud” festival, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, followed by parade at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, along Market Street and festival noon-6 p.m. Aug. 27. Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. Live entertainment, vendors and food. Festival admission, $5 per day. Details: www.svpride.com

Goodguys West Coast Nationals: More than 3,500 American-made hot rods, classic cars and trucks and customized vehicles will be parked at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton from Friday through Sunday for the 36th West Coast Nationals. Event also features AutoCross competition, dragster exhibition, swap meet, kids zone. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 25-26 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 27. Admission, $25-28, with military/veteran discount at the gate; parking extra. Details, advance tickets: www.good-guys.com

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Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market: Scores of merchants will assemble on the streets of this historic Fremont district on Sunday, Aug. 27, for the 59th annual antiques and collectibles sale. Official hours are from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., but bargain hunters often arrive early with flashlights. Free admission. Details: www.niles.org

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