Few places combine the magic of scenery, seashores and the outdoor lifestyle quite like San Mateo County/Silicon Valley. You might know the area for its famous high-tech workplaces, but it’s the places to play that really show off its unique and active spirit.

The vast majority of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is an open space of beaches, mountains and redwood forests. Those outdoor spaces and many downtown areas have have a series of innovative festivals and events in the works for the upcoming warm-weather months. You’ve got quite a few good reasons to head to the Pacific coast of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, where fairs, music festivals and a few iconic running events deserve dashing over to enjoy.


Fairs and Festivals

There are car shows, air shows, motorcycle shows, tractor shows, maker fairs, music festivals, food festivals, and living history festivals galore. Mix them all together in one venue on one day and you’ve got Half Moon Bay California’s remarkable, one and only Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show—marking its 27th year in 2017 with a massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style. Set in Half Moon Bay on April 30, 2017 this event sets off festival and fair season.

San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is the birthplace of the renowned Maker Faire, where inventors show off their craziest creations, from the high-tech to the hilarious. While there are now Maker Faires all over the world, the original Bay Area Maker Faire will be held at the San Mateo Event Center the weekend of May 19-21, 2017.

June is perfect time to kick off festival season! Experience cityFEST,  Foster City’s largest event. cityFEST kicks off on Friday evening, June 2nd, with the Carnival and a special kick off event!  The Carnival will run all weekend and the festival  – including the arts & crafts booths, food vendors and live music will run Saturday & Sunday. Another well known event among Northern Californians is the San Mateo County Fair (June 10-14, 2017) which books an incredible lineup of free concerts (with fair admission) featuring well-known national names. The fair’s 2017 concert series, plus all of the rides, midways, livestock shows and deep-fried deliciousness you’d expect from a great American county fair. Another free concert is Palo Alto World Music Day, a free family event for Father’s Day (June 18, 2017) that features 50 professional and amateur musical groups and every type of live music, from rock to jazz to choral to klezmer.

On August 20-21, 2017, Burlingame on the Avenue celebrates the talents of local artists with a weekend of arts and crafts, wine, live music, food and even a children’s playland. The main stage will feature one-of-a-kind performances by a variety of artists, including SF Banjo Band, Kenya Baker and Patron Latin Rhythms.

The festival spirit continues over Labor Day weekend, September 2-3, 2017, at the annual Millbrae Art and Wine Festival on Broadway Avenue. With nearly 300 artists participating, 20 food vendors and live entertainment, there will be something for everyone. On September 23-24, 2017, the good times keep rolling at Pacifica’s Fog Fest—a celebration of sun, sand and life on the coast. Created in 1986, Fog Fest kicks off on Saturday with a morning parade and marching band competition and features arts and crafts booths, live music and entertainment, and fun activities for kids of all ages.

For those of you who enjoy a good brew, hop on over to San Mateo’s Bacon and Brew Festival on September 23rd at the San Mateo County Event Center for family entertainment, live music, craft brew tastings and food trucks with unique creations for bacon lovers of all stripes. Grab a lawn chair and bring an empty stomach!


Marathons, Footraces and Fun Runs

With nearly 60 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley has some spectacular scenery for an outdoor run. Several big running events draw athletes from around the world with unique themes and settings.

The Airport Runway Run (April 23, 2017) is both a 5K and a 10K that literally starts on the San Carlos Airport runway and finishes at Hiller Aviation Museum. On June 4, the popular Divas Half-Marathon and 5K’s half-marathon course begins at Bayside Park in Burlingame. Runners in pink tops and tutus enjoy unparalleled views of the bay in this fun and fashionable women’s footrace. And the Half Moon Bay International Marathon (Sept. 17) is 26.2 miles of Pacific coast paradise, starting at the famed Maverick’s Beach and continuing down the coast with unparalleled sights and views.

Run, don’t walk, to make plans for some great festivals, fairs and events in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley. With coastal scenery that’s beyond comparison and a wild, inventive culture, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley delivers fantastic outdoor events that are really outside the box.


See all that San Mateo County/Silicon Valley has to offer and plan your trip now.