Summer may be made for the outdoors—but then what? The sun shines down, the throat acquires premium parch and the stomach growls, as if to say, “Feed me, Seymour.” Here’s a list of some of the best food and drink festivals to grab a bite and a beer, listen to live music while taking a stroll and a sip, or simply sit in the mud and devour food truck goodies while ascending to hog heaven.

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras
Downtown Morgan Hill | May 26-May 27, Various Times
Taking place over Memorial Day weekend for the 39th consecutive year is the family-friendly arts and crafts festival celebrating the fungus among us. Educational booths and cooking demonstrations will teach you all you need to know about mushrooms. Despite the mycological theme, there will be plenty to do, including premium wine tastings, live music, street performers and a Munchkinland for the kiddies. There’s also a 5k and 10k race for those that want to burn some calories before mass consumption at all their terrific food, wine and beer booths. More info at

Taco Festival of Innovation
History Park, San Jose | May 26, 12pm-6pm
The fine folks of Moveable Feast are at it again—putting the “tech” into tacos with their seventh annual Taco Festival of Innovation. This year, the festival features more than 20 taco trucks from across the Bay Area slinging plates that cost no more than $6. General admission is $10, and an unlimited craft beer pass runs $35 pre-sale ($40 at the gate). To help wash down all those tacos, more than 10 local and international craft breweries will be on hand. Live music, lucha libre and a mini makers fair help to make this one of the most well-rounded events out there. More info at

Cukui Summer Fest 2018
History Park, San Jose | May 27, 12pm-6pm
This inaugural event is hosted by the Cukui family, San Jose Made and Moveable Feast and will feature a bevy of entertainers, locally made crafts, craft beer and the usual cast of food truck all-stars. This island-themed festival is sure to bring plenty of aloha spirit and good times this Memorial Day weekend. General admission tickets are $15 each and include one drink ticket—kids (3-11) are free. A VIP package is going for $50, and comes with a limited edition Cukui laser-engraved Sharks woodpiece. More info at

The San Jose Greek Festival|
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, San Jose | Jun 1-3, Various Times
For almost 50 years now on the weekend following Memorial Day, this quiet Rose Garden area neighborhood transforms into a raucous celebration of all things Greece. The San Jose Greek Festival, held at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, is fun for the whole family, with live music, award-winning dance groups and some of the most authentic festival food around. Spanakopita, tiropita, moussaka and loukoumades are just a few of the hard-to-pronounce but easy-to-eat items that can be found here. So come be Greek for the day, and watch out for those flying plates. Opa! $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free to children under 12.  Free pass on Facebook page. Pro tip: parking is scarce in this area but they provide multiple free shuttles at various pick-up and drop-off locations. More info

Sunnyvale Art, Wine and Music Festival
Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale | Jun 2-3, 10am-6pm
Back for the 44th year, this festival brings the noise with over 350 artists slated to perform—including Eagles and Beatles tribute bands; this event is just as much a rock & roll festival as it is about the art and wine. That’s not to say it won’t have quality spirits, such as margaritas, sangria, Champagne, wine and craft beers on tap to really get the party atmosphere rocking. A quality food court and carnival rides for the kids really help solidify this as one of the best events in the South Bay. Free. More info at

Dancin’ on the Avenue|
Downtown Willow Glen | Jun 16, 2pm-8pm
This Willow Glen hoedown returns to celebrate its 23rd year, and it isn’t showing any signs of tuckering out. With three separate band stages spread across Lincoln Avenue, this event will have downtown Willow Glen hopping. The food is another highlight, as local stalwarts such as La Villa, Purple Onion and Tamale Factory are just a few of the food vendors on hand. The family-friendly event is free to the public and has an epic Kids’ Court area with fun games and crafts. More info at

Silicon Valley BBQ Championship
Santa Clara Central Park | Jun 22-23, Various Times
The second-largest Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event on the West Coast returns for a seventh year of smoke, meat and suds. Up to 60 professional teams will be competing for bragging rights—and more than $25,000 in prize money! The best part of this event is buying up tokens ($3 each, seven for $20) and using them to taste the actual Q from the pro teams themselves. If you hurry, you can still sign up to be a “People’s Choice” judge and make your vote count. Admission is free, but parking is $10. More info at

Silicon Valley Beer Week
Valleywide | Jul 20-29
The granddaddy of them all returns July 20-29 as local restaurants and breweries celebrate the region’s passion for craft beer. An opening party kicks off July 20, followed by eight days of hosted events throughout Silicon Valley, including tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brewmaster dinners, new release nights and other exclusive events. More info at

The Beerwalk
Multiple Locations | Various Times
The Beerwalk isn’t just for beer lovers, as they have events slated all summer that celebrate all manners of adult beverages. There’s a sakewalk (June 9 at 2pm in Japantown), a Ciderwalk (July 25, at 6pm in downtown Campbell) and an IPA Day Sculpin Walk (Aug. 2 at 5pm in downtown Campbell). More info at

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy | Jul 27-29, Various Times
It’s almost that time of year when the air around the South Valley begins to hang heavy with the perfume of everyone’s favorite vegetable: the humble yet potent garlic bulb. The world famous Gilroy Garlic Festival returns again to celebrate 40 years of family fun.The Garlic Train, which runs from Diridon Station to the festival, also makes a return this year. This venerable festival features the usual booths, children’s area and libations, but Gourmet Alley is where it’s at. So much garlicky goodness you’ll be sweating it out for days. Download the app for the full festival experience—and definitely get some garlic ice cream. More info at

Tequila and Taco Music Festival
San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz | Aug 25-26, 11:30am-6pm
Enjoy top-shelf tequila sampling (Saturday only), gourmet street tacos, margaritas, live music, craft beers and art vendors while chilling in the park. General admission is $10 each day, but if you want the tequila sampling on Saturday you’ll have to fork over 40 clams. As if that isn’t good enough, proceeds go toward helping the Gen Giammanco Foundation, which provides scholarships for deserving athletes. More info on

Assyrian Food Festival
Assyrian Church of the East, San Jose | Aug 18-19, 11:30am-9pm
This Willow Glen classic goes on to celebrate year 26, and shows no signs of slowing down. This celebration of all things Assyria centers mostly on the food and will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike. Sample everything from kabobs, dolmas, soups—and you mustn’t miss the Samovar Alley and Assyrian Coffee Café, where you can sample amazing teas and desserts. They will also have plenty of traditional folk music, and you can learn to dance the sheykhani. This year’s festival will include a Kids Zone as well as a $10 raffle that includes some great prizes, like an ’Chevy Malibu—or even cold, hard cash. Admission, parking and shuttles are all free and the food is reasonably priced. More info at

Santana Row End of Summer Wine Stroll
Santana Row, San Jose | Aug 16, 6pm-9pm
Take a wine stroll around the Row and help a good cause in the meantime; part of the proceeds from this event go toward benefiting the Bill Wilson Center, a nonprofit that helps aid homeless and runaway children and young adults. Tickets are $40, and the event will feature Santa Cruz Mountain wineries and a variety of light bites. More info at

Outdoor Salsa in the Park Festival
Discovery Meadow, San Jose | May 20, 11am-630pm
Join Grammy award-nominated Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Jerry Rivera for an afternoon of salsa dancing at Discovery Meadow park. Along with Señor Rivera there will be four local salsa bands and seven of the top Bay Area salsa DJs to keep downtown in full-on fiesta mode. Of course there’ll be plenty of Latin American food and drink to keep dancers powered-up throughout. Tickets are $25 presale (kids 14 and under are free) and $40 at the door.More info on

Taylor Street Night + Market
Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., Japantown | Every Thu 5pm-9pm
Beginning Thursday May 17th, a weekly beer garden event will be held in San Jose’s Japantown neighborhood at the Gordon Biersch Brewery complex. These events will be hosted by Moveable Feast and Gordon Biersch, so you know there will be plenty of food and brew to go around. Live music, games for the kids and SJMADE vendors will be on hand to make sure the good times don’t stop. These night markets will be up and running all summer long every Thursday night through August. Admission is free; just bring good vibes and cash. The street nights run through Aug 30. More info at