Outside Lands is over and the days are getting shorter. It might seem like the Bay Area music festival season is dwindling down. Not so. There are still almost a dozen festivals in the Bay Area that are yet to come, from Brazilian to old time, hip hop to indie, and much more!

The Umoja Festival
When:  August 16
Where: 1180 14th Street, Lowell Park, Oakland

While not technically a music festival, there will be plenty of music at the Umoja African Festival starting at noon. The lineup includes the Afrobeat bands Lagos Roots and FreshIsLife, as well as Afrolicious and many more. The event is free and includes a soccer tournament that begins at 10 a.m.

Brazilian Day Festival
When: August 31
Where: San Pablo and Hearst Avenues, Berkeley

Part festival, part street party, Brazilian Day Festival features live Brazilian music and dance, as well as food and craft stands. It all kicks off with a musical procession, and includes Capoeira, samba, Brazilian and international food, a caipirinha lounge, and a Children’s Village for the little ones. 

Hiero Music Festival
When: September 1
Where: Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street, Suite 7/8, Oakland 

Put on by hip hop collective and record label Hieroglyphics, the third annual Hiero Day is a free event that includes concerts, food, and a block party for thousands by the Port of Oakland. There’s a children/teen area, local art, and multiple stages that host locally and internationally renowned artists and DJs playing hip hop, jazz, electronic, alternative and R&B continuously throughout the day.

Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival
When: September 4-13
Where: Multiple venues, Oakland

It’s the sixth Mission Creek Festival in Oakland, which is an offshoot of the Mission Creek festival in San Francisco. The festival showcases local musicians playing many different genres of music in venues throughout the city such as The Night Light and The Uptown. The festival also highlights the diverse styles and forms of local artists. The lineups and schedules of the festival will be announced shortly.

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention
When: September 17-21
Where: Downtown Berkeley, West Berkeley, UC Campus

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five-day music festival that combines a variety of events such as workshops, jams, square dances, and a string band contest. The events occur in different venues including Ashkenaz, Ohlone Park, The Freight and Salvage, and The Berkeley Farmer’s Market, and vary in price from free up to $25. Performances include both local and national acts, such as Kim Johnson and Joseph Decosimo and the Bucking Mule.

Berkeley World Music Festival
When: September 20-21
Where: 2454 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley

For two days, Telegraph Avenue becomes a stage for top Bay Area musicians in a mix of free performances taking places in cafes and on the sidewalk, as well as the featured concert hosted by Amoeba that takes place in People’s Park. Music includes genres such as gypsy jazz, Cajun, Klezmer, Japanese Shakuhachi flute, Brazilian AfroSamba funk, Tex-Mex, and Mississippi-Mali blues.

First Oakland Black-Eyed Pea Festival
When: September 20
Where:  Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street, Oakland

This free event celebrates African and African-American culture and features traditional musicians, as well as artists and storytellers, craft booths, and health and community resource information. There will also be classes in meditation, yoga, and dance, along with an arts and crafts area for children. And of course, there will be plenty of dishes featuring–you guessed it–black-eyed peas!

Oakland Music Festival
When: September 27
Where: Franklin Street Bend, Oakland

It’s the second annual Oakland Music Festival (OMF). Starting at noon and lasting until 8 p.m., the festival spans multiple stages both indoor and outdoor, includes local and established musicians, as well as DJs spanning genres of hip hop, electronic, rock, alternative and world music. The festival also features local food, beverage, art and fashion vendors.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
When: October 3-5
Where: Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Lindley, and Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

The bluegrass plus event will be back for its 14th year in Golden Gate park. While the complete lineup isn’t up yet, the website has put up a medley of confirmed artists that include: Dave Rawlings Machine, Ralph Stanley, Malawi Mouse Boys, Patty Loveless, Hot Rize, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and more.

Treasure Island Music Festival
When: October 18-19
Where: Treasure Island, San Francisco

Easily the festival with the best view in the Bay Area, though also the most biting wind, this year’s festival is headlined by Outkast and Massive Attack. It also features Alt-J, Zedd, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monáe, The New Pornographers, and more.

When: Nominations accepted September 1-30, Mayhem Winners Festival on November 14 & 15
Where: Online, winners’ show to be held at Awaken Café

While not a traditional festival, or even a street party, Mayhem is an online competition predominately for Oakland-based musicians whose songs and videos get nominated in a variety of categories by fans and are voted on by a jury of local music professionals. Winners receive prizes, such as recording studio time, and perform at Awaken Café in an event open to the public.

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