By Tami Yu
Fall is officially here, and with it an array of amazing festivals. Cure the Indian Summer blues with some of the best ways to welcome the season's bounty:
S.F. Jazz Festival: The most venerable of all music festivals, the 29th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival lasts for three months (now through December 18). Expect groovy performances from top acts like India Arie, Ravi Shankar, Wayne Shorter, Daniela Mercury, Luciana Souza, Tiempo Libre and Esperanza Spalding. Django All-Stars will invoke the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Aaron Neville's "Soulful Christmas" show will close the festival.
San Francisco Jazz Festival: 866-920-5299 or http://www.sfjazz.org
FallFest 2011: Hosted by San Francisco Magazine, FallFest 2011 (October 9) is a celebration of the Bay Area's best in food and wine. Hot restaurateurs, winemakers, mixologists, and artisans come together for a day of tastings, chef demonstrations, cocktail competitions, and panel discussions. The European-style marketplace will feature nibbles from A16, Fifth Floor, Lafitte, Perbacco, Spruce and more.
FallFest 2011: Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero Center, 415-398-2800 or http://www.sffallfest.com
International Body Music Festival: The 4th International Body Music Festival takes place during the first week of November. Boasting over 20 concerts and workshops, it will showcase traditional and contemporary Body Music styles, as well as artists from all over the world. Soon you'll be snapping, stomping, humming, and hollering with the masters. Oakland's very own SlamDance will perform a rowdy mix of a cappella singing, beatbox and tightly choreographed body music.
International Body Music Festival: http://www.internationalbodymusicfestival.com
San Francisco Fall Antiques Show: For a few days in late October, the highly anticipated San Francisco Fall Antiques Show will present Hidden Treasures as this year's theme. Inspired by the pearl, attendees can look for secret drawers, optical illusions that fool the eye, and objects that magically metamorphosize from one function to another. Don't miss the Born to be Beautiful lecture - jewelry worn by Grace Kelly, Chanel, Diana Vreeland and Liz Taylor will be showcased.
San Francisco Fall Antiques Show: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 415-989-9019 or http://www.sffas.org
Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon: Over 30 chocolatiers, confectioners and wineries will seduce you at the Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon on November 13. Local chocolate makers like TCHO and Coco-luxe will present their best treats, as well as Snake & Butterfly. It's also a great time to stock up on holiday gifts.
Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon: http://www.fallchocolatesalon.com