Out on the Town
July/August 2013 Calendar
Courtesy of Chris Hardy
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3 • Fifth Annual Target Independence Day Celebration
The Oakland East Bay Symphony under Michael Morgan’s baton performs a patriotic celebration on the Richmond waterfront capped by orchestral accompaniment to the municipal fireworks display. Also on the bill: the Hilltop Community Church Choir and Oaktown Jazz Workshops. 6:30 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. OEBS performs; 9:15 p.m. (approximately) grand fireworks finale; free. Craneway Pavilion, Richmond Waterfront, www.oebs.com,
July 3 (also 10, 17, 24, 31; and Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28) • Summer Sounds Concerts
Visit the City Center Plaza stage for the noon hour in July and August for free concerts featuring: The Saddle Cats (July 3), Western swing; Hot Einstein (July 10), classic rock; Night Fever Band (July 17), party band; Tom Rigney & Flambeau (July 24), Cajun zydeco; Fast Times (July 31), ’80s cover band; Stable Wilson Band (Aug. 7), jazz; Stung (Aug. 14), Police cover band; Fito Reinoso (Aug. 21), Cuban salsa; and The Sun Kings (Aug. 28), Beatles tribute band. Easily accessible by 12th Street BART Station; park at City Center garage.
Noon-1 p.m., free. 13th Street and Broadway, Oakland, 510-628-9170, www.oaklandcitycenter.com.
3–4 • WorldOne Festival
Gear up for the Fourth of July with DJs, dance lessons, Carnaval acts, and world music from artists such as the Del Mars, Fely Tchaco, Tara Linda, and Rusty Zinn and His Band.
5–7 p.m. Wed., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thu. Cerrito Vista Park, El Cerrito, 510-233-0611, www.worldoneradio.org.
4 • Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade
More than 170 floats and 2,500 participants march down the 3-mile route in one of the nation’s largest Independence Day parades. Showcase your talents by joining in the parade or let your colors fly as a spectator.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Parade travels Park Street to Otis Drive to Central Avenue to Webster Street, Alameda, 510-263-9399, www.myalamedaparade.com.
4 • Festival of Family Fun
Enjoy a day of all-American fun with a petting zoo, bubble wrangler, magicians, local vendors offering food and arts and crafts, and green midway games that teach kids about recycling and other eco-friendly activities.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, 510-645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare.com.
4 • Fourth of July on the Hornet
Watch the fireworks from the deck of a retired aircraft carrier, enjoy food and drink, dance to live music, explore the ship, or take the kids to interactive games,
a bounce house, and a flight simulator.
2–9:15 p.m., $20 advance, $25 door, $10 (5–17), free
(4 and under). USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, 510-521-8448, ext. 282, www.uss-hornet.org.
7 • Temescal Street Fair
This neighborhood celebration enters its 10th year of craft and community booths, eco-friendly endeavors, food offerings from local restaurants, multiple music stages, and kids’ activities and entertainers.
12–6 p.m. Telegraph Avenue between 51st and
42nd streets, Oakland, www.temescaldistrict.org.
12–28 • California State Fair
Where else can you see a calf being born while munching on deep-fried Oreos after touring California’s counties before taking a spin on a Ferris wheel? Nightly concerts include “Weird Al” Yankovic (July 14), En Vogue (July 22), and Kool & the Gang (July 25). 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Thu., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sun., $6–$10, free (4 and under). Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, 877-225-3976, www.bigfun.org.
12, Aug. 10 • Concerts at the Cove
The outdoor summer concert series continues with The Bob Claire Orchestra (July 12) and concludes with a Battle of the Bands (Aug. 10). Come early for refreshments, activities, and extended hours at the Crab Cove Visitor Center. 4:30–7:30 p.m. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, 510-865-3636, www.concertsatthecove.com.
18–21, 25–28 • Midsummer Mozart Festival
A collection of summer concerts with a new program each week. Concerts take place on Thursdays in Santa Clara, Fridays in Berkeley, Saturdays in Sonoma, and Sundays in San Francisco.
8 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 6 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., $20–$65. Various locations, 415-627-9141, www.midsummermozart.org.
20 • Pedalfest
Riders of all skill levels converge to celebrate bicycles for their practical and extraordinary roles in our lives. Events include a bicycle parade, stunt shows, races, and safety demos. Be on the lookout for unusual bikes, vendors, food and beer, and a music stage powered by a stationary bike.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, 510-645-9292, www.pedalfestjacklondon.com.
20–Jan. 12, 2014 • Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay
While current headlines detail the construction of the new Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge has become an international landmark, this exhibit looks back at the construction of the original Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge through 24 black-and-white photos from the mid-1930s.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., $6–$12, free (8 and under). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-318-8400, www.museumca.org.
21 • Alameda Meals on Wheels 17th Annual Community Faire and Wine Tasting
Help Alameda Meals on Wheels feed the hungry and celebrate 40 years of community service at this afternoon wine-tasting and epicurean event. Wines come from California wineries, and local restaurants provide the food. Gus Wedemeyer’s 3 O’Clock Jump Big Band entertains. Bike parking available.
1–5 p.m., $20 suggested donation but not required. Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, 510-865-6131, www.alamedamealsonwheels.org.
26 • Starlight Movie in the Park
Calling all glitches, bad guys, and Sugar Rush racers! Watch out for the double stripes and grab your picnic blankets for a screening of Wreck-It Ralph in this continuing outdoor movie series. Games and crafts precede the film.
6:30 p.m., movies begin at 8:15 p.m. Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field, Alameda, 510-747-7400, www.alamedaca.gov.
26–28 • Garlic Festival
One of California’s greatest—and most pungent—food festivals offers arts and crafts, live entertainment, a kids’ zone, cooking, and recipe contests, and, of course, plenty of garlic incorporated into dishes such as escargot, calamari, ice cream, barbecue, and mussels.
10 a.m.–7 p.m., $17, $8 (6–12, 60-plus), free (5 and under). Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy, 408-842-1625, www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.
27–28 • Kite Festival
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the biggest collection of kites you’ve ever seen. This annual festival features kites larger than a house, kite battles, kite-making workshops, demos, vendors, and Taiko drummers. Bring your own kite or sit back and watch the sky fill with color.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Cesar E. Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, 510-235-5483, www.highlinekites.com.
27–28 • Park Street Art & Wine Faire
More than 300 arts and crafts booths, vendors, community organizations, and food vendors take over Park Street. Plus, beer and wine, kids’ activities, and two stages with live music and entertainment throughout the day.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Park Street between Encinal
and Buena Vista avenues, Alameda, 510-523-1392, www.shopparkstreet.com/artwine.
28–Aug. 4 • SF Chefs
San Francisco offers some of the most magnificent restaurants in the world, and this culinary star-studded event highlights the city’s gourmet dominance through grand tastings, classes, demos, and discussions with some of the city’s best chefs. Free preview events run throughout July.
Prices, times, and locations vary. Some events free.
San Francisco, www.sfchefsfoodwine.com.
2–11 • Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
One of the greatest contemporary music festivals in California, the festival’s highlights include concerts at a Spanish mission and mountain winery, free family concerts, opportunities to meet the composers and musicians, and a free street festival (Aug. 3–4) with food, arts and crafts, and an outdoor stage featuring world music and dance. Most concerts take place at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.
Times and prices vary, some events are free. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz, 831-420-5240, www.cabrillomusic.org.
3–4 • Aloha Festival
Celebrate and discover Pacific Islander and Polynesian culture through exhibits, educational workshops, live music and dance, island cuisine, arts and crafts, and the Ohana Korner featuring kids’ games.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, 415-281-0221, www.pica-org.org.
3–4 • Art + Soul
One of Oakland’s biggest parties includes a variety of musical genres—metal, honky-tonk, jazz, rock, R&B, and Latin with performances by Lisa Loeb, Tristan Prettyman, and Leela James. The event also features food trucks, hundreds of artisan booths, kids’ activities, and carnival rides.
12–8 p.m. Sat., 12–6 p.m. Sun., $5–$10 advance, $8–$15 door, free (12 and under). Downtown, entrances at 14th Street and Broadway, 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue, and City Center West Garage, Oakland, 510-444-2489, www.artandsouloakland.com.
3–4 • GaymerX
This video game convention, formerly known as GaymerCon, focuses on the role the LGBTQ community plays in the games and features panels with industry insiders and plenty of opportunities to mingle with fellow gamers.
10 a.m.–12 a.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun., $45. Japantown, Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post St., San Francisco; Hotel Tomo, 1800 Sutter St., San Francisco, www.gaymerconnect.com.
3–4 • Nihonmachi Street Fair
A weekend full of Japanese culture, food, and entertainment. Past highlights have included two stages of live music and dance, kids’ crafts and games, Asian artisan crafters, a dog park, and delicious food such as izakaya-style dishes, food trucks, and barbecue.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Japantown, San Francisco, www.nihonmachistreetfair.org.
3–4 • Strawberry Festival
Strawberries find their way onto hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, and pizza, among other delicious dishes. Historic downtown Watsonville also fills up with carnival rides, vendors, live entertainment, and plenty of family-friendly fun.
10 a.m.–7 p.m. City Plaza, Main and West Beach streets, Watsonville, 831-768-2340, www.cityofwatsonville.org.
9–11 • Outside Lands
More than a music festival, this outdoor extravaganza features local restaurants, food trucks, 36 wineries, and 16 local microbreweries. But it’s impossible to forget the music with performances from artists such as Paul McCartney, Vampire Weekend, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Daryl Hall and John Oates, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
12–10 p.m., $249.50 three-day pass, $545 three-day VIP pass. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, www.sfoutsidelands.com.
9–18 • A Chorus Line
The award-winning Broadway musical lands in Oakland where a talented group of singers and dancers prove that when you’re part of the chorus line, there are no small parts, only small actors.
8 p.m., $25–$56. Woodminster Ampitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, 510-531-9597, www.woodminster.com.
17 • Festa Coloniale Italiana
North Beach overflows with great Italian cuisine, music, culture, and live entertainment during this street festival entering its 95th year. Highlights in the past have included pizza-tossing demos, Italian waltzes, and salon and cafe music.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. North Beach, Stockton Steet between Union and Filbert streets, San Francisco, 415-781-0166, www.sfiacfesta.com.
17–18 • Accordion Festival
All things accordion fill the weekend when world-class musicians, such as Italy’s Renzo Ruggieri, Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, and the Golden State Accordion Club Band take the stage. The fun also includes workshops and dance lessons.
9:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m., $15 one-day pass, $23 two-day pass. La Plaza Park, 60 West Cotati Ave., Cotati, 707-664-0444, www.cotatifest.com.
17–18 • Family Winemakers of California Annual Tasting
Wine enthusiasts toast the varietals of the state at this event, themed From Our Tables to Yours, where more than 250 California producers will uncork more than 800 wines representing the bounty of California family-owned wineries. Attendees can sample wines as well as purchase bottles.
3–6 p.m. general admission, 1–6 p.m. all access, Saturday; 1–5 p.m., all access, Sunday. Ticket options vary and range from $45–$100. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 916-498-7500, www.familywinemakers.org.
24 • Taste of Petaluma
Meander through the beautiful downtown area while sampling from close to 60 restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Theater Square, Putnam Plaza, and select restaurants offer live music and dance performances throughout the day.
11:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $40 for 10 tasting tickets, $4 additional ticket. Downtown Petaluma, Petaluma, 707-763-8920, www.tasteofpetaluma.org.
24–25 • Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
More than 150,000 attendees are expected to browse close to 300 fine art and craft booths. Plus, wine and microbrews, food vendors, a Kids’ Art Studio, and the Italian Street Painting Expo that features close to 60 artists crafting chalk masterpieces along Tasso Street.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. University Avenue, Palo Alto, 650-324-3121, www.mlaproductions.com.
Through Aug. 18 • Stern Grove Festival
Grab a blanket and a picnic for the free Sunday concerts with performances by artists such as the Kronos Quartet (July 14), Pink Martini (Aug. 11), and the San Francisco Opera (Aug. 18).
2 p.m. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco, 415-252-6252, www.sterngrove.org.
Through July 21 • Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Bring a picnic and settle in under the stars for two outdoor performances of classic comedies. David Ives’ The Liar continues July 5–6, 14, and 20 while Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew runs July 7, 12–13, 19, and 21.
7:30 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 7 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $25–$46. Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore, 925-443-2273, www.livermoreshakes.org.
Through Aug. 22 • Waterfront Flicks
The outdoor movie series continues with Hitchcock (July 11), Brave (July 25), Skyfall (Aug. 8), and Goonies (Aug. 22). Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to enjoy a picnic or trivia contest.
Sundown. Jack London Square, Market Lawn, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, 510-645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare.com.
Through Sept. 12 • The Concerts at Wente Vineyards
Enjoy a glass of sustainably farmed Zin and a gourmet dinner while kicking back under the stars with performances by artists such as Huey Lewis & the News (July 16), Chicago (Aug. 5), and REO Speedwagon (Sept. 12).
8 or 8:15 p.m., $79–$299. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, 925-456-2300, www.wentevineyards.com.
Through Oct. 27 • Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art
During SFMOMA’s closure due to expansion, the museum is collaborating with other institutions to continue to present new exhibitions. This first exhibition, a collaboration with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, collects more than 60 works in various media from artists such as Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston, and Wallace Berman.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri.–Tue., 1–8 p.m. Thu., $10–$12, free (18 and under). Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-655-7800, www.thecjm.org.
There’s always something going on at the Berkeley-based music and dance community center, from kids’ shows to world-class performers.
Times, prices vary. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-525-5099, www.ashkenaz.com.
Chabot Space & Science Center
Learn about the wonders of space through interactive exhibits, the planetarium, moonlit hikes, children’s workshops, and theater shows.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed., Thu., Sun.; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri., Sat. $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 3–12. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7373, www.chabotspace.org.
This storybook park enchants with rides, animals, puppet shows, and performances.
Summer hours (through Sept. 2): 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $8, under 1 free. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Channel your inner artist through workshops, classes, and programs, and view rotating exhibits by seasoned local artisans.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu., Sun.; class prices on website. 1601 Paru St., Alameda, 510-523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
This Berkeley coffeehouse offers a variety of entertainment ranging from funky soul music to gutsy blues and family-friendly shows.
Times and prices vary. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.
Families can channel their inner artist at the Museum of Children’s Art.
Prices and hours vary. 538 Ninth St., Ste. 210, Oakland, 510-465-8770, www.mocha.org.
Green-collar baseball at its best at the O.co Coliseum.
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 866-614-4183, www.oakland.athletics.mlb.com.
Oakland Art Murmur/Saturday Stroll
Get to know Oakland’s vibrant art and cultural venues through Art Murmur at participating member galleries; Saturday Stroll is essentially Art Murmur by day on Saturday.
Art Murmur: 6–9 p.m. on first Fridays; Saturday Stroll:
1–5 p.m. Saturdays. Various venues but concentrated around 27th Street, Grand Avenue, Telegraph Avenue, and Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandartmurmur.org.
Oakland Aviation Museum
Learn about aviation history related to North Field at Oakland International Airport, Oakland and the Bay Area at this nonprofit museum that displays aircraft and aviation artifacts.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $9 adults, $8 seniors, $7
military veterans and teens, $5 kids (free 5 and younger). 8252 Earhart Road, Bldg. 621, Oakland, 510-638-7100, www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org.
Lions and tigers and bears — oh, my! Traipse through the African savannah, the rain forest, and more, without ever leaving Oakland.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Sun., $11 adults, $9.75 ages 2–14, under 2 free. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.
Pacific Pinball Museum
Play pinball to your heart’s content—all the lovingly restored pinball machines are set on free play, yay!
Open Tue.–Sun., $15 adults, $7.50 kids under 12. 1510 Webster St., Alameda, 510-769-1349, www.pacificpinball.org.
Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
The six-acre park and historic Peralta House Museum reflects the untold history of the Peralta rancho and the stories of today’s Fruitvale.
2:30–5:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat., with 40-minute guided tours at 2:30 and 4 p.m.; $5, children under 10 free. 2465 34th Ave., Oakland, 510-532-9142, www.peraltahacienda.org.
Another pinball-playing option with a frequently revolving roster of special-themed events.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adult, $10 children under 14. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.
Rhythmix Cultural Works
Based on community, creativity and cultural exchange, this performing arts venue offers everything from drum workshops to family circus playshops and world-class performances.
Event times and prices vary. 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, 510-865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.