Out on the Town
1–3 • Bead & Boutique Arts Show
Close to 200 exhibitors, galleries and boutiques sell and display handmade beadwork, clothing, jewelry, art, collectibles and antiques. Plus, free demos and workshops on beading techniques and materials—additional costs for workshops.
10 a.m.–6 p.m., $10 three-day pass. Hilton Concord, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord, 530-274-2222, www.beadandboutique.com.
1–3, 8–10 • Wine Road Barrel Tasting
Meander through the Russian River, Alexander and Dry Creek valleys and stop at more than 100 wineries offering barrel tastings and opportunities to talk with the winemakers or purchase futures to enjoy down the road.
11 a.m.–4 p.m., weekend pass, $50. Various locations throughout northern Sonoma County. 800-723-6336, www.wineroad.com.
1–3, 9–10 • The Secret Garden
Families looking forward to spring can get a jump on the season when the San Francisco Opera presents a world premiere production based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale of a spoiled girl who finds wonder, friendship and health behind a locked garden gate.
7:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., $15–$80. U.C. Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley,415-864-3330, www.sfopera.com.
2–3 • White Elephant Sale
Though you may not find any albino pachyderms, the 96,000-square foot warehouse holds many other gently used treasures such as vintage clothing and jewelry, sporting equipment, furniture and collectibles. All proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. 333 Lancaster St., Oakland, 510-536-6800, www.museumca.org.
2–17 • Whale Festival
Spot a fluke or a tail in between wine and beer tasting, open art studios, live music, arts and crafts, chowder tasting, kids’ activities and more. Events take place in Mendocino (March 2–3), Little River (March 9–10), and Fort Bragg (March 16–17).
Free for many events, food and wine tastings require paid ticket. Various locations throughout Mendocino County, 707-961-6300, www.mendowhale.com.
8–April 21 • Fallaci
Professional journalism and personal life collide when Pulitzer Prize–winning author Lawrence Wright pens Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s world premiere about the last days of famed Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci known for her unfaltering interviews with Henry Kissinger, Muammar Qaddafi and Fidel Castro.
Tue.–Sun., $34–$89. Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org.
9 • Secret Garden Scavenger Hunt
To celebrate San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of The Secret Garden, children may embark on a scavenger hunt through the garden grounds where the hidden items will form a unique art project at the end of the expedition.
1–4 p.m., free with paid entry. San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 Ninth Ave., San Francisco, 415-661-1316, www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.
14–24 • CAAMFest
Formerly called the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the Center for Asian-American Media, or CAAM, expands its focus to include workshops, live performances and food salons in addition to approximately 100 films from Asian and Asian-American artists.
Some events free; most require paid tickets. Various locations throughout San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, 415-863-0814, www.caamedia.org.
15 • Driving With Fergus
Just because you can’t enjoy green beer on your lunch break doesn’t mean you can’t dance a jig when this monthly music series continues with a St. Patrick’s Day–themed concert featuring Irish songs and dance music.
12–1 p.m. Oakland City Center, 12th and Clay streets, Oakland, 510-628-9170, www.oaklandcitycenter.com/events.
15–April 21 • RENT
If 525,600 minutes measure a year, then the Altarena Playhouse has seen close to 40 million minutes as it enters its 75th season with Jonathon Larson’s rock opera retelling of La Bohème, which mixes love, tragedy and faith into a revolutionary Broadway hit.
8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $21–$24. Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda, 510-523-1553, www.altarena.org.
16 • Royal Comedy Tour
An incredible line-up of comedians—Earthquake, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Tony Rock and Mark Curry (Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper)—take the stage to not only tickle your funny bone but to obliterate it as well.
7 p.m., $47.50–$79.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
16 • St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Regardless of where your opinion falls on green beer, everyone can enjoy the 162nd annual parade down Market Street and a festival filled with everything Irish—history, food, dance and music, culture and, yes, those tasty Irish beverages.
11 a.m.–5 p.m., 11:30 a.m. parade. Civic Center Plaza outside San Francisco City Hall, www.saintpatricksdaysf.com.
21–24 • Redwood Coast Jazz Festivals
Performers such as Red Skunk Band, High Sierra Jazz Band and Buck Creek Reunion Band make up just a small portion of the Dixieland jazz, zydeco and swing bands that fill this small town every year. Plus, community dance shows and contests and the Taste of Main Street kickoff event on Thursday, March 21.
$10–$85 single and multi-day passes. Five venues throughout Eureka, 707-445-3378, www.redwoodjazz.org.
23–24 • Goodguys All American Get-Together
Rev your engines for more than 3,500 American trucks, hot rods, muscle cars, customs and classic cars. Pick up a few spare parts at the swap meet or add some swagger to your ride with help from vendor and manufacturer exhibits. Plus, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, racing and a model- and pedal-car show.
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun., $17, $6 (ages 7–12), free (6 and under). Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-838-9876, www.good-guys.com/2013-events.
4–7 • Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Food and wine tastings from local and international restaurants and vineyards drive a fabulous weekend full of tasting events, seminars, cooking demos, celebrity golf tournaments and after parties. Place your taste buds in the capable hands of chefs such as Masaharu Morimoto, John Hiu and Carla Hall, before walking along the pristine beaches lining the Monterey coast.
Price, times and locations vary, 866-907-3663, www.pbfw.com.
5–June 1 • Alameda on Camera
Forty-eight juried artists are given 48 hours to photograph a randomly assigned section of Alameda. The resulting work comprises one of the gallery’s most popular annual exhibits.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, 510-523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
6 • Make It With Ginny Parsons
Eco creativity abounds when parents and kids, ages 12–18, cut and glue recycled materials together to form a quilt square that will become part of a quilt hung during the April 12 gallery reception.
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding St., Alameda, 510-865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
6–June 2 • Christian Marclay: The Clock
Thousands of film clips are strung together to create a 24-hour video montage of time-related moments that synchronizes with our real-world time. The artist’s creation—three years worth of editing—weaves together snippets of cinematic narratives while acting as a reliable clock. Contact the museum for information on special 24-hour screenings.
$11–$18. SFMOMA, 151 Third St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.
10 • Earth Expo
Take a lunch break and enjoy close to 100 artists, vendors, community groups and local businesses who believe Earth Day should be a year-round event. Also, grab a quick bite from local restaurants, eateries, and food trucks.
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland, 510-615-5566, www.oaklandnet.com.
10–14 • Sonoma International Film Festival
Eight venues within walking distance of the Historic Sonoma Plaza serve up close to 80 films including documentaries, world cinema, animation, student films and shorts from roughly 200 filmmakers representing more than 20 countries.
$20 individual tickets, $160 festival pass. Various locations throughout Sonoma, 707-933-2600, www.sonomafilmfest.org.
11–14 • Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show
From speedy racers to extravagant yachts, sailboats fill the waters while seminars, workshops and vendors offering gear and accessories cover the land. Get an exciting sneak peek at the upcoming America’s Cup or kick back and take a relaxing sailboat ride.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $15 one-day pass, $24 two-day pass, $45 four-day pass, free (15 and under). Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, 401-289-2540, www.strictlysailpacific.com.
11–May 12 • The Arsonists
Aurora Theatre Company presents the absurdist story of a man whose inactions against evil may bring about his own destruction. Based on Max Frisch’s 1958 story inspired by the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia.
7 p.m. Tue., 8 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun., $32–$60, $20 rush tickets available. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org.
13–14 • Fantasy Faire
Go beyond the Renaissance with a celebration that encompasses fairies and knights as well as ogres, fairytale characters and pirates in a weekend full of arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, vendors and kids’ activities.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $7–$12, free (6 and under). 494 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, 415-354-1773, www.sjfantasy.com.
20 • The Happy Ones
San Francisco’s Magic Theatre brings this Bay Area premiere about grief, new beginnings, friendship and forgiveness set in 1975 Los Angeles to Oakland for a free performance.
2:30 p.m. Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St., Oakland, 415-441-8822, www.magictheatre.org.
20 • Vegan Earth Day
Take Earth Day to the next level with a vegan approach to Mother Nature. Films, workshops, community organizations, art, speakers and food demos help to educate and entertain guests about the intersection between veganism, our planet and our community.
4–9 p.m., $15–$20 advance, $25 day of. David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, www.berkeleyveganearthday.com.
26 • The Maltese Falcon
John Huston’s 1941 classic, based on Dashiell Hammett’s gritty novel, features Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor as well as impeccable character actors Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in the tale of a private detective searching for the stuff that dreams are made of.
8 p.m., $5. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
26–28 • Asparagus Festival
Every asparagus dish you can imagine—from deep-fried asparagus to asparagus burritos—plus chef contests, kids’ activities, carnival rides, local arts and crafts, wine tasting and live music make this one of the best food festivals in Northern California.
10 a.m.–7 p.m., $8–$13, food and drink tickets at additional cost. Downtown Stockton Waterfront, Stockton, 209-644-3740, www.asparagusfest.com.
27 • Butter and Egg Days
If the mere presence of a festival dedicated to such dairy delights isn’t enough to jumpstart a road trip, consider this event—which regularly draws close to 25,000 people per year—also includes a parade, arts and crafts, kids’ activities such as bounce houses and rides and, of course, fair food.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., 12 p.m. parade. Historic Downtown Petaluma, 707-762-9348, www.petalumadowntown.com.
27 • Doll & Teddy Bear Show
Enthusiasts, collectors and those that love cuddly things gather for 85 dealers displaying their new, vintage, handcrafted and mass-produced dolls and teddy bears. In addition, doll repair specialists, appraisers and teddy bear artists will be on hand to answer your questions.
10 a.m.–3:30 p.m., $5, $2 (ages 6–14), free (5 and under). Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-947-1572, www.hermanshows.com.
27 • International Beer Festival
Sample hundreds of beers from local and international breweries while soaking up those suds with bites from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants and eateries. Proceeds benefit the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. Tickets go on sale March 15 and sell out quickly.
7–10 p.m., $70. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, www.sfbeerfest.com.
27–28 • Fisherman’s Festival
This beautiful coastal community honors the hardworking men and women of the fishing industry with food booths, wine from 25 Sonoma County wineries, kids’ activities, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a boat parade, a wooden boat challenge and Sunday’s Blessing of the Fleet, which kick starts salmon season.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $12, $10 Seniors (65+), free (11 and under). Westside Park and various locations throughout Bodega Bay, 707-875-3866, www.bbfishfest.org.
27–28 • Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival
Going on 137 years, clans and fans of the cultural traditions come together for live music, Scottish and Celtic dancing, vendors, whiskey tasting and athletic competitions such as the caber toss and the stone throw.
9 a.m., $6–$20, free (military and kids 7 and under). Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland, 916-557-0764, www.saccallie.org.
28 • Glen Park Festival
A good ol’ fashioned street fair reaches its 15th year with local food, community, artist and vendor booths; plenty of live music and entertainment; kids’ activities and a raffle.
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Diamond and Wilder streets between Bosworth and Chenery streets, San Francisco, 415-729-4059, www.glenparkfestival.com.
Through March 9 • Don Giovanni
Virago Theatre Company brings Mozart’s classic opera about a world-famous seducer, his conquests and his tragedy to life. Performances are March 1, 3 and 9.
8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $20–$30. The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley; 510-865-6237, www.viragotheatre.org.
Through March 10 • Cinequest
One of the area’s best film festivals, Cinequest strives to highlight cutting-edge technology and emerging cinematic voices. Along with screenings of new films, the festival includes conversations with the filmmakers, awards galas and special presentations of classic or noteworthy titles.
Regular screenings, $5–$10; special screenings and events vary in price. Various locations throughout San Jose, 408-295-3378, www.cinequest.org.
Through March 17 • Hung Liu: Offerings
Two large-scale installations from the Oakland-based artist mix history with modern interpretation. Jiu Jin Shan (Old Gold Mountain) uses railroad tracks and more than 200,000 fortune cookies to create a visual metaphor for the meeting of East and West. Tai Cang—Great Granary reproduces one artist’s lost murals amid 34 antique Chinese food containers holding a bean, grain or cereal, each from a different region of China.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sun., 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Wed. Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 510-430-2164, www.mcam.mills.edu.
Chabot Space & Science Center
Learn about the wonders of space through interactive exhibits, 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.
Winter hours (through March 31): 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fri.–Sun.; spring hours (April-June 6) 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $8, under 1 free. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.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, (866) 614-4183, www.oakland.athletics.mlb.com.
Oakland Museum of California
This dynamic local museum combines art, history and natural science to tell the stories of California and its people.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun.; $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free for children under 8 and free for all on the first Sundays of each month. 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-238-2200, www.museumca.org.
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 between 27th Street, Grand, Telegraph and Broadway, 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/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 6-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.