This Month's Highlights

Editor Picks for September.


International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, Sept. 20–21.

Michael Pina


Powerful Paddling in the Bay

International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, Sept. 20–21

By Matthew Craggs

If you happen to see a few dragons skimming through the San Francisco Bay around Treasure Island, do not panic. You’re not witness to Nessie’s American cousin or a scene out of Pacific Rim 2. It’s the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival. More than 3,500 dragon boat paddlers are expected to race close to 130 dragon boats in 300- and 500-meter competitions while drake devotees cheer them on from the shore.

Along with the races, the free festival offers a wide array of food vendors, a health and fitness pavilion, vendors selling everything from handmade crafts to Chinese cultural gifts, and live entertainment such as Taiko drumming, live music, lion dancing, and martial arts demonstrations.

For the little hatchlings, Dragon Land offers free kids’ activities including face-painting, arts and crafts, roving magicians and dragons, and carnival rides and games. Plus, keep a close eye on the dragon boats, and you may spot Daenerys Targaryen.

8 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Treasure Island, San Francisco,

Photos courtesy Michael Pina, above, and Jimmy Chan, inset


Take Two

Sports Tourneys

For fame, for glory, for fun.

Go the distance—blasting “Eye of the Tiger” or “We Are the Champions” is optional—and show what you’re made of with two Alameda sports tournaments that’ll have you swinging for the fences and other sports metaphors.

The 101st annual Alameda City Tennis Tournament ( declares Love-Love all around when it kicks off Sept. 5 and runs through the weekend. Amateurs and pros alike are invited to compete in men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles tournaments at Fairfield Tennis Courts in Washington Park.

If you enjoy swinging, but prefer the ball stationary, try the second annual Play for the Parks Annual Golf Tournament ( at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex on Sept. 15. This low-key, fun tournament between friends and families supports recreation and wellness programs throughout Alameda. Following the tournament, head to the proverbial 19th hole for dinner and an auction.


Fan Alert

Ticket Time

Highlights of the sporting season.

Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros. Sept. 5–7, Coliseum, Oakland,

Cal Women’s Soccer vs. Texas Tech. Sept. 12, UC-Berkeley, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley,

Volleyball! Molten Classic. Sept. 13, UC-Berkeley, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley,

Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans. Sept. 14, Coliseum, Oakland,

Oakland A’s vs. Los Angeles Angels. Sept. 22–24, Coliseum, Oakland,

Cal Men’s Water Polo vs. Navy. Sept. 26, UC-Berkeley, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley,

Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins. Sept. 28, Coliseum, Oakland,


Date Night

Star Trails and Cocktails

Star Trek 2 and local, handcrafted cocktails pair well at Parkway.

Khan Noonien Singh. Sorry, Zachary Quinto, no one can yell his name like Shatner. The New Parkway proves this when they journey to Ceti Alpha VI—or is it Ceti Alpha V?—for a special screening of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn as part of their Nerve Wrackin’ Theater series. Before you cheer on Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as they battle an old foe for control of a galaxy-threatening weapon, stop around the block at Mua for a pre-show drink, such as one of Mua’s handcrafted cocktails. The Saint—Bulleit rye, Hennessy, blood orange liqueur, and bitters—pairs nicely, thematically, with Dr. Carol Marcus’ brilliant but deadly Genesis Project. Careful though; receive blessings from more than a few Saints and, tomorrow morning, your head will feel like it’s full of Ceti eels.


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