Out on the Town
Calendar of Events September & October
Aug. 31–Sept. 3 • Gold Rush Days
Travel back to the 1850s when Sacramento began to form around a burgeoning craze for gold in them thar hills. Amid hundreds of costumed participants, visit a tent city and working blacksmiths, take in a melodrama at The Eagle Theatre and encourage the kids to pan for gold.
Old Sacramento, (916) 808-7777, sacramentogoldrushdays.com.
1 • Oakland Raiders
The Silver and Black start the regular season at home against the San Diego Chargers.
7:15 p.m., prices vary. O.Co Coliseum, Oakland, www.raiders.com. (Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25 p.m. Sept. 23; vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:25 p.m. Oct. 21)
1 • West Coast Crab & Jazz Festival
Not since peanut butter and chocolate has a more perfect union existed. Build up a hungry appetite as you snap open crab legs, diving in for every morsel, then cool down with bottomless wine and performances by Miki Howard, Freddie Jackson and others.
6 p.m., $125–$150. Kaiser Roof Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, (866) 585-8099, www.jazzandcrab.com.
1–3 • Sausalito Art Festival
Celebrate this festival’s 60th anniversary by browsing work — such as glass, fashion, mixed media and sculpture — from more than 250 artists. Also, stop by a juried art exhibit featuring pieces honoring the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon. , $5–$25, (children 5 and under). Marinship Park, Sausalito, (415) 332-3555, www.sausalitoartfestival.org.
2 • Oakland Pride
Not to be upstaged by The City, Oaklanders let their flags fly with a block party featuring vendors, exhibitors and live entertainment, including a performance by CeCe Peniston.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Uptown Oakland, 19th and Franklin streets, Oakland, (510) 545-6251, www.oaklandpride.org.
2 • Sand Sculpture Contest
Expect more than puny castles when teams compete to build the most impressive creations using only sand, natural ingredients and recycled materials. Join in the fun as a family, team or individual, or just browse the sculptures, which in the past have included curvy mermaids, cuddly otters, snowmen and gigantic flip-flops.
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Drakes Beach, Point Reyes, (415) 464-5140, www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/events_sandsculpturecontest.htm.
6–16 • CATS
Observe cats in their natural environment — on an outdoor stage — while they sing, dance and fight for Old Deuteronomy’s attention in this Broadway musical that has set long-run records in London and New York.
Thu.–Sun., times vary; $27–$56. Woodminster Amphitheatre, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, (510) 531-9597, www.woodminster.com.
8–9 • Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Willy Wonka may faint when he sees the collection of chocolate-themed delights ready for tasting. Expect chocolate vodka, cupcakes, sundaes and many other treats. When you’re about to burst a la Violet Beauregarde, take a break with chef demos, a bake-off and seminars or push the limits with the “Earthquake” Ice Cream Eating Contest.
12–5 p.m., $20 for 15 tastes. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., San Francisco, ghirardelli.com/ChocolateFestival.
9 • Solano Avenue Stroll
This annual event features more than 500 vendors, 50 entertainers, 50 food booths and 150 juried artists displaying their creations. It all kicks off with a parade along the 26-block stretch with more than 100 groups walking the route.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Solano Ave., Albany and Berkeley, (510) 527-5358, www.solanoavenueassn.org.
11 • Chef’s Summer Garden Tour and Tasting Tour
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards’ half-acre organic garden and pick up some tips to apply to your own kitchen and garden before sampling Wente wines and dishes prepared from the morning’s harvest.
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., $15–$20. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, (925) 456-2450, www.wentevineyards.com.
12–16 • The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Local and international musicians make beautiful, plucky music with old timey instruments such as banjos and fiddles. Kick up your boots and enjoy the tunes or take part in a square dance, workshop, open jam session or a potluck picnic with a chance to make your own music.
Most events are free. Various locations throughout Berkeley, www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org.
12–23 • Santa Rosa International Film Festival
Indies and films from around the world are the focus of this long-standing celebration of the silver screen. Take in a classic under the stars or pop into a movie house for a French lesson in love.
$100 Festival Pass, prices for individual tickets varies. Various locations, (707) 935-9456, www.sriff.org.
13–16 • Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Attend a workshop or put on your boots for a selection of half-day, full-day and night field trips meant to discover and celebrate the local bird populations throughout the bay, Elkhorn Slough and beyond.
Prices vary. Various locations throughout Monterey, Watsonville and Moss Landing, (831) 726-8052, www.montereybaybirding.org.
14–15 • Vintage Fashion Faire
Put together a new outfit from some old favorites at this clothing sale that covers fashion from the Victorian era through the 1980s. Before Saturday’s show, let your wardrobe turn whimsical with a Steampunk-themed party featuring a costume contest, live music and cocktails by St. George Spirits.
6–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m Sat. .; $5–$10. O Club, 641 West Red Line Ave., Alameda, www.alamedapointantiquesfaire.com/blog/vintage-fashion.
15 • Alameda Songwriters’ Circle
Four Alameda musicians — Earl J. Rivard, Jamey Pyke, Steve Witt and Guy Smith — take the stage and prove to The City by the Bay that this small island packs a lot of musical talent of its own.
8 p.m., $18 Advance, $22 Door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
15 • Cal Brewer’s Fest
In California, we do everything great and that includes beer. Toast the Golden State’s best brews with tastings from more than 60 breweries pouring cold suds under the hot sun alongside the river.
1–5 p.m., $25 advance, $35 door, $5 designated driver, free (children 12 and under). Discovery Park, Sacramento, calbrewfest.com.
20–23 • Walnut Festival
Do you know Walnut Creek has a real connection to walnuts? Ever since World War II, when walnuts replaced grapes as the local cash crop, the community has been, well, nuts. Mark this festival’s 75th anniversary with food, more than 40 vendors and live entertainment while you, too, go a little nuts.
5–11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. –11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. Heather Farm Park, N. San Carlos Drive and Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, (925) 935-6766, www.thewalnutfestival.org/festival.php.
21–23 • Eat Real Festival
Discover the perfect recipe for a food festival — a healthy dollop of do-it-yourself tips for gardening and cooking, a sprinkle of live entertainment and a heaping scoop of handcrafted goodies, street food and homebrews.
1–9 p.m. Fri., 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. Jack London Square, Oakland, (510) 842-1017, www.eatrealfest.com.
23 • Art in Nature: The Nature of Art Festival
Stroll along the Stream Trail where more than 200 artists and performers fill every Mother Nature–created nook and cranny. Stop by the 12 themed areas for body painting, sculptures, music, storytelling and plenty of kids’ activities. Onsite parking is limited, but a shuttle departs from Merritt College often.
11–5 p.m., shuttle fee $5 adults, $2 children under 12, reservations recommended. Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, www.artinnaturefestival.org.
29 • Kelseyville Pear Festival
Hop in the car and head toward Clear Lake for an all-day pear party featuring every pearfect summer treat you can imagine, including pear pies, smoothies and ice cream. While you munch on the goodies, browse the quilt show and antique farm equipment exhibit or take in live music and kids’ activities.
9 a.m.–4 p.m., Main Street, Kelseyville, (707) 279-9022, www.pearfestival.com.
1–31 • Artoberfest
More than 100 events throughout the month ensure that every art lover, from thespian to photographer, will find a slice of artistic heaven. While most of the events take place in October, there are a few events scattered throughout September including Sept. 8’s official kick-off, Chico Palio, a sculpture race modeled after Italy’s Siena Palio.
Many events are free. Various locations throughout Chico, Oroville and Paradise, (530) 228-2860, www.artoberfest.org.
4–8 • Fleet Week
Look to the skies for a spectacular display by the U.S. Naval Aviation program comprising members of the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. After craning your neck for a peak at the Blue Angels, take a tour of a naval ship or check out the Italian Heritage Parade in North Beach in San Francisco.
Various times. San Francisco Bay and surrounding areas, (650) 599-5057, www.fleetweek.us.
5 • CartoonJazz Orchestra
Introduce your children to new genres of music — just as Bugs Bunny once did for you with What’s Opera, Doc? — with a night of jazz inspired by the Golden Age of animation.
8 p.m., $20.50 advance, $22.50 door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 644-2020, www.thefreight.org.
5–7 • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
What’s better than bluegrass in a park? Free bluegrass in a park. Check out acts such as Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchessess) and Buddy Miller. Plus, more than 50 food vendors to keep you fueled.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Hellman’s Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, www.strictlybluegrass.com.
5–7 • Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Bring in the harvest with wine tastings from more than 150 wineries, chef demos, agricultural activities for the whole family, a grape stomp and live music to keep winter at bay.
12 p.m.–7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat.–Sun.; $10 adults, $5 children, free (children 6 and under). Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, (707) 545-4203, harvestfair.org.
6 • LoCA Uncorked
The name may have changed — formerly The Treasure Island Wine Fest — but the excellent wine, views and nibbles are the same. Sample more than 200 award-winning wines produced from the Lodi region by more than 45 wineries and enjoy live music, gourmet tastes and stunning views of the bay and San Francisco. Take a break to watch the Blue Angels fly overhead for Fleet Week or grab a few extra pours when the crowds migrate outside.
1–5 p.m., $55 advance, $65 door, $25 designated driver. Treasure Island, San Francisco, (209) 365-0621, locauncorked.com.
6 • Oaktoberfest
Finally, a craft beer festival for the whole family. While parents sip close to 20 local craft brews, kids can check out the Rootbier Garden and live music and entertainment. Plus, vendors and food stands including German-inspired fare.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Dimond District, Fruitvale Avenue
and MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, (510) 452-7392, www.oaktoberfest.org.
6 • Black Cowboy Parade and Heritage Festival
Discover a more complete history of the West with a parade, dances, seminars and a festival that includes trick riding performances, cowboy demos, and booths from local schools and businesses.
10 a.m.–4 p.m., DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St., Oakland, blackcowboyassociation.org.
6–7 • Johnny Appleseed Days
At one of California’s oldest festivals, now going on 132 years, the word of the day is “apple.” There will be enough apples to keep the doctor away for decades, including apple pies, apple sauce cake and even a few fresh-from-the-tree crunchy morsels.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun. Paradise Intermediate School, 5665 Recreation Drive, Paradise, (530) 877-9356, www.paradisechamber.com.
6–7 • Neptune Beach Community Celebration
Pile the kids in the station wagon for one last outdoor festival — this happens to be the Webster Street Jam with a new name — before the holidays drive everyone into chaos. Expect all of the festival staples; kids’ activities, live music and entertainment, wine tasting and food from around the world.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Webster St., Alameda, (510) 523-5955, www.westalamedabusiness.com/events.
6–28 • Emeryville Art Exhibition
More than 100 artists and craftspeople — all of whom either live or work in Emeryville — display their work in this juried exhibition of a wide range of media. Meet the artists at the opening reception, Oct. 5, from 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Check website for location, Emeryville, (510) 652-6122, www.emeryarts.org.
7 • Crocker Highlands Home and Garden Tour
Tour the diverse neighborhood of Crocker Highlands with stops that include architectural styles such as Tudor Revival and Italian Renaissance Revival and gardens that make the most of unusual spaces.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. $45. Various locations in Crocker Highlands, Oakland, (510) 919-2254, www.crockerschool.org/hometour/.
7 • Rockridge Out and About
Celebrate the neighborhood concept with a street picnic, vendors, chef demos, entertainment stages and, of course, the people in your neighborhood.
12 p.m.–6 p.m. College Ave., between Alcatraz and Manila avenues, Oakland, www.rockridgeoutandabout.com.
10–14 • Carmel Art & Film Festival
Close to 100 features, documentaries, shorts and student films along with seminars, live music and art exhibits make this festival as wonderfully opulent as its location and surrounding beauty. Plus, an appearance by James Franco that promises to be, “So good.”
Times vary, passes begin at $50. Various locations throughout Carmel, (831) 625-3700, carmelartandfilm.com.
13 • Moonlight Hideaway
An auction and gala benefitting the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, which is in its 100th year of service to the community. Moonlight Hideway organizer Blossom Garden of Alameda, which was founded in 1948, is a fundraising branch for Children’s, and this is its 16th local gala and fundraiser.
6–11 p.m., $75 advance, $80 door. Alameda Hotel, 1415 Broadway Ave., Alameda, www.blossomgardenalameda.com.
13–14 • Art & Pumpkin Festival
Beyond the more than 250 vendors selling handmade treasures such as ceramics, blown glass, leather and fine art, families can fill their gourd with live music, a haunted house, 5K and 10K runs, a pancake breakfast and the Great Pumpkin Parade.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Historic Main St., Half Moon Bay, (650) 726-9652, www.miramarevents.com/pumpkinfest.
13–14 • Goblin Jamboree
Get the little ones in costume early and enjoy a weekend that includes train and pony rides, a petting zoo, a not-too-scary Haunted Pier and plenty of Halloween activities for your little ghouls and goblins.
10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $13–$15, free (children 6 months and under). Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, (415) 339-3900, www.baykidsmuseum.org.
13–14 • Treasure Island Music Festival
Take over the island for a two-day party featuring acts such as Girl Talk, Public Enemy and Joanna Newsom. Plus, a vendor village, adult summer camp and art installations.
11 a.m., $75–$239.50. Treasure Island, San Francisco, www.treasureislandfestival.com.
14 • East Bay Mini Maker Faire
Instead of focusing on the end product, celebrate the process with a gathering of tinkerers and MacGyvers who share tips and tricks for building fantastical machines and tools. Expect everything from bicycles and robots to urban farming equipment and music.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., $7.50–$20. Park Day School Campus, 360 42nd St., Oakland, www.ebmakerfaire.wordpress.com.
18 • FAAS After the Ball
The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter has made great strides this year in running the Alameda Animal Shelter, and animal lovers can continue showing FAAS and the shelter some love by supporting the second annual After the Ball, A Benefit for Alameda’s Homeless Pets. Donations also accepted for those who can’t make the gala, and an anonymous donor has promised to match contributions.
6:30–9:30 p.m., $75. Rock Wall Wine Co., 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, (510) 337-8565, www.alamedaanimalshelter.org.
19–20, 26–27 • Grand National Rodeo
Country must be countrywide when the rodeo comes to the Bay Area. Yell out your best “Yee-haw!” as riders compete in PRCA Rodeo performances, stomp your boots to live music, chow down on BBQ, mosey through the marketplace with all of the Western gear you could ever want — or pick up a few head of cattle at the livestock show.
Rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. $23–$44 for rodeo tickets. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, (415) 404-4111, www.cowpalace.com.
26–28 • October Dance Weekend
A summer packed with tango and salsa classes and dances — continuing the last Sunday of every month through October — comes to a head with a special weekend lineup. Special activities include an Argentine tango, or milonga, dance parties, Argentine spa treatments, and a “Light Flights and Bites” celebration to end the weekend.
$25–$150 per event. The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, (510) 843-3000 ext. 756, www.claremontresort.com.
28 • Dia de Los Muertos Festival
Approximately 75,000 people show up to honor the Day of the Dead with cultural music and dance performances, vendors, international cuisine, art, and activities for the whole family.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fruitvale Village, 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland, www.unitycouncil.org/dia-de-los-muertos.
31 • Halloween on Webster Street
Local merchants offer a safe option for families with children under 12 who want to dress up and go trick-or-treating before the sun goes down
and the ghosts, vampires and vampire slayers take over the night.
12–4 p.m. Webster Street, Alameda, (510) 523-5955, westalamedabusiness.com/events.
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.
Fall hours (Sept. 5–Oct. 28): 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–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
Families can entertain their artistic side at the Museum of Children’s Art.
Prices and hours vary. 538 Ninth St., Ste. 210, Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org
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,
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
Known as the “Floating White House,” it served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s yacht until his death in 1945. Today it offers docent-led dockside tours Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays; frequent special events and bay cruises.
Prices and times vary. Docks at Oakland’s Jack London Square, 540 Water St., (510) 627-1215, www.usspotomac.org