of Fun Things To Do - S.F. Bay Area... and beyond
Aug. 1-5 — "SF Chefs 2012" at Union Square, participating hotels and restaurants,
S.F. Don't miss San Francisco's premier culinary weekend
event — meet top chefs, mixologists, winemakers
and distillers. Grand Tasting Tent features over 200 of San Francisco's finest restaurants, bars, distilleries
and wineries. Classes, Demos, Seminars and Special Events! SF Chefs draws over 1500 people
Info on SF Chefs-Food-Wine
Aug. 1-5 — Maine
& The Big Parade, Rockland, Maine. Fun festival features Fresh Maine Lobster, Live Entertainment (comedy, jazz, reggae, oldies, celtic, folk), Arts & Crafts,
Cooking Contest, Lobster Crate Race, 10k Road Race and 5k Walk (Sun, Aug 5 at 8:30am), 1-Mile Kids' Fun Run (Sun, Aug 5 @ 7:30am), Kids' Activities... and more! The Big Parade begins at 10am on Saturday, Aug 4th down Rockland's Main Street. 12 noon-10pm. Sunday is Free Family Fun Day for all ages.
207-596-0376 More Info on
Maine Lobster Festival & Parade
Aug. 1, 8, 15 — "Music
in the Park" Concert Series 2012, Stafford
Park, corner of King Street and Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City.
Enjoy live music in a beautiful park setting — Zydeco,
Celtic, Motown, R&B, Disco. Wednesday evenings 6-8pm.
Aug. 1: Dream Posse — Acoust-Eclectic;
Aug. 8: Lost Dog Found — Jump Swing;
Aug. 15: Pure Ecstasy — Motown.
Free admission. 650-780-7250
More Info on "Music in the Park" Concerts
Aug. 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 & 29 — "Jewels in the
Square" Annual Festival of Free Outdoor Performances in Union Square,
Union Square, S.F. During Spring, Summer and Fall (April
thru' October), enjoy "Jewels
in the Square" — live music, dance, outdoor movies and other entertainment
at Union Square. Wednesdays at
12:30-1:30pm and 6-8pm, Sundays at 2-4pm. Free admission. More
Info on Union Square & Jewels
in the Square
Aug. 1-19 — The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, de Young Museum, S.F. "The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier" is the first exhibition devoted to the celebrated French designer and his personal themes of "equality, diversity and perversity." See 140 ensembles spanning over 35 years from the designer’s couture and ready-to-wear collections, along with their accessories, and numerous archival documents, fashion photographs, and video clips that spotlight Gaultier’s collaborations with filmmakers, choreographers, and musicians, most notably Madonna. Many of these extraordinary pieces have never before been exhibited.
415-750-3600 More Info on The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Aug. 1-31 — "Kids Week in the West End" — Kids Go Free to Top London Shows this Summer, London, U.K. Kids Week runs August 1-31, 2012. Children aged 16 and under can see an amazing selection of London's West End Shows for FREE when accompanied by an adult paying full price. You can also purchase up to two extra children's tickets for half price. This once-a-year promotion always sells out, so buy your tickets early. Book Tickets and Get More Info on Kids Week in the West End
Aug. — "EarthQuake: Life on a Dynamic Planet" NEW Exhibit
and "EarthQuake" NEW Planetarium Show opens at California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F. What better place than San Francisco to see this amazing new exhibit and planetarium show. Find out everything you always wanted to know about earthquakes... and more! Exhibit features a walk-thru' model of the Earth, live baby ostriches, an earthquake simulator resembling an old Victorian home, and an interactive preparedness arena. Planetarium show takes you through space and time, flying over the San Andreas fault and traveling back in time to experience the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Find out about the latest seismic events happening around the planet. More Info on EarthQuake Exhibit More Info on EarthQuake Planetarium Show
Aug. 1-31 — Mountain
Winery 2012 Summer Concert Series, Mountain Winery,
Saratoga. Plan a fun day out and enjoy one of Mountain Winerys
Summer Concerts. Tickets on sale now thru' October 6, 2012. More on Mountain Winery Summer Concerts
Aug. 2 & 9 — "Central
Park Music Series" FREE Thursday Night Concerts in Central Park,
Downtown San Mateo. Enjoy Free Thursday Night Concerts (thru' Aug 11) at Central Park open lawn, south of the Central
Park Recreation Center (with more convenient access to public
parking and restrooms). Big Band Party (8/2) and Dance Party (8/9). Free admission. 6-8pm.
Info on Central Park Music Series
Aug. 2, 9 & 16 — SFJAZZ SummerFest "Free Summer Concerts", Stanford, Palo Alto. Stanford Shopping Center
(near Palo Alto).
Enjoy a FUN day out with your family and friends — enjoy
everything from Swing to Jazz. Free Thursday night concerts take place at the
gardens of Stanford Shopping Center's Clock Tower Plaza (Near
6pm-7:30pm. More Info on
Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 — "Movie Night" FREE Movies at Courthouse
Square, 2200 Broadway, Downtown Redwood City.
Arrive early for the best seats (limited number of chairs and tables are available).
Outdoor "theater" with 25-ft inflatable screen. Thursday Night movies
begin at sundown, approximately 8:45pm. Aug 2: Hugo (PG),
Aug 9: The Great Outdoors (PG),
Aug 16: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (PG),
Aug 23: The Goonies (PG, Aug 30: Citizen Kane (PG) More
Info on Movie Night at Courthouse Square
Aug. 2 9, 16, 23 & 30 Nightlife
at the Academy, California Academy
of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Thursday nights, after
the Academy closes, the museum
features "Nightlife" — a weekly evening event blending cutting-edge
science, music (live band or DJ), dancing, cocktails (no-host bar) and food in a unique museum setting. Mingle and have fun exploring
the museum at night. 6-10pm. Adults
ages 21 and over. More Info on Nightlife
California Academy of Sciences
Aug. 2-31 — "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London at Regent's Park, London. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is the only permanent professional outdoor theatre in Britain. It's 1,240-seat auditorium is one of the largest in London. Over 140,000 people attend its four annual productions that run from May-September. Programs change each year — from classic plays and Shakespeare to musicals and family shows. "Ragtime The Musical" is running Aug. 29. The theater is located about a 10-minute walk from Baker Street Station in London. More Info on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Aug. 3-5 — Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts & Crafts Festival "40th Year", Mammoth Lakes, CA. Festival takes place at Kittredge Sports, at the corner of Highway 203 (Main Street) and Forest Trail in Mammoth Lakes. 10am-5pm. 760-934-7566 or 209-267-4394 More Info on Mammoth Lakes
Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Aug. 3-5 — Free
Shakespeare in the Park "Henry V" @ Cupertino's Memorial Park Amphitheater, (Steven's Creek Blvd & Mary Ave, across from de Anza College), Cupertino. Performances at 7:30pm. More
Info on Shakespeare in the Park, Cupertino
Aug. 3-5 — American
Craft Show, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason,
S.F. The show features over 250 artists, designer jewelry,
furniture, clothing, home decor, wine-tastings, lectures and
demos. Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Admission: $14 per person (one-day pass). More
Info on the America Craft Show
3-5 & 9-11 — Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival (3 plays),
Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. Corner of Blossom Hill Rd
and University Avenue. Enjoy Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" (Aug 3 & 11), "Alice in Wonderland" (Aug 4 & 9) and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" (Aug 5 & 10). All performances begin at 8pm. 800-838-3006 More
Info on Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival
Aug. 3, 10 & 17— FREE
Summer Concert Series in Foster City — "Friday
Nights", Leo J. Ryan Amphitheater, Foster
City (overlooking Foster City waterfront). Put on your "Dancing
Shoes" and enjoy live music on Friday nights at Leo
J. Ryan Amphitheater in Foster City. Fun family entertainment!
Free admission. 6-8pm.
650-286-3380 More Info Free Summer
Concerts in Foster City
Aug. 3, 10, 17 & 24 — Sausalito
Jazz & Blues by the Bay, downtown Sausalito,
CA. Enjoy Free Friday Night Jazz & Blues Concerts. Breathtaking
views of Angel Island and
San Francisco Bay provide the backdrop for this Friday night
celebration at Gabrielson Park in downtown Sausalito.
6-8:30pm. 415-289-4100 More
Info on Jazz by the Bay
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31— "Dancing Under the Stars" in Jack London Square, Foot of Broadway, Oakland. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy dancing under the stars. Free Dance Lesson provided by the Linden Street Dance Studio. August 3 (Fox Trot), August 10 (Night Club Two Step), August 17 (Cha Cha), August 24 (Hustle), and August 31 (Salsa). 8:30-10pm. More Info on Dancing Under the Stars
in Jack London Square
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 — FREE
Music on the Square, New Courthouse
Square, Downtown Redwood City. Come and enjoy Free Friday Night
Concerts at Redwood City's Courthouse Square featuring
Rock & Roll, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Salsa, Country and more!
6-8pm. This area also features the Century
Theaters, outdoor dining, cafes, restaurants and bars. 650-780-7250 More
Info on Music on the Square
in Redwood City
Aug. 3, 10 17, 24 & 31 — Off The Grid @ Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Blvd (near Marina Green), S.F. Off The Grid features the largest market of Gourmet Street Food on the West Coast (30 Food Trucks and Tents). Live Music. Friday nights 5-10pm. Rain or shine. NOTE: Seasonal market shuts down a week before Thanksgiving and returns in March.
415-779-6684 More Info on Off The Grid See pictures and watch our video
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 — Friday
Nights at the de Young, de
Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. "Friday Nights
at the de Young" features a mix of live music,
poetry, films, dance, art-making demos, lectures, docent
tours and interactive
kids activities. The entire museum is open until 8:45pm.
Runs mid-January thru' Thanksgiving. More Info
on "Friday Nights at the de Young"
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 — Concerts
in the Park,
downtown Pleasanton. Free Friday night concerts at Lyons Wayside Park, (corner
of First and Neal Streets), Pleasanton. 7-8:30pm.
925-484-2199 More Info on Concerts in the Park, Pleasanton
Aug. 4 — 21st Annual East Hampton Sandcastle Contest (If it rains: Sunday, Aug. 5th), Atlantic Avenue Beach, East Hampton, Amagansett, N.Y. East Hampton Sandcastle Contest takes place on Saturday (Sunday if it rains) at 9am. Competition features five different categories for the best sandcastle: Sand Fleas (children up to 8 with an adult); Sand Hoppers (ages 9-15); Sand Tribes (families); Sand Shapers (adults); and Sand Pros (sandcastle professionals).
Trophies and prizes for each category. Free admission. 9am-4pm 631-324-6250 More Info on The Sandcastle Contest
Aug. 4-5 — San Jose Renaissance Fair, Guadalupe River Park, San Jose. Merry
Old English Renaissance Faire features over 800 costumed entertainers, including
knights on horseback (jousting troupe), magicians, comedians, and jugglers — fun
for everyone! Enjoy an Elizabethan feast and ales. Live music, theater and more! $18 Adults $13 Seniors 62+, Military and ages 13-17, $8 Children 6-12, Under 6 Free. Parking $5 at HP Pavilion. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm More Info on San Jose Renaissance Fair
Aug. 4-5 — Carnival of Stars World Dance & Art Festival— "Best Belly Dancers of the Bay" at Richmond Auditorium, Richmond. Costume Contest on Aug. 4 @ 3pm-4:15pm. Belly Dance Workshops. Cartoonists & Special Guests. Tickets: $15 at the door, $6 under 12 years. 10am-10pm (doors open at 9am). Free Parking 510-548-6128 More Info on Annual Carnival of Stars Belly Dance & Comic Book Convention
Aug. 4-5 — 39th Annual
Nihonmachi Street Fair, Japantown (Post Street between
Laguna and Fillmore Streets), S.F. Nihonmachi Street Fair features
Asian inspired, hand made Arts & Crafts, Lion
dancers, Taiko drummers, live entertainment, great food,
and fun children's games. 11am-6pm. Free
admission. 415-771-9861. More
Info on Nihonmachi Street Fair
Aug. 4-5 — San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival is back again... in a new location!
The San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival takes place at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo (past events were in SF). Fun two-day festival includes
live entertainment, featuring Pacific Islander music
and Polynesian dance, Arts & Crafts, educational
exhibits, workshops, island food and soft drinks. No
alcohol. No pets. Free admission. Parking $10 per car (cash only).
10am-5pm. 415-281-0221 More Info on San
Francisco Aloha Festival
Aug. 4-5 — Art & Soul
Festival, downtown Oakland. Arts & Crafts, World
Dance and Music Festival featuring live
Rock, Blues, Latin, Jazz, Gospel, Acoustic. Oakland Food & Wine Expo,
exotic international foods, Global Artisan Marketplace, and
a Kids Fun Zone. Tickets required. Sat 2pm-12 midnight; Sun 12 noon-6pm. More
Info on Art & Soul Festival
Aug. 4, 11 & 18 —5th Annual NYC Summer Streets, New York City, NY. Play, run, walk, bike along seven miles of New York City's traffic-free streets. From the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets — Rock Climbing at Spring Street and Zip-lining at Foley Square. Free admission. 7am-1pm. More Ino on NYC Summer Streets
Aug. 5 — "Jerry Day 2012" (Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration), Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, 45 John F. Shelley Drive, SF.
Come and celebrate the life and music of Jerry Garcia (leader
of the Grateful Dead) in the Excelsior District, the
neighborhood where he grew up! Free Admission. Note: A donation of $100 or more is good for at lease two seats in Reserved Section. Doors
open at 11am. Show and Jerry Day Webcast live at 11:30am. 11:30am-6pm. More
Info on Jerry Day in SF
Aug. 5 — Tour de Peninsula
2012, Coyote Point Park, Coyote
Point, San Mateo. Tour de Peninsula races begin and
end at Coyote Point Park, along the SF Bay. Ride options include:
Kids 1.3 miles, Beginner 20 miles, Intermediate 31 miles, Advanced
100k/63 miles. Rides begin at 7am and 8am. Fun and festivities in the Park starts at 10am. Kids/Family Rides at 12 noon.
Race Hotline: 650-321-1638 More
Info on Tour de Peninsula
Aug. 5 — Sunday Streets in San Francisco — Mission Route, Valencia Street (from 14th 24th) and 24th Street (from Valencial to Hampshire). S.F. Enjoy a day outside... walking, jogging, biking and more with NO traffic! 11am-4pm. Subject to change More on Sunday Streets in San Francisco
Aug. 5 — Holistic Living Expo, SAN JOSE, Airport Garden Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), San Jose. Guest Speakers cover a wide range of Holistic Living topics. Exhibits are organized according to the Bagua areas of life from Feng Shui and Taoist Cosmology — Wealth, Fame, Love, Family, Health, Creativity, Wisdom, Career and Travel. Admission: $10 Adults; $5 Seniors & Teens; Children free. 10am-6pm. More Info on Holistic Living Expo
Aug. 5, 12, 19 & 26 — Stern
Grove Midsummer Music Festival, Stern Grove (19th Ave
and Sloat Blvd), S.F. Free Sunday concerts featuring artists
from around the world performing in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater.
Concerts begin at 2pm.
Info on Stern Grove Midsummer Music Festival
Aug. 7-11 — London's "Great
British Beer Festival" at Olympia, West Kensington, London.
The Great British Beer Festival (also known
as the Biggest Pub in the World) is Britain's biggest beer festival, drawing 50,000 people. This beer drinkers' paradise features more than 800 different British real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers. Enjoy a variety of foods from around the world — and live entertainment. More Info on Great British Beer
Festival More Fun Things To Do in London
Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28 — "Dancing on the Square", Courthouse Square, Redwood City. Put on your dancing shoes. Tuesday night Free Dance Series features the Tango, Swing, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Waltz, Country Western, Hula... and more! Free mini lessons, 30-minute demo and open social dancing for all ages and levels. 6-8pm More Info on Dancing on the Square
Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28 — "Flavors of Jazz" Free Summer Music Series, participating restaurants on Santana Row, San Jose. Santana Row restaurants host free live performances by talented local jazz musicians on their outdoor patios. Enjoy everything from traditional and contemporary jazz to funk and Brazilian styles. 7-9pm. More Info on Flavors of Jazz in Santana Row
Aug. 9-12— Star
The Rio Suites Hotel, Las
Vegas. FUN for Trekkies! Come and see all your favorite Star
Trek celebrities from the past and present (over 70 guest appearances), including William
Shatner (Captain Kirk), Avery Brooks (Commander/Captain Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway), Scott Bakula (Captain Archer), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), Brent
Spiner (Data), Michael Dorn (Worf) Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Colin Meaney (Chief O'Brien), Walter Koenig (Chekov), George Takei (Sulu), Virginia Madsen, Ron Moore, Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton, Diana Muldaur, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry Jr,... and many more of your Star Trek favorites. Fun for the whole family! More Info on Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas
Aug. 9 & 16 — SFJAZZ SummerFest "Free Summer Concerts" at Stanford Shopping Center (between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel) in Palo Alto. Thursday Shows begin at 6pm-7:30pm. Free admission. More Info on
Aug. 9 & 23 — Free Waterfront Movies @ Jack London Square, Oakland. Thursday night movies begin at sunset, but the fun starts at 8pm with contests and delicious treats form local vendors. Aug. 9 "Moneyball" and Aug. 23 "Princess Bride." Free admission. More Info on Waterfront Movies at Jack London Square
Aug. 9, 16 & 23 — SFJAZZ SummerFest "Free Summer Concerts" at Union Square, S.F. Thursday Shows begin at 6pm. Free admission. More Info on
Aug. 9-Sept. 2 — Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. Every summer, people flock to Edinburgh from around the world to celebrate three weeks of international opera, music, theater and dance — it's a great time to visit Scotland! More Info on Edinburgh International Festival
Aug. 10-18 — Elvis Week "35th Anniversary" at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Celebrate the "35th Anniversary" and all things Elvis — annual Elvis
Week commemorates the anniversary of the death of the Rock & Roll
legend. 2007 marked the 30th Anniversary of Elvis Week — and 2004 marked the 50th anniversary of the release
of the King's first single "That's All Right" which
started the Rock & Roll revolution. Fans from around the
world gather in Memphis for a week of concerts, parties and other
events commemorating Elvis and 50+ years of Rock & Roll.
800-238-2000 More Info
on Elvis Week "35th Anniversary" Elvis
Week 2012 Schedule of Events Buy
Tickets to visit Graceland
Aug. 10-12 — Outside
Lands Music & Arts Festival, Golden Gate Park, S.F.
Celebrate two FUN days of music, food, wine and art. Enjoy live performances by a variety of bands — including Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Nora Jones... and many, many more during
this fun Music & Art
Fest in Golden Gate Park. Fri-Sat 12 noon-10pm, Sun 12 noon-9:40pm. Gates open at 11am. More Info on Outside Lands Music & Art Festival
Aug. 10-12 — San Jose Jazz
Festival, San Jose. Enjoy live
entertainment — 80+ performances in and around town — on
9 stages. The Main Stage is at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park.
The outdoor festival features New Orleans-style Jazz entertainment — Blues,
Latin, Salsa, Big Band and more. Admission fee. 408-288-7557 More
Info on San Jose Jazz Festival
Aug. 10-26 — The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) "16th Anniversary" in New York City, NY. FringeNYC is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, featuring 200+ companies (dramas, solo comedies, musicals, etc.) from around the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. More Info on FringeNYC
Aug. 11 — Cajun-Zydeco Festival, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. Enjoy a fun-filled day of music, dancing, delicious Southern and Cajun food. Farm animals, shopping, dance lessons... and more! Tickets available online and at the gate. 10am-6:45pm.
1-888-EBPARKS More Info on Cajun/Zydeco Festival
Aug. 11 — San
Rafael Food & Wine Festival, Falkirk Cultural Center
and on Mission Avenue, D to E Streets, San Rafael. Fun Arts & Crafts,
food and wine, live entertainment and more! Free admission. Cash Only event. Rain or shine.
Info on San Rafael Food & Wine Festival
Aug. 11 — Alcatraz Alumni Day "78th Anniversary" of
Alcatraz Reunion, Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay. Former
inmates, guards and families who lived on the island during
its heyday, come together to share their stories with each
other and the public. Hear firsthand accounts of what life
was like on the "Rock.'' Special activities are held throughout
National Park Service: 415-561-4900 More Info on Annual Alcatraz Reunion "Alumni Day" More Info on Alcatraz & Fun Alcatraz Tours
Aug. 11-12 — Burlingame
Burlingame Avenue (from El
Camino Real to California Drive), Burlingame. Arts & crafts, live entertainment, gourmet fair foods and beverages,
home and garden area, Children's Playland, and more! Free admission. 10am-6pm.
650-344-1735 More Info on Burlingame
Aug. 11-12 — Lake Tahoe Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest,
The Village at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. Enjoy FREE concerts
on two stages. Sample over 40 unique and well known brews
from all over California. Admission $5 entry donation. Beer tickets $5 each. 2-8pm. 866-818-6953 More
Info on Lake Tahoe's Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest
Aug. 11-12 — Los Gatos Fiesta
de Artes 2012, Los Gatos Civic Center Grounds, Main Street, Los Gatos. Come and enjoy live
entertainment, gourmet food trucks, wine and beer, over 150 arts and
crafts vendors, children's area. 10am-6pm.
More Info on Fiesta de Artes
Aug. 11-12 — The
Great Contra Costa Crystal Fair, Civic Park
Community Center, (Civic Drive @ Broadway), Walnut Creek.
Come and enjoy this magical mix of crystals, minerals, beads,
jewelry, and the healing arts. Admission $6 for Adults, Children
under 12 free accompanied by an adult. Free Parking.
Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. More
Info on The Great Contra Costa Crystal Fair
Aug. 12 — "Sounds of the
Shores 2012", Redwood Shores. "Sounds of the Shores" takes place
every Summer on Sunday nights (between June & August) at Marlin Park (corner of Neptune & Cringle) in Redwood Shores. This month features Bell Brothers performing Country Rock. Free admission. 5-7pm. 650-780-7250 More
Info on Sounds of the Shores
Thru' Aug. 25 — Shakespeare in the Park "Into the Woods", Delacorte Theater, Central Park, NYC. Enjoy fun "Shakespeare in the Park" plays at Central Park's Delacorte Theater. "Into the Woods" performances begin at 8pm. Tickets are required; Free admission. More info on Shakespeare in the Park NYC
Aug. 13 — International
Left-Handers Day. Celebrate
your right to be left-handed! It's a chance for left-handers
everywhere to celebrate the advantages of being left-handed
awareness among righties of the daily frustrations for left-handers
living in a right-handed world. The Left Handers Club will
be encouraging its 70,000 members worldwide to create a Lefty
Zone in their home, office or club where all tasks must be
conducted left-handed — an interesting experience for
right-handed friends and family!
Left-Handers' Slogan: "Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it" Brilliant Author unknown
Aug. 17— Beatles Tribute FREE
Summer Concert in Foster City, Leo J. Ryan Amphitheater, Foster
City (overlooking Foster City waterfront). Calling all Beatles fans! Put on your "Dancing
Shoes" and enjoy live music — Because performs Beatles Tribute. Fun family entertainment!
Free admission. 6-8pm.
650-286-3380 More Info Free Summer
Concerts in Foster City
Aug. 17-19 & 24-26, — Boatwork Mall Arts & Crafts Festival, Tahoe City, CA. Fun arts & crafts. Festival takes place off Highway 28 (N. Lake Blvd) on the lawn area beside the indoor Boatworks Mall, adjacent to Tahoe City Marina, overlooking the lake. Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. More Info on The Historic Downtown Truckee Arts & Crafts Festival
Aug. 18 — Pedalfest 2012, Jack London Square, Oakland. Free celebration of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun! 11am-8pm More Info on Pedelfest 2012
Aug. 18 — Lo Cocinas's San Francisco Street Food Festival, Mission District, S.F. Fun for foodies! Festival features 80+ food vendors and live entertainment — and takes place in the Mission District on Folsom St, from 20th to 26th, 21st and 25th from Treat St to Shotwell St, and at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School parking lot, Parque de los Ninos Unidos and Jose Coronado Playground. 11am-7pm More Info on Lo Cocina's San Francisco Street Food Festival
Aug. 18 —Healdsburg
Farmer's Market's Zucchini Festival,
North and Vine Streets (one block west of the Plaza), Healdsburg. The Zucchini Festival features
Zucchini Car Races and a Giant Zucchini Contest. 10am-11am. 707-431-1956 More
Info on Healdburg Zucchini Festival
Aug. 18 — Dance on Ship on the Bay — Young Singles Professionals & Baby Boomers Party in Burlingame (location TBD). Party with two DJs on two Decks. Deck One features DJ playing today's hottest hits, preferred by Young Single Professionals. Deck Two features DJ playing greatest hits of the past, preferred by Bay Boomers. $20 admission fee to both parties. 8pm-12 midnight. More Info
on Dance on Ship on the Bay and Society of Single Professionals
Aug. 18-19 — 22nd
Annual Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival,
IDES Hall, Pescadero. Arts & crafts, non-stop live entertainment,
down home country cooking — locally-grown organic vegetables
and herbs, kid's activities (including donkey rides)... and more. Free admission. No pets
allowed, except Service Dogs. 10-6pm. More
Info on Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival
Aug. 19 — Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach, CA. Touted as the world's premier collector car show, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance takes place every year on the third Sunday in August. The popular event features 200 of the world's most prized and rare collector cars and motorcycles on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Thousands of people come here from around the globe to participate in the what car lover Jay Leno refers to as... "the best car show in the world." Field opens to entrants at dawn. Judging begins at 9am. Field opens to spectators at 10.:30am. Awards presentation at 1:30-5:30pm. Tickets available on-line: General Admission or Club d'Elegance Ticket Package. More Info on Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Aug-Sept. 2 — "Phantoms of Asia" at Asian Art Museum, S.F. "Phantoms of Asia" exhibit features over 150 artworks from past and present, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and more by artists from all over Asia. It's a fascinating exhibit that you won't want to miss! More Info "Phantoms of Asia"
Aug. 21-26 — America's Cup World Series 2012, San Francisco Bay, S.F. The opening event of the America's Cup World Series 2012 will take place in San Francisco Bay. Each regatta is a combination of practice and championship racing. The first series of races involve 11 different boats representing eight teams. The America's Cup Village will be located at the Marina Green. Free admission to main public area.
Wed, Aug. 22 - Match Racing Qualifier
Thurs & Fri, Aug. 23-24 - Match Racing Quarter Finals
25 - Match Racing Semi Finals
Sun, Aug 26 - Match Racing Final Race
More Info on America's Cup World Series More Info on 34th America's Cup
Aug. 23 — Noe Valley Wine Walk, 24th Street, from Diamond to Chattanooga, S.F. Stroll the neighborhood sampling unique goodies and tasting fine wines. Raffle and museum art. Special Tasting Wristband available online or on-site. 4-8pm Rain or shine. More Info on Noe Valley Wine Walk
Aug. 24-26 — Body Art Expo "World's Largest Tattoo Expo" at Cow Palace, S.F. Expo features a Gigantic Skin Show-Off Party, Tattoo Contest, 200+ Artist Tattoo/Piercing on site, live entertainment, Freak Shows, beer... and more! Tickets available at Official Ticket Booth at main entrance on the day of the show. Children under 10 free with paid accompanying adult. Fri 2-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-8pm. 626-961-6522 More Info on Body Art Expo
Aug. 25 — Napa's
Blues, Brews & BBQ,
First and Main Street, Downtown Napa Valley. Micro-brews, Beer Garden, live entertainment
on three stages, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, chicken, oysters, shrimp,
corn and more!
Fun Rib-Eating Contest starts at 3:15pm in the Dwight Murray Plaza in downtown Napa. Please leave your pets at home. Free admission and parking. 1-6pm.
Info on Napa's Blues, Brews & BBQ
Aug. 25-26 — Treasure Island Flea Market, Outdoors on the Great Lawn, Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, S.F. Treasure Island Flea (the Bay Area's fourth large market) takes place on Saturday and Sunday (the last weekend of each month). Entrepreneurs showcase their products, including handmade bags, jewelry, art, sports collections, furniture, clothing... and more! Specialty foods and gourmet products. Admission $3 for adults; free for children 12 and younger. Dogs on leashes are welcome. ATMs on-site. Free parking. Transportation via 108-Treasure Island Muni. 10am-4pm. 415-898-0245 More Info on Treasure Island Flea
Aug. 25-26 — Palo
Alto Festival of the Arts, Palo
Alto. Arts & crafts, live entertainment, gourmet food and
wine. Fun, Fun, Fun! Meet friends early for coffee or breakfast
at University Coffee or Starbucks before the crowds arrive
and parking is easier. The festival draws over 150,000 people
every year. Free admission. 10am-6pm. University Avenue, between
High and Webster Streets. 650-324-3121.
More Info on Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
Aug. — San Francisco Triathlon of Alcatraz — POSTPONED until 2014
Due to the America's Cup Race in San Francisco in 2012 and 2012, Tri-California Events has postponed this event until 2012. Past SF Triathlon of Alcatraz events have taken place on the
Marina Green in SF. Last year, 1,800 athletes competed in the San Francisco Triathlon of Alcatraz — one of the most difficult triathlons in the world (1.2 mile Swim, 25 mile Bike, 7 mile Run). More Info on San Francisco Triathlon of Alcatraz
Aug. 25-26 — 6th Annual Tiburon
Art Festival, Historic Ark Row, downtown Tiburon.
Live music, art, children's activities, galleries, boutiques, shops, spectacular
views and great restaurants, wine, beer and champagne. Daily Admission: $5 (suggested donation), Children 12 and under free.
Sat & Sun 11am-6pm. More
Info on Tiburon Art Festival
Aug. 25-26 — 18th
Annual Bodega Bay Seafood Art & Wine Festival,
Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway, Bodega. The festival moved
in 2005 from the Sonoma coast to the charming and
historical village of Bodega. Arts & Crafts, Wine and Microbrewed Beer Tastings, 3 stages of live entertainment, delicious seafood, Kid's FunZone... and more! Tickets: Adults $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; Seniors 60+ $10 in advance, $13 at the gate; Teens 12-18 $8/$10; Under 12 free. No dogs allowed. Free parking. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm More
Info on Bodega
Bay Seafood Art & Wine Festival
Aug. 26-27 (Sun-Mon)— The Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill, London, U.K. Held every August Bank Holiday, The Notting Hill Carnival is Europe's largest street festival. The FUN event features a parade with magnificent floats and colorful costumes, 40 static sound systems playing everything from Reggae to R&B, Caribbean food stalls, live entertainment... and more! Millions of carnival revelers flock here every year from around the world. More Info on The Notting Hill Carnival in London
Aug. 27-Sept. 3 — Burning Man 2012 at Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Burning Man isn't your typical music and art festival. Thousands of people gather at "Black Rock City" every year to participate in the fun week-long event. The first Burning Man event took place on San Francisco's Baker Beach in 1986 and today, it is more popular than ever. More Info on Burning Man
Aug. 29-Sept. 9 — Paralympic Games "Inspire a Generation", London, U.K. London's 2012 Paralympic Games are held every four years, following the Olympic Games. This year's event has drawn the biggest crowd ever. The multi-sport event features athletes with physical, mental and sensorial disabilities (including mobility disabilities, amputees, visual disabilities and those with cerebral palsy). More Ino on Paralympic Games 2012 More Info on Parlympic Games Schedule & Results
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 — Sonoma
Wine Country Weekend "Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food" (Labor
Day Weekend), Sonoma, CA. Internationally recognized as
the "largest wine event in Sonoma County,' Showcase is the
only Sonoma County wine and food event that features wines from
all 14 wine growing regions. Fun event features over 100 Sonoma
County vineyards and wineries, "Best of Sonoma" Chef’s
Competition, Appellation Experience, Winery Luncheons & Dinners,
Winemaker Dinner & Barrel Auction Dinner, and more! 800-939-7666 More
Info on Sonoma Country Showcase of Wine & Food Book
a Hotel Room for the Sonoma Wine Event.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 — 60th Annual Capitola Begonia Festival, Capitola. Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Capitola's annual Begonia Festival and 60th Birthday Party! Sand Sculpture Contest, Arts, Concert in the Park, Horseshoes on the Sand, Nauticle Parade featuring Begonia-covered barges floating down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon, Fishing Derby, Rowboat Races... and more! Free admission. Free shuttle runs from 10am-8pm. 831-476-3566 More Info on Capitola Begonia Festival
Aug. 2012 Season — San
Francisco "Summer & the Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center (between Van Ness, Franklin, Hayes and Grove Streets in San Francisco. Click on the link below to visit
Francisco Symphony's web site for a complete listing
of performances and to order tickets on-line.
More Info on San Francisco Symphony
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