Out on the Town
Real Jousting at Ardenwood
More than 800 costumed entertainers and more than 100 shopkeepers and artisans will descend upon Ardenwood Historic Farm for the Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival and Renaissance Faire on Sept. 11-12. This event features a cappella singers, dancers, magic and acrobatic feats on four stages, blacksmiths, royalty, period archery and, of course, the grand joust. With impressive horsemanship and pomp, the Knights of the Realm will do battle with each other, on horseback and on the ground, with swords and other period weapons. This year’s festival theme is Shakespeare’s Muse, and Ardenwood is transformed to a delightful Elizabethan town filled with the myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of Shakespeare’s plays.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $18 adults, $13 seniors, military and ages 13-17, $8 for children 3-12. 34600 Ardenwood Blvd.,
Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ardenwoodfaire.com.
3–12 • Paint Your Wagon
Woodminster Summer Musicals presents Paint Your Wagon, a play that takes place in the California wilderness of 1853 and tells the story of a crusty, old gold miner, Ben Rumson, and other colorful Gold Rush characters.
7 p.m. Thu, Sat.; 8 p.m. Fri., Sat.; $25–$40. Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, (510) 531-9597,
4-5 • Scottish Games
The Caledonian Club holds its traditional Scottish festival complete with athletic-heavy events, bagpipes and drumming, a highland dance competition, Celtic country dancing, sheep dog trials, a birds of prey demonstration and a children’s area.
Visit website for hours; $27 two-day adult ticket; $18 one-day adult ticket:
$12 seniors, youth (12–17) and handicapped; under 12 free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton,
(925) 443-4700, www.caledonian.org.
4–6 • Historic Rail Fair
The 10th annual Rail Fair returns to Ardenwood over the Labor Day weekend. Get up close and personal with an 1889 Porter Tank steam locomotive and an 1890s steam porter engine. Enjoy steam train rides, hand-car rides, narrow gauge speeder car rides, displays of garden railroads, model railroads and rail yard equipment displays.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.–Mon. $8 adults, $5 ages 4-17, under 4 free. 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
6 • Family Day at Golden Gate Fields
Labor Day is family day at the racetrack and kids can enjoy pony rides, a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting and more.
Noon–4 p.m., first race begins at 12:45 p.m. Kids 17 and under are free with paid adult admission of $4. Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, (510) 559-7300, www.goldengatefields.com.
8–12 • Berkeley Old Time Music Festival
Enjoy a variety of music, clogging lessons, workshops and more at locations throughout Berkeley. Sept. 11-12 feature events specially geared for kids and families, including a concert for kids, the Youth Showcase and the family dance.
See website for performance times, specific venues in Berkeley and admission prices; many events are free. www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org.
10 • The Brass Menažeri
San Francisco Bay Area’s Balkan Romani (“Gypsy”) powerhouse Brass Band performs the music of the Serbian, Macedonian, Greek and Rajasthani Roma with wild rhythms, soulful vocals and hot improvisations.
9 p.m., $12 advance, $15 day of show. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
10 • Berkeley Heritage Architectural Tour
Join Sally Sachs for a tour of The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, one of the Bay Area’s most talked-about new museum buildings. The 63,000-square-foot CJM was designed by Daniel Libeskind and occupies Willis Polk’s 1907 Jesse Street Power Substation, whose brick façade, trusses and skylights were preserved. Advance reservation required.
10:45 a.m., $20. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco, (510) 841-2242, www.berkeleyheritage.com.
11 • Community Open House at The Crucible
View the artistic talents of The Crucible’s fire arts students and faculty. Learn about upcoming art classes and meet instructors.
Noon–4 p.m., 1260 Seventh St., Oakland, (510) 444-0919, www.thecrucible.org.
Sept. 11-12 • Webster Street Jam
Alameda celebrates the West End with a weekend full of music, food, art, wine and a fun kids area at the ninth annual Webster Street Jam. This lively street party promises two stages of entertainment featuring Bay Area bands playing everything from country to rock to mariachi. The Michael Jackson tribute band, Foreverland, perform at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Enjoy a wide selection of arts and crafts booths from local artisans, delicious food from local restaurants, locally made and/or produced beer and wine.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Webster Street between Central and Lincoln, www.westalamedabusiness.com.
11-12 • Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
This two-day event is a chocoholic’s dream featuring unique chocolate desserts and delicacies.
Noon–5 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, 900 N. Point St., San Francisco, (415) 775-5500, www.ghirardellisq.com.
12 • Solano Stroll
It’s the East Bay’s oldest and largest street festival featuring 26 blocks of fun. The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon filled with 75 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 juried arts and crafters, games, wacky art cars and almost 200 participating community nonprofit and government organizations.
10 a.m.–6 p.m., Solano Avenue, Albany, www.solanoavenueassn.org.
17 • USS Hornet Family Overnight
Spend the night aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Tour the ship and have fun learning about history.
5 p.m.–10 a.m., $100. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda Point, (510) 521-8448, ext 280, www.uss-hornet.org.
17-19 • Harvest Festival
Start your holiday shopping early at this annual arts-and-crafts festival featuring entertainment, top artisans, festival cuisine and crafters demonstrating their work.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. $9 adults, $7 seniors, $4 ages 13-17, under 12 free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 426-7559, www.harvestfestival.com.
18 • Artspark
Meet more than 30 local artists and take part in hands-on art activities, dance and yoga classes and mural painting. Visit booths by organizations supporting community health. Sign up for ongoing South and West Berkeley public art projects and learn about the connection between art, community and health. Tons of food and music.
11 a.m.–4 p.m., San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St., Berkeley, www.artsparkfestival.org.
18-19 • Autumn Moon Festival
This event features multicultural entertainment, traditional lion and dragon dances, arts and crafts, a lantern village, moon cakes and children’s activities.
11 a.m. Sat., 12 p.m. Sun., Grant Avenue between California and Pacific Streets, San Francisco, (415) 982-6306. www.moonfestival.org.
19 • Nell Robinson Concert
Rock Wall Wine Co. presents a summer concert with bluegrass and country singer Nell Robinson.
1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., $20 (includes two glasses of premium Rock Wall wine). Rock Wall Wine Co.,
2301 Monarch St., Alameda, (510) 522-5700, www.rockwallwines.com.
23-26 • Oktoberfest by the Bay
Celebrate this German tradition at an autumn beer festival featuring nonstop singing, dancing and music along with German food and beverages.
5 p.m.–midnight Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.–midnight Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun., $25-$30. Pier 48, Third Street and China Basin, San Francisco, (888) 746-7522, www.oktoberfestbythebay.com.
24 • Harvest Crush Wine Benefit
Enjoy wine tasting, a winery tour, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, silent auction and mystery wine sales with all proceeds going to Adopt A Special Kid, a nonprofit that finds homes for waiting children in foster care.
6 p.m.–8:30 p.m., $20–$75 (adults only). JC Cellars, 55 Fourth St., Oakland, (510) 553-1748 ext. 11, www.aask.org.
24 • Andy Z Concert
Play Cafe presents popular children’s entertainer Andy Z in concert. This Bay Area-based musician delights families with his performances featuring a full host of Andyland characters and traditional and contemporary music.
6 p.m., $6. 4400 Keller Ave., Oakland, (510) 638-3712, www.playcafellc.com.
25 • Salsa Festival
Bring the family for a fun-filled day of salsa dancing, fun activities, music and entertainment.
Noon–8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City, www.ci.redwood-city.ca.us.
25-26 • International Dragon Boat Festival
Nearly 100 dragon boat teams and 2,500 paddlers from across North America will race the 500-meter course at this festival that also features entertainment and children’s activities.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., California Avenue and Avenue D, Treasure Island, www.sfdragonboat.com.
26 • Alameda Legacy Home Tour
Spend a day visiting historic homes, and stroll through neighborhoods rich in architectural heritage. The tour is sponsored by the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and the Alameda Museum and proceeds fund these nonprofits.
11 a.m.–5 p.m., $30 advance, $35 day of event. (510) 523-5907, www.alameda-home-tour.org.
26 • Rockridge Out and About
This annual event features chef demonstrations, gourmet food, live music, street performers, dancing in the street and much more.
Noon–6 p.m., College Avenue from Alcatraz to Manila, Oakland, www.rockridgeoutandabout.com.
26 • Fall Free For All
Cal Performances presents its first free day of music, dance and theater performances.
11 a.m.–6 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Lower Sproul Plaza, Wheeler Auditorium and Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
Sept. 30–Oct. 3 • Mark Morris Dance Group
The world-famous Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Berkeley with its newest masterpiece, Socrates.
Times vary, $34-$72. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
1 • America’s Got Talent
The hit talent television show hosted by Jerry Springer debuts in Oakland with Season 5 winners.
7:30 p.m., $39.50–$99.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
1-31 • Reduced Prices Theater Celebration
Here’s your chance to get reduced-price tickets to theater performances in San Francisco and various venues throughout the entire Bay Area, for shows between
Oct. 1–31.(415) 430-1140. Tickets are available online at www.tixbayarea.org.
2 • Moonlight by the Bay
Enjoy an evening of wine, spirits and beer tasting along with a live auction and a silent auction sponsored by Blossom Garden and benefiting Children’s Hospital Oakland. Stay for the dancing and help raise money for a good cause.
6 p.m.–midnight, $75. Rock Wall Wine Co., 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, (510) 522-5700, www.rockwallwines.com.
2 • Livermore Airport Open House
View static aircraft displays, meet with local pilots, flight school representatives, airborne law enforcement, air rescue units and more.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., 636 Terminal Circle, Livermore, (925) 373-5280, www.ci.livermore.ca.us/airport.
3 • Home and Garden Tour
Take a tour of the Crocker Highlands area of Oakland and see a diverse array of private homes and gardens. Proceeds benefit Crocker Highlands Elementary School.
10 a.m.–4 p.m., $40. (510) 919-2254, www.crockerschool.org/hometour/.
Oct. 7–10 • Circus Oz
This Australian circus features acrobatics, graceful aerial acts and fast-paced knockabout comedy, all to the rocking sound of the live Circus Oz band.
Times vary, $22–$52, ages 16 and under save 50 percent. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
9 • Oaktoberfest
This family-friendly craft beer festival features live entertainment on two stages, a kids area, beer and food, an eco fair and more.
11 a.m–6 p.m., MacArthur and Fruitvale, Oakland www.oaktoberfest.org.
10 • British Invasion
Rock Wall Wine Co.’s summer concert series ends with a special performance by the Sun Kings and the Unauthorized Rolling Stones.
1:30–4:30 p.m., $40 (includes two glasses of Rock Wall premium wine). Rock Wall Wine Co., 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, (510) 522-5700, www.rockwallwines.com.
13–17 • Disney on Ice
Join Mickey and Minnie on a magical journey as they travel under the sea with The Little Mermaid to a tropical island with Lilo and Stitch and to jolly old England with Peter Pan.
Times vary, $15 (opening night), $16–$75. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (510) 569-2121, www.coliseum.com.
15 • Art Evening at The Crucible
This open studio social showcases artists transforming a lump of cold, hard metal or glass into beautiful pieces of art. Tour the fire-arts facility and chat with artists and instructors.
6:30–9:30 p.m., 1260 Seventh St., Oakland, (510) 444-0919, www.thecrucible.org.
17 • Montclair Village Music and Wine Festival
This annual event features fun for the entire family including three stages of entertainment, a kids area and activities for teens.
Noon–6 p.m., Montclair Park, 6300 Moraga Ave., Oakland, (510) 339-1000, www.montclairvillagefestival.com.
October 23 • Day of the Dead Celebration
The Oakland Museum celebrates Dìas de los Muertos with a contemporary artistic twist. Enjoy food and drinks, demonstrations and sale of arts and crafts, music and dance and countless activities for visitors of all ages, as well as access to the exhibition
Noon–4:30 p.m., $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free children under 9 and museum members. Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org.
22 • Shakira in Concert
This Colombian singer, known for her dancing and high-energy performances, brings her show to Oakland.
8 p.m., prices vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (510) 569-2121. www.coliseum.com.
23 • Rhythmix Fright Night: The Inferno
Rhythmix Cultural Works puts on its third annual Halloween fundraiser for an “inferno night of fun and excess” with music, dance, a costume contest, food, drink, a silent auction and art. The bill promises the evening will be “divinely comedic,” “fiendishly fun” and “delightfully devlish.”
8 p.m.–midnight, $20 advance, $25 at the door. RCW, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
23 • SF Jazz Festival
Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabate and Vieux Farka Toure perform.
8 p.m., $25–$75, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
23 • United Nations Parade
Celebrate United Nations Day with a parade of flags, a ceremonial flag-raising and guest speakers.
11 a.m.-noon, Jack London Square, Broadway and First, Oakland, (510) 645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare.com.
Oct. 24 • East Bay Mini Maker Faire
Bring the family for a fun day of do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering featuring the Paper Airplane Guy, writer Michael Chabon collaborating with Howtoons, The Crucible and more.
Check website for times and prices. Park Day School, 370 43rd St., Oakland, www.ebmakerfaire.com.
28 • Lady Antebellum
This popular country music trio performs songs including the hit, “Need You Now.”
7:30 p.m., $39.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, (510) 835-0887, www.thefoxoakland.com.
29 • Abby and the Pipsqueaks
Bring your kids to this fun, family concert where the music entertains with educational and encouraging themes and positive messages.
6 p.m., $7. Play Cafe LLC, 4400 Keller Ave., Ste. 410, Oakland, (510) 638-3712, www.playcafellc.com.
30 • Monster Bash
The USS Hornet is home to one of the best Halloween parties in town featuring a costume contest, special childrens area,
a haunted hospital and live music by the Cocktail Monkeys.
7:30 p.m.–midnight, $20 adults, $25 at the door, $10 ages 5–17. 707 W. Hornet, Pier 3, Alameda, (510) 521-8448 ext. 282, www.hornetevents.com.
30–31 • Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree
Halloween is decidedly unscary at this two-day event featuring arts and crafts, a pirate school, clowns, magicians, treat stations and more. Come in costume.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., $10. Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
30-31 • Boo at the Zoo
Celebrate Halloween at this two-day event featuring a spooky train, costume parade and tours to see how the animals celebrate.
10 a.m.–3 p.m., $12.50 adults, $8.50 seniors and ages 2-14, under 2 free. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.
31 • Trick or Treat
Bring the kids for safe trick or treating with the merchants on Webster Street. Enjoy coloring and costume contests and pumpkin giveaways. Merchants will be handing out candy to children ages 12 and under.
1–5 p.m., Webster Street, Alameda, (510) 523-5955, www.westalamedabusiness.com.
Oakland Artisan Marketplace. Local artists sell their paintings, sculptures and other masterpieces on Fridays at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and Saturdays and Sundays at Jack London Square.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturdays, (510) 238-4948, www.oaklandartisanmarketplace.org.
USS Potomac. 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.
Oakland Art Murmur. This group of downtown galleries holds public openings the first Friday of each month.
7–9 p.m. Check with the individual galleries to make sure your favorite gallery is open, www.oaklandartmurmur.com.
Hayward Downtown Museum. Adults will enjoy taking a step back in time and learning local history while children will delight in the costumes, books and activities in the museum’s Curiosity Clubhouse.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sat., 22701 Main St., Hayward, (510) 581-0223, www.haywardareahistory.org.
The Uptown. Shows range from burlesque to dance to karaoke at this popular nightclub.
Show times and prices vary, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 451-8100, www.uptownnightclub.com.
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.
Yoshi’s Oakland. The best jazz artists in the country perform nightly at Yoshi’s, a Japanese restaurant also known for delectable sushi and fantastic cocktails. Sunday afternoons feature specially-priced family matinees with top performers.
Show times and prices vary, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com.
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden. In addition to offering great teas and coffees in an inviting setting, Julie’s boasts a gallery with revolving art collections, events and musical performances throughout the year.
Event times and prices vary, 1223 Park St., Alameda, (510) 865-2385, www.juliestea.com.
Jack London Square Waterfront Flicks. Catch an outdoor movie at Jack London Square. On Sept. 9, the movie Dreamgirls will be held in conjunction with a Motown karaoke contest; on Sept. 23, see Land of the Lost and test your skills in a dinosaur trivia contest; on Oct. 14, see the musical Fame and audition your own talent; on Oct. 28, choose whether you are on Team Edward or Team Jacob and don your best vampire costume.
7:30 p.m., First and Broadway, Oakland, (510) 645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare.com.
Alameda Point Antique and Collectibles Faire. The first Sunday of every month offers families a virtual treasure trove as more than 800 vendors sell collectibles that are all at least 20 years old.
6 a.m.–3 p.m., $15 for arrivals between 6–7:30 a.m., $10 for arrivals between 7:30–9 a.m., $5 for arrivals after 9 a.m. Alameda Point, Alameda, (510) 522-7500, www.antiquesbybay.com.
Museum of Children’s Art. Beat the heat this summer and drop by the MOCHA studios Tuesday–Sunday. for art activities with rotating weekly themes for ages 18 months and up. Materials are provided and experienced teaching artists will be on hand to guide children in creative projects.
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Tue.–Fri., noon–4 p.m. weekends, closed Mon.; $7 children, $3 adults. 538 Ninth St., Suite 210, Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org.
Lawrence Hall of Science. This new exhibit, Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters, offers a stomach-churning, jaw-dropping exhibition for thrill-seekers of all ages. Interactive exhibits, artifacts and images invite visitors to explore the physics of roller coasters and the physiology and psychology of thrill-seeking. Through Jan. 2.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, $12 adults, $9 students, $8 ages 3–6, free under 3. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, (510) 642-5132, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
Children’s Fairyland. Children’s literature comes to life with storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals, puppet shows and more.
Summer hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, $7. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
Crab Cove Visitor Center. See the creatures that live in the Bay and get a sneak peek into an aquarium system and interactive exhibits. Hikes and drop-in children’s workshops are also offered on various weekends.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.-Sun., 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, (510) 544-3187, www.ebparks.org.
Chabot Space and Science Center. It’s space as you’ve never experienced it complete with scientific exhibits, a planetarium, theater and interactive exhibits that will delight children of all ages.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Thu., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 youths, free to members. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, (510) 336-7300, www.chabotspace.org.