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Fun Things To Do This Summer and Fall

NORTH BAY

San Francisco
Eat Drink SF, August 24-27.
Now in its ninth year, for adults only ages 21 and up, Eat Drink SF has quickly become San Francisco’s premiere food and drink festival, bringing together renowned tastemakers to celebrate world-class chefs and restaurants. With four days of tasting and informative demos, the event features more than 30 restaurants and showcases the Bay Area’stop-tier food houses repping a diverse dining scene. While Thursday's taco kickoff party is sold out, the remaining events will be sure to please. Highlights include the Friday Evening Grand Tasting slated for August 25 from 6:30-10. The next day, the Saturday Afternoon Grand Tasting on August 26 from 12-3:30pm will bring bites from favorites such as Humphry Slocombe, Locanda, China Live, Huxley, and Roka Akor. Saturday Evening Grand Tasting on August 26 from 7-10:30pm, is one of the biggest nights of the weekend as  guests experience more restaurants and words of wisdom from local chefs. The Sunday Afternoon Grand Tasting, August 27 from 12-3:30, will feature fare from Babu Ji SF, M.Y.China, Tacolicious, Souvla, and more. Tickets start at $119 for each event. For all events, click on www.eatdrinksf2017.eventbrite.com;  VIP tickets are available for the Grand Tasting Sessions and give guests 45 minute early access, plus entry to a private lounge (and restrooms) with exclusive food, and beverage options. Location: Festival Pavilion601 19th St. Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.

Yappy Hour for adults, hotel guests and four-legged friends. Thursday, August 31, 5- 7. Come to Hunt Lane at the W San Francisco for a summer cocktail party. On hand will be puppy pamper stations, treats and more.  The summer party takes place at Hunt Lane, an outdoor venue adjacent to W San Francisco, will feature specialty cocktails and bites for both dogs and owners, wetdeck, ball pit, live music, a step-and-repeat photo station, and more pawsome fun.  A pet-friendly hotel, W San Francisco welcomes dogs and cats to the property through its P.A.W. (“PETS ARE WELCOME”) program. The hotel enhances animals' stay with dog-walking, grooming services, and items available from specialty pet stores. At check-in, guests receive pet toys, pet treats, a W Hotels pet tag, clean-up bags, details about pet services available through the Concierge team and items available through Whatever/ Whenever® service. Pet stays also include a custom W Hotels pet bed, food and water bowl with floor mat, a pet-in-room door sign, and a special treat at turndown. To RSVP for W San Francisco’s Yappy Hour, please email rsvpwsfevents@whotels.com.  Location: 181 3rd St., San Francisco.  For more information, visit www.wsanfrancisco.com

Tarantulas crawl into San Francisco Zoo. Now through Labor Day, 10-5 daily. They’re big. They’re hairy. But are they scary? Tarantulas are the largest spiders in the world, however most tarantula species are not aggressive. A special exhibit featuring many different tarantula species is opening at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens inside the Pachyderm Building and will be open daily through the summer months. The Tarantula special exhibit takes guests on a journey of scientific discovery by presenting the marvelous, eight-legged beasts in a new light. It focuses on the diverse and natural beauty of the giants of the spider world, and provides a uniquely engaging and educational experience for children and adults of all ages. You may even learn to love them! The special exhibit is open daily from 10:00-5:00 and is included with SF Zoo Membership. Location: Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway. Call 415.753.7080. See www.sfzoo.org.

Aladdin, the musical. November 1 – Jan. 7. The Disney musical Aladdin comes to the SHN Orpheum Theater and tickets are on sale now. Be the first to lock in good seats.  Use PROMO CODE: 2Magic for discounts until mid-June. Location: 1192 Market St., San Francisco. Call 888.746.1799.  See www.shnsf.com

EAST BAY

Alameda

Tot Tuesdays at Alameda South Shore Center.  Tuesdays through August from 12-1 pm. Toddlers ages 1 (walking) to 3 years old are welcomed to play at Alameda South Center’s new Adventure Court for story time, music and crafts. Caregivers are asked to stay with tots during playtime. Admission is free.Alameda South Shore Center hosts several family-friendly events year-round.  Every Saturday, the Center welcomes Off the Grid, a gathering of food trucks serving an array of food choices sure to please every palate.  For the holiday season, The Little Ice Rink transforms the Center into a family-friendly ice wonderland.  Running from November until January, The Little Ice Rink is the largest outdoor skating rink between the Bay Bridge and the Caldecott Tunnel and hosts over 25,000 skaters every year. Location: 523 South Shore Center W., Alameda. Call 510.521.8100. Log onto www.alamedasouthshorecenter.com

Oakland
Oakland Zoo Opens New Restaurant and Gondola.  Ongoing.The Oakland Zoo’s new restaurant, Landing Café, features views overlooking the Bay Area through the glass lined walls of the space and viewing deck. You can access the new restaurant by taking a four minute ride on the zoo’s new eight passenger gondola, Northern California’s only urban gondola. The restaurant features a locally sourced, seasonal rotating menu and will serve dishes such as breaded chicken sandwiches, avocado toast, pizzas and salads. This new addition is the first phase of the Oakland zoo’s California Trail expansion, a new exhibit that will explore California’s history with California native animals. Location: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland.  Call 520.632.9525. For more information, visit www.californiatrail.org.

SOUTH BAY

Millbrae

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 2-3, 10-5. The festive spirit and flavor of the Big Easy is coming to the Bay Area.Huge crowds transform the city into a Mardi Gras-style celebration featuring two days of live music and 250 professional artists and craftmakers showing their latest handcrafted wares. Witness the acts during the Talent Music & Dance Showcase. On hand is a zip-line, carnival-style rides and an abundance of amusements for kids in Playland. Festival admission is free. Location:  Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae. Call 650.697.7324. Web: www.miramarevents.com.

Mountain View
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 9-10, Saturday 11-7 Sunday 10-6. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe gets even better as 600 professional artists and craftmakers showcase exceptional handcrafted wares. Enjoy music, food, and drink. Kids’ Park includes face painting, bungee jumping and more. Location: Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Ave. Information at 650.968.8378. Log onto www.miramarevents.com.

San Jose

Le Marche Santana Row Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m.  Bring the gang for your new favorite weekly ritual. Join Le Marché Santana Row, an outdoor French market between Olin Avenue and Olsen Drive.  The streets will transform into a colorful marketplace featuring over 50 vendors offering organic vegetables, local cheeses, flowers, herbs, olives, mouthwatering rotisserie chicken and more. See http://www.santanarow.com/events for details.  Starlight Cinemas:  Free outdoor movies, 4 Saturdays, August.  The films screen at dusk with pre-movie food truck, entertainment and games starting at 7 p.m. Here’s what is on tap for Aug. 5:  Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.  Aug. 12:  Cars. Aug. 19:  Nacho Libre. Aug. 26:  Star Wars Episode VII– Force Awakens. Location: St. James Park, North 2nd Street. Visit www.sjdowntown.com/events/starlight/ for more info.


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