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SUMMER FUN GUIDE
25 WAYS TO FILL THE
LONG GLORIOUS DAYS
SKATEBOARD AT HEATHER
This outdoor skate park is well-designed—obstacles, good
rails, ledges and bowls—all the stuff that makes a difference. Perfect for
both newbies and experienced skaters, the park is conveniently located for
drop in action at the corner of Heather and Marchbanks across from the
Clarke Swim Center. Free admission,
helmets and pads required. ci.walnut-creek.ca.us.
EXPLORE ANGEL ISLAND
The San Francisco Bay’s most famous island—the one that isn’t a prison—is
a treat for all ages. The ferry ride alone is worth the trip, but the
island itself is full of history, beauty and wonderful treks. Panoramic
views of the Bay Area, pretty camping spots and remarkable sunsets have
been greeting everyone from Miwok Indians to immigrants and military
troops through the years. angelisland.com
CHILL IN A ROWBOAT
Pack a backpack for a picnic on Stow Lake
in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The boathouse lets you choose from
their fleet of rentals: rowboats, pedal boats, and electric boats. Whether
on a date or a family outing, gliding around the calm waters is a lot of
fun. You’ll float under a couple of bridges, past the waterfall on
Strawberry Hill, and along the way see turtles and other wildlife. stowlakeboathouse.com.
HIKE AT SHELL RIDGE
This Walnut Creek hike is a hybrid of
straight a ways, inspiring views and poetic oaks on golden slopes. Pick up
the Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge Trail
it crosses Rudgear Road at the end of Stewart.
Head east through the cattle gate and power up the path. Turn
right at the summit, crest another hill and make a deep descent to the
creek and Bullfrog Pond. Follow the path over the bridge and climb left,
where the Twin Ponds Loop Trail aims for the Whitecliff gate. Walk out
FRIDAY NIGHTS @ OMCA
This evening series
happens every Friday at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) where the
East Bay parties with live music, dancing, family activities, special
gallery programming and Off the Grid. Parking is $5 and gallery admission
is half-off for adults, free
for ages 18 and under. museumca.org
You have to love a beach
with an annual sand castle building contest. Crowne Memorial State Beach
is also one of the best destinations in the East Bay for kite boarding. If
it’s not your thing to stand up or do yoga on a giant surfboard, watch the
action from the sandy shores at Eighth Street and Otis Drive in Alameda. ebparks.org.
Chevron Family Theatre
Festival celebrates its’ 10th Birthday with an entertainment
extravaganza. While drummers and ethnic dancers perform outdoors, Disney
characters mingle with the crowds. This year’s lineup includes: Artrageous
amazing team of artists who paint at electric speed to music; Alex
with his impressive illusions and modern day
magic; Fantasy Forum’s interactive
version of The Wizard of Oz;
and Pushcart Players who bring
Peter and the Wolf
to stage. Plus kid puppet shows, Star Wars Build-a-Droid Stations, and a birthday party with cake! DETAILS:
July 16, Lesher Center for the Arts, WC, lesherartscenter.org.
A MAGIC FOREST
hover over Jurassic ferns and protected native trout in Oakland’s Redwood
Regional Park where miles of trails wind through the foggy forest. The
crowd level ranges from sparse to deserted, so there’s plenty of peace and
quiet as you walk through the tranquil landscape of this 1,830-acre
park. It’s 20 degrees cooler here
than Walnut Creek, so remember to dress in layers. ebparks.org.
IN JULY TAKE A STAYCATION
Groove to the Summer
Sounds outdoors on the plaza at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Performers
include Chris Cain, Anderson & Roe, and Blue Jupiter A Cappella. Beverages,
including wine and beer, available for purchase. drraa.org.
you can manage the swarms of tourists from around the globe, a weekend at
Fisherman’s Wharf is a nice escape from the summer heat. One of San
Francisco’s newest boutique hotels, the Hotel Zephyr (formerly a Radisson)
underwent a $32 million renovation emerging with a hip retro-nautical vibe
and a substantial art collection. Its waterfront location makes it easy to
explore the waterfront, eat local seafood and take in views of the Golden
Gate Bridge. Relax at night around fire pits in the hotel courtyard. hotelzephyrsf.com.
WALK ON PIER 39
Sunsets are glorious here while eating a
chowder bread bowl, or dining at Bubba Gump’s or Pier Market Restaurant.
Other popular attractions include Aquarium by the Bay, Rocket boat rides,
and the San Francisco Carousel. But the real attraction are the hordes of
sea lions barking on the docks below. With a plentiful supply of food from
the Bay, since 1989, the Pier 39 Marina has been home to thousands of sea
LIKE A LOCAL Sample artisan
foods, farm fresh cheeses, produce and oysters at the marketplace inside
the historic Ferry Building; head to North Beach where Columbus Street is brimming with bistros
and fresh pasta and pizza; taste the incredibly fresh fish from the
mongers at the Wharf who serve cracked crab, creamy clam chowder and fried
a pink box with dim sum in Chinatown ranging from steamed buns, dumplings and sweets; or grab a burger with your Irish coffee
at Buena Vista Café. The options are endless.
It only takes $7 to
ride up and down the hills in one of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars.
When you’re done, stop by the San
Francisco Cable Car Museum to learn more about their inner
workings. In the historic Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse, the site where
the cable system has operated since 1907, you can see the actual cable
winding machinery and antique cable cars dating from 1873. Museum
admission is free. cablecarmuseum.org.
The stunning new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
(SFMOMA) boasts 170,000-square-feet of galleries—edgy, contemporary pieces by artists Jeff
Koons and Cindy Sherman, new spaces dedicated to media art, and the Fisher
Collection comprised of post-war German masterpieces like Kiefer and
Richter. Free admission for visitors 18 and younger. sfmoma.org
TRAVEL ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
one of the “seven wonders of the modern world,” the 1.7 mile span was
built in one of the most unforgiving stretches of water in the world…the
strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay. But be
prepared for traffic, more than 10 million visitors travel here annually
for the views and walks across the span. goldengatebridge.org
THE LIFE OF STANLEY KUBRICK
Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts an exhibition from the legendary
film director’s private estate including little dresses of the sisters
from The Shining, the survival kit from Dr. Strangelove, and the ‘Born to
kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket. thecjm.org.
OF THE BAY
to support local artists and entrepreneurs, Treasure Island Flea has
become Northern California’s largest monthly (last weekend of month)
gathering of artists, collectors, designers, crafters and food trucks. The
event also features local musicians and entertainers. treasureislandflea.com.
with the community at this monthly street fest featuring outdoor eats,
live entertainment, art, shopping and more. Upcoming event dates include:
August 3 Summer Jam Fest with The
September 7 Rockin Reggae Night with Headshine; October 5
Sunset on Cypress with Beaufunk. walnutcreekdowntown.com.
Picnic on the gorgeous
grounds of Marin French Cheese Company and enjoy a delicious day of local
cheese, beer and wine. Live music, cheese making and beekeeping demos, plus
artisan vendors and local food celebrities. August 21, marinfrenchpicnicparty.eventbrite.com.
at the Lafayette Reservoir EBMUD stocks our local watershed with
fish, so grab your pole and stake your spot on a scenic dock. Fill your bucket
with catfish, bluegill and trout. A daily fishing permit is required. ebmud.com.
CONCERTS AT BROADWAY PLAZA
August heats up with a hot lineup of
performances in the shopping center’s new Event Plaza: August 4 - Petty Theft,
August 11 – Foreverland, August 18 - Mustache Harbor, August 25 - Tainted Love.
September 1 marks the season finale with Mark McGrath and Party in the Plaza,
an exciting street festival, celebrating Broadway Plaza’s official grand
GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL
One of the world's largest summer food festivals is
dedicated to garlic. It’s mixed into pretty much everything from the ice cream
to the pasta. Plus there’s recipe competitions, chef demos, food tastings, and
lots of live music. July 29–31, gilroygarlicfestival.com
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
Bring your chairs and blankets to Walnut Creek’s downtown Civic
Park for family fun, live music and outdoor movies: August 19 – Aladdin with
live music by The Last Minute Band and September 10 - Toy Story with live music
by The Last Minute Band. walnutcreekdowntown.com.
The Bay Area’s premier three-day music festival returns to San
Francisco’s majestic Golden Gate Park August 5-7 with its fusion of music,
food, beer, wine and art. Headliners this year include Radiohead, Lionel
Richie, Lana Del Ray, Duran Duran and Zedd. While the music is the main
attraction, interactive art installations, hand-crafted brews, artisan wines
and gourmet food enhance the experience. sfoutsidelands.com.
EAT DRINK SF
Revel in the flavors of the ultimate foodie city, as San Francisco’s premier
chefs, winemakers, spirits distillers, artisan food purveyors, and other
leaders in the restaurant, food, and beverage world converge to share their
innovations and ideas. The events includes chef’s demos, special dinners, and
of course lots of samples and sips. August 26-28, eatdrinksf.com