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Cool Ways to Spend the End of Summer around The Bay Area

Sep 02, 2021 05:10PM ● By Harper Klein

Embark on a night cruise to Alcatraz Island. Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, experience the beauty and history of San Francisco’s iconic landmark on a moody evening tour. Beginning September 9 from Pier 33.

Explore Black Point Historic Gardens. Sandwiched between Fort Mason and Aquatic Park, the terraced gardens are opening to the public for the first time with native plants, paths, and Bay views.

Listen to groovy music at TreasureFest. The festival is back and bigger than before at its new home on the sprawling rounds of the Marin Center in San Rafael. Tickets are $20 for entrance into the upscale flea market packed with local vendors, art installations, food trucks, craft brews, and cocktails. September 18th-19th.

Eat barbecue on the Richmond peninsula.  Escape to Point San Pablo Harbor for sweeping views, live music, Burning Man sculptures, and Black Star Pirate BBQ.   

Attend the West Coast debut of Night Watch. Shimon Attie’s acclaimed floating media arts installation will travel the shorelines of the San Francisco Bay and the Oakland Estuary for three nights in September. The artists’ 20-foot-wide hi-res screen on a slow moving barge displays close up video portraits of immigrants saved by political asylum. September 17-19, more info at

Go glamping at Safari West. If you’ve ever dreamt of spending the night on the African plain, then you’ll love drinking a fat cab on the deck of a luxury tent of this Sonoma Serengeti in the heart of wine country.

Donate during Hunger Action Month. Help fight food insecurity throughout the month of September at your neighborhood Safeway by donating to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano at checkout.

Enjoy the California Symphony at a live performance. Listen to the captivating sounds of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto performed by award-winning pianist Adam Golka inside the Hofmann Theatre at Lesher Center for the Arts. September 18-19.

Celebrate the beauty of dance. Smuin Ballet launches its 28th season with a throwback to its late founder’s masterworks in a series of performances. Michael Smuin: A Virtual Series launches September 9 with Stabat Mater, honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Ride the Ferris Wheel at The Walnut Festival. Celebrating its 85th anniversary, the Walnut Festival returns to Heather Farm Park September 23-26 for three days of carnival rides, live entertainment, funnel cakes, and cheesy fries.

Chicago in San Francisco. The de Young’s new exhibition, “Judy ” showcases the legendary feminist artists' career with 125 works from recent art on global warming to 1960s pieces. Many of artist Judy Chicago's best known works like The Birth Project, PowerPlay, and The Holocaust Project are on view now through January 9.


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