40+ Things to do in the Bay Area this summer


Summer has begun, and it’s time for some fun! Here are all the upcoming local happenings you might want to add to your calendar.

Cornerstone Music Series: 12-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Join Cornerstone Sonoma for live music at their outdoor kitchen venue every weekend through the end of October. Hear an exciting lineup of local musicians and enjoy Primal Cuts BBQ, wood-fired pizza, wine, beer and artisan cocktails. Free admission; cornerstonesonoma.com

Keep on Truckin’: Saturdays through June 11. Location varies. Tandy Beal and Company’s Keep on Truckin’ presents its free, outdoor family shows to provide a burst of joy in your neighborhood. tandybeal.com/keep-on-truckin

‘Clue’ on Stage: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2-19, Hillbarn Theater, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. Based on the 1985 Paramount movie, which in turn was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, “Clue” is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. $30-58. Hillbarn Theater: hillbarntheatre.org/

‘The Pajama Game’: June 2-19, Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco. The 42nd Street Moon ensemble presents a revised Tony award-winner for best musical. $35-76. 42nd Street: bit.ly/39S5uuj

Friday Nights at OMCA: 5-9 p.m. every Friday starting June 3, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. Reconnect with family, friends and community over delicious local eats from Off the Grid food trucks and exciting museum offerings. Free admission; museumca.org/friday-nights

Diablo Regional Concert Band: 12 p.m. June 4, Benicia Capitol State Historic Park, 115 W. G St., Benicia. Enjoy a free concert and plenty of sunshine. Bring your chair, blanket and lunch from local eateries. Free. Visit Benicia: bit.ly/3sWgVrs

Black Music Month Festival: 2 p.m. June 4, 410 14th St., Oakland. This multigenerational festival celebrates Black Music Month with Oakland’s finest Black artists in jazz, blues, country and gospel. $40. Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3MLDjfg

Spring Sing!: 3 p.m. June 4, Temple Hill Events, 4780 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. The Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir will present a season finale with performers ages 5-19. $30. Piedmont Choirs: bit.ly/3NvHVpJ

Drive-In Movie ‘The Princess Bride’: 8 p.m. June 4, 1221 Linda Mar Shopping Center, Pacifica. Catch a drive-in showing of the 1987 classic. $40 per vehicle. Facebook Events: bit.ly/3tikB7p

Night Shift – A Shavuot Experience: 7 p.m. June 4, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Building F), 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Night Shift is a Jewish cultural experience and a new take on Shavuot, the holiday that celebrates Jewish culture and literacy. $25. Palo Alto JCC: paloaltojcc.org

Kairos Music Academy – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: 7 p.m. June 4 and 4 p.m. June 5, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. The Kairos youth choir brings two performances of Shakespeare’s classic to the stage at the historic Hillside Club. $12-15; kairosmusicacademy.org/

No Mean Reward – Chanticleer and the Golden Fleece: 7:30 p.m. June 4 and 8 p.m. June 10, location varies. Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer presents an evening of Renaissance choral masterworks from the late 15th century. $20-$62; chanticleer.org

“Ramayana!”: 7 p.m. June 9, Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose. This musical theater production, adapted for modern audiences, is replete with lively action, dazzling costumes, humor and universal life lessons. $15. ramayana.brownpapertickets.com/

‘Romeo and Juliet’: 7 p.m. June 9-13, 1320 Willow St., San Jose. William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers — in the form of two female protagonists — arrive in San José to kick off Pride. Free; svshakespeare.org

Phantom Limb – Headlands Fellowship Exhibition: 12-5 p.m. June 10-July 2, Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. View an exhibition of work by Headlands’ graduate fellows Kristen Wong, Ebtihal Shedid and more. Free; headlands.org/event/phantom-limb/

Breaking Down Walls – Celebrating Our Shared Humanity Through The Arts: 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 11, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason, San Francisco. This benefit for Ukraine features artists including singer-songwriter Will Hammond Jr., choreographer Mia J. Chong and members of Post:ballet with music by Vân-Ánh Võ, Teatro Nagua and more in a show emceed by comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. $25. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3MAz6ur

Farms of Tuolumne County Farm & Ranch Tour: 10 a.m. June 11, 16111 Lance Court, Sonora. Tour five farms in Tuolumne County and enjoy free bites, wine tastings and plenty of animals at this family-friendly event. $15; farmsoftuolumnecounty.org/

Doors Open California: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 11-12, location varies. Enthusiasts of historic architecture, design, and cultural heritage will have access to more than 75 sites across the state this weekend from a Preston Castle tour in Gold Country to a behind-the-scenes greenhouse tour at Filoli. $20; californiapreservation.org/doca/

Benicia Arsenal Artists Open Studios: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11-12, 940 Tyler St., Benicia. More than 40 artists in Benicia’s Historic Arsenal Arts District will open their studios to visitors, Studios are located along Tyler and Jackson streets, all studios are within walking distance.  Free. BeniciaArsenalArtists.com

The Black Food & Wine Experience: June 11-19, Oakland venues. This mission-driven event celebrates Black culture with a series of wine dinners and special events at several Oakland locations and a Grand Tasting at The Hive Oakland.  $25-$275; thechefmimi.com/bfwe

Circus Bella – Flip * Flop * Fly *: June 16-July 23, Mission St.,, San Francisco. Circus Bella returns to  Bay Area Parks with its 13th annual open air shows featuring dazzling circus talent from the Bay Area and beyond. Free; circusbella.org/flipflopfly

Circus Bella aerialist Dwoira Galilea performed during a 2021 show at Lincoln Square Park in Oakland.(Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group File) 

ART on the Square Summer 2022: 5 to 8:30 p.m. June 17, July 8, 22, Aug. 26, Hamilton Avenue at Courthouse Square, Redwood City. Summer art shows accompany the city’s Music on the Square series with artists who create jewelry, photography, glass, fiber art, ceramics and woodwork. Free. artonthesquarerwc.com

Transcendence Theater Company – ‘Let’s Dance’: 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sun, June 17-July 3, Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Transcendence Theater Company opens its 2022 season of original outdoor musical revues with “Let’s Dance,” a reimagining of some of Broadway’s biggest dance showstoppers. $25-$165; transcendencetheatre.org/lets-dance/

Benicia Wine Walk: 1-5 p.m. June 18, Main Street, Benicia. A variety of wines will be poured inside participating downtown shops, providing an enjoyable outing to “sip, walk and shop” with friends. $35. Visit Benicia: bit.ly/3wKg5PP

Symphony Royale: 6 p.m. June 18, Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland Sweden’s Queen of Swing, Gunhild Carling, joins forces with members of the California Symphony for an evening of vintage ballroom glamor, jazz and swing-filled entertainment. $500 per table. California Symphony: bit.ly/3MJvmqM

‘Budmo!’ Book Event: 7 p.m. June 18, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Building F), 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Join chef Anna Voloshyna in support of Ukraine for the pre-launch of her cookbook, “Budmo!” $45; paloaltojcc.org/

Diablo Symphony Family Concert “Animals of the Orchestra”: 2 p.m. June 19, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Ave., Walnut Creek. This interactive concert features familiar and sometimes surprising members of the animal kingdom. $0-$35, diablosymphony.org

Diablo Writers’ Workshop Reading: 6 p.m. June 21, Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda. The Diablo Writers’ Workshop is celebrating five years of bringing creative writing classes to adults in the Bay Area and beyond with readings from their featured writers. Free. Orinda Books: bit.ly/3wNZMS8

Poetry’s Leading Voices: 7 p.m. June 23, 1960 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley. The Community of Writers Annual Poetry Workshop will host in-person and live-streamed readings of published and unpublished works. $15-30. Community of Writers: bit.ly/3wMVP1l

Oakland Black Pride: June 23-26, Oakland. Oakland Black Pride is pleased to announce its Black Pride Celebration will again take place during Pride Month. This years events include a Queer Pub Crawl, a Queer Expo, a MasQueerade Gala, a Black Pride Brunch and more. Free; oaklandblackpride.org/

Taste of Sonoma: June 25, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. Enjoy Taste of Sonoma’s annual celebration of all things wine, food and music in Sonoma County, home to world-class wines and remarkable winemakers. $180-210. Taste of Sonoma: bit.ly/3wOFNUk

Sonoma County's Kendall-Jackson has reopened for outdoor food and wine experiences. (Kendall-Jackson)
Sonoma County’s Kendall-Jackson is hosting Taste of Sonoma in June. (Kendall-Jackson) 

Classical on the Square – Redwood Symphony: 6 p.m. June 25, Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Maestro Eric K conducts members of the Redwood Symphony in a concert of classics from Mozart, Haydn and Rimsky-Korsakov to Joplin. Free. Redwood Symphony: bit.ly/3NmI6ng

Bricks by the Bay Public Expo (Lego exhibition): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25-26 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara. This fun-filled, family-friendly weekend includes Lego creations built by hobbyists and artists from across the nation, along with vendors selling all kinds of toy bricks and related accessories. $8 to $35. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3vFyKgl

Chopin for Ukraine: 4 p.m. June 26, Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. Acclaimed pianist Stanislav Khristenko performs four Chopin Ballades, Heroic Polonaise and works by Ukrainian composers to benefit NovaUkraine.org. $100. distinguishedartists.org

2022 Marin County Fair – So Happy Together: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 30-July 4, Marin Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Enjoy outdoor entertainment including concerts, carnival performers and rides, interactive art experiences, the Global Marketplace, the Barnyard, food and drinks, and nightly fireworks. $20-25. MarinFair.org

Fairgoers rids the Ring of Fire during day 4 of the 2019 Marin County Fair in San Rafael, Calif. Saturday, July 6, 2019. (Jeremy Portje/ Marin Independent Journal)
Fairgoers ride the Ring of Fire during the 2019 Marin County Fair in San Rafael. (Jeremy Portje/ Marin Independent Journal File) 

Broadway and Vine: June through September, 4048 Sonoma Highway in Napa. Hear Broadway stars in concert with acclaimed chefs and winemakers providing bites and sips. Lea Michele, June 7; Nasia Thomas and Jelani Remy, July 11; Ciara Renée and Natalie Tenenbaum, Aug. 10; Abby Mueller, Sept. 20. $25 to $1,200. Broadwayandvine.org

Drive In Movie – ‘Spider-Man No Way Home’ (2021): 8 p.m. July 2, 1221 Linda Mar Shopping Center, Pacifica. Catch a drive-in showing of the 2021 blockbuster.  $40 per vehicle. Facebook Events: bit.ly/3wKfSxp

Guitar Bliss: 8 p.m. July 9, 2209 Broadway St., Redwood City. Guitar virtuosos Daniel Champagne and Christie Lenee bring their showstopping act to Club Fox. $22-27. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3z1eLL8

Festival Napa Valley: July 15-24, Napa Valley. This music, wine and food festival blends the beauty and bounty of Napa Valley with performances spanning all genres. Prices vary; festivalnapavalley.org

Taste of Napa: 11 a.m. July 16, The Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way Napa. Taste of Napa is the annual one-day event celebrating food, wine and music in Napa Valley. $150. Festival Napa Valley: bit.ly/3GgFe93



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