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The List: August

Soak up the sun at street festivals, car shows, outdoor movie screenings, and an annual pear harvest.


Kyle Froman

Billy Elliot
6/27–9/17 The 10-time Tony Award–winning musical about a young boxer who wants to become a ballet dancer, based on the film of the same name, comes to San Francisco’s
Orpheum Theater. shnsf.com.

Artists present their unique perspectives on Mother Nature in this Bedford Gallery exhibit, featuring paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media pieces. bedfordgallery.org.

Courtesy of Oakland Museum of California

Dog Days of Summer
Bring Fido and a decked-out wagon to downtown Pleasanton for the Pooch Parade. Then, stick around for live music and shopping at the monthly First Wednesday Street Party. pleasantondowntown.net.

Moraga Pear Harvest
Lace up your boots, and head to the corner of Canyon Road and Camino Pablo to pick delicious pears for the Contra Costa Community Food Bank—and your own table. moragaparks.org.

A Walk in the Wild
8/6–1/22 Explore John Muir’s environmental legacy through his journals and drawings, as well as paintings, photos, and interactive displays from “modern-day Muirs.” museumca.org.

Keiko Matsui
8/10 The spunky internationally acclaimed jazz and New Age keyboardist visits Livermore on her U.S. tour backed by a full orchestra. livermoreperformingarts.org.

Street Fest
Danville Hot Summer Nights
Classic cars take over downtown Danville at this annual event, which includes muscle cars, hot rods, and vintage rides, as well as live music and dancing. danvillehotsummernightscarshow.com.

Art & Soul Festival
8/20–21 Oakland’s own Goapele and Tower of Power headline this two-day street festival, featuring live music, exotic foods, and art exhibits, and a community mural project. artandsouloakland.com.

Plus: Pixar’s the Star
Revisit your favorite stories from Emeryville’s animation studio at one of these outdoor movie nights: Ratatouille at Oakland’s Jack London Square (August 4), Toy Story 3 at Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park (August 4) or San Ramon’s Dougherty Station Community Center (August 19), and Finding Nemo at Lafayette’s Plaza Park (August 18).

For more events, check out Top Tickets weekly at diablomag.com.


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