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The List: August

Savor summer with outdoor flicks, a bicycle festival, Livermore food and wine, and a new Tony Award–winning play.


8/2–9/9 War Horse



Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

(7/14–8/19) Berkeley Playhouse brings some funk to Roald Dahl’s beloved story, with soul singer Vernon Bush starring as the eccentric candy man. berkeleyplayhouse.org.

7/14–8/19 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory // Jessica Palopoli


War Horse

(8/2–9/9) This 2011 Tony Award–winning play—based on a children’s novel about a pet horse sold to the cavalry—heads to San Francisco’s Curran Theatre, with impressive full-size horse puppets. shnsf.com.

Food and Drink

Taste of Downtown

(8/4–8/5) We’ve been telling you all about downtown Livermore’s red-hot dining scene. Get out and experience it yourself during this stroll down First Street, with food, wine, and live music. livermoredowntown.com.


Movies on the Lawn

(8/10–8/24) San Ramon hosts free outdoor screenings of Grease (8/10) and The Adventures of Tintin (8/24). For the “Dive-In” pick on August 17, watch Dolphin Tale while floating in the pool. www.sanramon.ca.gov.



(8/18) Join thousands of cyclists at Jack London Square for this festival featuring stunt demos, bicycle art, pedal-powered food vendors, and an array of unique new and vintage rides. pedalfestjacklondon.com.

8/18 Jane Fonda at Women’s Health and Wellness Expo // Firooz Zahedi  Health

Women’s Health and Wellness Expo

(8/18) Actor Jane Fonda headlines a day of workshops and seminars aimed at living a healthy, active, and fulfilled life, at John Muir Women’s Health Center in Walnut Creek. johnmuirhealth.com/classes.


Pops in the Plaza

(8/30) California Symphony presents a free all-ages concert of popular tunes—from classics to swing to movie and Broadway scores—at Concord’s Thursday farmers market. californiasymphony.org.


For even more picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.



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