The List: August
Outdoor concerts, films, and wine tastings turn summer events into cultured outings.
(8/2) Pop star Bobby Brown returns to the stage at Oracle Arena in Oakland with group New Edition (“Candy Girl” and “Mr. Telephone Man”). ticketmaster.com.
(8/6, 8/14, 8/26, 8/27) Four fab old-time acts appear in Livermore: Tony Bennett, 8/6; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 8/14; Earth, Wind, and Fire, 8/26; and The Beach Boys, 8/27. wentevineyards.com.
Centennial Bike Ride
(8/10, 8/24) Celebrate Walnut Creek’s 100th anniversary on bicycles every second and fourth Sunday. Start at 9:30 a.m. at La Boulange on South Main, and ride six to 10 miles on the Iron Horse Trail. Free coffee and pastries. walnutcreek100.com.
Buyer and Cellar, Motown
(8/19–31, 8/15–9/28) SHN brings Broadway to San Francisco with two comedies: Buyer and Cellar, featuring Michael Urie, star of TV’s Ugly Betty, at the Curran (8/19–8/31); and Motown, a revue of soulful music, at the Orpheum (8/15–9/28). shnsf.com.
Cinema Under the Stars
(8/22) Cool down with Disney’s hit Frozen on the big screen at Dublin’s Picnic Flix in Emerald Glen Park. Starts at dusk. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic basket. dublin.ca.us.
Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
(8/24–8/25) Ten blocks of Oakland’s Chinatown spring to life with more than 200 booths, street performers, and musicians, including the Chinatown Soul Band and the Hai Yan Jackson Dance Company. oaklandchinatownstreetfest.com.
(8/28) The 15th annual free concert enchants music lovers in Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza with great American classics, including swing, jazz, Broadway show tunes, and movie scores. A family-friendly outing. californiasymphony.org.
Food and Wine
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
(8/29–8/31) Start this wine lovers’ weekend with sips and steps around the pool at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville. Move into Saturday’s demos and tastings at MacMurray Ranch. Wrap up with the high rollers’ auction at Chateau St. Jean. sonomawinecountryweekend.com.