The List: August
Cal Shakes’ funny vampires, a slumber party at the Oakland Zoo, California Symphony Orchestra plays along to The Wizard of Oz, and the Lesher Center for the Arts’ jazz concerts are this month’s top events. Plus, 25 years of Day in the Park.
Family Sundown Safari
(8/1–8/2, 8/8–8/9, 8/15–8/16) Camp overnight at the Oakland Zoo: Bring a tent, sleeping bag, and the family for a nighttime tour, live animal presentations, storytelling, and a theater show. Dinner and breakfast are provided. oaklandzoo.org.
Jazz at the Lesher Center
(8/1–8/29) Back for its fourth season, this series brings nationally acclaimed jazz artists to headline Saturday evening concerts, kicked off by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Also, don’t miss legendary jazz pianists Dick Hyman and Cyrus Chestnut. lesherjazz.org.
First Wednesday Street Party
(8/5) Downtown Pleasanton hosts the annual Pooch Parade during this night of first Wednesdays. Enter your pup for the march down Main Street, sample bites from local eateries, and check out the live music and art from roughly 30 artisans on ArtBlock. pleasantondowntown.net.
The Mystery of Irma Vep
(8/12–9/6) Cal Shakes’ Jonathan Moscone closes his 15-year run as artistic director with this melodramatic satire performed by only two actors. calshakes.org.
Food and Wine
Art and Wine Stroll
(8/20) Local artists showcase their work while visitors sip pours from Livermore Valley wineries. Live music and entertainment, a commemorative glass, and light bites from local restaurants also highlight this event in downtown Danville. discoverdanvilleca.com.
The Wizard of Oz Film with LIVE orchestra
(8/21) The California Symphony orchestra brings the beloved film to life under the direction of conductor Sarah Hicks. Watch the movie on the big screen at the Concord Pavilion, as the orchestra plays the film score live. californiasymphony.org.
For even more events, check out Diablo’s Community Calendar at diablomag.com/calendar.