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Top Tickets: August 24–30

Festivals, grand openings, and car shows keep the summer going strong.

Goodguys Rod and Custom Association


Goodguys West Coast Nationals Car Show
With more than 3,000 classic cars of all shapes and sizes, an auction, live music, and the roaring Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, The Alameda County Fairground will be every car lover’s dream for the last weekend of August. alamedacountyfair.com.



National Park Service


National Park Service’s Birthday
The National Park Service turns 101 on Friday, and to celebrate, admission to all national parks is free. Take the day to appreciate the Bay Area’s breathtaking natural wonders through outdoor activities such as taking the history tour at Fort Point National Historic Site overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, exploring Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, or visiting the John Muir National Historic Site in Matinez. nps.gov.





Makers Market Grand Opening in Walnut Creek
Makers Market’s grand opening of its Broadway Plaza location will be as wonderfully American as the products they sell, complete with barbeque, bluegrass, and bacon whiskey jam tasting. makersmarket.us.



3rd Annual AugustFest
8/26 21st Amendment Brewery in San Leandro is wrapping up the summer with a bang. Enjoy its rockin’ anniversary celebration with live music from The Stone Foxes, rare beer releases, delicious local grub, and best of all, free admission. 21st-amendment.com.


Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival


Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival
This family-friendly fest in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto offers a chalk art contest, face painters, a selection of unique treats, and a beer and wine garden. anotherbullwinkelshow.com. —Amanda Daily


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