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Top Tickets: August 23–29

Ease into the weekend with an outdoor concert, admire hot rods at a classic car show, and nibble your way through a Chinatown street fair.



Cal Shakes

Theater

The War of the Roses
8/23
Cal Shakes presents an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s first historical tetralogy—the Henry IV trilogy and Richard III—at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Wrap up summer with this electrifying opening night performance. calshakes.org.

 

Music

Rockin’ the Plaza: Majestic
8/24
Kick off the weekend with the next concert in Blackhawk Plaza’s summer performance series, starring Majestic, a Journey tribute band. The event is free to the public, but VIP tickets offer nice perks including premium seating and a complimentary drink voucher. shopblackhawkplaza.com.

 

Auto

Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals
8/24–8/26
The Goodguys’ annual auto show features more than 3,000 hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, and classic vehicles from 1972 or earlier at Pleasanton’s Alameda County Fairgrounds. Enjoy live entertainment, cool cars, and a burnout competition. good-guys.com.

 

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Food and Drink

Apples and Hops
8/25
Fall is right around the corner, and you can welcome it by sipping local beer and cider at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. The festival also features snacks (think kettle corn and apple cider doughnuts), spirits, and live music, plus kids’ activities. botanticalgarden.berkeley.edu.

 

Culture

Oakland Chinatown StreetFest
8/25–8/26
Oakland’s Chinatown celebrates the Year of the Dog at this street fair, where guests can wind their way through 200 booths across eight blocks. Tasty bites, Asian goods, and live musical and cultural performances will highlight the neighborhood’s enthralling traditions. oaklandchinatownstreetfest.com.


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