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Top Tickets: August 2–8

Classic literature brought to life, the largest NorCal antiques faire, and surfing dogs are kicking off August.


The Secret Garden
Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel, the Lesher Center for the Arts’ newest play tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young orphan sent to live at her uncle’s lonely Yorkshire manor—where she finds an abandoned garden and works to bring it back to life. lesherartscenter.org.


Courtesy of @abbiesurfs // World Dog Surfing


World Dog Surfing Championships
It’s a bit of a drive to Pacifica, but how many opportunities do you get to see dogs surf? Beyond the main event, there will also be a pet wellness fair, mobile pet adoptions, and a costume contest—both pets and their owners are invited to dress up. surfdogchampionships.com.



Alameda Point Antiques Faire
Held the first Sunday of each month, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest antiques show in Northern California. With more than 800 vendors, it’s the perfect place to score vintage treasures, from a Hermès scarf to a midcentury modern dining room table. alamedapointantiquesfaire.com.


Joyce's Garden by Lassie Colebourn


August Ambience

The newest show at Walnut Creek’s Valley Art Gallery, August Ambience brings together artworks of various styles and media that capture the light of late summer days. valleyartgallery.com.



Ice Cream Social
Before your kids head back to school, take them to celebrate the end of summer at the Walnut Creek Library’s ice-cream social. You can even check out a book or two with your scoops. ccclib.org.

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