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Top Tickets: August 1-7

This week in the East Bay, make an inflatable sculpture, celebrate cycling, enjoy opera and jazz, and have a day in the garden with your favorite canine.

Courtesy of Pedalfest


Create and Inflate Workshop: Make Your Own Inflatable!

8/3 Alongside their exhibition of inflatable art, BLOW UP II, the Bedford Gallery provides artists ages 12 and up with the opportunity to design their own air-based sculptures at Walnut Creek’s Civic Park Assembly Hall. Attendees can work individually or in a group and bring home their pieces. bedfordgallery.org.




8/3 Experts and novices alike ride into Oakland’s Jack London Square for an annual cycling celebration, which includes bicycle stunts, racing, art bikes, pedal-produced music, and carnival activities. The number of festivalgoers has been estimated to reach 20,000. pedalfestjacklondon.com.


Orfeo and Euridice / West Edge Opera


West Edge Opera Festival

8/3-8/18 The forward-thinking West Edge Opera hosts its 2019 performance festival—consisting of contemporary productions of The Threepenny Opera, Orfeo and Euridice, and Breaking the Waves—at the Bridge Yard in Oakland, a 1930s Bay Bridge railcar repair shop turned arts venue. westedgeopera.org.



Dog Days of Summer / Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery


Dog Days of Summer

8/3 Walnut Creek’s Ruth Bancroft Garden hosts a day on the Plaza geared towards canines. Make an appointment for a dog portrait, let your pooch to cool off in the pool, and visit canine service vendors including Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Camp Bow Wow day care and boarding service, Tailored Dog Training, and more. ruthbancroftgarden.org.



50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival and Art and Wine Expo

8/3 The historic Concord Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th birthday at the Concord Pavilion with wine, art, vendors, and an illustrious lineup including Dave Koz and Friends, Esperanza Spalding, and Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band. concord.com.


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