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East Bay Summer Bucket List

Looking to make the most of your summer days? We've got you covered.



Summer means longer daylight hours to burn, so we’ve put together a pretty epic list to keep you busy, all summer long.  

Get Outdoors

Be a Horse Whisperer: If you’ve never outgrown your love of horses, consider volunteering at a local equestrian center. Most centers can use an extra hand during the summer months. Boundary Gate Equestrian Facility in Danville has been known to exchange lessons for weekly help. 5320 Camino Tassajara, Danville, (925) 248-4947, boundarygate.com.

Go Climb a Rock: Halfway up Mount Diablo, you’ll find the rocky curves and hollows known as Rock City. Though this is one of the more challenging hikes on the mountain, the views are spectacular. Parking is $10. 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton, (925) 837-2525, parks.ca.gov

Dabble in Astronomy: Looking for some after-dark fun? In addition to daytime activities, Chabot offers night hikes regularly and full moon hikes in accordance with the moon’s phases. Cost and times vary. 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, (510) 336-7300, chabotspace.org.

Out-Cycle Lance: Rent a bike from Mike’s Bikes or Livermore Cyclery, and ride the 32-mile historical Iron Horse Trail. Mike’s Bikes locations in Berkeley, Pleasanton, and Walnut Creek; Livermore Cyclery locations in Livermore, Dublin, and Alamo; mikesbikes.com; livermorecyclery.com; ebparks.org.

Captain a Vessel: Rent a pedal boat, rowboat, or kayak from the Lafayette Reservoir’s Visitor Center, and spend time out on the water. Plus, you can bring Fido. $15 per hour. 3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-9669, ebmud.com.

Get Entertained

Be a Groupie: Popular artists, including Van Halen, Wiz Khalifa, and Idina Menzel, will all be playing during the Concord Pavilion’s Summer Concert Series. 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, (925) 676-8742, theconcordpavilion.com.

See Movies Before Your Time: The second Thursday of every month, Diablo teams up with the Orinda Theatre to offer free classic movie nights. On Thursday, July 9, catch Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda, (925) 254-9060, lamorindatheatres.com.

Get Competitive

Grow a Beard: You could go see traditional fireworks on the Fourth of July--or you could spend now until Independence Day growing facial hair for Albany’s Fourth of July Moustache and Beard contest. If growing facial hair isn’t your talent, make a crazy fake beard and enter to win. Free. Memorial Park, (510) 524-9283, albanyca.org. July 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Get a Six Pack: Local athletic wear stores often have free weekend classes. Check out Athleta and Lululemon store calendars for upcoming events. Athleta, 1166 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 588-0227, athleta.com; Lululemon, 1201 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 274-1253, lululemon.com.

Take On Tiger Woods: Grab your clubs, and head to Tri-Valley Golf Center to practice your swing. Then, drive over to Las Positas Golf Course, also in Livermore, to golf on the green. Tri-Valley Golf Center, 1780 Freisman Rd., Livermore, (925) 455-4653, trivalleygolf.com; Las Positas Golf Course, 917 Clubhouse Dr., Livermore, (925) 455-7820, laspositasgolfcourse.com.

Be a Bocce Beast: This Livermore restaurant features multiple indoor and outdoor bocce ball courts, alongside great Italian food and wine. 175 E. Vineyard Ave, Livermore, (925) 249-9800, campodibocce.com.

Go Hunting for Antiques: The first Sunday of every month brings nearly 12,000 people to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, where 800 vendors display their collectibles. Admission is $5-$15. 2700 Saratoga St., Alameda, (510) 522-7500, alamedapointantiquesfaire.com. First Sunday of the month, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join the Fun

Take High Tea: Every Wednesday, New Leaf Community Market hosts tea from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for patrons and passersby. Free. 35550 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 621-7660, newleaf.com.

Become a Car Connoisseur: Come out and see classic cars and jewelry, and enjoy local cuisine, at Danville’s Hot Summer Nights Car Show on Hartz Avenue. Downtown Danville, (925) 437-3649, danvillehotsummernightscarshow.com. July 16 and August 13, 4-9 p.m.

Drink and Dance: Nottingham Cellars hosts artists including Dave Land, Kylle Thomasson, Eric Eckstein, and Tom Duarte during tasting room hours. 2245 South Vasco Rd, Livermore, (925) 294-8647, nottinghamcellars.com. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.