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Top Tickets: July 25-31

This week in the East Bay, watch a culinary competition, enjoy live music in an outdoor theater, celebrate the birthday of a favorite literary hero, and more.



Taste Our Terroir / Livermore Valley Wine Country

Food and Wine

Taste Our Terroir

7/25-7/28 This Livermore Valley Wine Country event pairs 19 winemakers with local chefs for a culinary competition at Casa Real Event Center at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton, where guests can sample all the dishes and cast a vote for their favorites. Workshops, dinners, tastings, and outdoor activities round out the weekend. lvwine.org.

 

 

 

Fantastic Negrito / Art and Soul Oakland

Festival

Art and Soul Oakland

7/27-7/28 Located between Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in downtown Oakland, this year’s popular Art and Soul festival includes a live performance from the Grammy Award-winning Oakland-bred artist, Fantastic Negrito, on Sunday, July 28; dance battles and showcases; artisan booths; and a kid’s zone hosted by the Alphabet Rockers, a beloved East Bay children’s-music group. artandsouloakland.com.

 

Music

Rocks in Your Head Fest

7/27 Experience the natural majesty of Cal Shakes’ Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda with Echoes, their new summer concert series that highlights bands from the California coastline and features food trucks and a beer garden to enhance the experience. The lineup for the Rocks in Your Head Fest includes a dozen acts. calshakes.org.

 

Summertime FUN! Community Block Party / City Center Bishop Ranch

Festival

Summertime FUN! Community Block Party

7/27 City Center Bishop Ranch comes alive with giant Jenga, ping pong, a corn hole toss, Hula-Hoops, board and card games, and bingo. Enjoy live music, take advantage of promotions at some of the complex’s stores, and sample refreshments, too. citycenterbishopranch.com.

 

Literary

2nd Annual Harry Potter Birthday Bash

7/31 The Danville Community Center invites young witches and wizards to celebrate the birthday of the Boy Who Lived with Quidditch, potions class, and spell practice. Festivities will also include a story walk, a showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Village Theatre, and weeklong activities at the Danville library. apm.activecommunities.com/danvilleca, danville.ca.gov/villagetheatre.

 


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