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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


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.



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


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.



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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