Top Tickets: September 13–19
Indulge in artisanal cheeses, explore a neighborhood festival, admire classic cars, and more this week in the Bay.
Free Movie Night
9/13 The second Thursday of each month, Diablo hosts a free movie night at the Orinda Theatre. Watch the 1987 Santa Cruz–shot vampire classic The Lost Boys with plenty of popcorn (and maybe some garlic). lamorindatheatres.com.
SF Cheese Fest
9/15–9/16 Fromage lovers celebrate all things cheesy at this fourth annual event. During Saturday’s festivities, guests can taste cheeses made from cow, goat, sheep, and water buffalo milk—and even indulge in perfectly paired libations and snacks such as pickles, honey, and charcuterie. Or, to learn more about curds and whey, attend one of the classes being offered at the new Cheese School of San Francisco Ghirardelli Square Campus on Sunday. Ticket purchases benefit the California Artisan Cheese Guild, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to the education and support of artisan cheese making. sfcheesefest.com.
Lafayette Art and Wine Festival
9/15–9/16 Voted “best community event” in Diablo’s Best of the East Bay contest, this popular Lafayette fest is back for its 23rd year. Eat your way around the food trucks and booths, and sip refreshing wines and microbrews while viewing local artists’ creations and grooving to bands playing on four stages. lafayettefestival.com.
Bay Area Pet Fair
9/15–9/16 Cuddle up to cute critters at this large-scale pet-adoption event, held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Food, drinks, prizes, and activities are offered for humans and their furry friends. bayareapetfair.org.
Danville Concours d’Elegance
9/16 Classic cars, yachts, motorcycles, and more take over Old Town Danville amid gastronomic delights, wine tastings, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the weekend—which also includes a fundraising gala and auto tour— benefit Parkinson’s disease charities. danville-delegance.org.
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