The List: July
July: This month sizzles with Fourth of July fireworks, a vineyard presentation of Romeo & Juliet, and a Fire Cabaret.
Bob Pauley ©Disney/Pixar
Blackhawk Summer Concert Series
(7/2–8/27) Add some rockin’ to your shoppin’, with cover and party bands every Friday at 7 p.m. in Blackhawk Plaza. shopblackhawkplaza.com.
(7/4) Celebrate America with some East Bay fireworks: Benicia (City Park), Berkeley (Marina), Concord (Dave Brubeck Park), Livermore (Robertson Park), Martinez (Main Street Plaza), Moraga (Moraga Commons Park), Oakland (Jack London Square), Pleasant Hill (College Park High), and San Ramon (Central Park).
Romeo & Juliet
(7/8–8/7) Livermore Shakespeare Festival kicks off with one of the Bard’s most popular plays, staged on and around the porch of an 1883 Victorian home at Concannon Vineyard. Wine will be served, of course. livermoreshakes.org.
(7/10–7/18) Festival Opera presents Puccini’s most performed opera, a tragic tale of innocence betrayed, at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center. festivalopera.com.
Food and Drink
Summer Wine Stroll
(7/15) At this annual event, sip Livermore wines and nibble hors d’oeuvres served at boutiques and businesses along Pleasanton’s Main Street. pleasantondowntown.net.
(7/15–7/17) The Crucible presents its first Fire Cabaret, an evening of music, drinking, dancing, and fiery performances. Prohibition-era costumes are encouraged. thecrucible.org.
Berkeley Kite Festival
(7/31–8/1)The sky fills with color as hundreds of kites, from sport kites to Japanese machijirushi made from paper and bamboo, take flight at the Berkeley Marina. highlinekites.com.
Pixar: 25 Years of Animation
(7/31–1/9) Go behind the scenes of the East Bay animation studio, with more than 500 drawings, paintings, and sculptures at the Oakland Museum. museumca.org.