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The List: July

July: This month sizzles with Fourth of July fireworks, a vineyard presentation of Romeo & Juliet, and a Fire Cabaret.


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Music

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.

Family Fun

Fireworks
(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).

TheaterCourtesy of Livermore Shakespeare Festival

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.

Opera

Madama Butterfly
(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.

Performance

Heat
(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.

Family fun

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.

Art

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.

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