The List: July
Summer sizzles in the East Bay, with hot rods, fireworks, and Mr. Darcy.
(6/18–8/24) Get up close and personal with works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Josef Albers at this Berkeley Art Museum exhibit that explores color in abstract compositions across multiple mediums. bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Fourth of July Fireworks
(7/4) Fireworks return to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton for the first time in 16 years. See video and other special effects outside the amphitheater, or get your fill at shows in Benicia, Berkeley, Concord, Livermore, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, and Richmond. alamedacountyfair.com.
Pride and Prejudice
(7/10–20) Jane Austen’s most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, come to life at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Plus, the outdoor stage in front of Concannon Vineyard’s Victorian home will transport you to the Regency era. livermoreshakes.org.
Danville Hot Summer Nights
(7/17 and 8/14) Gearheads won’t want to miss the 20th anniversary of this festival focused on classic cars along Hartz Avenue. Drool over hot rods, muscle cars, and customs while you enjoy live music and street eats. danvillehotsummernightscarshow.com.
Chevron Family Theatre Festival
(7/19) Catch several family-friendly shows in one afternoon, including Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Sesame Street puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, and Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble, at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center. lesherartscenter.org/cftf.
Food and Drink
Taste Our Terroir
(7/24–27) At this annual foodie favorite, 18 Livermore winemakers partner with Bay Area chefs to create the ultimate pairings. Cast your vote for People’s Choice, and enjoy other events, from cooking demos to cheese tasting. lvwine.org.
Intermediate Little League World Series
(7/29–8/4) See some of the best young baseball stars at this international competition hosted at Livermore’s Max Baer Park. The 11- to 13-year-old athletes compete in the 50/70 division: 50 feet between the pitcher and plate, 70 feet between the bases. intermediateworldseries.org.
For even more events, check out the Community Calendar at diablomag.com.