The List: July
Blues and brews in Pleasant Hill, best-selling author Karen Joy Fowler in Danville, a Hello Kitty dance party in Oakland, and Taste Our Terroir in Livermore Valley make up this month’s top events.
Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
(7/10–7/12) Join Hello Kitty at the Oracle Arena for multi-stage performances, a DJ, and dancing. Browse vendor booths featuring art, fashion, and Sanrio collectibles. sanrio.com.
Chicago and Earth, Wind, and Fire
(7/15) These ’70s rock and funk legends are taking over the Concord Pavilion for one night only. Rock out to hits such as “You’re the Inspiration” and “September.” theconcordpavilion.com.
Food and Drink
Blues and Brews Festival
(7/17–7/18) This event kicks off at Pleasant Hill Park with a preparty concert followed by a day of food, live music, and craft beer tastings from local breweries. bluesandbrewsfestival.com.
The King and I
(7/18–8/2) This beloved musical about the timeless love story between an English widow and the King of Siam, based on the book by Margaret Landon, unfolds at the Bankhead Theater. trivalleyrep.org.
Karen Joy Fowler at Rakestraw
(7/21) The New York Times’ best-selling author (The Jane Austen Book Club) and short story writer Karen Joy Fowler comes to Rakestraw Books in Danville to share stories from her newly reissued collection, Black Glass: Short Fictions. rakestrawbooks.com.
Food and Wine
Taste our Terrior
(7/23–7/26) Nineteen wineries team up with local restaurants for this annual event, which includes weekend seminars such as wine and wood-fired pizza pairings at Fenestra Winery, and a progressive dinner ending in dessert at Eagle Ridge Vineyard. lvwine.org.
(7/25) Watch cycling daredevils tackle a 30-foot banked wooden velodrome (think round half-pipe) at Pedalfest in Jack London Square, where you can also find stationary bike–powered smoothies and bicycle decorating. pedalfestjacklondon.com.
(7/31) Spend an evening under the stars watching the family-friendly classic Hook, starring Robin Williams as Peter Pan, at Danville’s Town Green. danville.ca.gov.
For more events, check out Diablo’s Community Calendar at diablomag.com.