The List: June
Schedule some fun in the sun, with outdoor theater, festivals, concerts, and dance lessons.
Pablo Picasso’s portrait of Dora Maar
6/1–6/26 Cal Shakes kicks off another season at Orinda’s Bruns Amphitheater with its first-ever performance of this play about a vengeful Roman army general. (It’s the Bard’s most bloody tale.) calshakes.org.
Dancing Under the Stars
6/3–6/23 Head to Jack London Square for this free weekly series of lessons and twilight dancing, beginning this month with salsa, cha-cha, rumba, and swing. jacklondonsquare.com.
Ethnic Dance Festival
6/3–7/3 In its 33rd season, the San Francisco festival expands to Berkeley, with African Heritage Ensemble, Ballet Folklórico México Danza, and more, performing at Zellerbach Hall June 11–12. sfethnicdancefestival.org.
Art & Wine Festival
6/4–6/5 Walnut Creek’s Heather Farm Park becomes New Orleans for a weekend during this Mardi Gras–themed festival, featuring live music, wine tasting, and 200 arts and crafts booths. walnut-creek.com.
6/11–10/9 While Paris’ Musée National Picasso undergoes renovation, its more than 100 works by Pablo Picasso are temporarily on display at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. famsf.org.
Alameda County Fair
6/22–7/10 Enjoy some old-fashioned fun, including carnival rides, horse racing, fireworks, live music (including Tower of Power), and heavenly funnel cakes. alamedacountyfair.com.
Concerts at Wente
6/22–7/10 Folk rock band America (6/22) kicks off this outdoor music, wine, and food pairing series. Other highlights: Beach Boys (6/28) and Diana Ross (9/14). wentevineyards.com.
U.S. Bocce Championships
6/25–7/2 Livermore’s Campo di Bocce restaurant hosts the best bocce players in the country, competing to represent the U.S. at Worlds. campodibocce.com.
For even more event picks, check out the Top Tickets blog every Monday at diablomag.com.