The List: May
As the weather heats, the fun hits the streets, with fests celebrating food, music, and even dogs.
Untitled by Judith Scott, courtesy of Creative Growth Art Center
The Lady With All the Answers
4/28–5/15 Center Rep brings Ann Landers from the page to the stage, with this chatty monologue about the real woman behind the advice column, at the Lesher Center. centerrep.org.
First Wednesday Street Party
5/4 Downtown Pleasanton kicks off its monthly summer series with a Cinco de Mayo–themed party, featuring Latin band Ruckatan, a beer and wine garden, and family fun. pleasantondowntown.net.
5/11–9/25 View work from the three leading centers for artists with disabilities in the United States—including Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center—at this inspiring Berkeley Art Museum exhibit. bampfa.berkeley.edu.
5/14 Cool off at Concord’s water park when it opens for summer, with thrill rides down 37 slides. How about the twisty Hurricane or the 70-foot free fall of Cliffhanger? waterworldcalifornia.com.
Food and Wine
Taste of Lafayette
5/17 Take a culinary walking tour of downtown Lafayette, sampling food from 20 restaurants, including Chevalier, Postino, and Yankee Pier, followed by dessert, live music, and prizes at the plaza. lafayettechamber.org.
Blue Man Group
5/24–6/19 The Blue Man Group visits San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre, with all the drumming, paint, and PVC pipe you can handle. shnsf.com.
5/26 Bring Fido to downtown Danville for a pet-friendly evening. Start at Molly’s Pup-Purr-ee, then visit other businesses for doggie treats, prizes, and entertainment. discoverdanvilleca.com.
Art & Wind Festival
5/29–5/30 San Ramon Central Park hosts two days of aerial fun, including a hot air balloon launch, hang-gliding simulator, and kite flying. artandwind.com.