The List: September
Celebrate the last days of summer with wine tastings, free concerts, and world-class theater performances.
Tristram Kenton/English National Opera
Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration
9/5–9/6 It’s all about Livermore Valley reds and whites at this roving party, with tastings, live music, arts and crafts, food, and activities. A complimentary shuttle runs on Sunday. lvwine.org.
Eugene O’Neill Festival
9/10–9/26 This fest honors the Nobel Prize–winning playwright and onetime Danville resident, with a production of The Hairy Ape, literary speakers and forums, and tours of O’Neill’s Tao House. eugeneoneill.org.
9/10–10/6 San Francisco Opera kicks off its season with a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, about an Ethiopian princess who is not only captured and enslaved in Egypt, but also trapped in a bitter love triangle. sfopera.com.
Pops on the Plaza
9/12 Enjoy postdinner entertainment in Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza, when California Symphony presents its annual free concert, featuring classical pieces, Broadway hits, and movie scores. californiasymphony.org.
Guitar Player Live
9/17–9/18 This two-day celebration of guitars and guitar gear in Livermore includes an American Idol–style competition, exhibits, free clinics, guitar flicks at Vine Cinema, and parties at Sapphire Lounge. guitarplayer.com.
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
9/18–9/19 Lamorinda’s largest event is all about food, wine and microbrews, handmade arts and crafts, and live entertainment along Mt. Diablo Boulevard. lafayettechamber.org.
Free for All at Cal Performances
9/26 Catch free performances by Kronos Quartet, Mark Morris Dance Group, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (pictured, right), and many others throughout the UC Berkeley campus, along with artist talks, CD signings, and an instrument “petting zoo” for kids. calperformances.org.