The List: September
Travel the world, without leaving the Bay, from Scottish sports and food to Bollywood music.
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Scottish Gathering and Games
9/3–4 Don a kilt, and head to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton for bagpipe bands, Scottish dancing, Celtic rock, caber toss events, and of course, haggis. caledonian.org.
Food and Wine
Harvest Wine Celebration
9/4–5 More than 40 Livermore Valley wineries open their doors for tasting, live music, art, and special sales. On Sunday, a complimentary shuttle is available to guests. lvwine.org.
Smokey Joe’s Café
9/4–10/9 Walnut Creek’s Center Repertory Company takes on the Tony Award–winning musical revue of hits by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stollers, such as “Stand by Me” and “Yakety Yak.” centerrep.org.
9/8–11 This all-new Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show at Oracle Arena features the telephone pole–lifting Brothers of Brawn, as well as high-voltage high wires, a human fuse, and Chinese acrobats. ringling.com.
9/9 Dubbed the nation’s leading environmentalist by the Boston Globe, writer McKibben shares his thoughts on climate change and alternative energy in Chabot Space & Science Center’s speaker series. chabotspace.org.
Roméo et Juliette
9/24–10/2 Livermore Valley Opera opens its season with Charles Gounod’s French operatic take on Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Take the kids to a Sunday matinee for ice cream and a backstage tour. livermorevalleyopera.org.
9/30 The legendary “Queen of Bollywood”—who’s recorded 13,000 songs and lent her pipes to 1,000 films—takes the Paramount Theatre stage as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival, along with sitar player Shujaat Khan. paramounttheatre.com.
A Feast of Festivals
There’s a festival for almost everything under the sun this month, from American plays to walnuts to Italian street painting.
Eugene O’Neill Festival
September 16–October 1, Danville.
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
September 17–18, Lafayette.
September 22–25, Walnut Creek.
Moraga Pear Festival
September 24, Moraga.
Italian Street Painting Festival
September 24–25, Martinez.
For even more event picks, check out the Top Tickets blog every Monday at diablomag.com.