The List: September
The end of summer brings outdoor festivals, a new theater season, and a parade.
Wicked Comes Home
(8/27–9/14) We can never get enough of Wicked, a show that originally opened in San Francisco. Broadway San Jose brings back this timeless tale of friendship to the Center for the Performing Arts. broadwaysanjose.com.
Life Could Be a Dream
(8/29–10/5) Center Rep opens its 2014–2015 season with a ‘60s doo-wop musical packed with feel-good hits: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” and many more. lesherartscenter.org.
Walnut Fest Twilight Parade
(9/13) Don’t miss the Walnut King and other nuts parading from Mount Diablo to Civic Park. The Walnut Festival continues in Heather Farm Park September 19-21. thewalnutfestival.org.
Pleasanton Harvest Festival
(9/19–21) Art lovers flock to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for artist demos, live music, entertainment, and thousands of handmade items at one of the West Coast’s largest arts and crafts shows. harvestfestival.com.
Indie-Comedy Outdoor Film Festival
(9/20) For something a little different, check out this free “drive-In without a car” in Concord, featuring short films by local filmmakers, with intermissions of stand-up comedy. Organized by the nonprofit Movie Making Throughout the Bay. moviemakingbay.com.
Mark Morris Dance Group
(9/25–9/28) If you’ve never witnessed this acclaimed New York dance company, now is the time at Cal Performances. The powerful choreography is accompanied by the sounds of acclaimed jazz trio The Bad Plus. calperformances.org.
Bay Area Blues Festival
(9/27–9/28) After partnering with the Italian Street Painting Festival, the blues have never been more colorful. You’ll find two stages, arts and crafts, a farmers market, food stands, and a rainbow of pastel chalk paintings on the streets of historic downtown Martinez. bayareabluesfestival.com.
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
(9/27–9/28) Stomp your way to Sonoma for this hi-jinx grape stomp open to the public for a nominal fee. Celebrate this year’s grape harvest with the Blessing of the Grapes, now in its 117th year, on the Sonoma Plaza. valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com.