Top September Events in the East Bay
Catch Andy Grammer and Gavin DeGraw at Wente Vineyards; Broadway Plaza throws a party; and the Eat Real Festival returns to Jack London Square.
The Concerts at Wente Vineyards
Through 9/29 Book a seat in the restaurant or at the outdoor buffet (with bites from the catering team at Wente Vineyards), and then enjoy live music from Grammy Award–winner Melissa Etheridge; Andy Grammer and Gavin DeGraw; and other artists live onstage through the end of summer at Wente Vineyards’ 30th annual concert series in Livermore. wentevineyards.com.
Party in the Plaza
9/1 Celebrate the grand reopening of Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek, with music, food trucks, and a ribbon cutting. broadwayplaza.com.
Lafayette Art and Wine Festival
9/17–9/18 Explore handmade wares, sample food from area restaurants, and sip wine or microbrews in downtown Lafayette at one of the biggest outdoor festivals in Contra Costa. lafayettefestival.com.
It Can’t Happen Here
9/23–11/6 Catch Tony Taccone’s adaptation of the satirical novel by Sinclair Lewis at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The story follows the rise of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States, promising to return America to its former greatness, and a liberal newspaper editor observing from the sidelines. berkeleyrep.org.
9/9 Catch Hayward-raised Mahershala Ali in Kicks. Set in Oakland, this film (cowritten and directed by Oakland native filmmaker Justin Tipping) follows a 15-year-old who must retrieve his new Air Jordans after they’re confiscated by a local hood. focusfeatures.com/kicks.
By the Numbers: Foodie Fest
By Lauren Bonney
With a focus on pristine ingredients, artisanal crafts, sustainable foods, microbrews, handmade cocktails, and local wines, Oakland’s Eat Real Festival is more than just a food fest. Celebrate its eighth year by eating real September 23–25.
$0: Cost of admission.
3: Number of days the festival takes over Oakland’s Jack London Square.
7: Number of tasting booths offering $10 alcohol-tasting flights, including a booth by Alameda’s Hangar
$8: or less—cost of all street food.
70+: Number of local food vendors, including Oakland-based Belcampo Meat Co. and Richmond-based Nutiva.
75,000: Average number of visitors during the three-day period.
Jack London Square, Oakland, eatrealfest.com.