Cool Things To Check Out In The Bay Area


Waterfront Festivals & Events

Rock Balancing at Crissy Field – Sat 8/26
22nd Northern California Dragon Boat Festival – Sept 23-24 – Lake Merritt

$1 Summer Movies

Regal Summer Movie Express – $1 movies at 10 am on Tuesday & Wednesdays, but just in Dublin and Fairfield

Shakespeare & Theater in the Park

Midsummer Nights’ Dream – Inferno Theater at 4 pm every Sat & Sun through August 13th
Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park – Titus Andronicus – Just 5 performances
Shakespeare or Space Wars
SF Mime Troupe

Outdoor Summer Concerts & Festivals

Stern Grove – Every Sunday through August 27
Pier 39 turns 39 – Every Friday
Presidio Twilight – Every Thursday night
Presidio Picnic through October 29th
Golden Gate Park Band – Free Sunday symphony concerts at 1 pm through October 8th
People in Plazas Free Music Festival – through October 7th
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 

The Biggest Weekend of the Year

Fleet Week – Oct 2-9
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – Oct 6-8

New San Francisco Night Markets

Commons on Third Thursday
 “Undiscovered SF” – Filipino Night Market*

Food Festivals

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – Sept 9-10
Eat Real Oakland – Sept 22-24
San Francisco Street Food Festival – Maybe October 14-15

Cultural Festivals

J-Pop Summit – Sept 9-10
Pistahan Filipino Parade & Festival – August 12-13

Dog Events & Festivals

Corgi Con – Fall 2017 –  Sat 10/21 at Ocean Beach near the Cliff House
Bark in the Park San Jose – Sat 9/16 – San Jose at William Street Park

Summer Outdoor Movie Nights

Check out all the remaining outdoor movie nights – Orinda, Pleasanton, Menlo Park, Redwood City at Courthouse Square, Jack London Square, Walnut Creek, Marin County Mart Wednesday nights on Santa Cruz beach, Alameda, Danville, and Pier 39 last Fridays.
San Jose has “Starlight Cinema every Saturday in August at St. James Park with movie-related fun and games starting about an hour before the film
Film Night in the Park – San Francisco
15th annual Film in the Fog in the Presidio
West Wind Drive Ins 
– in Concord and San Jose

The “Great American” Solar Eclipse

Eclipse – Monday, Aug 21st – First total eclipse in the US since 1979
Big gathering near Cupid’s Span in SF
Special events will be held at the Exploratorium
Many libraries all over Bay Area
 hosting events
Stay safe and watch online with NASA – They’ll have a live feed

Summer of Love: 50 Years Later

Summer of Love at Library – Most of the big “Summer of Love” events are over, but the SF Library has tons of free events and art exhibits like a 1967 Fashion Show 
Art & history shows – Summer of Love and Haight thru Oct 29 at Jewett Gallery in Main Library
Jerry Day Concert  Sunday, August 6 – McLaren Park Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre

Other Awesome Upcoming Events

49ers Open Practice – August 5 at Levi’s stadium – $5
National Night Out – August 1 – Neighborhood block parties all over the Bay
Facebook County Fair – August 26th – Join Facebook for a free summer county fair


Sotheby’s to Auction Hamilton’s Manuscripts


Having conquered Broadway, Alexander Hamilton will now be storming Sotheby’s. The auction house has announced that it will sell a trove of hundreds of manuscripts and letters long held by the Hamilton family — some of them previously unknown — at auction on Jan. 18.

The collection, which has been held by Hamilton descendants for 200 years, has not been fully cataloged. But Sotheby’s said it contained many personal items, including love letters from Hamilton to his wife, Eliza, and a condolence letter her father, Philip Schuyler, sent her after Hamilton’s fatal duel with Aaron Burr, sealed with black wax. Read more…

Less is More: Minimalist Interior Inspiration


Whether it’s focused around Japanese or Nordic aesthetics, a simple color palette or the art itself, a minimal style allows the subtle details of a space to speak volumes. Discover four distinct designers whose work showcases the many definitions of minimalism.

Airy and expansive, minimalist interiors allow the subtle details of a space to speak volumes. Given room to breathe, a few well-chosen design pieces and works of art stand out. Whether it’s focused around Japanese or Nordic aesthetics, a simple colour palette or the art itself, a minimal style is not synonymous with starkness nor does it mean creative limitation. In fact, as some of our favorite interior designers prove, minimalist design breeds endless possibilities. Click ahead to discover four distinct designers whose work showcases the many definitions of minimalism. Read more…

by Stephanie Sporn. Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.