Around the bay in August 2012

The Sixth Annual San Rafael Food & Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 1 - 5 p.m. on the 11-acre grounds of the historic 1888 Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Cultural Center.

Published: August, 2012

San Rafael Food & Wine Festival

The Sixth Annual San Rafael Food & Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 1 - 5 p.m. on the 11-acre grounds of the historic 1888 Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Cultural Center. The historic 17-room Falkirk Cultural Center—with its rolling lawns and views of Mt. Tamalpias—provides the perfect backdrop for this celebration of the region’s food and wine. The Festival will feature food from local restaurants and wines from 25 of the region’s outstanding boutique wineries. In addition, there will be a chef demonstration area featuring a number of famed local restaurants. Attendees will also be treated to live jazz and classical music by the regions’ best musicians. In addition to the food, wine and chef demonstrations, there will be over 25 art and crafts booths displaying art, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, and other crafts. Admission to the event is free; attendees can purchase a food and wine tasting wristband and glass for $25. The Falkirk mansion is located at 1408 Mission Avenue in downtown San Rafael. Tickets can be purchased in advance online by visiting or on site the day of the event (cash only).



Watercolors by the Waterfront

An exhibit of watercolors at the Bay Model in Sausalito entitled Mary Harden’s Master Artists Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden will run from August 7-26. It includes the work of 25 artists in the Bay Area who carefully considered outstanding plant "treasures" in the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Each artist chose a plant and worked very carefully to accurately depict its structure and color. One of the big differences in this botanical work is that the artists are not allowed black, white, grey, green or brown on their palette. They must make the colors from primary and secondary colors. This results in colors that are alive with vibrancy. In viewing the paintings, one becomes more aware of "all the colors in all the colors." An artist reception with light refreshments will be held Saturday August 11, 2 – 4 p.m. with artists present to discuss their work and how they approached and completed the paintings. Admission is free Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Bay Model Visitor Center Gallery is located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito.



Shark Week Returns

Shark Week is back at Aquarium of the Bay. Visitors to the Aquarium from August 11-19 will learn all about sharks’ hunting skills, from their keen sense of smell to their amazing ability to locate their prey. Find out how sharks hear, why they’re such good swimmers and what an electroreceptor is. Enhance your Shark Week experience and catch The World of Sharks 3D in our Bay Theater. Watch as our sevengill sharks are fed and sign up for a Feed the Sharks Tour, where you can go behind the scenes of the aquarium to feed a bucket of fish to our sharks. In honor of 25 years of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, mention "25 for 25" and receive a 25 percent discount into the Aquarium all during Shark Week. The Aquarium of the Bay is located on PIER39 at Embarcadero and Beach Street. For more information, visit



Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival Goes Into the Night

The City of Oakland’s wildly successful flagship festival, Art & Soul Oakland, ventures into its 12th year by adding a late-night bash and cutting-edge art show to its long established reputation as one of the region’s top music festivals. Slated for August 4 & 5 in downtown Oakland, the stellar lineup of 50 bands on five stages includes Meshell Ndegeocello, Oleta Adams, Lyrics Born, Dear Indugu and a special appearance by Disney Channel star, Oakland’s own Zendaya. Named among the top 12 "must-see summer festivals" in Northern California by the San Francisco Chronicle, Art & Soul Oakland 2012 will feature an epic new art show ranging from large-scale art installations by acclaimed East Bay visual artists to the Saturday Night Dance Party with DJ Dyloot spinning from the roof of City Hall synchronized with giant-scale VJing by Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. In addition, collaborations with world-class arts organizations such as the de Young Artist Fellow and Artist-in-Residence Alumni, Black Rock Arts Foundation and the Crucible will infuse more art than ever to the ever-popular festival. Also new this year, some of the Bay Area’s hottest mobile food trucks will join favorite festival vendors, bringing a wide array of American and global gourmet eats. Beer, wine and other beverage concessions will also be offered. A family paradise, Art & Soul Oakland boasts the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area, complete with kid-friendly rides, carnival games and interactive arts. The festival takes place on Saturday, August 4 from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and is centered in Frank Ogawa Plaza and City Center, encompassing ten strollable city blocks. There is free parking for cars and free bike valet parking as well as being accessible from the BART 12th Street - Oakland City Center Station. Advance tickets are available online at Children 12 and under enjoy free admission to the festival. Discounted online admission prices are $10 for Adults and $5 for Seniors (65+) and Youth (13-17). Prices at the door are $15 and $8. 



IndyCar Series Roar into Sonoma

The IZOD IndyCar Series hits the rev limiter as the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500 invade the Sonoma Valley for the eighth consecutive year at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, August 24-26. Drivers like Will Power, Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan will reach speeds in excess of 170 mph on the most challenging road course on the circuit. Sparks are sure to fly when these rocket ships blast around the serpentine circuit. Enjoy a full weekend of racing with the return of Formula Car Challenge and the SCCA World Challenge Series. In addition to plenty of on-track action, fans can enjoy an autograph session, the only race-day air show on the INDYCAR circuit, and more. For ticket prices and schedule information, visit

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