Around the Bay in September 2017

Spend this Labor Day weekend, September 2 to 4, at the 65th annual Sausalito Art Festival. One of the most anticipated festivals every year, this annual event features work from some of the best local and national artists for three days.

Photo by Mike Finnegan

Published: September, 2017


Sausalito Art Festival

Spend this Labor Day weekend, September 2 to 4, at the 65th annual Sausalito Art Festival. One of the most anticipated festivals every year, this annual event features work from some of the best local and national artists for three days. You also get the chance to listen to live music, sample some of the best local wines and enjoy a variety of gourmet foods. This year’s headliners include War, Pablo Cruise, Foghat,  Atlanta Rhythm Section and Pat Travers, with a number of popular tribute bands on Sunday as well. For more information, visit



Blues Cruise

Cruise the Bay on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht USS Potomac while listening to fabulous blues music by the Moonglow Trio on Sunday, September 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $55; beer, wine and nibbles will be available for purchase. The Potomac is located at 540 Water Street in Jack London Square. For reservations or information, visit or call the Potomac office at (510) 627-1215.



Indy Car Thunder Returns to Sonoma

Open-wheel cars. All-star drivers. Twelve turns and 85 laps to make it to the front of the pack. The excitement of IndyCar racing returns to the serpentine Sonoma circuit from September 15 to 17 for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The 13th annual Verizon Indy Car Series event at Sonoma Raceway will serve as the season finale for the 2017 schedule. Be there to enjoy a full weekend of racing, including the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTP and Formula Car Challenge races. You’ll also be treated to an expansive vendor midway and an entertaining pre-event show on Sunday, highlighted by the Patriots Jet Team’s 25-minute air show. For more information and tickets, visit



Wilderness Festival in Vallejo

The fourth annual Visions of the Wild festival, with its newest theme, “Changing Landscapes,” will take place September 6 to 10. The festival is a celebration of the plants and animals that live in our urban and suburban settings. Events will include film screenings, field trips, art exhibits, guest speakers and cruises, all taking place in Vallejo and American Canyon. The festival connects nature, culture and community, and is designed to bring together artists, conservationists, students and teachers. All events, with the exception of the river cruises, are free to the public. It is a fun and interactive long weekend with activities for all ages. There will also be six new art exhibits premiering on Friday, September 8, during the second Friday art walk in downtown Vallejo. Saturday night’s Empress Theatre program is a tribute to the late folksinger and songwriter Pete Seeger. A film about his life and work will be shown on the big screen, followed by an uplifting community sing-along. People of all ages are encouraged to attend and sing. For more information on the festival or details about the events, visit



Art Auction

Berkeley Art Center invites the Bay Area community to join in the celebration of its largest annual event, “Collect!,” held on Saturday, September 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Works donated by some of the most exciting artists in the Bay Area today will be exhibited and up for auction, enjoyed with wine and delicious food. Bring home your favorite piece and support artists in the community. The exhibition kicks off with a free preview party on Saturday, September 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Center on 1275 Walnut Street. Eager bidders can meet the artists and take advantage of “buy-it-now” pricing. The exhibition will then be on view September 2 through 16. Tickets are available online at Auction tickets are $50 or $40 for members.



Free Boot Camp

Free Sunday Boot Camp classes return to Bay Street in Emeryville on Sundays in September. From cardio exercises to stretching sessions, all fitness levels are invited to work up a sweat with a variety of workouts. An Athleta-certified fitness trainer will lead these hour-long classes from 10 to 11 a.m. outdoors on Bay Street’s Center Plaza. Special incentives will be available to participants after every class, at Athleta. Attendees are required to bring a mat, water and towel, and must be at least 16 years old. Bay Street is a diverse mixed-use center featuring retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings designed to serve as a gathering place for Bay Area residents and visitors. It comprises three city blocks and is located off the I-80 Powell Street exit, at Bay Street and Shellmound Street, in Emeryville. For more information call (510) 655-4002 or visit



Trashy Fashion Show

Bay Street will also host “Trash n’ Show” on September 9 from 1 to 6 p.m. It’s an all-new fashion event that will showcase clothing made from recycled materials. Several Bay Area designers’ collections will be featured, including women’s dresses, tops, skirts and moreall created from plastic, bottle caps, duct tape, paper and other recycled materials. Everyone is invited to this free runway-style fashion show that will include dance performances in addition to accessories, art and custom clothing available from local artisans. Trash n’ Show will be hosted by Oakland-based Dance-A-Vision Entertainment. See the listing immediately above for details about Bay Street.



Waterfront Wine and Music Fridays

Join the folks at Rosenblum Cellars, located right next to the Oakland ferry terminal in Jack London Square, for Music Fridays on four Friday evenings in September. September 1 and 22 will feature the music of Yasmeena, an accomplished local performer with an expansive resume at the early age of 18. Her African-American, Palestinian and Israeli Heritage is highlighted in her international, soulful voice. And September 8 and 29 will feature Duarte, who began playing guitar at age 12, when his innovation and curiosity led him to classical music. Duarte began playing R&B, funk, and other styles, touring and playing session dates. As he gravitated towards Latin music, it soon became his main focus. Flamenco guitar is now his primary art form, transforming pop hits in his own spectacular style. Rosenblum offers a variety of wines along with cheese and charcuterie plates to enjoy with the music. These events are free.


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