Around the Bay in May 2018

Join Provenance Vineyards on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to support their friends at Napa Humane, who work tirelessly to promote the welfare of companion animals across our region.

Published: May, 2018


Paws for a Cause

Join Provenance Vineyards on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to support their friends at Napa Humane, who work tirelessly to promote the welfare of companion animals across our region. You are encouraged to bring your own pups, enjoy the remodeled patio and delight in a flight of Provenance’s newest spring releases paired with gourmet hot dogs by Rebel Dog plus snack packs for your canine friends. Have fun and feel good, because 100 percent of your entrance ticket will be donated to Napa Humane, along with $10 of every tasting fee for the duration of that day. General admission is only $10 and includes wine flight and the option to buy gourmet hot dogs and alfresco games on the patio. For more information, visit the events page at


How Weird Street Faire

The 19th annual How Weird Street Faire will take place on Sunday, May 6 from noon to 8 p.m. in downtown San Francisco. The faire is a menagerie of attractions, including a world renowned music festival featuring 10 stages of different styles of dance music, an open air art festival filling an expanded Art Alley, a unique market of interesting vendors and delicious food, and a platform for performers of every type. The event is centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, in the heart of the city’s technology and art sectors. Filling in the faire will be thousands of people in colorful costumes dancing in the streets. This year will be a parody of the 1970s, and a very groovy time with the theme Disco Ball Inferno. Organizers ask that everyone come in costume to the faire as a character from the 1970s. Be something colorful and inspiring and weird. Weird is always in style. For more information, visit


Bay to Breakers

If you are looking for a true San Francisco experience, then head downtown on Sunday, May 20 for the annual Bay to Breakers race. Now in its 106th year, this event is a San Francisco original. This 12K race is one of the largest and oldest running events in the world. It attracts more than 50,000 runners and 100,000 spectators every year. Why is it so popular? It showcases the true San Francisco with fun, chaos and an unmatched spirit of community. This race includes both serious runners and those out for a fun Sunday run. Many wear fun and funky costumes to show their spirit. You will also find a few people in just their birthday suits. The party atmosphere along the race route offers spectators the chance to be part of the action. The race starts near the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco. Runners head west across the city and end near the Pacific Ocean. The first group starts at 8 a.m. The course officially closes around noon. For more information, visit


Hot Chili and Cold Beer

Things are going to get hot in Sonoma County on May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. when the Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa and Beer Tasting takes place at the Fairgrounds in Petaluma. This celebration of local chefs and amazing microbrews will feature more than 40 chili teams serving up their finest meat and vegetarian chili as well as 15 salsa teams making traditional or fruit salsa, while 20 breweries share several varieties of suds. Tickets are free for kids under 5, $10 for ages 5 to 12, adults are $20 for chili and salsa or $30 with 10 beer tasting tickets. The event is held in Herzog Hall at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma. To purchase a ticket, or for more information, call (707) 763-8920 or visit


Beethoven’s Ninth in Marin

Mill Valley Philharmonic presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor featuring the Dominican Chorale and singers from choruses across the Bay Area. These concerts will mark the first time in nine years that Beethoven’s Ninth, with full orchestra and chorus, will have been heard in Marin County. No matter how many times the symphony is performed or how many interpretations of the music there are, there is no denying its universal meaning and power. Conducting this iconic work is a fitting bookend for Mill Valley Philharmonic director Laurie Cohen. She studied Beethoven’s Ninth for four years at the beginning of her conducting career, which was 20 years ago, and now she will conduct the symphony in her final concerts before she retires from Mill Valley Philharmonic, the orchestra she founded 18 seasons ago. The two performances will take place at Dominican University’s Angelico Hall at 50 Acacia Ave. in San Rafael on Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are recommended and are free or by donation at For more information call (415) 383-0930.


Salsa Sundays at Bay Street

Bay Street is set to spice things up with the return of Salsa Sundays, a music series featuring a live salsa band and a dance floor with plenty of room, every Sunday in May. From pros to newbies, everyone is invited to turn up the heat and enjoy free festive salsa lessons provided by Timba Heat professional dance instructors at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Grab dinner at one of Bay Street’s restaurants after working up an appetite on the dance floor. 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. Bay Street 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


Vallejo Garden Tour

The 2018 Vallejo Garden Tour and Festival, during which you can visit nine of Vallejo’s most beautiful gardens, will be held on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is a benefit for the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Advance tickets are $35 for museum members and $40 for the public. All tickets are $40 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal at 289 Mare Island Way, the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin Street and Zoey June Gift and Garden at 1426 Tennessee St. For more, visit



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