Around the Bay in July 2018

The SS Jeremiah O'Brien, the famous WWII Liberty Ship berthed at Pier 45 in Fisherman's Wharf, invites you to come aboard to view San Francisco's Independence Day fireworks extrava-ganza.

Published: July, 2018


Fireworks from the O’Brien

The SS Jeremiah O’Brien, the famous WWII Liberty Ship berthed at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf, invites you to come aboard to view San Francisco’s Independence Day fireworks extrava-ganza. Many people consider the O’Brien to have the best fireworks seats on the wharf. Events aboard the ship are from 6:30 to 10 p.m., including hot dogs, chips, beverages, live music and a whole lot of fun. For tickets and more details, visit


Fourth of July Block Party in JLS

Come celebrate Independence Day with a festive afternoon at Jack London Square on July 4 from 11a.m to 5 p.m. Free to attend, everyone is invited to enjoy this day of red, white and blue fun that will fill the Oakland waterfront with live music and entertainment, a beer/cider garden, tasty backyard BBQ, local shopping and a kids zone. More than 10,000 people celebrate the 4th of July on the Oakland waterfront annually. This year, the block party will feature live music from Afro-Latin Funk group Sang Matiz, Oakland-based hip-hop artists The Corna Sto, a collaboration between Delly and [T-BLOCK], Reggae artist Heartafiya and more. The event will also have activities for kids including games, entertainment, and a craft area, local vendors and eats with BBQ specials, and a beautiful beer garden right in the heart of Jack London Square with beers from Federation Brewing.


Celebrate Independence Day on the USS Hornet

The USS Hornet Museum in Alameda hosts its annual Independence Day party on July 4 from 2 to 10 p.m. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay while listening to live music on the ship’s flight deck. The musical line-up includes Mitch Polzak & the Royal Deuces (Americana), Shark Alley Hobos (New Orleans/Jazz) and Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit (Blues/Boogie). Following the concert, guests are welcome to remain on the flight deck to watch panoramic views of Bay Area fireworks. A great selection of food, beer and wine will be available for purchase during the event. All-day admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-17; museum members receive free admission. The ship is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 in Alameda and there is ample free parking. For more information visit







Blues Cruise on the Bay

Enjoy a blues cruise on board the USS Potomac on July 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. with music from the Hucklebucks. Cruise the Bay on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht while listening to fabulous blues. Beer, wine and nibbles will be available for purchase. Tickets are $55 per person. The ship leaves from 540 Water Street in Oakland’s Jack London Square. For reservations or information, visit or call the Potomac office at (510) 627-1215.


The 18th Annual Breastfest Beer Festival

Northern California’s best beer tasting event is returning to Fairground Island at the Marin Center in San Rafael on Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. The Breastfest Beer Festival helps raise funds for the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, a nonprofit health center that supports economically challenged women in their fight against cancer. Sample over 30 breweries and eat barbecue for free throughout the festival, listen to live music under the huge tent, win many, many great prizes and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine—all while raising money for a great cause. A limited amount of advance tickets are available at $50 and can be purchased on the website or at Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur or Moylan’s Brewing Company in Novato or regular admission is $65 at the door. The ticket price includes live music, food, unlimited tasting and a Breastfest commemorative cup. For additional information, call (415) 461-4677.


Benicia Waterfront Festival

This popular summer event is back with a splash on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., as Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, craft beer and wine tastings, tasty foods, a vendor village and a kids’ activity area. Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, with children under 12 for free with a paid adult. Adult weekend passes are also available for $15. For more information and a full listing of musical acts, visit


Belly Up to Bay Street

Bay Street is bringing back Belly Dance Fitness, a fun summer series of free outdoor belly dancing classes. From pros to newbies, everyone is invited to work up a sweat learning the basics under the direction of acclaimed instructor Abigail Keyes of the Salimpour School of Belly Dance. Lessons will take place every Saturday in July from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants should bring towels and water bottles. Bay Street is a diverse mixed-use center featuring retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings comprising 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


Bay Street Salsa Sundays

Bay Street also spices things up with Salsa Sundays, a music series featuring a live salsa band and plenty of room to dance every Sunday in July and August. Everyone is invited to turn up the heat and enjoy free festive salsa lessons and music on a special dance floor in the heart of Emeryville. Dance instructors from Timba Heat will host lessons at 2:30 and 4 p.m. for all to enjoy. Make an evening of it and grab dinner at one of Bay Street’s restaurants after working up an appetite on the dance floor.


Pedalfest at JLS

Pedalfest takes over Jack London Square to celebrate all things cycling at the Bay Area’s biggest bicycle festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. From hipsters to families, Pedalfest-goers will enjoy the Amphibious Bike Race; a pedal-powered stage featuring live music; pedal-powered food; two penny bicycles; unicycles; dazzling handmade bicycles; vintage bikes; pedal-powered art; bicycle stunt shows and more. Visitors can bike, ferry, BART or drive to Jack London Square where all bicyclists will receive bicycle valet services. For additional information about Pedalfest and/or to volunteer, visit


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