Around the Bay in May

May the fourth be with you! Well... almost. Join the Chabot Space and Science Center from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 3 for their second annual Star Wars party and show off your best at the Star Wars fashion show and dance party.

Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Bay

Chabot Star Wars Party

May the fourth be with you! Well… almost. Join the Chabot Space and Science Center from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 3 for their second annual Star Wars party and show off your best at the Star Wars fashion show and dance party. Catch special appearances from some of your favorite characters from the saga and stay for a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Admission is only $5 for First Friday events. First Friday admission does not apply from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed to the general public from 5 to 6 p.m. and reopens at 6 p.m. for $5 First Friday.

 

120th Great Vallejo Race

One of the largest inland regattas in the United States, the Vallejo/San Francisco International Yacht Race, also known as the Great Vallejo Race, celebrates 120 years on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. This two-day event is organized, sponsored and hosted by the Vallejo Yacht Club. The event typically draws over 200 boats each year, carrying 1,000 sailors testing their skills on beautiful yet challenging courses and competing for one of the event’s prizes. On Saturday, the racing area will begin at Berkeley Circle and end at the Vallejo Yacht Club, with the return race commencing late Sunday morning. A Saturday night party in Vallejo has meal and drink tickets available for purchase with free live music and dance commencing at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.vyc.org.

 

Yoga with Sharks!

Start your day off with a gentle flow as sharks, fish and bat rays swim over and around you. Aquarium of the Bay and Wheel House have teamed up to bring early-morning yoga to San Francisco’s waterfront every Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m., at Aquarium of the Bay on PIER 39 through June 7. To capture this moment of calm before you start your day, you can get your picture taken as you move, immersed in the tunnel surrounded by water, connecting to sharks and aquatic life. The type of yoga will vary slightly each time. It begins gently by connecting to the breath and sun salutations before moving into poses for deep, wakeful stretches. You’ll leave feeling awake, energized and ready to start your day. This class is for all levels of yoga, with two instructors providing hands-on assistance and individual adjustments. Participants should bring their own mats and water bottles. Towels are optional, but it’s recommended that you bring a sweatshirt to wear as we warm up before starting our flow. For more details and tickets, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org.

 

Bike to Work Day

More than 100,000 new and seasoned bike commuters will celebrate the 25th annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 9. With some 400 energizer stations scattered throughout nine Bay Area counties, riders can make a pit stop on their way to work for free refreshments and encouragement from thousands of volunteers. Local bike groups and employers are planning a range of activities throughout the day and into the evening, including group rides and after-work happy hours. Local elected officials—including several commissioners from MTC and the Bay Area Toll Authority—will participate in the event. Complete event information, including energizer station locations, is available at bayareabiketowork.com.

 

Bay to Breakers

If you are looking for a true San Francisco experience, then head downtown on Sunday, May 19 for the annual Bay to Breakers race. Now in its 107th 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 at Main and Howard 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 baytobreakers.com.

 

 

Andy Warhol Back Again

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the exclusive West Coast home of the critically acclaimed exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, on view from May 19 through September 2. Spanning the artist’s 40-year career and featuring more than 300 works on three different floors of the museum, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, graphics, photographs, films and television shows as well as a personal time capsule of ephemera. The retrospective features examples of the artist’s most iconic pieces in addition to lesser-known abstract paintings from later in his career. Uncannily relevant in today’s image-driven world, the exhibit provides new insight into Andy Warhol himself by examining the complexities of this enigmatic artist more than 30 years after his death in 1987. For more information, visit sfmoma.org.

 

Vallejo Garden Tour

The 16th annual Vallejo Garden Tour and Festival will be held on Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit nine of Vallejo’s most beautiful gardens on the tour, which is a major fundraiser for the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. This year’s tour features a wide range of garden styles, including gardens with themes ranging from nautical to a homeowner’s east Texas childhood. Garden vendors, a plant sale, information booths and displays will be featured all day on Fresno Street between Zoey June Gift & Garden and the Basement. Solano County Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer your questions. Tickets are $35 for museum members and $40 for the general public. Tickets are available at: the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin Street; Visit Vallejo! (Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau) at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal; and Zoey June Gift & Garden at 1426 Tennessee St. For more information, call (707) 643-0077 or visit www.vallejomuseum.org.

 

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