Around the Bay in August 2019

The fourth annual World Dog Surfing Championships will take place on Saturday, August 3 at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica.

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Cowabunga Dawg

Published: August, 2019

The fourth annual World Dog Surfing Championships will take place on Saturday, August 3 at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. Top dog surfers—as well as happy amateurs—are invited to compete to bring home the “Golden Surfie,” as the event brings together the best in local and international dog surfing talent. The event offers a number of activities, including the surf competition, dog beach fashion contest, dog adoptions, partner tents and other activities. Entrants can also help raise funds for animal charities, including the Peninsula Humane Society and Rocket Dog Rescue. For more information, go to 

Paws for a Cause

It’s time to move your paws for a cause at Napa Humane’s eighth annual Walk for Animals, a summer morning stroll in support of companion animals throughout the Napa Valley. The walk takes place along Napa’s Riverfront (with or without your pooch) on Sunday, August 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. More than 400 walkers will strut their stuff at this dog- and family-friendly fundraising event. Animal-loving walkers register online for the event and create a personalized profile page, set a fundraising goal and have the option to join or create a team. In support of their participation, walkers then collect donations from family, friends and colleagues by distributing their profile link via email, Facebook and Twitter. Beginning and ending at Oxbow Commons on Napa’s McKinstry Street, registered walkers receive an official Walk for Animals t-shirt and goodie bag, and enjoy a morning full of music, contests, fun games, pet-centric activities and more as they come together to raise funds for Napa Humane. Walk for Animals is a fun-filled family event and everyone is welcome to participate with their dogs, or in honor of or memory of a beloved pet, with all proceeds benefiting Napa Humane’s lifesaving programs and services for Napa Valley pets and the people who care for and about them. Advance registration is $35 ($45 day of event). Information and registration details are available at 

55th Annual Benicia Peddlers Fair

The Benicia Peddlers Fair is one of Northern California’s oldest and most popular antique and collectibles street fairs. For over 55 years, customers and vendors throughout the region have come to enjoy Benicia’s wonderful weather and beautiful waterfront setting. This outdoor event began in 1963 with a few collectible and antique stores displaying their items on tables outside St. Paul’s Church. It has grown into 300 select antique and collectible dealers from all over the country and more than 20,000 loyal fans. The fair now spans the entire 11 blocks of First Street from J Street to the waterfront, with beautiful views of the Carquinez Strait. The show offers connoisseurs and new collectors alike an opportunity to examine and purchase items that include period furniture, decorative antiques, vintage textiles and fashion, pottery, porcelain, pink and blue Depression glass, paintings, prints, jewelry, clocks, watches and much more. The fair gives the public a rare opportunity to ask questions of knowledgeable dealers and witness firsthand the rare history of our great country. This year’s fair will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No pets are allowed at this event. 

Rosie Rally

The annual Rosie Rally Home Front Festival will be held on August 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. The enormous polka-dotted community celebration of Rosie the Riveter will feature original Rosies and their families, along with history buffs, Rosie enthusiasts, supporters of women in the workforce, local youth groups, national parks members and community leaders. The Home Front Festival will feature many WWII and park activities, beginning with a meet-and-greet with Rosies who learned new skills and worked locally as riveters, welders, electricians and draftswomen. The festival also honors men who worked on the home front and all those who supported the war effort during World War II. Parking will be limited, so public transit is encouraged, especially on the new Richmond-San Francisco ferry weekend service directly to the event location as well as carpooling, biking and buses. Visitors are also encouraged to take the shuttles from Richmond BART that will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

Napa Time Machine

Step back in time and experience the days of cars of distinction. Come see pre-1976 classic cars and hot rods at Napa’s Main Street Reunion, which takes place over two days with two amazing events. See 150 vintage cars at the Show and Shine event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16 at the corner of Pearl and Soscol Streets. Then see 400 antique cars, all in mint condition, at the Main Street Reunion Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 on Main and Third Streets. Those interested in showing a pre-1976 car can download a registration form at, as pre-registration is recommended. Admission is free for both events, so bring your family and friends to Napa and take a trip back in time. 

Art and Wine Fest

The San Rafael Art and Wine Festival takes place on Saturday, August 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival, located on the 11-acre grounds of the historic 1888 Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Cultural Center, will feature live music, wine tasting from regional wineries, beer tasting from local breweries, arts and crafts from local and far artists alike and a festive food-truck selection. The Falkirk mansion is located at 1408 Mission Avenue in downtown San Rafael. Attendees will be treated to live music by local Marin musicians and have the opportunity to browse over 25 booths displaying art, sculpture, jewelry, clothing and other crafts. The historic 17-room Falkirk Cultural Center with its gorgeous rolling lawns and stunning views of Mt. Tamalpais provides the perfect backdrop for this celebration of the region’s art and wine. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Full pours of wine and beer are available for purchase without participating in the sampling program. Attendees wishing to participate in the wine and beer sampling may purchase tasting wristbands for $30 on site or $25 online in advance. Participants will receive a tasting glass. Ticket sales on the day of the event will be cash only. Hearty fare from food trucks can be purchased separately. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. and pouring ends at 5:45 p.m. To purchase advance tickets, visit 

Marvel at Waterfront Flicks

Summer is in full swing at Jack London Square in the month of August. Continuing this month is the hit free summer film series Waterfront Flicks. Don’t miss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Thursday, August 8 and Black Panther on Thursday, August 22. Arrive early for dinner at one of Jack London Square’s tasty restaurants and then grab a spot on the Ferry Lawn for trivia and giveaways before the fun-filled screening at sundown.

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