Beer and oysters. That’s a pretty good reason to head to Golden Gate Park on Saturday for San Francisco Oysterfest (11am-6pm). It’s a little pricey at $40, but there’s a large stage set up for live music, including Minus the Bear and Young the Giant, so think of it as a music festival with beer and oysters. And bonus for the park setting.
I’ve been meaning to check out Sunday Streets, the city sponsored events that rotate to different neighborhoods every month or so during the mostly non-rainy season (March-Oct), and this Sunday looks like a good one. Basically, one of the main commercial streets in the appointed neighborhood is blocked off for pedestrians to stroll from one booth or activity to another. It’s a street fair of sorts, but with more optional participation. This Sunday Valencia and 24th streets in the Mission are blocked off, with a music festival and activities for kids, performances by the SF Mime Troupe, free bike repairs by Mike’s Bikes, live music, yoga and massage at various locations, capoeira classes and a whole REI block of fun adventure setup. 11am-4pm.
Looking for a good cause to give back a little this weekend, specifically to the Santa Cruz housing land trust in its quest to provide home ownership to low income residents? Then head down to the Santa Cruz Hop N’ Barley Festival on Saturday, 12-5pm, which benefits the above nonprofit. It also features about 100 beers from 40 mostly regional and craft breweries, such as Bear Republic and 21st Amendment, as well as live music and family activities. Never has helping the underprivileged been so much fun.
If you’re at all excited about the Euro league soccer tournament going on right now, then check out some real live soccer with actual soccer stars of our own, including international star and (former) world’s greatest soccer player, David Beckham. The LA Galaxy are in town playing the San Jose Earthquakes, and to accommodate the larger crowd the game is being played at Standford Stadium in Palo Alto. The Galaxy are a bit of an all-star team, so besides Beckham, there’s Landon Donovan (the best US player over the last decade), Robbie Keane (the best Irish player and captain of Ireland’s national team), and US national team players Edson Buddle and Omar Gonzalez. Match starts at 7pm, and for tickets, check out Craigslist or find a scalper (hey, if you’re reading this now, tickets were sold out a while ago). But if you can’t find a ticket, stick around for the fireworks show immediately after the game.
I’m a sucker for a county fair, deep-fried dough, 4-H farm animals and tractor pulls. And the best of the county fairs as far as I can tell is the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. There may not be tractor pulls (well, there is, but it’s the peddle variety), but there is horse racing, concerts, carnival rides, a circus, a hypnotist, racing pigs, sheep riders, a petting zoo, goat shows, fried food, eating contests, jugglers, clowns and procrastinators!(?). The fair runs till July 8.