Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Gilroy Garlic Festival
That pungent odor emanating from the Southbay is the “bat signal” that Gilroy Garlic Festival is underway. The ultimate summer food fair will go through some 10 tons of beef, four tons of pasta and two tons of garlic. Enjoy a feast of foods you never knew could include the bulbous root. Friday-Sunday, 7/24-26, 10am-7pm.

SF Marathon
Whether you run, watch or need to remap your route to the donut shop, the SF Marathon is the one annual serious sporting event that affects nearly all city dwellers. Best place to watch? Grab a window seat at your favorite Haight St café (Pork Store, Happy Donuts, etc) and revel in the many ironies. Saturday, 7/25, 5:30am-11ish.

Berkeley Kite Festival
L-l-l-l-l-let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height. And there’s no better place than the blustery park near the Berkeley Marina in time for the Berkeley Kite Festival. Get in on the free kite making, candy drops, kite flying lessons and views of amazingly large and spectacularly colorful kites. Saturday and Sunday, 7/25-26, 10am-6pm.

Classic SF Movie Night
What could be more “community” than watching a movie in Duboce Park with a few hundred of your neighbors, especially with a flick (Milk) that features the city and one of its most beloved politicians. Bonus for Sean Penn’s award-winning portrayal of Harvey Milk. Saturday, 7/25, 8:30pm.

Napa Porchfest
Did you know this was an actual thing? A festival with live bands playing on the 50-plus front porches of local Napa residents? Tour the town’s historic homes and enjoy some local indie, rock, bluegrass, jazz, folk and other live music along the way. Oh, and wine will likely be involved. Sunday, 7/26, noon-6pm.

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