Maybe it's the Johnny Depp effect, but there's no denying the universal appeal of pirates. So if Father's Day BBQs and games of catch aren't your bag, we're going to go out on a plank (har har) and suggest the NorCal Pirate Festival, which promises to be a swashbucklin' good time. There will be music, there will be crafts and there will be swordfights (obviously). Also not to miss are the ventriloquist Captain Jack Spareribs (c'mon, you're curious), musical troupe the Seadogs, the dueling Privateers of the Dauntless and the singing vixens Queen Anne's Revenge.
Oh yeah, and it's free.
If you're not so much into the free love attitude that San Francisco embodies, if you hear the word "harmony" and automatically want to leave this page, hold on just a sec. While the prime focus of this weekend's Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa does encompass art, green living, ecology and spirituality "from the roots up," there's a whole lot more going on than just that.
A stay at Santa Cruz's newest luxury B&B, the elegant seaside West Cliff Inn, just got even sweeter. Beginning this week, guests can take advantage of the "Summer Fun in the Sun" deal, which offers free access to the nearby Santa Cruz Boardwalk and many of its offerings. This includes unlimited rides all day long, such as a spin on the famed Giant Dipper wooden coaster, and admission to one of two attractions, like Desperados, an interactive old Western saloon, or the laser tag arena.
One of Sonoma's more contemporary wineries, Roshambo--named for the popular childhood game--will host its signature event, the annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship, this Saturday, June 6. There will be wine, there will be fun, there will be RoShamBo, but, most importantly, there will be a $1,700 prize.
Last year, the talent pool included 256 competitors and hundreds of spectators from as far away as Sydney, Tazmania, Toronto, Tokyo, D.C. and New York. Many contest-goers don inventive and zany costumes, not unlike Bay to Breakers.
No one expected the concept of Twitter--keeping others posted on what you're doing, where you're going, who you're doing it with in 140 characters or less? who cares?!--to explode quite like it did. But since its conception, everyone from global tycoons to celebrities to our President has joined the highly addictive social media site. Personally, we prefer to use Twitter to find out what's going on around San Francisco; thus, we give you our 10 Bay Area Tweets worth the follow.
June's just around the corner, signaling summer's approach, and even though San Francisco may not have gotten the memo judging by this weekend's weather alone, we've been making the best of the extended sunlight hours. Here are some of our favorite outdoor activities easily doable in a single afternoon.
1. Up, up and away! In our opinion, there's no better way of getting a taste of the Bay than from a bird's perspective. Hop on board the Airship Ventures' blimp Zeppelin and cruise from Moffett Field over to the North Bay and back again.
Another three-day weekend and you're left without plans (and quite possibly, money, too). What to do? Where to go? How to do it? Lucky for you, the Bay Area is hardly void of cheap-and-easy thrills. Here are some ideas simple enough to plan with a moment's notice.
Surf lessons at Bolinas Beach. Learn to ride the waves at one of the Bay Area's more popular--not to mention, taxing--surf spots. Lessons and classes are a dime a dozen at outfitters like 2 Mile Surf Shop. You might even spot some of us 7x7 staffers hanging out on land having a barbeque, too!
Where might you find the likes of Joe Cocker, Shelby Lynne, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Ziggy Marley, Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak, all wrapped up in one pretty package and presented to you this Memorial Day weekend? Why, the annual Sonoma Jazz Fest, of course!
Beginning on Thursday and lasting through Sunday, jazz and country acts will take center stage at downtown Sonoma's Field of Dreams, which seats 3,800. In its fifth year, the Sonoma Jazz Festival stands apart from other musical events of its kind by including some of Wine Country's most celebrated chefs and vintners.
In Northern California, Sonoma and Napa Counties get all the buzz. But what about their southern little sister, Paso Robles, which has often been considered the next wine country destination by oenophiles from far and wide? Even if you're not already heading that direction for this weekend's 27th annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, may we suggest you add this pleasant region to your list of summer travels? (Just be sure, you pronounce it right: That's PAS-oh ROH-buls to you.) Here's how we recommend passing the time in Paso.