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.
Go ahead and let out a big sigh of relief - it's Friday! And better still, the weather is feeling good and there are loads of activities around the Bay Area to keep you entertained this weekend. Here are our picks:
Pop Noir is an enormous art auction and fundraiser benefiting Southern Exposure, a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting arts education. It's taking place this Saturday at Electric Works, and is sure to be a good time.
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.
Oh boy, this could be trouble. Saturday marks the return of Modern Economy (one of our favorite events) to Fort Mason's Conference Center. Started by Meg Mateo Ilasco in 2006, Modern Economy sales provide an outlet for independent designers from all over the US to sell their samples and overstocked goods at up to 80% off the retail price, all under one roof.
1. Stock your holiday pantry with a visit to Cheese Plus—they’ve got panettone, Stilton, mince pies and Nordic glögg aplenty, perfect for whatever wintry celebration you have planned. For more information, visit cheeseplus.com
2. On December 24 Incanto will be hosting the annual Feast of the Seven Fishes, a four-course all-seafood menu that is the traditional Italian meal served the night before Christmas. The price is $55, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverage, call 415-641-4500 to book your spot. For more information, visit incanto.biz