Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge


More perfect sunny days are predicted for the East Bay this weekend, and there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy them. Following are three things luring us eastward at the moment:

2nd Annual Bay Area BBQ Championship Held at the Oakland Coliseum, in conjunction with the A's/Mariners game on Saturday, this is a serious cook-off. There's a beer and BBQ pairing, a BBQ sauce competition and contests for the best BBQ chicken, pork rib, pork, and brisket. Thirty-five pro teams from restaurants around the Bay and 25 amateur teams will be competing for top honors. A $33 entry fee gets you admission to the BBQ, 5 tasting/attraction tickets, plus a ticket to the ball game. Proceeds go to benefit local foster youth.

Temescal Street Fair - Oakland's hippest neighborhood hosts its annual street fair this Sunday. In addition to plenty of good food from the neighborhood’s popular restaurants, the fair will feature live music on four different stages, and three blocks of vendor booths including local artists, boutiques, and craftspeople. And don’t forget about Temescal Street Cinema  running every Friday this summer – the free outdoor movie series showcases the work of local film and video artists and continues through July 19th.

Goats in the Park Each summer the East Bay Regional Parks District brings in a few local goat herds to roam the hillsides and clear brush and weeds. It's a cheap way to clear brush without having to do controlled burns in a high fire-risk area, but for park visitors it's just a super charming addition to a weekend hike. The goats are currently roaming Redwood Regional—and excellent hiking park in the Oakland Hills--and Shepherd Canyon Park, an ideal spot for a picnic on the outskirts of Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood.


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