Fun Things To Do This Fall

NORTH BAY

San Francisco For Moms and Dads only

Eat Drink SF, August 24-26. Yum, yum, yum. Like to eat? Like to explore new beverages? This weekend celebrates 10 years of San Francisco's most elite restaurants. This foodie festival at Fort Mason will spin your head and numb your tongue as you walk from booth to booth tasting and sipping the best the city has to offer. Discover a new favorite SF restaurant or lounge. Try a new flavor. We recommend fasting the night before and wearing your stretchy pants.

Eat Drink SF  was founded by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association in 2009 to honor the Bay Area’s world-class restaurant community. Each year, more than 150 restaurants participate in the festival's signature Grand Tasting sessions throughout the weekend.  With more than 8,500 attendees, Eat Drink SF provides an opportunity for top area chefs to connect directly with enthusiastic food lovers. Guest tickets, which run $129 and up, include all food and beverage tastes from more than 30 different restaurants featured at each Grand Tasting (restaurants change at every session) as well as over 70 bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries. 

Interactive activities, a main culinary stage, and wine education programming enhance the indulgent experience. Eat Drink SF 2018 begins with its kickoff party Taco Knockdown on August 24 at The Pearl event center (601 19th St.)  Four signature Grand Tasting sessions –two evening and two afternoon sessions– follow throughout the weekend August 24 - 26 at Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center at 2 Marina Blvd. See www.eatdrink-sf.com for tantalizing details and tickets.  

Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco presents The Feast Featuring Whole Fire Roasted Meats and Large Format Wine & Spirits. September 6 and October 7, 6 p.m. This successful event,  The Feast at Alexander’s Steakhouse in the SoMa neighborhood,  is a dramatic culinary experience offering fire roasted, whole-meat and fish dining in a communal setting served family-style. Exclusive fine wine and spirits including bourbon and scotch will all be served in large formats and free poured for an additional cost.  This unique meal will be executed with the highest standards of fine dining service in the restaurant’s private and intimate Wine Library. 

The event will include an interactive experience with Executive Chef Marc Zimmerman who will host guests throughout the evening sharing cooking techniques and special ingredients used to create the one-of-a-kind meal. Guests are encouraged, but not required to dress for fittingly for the occasion to enhance and bring the experience to life. Location: Alexander’s Steakhouse (SoMa)  448 Brannan Street. Tickets: $120 for food and $80 for drinks per person. Tickets required and are limited: https://www.exploretock.com/alexanderssanfran/experience/25884/the-feast. For more information visit https://www.alexanderssteakhouse.com/sanfrancisco/ or call 415.495.1111.  Also connect on @aleandersteakhouse.sf and #TheBIGASHFeast.

San Francisco
Museum of Ice Cream extends stay until September 3.  On the heels of winning TWO Webby Awards for Best Overall Social Presence and honored as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies for Live Events, Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco is thrilled to announce another three-month extension through summer with new tickets on sale this week! At Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco, the possibilities are endless, from recently new installations Mint Jungle and Carnival to the iconic Sprinkle Pool, visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a land of self-discovery, a place where dreams become reality!  Tickets for the extension are on sale, spanning new dates from May 30th-September 3rd, available online only  Museum of Ice Cream is open Wednesday-Monday and tickets include numerous tastings and in-house treats available exclusively at the San Francisco location! Tickets are $38/person (children 2 and under are free) and are available in advance online only. Location: One Grant Avenue. Purchase tickets at www.museumoficecream.com

Sonoma County For Moms and Dads Only

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens: Farm-to-Table Dinner Series.   September 8, October 13. The folks at Kendall-Jackson invite food and wine lovers everywhere to their estate to enjoy an open-air feast under long tables out in the garden where the food is grown.  Listen to live music, enjoy appetizers such as cheese and oysters, and taste the wine. Dessert and coffee included.  Grounds are so lovely you will feel like you are in a movie.   Tickets for wine club members $125; non-wine club members $175. Book early for tickets.  Location: 5007 Fulton Rd., Fulton. Phone 866.287.9818. See www.kj.com  and https://www.kj.com/events/farm-table-dinner-series

EAST BAY

Emeryville
Head West Marketplace.  Monthly through December, 11-5.  Bay Street is set to host Head West Marketplace, a monthly market from West Perro, showcasing more than 30 local artisans. From one-of-a-kind clothing to home décor, everyone is invited to support small businesses on this special day. The Head West Marketplace will also feature live music. Head West Marketplace will take place monthly through December.  Location: 5616 Bay Street, Emeryville. Social media: www.facebook.com/BayStreetEmeryville.

Oakland
Oakland Zoo California Trail debuts. This summer and onward. Almost three years since breaking ground and more than two decades in the making, Oakland Zoo’s highly anticipated California Trail opens to the public. The expansion more than doubles the Zoo’s current size from 45 acres to 100 acres. Six (soon to be eight) new native California animal species, each selected for their historical significance to our state and status in the wild, have settled into their new habitats – among the largest in the world and designed under the collaboration of animal behavior experts, wildlife experts, and notable habitat design experts. These species are American buffalo, Black bears, Grizzly Bears, Brown bears, Mountain lions, Jaguars, California condors, Gray wolves and Bald eagles.  The California Trail also includes the interactive California Conservation Habitarium, Conservation Action Tent, California Wilds! Playground based on California’s diverse eco-zones, and Clorox Overnight Experience ‘safari-style’ campground. 

California Trail is accessed by 24 eight-passenger open-air gondolas - ADA-accessible, and all-electric - custom-made by Austrian-Swiss Company, Doppelmayer. The gondolas transport guests on a four-minute ride up and over the rolling hills of Knowland Park to the California Trail site from the main Zoo. There, at 650 feet above sea-level, the gondolas arrive at the 3-story Kaiser Permanente Visitor Center, which houses The Landing Cafe, a floor-to-ceiling glass-walled 176-seat restaurant serving artisan menu items not available elsewhere in the Zoo. An observation deck at the restaurant provides panoramic views of six Bay Area counties. Guests can enjoy chef-inspired cuisine while taking in breathtaking views. California Trail represents $70 million out of an $81 million multi-phase Zoo development, 85% of which has been raised through private donors and Zoo operations. 

California Trail brings to life the rich natural history of California in a whole new way.  Designed to be more like a wild animal park, California Trail will feature the state's historic and iconic animal species in large exhibits, including grey wolves, grizzly bears, jaguars, mountain lions, bald eagles, California condors, black bears, and American bison. Through the California Trail experience, Oakland Zoo presents a dynamic and inspiring story about finding balance in how we steward our state's natural legacy. Interactive features along the Trail will help to complete the animals' stories with a vision for their healthy future in the wild and opportunities for you to help them thrive.   Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. See www.californiatrail.org for details. 

PENINSULA 

Palo Alto
Second Sundays for Families at the Anderson Collection, Stanford University.  Sept. 9, 11-4 p.m. The Anderson Collection offers family activities every Second Sunday of the month in collaboration with the Cantor Arts Center! The museum offers short family focused museum tours at 12:30pm, hands-on art activities outside and inside, and Art Boxes to check out for drawing in the galleries. Come back every month for different themes, activities, and art.  Also, the museum is proud to present the first paper family guide that brings you through the galleries for games, coloring, and close looking. Designed by Indya McGuffin '19, the Anderson Collection's most recent design intern.  See www.anderson.stanford.edu for details.

SOUTH BAY

San Jose
Music in the Park. August. Check out the latest music craze with concerts galore. Buy tickets now to see rhythm and blues, reggae, Latin rock, and more.  All of it takes place downtown this summer.  Get your tickets now.  See www.sjdowntown.com for details and prices. 


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