August 4-8, Northern California Events and Festivals

Northern California Farmers MarketStockton – Wednesday August 4th, 2010 at 6:00pm – Concert in the Park

The City of Stockton Community Services Department presents the annual series in partnership with the Stockton Musician’s Association. Spend an evening in the Victory Park (Pershing & Argonne) with your favorite person, a picnic supper, and some great music as the Concert in the Park series continues for the 57th year! Every Wednesday beginning June 9 – August 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(209)937-8119

Oakdale – Thursday, August 5, 2010 – Farmer’s Market

New produce vendors this year include Windy Hill Farms of Waterford and Hickman Chicks. A number of community groups will once again have displays, and other businesses will also have booths with their goods. Another first time offering will include artists displaying their work at the market. And entertainment will be featured each week.

Lodi – Thursday, August 5, 2010 – Farmer’s Market

Downtown Lodi – School Street – Time: 5 p.m. The Downtown Certified Farmers Market is the family friendly market held every Thursday evening beginning in June throughout the end of September. Over 25 certified farmers offer an array of fresh produce, wine and flowers. 50 homemade and commercial arts and craft vendors line the streets of downtown attracting over 5,000 attendees each week. An upscale beer and wine garden which showcases local breweries and wineries is located adjacent from the entertainment stage.

Fairfield – Thursday, August 5, 2910 – Farmers Market

The Fairfield Certified Farmers Market is Here! Every Thursday, May 7th to October 1st, 2009, 4:00 – 8:00pm. Downtown Fairfield on Jefferson Street and Texas Street adjacent to the Solano County Government Center Plaza. WEEKLY FEATURES; Fresh Produce, Tree Ripened, Fruits FREE Children’s Arts & Crafts, Shaved Ice, Kettle Korn, Bar-B-Q, and Weekly Musical Entertainment

Dixon – Thursday, August 5, 2010 – Farmers Market

Celebrate the Bounty! The Downtown Dixon Business Association with the help of the City of Dixon brings the Pacific Coast Certified Organic Farmer’s Market to downtown every Thursday starting Thursday, May 20 through mid-September 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Women’s Improvement Club Park next to the Dixon Public Library on the corner of North First and East C Streets.

Cupertino – Thursday August 5, 2010 at 8:30pm – Cinema at Sundown, “The Blind Side”

“The Blind Side” depicts the story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle. Directed by John Lee Hancock, rated PG-13, 128 minutes, 2009. For more information call – 408-777-3200

Movies in the park, Northern CaliforniaPleasanton  – Thursday August 5, 2010 at dusk – Movies in the Park, “Casablanca”

Don’t miss ‘Casablanca’ at Amador Valley Community Park located at 4301 Black Avenue, Pleasanton. This is the classic feature of the summer series, and will play on Thursday, August 5. This 1942 gem is considered one of the finest romantic melodramas ever made. Don’t miss Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains starring in ‘Casablanca’. Rated PG.

Campbell – Thursday August 5, 2010 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Cocktail Monkeys at Orchard City Green, 70 N. 1st Street, Campbell.

The Bay Area-based Cocktail Monkeys covers a wide variety of dance favorite by your favorite music groups. Covering music from the ’60’s through current favorites, their songs range from rock, pop and funk to disco. The Campbell Summer Concert Series is brought to you courtesy of the City of Campbell and is located at 70 N. 1st Street, Campbell. It’s a FREE event, but you can support the Campbell Museum Foundation by purchasing BBQ, hot dogs, polish sausages, chips, cookies, wine, beer, soda and more. Bring a lawn chair with you, if you like, but please leave your pets at home. For more information call 408-866-2105.

http://www.willowglen.org/eventinfo.php?eventid=10913

San Jose – Thursday August 5, 2010 at 6:30 to 8:30pm – Sage; Music in the Glen Concert Series

Beginning their musical quest in 1969, Sage has stayed true to its mission of playing great R&B funk and soul. Over the years, the band has maintained the eight-piece member format for that big, full sound they like to deliver at live performances. Although based in San Jose, it was obvious from the beginning the solid rhythm section and blasting horn section felt the funk and soul influences of the East Bay. This FREE concert takes place in the Quad Area of Willow Glen Elementary School, 1525 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. All food sales will benefit the school and local charities. Sorry, no pets allowed. For more information call 408-978-8234.

Oakdale – Friday nights through August 27th – Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park are FREE to attend and promote a family and friendly environment! Great groups to see and listen to through August 27th, 2010, 630PM -8PM! They are held at Dorada Park (Play Park), behind the Chamber and Community Pool, A Street and 2nd Avenue, Oakdale, CA. The following are scheduled for 2010:

  • August 6th – Oakdale Community Band (Instrumental)
  • August 13th – Fabulous Blue Notes (Jump, Swing and Rock & Roll)
  • August 20th – JMZ (Country Classic Rock)
  • August 27th – Steadfast Heart (Contemporary Christian Rock/Praise).

Contact the Chamber for more information (209) 847-2244

Sunnyvale – Friday August 6, 2010 ­- Capoeira Show

Capoeira combines elements of martial arts and dance, and is of Afro-Brazilian origin. Capoeira of San Jose performs a show each Friday night at Senzala Brazilian Restarant, 250 E. Java Drive, Sunnyvale.This is a great way to connect and learn about the Brazilian community while being entertained during a delicious dinner. For more info call-408-734-1656. No cover

San Jose – Friday through Tuesday,August 5th-9th –  Circus Vargas

Family Entertainment at its finest… Circus Vargas 2010!  The quintessential coupling of traditional acts and modern concepts, a production par excellence! Join us for what is sure to be one of the most enjoyable and memorable editions of Circus Vargas to date, an ingenious mélange of unparalleled artistry and comical relief…. a welcome diversion from the everyday doldrums. A Recipe for Fun! Circus Vargas blends an elegant display of strength, speed, grace and dexterity with an overall ambiance of humor, foolishness, and drollery! Mix in a little sawdust, some spotlights, beautiful music, and the intimacy and excitement of the Big Top and you have the magic recipe…Circus Vargas 2010. Tickets $15.00 – $45.00

Campbell – Friday August 6, 2010 at 8:30pm – Sundown Cinema; The Princess Bride

Sundown Cinema is pleased to present, by very popular demand, The Princess Bride (1987). Combining comedy, adventure, and romance, this film, with an amazing cast directed by Rob Reiner, has become a cult classic. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Movies will be shown outdoors in the parking lot next to Orchard Valley Coffee near the corner of E. Campbell Ave. and Central Ave. Start times for each movie will depend on when the sun sets. Shows usually begin between 8 and 9pm, once it’s dark enough to see the film. Don’t forget to bring a chair and a blanket! No alcoholic beverages and no smoking, please.

San Carlos – Friday August 6, 2010 at 6pm-8pm – E-Ticket Band: San Carlos Summer Concerts

The E-Ticket Band is a popular six-piece rock & roll dance band that has been entertaining folks throughout the SF Bay Area since 1985, mixing upbeat dance tunes that bring back fond memories. They cover the spectrum of rock & roll music done by the original artists- from Sam & Dave to Tom Petty, and everywhere in between adding our own grooves that gets their fans up and dancing. The E-Ticket Band plays rock & roll powered by a love of the music – it is popular, exciting, danceable, memorable, and best of all, fun! FREE Entertainment! Gather with friends and family and enjoy a picnic dinner in the park (sorry, no BBQ’s). Located in Burton Park, 900 Chestnut Street, San Carlos, call for more info-650-802-4382

Pleasanton – Friday August 6, 2010 at 7pm-8:30pm – Top Secret: Concert in the Park

Top Secret has been performing their blend of pop, Motown and R&B at major hotels, casinos, and private venues for the past four years. Their music is a collection of popular dance hits from the past four decade, and their goal is to get you dancing! This FREE concert is located at the Lions Wayside Park, First Street & Neal Street, Pleasanton, call for information at 925-484-2199.

Redwood City  – Friday August 6, 2010 at 6pm-8pm – Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums: Music on the Square 2010

Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit are a high-energy jump-blues, vintage jazz band with a little boogie woogie thrown in. They put on a great show. Dubbed ‘Instant Crowd Favorites’ by the San Francisco Blues Festival and ‘Consummate musicians and entertainers’ by New York City’s Lincoln Center, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums shine before a live audience, entertaining folks with their “perfect union of skilled and fueled merry-making.” Downbeat Magazine gives bandleader & co-vocalist Steve Lucky, Carmen and their band 4 Stars, saying “The Rhumba Bums abide by Cab Calloway’s advice: ‘Live what’s in your soul and sing your friggin’ heart out”. Whether the band is rockin’ the blues, jumpin’ or swingin’ them, listen and see why Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums make In Style Magazine’s short list of “coolest bands” around. This FREE concert is located at the Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City, for more information call 650-780-7000.

San Bruno – Friday August 6, 2010 at 6pm – Double Funk Crunch – Summer Concert Series

Double Funk Crunch is a 9 piece party band formed in 1997 to serve corporate, private and public clients who desire fun and entertaining dance music for their events. Originally established as a 70’s disco band, they began to perform regularly at many private events, weddings and corporate parties in addition to their club appearances. DFC’s popularity as well as their fan base has grown significantly and the word is out that they are a high energy, fun, party band that has expanded their repertoire to encompass all types of dance music from Big Band to Smooth Jazz, Latin to Hip-Hop, R&B to Blues, and Disco to Rock. DFC’s music spans 30 years of top dance hits from the 70’s to today! This FREE concert is located at the San Bruno City Park, 1125 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, for more information call – 650-616-7180.

Saratoga -Starting Friday 8/6/10-8/8/10, 8/12/10-8/13/10, 8/21/10-8/22/10, 8/26/10-8/27/10, 9/4-9/5 at 6:40pm– Much Ado About Nothing

Artistic Director Larry Barrott has adapted this comic masterpiece, setting it in the 1940’s, just as “our boys” are arriving home from the war. This production is rich with the music that helped define this age in American history and will feature a live band to support our heroines as they help tell Shakespeare’s great love story with moxie and song. Adapted, but true to Shakespeare’s original, this production is infused with a fresh style and vibrancy that will leave you wanting more. Organized by the Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company, located at Sanborn County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga, call for information – 408-264-3479. Ticket Information: Free $6 parking

Bear Valley Music FestivalBear Valley – through August 15th, 2010 – Bear Valley Music Festival

Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Bear Valley Music Festival will present a variety of music during its seventeen day season that begins Friday, July 30th and runs through Sunday, August 15th.  The Bear Valley Music Festival offers a full symphony orchestra, international soloists, legendary entertainers, and renowned opera stars in a unique mountain setting.   The Festival offers an outdoor musical experience while under the shade of a large 800 seat tent. This week-end;

  • Wednesday August 4th at Broadway Pops, with: Katie Van Kooten & David Gagnon
  • Thursday August 5th at 7:00PM  Mark Aitken, Classical Guitar.
  • Friday August 6th at 7:00PM Bear Valley Festival Orchestra; Di Wu, Piano, Martin, Concerto for 7 winds and Orchestra, Mendelsshon, Symphony #5 Op 107 in D minor, Beethoven, Piano Concerto #5 Op 73 in E Flat.
  • Saturday August 7th at10:00AM Children’s Concert
  • Saturday August 6th at 6:00PM Bear Valley Festival Orchestra – “Night in Old Vienna”
    Waltz night back by Popular Demand. Live Auction!  Don’t miss the fun!
  • Sunday August 8th at 2:00PM  Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, Di Wu, Piano, Mozart, Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Tuesday August 10th at 7:00PM “Wine and Chamber Music”

Clovis – Friday night, August 6th at 5:30 – 9:00pm – North America pole vault championships at Farmers Market

FREE! Track and field fans from around the world make Old Town Clovis their destination for the 13 th Annual North American Pole Vault Championships.  Come early for a good vantage point as top-rated athletes compete right in the middle of Pollasky (and Fourth) Avenue.Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) at 559-298-5774. Also, Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis. Sample fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, grown here in the nation’s finest agricultural region, each in the peak of season!

Lodi – Friday, August 6, 2010 at 5pm-7:30pm – Fusion Friday at Borra Winery

Come and see how well Fusion blends with authentic, refined Mexican cuisine. We are excited to welcome one of Lodi’s newest local restaurants, Revolución 1910 to share a selection of their inspired creations that leave your old chips and salsa in the dust. And there’s nothing like cool jazz on a hot summer night. Bring your sombrero and señorita! Featuring Revolución 1910 with live music by Frankie B Smooth Jazz and Special Guests John & Jessica Ochoa. $12 admission includes appetizers, one glass of wine and souvenir wine glass. Located at Borra Vineyards, 1301 E Armstrong Road, Lodi. Call for more information (209) 368-2446.

Sunnyvale – Saturday August 7, 2010 at 5:30pm-8:30pm – Mark Russo Quartet: Jazz and Beyond Series

Mark Russo is a professional musician performer/writer and teacher graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. His commitment and discipline to music has given him the opportunity and array of woodwinds to include flute, saxophone, clarinet and oboe. This concert is part of Sunnyvale’s Jazz and Beyond Series. Enjoy the cool grooves of great local jazz acts in the newly reopened and enhanced Murphy Avenue area. Organized by the Sunnyvale Downtown Association, located at Murphy Avenue and Washington Avenue, Sunnyvale – call for information at 408-516-7217.

Oakdale – Saturday August 7th at dusk (8:15pm) – Movies Under the Stars

This FREE event is sponsored by The City of Oakdale and presents “Open Season 2” at Cottles Wood Park, 1358 East J Street, Oakdale. For more information call – (209)845-3591

Vacaville – Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 10:00am – International Chili Challenge

This is a sanctioned chili challenge. In addition to the chili challenge you can sit and enjoy vendors, gun fighters display and a variety of musical entertainment.
500 attendees expected. Located at 1 Town Square, Vacaville.

Modesto – Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 6:00pm – X Fest 2010

Ronnie Montrose of Xfest in Northern California

Ronnie Montrose

Chris Ricci Presents is proud to present the Xclamation Festival in Downtown Modesto on Saturday, August 7th, 2010. What is the Xclamation Fest? It is a downtown music and arts festival. Xclamation Fest is now in it’s 12th year. Hundreds of non-profits have gotten involved as a fundraiser and X-Fest creates a large economic boost during the summer in Modesto. . The Xclamation Festival is unlike any other festival of its kind in the United States. The Xclamation Festival features up to 50 bands and performers on 6 separate stages and the World’s Largest Outdoor Disco that utilizes four city blocks. Last year, the Xclamation Festival drew 15,000 people to downtown and features some of the best and most popular touring acts in the country. Tickets $20 in advance, doors open at 6:00pm, entrance is on 11th and J Street Downtown Modesto

Los Gatos – Saturday thru Sunday, 8/7/10-8/8/10 – Fiesta De Artes 2010; Los Gatos Civic Center

Once again, Fiesta de Artes will fill the Civic Center grounds to present the Town of Los Gatos’ one and only art and wine festival. A tradition for over 30 years, the 2009 Fiesta will be the 13th event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos. The Fiesta is the town’s only venue for artisans, vintners, micro-brewers, entertainers and merchants to gather and celebrate with visitors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Fiesta de Artes attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to the historic Town of Los Gatos for two days of music, art, crafts, food and wine. The non-stop entertainment includes live bands, local talent, and over 150 quality vendors. Collectors and first-time visitors alike appreciate each year’s custom-designed commemorative wine glasses that the Kiwanis Club sells to benefit local charities. Located at 110 E Main Street, Los Gatos, call for information at 408-354-6559. Ticket Information: Free

Burlingame – Sat-Sun 8/7/10-8/8/10 at 10am-6pm – Burlingame Artzfest

FREE! Presented by the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and held in the downtown Burlingame Avenue area in Burlingame that consistently draws over 30,000 attendees. This is an all new event that combines all of the favorite festival element, while expanding its reach to offer new vendors and entertainment acts for a full weekend of fun for everyone. This year, in addition to the main stage entertainment, there will also be a community stage with local talent! Fine Artists, Crafts People, Home, Garden & Green Main Stage Entertainment, New Community Stage Entertainment, Gourmet Foods & Beverages, & Children’s Playland! There’s something for everyone at the new ArtzFest. For more information call – 650-344-1735

San Jose – Sunday August 8, 2010 at 3pm – Ivory Winds & Steve Lin, Guitarist – Sunday Showcase Concert

Ivory Winds is composed of pianist Geri Actor and flutist Jan Turnage. Geri Actor is a frequent contributor to several bay area musical groups as a keyboard player, percussionist and violist. Jan Turnage began her music journey at age seven with piano lessons and then flute in sixth grade. Guitarist Steve Lin has performed for audiences throughout the United States, Taiwan and Italy. He is a versatile musician in both solo and ensemble and maintains an extensive repertoire, spanning from the Renaissance to the Romantic. Organized by the Silicon Valley Arts Coalition, this concert will be located at Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N San Pedro Street, San Jose. Call for information at 408-979-0231. Ticket Information: $5 donation.

Sacramento – Saturday thru Sunday, August 7th-8th – 25th Annual Festa Italiana

All Things Italian in Sacramento! Everyone is Italian at Festa Italiana! Experience a trip to Italy without leaving Sacramento. Each year, about 3,500 people from the Italian community gather together for the largest Italian celebration in the Sacramento region and two days of food, music and fun! Festa Italiana is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top Italian Festivals. There is something for the whole family! Festa Italiana boasts great Italian foods, beer, wines, beverages and desserts, all enjoyed while listening to live entertainment by some of the best Italian and local entertainers. Watch performances of BALLIAMO! And I BAMBINI dance groups or get up on stage and dance the night away to live music. There is an extensive marketplace, Italian car show, salami toss, kids’ games and bocce ball. You could even win a trip to Italy! Located at the Croation American Cultural Center, 3730 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. Tickets: Admission $10; kids 15 & under FREE (Free parking), Info Phone: (916) 482-5900.

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