5 Best Things to Do This Week: July 22 – 28
Now in its 20th year, the San Rafael Sunset Criterium has become part carnival, part madhouse, part Thunderdome. It has reached a critical mass of energy that circles among crowds and riders, across announcer and DJ, and through the streets and community, only to feed into the reputation of the next year. The best riders, the best track, the best scene in West Coast cycling.
There are plenty of outdoor screenings all over the San Francisco Bay Area during summer, but only one place where you can watch a movie under the stars on a true island. Bring the whole family, a picnic dinner, and layers (you know by now in the Bay Area how chilly it can get on summer nights, no matter how hot the day is), and come out to Angel Island on Saturday, July 27 for a special screening of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The movie will start at sunset — around 8 p.m. — giving attendees plenty of time to run around Ayala Cove, nosh on candy and popcorn, and enjoy some live entertainment. A return ferry to Tiburon will leave just after the movie ends.
People stroll from porch to porch with family and friends enjoying the sounds of Napa’s musical talent. Mark your calendars and come on out to enjoy live music, friends and beautiful Downtown Napa on Sunday, July 28! Porchfest is a free one day event showcasing Napa musicians playing on some of the finest historic porches in town. Tell your friends, fill your water bottles, grab your beach chairs, slather on the sunscreen and roam from porch to porch to hear some really great local music.
Looking for the perfect way to escape the heat and cool off at the coast this summer in Sonoma County? Come out on July 27th for Fort Ross Festival! Where else can you witness Kashia Pomo ceremonial dancing, learn from Alaska Native craftspeople, and take in traditional Russian performances, all together on the most beautiful stretch of the Sonoma coast? Grab a pint from the Beer Garden and enjoy a day celebrating different cultures. Fort Ross Festival offers fun activities including historic crafts, the famous Fort Ross Beer Garden, and food brought to you by the best of Sonoma County food trucks. Come for the culture and history, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a day outside — there are options for all ages, kids to adults.
Monty Python’s Spamalot, a musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the first musical theatre production in Marin Shakespeare Company’s 30-year history. With book and lyrics by Eric Idle, and music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, the irreverent production includes a search for a shrub and shenanigans set to music with men in tights, uproarious musical numbers, and all out riotous nonsense sure to keep you laughing. Co-creator Terry Jones calls it “terrific good fun”, not to be missed, featuring local talent including veteran actor Jarion Monroe and singer Susan Zelinsky. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre can be chilly on evenings — please bring blankets and jackets. Venue opens one hour before show for picnicking. Beer, wine, soft drinks are available for sale, or bring your own.
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