Getting to Greece takes a long time. It’s a hard and fast fact, and one that is apt to frustrate given the number of marvelous things that Greece has to offer to prospective visitors. For those of us unable to take two weeks off of work and spend $2,000 on plane tickets, there has been nothing for us except to drown our miseries in kalamata olives and grape leaves. That is, until now. Greece will come to San Francisco in festival form towards the end of September, enlivening everyone’s first few days of fall, and providing visitors with unforgettable food, drinks, and entertainment.
Veggies…where would we be without them? Probably comatose on our couches, wasted from energy depletion, and steadily packing on the pounds. Fortunately, vegetables are here and just waiting for us to eat them! In honor of our leafy greens, some of the folks down in Sonoma County have put together the Sonoma County VegFest. Now in its 5th year, the annual event is more than just a promotion of healthy food choices. It is also a gathering of individuals committed to pursuing sustainable living, environmental preservation, and compassion towards all living things.
According to many, the American contribution to the world musical scene crests and plateaus with the blues. Although this part of its heritage is often brushed over in favor of gentler stories from its multifaceted past, the blues are easily traced back to songs sung by slaves working under inhumane conditions predominantly in the southern states. These songs also form part of a rich tradition of music sung throughout the numerous regions of Africa, so “the blues” as we know them today are truly a fascinating result of sonic evolution. Today, these songs of loss, love, and despair have won the hearts of people from throughout the globe, and this is evidenced not only by the numerous bands dedicated simply to performing this type of music but also by the numerous festivals held with the blues at their core.
Time to add another event to your already bursting calendar of not-to-miss activities happening throughout the Bay Area this summer! Considered by many to be one of the first multicultural extravaganzas where numerous different heritages are celebrated, the Nihonmachi Street Fair is an event where many facets and qualities of several different backgrounds are celebrated, with the primary focus on the trifecta of Asian-Pacific American life.
As one of the largest music festivals in the country, Outside Lands considers itself to be one of the most exciting and expansive events in the festival landscape. Even calling in a music festival is to limit the wide variety of events to one thing when, in fact, Outside Lands includes art exhibitions, public lectures, stand up comedy, and so much more.
Germans are well known for their love of festivals. The best known of these is, of course Oktoberfest, but there are numerous others, no less thrilling, that have the misfortune of often being overshadowed by their wildly popular (and wildly mischievous) autumnal cousin. One of the other best loved German festivals is Sommerfest, and this joint German/Austrian celebration of summer, long days, and warm nights will be coming to the Bay Area on July 15th!
If you’ve spent any time on this blog, then you know that there are two things that we love more than almost anything else: film festivals and cultural events. This being the case, it will come as no surprise that for this entry, we are excited to highlight an upcoming event that merges both of our passions into one not-to-be-missed event. What could it be? Why, the 38th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!
Bodybuilding. 40 years ago, it was an oddity. 20 years ago, an amusing thing for people like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today? An obsession, a lifestyle, a path to happiness for millions of people across the globe. It helps that the designation of “bodybuilding” no longer just applies to those who put on pounds of rippling muscle. Now, while that pursuit certainly still applies to many within the bodybuilding community, there are much more people exploring alternative ways of getting—and keeping—in shape: from powerlifting to jiu-jitsu, the practice is so much more than thigh-sized biceps and bulging veins.
One of the best parts about the summer—aside from the warm weather, the cool water, and the long days—are the county fairs. Almost all of us have been to more than one, and that smell of hay, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and hot metal emanating from the ancient looking rides can easily take us on a Proustian revel through our own lost time. If this sounds familiar to you, and if you long to experience it all once again, then no time is better than the beginning of July. Why? Because that’s when the Marion County Fair comes to the Bay Area!
Wine: it is a constant feature of this blog. We love it, and we suspect that you might feel the same way. One of the greatest things about the Bay Area is its proximity to some of the best vineyards in this hemisphere. With Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley so close at hand, the finest wines crafted by some of the finest vintners is available to us. With such a plethora of marvelous wine choices, the difficulty comes in trying to narrow down the search for the wine that is truly your perfect palate match. This is why events such as the 2018 Oakland Wine Festival are so essential: they give you the opportunity to experience many different wines at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase that many bottles.