Samba dancers at Stern Grove Festival / Courtesy of Stern Grove

Outdoor concerts and all that jazz! A sure sign that summer is mostly happening this year; Stern Grove Festival is back, baseball is in full swing, and BottleRock Napa Valley (Sept. 3-5) is a go. All eyes are on the revamped Club Fugazi. After 45 years as home to Beach Blanket Babylon, a new high-flying, trapeze-swinging, top caliber production is moving in this fall. (Events are subject to change.)  

JULY 

Through August 29
Stern Grove Festival

Beloved 84th annual outdoor music event fills summer Sundays with a program of 10 free concerts set in the natural eucalyptus grove amphitheater. Begins June 20. sterngrove.org

Throughout July and August
San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park

A full schedule of home games are back this summer. Watch the Giants take on the Cardinals, Nationals, Dodgers, Padres, Athletics, Phillies, and Brewers—all before Labor Day. mlb.com/giants

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Frank Family Vineyards | Red, White and Moo

Frank Family Fourth of July BBQ Bash / Courtesy of Frank Family

Jack Arnold, BBQ Specialist and Backyard Pitmaster, hosts a virtual American Wagyu beef backyard cooking demonstration on the winery’s 28th anniversary. On hand to guide the pairings are Proprietor Leslie Frank, Winemaker Todd Graff, and Hospitality Director Liam Gearity. Fourth of July BBQ Bash

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Fireworks and Parades

Set off at 9:30 p.m. from two San Francisco Bay locations: from the end of Municipal Pier and from barges in front of Pier 39, usually the nation’s foggiest fireworks display. More fireworks at the Berkeley Marina at 9:35 p.m. and a parade in Downtown Novato at 1 p.m.

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Napa Meets the Runway

Showcasing four emerging San Francisco luxury fashion designers plus a private trunk show. Carriage House at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. bit.ly/3yLNNEK

8-10, 16-17, and 23-24
Feinstein’s at the Nikko

Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway stars bring talent and glamour to this month’s lineup at the live entertainment supper club. Liz Callaway, Natalie Douglas, and Lillias White are poised to bring the (intimate) house down. feinsteinssf.com   

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SFJAZZ

Banda Magda will perform at SFJAZZ Image: Shervin Lainez

Banda Magda: Exploring the World performs music sung in six languages in the Family Matinee Broadcasts, a monthly online Sunday series that encourages audience participation by young listeners. sfjazz.org 

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RH Wine Vault Vintner Spotlight Series

RH Yountville. Image: The Truth Group

A monthly Friday series for private parties of 2 to 6 guided by the winemaker/owner of small, celebrated labels. At the historic vault in Yountville. July 16: Mary Novak, Spottswoode. August 20: David Arthur. exploretock.com/rhwinevault

16-25
Festival Napa Valley

Dedicated to a love of art, wine, and hospitality, the 10-day festival returns with Jennifer Hudson headlining an outstanding series of premieres, patron dinners, vintners luncheons, chamber works,  symphony concerts, opera, and solo recitals. festivalnapavalley.org 

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Napa Porchfest

Pretty Victorians are the backdrop. Front porch to front porch, local bands perform for strolling spectators in this free, nonprofit musical crawl through Old Town. A favorite summertime tradition since 2011. napaporchfest.org 

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Grand music in outdoor settings. Outdoor concert features Grammy Award-winner Paul McCandless with the celebrated Bay Area trio, Charged Particles. 2:30 p.m. 

AUGUST

 

 

10 – Sept. 5
Hamilton at Orpheum Theater

Strictly limited four-week engagement. hamilton.broadwaysf.com

10-13
Monterey Car Week Highlights

Carmel-by-the-Sea turns 18 blocks of Ocean Avenue into an all-day vehicle parade on the 10th. Pebble Beach Motoring Classic arrives at Casa Palmero at approximately 4:30 p.m. on the 11th. Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance presented by Rolex takes over the 17-Mile Drive all morning on the 12th. And on the 13th, a garden party for motoring enthusiasts at Quail Lodge & Golf Club. whatsupmonterey.com/article/activities/monterey-car-week-overview

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Rare and antique automobiles are lined up and down the hallowed fairway at the 18th hole in competition in a one-of-a-kind beauty contest. A tradition since 1950, it’s the culmination of Monterey Car Week. pebblebeach.com/events/concours-delegance

14-15
Fine Art in the Park

More than 100 juried California artists displaying paintings, sculptures, textiles, wood and glass work, and jewelry for sale over two days. Plus music, food, beer, wine under the redwoods at Lincoln Park, Los Altos. rotaryartshow.com

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Second Annual Bay Area Latin Jazz Festival

Headliner Bobi Céspedes; seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist, John Santos; Latin Jazz Collective with John Nava; René Escovedo Latin Jazz Sextet; Latin Rhythm Boys; Ricky’s Grupo Afro Latino; MC & DJ, radio personality, Luis Medina. Presented by Montuno Productions at Rowell Ranch, Carmel Valley. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. bayarealatinjazzfestival.com

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The Fifth Dimension | Yoshi’s Oakland

It’s “Up, Up, and Away” with the famous R&B group born in the 60s. “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” and other massive hits earned them 14 gold records, six platinum, six Grammy Awards and the Hall of Fame. 7 p.m. bit.ly/3oUuRPq

21 – 22 & 28 – 2
Blue Note Napa

Taj Mahal, the legendary blues Hall of Fame artist performs in four shows; the following weekend, it’s four more sets of smooth jazz from Dave Koz and Friends. Live in concert outdoors at Charles Krug Winery in Saint Helena. bluenotenapa.com

Stern Grove Festival continues, Sundays through Aug. 29
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