Montalvo Arts Center Food & Wine Classic, Sept. 9, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga;
Sean Penn, Sept. 26, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto
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Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
Theatreworks Silicon Valley New Works
Festival. Aug. 10-19, times vary. The 17th
annual festival features two musicals and two
plays as well as special events. Musicals include
an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and
Prejudice” by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon
and much more. Ticket prices vary. Lucie
Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo
Outside Lands. Aug. 10-12, 11 a.m. to 10
p.m. For three days every summer, Golden
Gate Park transforms from a tranquil resting
spot to one of the country’s most popular
music festivals. Outside Lands presents
food, wine, beer, art and more than 75 diverse
bands. This year includes headliner Janet Jackson,
Beck, Chvrches and Tash Sultana. Tickets
$375-$795. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Fiesta de Artes. Aug. 11-12, Saturday 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate
Los Gatos’ one and only art and wine
festival while enjoying gourmet food, wine,
beer, live music and, of course, the works of
150 artists. Bring the kids, too: A bouncy
castle, fire truck and art projects await. Free.
Civic Center, Los Gatos. 408-395- 8016.
Aloha Festival. Aug. 11-12, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. This two-day fest is a virtual
trip to the Hawaiian Islands—with
no lava in sight. Take in Pacific
Islander music, Polynesian
dance and island cuisine
during the event that
features arts and crafts
exhibits and a special
for kids. Free. San
Mateo County Event
Center, 1346 Saratoga
Drive, San Mateo.
Redwood City Music in
the Park. Through Aug. 22,
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free outdoor
concert series continues to rock the park.
The lineup includes Rock the Heat, Sinister
Dexter, Pacific Soul and Top Shelf. Free. Stafford
Park, 50 King St., Redwood City.
Monterey Car Week. Aug. 17-23, times vary.
This glamorous annual event is a car lover’s
dream. The week kicks off with a classic car
show in Downtown Monterey, followed by
the Porche Monterey Classic, “automobilia”
expo and much more. Ticket prices vary. Multiple
locations in Monterey.
Summer Gathering of Mountain Men. Aug.
18-19, times vary. Take a steam train ride up
the hill and feel transported to the 1830s.
Roam through re-created wilderness encampments,
watch hunters and trappers perfect
their survival skills and dig into a chuckwagon
barbecue. Ticket prices vary. Roaring Camp
Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton.
Cars and Croissants. Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to
noon. Check out exotic cars while mingling
with car enthusiasts during this
monthly gathering along Santana Row.
While there, grab some coffee and, yes,
croissants. Free. Santana Row Boulevard
from Alyssum Lane to Tatum Boulevard,
San Jose. 408/988-3600.
Polynesian Festival and Aloha Outrigger
Races. Aug. 19-20, 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. The annual Polynesian Festival
offers island-style music and Polynesian
dancing, along with a taste of the tropics
including shave ice and other festive
drinks. Also discover the excitement of
outrigger canoe racing; novice and experienced
paddlers are allowed to participate.
Free. Santa Cruz Wharf, 21 Municipal
Wharf, Santa Cruz. 831/420-5270.
Dataprint: Work-in-Progress Installation.
Aug. 21 and 22, 6 p.m. What are the
dangers of data-driven decision making? How
do we protect privacy while fueling innovation?
Amidst a global conversation around the
ethics of data mining and online privacy, Kaimera
Productions present their new project in
this work-in-progress immersive installation/
workshop. Free for Montalvo donors and students.
Tickets $10. Project Space, Montalvo
Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
Jazz on the Plazz. Through Aug. 23, Wednesdays,
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Spend hot
summer nights in Los Gatos honoring Ella
Fitzgerald. An array of jazz artists are providing
their take on iconic singer. Free. Los Gatos
Town Plaza, West Main Street and Santa Cruz
Avenue, Los Gatos. jazzontheplazz.com.
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. Aug. 25-26,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three hundred fine artists
and crafters display their work in booths along
University Avenue during this annual festival.
Be sure to look for the Italian Street Painting
Expo and the Kids’ Art Studio, where
children can create their own masterpieces.
Free. University Avenue, Palo Alto.
Moonlight Train Dinner Party. Aug.
25 and Sept. 15, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Savor a steak dinner followed by a
leisurely train ride aboard vintage
railway cars. The steam
train stops on Bear
Mountain for a campfire,
hot cider and a
sing-along. After riding
the rails, apple pie
and a country and
western band await
you. Tickets $39-
$54. Roaring Camp,
5401 Graham Hill
Road, Fe l t o n .
Festa. Aug. 25-26,
Lady Antebellum, Aug. 16, Shoreline
Amphitheatre, Mountain View