5 Best Things to Do This Week: Aug 5–11

Outside Lands


Outside Lands

Since its inception in 2008, Outside Lands has been a model of smart music festival growth. And it’s not regional loyalty talking here, there’s a lot of things that make Outside Lands standout in the vast ocean of music festivals. In fact, simply calling it a music festival seems dismissive. With a famed gourmet food and drink selection, it can easily be classified as a gastronomic event, and many of Marin’s eateries will be making an appearance, including fare from: Pacific Catch, El Huarache Loco, Wise Sons, The Farmer’s Wife, Johnny Doughnuts, Three Twins, DeLoach Vineyards and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. Get the details in our guide to Marin eating at Outside Lands.

This year (yet again) Outside Lands offers up an element that enhances all the others — Grass Lands, a Town Square that focuses on the celebration, education, and integration of cannabis products into daily life. Be on the lookout for updates on this: Marijuana could be sold legally by vendors at this year’s festival if a permit can be issued in time. If the permit is approved by the city, it would be the first time the sale and consumption of marijuana would be allowed at a festival in San Francisco.

San Rafael Wine

San Rafael Art and Wine Festival

Located on the 11-acre grounds of the historic 1888 Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Cultural Center, the festival is taking place this Saturday and is set to feature live music, wine tasting from regional wineries, beer tasting from local breweries, arts and crafts from local and far artists alike, a festive food truck selection and more. Admission to the event is free. Attendees wishing to participate in the wine and beer sampling may purchase on-site tickets for $30 on site or advance tickets for $25 via the website. Participants will receive a wristband and a tasting glass. Ticket sales on the day of the event will be cash only. Food from food trucks is purchased separately.

Those Dancin Feet

Those Dancin’ Feet

This award-winning event, featuring world class talent from Broadway and beyond, is set amongst the vineyards of wine country and begins with two and a half hours of pre-show picnicking, music and wine on the property where Jack London wrote many of his famous books. The evening culminates in a Broadway experience under the stars in the breathtaking open-air winery ruins of the park — a spectacular location that was named by USA Today’s 10Best as the #2 Outdoor Concert Venue You Shouldn’t Miss in the U.S. Those Dancin’ Feet’ is a festive celebration of what Transcendence does best — whirling through a montage of dance, you’ll be swept through an explosion of movement, music and rhythm.


Sports Basement BrewFest: Novato

Sports Basement is hosting its 6th Annual BrewFest presented by The North Face. Come out on Sunday, August 11th from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sports Basement Novato for unlimited tastings from local breweries such as Dr. Hops Kombucha Beer, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Lagunitas, and Fort Point. The fun doesn’t end with beer — there will be tasty treats, music, and a commemorative, reusable cup to take home. Drink Local. Buy Local. Majority of ticket proceeds goes back to support Marin Humane.

Bay Parade

Bay Parade

Celebrate the Baykeeper’s 6th annual Bay Parade on Sunday, August 11th, when boaters, rowers, swimmers, kayakers, and paddle boarders for a day of celebration and fun on the water. Over 200 participants unite to support Baykeeper’s mission for a clean and healthy San Francisco Bay. The Bay Parade grand finale will be broadcast live from McCovey Cove on the San Francisco Giants Jumbotron and festivities will continue on-shore at the Bay Parade after party. 100% of proceeds benefit San Francisco Baykeeper’s work to stop pollution in the Bay.

All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.

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