Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.
GET YOUR FESTIVAL FIX HERE – Now in its 12th year, this summer’s annual Outside Lands Music Festival will take place August 9-11 and spotlight Paul Simon, Childish Gambino and The Lumineers, among others. Always forward-thinking, the Golden Gate Park event will also offer TED-like D.A.V.E. talks (Discussions About Virtually Everything) and a curated cannabis experience in a special area called Grass Lands.
EAT EVERYTHING HERE – Head to The Midway in SF’s Dogpatch neighborhood on August 24 for Eat Drink SF, where you can opt for the daytime session ($120, 12-3:30pm) or the evening soirée ($120, 7-10:30pm). Both feature food, wine, and spirits from some of the Bay Area’s world-class chefs and restaurants. Catch super-fresh seafood from chef Rowena Rillo of Pacific Catch, dishes from Michelin-starred Spruce and artisanal ice cream from Salt & Straw co-founder Tyler Malek.
SEEK INSPIRATION HERE – Over Labor Day weekend (Saturday, August 31 to Monday, September 2), escape the city and check out the Sausalito Art Festival at Marinship Park. This celebration of fine art, music, food, wine and technology features over 260 artists from 41 states and 12 countries. The festival will also feature 19 bands over the three days including the Sun Kings, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Blues Traveler.
CELEBRATE WOODSTOCK HERE – Whether you remember Woodstock or just love the music of the era, this 3-Day Woodstock Concert Celebration in Concord delivers some top notch tributes to the festival’s past performers. Each night from Friday, August 15 to Saturday, August 17, bands will perform throwback ‘60s hits, from Carlos Santana-inspired Latin and blues to Jefferson Airship and Jimi Hendrix.
CRUISE CLASSIC CARS HERE – On Sunday, August 18, make a pit stop at the 69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a world-renowned collector car competition that first launched in 1950. Competing automobiles are judged for their style, technical merit, history, originality and the accuracy of their preservation or restoration. Spend the day exploring the Show Field and cruise through manufacturer displays; judging takes place in the morning and awards are handed out from 1-5:30pm. Grab tickets for $375 before prices go up on August 1.
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY HERE – This is no typical vineyard visit. Head to Truett Hurst Winery in Healdsburg for the Honoré Fifth Annual Harvest, where participants of all ages will harvest, thresh, winnow and mill grain by hand while being served coffee and fresh-baked pastries against a background live music. After the harvest, everyone will be served an epic, picturesque on-farm lunch.