Carnaval San Francisco in the Mission May 26th – 27th

Photo by Flickr user realcereal
Carnaval San Francisco:

Mission District
Harrison St. between 16th and 24th St.
Saturday, May 26th – Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Come celebrate with us at the 40th annual Carnaval San Francisco! The 2018 Grand Parade will be held on May 27th at 9:30am. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. The 2–day festival will be held May 26th and May 27th on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy.


Art and Wine Festival at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek June 2nd & 3rd

Art and Wine Festival:

Heather Farm Park
Walnut Creek
Saturday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Art & Wine 2018 will continue to feature top-quality, non-stop local and Bay Area music and entertainment for the entire family, distinctive hand-made crafts and works of art from more than 200 artisans, award-winning local and regional wines and microbrews, ethnic and traditional festival food, the Premium Wine Tent, the delightful Festival Train (a longtime family favorite), and the Kids Zone.


Kids N Cribs Opens in Pleasant Hill

1741 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill

Thanks to a reader for sending word and photo that the baby and kids furniture store Kids N Cribs opened in Pleasant Hill. They also have a Dublin location.

From their website:

Our Pleasant Hill Baby & Kids Furniture Store has over 4,000 sq ft of the best quality baby & kids furniture to be found in Northern California. With more than 30 baby cribs and a large selection of popular kids furniture including twin beds, full beds, bunk beds, loft beds on display with coordinating dressers, you’re likely to find a style or design to meet your family’s needs.


Makers Market Craft Fair at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek May 26th

Makers Market Craft Fair:

Broadway Plaza
Walnut Creek
Saturday, May 26th, 2018
10:00am – 5:00pm | Free

Happy May Friends! Come shop our Walnut Creek craft fair and soak up the sun. Visit this highly curated craft fair in the beautiful shopping center of Broadway Plaza.

Come shop 20+ local artists (jewelers, candles, organic body, home goods, apparel, artwork, glass, succulents) while listening to live music out in the Plaza and then enjoy spirits and bites (in our new store at 1254 Broadway Plaza)


Batch & Brine Opening June 4th in Lafayette

3602 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Late last year we learned that a new restaurant called Batch & Brine would be coming to Lafayette where Swad Indian Cuisine used to be and they are planning to officially open on June 4th according to their Facebook page. Check out their Instagram gallery here. According to this Oakland magazine article the owner operators come from Hubcaps, Broadericks Roadhouse, Mel’s and other restaurants. In addition to burgers there will be a brunch menu, 20 beers on tap (+ wine and cocktails), and something I look forward to, house-made pastrami sandwiches!

The vertical living garden walls spaced throughout the exterior looks amazing; this is going to be a great addition to Lafayette.


Bebe Neuwirth at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek May 30th

Bebe Neuwirth:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
7:00 – 8:30pm | $65 – $100

Emmy and Tony Award Winning Actress, Bebe Neuwirth is best known for her role as Dr. Lilith Sternin on the hit television Sitcom Cheers and its spin–off Frasier (two Emmy Awards). She is also synonymous with long running Broadway revival of Chicago, creating the role of Velma Kelly in 1996 (Tony Award) before returning to the show in 2006 as Roxie Hart and then again in 2014 portraying Mama Morton, making Neuwirth the first person to play three separate characters at three different times during a single Broadway run. Her other leading Broadway roles include Nickie in Sweet Charity (Tony Award) and Morticia Addams in The Addams Family opposite Nathan Lane. Most recently, Ms. Neuwirth completed a three year run playing the role of Nadine Tolliver in the CBS drama Madame Secretary.