The 1950s are out and change is in the air. Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a fun musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ’do. This musical will dance its way into your heart when it hits the stage of San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:00pm
Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in pre-WWII Berlin, falls in love with the vivacious Sally Bowles, a singer at the local Kit Kat Klub. Their dream-like romance is tested by the political upheaval that changes their lives dramatically. Even after 50 years, this classic Tony Award-winning musical remains painfully prophetic, reminding us through Sally and the Emcee’s lost souls what horrors humans are capable of, lest we ever forget.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm
Weekends are for relaxing and rejuvenating, and San Francisco Sailing Company offers the perfect way to do that. Climb aboard a sailboat for a two-hour cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, enjoy two complimentary drinks, such as champagne, mimosas, beer, white wine or soda. You’ll depart from Pier 39 at 10:00am, when sailing is the smoothest and warmest. Along the way to Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll cruise past Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina District, Crissy Field and Fort Point. You’ll be right under the Golden Gate Bridge for the 11:00am champagne toast. The return journey through the central bay and around Alcatraz Island will offer magnificent views of the cityfront, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz, Oakland and the Bay Bridge.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
Laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that has already hit 900 breweries across the U.S. More than a dozen New York and Los Angeles-based stand-ups are currently on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. This stop at Off The Rails Brewing Co. in Sunnyvale is set to feature a lineup whose credits include top festivals, TV and major club appearances.
Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Sep 8, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Oct 6, 2019 / 7:30pm
Improv is comedy without a net, where daredevil performers depend not only on the audience for suggestions, but also on their fellow performers for support and Lady Luck for inspiration. Done right, it’s not just hilarious — it’s astonishing. The American Improv Theatre (AIT) Players do it right. Come laugh and marvel as the Players spin entire scenes from suggestions. The show begins with some silly, quick-moving improv games (Think Whose Line Is It Anyway?). Then the Players raise the stakes with longer, more connected scenes so good they seem scripted. But they’re not: Everything that happens at Black Cat Licorice Theater is discovered in the moment.
You’ve seen plays, movies and TV shows, and the one thing they all have in common is … the script. In Closing Night, Fremont’s Made Up Theatre throws the script out the window and makes up a play on the spot, based on a title from the audience. That’s right. It’s an actor’s nightmare, but it’s an improvisor’s delight! Plus, you’ll witness a unique and hilarious format to kick off the show.
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay’s historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet’s Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat — either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / Various Time Slots
Similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this fast-paced short-form improv show plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Laugh Track City is a great opportunity for the cast and audience alike to have a fun and hilarious time at Made Up Theatre.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you’ll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone’s a suspect — including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d’oeuvres followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. Everyone gets a commemorative mug, and the top sleuth wins a prize package — and some serious bragging rights — at the end of the evening.
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 6:00pm
Meredith Wilson’s six-time Tony Award-winning 1957 musical comedy follows smooth-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, who arrives in the tight-knit town of River City planning to con the townspeople, and whose plan is foiled when the stern and skeptical local librarian, Marian Paroo, doesn’t buy his story. As Harold struggles to keep his plan in focus, he slowly falls not just for the librarian, but for the people of the town he had meant to swindle.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
This is your chance to, quite literally, hang out with the coolest cats in town. San Jose’s The Dancing Cat is a creative space for people, and sometimes adoptable cats are able to get in on the human interaction. The space provides a living room-like ambiance where anywhere between seven and 11 lucky cats can wander and play in a cage-free environment. Visitors go there to meet friends, read, study or simply lounge with adoptable cats under a ceiling of colorful paper lanterns. Whether you’re looking to adopt or just like to soak up the cool cat vibe and maybe scratch behind a few furry ears, this is one hour of your time that won’t be wasted.
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 1:00pmWednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 1:00pmWednesday, Aug 21, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 1:00pm
Break away from the everyday and embark on a family adventure like no other. Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge is a fun event for kids ages 5-16 and their parents, with lots of running, jumping, climbing and mud. And the best part is — parents run for free. Brave your adventure at the beautiful Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo. Every participant gets a cinch bag, Clif Bars, a custom race medal and event photos to take home.
August 10, 2019: Various TimesAugust 11, 2019: Various Times
See this recent adaptation of a classic Chinese tale performed under the stars amid the trees at Sanborn Park in Saratoga! In this beloved Chinese legend, a snake spirit disguised as a beautiful woman falls in love with a young scholar. White Snake keeps her true identity secret from him, but a disapproving monk persists in unmasking her. With the help of Green Snake, White Snake summons all her magic powers to defeat the spirits and monsters threatening her life and her great love. Playwright Mary Zimmerman, a Tony award-winning adapter, takes us on a fantastical journey in this innovative retelling of an ancient Chinese tale.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pm Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 7:00pm Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 7:00pm
“Family-friendly improv comedy” is almost an oxymoron, but Made Up Theatre captures wholesome lightning in a bottle. The show features a series of improvised games based on audience suggestions, like the hit TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The entire show is made up on the spot, so you never know what might happen. The fun, funny and interactive show offers a great outing for the whole family at Made Up Theatre in Fremont.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pm
London punk meets NYC punk in this tour of absolute legends. Elvis Costello is up there with Bob Dylan as one of the top songwriters of all time, and Blondie was part of the first wave of new wavers that took the U.S. by storm in the ‘70s and ’80s. And if you’re wondering—yes, they’re definitely gonna play their biggest hits.
Something wicked this way comes … under the stars and amid the trees in Sanborn Park! On his journey home, the war-hero Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches that he will be King. But why wait for fate to come, when you can take matters into your own hands? Consumed with ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth takes what he believes to be his through murder and treachery. This hero turned villain truly is one of Shakespeare’s most fascinating anti-heroes whose tragic path leads us down a road of deceit, bloodshed, madness, and revenge. Enjoy this outdoor show courtesy of Silicon Valley Shakespeare.
Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 7:00pm Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 7:00pm (Open seating. Entry starts at 6:30pm.)Sunday, Aug 25, 2019 / 7:00pm
For a relaxing afternoon on the water, hop aboard the Privateer, a truly traditional sailboat, for a semi-private 90-minute cruise of the bay, complete with included beer and wine. This double-masted, teak-decked, bronze-fitted beauty holds no more than 28 passengers, so you’ll get plenty of personal attention from the skilled and friendly crew as the Privateer glides over to Alcatraz and Angel Island, passes by charming and picturesque Sausalito, parallels the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and sails past the famous San Francisco skyline on its way back to the pier.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Aug 13, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pm
Whether you want to kick off a fabulous date night or wrap up an enjoyable afternoon, this two-hour sunset sail is just the ticket. Step aboard the gorgeous traditional vessel called the Privateer to take in the sights at the most bewitching time of day. You’ll sail past Alcatraz, hug the coast at Sausalito and experience the full grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sip two servings of your choice of included beer, wine, soda or water as Privateer cruises along the spectacular San Francisco cityscape, while the sun sets and the lights of the city come to twinkling life.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)
Russian River Adventures’ inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you’re a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family or a group of friends looking for a fun activity, paddling along in Russian River Adventures’ bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. During this nine-mile full-day excursion, you’ll navigate through gentle currents for four to six hours while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you’re so inclined, you can even stop for a picnic or cool off in a refreshing swimming hole. Every member of the family is sure to have a blast on these self-guided tours… even the family dog! Check the event description below for more details.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)
A good friend sees and encourages your passions and potential, even when society doesn’t. Bring a pre-show picnic and the friends who see the best in you to Billy Elliot at Woodminster Amphitheater, a classic musical celebrating what makes you unique and powerful in a way no one else can imitate.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (Open Captioning)
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Sister Act tells the story of aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. Trying to work her way to the top in 1970s Philadelphia, Deloris falls in love with a very tough — and very married — gangster boyfriend named Curtis, and when Deloris witnesses him commit a murder she ends up in hiding on police orders in a convent whose parish has fallen on hard times. Though the sequin-free lifestyle doesn’t agree with her, Deloris finds her calling working with the choir, and breathes new life into the dusty convent while discovering a sisterhood she’s never had before.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Born in Arizona of Iranian descent, the L.A.-based comic mines his family and cultural topics for comedy gold…and rarely comes up empty-handed. Audiences worldwide love the spectacular theatrics and energetic humor that he brings to his stand-up routines. Be prepared to fall for him yourself when he headlines the San Jose Improv.
Enter a world of pure imagination with Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The musical follows the adventures of Charlie Bucket and the other Golden Ticket holders through enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka’s whimsical and mysterious Chocolate Factory filled with Oompa-Loompas, candy and fun around every corner. Featuring enchanting songs including “Pure Imagination,” “The Golden Age of Chocolate,” I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” Oompa Loompa,” and “The Candyman.” from the 1971 film, this sweet musical adaption of Roald Dahl’s timeless story comes to life with a multi-generational cast.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 1:00pm
Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a huge piece of fruit in James and the Giant Peach! When James is sent by his cruel and conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, he finds himself in the center of a gigantic peach – among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities – but, after the peach falls from the tree and rolls downhill right into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, they learn to live and work together as a family. This is an adventure musical for the whole family! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (A Christmas Story the Musical), and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka), critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a “masterpeach!”
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pm
In the not-so-distant future, when the first urban comedy dictionary is finally published, there will be a short list of definitions and references under the word “electrifying.” At the top of that list, taking up the majority of the page will be a smiling action photo of a young stand-up comedian and future comedy Hall of Famer, 2010 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition winner and cast member of Nick Cannon’s Wildn’Out, Nate Jackson. From the moment he takes the stage and grabs the microphone, until he puts it to rest, back in its stand, you can actually feel the electric comedy energy surging through your body, in the form of constant laughter. And on your way out of the club or theater and even into the next day, you’re still feeling the comical — and in some cases medicinal — effects of experiencing a Nate Jackson comedy show.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:30pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 7:00pm
Myq Kaplan is a comedian named Mike Kaplan. He has been seen on the Tonight Show, Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, and in his own one- hour special on Netflix, “Small, Dork, and Handsome.” He has been a finalist on Last Comic Standing and most recently appeared on America’s Got Talent. His album “Vegan Mind Meld” was one of iTunes’ top 10 comedy albums of the year. And that’s only the past! Even more to come in the future!
Iconic Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy — seven-time Grammy Award winner, Kennedy Center and National Medal of Arts honoree, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — is proof that genius is both ageless and timeless. Don’t miss your chance to experience this American treasure and peerless blues-guitar master at Fruit Yard Amphitheater.
Three jazz greats. One landmark album. One beautiful venue. In fact, the Mountain Winery might just be the perfect spot to take in a summer concert under the stars. But before James, Sanborn and Miller hit the stage, start off your night with a wine tasting and dinner.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Make your dream wedding a reality when Bay Area Wedding Fairs comes to the San Jose DoubleTree. From budgeting your wedding and finding a venue and gown to booking a photographer, florist, caterer and DJ, you can do it all in one place. You can even get a jumpstart on your honeymoon, plus you’ll have the chance to win a Las Vegas getaway and other prizes. Check out over 60 exhibitors and take advantage of show specials. Find your wedding party’s look during the fashion show, have some fun with your fiancé in the couples contests and more.