Friday, June 3, 2011

What to Do This Weekend: 6/3–6/5

Is anyone else still hurting from Memorial Day Weekend? I feel like I took years from my life and doing nothing sounds amazing, but I have an uber packed next few days, so I'm making you feel my pain by sharing all of the events that'll make you feel obligated to drag your sorry butt off the couch and into the world.

Saturday, June 4th:
3rd Annual California Extra Virgin Olive Oil Festival: While plain ol' olive oil may sound boring, more than a dozen of the state's best olive oil producers preparing tastings and food pairings spices things up a bit. There will also be samples fo' free and snacks for sale, including olive oil challah, orange olive oil cake, and an ice cream/olive oil hybrid, which you know you have to try to say you did it.
The Pasta Shop on 4th St. 
1786 Fourth St., Berkeley

Ash Cicada by Tera Levin
Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival: You can watch people create chalk art without any of that guilt the whole "them wanting money for it" gives you, because witnessing chalkwork is free during this day of chalky and chocolatey goodness. If you want to get in on that chocolate action, throwing down ten bones will get you a packet of tickets you can spend on chocolate ganache cupcakes, savory chocolate ricotta pizza, or a chocolate foot massage, if you're into that (you weirdo). There will also be music, but they are advertising CLOWN LAUGHTER filling the air so you can count me out. Braver souls may venture and I wish you godspeed.
North Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Saturday, June 4th–Sunday, June 5th:
from Walnut Creek Chamber
Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival: The festival is Mardi Gras themed this year, and I could tell you all about the 200 artists and their pottery, paintings, photography, sculpture, and jewelry, but I know most of you are cheap bastards (rightfully so). Instead, go to enjoy free music and try your hand at smushing out your aggression at the Grape Stomp Competition, where you may be able to rub shoulders or purple feet with a celebrity guest (which is a relative term in Walnut Creek). 
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Sunday)
Heather Farms Park

from event website
Art & Music in the Gardens: This reads and looks like an event your memaw or pepaw would love, if you were a good grandchild, but it looks like a snoozefest to me due to the lack of booze or people under 40. Check it out if you like bonsai clippings and straw hats. To be fair, the gardens do look really beautiful and romantic, so I'll give them that. 10am-6pm.
Gardens at Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland 

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