Thursday, September 22, 2011

What to Do This Weekend: 9/22–9/25

I’m bringing this to you a day early because there’s some Thursday night happenings that I don’t want you to miss. And holy cow this weekend is packed. And…you’re welcome. My weekend is jam packed, but you’ll be able to catch me at the East Bay Showdown tonight, OL Beercafe tomorrow approx happy hour time, Saturday at Eat Real/Spoon at night, and Sunday at St. George’s sold out BBQ. Funemployment feels so fancy!

Thursday, September 22:
East Bay Showdown: It’s going to be so fun! Remember when I let you guys know about how eleven different bars would be previewing their cocktails? Well, tonight they square off in a cocktail competition. Bartenders from the Hotsy Totsy, Adesso, and Hudson (and many others) will be shaking and pouring cocktails for a good cause, with a portion of proceeds donated to a charity of the bars’ choosing. Flora and Little Star wil be serving up small bites, to make sure there’s some food in that booze tummy of yours, and the winner of the showdown wins even more money for charity. Really, you’re just drinking for charity, which is completely justifiable.
6–9pm, $55 reg/$65 door
1225A 7th St., Oakland

Thursday, September 22–Sunday, September 25:
2011 Walnut Festival: In case you missed the Walnut Parade, you’ll have a chance to enjoy four days filled with two stages with live entertainment (including tributes to Johnny Nitro, Rush, and ZZ Top), carnival rides, and carnie food.
Heather Farm Park
500 San Carlos Dr., Walnut Creek
Thurs 5–10pm, Fri 5–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–8pm

Thursday, September 22–Saturday, September 24:
Oakland Underground Film Festival: Join in on its third year celebration of independent cinema with live music and performances, DJs, taco trucks, and beer. There’s an opening night party at the Grand Tavern at 10pm, and a pretty neato-looking film called Tarantino: The Disciple of Hong Kong.
All shows $10
Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Ave., Oakland
NIMBY Art Space
8410 Amelia St., Oakland

Friday, September 23–Sunday, September 25:
[photo by Phillip Yip]
EAT REAL: It’s in all caps because it was one of my favorite events of last year. May very well have been THE favorite.  I went in between bar shifts and tasted an amazing assortment of butter burgers, cupcakes, Cuban sandwiches, tacos, and craft beer.  There’s also a market stocked with handmade honeys, jams, pickles, etc that you can pay for and then pickup before you head home, to avoid lugging your haul around all day. I’m all about the food, but there will also be workshops on cheesemaking, pie crust crafting (ok, I may need to go to this), and bread baking. I’d promise you a list of the vendors I think you should hit up, but I’m bad at making good on my promises so just trust me that everything is amazing and you need to go to there.
Fri 1–8pm, Sat 11am–8pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Free entry, every dish/drink under $5
Jack London Square
54 Washington St., Oakland

Saturday, September 24:
Coffee and Tea Festival: Do you love caffeine, and entering the day with an artificial, jittery feeling? Kick off your Saturday at the Shattuck Hotel for the Coffee and Tea Festival, organized by local business owner Richard Hom. The festival will be packing more than 30 coffee roasters, cafes, and tea peddlers into four hours, with panels on brewing, Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations, and free samples. Tip: bring a banana. The potassium helps combat over-caffeination. 
[source: SFGate
Shattuck Hotel, Berkeley

Urban Indigo Party: Oakland boutique Urban Indigo celebrates five years in business with a party for its patrons. Expect treats, giveaways, and live music, in addition to its normal selection of novelty gifts (I’m a fan of the pewter wishbones), jewelry, home décor, and accessories. They also carry dia de los muertos folk art.
12–5pm, Free
3339 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland

LovEvolution: I can’t lie. I think my rave/dance party days are behind me, dying a swift death on a painful plane ride back from New Orleans. But I know some of you still have fuzzy boots and neon fishnets that need airing out, and LovEvolution’s migration over to the Oakland Coliseum this year offers ample opportunity. The main stage features The Glitch Mob, Pendelum DJs, and Plump DJs. You can also expect stilters, and art installations from Bamboo DNA. Best part? Mother-effin Moby will be DJing a set on the after party float. 
Noon–8pm, with various after parties (official after party at Oracle arena)
$25 Coliseum, Oakland

Moraga Pear Festival: Expect live music, a pear recipe contest, and pear pies for sale. You like cooking? Enter the recipe contest. You like eating? Buy a pie. Simple enough. For those of you with chirren (I enjoy saying children with a weird southern accent), there will also be a coloring contest and plenty of children’s activites. Don’t say I never did anything for you.
Where??? Drive around until you find it. It’s Moraga. Shouldn’t be too hard to find.

Saturday, September 24–Sunday, September 25:
Clayton Oktoberfest: The boyf may murder me for putting this on here, but it’s happening. I’ll just lift from the website: Enjoy Oktoberfest Munich style in picturesque Clayton, California. There will be a biergarten, German food and beer, arts and crafts, a carnival, and street performers. D has previously mentioned that much of this is not true, and it just becomes a giant drunkfest full of barely legal kids slopping their way around the small town. By all means go, just head to the Clayton Club if you plan on getting “pee your pants drunk.” They like that there.
Sat 11am–8pm, Sun 11am–6pm
Downtown, Clayton

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