Friday, September 9, 2011

What to Do This Weekend: 9/9–9/11

Brews on the Bay sold out. I know! Second weekend in a row Ive snoozed on tickets and let things sell out. Maybe from now on Ill give you a rundown of whats happening the entire month at the beginning, so you have a chance to nab tickets while Im over here taking a nap. I really had to dig for things this weekend, but that may be because Ill soon have no concepts of weekend with my day job ending. You can catch me crawling through Walnut Creek tonight (hopefully not literally), working Saturday night, or at the Niner game on Sunday.

Friday, September 9:
Bum City Saints at the Red Hat: I honestly dont know if Bum City Saints are the main draw here, or if its Bryan McPherson, Burning Streets, or The Lucky Eejits, but doors open at 8pm and its only $5.
1860 Monument, Concord

Saturday, September 10:
Donkey & Goat Winery Fall Fete: The East Bay winery is throwing a fall celebration. Expect live jazz, bocce ball (in case Make Westing is too far), and a chance to taste six of the winerys new releases. Zut and Chef Jim Wimborough (Grand Café, Kokkari) will be providing the spread, which includes grilled lamb, stone fruit, and heirloom tomato salad. $20 advance, $30 at the door. And you get a souvenir glass!
1340 Fifth St., Berkeley

DJ Miss Mei at Spoontonic Lounge: I know this is.a conflict of interest? But I work at Spoon every weekend and dont tell you to go there every weekend post, so a little faith here. Mei is an amazing DJ who used to do Saturdays for us, and has since been DJing River Cats games. Second Saturday is our usual Midnight Animals DJ set, which is always amazing with Ghost Trak Armada, but this is Meis last show for the year, and her first show for us in months. Tiger Stripe will also be spinning tunes.
DJ Miss Meis facebook 
2580 N. Main St., Walnut Creek

Back to School Bash at Dans: Honey Circuit will be playing live music (which I think is pretty standard for Saturday nights), but Dans is also playing dress up for the return to school. If you come decked out as a nerd, schoolgirl, or jocktheres a costume contest. No drink specials? Wellhey, now you have a chance to wear that slutty schoolgirl costume from college (Im looking at you, boys).
Music at 10pm, cover at 9pm

Saturday, September 10–Sunday, September 11:
Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival: Over 30 vendors, including Karas Cupcakes, Ciao Bella Gelato, and Sjaaks Organic Chocolates, are slinging samples of their delicious chocolatey (or not so chocolateyIm looking at you Skinny Water) wares to raise money for Project Open Hand. Also be prepared for a Battle of the Bands, chef demonstrations, and ice cream sundae eating contests.
$20 gets you 15 samples of chocolate
Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco

Sunday, September 11:
Football!!: Okay, Ive been promising a rundown of places to watch the game for a while now, and I hope to have it ready by Sunday, but things are so busy I forgot to update my fantasy team before last nights game. THAT busy. But for a quick rundown, Stadium Pub will be insanity but I love insanity and you will make friends with anyone whos cheering for the team you have fantasy players on. If youre looking for a quieter atmosphere, Tiki Toms has a few TVs and theres talk of a buffet. Dans is the weirdest old fogey bar for Sunday football, but itll be you and a bunch of old guys. One of them loves the Dolphins, so good luck getting them to change the channel from that. Ive also heard good things about Dublin Sports Pub. And if you bleed black and silver, Ricky's in San Leandro is apparently your home away from home.

Thrillist also has a list of places in the city to cheer on teams that arent the Niners or Raiders, but then I dont really want to know you (unless its the Eagles, because I need them to carry my FF team).

Solano Stroll: 26 blocks, over 500 vendors (including 50 food booths), and mechanical rides take over Solano Avenue. Expect lots of patriotic displays with a theme like Unsung Heroes for the parade that kicks off the celebration. Therell be clowns, so watch out for that, but with 150 juried arts and crafts booths you should be able to find something to distract you.
10am–6pm, free

Blackhawk Grille Sparkling Sundays: Apparently, September is California wine month? Regardless of the justification, for the month of September Blackhawk Grille will be hosting Sparkling Sundays, during which you can enjoy a bottle of Chandon sparkling wine for half-off. Can't find anything on their website, so you'll have to take my word for it.
3540 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville

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