It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the middle of summer, but luckily there’s an ever-growing list of exhibits, festivals, and fun ways to celebrate the second half of the season. Check out all the new and old events the Bay Area has to offer this week.
Discover the works of innovative playwrights
The Bay Area Playwrights Festival is back until July 25 with events and readings to support the artistic growth of burgeoning artists. Streaming access to the event is available for purchase on a sliding scale for individual readings ($ 5 to $ 20) or an all access festival pass ($ 25 to $ 175). This year’s 44th annual celebration includes virtual readings as well as in-person community building. Get to know five playwrights through their innovative and imaginative stories of family, spirituality, self-discovery and more. This year’s lineup includes works by writers Jaisey bates, Johnny G. Lloyd, Kaela Mei Shing Garvin and others.
Until Sunday July 25.
Attend an exclusive art exhibition in a wine setting
Cornerstone Sonoma Wine Country Market is teaming up with SLATE Contemporary and the SBHG Gallery in Oakland to present a series of three art exhibitions – lasting eight weeks each – until the end of the year. year. The first is Summer color by SLATE @ Cornerstone, an exhibition of contemporary paintings, prints and sculptures by five artists from the west coast: Suzanne frazier, Finneran bean, Juan-alonso rodrgez, Tobias Tovera and Kate zimmer.
By appointment from Monday to Thursday; general admission Friday-Sunday, 11 am-5pm
Discover the powerful impact hip-hop has had on our modern world
If you’ve ever had the fantasy of becoming a world-class music producer or DJ, now is your chance to live out your wildest dreams. In Hip-Hop Workshop: Making Music as a Pathway to Diversity, Inclusion, and Allyship, presented by host and producer Hip Hop For Change Marlon Richardson, Participants are introduced to the basics of the genre, including beatmaking, songwriting, breakdance and the art of graffiti. You will have the chance to collaborate with others on a group project and come out of the experience with a deeper understanding and appreciation of hip-hop culture and its massive influence on society as a whole.
Thursday July 22, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
See a variety of films reflecting Jewish life and identity
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns for its 41st annual celebration with more than 50 films from more than 20 countries. This year’s festival features an unprecedented number of short films, as well as special guests from around the world. Ticket holders will have the chance to attend screenings at theaters including San Francisco’s iconic Castro, as well as online. Highlights of this year’s festival include the opening night premiere of Micha and the wolves, about a woman whose memories of the Holocaust captivated the world until her true story was revealed.
From Thursday July 22 to Sunday August 1
See an array of live performances spanning all genres
This weekend’s Stanford Live events include an eclectic mix of must-see performances at Frost Amphitheater. Thursday, attend the Kansas City Swing: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers in partnership with SFJAZZ; on saturday watch like Michael morgan conducts the SF Symphony in a concert featuring Gioachino Rossini‘s La gazza ladra Opening and No Six of Guillaume Tell, Louise farren‘s Symphony No.3 in G minor and James P. Johnson‘s Charleston. Sunday Features My Bollywood Jukebox: a musical journey through time produced in association with Mela Arts Connect.
Thursday July 22; Saturday July 24; and Sunday July 25
Step inside an immersive Japanese-inspired work of art
Join the Asian Art Museum to teamLab: Continuity, an interactive exhibition of Toshiyuki Inoko which allows visitors to enter an immersive ecosystem of images inspired by nature. Stroll through East Asian art scenes as birds, flowers, butterflies and fish move around you. The unique experience is courtesy of Tokyo-based international collective teamLab, known for their interconnected digital works that blend art and technology.
From Friday July 23 to Thursday September 30
Find out how farms of all kinds operate and thrive
Don’t miss the 30th Annual Half Moon Bay Farm + Fish + Flowers Festival celebrating the bounty of summer. Take a behind-the-scenes look at nurseries, greenhouses, farms, and a working port, many of which are typically closed to the public. This year’s festivities focus on flower gardens, native California plants, a working dairy farm, and organic vegetable farms. You can choose to visit one location for $ 20 or $ 40 for three locations; and children 12 and under are free.
Saturday July 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admire local art outdoors
Filoli hasn’t missed a beat with his busy summer lineup, and the last weekend event is special. Check out a handpicked selection of works available for purchase from local artists at Art Walk, which takes place in the 16-acre garden. Stroll through the beautiful surroundings and browse the curated collection of original paintings, jewelry, ceramics and more – and relax in the shade at Woodland Court for relationships and refreshments.
From Saturday July 24 to Sunday July 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Get your fix of garlic
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is back with farm-to-table dining, a reimagined take of the famous Drive-thru Gourmet Alley and golf for a good cause. Taking place over two weekends, participants will have the opportunity to pre-order delicious treats like pepper steak sandwiches, scampi and, of course, garlic bread, and will be able to attend a special dinner at four courses from the executive chef of Relish Kitchen & Drink, Diane sturla. The festival’s Make a Hole-In-One golf tournament at the Garlic Festival will benefit the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association, which has distributed over $ 12 million to community groups since 1979.
from Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25; and from Friday July 30 to Sunday August 1
Explore the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley through an artistic lens
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the San José Museum of Art with South-East North-West, a presentation of paintings, sculptures, photographs, etc., reflecting the cultural diversity and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Organized by the curator Rory padeken, the exhibition presents works by renowned artists including Diane al hadid, Rina banerjee, and Victor Cartagena, exploring a variety of cultural, political and social issues through creative expression.
Until Saturday July 31