Events Around the Bay: July 18

By Lina Broydo
Lina Broydo
Lina Broydo
July 18, 2013 Updated: June 24, 2015

San Francisco Ballet Returns to Stern Grove

Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m.

It’s free and it’s fabulous! The annual summer season’s outdoor concerts at Stern Grove will showcase an appearance by the San Francisco Ballet, one of the world’s greatest ballet companies. Plan early, come early, and get the best picnic spot in the magical redwood grove. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon with your friends and family while watching the spellbinding performance of the ballet classics. Bring a warm blanket and warm jackets because mornings at the grove may be cool. A bottle of your favorite California wine with Monterey cheese and San Francisco’s Boudin sourdough bread will keep you warm and cozy. For more information on summer programs at Stern Grove visit www.sterngrove.org

Vroom, Vroom … Calling All Cars!

Downtown Saratoga

Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Show off your wheels at the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show. Register to show your “cool car” or just come look. Classic, exotic, antique, American muscle—rare and unique cars from all over the world. This is the only Bay Area car show where you can enjoy hot rods, mellow tunes, and wine tasting at epicurean restaurants and tasting rooms. Don’t miss the annual raffle, “Maserati Weekend: Destination Monterey,” with overnight accommodations and activities. A silent auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Definitely an all-day fun event for the family! For more information visit www.saratogachamber.org

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy, CA

July 26–28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (gates close at 6 p.m.) 

Garlic chocolate? Garlic ice cream? French-fried garlic artichoke hearts or garlic frog legs? Yes, you can try it all and much more at The 35th Annual “Ultimate Summer Food Fair” for the duration of three full-filling days of delicious and aromatic garlic saturation in Gilroy, which is nicknamed “Garlic Capital of the World.” Meet the Great Garlic Cook-Off champions, along with Miss Gilroy Garlic, Garlic BBQ competition winners, your favorite live-broadcast radio personalities Joel Riddell of “Dining Around,” play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky of San Jose Sharks, Carla Hall, of the popular ABC TV’s “The Chew,” and other garlic personalities. Bon Appetit! For more information call 408-842-1625 or visit www.gilroygarlicfestival.com

The Otterly Amazing Show by the Bay

Pier 39, San Francisco

Furry otters are the new Fisherman’s Wharf Wonders at the Aquarium of the Bay. Bring your youngsters or the young-at-heart to watch the cutest creatures swim, eat, and play in the newly opened river otter exhibit. Visit the adjacent Bay Theater for an introduction to life in the waters of San Francisco’s Bay and its world beneath the waves. With a picturesque walk along the Pier 39 promenade, explore the Frequent Flyers bungee trampoline and the Wax Museum, and stop at the Bistro Boudin for a taste of famed sourdough bread. Ah, only in San Francisco! For more information on the otter exhibit, call 415-623-5300 or visit www.aquariumofthebay.org

Lina Broydo
Lina Broydo