Bay Area Summertime Happenings 7/8-7/10: SF Mime Troupe, Victorian Oddities Market, more

Bay Area Summertime Happenings 7/8-7/10: SF Mime Troupe, Victorian Oddities Market, more
Photo: The Menagerie Oddities Market/Instagram
By Laila Weir - Published on July 07, 2022.

With Covid cases on the rise, we've focused on mostly outdoor events for this week's roundup of Bay Area events to check out. It looks to be cool but comfortable this weekend in San Francisco, and summery but comfortable in the South and East Bay, so head outside and have some fun. 

As always, follow all safety recommendations and double-check events ahead of time.

Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival

Downtown Los Altos's popular Arts & Wine Festival returns for its 43rd incarnation this weekend. It will showcase the work of artists and craftspeople from around the country, as well as select vintages from local wineries and of course plenty of eats, including Thai, Chinese, Mexican, and more. The family-friendly event will feature all-day free concerts on two stages and entertainment for children in a dedicated Kidzone.

When: Sat. & Sun., July 9-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Main and State Streets, Los Altos
Information: downtownlosaltos.org/event/43rd-los-altos-arts-wine-festival/

Alameda County Fair

It's the final weekend of the annual Alameda County Fair, complete with loads of food, carnival fun, entertainment, shopping and more, including new rides and events and live horse racing all weekend (including Friday). Admission is $18 ($15 for children and seniors).

When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. every day through Sun., July 10
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds, off the I-680 Bernal Exit, Pleasanton
Information: annual.alamedacountyfair.com

San Francisco Mime Troupe 

The San Francisco Mime Troupe is back with free political musical theater in local parks, and their new show, "Back to the Way Things Were," sounds hilarious (and maybe a little too close to home). Showing this weekend in Balboa and Precita Parks in the city. Arrive early - there's live music for 30 minutes before every show.

When: Sat., July 9, 2 p.m. at Balboa Park; Sun., July 10, 2 p.m. at Precita Park
Where: Balboa Park/Precita Park, San Francisco
Information: www.sfmt.org/show-archive/Back-To-The-Way-Things-Were

Sundown Cinema at Union Square: Star Trek IV

Sundown Cinema Film Night in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie showings rotating through various San Francisco parks. This Friday's film is Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Bring a blanket and don't forget your cozy layers -- it's supposed to be on the chilly side. Note there's no alcohol allowed. Arrive early to get a seat! (You can also join the SF Parks Alliance to get reserved seats.)

When: Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Film screening begins after sunset (around 8:30 p.m.).
Where: Union Square, San Francisco
Information: dothebay.com/events/2022/7/8/sundown-cinema-star-trek-iv-the-voyage-home-tickets

Victorian Oddities Market

We're intrigued... The last standing Victorian on Lake Merritt (and Oakland's first museum) is hosting an afternoon market of "Victorian-inspired oddities," plus theatrics, entertainment, music, tarot and an add-on afternoon tea service. Attend in period dress and participate in a costume contest. General admission is $10 and includes access to the Camron-Stanford House museum and a self-guided house tour. Tea service (plus a tea-leaf reading) is $66.

When: Sun., July 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Camron-Stanford House, 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
Information: www.cshouse.org/events/menagerie2022