If you find yourself bored in the Bay Area, you clearly aren't looking hard enough. Whether your tastes lean toward old-fashioned, foodie, fetishist, or family, there's likely an event right up your alley. With these kinds of options, you might even discover an interest you never knew you had.
Oakland Art Murmur Monthly art walk in Oakland. First Fridays of every month. 6-10 p.m., free. Various locations in Oakland. OaklandArtMurmur.com.
1st Wednesday Street Parties With live bands, vendors from local businesses, and samplings from local restaurants. First Wednesday of every month, 6-9 p.m. June through September. 2, free. Downtown Pleasanton, Main St., Pleasanton, 925-484-2199, PleasantonDowntown.net.
Estuary Art Attack Monthly art walk in Oakland's Jingletown and in Alameda. Second Fridays of every month, 6-9 p.m. Various locations. EstuaryArtAttack.com.
Wednesdays at the K Join hosts d'Arci Bruno and Pons Maar for beverages, snacks, and chats. There will be structured conversations, interviews, and presentations by some the Bay Area's most interesting makers, thinkers, and tinkerers. Every Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., free. K Gallery, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, Rhythmix.org.
Walking Tours of the "Gourmet Ghetto" Go behind-the-scenes with "Epicurean Concierge" Lisa Rogivin at various restaurants and food shops in North Berkeley. Tour includes conversations with chefs and food purveyors, and tastings and samples. Every Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $60. IntheKitchenwithLisa.com.
Fuck Valentine's Day Erotic Psychotic Extravaganza With comedians, films, sex-toy giveaways, stories, contests, and more. Hosted by Jamie DeWolf. Typically held in February. Merchants Saloon, 401 Second St., Oakland.
Lunar New Year Bazaar Typically held in February. Oakland Chinatown, 9th and Franklin sts., Oakland.
Noise Pop Large independent music festival brings together veteran and up-and-coming noisemakers for anticipated reunions and rarely seen bills in intimate environments. The festival also includes a film festival, comedy, art, and a crafts fair. Feb. 24-Mar. 1. Various locations. NoisePop.com.
SF Bluegrass & Old Time Festival Music festival held in various locations throughout the Bay Area. Typically held in February. SFBluegrass.org.
History Mystery "After-Hours" Tour Three-hour tour of the USS Hornet after hours to learn the history of the ship. Thurs., Mar. 4, 7 p.m., $35. Reservations: 510-521-8448 ext. 282. USS Hornet, Alameda. USS-Hornet.org.
The Illuminated Corridor Public art, live music, and film featuring work by more than 30 local artists. March 5, free. For more info: IlluminatedCorridor.com.
Martinez Youth Baseball & Softball League Parade Sat., Mar. 13, 10 a.m. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org.
Oakland Marathon Marathon, half-marathon, 5K, and relay through the streets of Oakland. Sat., Mar. 27 & Sun., Mar. 28. Starts at Broadways and ends at Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland. OaklandMarathon.com/site10.aspx.
RPM Challenge Listening Party During the month of February, the Express challenges Bay Area musicians to create a new album of work. During the listening party, we play one track from every album completed. The event is broadcasted live. Attendees include the musicians, music industry professionals, and the general public. Sat., Mar. 27, free. Location TBA. RPMChallenge.com.
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival The annual late-winter/early-spring event has grown into a ten-day feast with two important main courses: films from the old country and films by Asian Americans. Because it comes early in the calendar year, the often steals thunder from other fests with its adventurous selections. Mar. 11-21. Various venues. AsianAmericanMedia.org.
White Elephant Sale Biggest rummage sale in Northern California, with proceeds benefitting the Oakland Museum of California. Sat., Mar. 6, & Sun., Mar. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 333 Lancaster St., Oakland, WhiteElephantSale.org.
Club X Grand Opening Celebrating the opening of Club X, the Express' new music venue. Bands TBA. 630 3rd St., Oakland. Apr. 16 & 17.
Downtown Clean Up Day Apr. 25. Details TBA. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org.
Earth Expo Wed., Apr. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway, Oakland.
East Bay Artisan Exhibit Inspired by Amish craftsmanship, the Express brings "Handmade Workshop" to the de Young museum's Mural Room. Visitors can learn how East Bay artisans hand-make everyday items from garden tools to furniture and jewelry to clothes. Fri., Apr. 30. De Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, FAMSF.org.
Green Film Festival Screening of films by East Bay filmmakers, who are challenged by the Express to shoot and edit a short film in 24 hours. Apr. 22. Location TBA.
Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt Plastic eggs are scattered throughout the park and gatherers are divided into age groups, with prizes to those who gather the most eggs. Sun., Apr. 4, 9-10 a.m., free. Mountain Village Park, Oakland. MontclairVillage.com.
Record Store Day International day to celebrate independent music retailers. Performances, special events, and more. Apr. 17. Various venues. RecordStoreDay.com.
The San Francisco International Film Festival The oldest film fest in the Western Hemisphere is also one of the world's most interesting, because it plays to the Bay Area's film-loving audiences instead of to industry types. Everything under the sun. Filmmakers on parade. Two weeks of movies you'll probably never see anywhere else. Apr. 22-May 6. Various venues. SFFS.org
Strictly Sail Pacific April 15-18. Jack London Square, Oakland.
Taste for Artisans Party Modern hoe-down fund-raising event, benefiting DrawBridge, an organization that creates arts programs for homeless kids. Featuring local artisans selling or displaying their wares, local farmers, beer and wine, and local bands. Square dancing, fiddles, hay bales, mechanical bulls, and cream corn wrestling. Apr. 3. The Party Building, Jack London Square.
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