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Everything You Need to Do for the Rest of July

Kate Van Brocklin | July 8, 2014 | Story Weekend Escapes

Free Movies on the Beach | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
What: This weekly movie screening adds a coastal twist to the typical movie in the park. Think gentle surf in the background instead of the usual traffic. Bring a beach chair and enjoy this week's movie, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
When: Wednesday, July 9, 9pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Young Harrison Ford + the dreamy Pacific Ocean backdrop = heaven.

SF Star Party & Telescope Night
What: With the astral views you'll find within the Randall Museum, this Star Party is sure to be stellar. Meet some members of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and get a chance to try out some heavy-duty telescopes before the sun sets. The party begins with a short lecture and then you're free to explore the skies.
Where: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
When: Saturday, July 12, 5:30-10pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Clear, fog-free nights are rare in the summer, so take advantage of this opportunity...the sky's the limit!

Summer Zumba & 5K Run
What: Spice up your 5k run with this Zumba-infused event. Jog your heart out while participating along the route in Zumba performances, the wildly popular dance/fitness workout. No experience is required, so get ready to salsa, hip-hop, samba, and mambo your way to the finish line.
Where: 1 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco
When: Saturday, July 19, 12pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Because you know you've been secretly wanting to try Zumba.

Connoisseurs' Marketplace
What: This may be the summer festival to end all the other festivals. Dive into this celebration of visual, performing, and culinary arts, where you'll find 250 of California's top artists, two days of live music, chefs' demos, a feast of food and drink, artisan specialty food purveyors, a custom car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, and tons of activities for kids.
Where: Santa Cruz Avenue, between El Camino Real and Johnson Street, Menlo Park, CA
When: July 19-20, 10am-6pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Just glancing at the festival's food and drink list is enough to make you drool.

Berkeley Kite Festival
What: As Mary Poppins once said, let's go fly a kite! This extravaganza features kite-flying competitions from West Coast champions, arts and crafts, make-your-own-kite tents, food, live music, and expert sport kite demonstrations (ever heard of kite ballet?!).
Where: Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina
When: Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, 10am-5pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Finally—an event that embraces our windy Bay Area weather.

Great American Blues & Barbeque Festival in San Rafael
What: This festival will have performances by local and national blues artists, like Rt. Honorable Austin de Lone Little Big Band, featuring Eric McCann, Paul Revelli, Jimmy Dillon, Keith Crossan, and Austin de Lone. Other blues highlights include Nick Gravenites, Tommy Castro, and Ron Thompson. Keeping in line with the Americana theme, over ten BBQ vendors will all compete for the "King of the Que Awards." Sip some local brews, wines, and other beverages and enjoy this blues tribute.
Where: Fourth Street, downtown San Rafael, CA
When: Sunday, July 20, 11am-6pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Because summer isn't complete without some barbecue n' blues.

A Taste of Napa at Festival del Sole
What: Spend an afternoon under the vineyard sun at this gourmet, only-in-Napa food and wine festival. Stroll through the picturesque scenery and choose between nearly 70 restaurants, food artisans, breweries and wineries at the event. You'll also get the chance to enjoy cooking demonstrations made entirely of local ingredients.
Where: 500 First Street, Napa, CA
When: Saturday, July 12, 11am
Cost: $45/person
Why: With a focus on local, organic and sustainable food practices, this is the California foodie's dream.

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