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Date night: You and your sweetie are kayaking on the bay, watching the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge and the moon rise above the East Bay Hills. Pretty romantic, right? You can thank Cal Adventures for the relaxed three-hour paddle session ($45), no experience required.
UC Aquatic Center at the Berkeley Marina, 124 University Ave., Berkeley; recsports.berkeley.edu
Music and yoga come together during Squaw Valley?s Wanderlust festival (from $110) in North Lake Tahoe. Learn how to make a human pyramid in an AcroYoga workshop (it?s actually easier than it looks), challenge your breathing in a Kundalini class, and then head to the main stage for beats by MC Yogi. Photo by Jay Erker
Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Village; squaw.wanderlustfestival.com
A steaming bowl of rich broth and hand-pulled noodles is just what the doctor ordered in the height of the city?s chilling summer. Ramen Street, part of this year?s J-Pop Summit Festival in Japantown, is serving up piping pots from six ramen shops in SF, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and even Japan. Admission is free, and soup will cost you only $8 a bowl.
Post Street between Buchanan and Laguna; j-pop.com
Every Sunday for ten weeks, the magical eucalyptus forest known as Stern Grove is the setting for free afternoon concerts. You won?t want to miss Cuban dance orchestra Pupy Y Los Que Son Son followed by Vieux Farka Touré?s African blues rock. Stake out a big spot on the lawn--dancing is essential.
19th Avenue at Sloat; sterngrove.org
For nine Sundays out of the year, San Francisco closes city streets to traffic and hosts the ultimate block party. On August 24, it’s the Mission, where you can expect food vendors like the Tonayense taco truck and Curry Up Now, storefront specials and craft workshops.
Valencia Street between McCoppin and 26th, and 18th Street between Guerrero and Harrison; sundaystreetssf.com
Geek out with a talk about the big bang theory in the Mountain Theater, followed by a night-sky tour lead by the Urban Astronomer (he’ll point out constellations, stars and planets). The free event culminates in a star party, where you’ll get to peer through telescopes on loan from the SF Amateur Astronomers club.
Cushing Memorial Mountain Theater, Rock Springs parking area, Mount Tam; friendsofmttam.org
Now that Fourth of July barbecues and fireworks are behind us, it’s time to make room for more summer fun in the Bay Area. From street-food festivals to free outdoor concerts, our lineup will help you make the most of the season.
Start setting those calendar reminders now. This is your Guide to Summer 2014.
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