7 brilliant SF Bay Area things to do this weekend, July 13-15

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Midsummer brings blue skies and balmy breezes — and the realization that all those long, lazy, summer days of yore were a childhood thing. Doh! We grown-ups have to cram all our fun into our weekends. Good thing we live in such a fun place, eh? Here are seven sensational ways to play this weekend in San Francisco and beyond, from a Bastille Day can-can fest to some sizzling outdoor theater.

1 SEE: Dances from around the world

Long a jewel in the Bay Area summer arts scene is the annual Ethnic Dance Festival in San Francisco, which presents two weekends worth of performances you just won’t find anywhere else — a 200-year-old heirloom Eskimo celebration dance, anyone?

2 PLAY: Party like a Parisian

Fourth of July is behind us. Next up, Bastille Day! Channel your inner Parisian all weekend long at the Bay Area’s Bastille Day celebrations, from festivals and restaurant specials to winery events and macaron shops. Also, French gypsy jazz, vintage French videos, a French waiters race and even can-can dancers. (Can you do the can-can? Yes, you can!) Here’s the rundown on Bay Area Bastille Day celebrations.

The Bay Area is pulling out all the Francophile stops for Bastille Day this weekend with special dinners, fetes and other fun.(Getty Images) 3 EAT: Try a hot new restaurant

So many new eateries have opened in the last month, it’s tough to keep up! But here are a few to check out around the bay, from Walnut Creek’s new seafood-centric Pacific Catch to Palo Alto’s hip new Ramen Nagi. and Oakland’s delicious new Belcampo.

4 SEE: Truth, beauty and gorgeous paintings

The 19th-century Pre-Raphaelites in England were a feisty lot and somewhat misunderstood. But they created some wondrous art and a new exhibit at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor combines some of their works, and the works that inspired them, for a an eye-poppingly beautiful collection of paintings, tapestries and more. Head on over to the gorgeous museum, and set your phasers on swoon.

See John Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s “Love and the Maiden” at the Legion of Honor. (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) 5: SEE: A free movie under the stars

Grab a picnic, a flashlight, some comfy chairs and a blanket and head

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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