Berkeley Kite Festival
Sometimes — on the perfect Berkeley day, with the perfect bay breeze — there is no simpler or better pleasure than flying a kite. And once a year, during the Berkeley Kite Festival, you can partake in the pastime with thousands of others, with kites elevated to a transcendent, passion-filled art form. This Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, head to Cesar Chavez Park and fly a kite. The festival has an impressive slew of kite-centric activities. The Berkeley Kite Riders will fly sixteen 100-by-20-foot octopus kites, which — when all of the 35-pound kites are in controlled flight at the same time — "looks like you're staring up into the sky of a whole different world." The Sode-cho Kite-Flying Society of Japan will be flying their traditional Machijirushi kites, which are constructed traditionally out of fine paper and bamboo. Kite team ballets will perform choreographed kite dances to music — "a kind of cross between the Blue Angels and pairs ice skating," according to McAllister. For the amateurs, there will be kite-making workshops and flying lessons, while kids can enjoy candy, face painting, bounce houses, arts and crafts booths, a petting zoo, and more. Everyone is welcome to bring their own kites — small or giant, plain or bedazzled — to fly. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. 510-235-5483 or HighlineKites.com — Azeen Ghorayshi
Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
If a craving for intimate, interdisciplinary performance strikes you anytime from 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, head to Temescal Arts Center and slake your desire during Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. During this 24-hour installation of music, dance, and audience participation, joiners can jump into ongoing “performance stations” like solo dance, drum timekeeping, and musical improvisation, while voyeurs can take in any of five “focused performance times,” when artists including MEND Dance Theater, Thingamajigs Performance Group, Laura Renaud-Wilson, and Bandelion (the house band of Dandelion Dancetheater) perform. The marathon kicks off with an opening ceremony on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and wraps up with a closing ceremony on Saturday at 8 p.m. The performance accommodates up to eighteen audience members per time slot, so RSVP to info@DandelionDanceTheater.org, or take your chances at the door. Fri., July 26 and Sat., July 27. $12-$24 sliding scale. Dandelionstem1.blogspot.com — Claudia Bauer
“Urban Wine Xperience”
Wine meets sunshine at the East Bay Vintners’ Alliance’s eighth-annual Urban Wine Experience, where more than fifteen local urban wineries belonging to the Oakland-based EBVA will pour whites, reds, rosés, and dessert wines at the Jack London Pavilion for four straight hours, as live music makes the day even brighter and local food purveyors serve perfectly pairable bites. Participating wineries include Aubin Cellars, Periscope Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Prospect 722, Stomping Girl Wines, and many more. Bites will be supplied by Bocanova, Picán, Wood Tavern, La Farine, Otaez, Plum, and other East Bay restaurants. Each guest also receives a souvenir wine glass. Sat., July 27, 1-5 p.m. $45 advance, $60 door. — Anneli Rufus
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