Local Summer Activities

June 5, 2017

Alameda County Fair (11am-11 pm June 16- July 9)

Kristen Baca

A Bay Area summer classic, the annual Alameda County Fair takes place at  Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Though prices are sometimes a bit steep with $12 admission, the petting zoo, range of carnival games, fried delicacies, classic fairground rides, and cute photo ops provides endless fun with family and friends.

Stern Grove (Sunday July 25-August 7)

                                                               Scott Wall

From classical music and rock and roll to the San Francisco Ballet, the 80th annual free summer concerts at Stern Grove capture the ambiance of San Francisco’s eclectic taste in music.

Surrounded by tall trees that provide a respite from the heat, the picturesque outdoor amphitheater, Stern Grove, is the perfect location for a picnic and a day of good music and relaxation this summer.

Fremont Street Eats (every Friday May 5- October 27)

                                                               Annika Yong

One of the most accessible activities on this list, Fremont Street Eats has a consistent schedule and a central location to guarantee an entire summer packed with some of the most unique, affordable food options around, including fusion, mexican, korean and american style street food. The seventh annual Fremont Street Eats promises a delicious array of gourmet food trucks and live music, perfect for a fun date night or just a casual hangout with friends.

Bay Area Night Market (Friday, Jul 29, 4:00 pm-10:00 pm)


Located in Newark, the Bay Area Night Market celebrates the cultural diversity of the Bay Area by including a global variety of food and a multifarious group of artists and craftsmen, with over 30 vendors in both open-air and indoor markets.  Live bands and interactive play space add a upbeat ambiance to the bustling night market.

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents “Hamlet” (Various dates from July 1 to Oct 1)

                                                              SF Shakes

Feel like enjoying some plays and cultural arts this summer? This year, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will present the infamous Shakespeare play “Hamlet” for free. This rare opportunity allows everyone to enjoy easily accessible Hamlet performances performed by a professional cast and director. The play is available in numerous outdoor venues, such as Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park and Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater, which is approximately 30 minutes away.


Pier 70 Puttputt (minigolf)

Play with your friends and family on one of the West Coast’s largest indoor Puttputt courses! The Pier 70 puttputt is a 60,000 sq. feet course located on the historic Pier 70 site in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. You can enjoy this unique and entertaining sport in Pier 70’s custom designed course and challenge your friends to all 18 different indoor holes.

Niles Dog Show (July 15)

                                                             Niles Archives

Yes, you heard us right, there is a dog show in Fremont. Once again the Pooch Pow-Wow Committee and the Niles Main Street Association present this unique canine contest. Highlights of the show include Doggie Paddling Pools, frisbee demonstration, and rescue adoption.There are a variety of special contests, such as best dog/person look alike, best costumes, and handsomest males. If you are interested in lighthearted activity and dogs, the Niles dog show is a perfect occasion.

About the Contributors
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Zarah Zhao, Staff Writer
Zarah (11) is a staff writer and features apprentice for the Irvington Voice. This is her first year on staff. She loves sleeping, dogs, and fries, and also enjoys taking photos and adventuring in her free time. Her favorite places include her bed and SF. Her favorite part of the journalism process is interviewing new people for articles.


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Annika Yong, Photos and Web Editor
Annika (12), is the Web and Photos Editor of the IHS Voice. She has been in journalism for three years and enjoys writing spotlights and investigative articles.

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