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Arts/Culture/Weekend: Queen's Day, robot competition, and vegan cooking

Jill Clardy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillclardy/)


Free drive-In Movie Night // The West Wind Drive-in movie theaters in Concord and San Jose host a Free Drive-in Movie Night, plus a festival with live music and games. All movies are double features. Admission is free and you can chow down on $1 nachos.

DETAILS: Solano 2 Drive-In & Capitol 6 Drive-In, Concord and San Jose; Gates open at 6pm, movie starts at sunset, Cost: FREE


Fourth Friday Art Walk // Enjoy specials, art exhibits, refreshments and more from local businesses from 6-9 pm every fourth Friday of the month. Head down to the 9th & Irving intersection on the N-Judah and pick up a map of the businesses that are participating.

DETAILS: Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco (find map here), 6-9pm, Cost: FREE

Movies in the Park : Diary of a wimpy kid //Movies in the Park are back for 2013 at the Redwood Heights Recreation Center in Oakland. All movies begin at dusk. Be sure to dress warm and bring a lawn chair and or blanket. Popcorn, hot chocolate, drinks and hot dogs will be available for purchase.

DETAILS: Redwood Heights Recreation Park, 3883 Aliso Ave, Oakland, Sunset at around 8pm, Cost: FREE (call 482-7827 in case of bad weather) 


Queen's Day 2013 // The Dutch community in San Francisco invites you to celebrate Queen’s Day 2013 near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park. Enjoy a full-day festival celebrating the restoration of Golden Gate Park’s windmills, with a bike parade, free tours, live music, tulips, flea market and all things dutch.

DETAILS: Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 11am-5pm, Cost: FREE

Botball 2013 Robot Battle Tournament// Watch some of the brightest high school geeks in the Bay Area pit their home-made autonomous robots (no remote controls allowed) against each other in the Northern California “BotBall” tournament at Independence High School in San Jose. // DETAILS: Independence High School Gym, 1776 Educational Park Dr., San Jose, 8am-5:30pm, Cost: FREE, and come dressed in orange!


Maritime Day on the Waterfront // Maritime Day is a family oriented day-long public celebration of events and activities along the waterfront from Hyde Street Pier in the north to Heron’s Head Park (Pier 98) in the south. Cruises, open exhibits, kayaking or lectures.

DETAILS: From Hyde Street Pier to Pier 98, Sunday 10am-5pm, Cost: Varies

Oakland Veg Week Finale // Celebrate the second annual Oakland Veg Week and pledge to be vegetarian this week. In this cooking lesson, you’ll learn how to make household favorites, including plant-based meats, cheeses or butter. You’ll also learn how to cook delicious plant-based desserts without using any extracted oils or sugars.

DETAILS: Lake Merritt Sailboat House, 568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, Sunday 1-3pm, Cost: FREE

Arts/Culture/Weekend is a roundup of our favorite events coming up around the Bay Area. Please do let us know if you have an event coming up in your neighborhood, and we'll try to include it.