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7 amazing Bay Area things to do over Memorial Day weekend

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Welcome to a nice, loooong Memorial Day weekend — time for some fun and delicious adventures, from giant dinosaurs and great shows to a quick jaunt to barbecue heaven.

As with everything these days, be sure to double check websites for any last-minute changes in health guidelines. Meanwhile, if you’d like to have this Weekender lineup delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning for free, just sign up at www.mercurynews.com/newsletters or www.eastbaytimes.com/newsletters.

1: SEE & HEAR: Amazing (and huge) shows are all over

There is an abundance of cool live shows and exhibits to see this weekend (and beyond), including super-sized dinosaurs and a video-game symphony.

2 COOK & EAT: Grillin’ and thrillin’

Memorial Day weekend is of course the time when even people are don’t do BBQ are out grilling. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 5 top cookbooks with all kinds of great tips and recipes.

Bay Area Drummer and bandleader Akira Tana is heading a concert May 27 celebrating Japanese American musicians who continued playing after they were sent to internment camps during World War II. (Courtesy of Akira Tana) Courtesy of Akira Tana

3 SEE & HEAR: A free jazz show & history lesson

A free concert at the Presidio this weekend honors Japanese American musicians who kept performing even after they were unjustly imprisoned during World War II. Or if classical is more your thing, the S.F. Symphony is performing a new work inspired by the women’s suffrage movement.

4 SIP & MUNCH: Falafel to die for

This South Bay joint serves up some of the Bay Area’s very best falafel, and wait till you taste their secret culinary weapon.

5 WATCH: Another reason to love Julia Louis-Dreyfus

We’ll never forget her crazy-awful Seinfeld Dance, but the “Seinfeld” actor is just amazing in her new movie

Once again, it’s cherry-picking season in the Bay Area. Here are some orchards to visit in 2023.(Bay Area News Group archives) 

6 PLAY AND MUNCH: Fresh chomp-able cherries

Fresh, sweet cherries are a delectable treat — especially when you pick them yourself.

7 BAKE & GOBBLE: Birthday cookies?

Yes, birthday cookies — they are handier and easier to make than a birthday cake, but every bit as delicious.


Welcome to a nice, loooong Memorial Day weekend — time for some fun and delicious adventures, from giant dinosaurs and great shows to a quick jaunt to barbecue heaven.

As with everything these days, be sure to double check websites for any last-minute changes in health guidelines. Meanwhile, if you’d like to have this Weekender lineup delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning for free, just sign up at www.mercurynews.com/newsletters or www.eastbaytimes.com/newsletters.

1: SEE & HEAR: Amazing (and huge) shows are all over

There is an abundance of cool live shows and exhibits to see this weekend (and beyond), including super-sized dinosaurs and a video-game symphony.

2 COOK & EAT: Grillin’ and thrillin’

Memorial Day weekend is of course the time when even people are don’t do BBQ are out grilling. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 5 top cookbooks with all kinds of great tips and recipes.

Drummer and bandleader Akira Tana is heading a concert May 29 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance. (Courtesy of Akira Tana)
Bay Area Drummer and bandleader Akira Tana is heading a concert May 27 celebrating Japanese American musicians who continued playing after they were sent to internment camps during World War II. (Courtesy of Akira Tana) Courtesy of Akira Tana

3 SEE & HEAR: A free jazz show & history lesson

A free concert at the Presidio this weekend honors Japanese American musicians who kept performing even after they were unjustly imprisoned during World War II. Or if classical is more your thing, the S.F. Symphony is performing a new work inspired by the women’s suffrage movement.

4 SIP & MUNCH: Falafel to die for

This South Bay joint serves up some of the Bay Area’s very best falafel, and wait till you taste their secret culinary weapon.

5 WATCH: Another reason to love Julia Louis-Dreyfus

We’ll never forget her crazy-awful Seinfeld Dance, but the “Seinfeld” actor is just amazing in her new movie

Once again, it’s cherry-picking season in the Bay Area. Here are some orchards to visit in 2023.(Bay Area News Group archives) 

6 PLAY AND MUNCH: Fresh chomp-able cherries

Fresh, sweet cherries are a delectable treat — especially when you pick them yourself.

7 BAKE & GOBBLE: Birthday cookies?

Yes, birthday cookies — they are handier and easier to make than a birthday cake, but every bit as delicious.

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