Today, the Friends of the Oakland Fox theater host a welcome party for Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. The $25 ticket gets you appetizers and one-hour of a hosted beer and wine bar. For $125 more, get a VIP pass with a swag bag and a custom name plaque affixed to a Fox Theater balcony chair. The friends will also host a raffle and silent auction.
The annual Berkeley Kite Festival takes flight this weekend from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Admission is free, while onsite parking is $10. See the world's largest octopus kite, listen to taiko drummers, and learn how to make and fly a kite. No word on who the food vendors will be, but you can always bring a picnic.
Saturday, the Oakland A's host its 15th annual beer fest two hours before the 6:05 P.M. game against the Minnesota Twins. Tickets to the baseball game get you free entry to the beer fest, but it costs $12 for 3 tastings and a souvenir beer mug. Participating microbrews include 21st Amendment, Anchor Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Lost Coast Brewery and more.
Also Saturday, the Terrace Room near Oakland's Lake Merritt hosts its Summer Swing event from 5 to 10 P.M. Learn how to swing dance from 5 to 6 P.M., and then the floor opens up for a live band. $25 lets you dance and drink (2 tokens), while VIP tickets that include appetizers cost $55. Reservations required.
Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
1805 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Oakland A's Beer Fest
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
The Terrace Room
1800 Madison St., Oakland