With basketball season coming to an end (Go Warriors!), the only major sports action in the Bay Area will be taking place in baseball stadiums in Oakland and San Francisco. I really like going out to Giants games because it’s a great excuse to go to the city.
I prefer day games because it can get so cold with AT&T Park right on the water, but it’s a fun experience nonetheless. Recently, I went with my friend Rick to a Giants day game and had such a great time sitting in the sun and cheering on the team. He buys a couple of tickets for various games from a season pass holder and the seats are past first base in the lower section. Unfortunately, they did not beat Cincinnati, but it was still a really fun, action-packed game.
For those who would rather go to the stadium to socialize, drink and eat, there are a lot of options. At this game, Rick introduced me to the Giants crab sandwich which is located at a booth beyond the outfield wall, close to the Coca-Cola Bottle. As expected, the line is always really long because it’s so popular, but Rick knew a secret; if you go to any of the booths alongside the crab sandwich booth (i.e. to get a beer), you can also order a crab sandwich and avoid the long line!
Be forewarned that Giants games can get a little pricey. For tickets alone, depending on the matchup, you could be paying $40 or more per seat. Then concessions, travel, and drinks add up and it may take a toll on your wallet by the end of the night. It’s worth it, in my opinion as I don’t go that often! If you want to save a little money but have a fun experience watching a game, go to an A’s game. Otherwise, check out the Giants schedule and try to catch a day game during the week!
Side Note: Jeremy, my writer, is a big Dodgers fan and cringed when he had to write this up, so maybe he is trying to steer you over the A’s intentionally…
For the record, it was me who was lucky in this situation! I had reserved a seat to Walnut Creek Yacht Club’s January lobsterfest but had to cancel when my son couldn’t get out of bed for lunch. Then, my friend Laura invited me with her reservation when a friend canceled.
This has been a yearly event that I have enjoyed many times. They used to charge the price of the year (i.e. $20.18), but this year they had to raise it to $25. If you’ve been to the Yacht Club before, you know that its cuisine is well-respected and the atmosphere is slightly upscale but inviting. “Lobster Month” is available for lunch or dinner, it includes 1.25 pounds of Maine Lobster either grilled or boiled, drawn butter, lemon, Regatta fries, and their WC Yacht Club coleslaw.
You do have to be a Loyalty Member (free!) to take part in the special deal, or even hear about them in their scuttlebutt newsletter and they can only accept in-restaurant reservations of 10 or fewer people, but it’s well worth it. One of the best-kept secrets in downtown Walnut Creek, especially since you have an entire MONTH to take advantage!
For this year, the lobster boil is almost over (unless you can snag a ticket last-minute for tomorrow), otherwise, you will have to wait until January 2019!
If you’ve been following this blog, you know about our recurring Saturday feature “Art Town.” A lot of those cool pieces of art are either related to the Bedford Gallery or found when strolling downtown Walnut Creek.
So, when I tell you that you MUST go on the Bedford Gallery Art Walk this Saturday, you better believe I mean it! I’ve learned a lot of cool stuff about Walnut Creek and its artwork just by writing those blogs every few weeks, and it’s forced me into wandering this town we often take for granted and experiencing some of its hidden beauty and best artwork.
This Saturday, June 17th, Beford Gallery docents will be leading the public art walking tour of Walnut Creek’s greatest works and will give you more interesting, in-depth information about your hometown than you could ever imagine.
Tickets are just $5 (cash only) and include admission to the Gallery itself. You don’t even have to RSVP. Just show up at 11 a.m. outside the Lesher Center and get walkin’ and art watchin’!
Additionally, there is a new self-guided audio tour available for public art in Walnut Creek, featuring 33 stops along the route. Have you seen those pink and orange signs around town designating public art? That’s where you can listen to the history of the piece on the Public Art Walking Tour app! Here’s a good map of all the public art the tour hits.
I’ll be there this weekend, and I hope to see you there too!