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Top Tickets: May 9-15

This week, treat your Mom to music and a meal, party for a purpose, groove to the stylings of Florence and the Machine, and more.


MomDay in the Park and All Area Music Festival

5/11 Over Mother’s Day weekend, bring your favorite maternal figure to Todos Santos Plaza in Concord to enjoy lunch at one of the area’s many restaurants and an afternoon of free concerts by young Bay Area virtuosos in support of local music education. visit​concordca.com.


Ziggurat / Oakland Museum of California


Ziggurat and Ziggurat Late Night

5/11 The Oakland Museum of California hosts their annual fundraising extravaganza, including a cocktail reception, access to the museum’s Queer California exhibit, a live auction, and dinner. Stay after-hours for Ziggurat Late Night and the chance to dance the night away. museumca.org.



Elizabeth Acevedo

5/14 National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo visits Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts in Berkeley while on tour for her new book, With the Fire on High, which follows a young mother who finds her passion in the art of cooking. mrsdalloways.com.



Taste of Lafayette

5/14 Sample the flavors of Lafayette at this event, which features drinks and bites from more than 25 restaurants, as well as live performances and a fundraising raffle for the Lafayette Community Foundation. lafayettechamber.org.


Florence and the Machine / Vincent Haycock


Florence and the Machine: The High as Hope Tour

5/15 The Concord Pavilion becomes a whirl of light and color as Florence and the Machine transport audiences with their dreamy alt-rock soundscape. The show will likely feature such hits as “Dog Days Are Over,” “Cosmic Love,” and “Sky Full of Song.” livenation.com.






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