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A beer festival and cornhole tournament – on an aircraft carrier?

Attendees play cornhole on the USS Hornet’s flight deck at Battlestar Classic’s first event in 2016.
Attendees play cornhole on the USS Hornet’s flight deck at Battlestar Classic’s first event in 2016. Special to The Sacramento Bee

Have you ever dreamed of drinking beer and playing cornhole on a WWII-era aircraft carrier? Now is your chance.

Part beer festival, part cornhole tournament, the Battlestar Classic is a one-of-a-kind event held on the flight deck of the USS Hornet in Alameda.

In addition to offering incredible views of the bay, the classic will feature pours from more than 20 breweries, as well as food and music. Guests can watch 64 teams compete to be “Top Gun” and win the Battlestar Classic championship, or toss bean bags themselves in the amateurs bracket.

The event, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, serves as a fundraiser for the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier Museum, which will be open to guests during the event. Museum exhibits tell the tales of the USS Hornet’s role in various missions, including recovering the Apollo 11 astronauts after they landed in the ocean.

Tickets range from $30-60 depending on selected activities. For more information, visit www.uss-hornet.org.

Eat Drink SF

What: Come with an empty stomach to this event, which gives attendees access to more than 160 restaurants offering some of the Bay Area’s best food and drinks. Check out the “Taco Knockdown,” where local chefs will produce creative taco-inspired dishes, or learn about different varietals in the SF Wine School’s classroom.

Where: Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco

When: Afternoon and evening tastings at various times, Thursday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 27

Cost: $79-209

Information: www.eatdrink-sf.com

Oakland Triathlon Festival 2017

What: At the largest urban triathlon on the West Coast, attendees of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to swim, bike and run. But keep in mind – the swimming portion of the race takes place in the Oakland Estuary, where the August water temperature is 66-70 degrees.

Where: Jack London Square, 38 Webster St., Oakland

When: 7 a.m.-noon, Sunday, Aug. 27

Cost: $130-275 depending on race

Information: www.oaklandtri.com

Earthquake Festival

What: “It’s our fault and we’re proud of it!” proclaims this festival’s website, which celebrates the rise of Winters after a earthquake hit the area in 1892. Learn about the city’s unusual beginnings, and enjoy local food, drinks and music.

Where: Main Street, between Railroad Avenue and First Street, Winters

When: 5-11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25

Cost: Free

Information: www.discoverwinters.com/event/earthquake-festival

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