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Escapes: Bridgeville UFO festival will be out of this world

This year’s Bridgeville UFO Festival will feature its first My Favorite Alien dress-up contest. Last year, two Purple People Eaters competed in the Intergalactic Flying Saucer Trials.
This year’s Bridgeville UFO Festival will feature its first My Favorite Alien dress-up contest. Last year, two Purple People Eaters competed in the Intergalactic Flying Saucer Trials.

Aliens, or at least humans dressed up as extraterrestrials, abound at the Bridgeville UFO Festival, or BridgeFest, which has been sending homemade flying saucers into the skies since 1996. Extraterrestrial pilots can kick back and enjoy blueberry pie, American barbecue and live music while waiting to hop back into their ships and return to their home planets. Best fliers will win a cut of the competition’s entry fees.

The festival will also host its second annual Dirtbag Muster, where competitors sling a sackful of dirt on their backs and race through an obstacle course for the title of Biggest Dirtbag.

The free festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at Bridgeville Community Center off Highway 36 at Keeland Road. Fliers and spectators can call 707-777-1775 or visit bridgevillecommunitycenter.org/bridgefest.html for more information.

National Poetry Slam

What: More than 70 teams from the U.S. and Canada compete in Poetry Slam Inc.’s weeklong competition in Oakland. The festival features daytime open mikes, like Rap Slam and Jive Poetic, and workshops on topics from environmental to comedic poetry, along with five days of late-night competition, culminating in a final contest and afterparty.

When: Bouts start at 7 and 9 p.m. Aug. 11-13. Finals start at 8 and 11 p.m. Aug. 14-15

Where: Various across Oakland

Cost: $10-$150

Information: npsoak.com

Monterey Car Week

What: Monterey celebrates America’s love for the automobile in this weeklong, countywide event. The Concurs d’Elegance, the week’s culminating event, features 200 of the world’s best collector cars, which will be judged at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

When: Concurs d’Elegance: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 16. Weekly event times vary, Aug. 10-16.

Where: Various across Monterey County

Cost: Varies depending upon event; for Concurs d’Elegance, $300-$750

Information: seemonterey.com/events/sporting/concours

Beebop exhibit

What: Buzz! What’s that humming? Keepers from the Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association will partner with Lindsay Wildlife Experience for a honey tasting, beekeeper meet-and-greet, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling and live hive exhibit in Walnut Creek.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15-16

Where: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek

Cost: Free with admission; admission is $6.50-$8.50

Information: 925-935-1978, lindsaywildlife.org/events/bee-bop

Arts & Fun Festival

What: The self-described “old-fashioned country festival” in Pescadero brings in local musical and artistic talents and country cookin’ for a two-day romp that benefits local youth programs. It was formed in 1991 by local artists and has been going strong ever since. Other events include a fine-art exhibition, fashion show and fun run.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15-16

Where: Ides Grounds, 22 Stage Road, Pescadero

Cost: Free

Information: pescaderoartsandfunfestival.org

California glass exhibit

What: “All That Glitters” explores the California contemporary glass movement since its inception in the Bay Area more than 50 years ago. The exhibit will feature pieces from some of today’s popular artists, including UC Berkeley glass program founder Marvin Lipofsky.

When: Through Sept. 27

Where: Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., and IceHouse Gallery, 405 E. D St.

Cost: $5 nonmembers, free for members

Information: petalumaartscenter.org, icehousegallery.org

Bee Staff

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