Fun, low-key things to do in the Bay Area over the July 4th weekend

If you’re visiting from out of town and are looking for things to do, here is a list of some of our favorite things to do in the peninsula area.

  1. Wine Tasting: Big Dog Vineyards
  2. Retro: Classic movie with theme played live by an organist!
  3. Arts/Nature: Filoli Gardens
  4. Retro: Jazz Supper Club (Dinner with Live Music)

1. Big Dog Vineyards (Milpitas, CA)

This winery is a gem. It has gorgeous views of the bay and excellent, unique wines. The owners Mark & Sandy are super welcoming and personable. Family, kid, and dog friendly.

Friday 5–9pm
Saturday/Sunday 12–5pm

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2. Classic Movies at Stanford Theater (Palo Alto, CA)

We don’t go to the movies often, but when we do… The floor opens, an organist rises from below the stage and starts playing the theme music. Then he disappears into the floor again and a Hitchcock movie or other classic starts playing.

“African Queen” and “Desk Set”

Friday 6/30
Desk Set (1957) 5:35, 9:25
The African Queen (1951) 7:30

Saturday 7/1
Desk Set (1957) 5:35, 9:25
The African Queen (1951) 3:40,7:30

Sunday 7/2
Desk Set (1957) 5:35, 9:25
The African Queen (1951) 3:40,7:30

Closed Monday, Tuesday

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3. Filoli Gardens (Woodside, CA)

Whether you just want to soak up the sun in an Instagram friendly environment or are looking for a magnificent place to read a book or bring your favorite set of watercolors, you’ll be enchanted at Filoli Gardens. Picnic tables, cafe, hiking trails, nature preserve, all in one place!

Tuesday-Sunday: 10am — 5pm

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4. Angelicas Jazz Supper Club (Redwood City, CA)

Jazz supper clubs were very popular a few generations ago. While they’re less common, they’re still swell and alive in the Bay Area! Angelicas has gourmet food, an extensive beverage list, tasty vegetarian options and great live music! You will be transported to another time with light music. From old Duke Ellington standards to Beatles classics to the latest movie soundtrack, with some original tunes interspersed.

Saturday 7/1 — Reservations available 7pm onwards. Show is 8:30-10:30pm


The San Jose Mercury News article

Recommended schedule

Friday Night: Movie at Stanford Theater

Saturday morning/lunch: Filoli Gardens

Saturday evening: Angelicas - gourmet dinner & live music

Sunday: Wine Tasting at Big Dog Vineyards

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