.Culture Crush: Find These Live Events in the North Bay


After the last year of pandemic stress, a wellness weekend is just what the North Bay needs. Thankfully, that is exactly what the Meritage Resort and Spa, and its neighboring sister property, Vista Collina Resort, are planning for the first-ever Moondance Napa Wellness Weekend. Opening with a reception and drum circle on June 24, the four-day series of packages include yoga and other outdoor activities, spa treatments, meditation, a “Celebration of Spring” concert, healthy meals, artisan markets with wellness vendors and more. Sign up for individual packages, or the whole weekend, Thursday through Sunday, June 24–27, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. Meritagecollection.com.

Point Reyes Station

West Marin’s Heidrun Meadery prides itself on making Champagne-style mead and honey in the most sustainable manner, including supporting local bee populations and beekeepers around the country. In celebration of Pollinators Week, Heidrun Meadery hosts Pollinator Week Mead Tasting, featuring a tour of the property’s fields and meadows with Pollinator Partnership Executive Director Kelly Rourke and Heidrun Farm Manager Adam Smith as guides. Learn about the variety of pollinators at the farm and the relationship Heidrun forges with this pollinator ecosystem. Following the walk, attendees can retire to the patio for a fun-filled mead tasting, lead by Heidrun General Manager Michael Zilber. Friday, June 25, at 11925 Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station. Noon. $40; registration required. Heidrunmeadery.com.


The Novato Art Stroll, the Novato Chamber’s signature summer event, is back and in-person this year after canceling plans in 2020. The free, family-friendly weekend gathering features several artist vendors from all over the Bay Area (including local Novato businesses) in a socially distanced arrangement. The art stroll will also host many local musicians including James Patrick Regan from the Deadlies, singer James H Harman, Craig Caffall, Pamela Joyce and Bob McBain, Douglas Cross and one-man band Chaz Gunter. Food and beverage stations will be limited due to certain restrictions, but will be available, and the Chamber is adhering to all Covid-related protocols such as providing sanitizing stations and asking that all who attend keep masks or facial coverings on. The Novato Art Stroll takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, on Grant Avenue between Redwood and Fifth Street, Novato. 11am to 6pm both days. Free admission. Novatochamber.com.


As part of Pride Month, Marin County nonprofit organization the Spahr Center—which serves the LGBTQ+ community and supports those affected by HIV—is holding an LGBTQ+ Pride Rally this weekend at Novato City Hall. The event is being held to thank City and Town Councils throughout Marin, as well as the Board of Supervisors, for flying the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag during the month of June, and to present the center’s LGBTQ+ agenda for Marin. Limited seating is available, and a pop-up tent will accommodate some rally goers. As with all events, masks and social distancing are encouraged for the rally on Saturday, June 26, at 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. Noon. Free. thespahrcenter.org.


With in-person events making a comeback, local venues like HopMonk Tavern are welcoming bands back for much-needed live music. This weekend, Sonoma County five-piece party-starters Burnside are at HopMonk in Sebastopol and ready to make the crowd move with original tunes that incorporate soul, folk, indie-rock and Americana. Joining Burnside for the show is another popular local figure, singer-songwriter Caitlin Jemma, who will likely perform some songs off her upcoming record True Meaning, due out later this summer. Catch up with the music on Saturday, June 26, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 8pm. 21 and over. $18. Hopmonk.com/sebastopol.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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