The Healdsburg Arts Festival is back! Stroll the inimitable Healdsburg Plaza and prepare to be immersed in some of wine country’s finest creativity. The festival is dedicated to three categories of art: visual, performative and culinary. Attendees can enjoy art demonstrations, public art on display, interactive art creations, booths for non-profit organizations, music, entertainment, dance performances and a wide selection of dishes and wines. Over 55 booths represent the creative skills and passion of the Healdsburg community. The festival is presented by the Healdsburg Center for the Arts in partnership with the City of Healdsburg Community Services Department. The Healdsburg Arts Festival takes place Friday, August 26 at Healdsburg Plaza, Matheson St. and Healdsburg Ave. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free entry. www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us
What’s the best thing to do after salsa in Barcelona? It’s dancing salsa at Grand Central Petaluma to the spicy and rhythmic tones of Charlie Barreda and the All Star Trio. An Ecuadorian-owned downtown café, Grand Central showcases the South American country’s artisan talent and exceptional coffee plantations while supporting fair and environmentally responsible business practices. Barreda is originally from Peru, where her musical career began at the age of 12, before coming to the United States to study at the now closed Music and Arts Institute in San Francisco. His musical expertise ranges from keyboard to vibraphone, including composition and percussion. Barreda knows how to do everything, with impeccable rhythm! Charlie Barreda and the All Star Trio will play Sunday, August 28 at Grand Central Petaluma, 226 Weller St. from 3-6 p.m. Tickets $10. @grandcentralpetaluma on Instagram.
Celebrate it Heritage Day to the historic China Camp Village this weekend and enjoy Northern California’s vibrant and diverse community. Lion dancers in brightly colored costumes, traditional guzheng music, mahjong lessons, Chinese brush painting lessons, tai chi and more are part of this event. Bring the whole family—kids have the opportunity to build their own boat and learn about local wildlife, ecology, and history through hands-on activities offered by the National Estuarine Research Reserve, San Francisco Maritime Museum and Wildcare. The Heritage Day Festival takes place Saturday, August 27 at 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael. 11am-3pm. $5 parking fee for non-members. www.friendsofchinacamp.org
Have you ever wondered how that gorgeous dark brown liquid we call coffee got into its cup? Discover this weekend in a Home roasting workshop with the Punto Fino cafe in Fairfax. While sipping on the specialty drink menu, examine several popular home roasting methods and ask questions about the world of coffee and roasting. Then watch the green beans placed in an open roaster and observe the transformation into the roasted bean, noting the different smells and sounds as the process progresses. Take part in a guided, hand-held roasting lesson and take home a bag of freshly roasted beans. The start of a new hobby, perhaps? The Home Roasting Workshop will take place on Sunday, August 28 at Punto Fino, 85 Bosque Ave., Fairfax. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. www.puntofinocoffee.com