SF LIFE: Filoli, Horse Show, Art, Films, Presidio, Gardens

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Head to the Menlo Circus Club for the annual charity horse show, Filoli in Woodside brings us a Gala in the garden and an outdoor art show. A multi-media young artists presentation comes to Napa and the The Jewish Film festival returns with incredible new works that are thought provoking and moving. Enjoy the beauty of the summer at the Presdio’s new tunnel top

August 9 – 14.  Menlo Charity Horse Show

Sunshine, the magnificence of horses and a benefit all await. The Menlo Circus Club in Atherton is the venue, and the lush grounds make the perfect setting for the majestic horses as they jump and display their strength and beauty. Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Vista), is the beneficiary of the event. Vista is the premier resource for individuals with vision loss in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. Nightly events combine the excitement of show jumping with the best of entertainment featuring casual dinners, wine and beer tastings. Admission is $10 and there are vendors selling the most unique art and goods. Get the details.

July 30-31.  Filoli Art Walk

Head to Filoli in all its splendor this annual event that showcases hand-picked local artists selling their work throughout Filoli’s spacious 16 acre Garden. Ceramics, jewelry and original paintings will delight shoppers, while those who simply love the gardens can stroll and enjoy.

In August you can attend the gorgeous Gala in the Garden that raises funds for Filoli helping preserve the historic House and Gardens and expanding the vast Natural Lands for public programs and events that welcome Bay Area residents and visitors to create memories and new narratives of beauty, nature, and shared stories in a unique setting. August 12th 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Get the details.

Now-August 31.  Alone Together

This an art piece like no other. Through new works by 15 of the world’s leading composers, emerging songwriters and choreographers, you will witness spoken word, poetry, sculpture, video art, music film and live performance and hear hundreds of young artists aged 8 – 18 process their biggest, most powerful emotions.

If you think Covid hasn’t affected children, this will change your mind. You will witness a journey into the subconscious minds of children and teens during this time of global turmoil and transformation. This is an immersive musical experience that examines life in lockdown in NYC through the eyes of children. Totally worth the drive to Napa to see this exquisite and heart wrenching event. CIA at Copia, 500 First St. Napa. Get details.

A New Park: Presidio Tunnel Tops

Get your steps in by exploring the newly opened park a decade in the making. From the designers of the NYC Highline, this 14-acre area includes fire pits, play areas and gardens with 180 varieties of native plants. Built on top of the Presidio Parkway tunnels- the views of the GG Bridge are incredible. There are food trucks every day should you “forget” to pack a snack or lunch. You can reserve a picnic table (with a view of course) there are murals honoring our Bay Area diversity and special events take place the first Sunday of the month from August – November. Get the details.

The San Francisco Jewish Film festival is back


The festival is back with its provocative and moving films. There are at home and in person options. Highlights include “Bernsteins Wall” – a centerpiece documentary this Saturday at the Castro Theatre. Leonard Bernstein’s life journey defined his role as one of America’s most important musical figures, while fighting to create social change and inspire political activism.

In Alameda on July 29th, you can view “Where Life Begins”. While on summer vacation with her large family on a bucolic Italian farm, the rebellious young ultra-Orthodox Esther meets the divorced, non-devout Catholic Elio. The two opposites gradually discover that, with mutual admiration and magnetism, opposites attract. A variety of great films for you to discover now through July 31st. Online streaming August 1 – 7th. Get the details.

Plant Sale!

Over the past few years, plant parents abound. Plants are the hottest trend in home décor and a young couple started a pop-up marketplace for plants in 2017 when they realized how successful their plant booth was at a fundraiser for their son’s school. They wanted to make locally sourced plants available to everyone. Soon Gardeneur was born and Top of Form

Bottom of Form hosts its pop-up events at multiple locations throughout the Bay Area. As plants become people’s new choice of decor and friendship, Gardeneur’s mission is to connect people with plants through its online marketplace platform and plant sale events. Get the plants you never knew you needed at The Ferry Building on August 14th or in Alameda on August 21st at the Hangar 1 distillery or in San Jose at St. Leo the Great in San jose on July 30th. https://www.gardeneur.com



  • Kim Selby

    Kim Selby, the SF life editor of The Three Tomatoes, is your gal for info on what’s hot and happening in the beautiful bay area. Having lived on the Left Coast for 27 years, after almost a decade in NYC, she has explored and continues to have adventures all over the San Francisco area. Passionate about fashion, formerly with GLAMOUR magazine and Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue , Palo Alto, Kim produced fashion shows in the bay area for over 20 years. She now creates events to empower, delight and inspire women, aka “Tomatoes”. Learn more about Kim at www.kim-selby.com

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