Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events

Excited about the end of your work week but stumped as to what summery fun to channel that excitement into? Here are five beee-autiful options, all happening this weekend at an East Bay venue near you!

Oakland Greek Festival
Greece may not be faring too well on the economic front, but that’s not stopping the annual Oakland Greek Festival, now in its 41st year. Celebrating the music, food, and long cultural history of the small nation of ten million, the festival will feature live music, dance performances and lessons, cooking demonstrations, and all the souvlaki, spanakopita, and moussaka you can stomach. The festival takes place on Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; $6 for adults, free for children twelve and under. OaklandGreekFestival.comAzeen Ghorayshi

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Notes & Words
Once a year, writers, comedians, and musicians take the stage at the Fox Theater for a fundraiser of the most heartwarming proportions. Audience members dance, laugh, and experience new literary heights — all while contributing to one of the most objectively good local causes there is: Children’s Hospital Oakland. This year’s iteration will feature former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, local science writer and comedienne extraordinaire Mary Roach, author (and Notes & Words founder) Kelly Corrigan, and TV star Lauren Graham, plus music from G. Love; porch-folk lyricists Goodnight, Texas; and Oakland School for the Arts’ award-winning a capella group, Vocal Rush. Consider your Saturday, May 18 booked. 8 p.m., $50 and up. 510-428-3814 or NotesandWords.orgA.G.

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