This weekend, stay cool at these hot events. Transcendence Theater Company wraps up their summer series of Broadway Under the Stars with their Gala Celebration. The Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival is taking over Johnson's Beach. Spring Lake is going to the dogs for its season ender, Water Bark. All this and more is in our list of things to do.
Transcendence’s Gala Celebration: The Transcendence Theater Company wraps up their summer series of Broadway Under the Stars with a celebration performance this weekend, highlighting the season’s favorite numbers in one fun night. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Jack London State Park, but come early for pre-show picnicking, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $150. Find out more at transcendencetheatre.org.
Saturday, Sept. 9
West Coast Diesels Tractor Pull: This Saturday, the action will be nonstop as more than 70 vehicles pull heavy sleds in the 2nd annual tractor pull at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The event starts with a “Show & Shine” truck show from 2-6 p.m., followed by the tractor pull at 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20, plus $8 parking. Find out more at www.westcoastdiesels.com.
Art in the Park: Artists, sculptors, jewelers and more will showcase their work in a free event at Walnut Park in Petaluma this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, peruse beautiful art, create art, or find a few new pieces for your home. Find out more at petalumaarts.org.
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival: With class acts from Stephanie Mills, Tower of Power, Beth Hart and more, this weekend’s festival at Johnson’s Beach will get you up and dancing. Tickets are $55-$190 pre-sale. More details at russianriverfestivals.com.
Spring Lake Water Bark: This weekend, Spring Lake is going to the dogs. The swimming lagoon opens Saturday and Sunday for dog-filled water play, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online, or at the park, and start at $5-$7 per dog, plus a $7 parking fee. Find out more at waterbark2017.brownpapertickets.com.
Other upcoming events:
Friday, Sept. 8
Sonoma Valley Crush: Intimate, hands-on harvest experience, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at 12 boutique wineries in Kenwood and Glen Ellen. $35 to $55. 707-431-1137, heartofsonomavalley.com
George Benson & Kenny G: ‘Breezin’ and Breathless Tour,’ 7:30 tonight, Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $45 to $85. 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu
Saturday, Sept. 9
‘The Magician Is In’: Stage magic by Nick Federoff, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol. $20. 530-264-5105, TheMagicianIsIn.BrownPaperTickets.com
Vicious Rumors: Power metal band, plus thrash metal band Kill Ritual, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $25 to $30. 707-791-3482, rockstaruniversity.com
Concert in the Hub: Peace and Justice Center fundraiser, Midnight Sun Massive, Dream Farmers, Dylan Black Project, 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 9, La Plaza Park, Cotati. Free. 707-575-8902.
Kool & the Gang: Grammy-winning rhythm and blues band, summer concert series season finale, 5 p.m. Saturday, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg. $89 to $129. 800-514-3849, rodneystrong.com
Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra: Tribute with Shelia E., Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25 to $65. 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu
Sunday, Sept. 10
‘Joyful Noise’: New York Times bestselling author/illustrator John Agee draws stories as Gio Benedetti and The Brothers Comatose perform, 2 p.m. Sunday, Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. Free. copperfieldsbooks.com
Find more events at pressdemocrat.com/events.