5:30 p.m. | Dinner at Triple Rock Brewery
In 1986, when this straightforward, airy beer hall first opened its doors, it was the fifth brewpub in the US. The fare is as fun as the flowing suds – try the Hot Mess burger made with kimchi, or go for the Superfood salad of quinoa, kale, and Korean pear.
7 p.m. | Art at BAMPFA
The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, better known as BAMPFA, stays open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights. More than 450 films are screened here each year, and exhibitions have included the work of Andy Warhol, among others.
8 a.m. | Breakfast at Bette’s Oceanview Diner
Look for a counter seat at this lively 1950s-era eatery, which does not actually have a view of the ocean but does have cloud-like apple-brandy pancake soufflés, jukeboxes and, yes, a Bette (Bette Kroening has been dishing out her home-style favorites here since 1982).
10 a.m. | Tour Telegraph Avenue
While it stretches more than four miles, this four-block section around UC Berkeley is what made Telegraph a California icon and a landmark of 1960s counterculture. Browse through the Hat Shop and Amoeba Records, and prepare to be entertained.
12:30 p.m. | Brunch at 900 Grayson
The names are as creative as the cuisine at this comfort-food café in West Berkeley. Dare to try the Demon Lover, which entails spicy buttermilk-fried Sonoma chicken atop a crispy buttermilk waffle. Or go for the classic Grayson burger topped with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar, and crispy onions.
2 p.m. | Visit Chabot Space and Science Center
First founded as an observatory in 1883, this campus now includes an 86,000-square-foot facility that features hands-on exhibits, a full-dome planetarium, astronomy classes, simulated space missions to the moon, and more. If the stars align, swing by the Oakland Children’s Zoo and Fairyland afterward — the latter inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland.
8 p.m. | Dinner at Chez Panisse
From black truffle and grilled endive salad to grilled Sonoma County duck breast and crème caramel with Page mandarins, there is only one Chez Panisse, the fabled restaurant from Alice Waters. Make reservations one month in advance.
10 a.m. | Brunch at Revival Bar & Kitchen
Kick off your brunch today with whiskey-based Dixie Buck cocktails and Hot ‘n’ Bloody Marys, followed by such dishes as challah French toast, late-summer quiche, and baked egg shakshuka in this airy farm-to-table eatery flanked by drapery.
12 p.m. | Discover Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields
Built in the 1940s on the site of a former gunpowder factory, this racing track now features the explosive speeds of horses, and in the summer drops its prices on Sundays to $1 apiece for parking, admission, programs, and hot dogs. Wear your purchase from the Hat Shop for the races.