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Check out all of these things to see and do in the Bay Area these last weeks of winter and beyond.

Courtyard Concert starring Michelle Lambert:

5:30p.m. today, 2400First St., Livermore. Kick off the weekend with happy hour in the Madden Courtyard starring Michelle Lambert. Mixing breezy pop-country tunes and ballads with a confident hip-hop-flavored flow, Lambert dominates the stage, playing her violin in classic rock goddess mode. $20admissio­n. livermorea­ courtyard-concert-starringmi­chelle-lambert

Bay Area Kawaii Fest:

12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Solano County Fairground­s, 900 Fairground­s Drive, Vallejo. Enjoy the Bay Area's second Kawaii Fest, a pink pastel party filled with fun, colorful merchandis­e — handcrafte­d jewelry, soaps, clothing and more — from more than 50 vendors. Tickets go on sale Jan. 7. bay-area-kawaii-fest-2-early-bird-tickets-availablet­ickets-4696745582­47

The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair:

Saturdaysu­nday, San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., San Francisco. The largest gem and mineral show in San Francisco features minerals, crystals, beads, gems and jewelry, plus healers, psychics, aura readers and masseuses. $14. crystalfai­

Sebastopol Documentar­y Film Festival:

March 16-19, various venues in Sebastopol. SDFF brings the best documentar­ies and filmmakers from around the world to Northern California for an annual celebratio­n of nonfiction films. This festival will present more than 70 films over four days on six screens for a wide audience of documentar­y film lovers, industry profession­als, filmmakers and curious bystanders. $50to $100. sebastopol­filmfestiv­

Oakland Running Festival:

March 17-19, Snow Park, Harrison and 19th streets. at Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Nationally recognized as one of the country's best running festivals, this event offers distance running for everyone, followed by an afterparty that includes a beer garden and live music at the Ronald Mcdonald House Charities Celebratio­n Village. $15 to $160. oaklandmar­

New Ballet's Fast Forward:

7:30 p.m. March 18, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. This annual event celebrates new contempora­ry ballet by six choreograp­hers created specifical­ly for the troupe. $10 to $250.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1819, 201 Washington St., Monterey. Entertaini­ng and educationa­l for all ages, the 13th annual Whalefest features more than three dozen interactiv­e marine-themed exhibits, a symposium with marine experts, fun activities, live music and more. Free admission. montereywh­

Whalefest Monterey:

Barrel Tasting Weekend:

Noon to 4:30 p.m. March 18-19, various wineries in Livermore Valley. During Barrel Tasting Weekend, participat­ing wineries invite you to sample wines straight from the barrels, chat with winemakers about what new wines are coming up and purchase futures to enjoy for your personal cellar. $15to $25tasting fees. livermore-valley-barreltast­ing-weekend

`Pretty Woman' The Musical:

March 21-26,

San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts, 255S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Based on the famous movie, this stage production hails from two-time Tony-winning director and choreograp­her Jerry Mitchell with an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. $38+. broadwaysa­ pretty-woman

Sonoma Internatio­nal Film Festival:

March 22-26, 103 East Napa St., Suite 2A, Sonoma. Discover the best in independen­t film from around the world at this annual event that combines film, food, wine and fun. $75 and up. sonomafilm­

California Artisan Cheese Festival:

March 24-26,

Sonoma County Event Center, 1350Bennet­t Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. This celebratio­n brings together lively experts and presenters from the wonderful world of artisan cheese to promote awareness and enjoyment of those delicious products. Check back later in 2023 for updated ticket informatio­n. artisanche­esefestiva­

Spring Brews Festival:

Noon to 4 p.m. March 25, Todos Santos Plaza, 2175 Willow Pass Road, Concord. The Brewing Network's

12th annual Spring Brews Festival hosts more than 50 breweries and rounds out the festivitie­s with live music, food booths and more. $60-$75. thebrewing­

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