June 6: Beerfest at the Wells Fargo Center

After 18 years, the microbrewery mecca Beerfest still hasn’t succumbed to the brand of hoity-toity, touristy gimmickry that so pervasively seduces our long-running institutions. After all, what more does anyone need besides killer music, great food and cold beer? The grooves this year come in the form of the Thugz, who pepper their starry tributes to Monte Rio with a barrelful of Grateful Dead covers and who’ve honed the art of the long set list at their weekly nights at the Pink Elephant bar. The food comes courtesy of over 35 booths, from Johnny Garlic’s to Larry Vito’s barbecue, and the beer comes from every good place in the North Bay and beyond. Furthermore, it’s beer! It’s summertime! Bottoms up! Ticket price includes all the food you can eat and all the beer you can drink, but moderation is encouraged. All proceeds benefit Face to Face, and last year’s event sold out, so get your tickets now for Saturday, June 6, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 1–5pm. $35–$40. 707.544.1581.Gabe Meline