Average Ticket Price: $13-$55
For summer in the East Bay, the California Shakespeare Festival is mandatory for all lovers of Shakespeare and the outdoors. Getting to be the best in the West for outdoor Shakespeare, the California Shakespeare Festival offers wonderful seating outside at the Bruns Amphitheatre. Even though it gets chilly at night, the buoyant festival atmosphere is warming. There is gourmet food available and many fans choose to bring a romantic picnic. Take the bridge to Route 24 toward Walnut Creek, go through the Caldecott Tunnel, and exit on Shakespeare Festival Way. For fans of the Bard, this is the place (they do other classics, as well). The Bruns Amphitheatre seats 545.