Where/When: , 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek; Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Why Go: Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Martin Short, of “Saturday Night Live” and “Jiminy Glick” fame, headlines this comedy show, which benefits the homeless charity HomeAid.
Where/When: , 2045 Mount Diablo St., Concord; Friday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Why Go: Garageland Rodeo is bringing its unique brand of rock and blues with just a hint of country and a lotta soul to downtown Concord. Come rock out.
Where/When: , 603 Marina Vista Ave., Martinez; Saturday, 2-5:30 p.m.
Why Go: Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling the tree-lined streets of downtown Martinez while enjoying wine tasting at local businesses. Ticket includes glass, wine glass charm, wine tasting passport, tasting and a map of participating businesses.
Price: $15 advance, $25 day of event
Where/When: 1556 Brown St., Martinez; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Why Go: Free award-winning tour features 50 Alameda and Contra Costa county gardens that are pesticide-free, conserve water, provide habitat for wildlife and contain 50 percent or more native plants. This self-drive tour showcases a variety of gardens, from large parcels in the hills to small lots in the flats. Native plant sales and talks at select gardens.
Where/When: , 90 1st St., Benicia; Sunday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Why Go: There will be something for everyone to enjoy at this family-friendly event, complete with waterfront views, food, music, fun and, of course, cars. Hourly raffle prize drawings begin at 11 a.m., with prizes valued at more than $4,000. A fine selection of food vendors and car-show related craft vendors will complete the day.