The spot: Tomato Battle, noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton.
The vibe: Thousands of spaghetti sauce fanatics gather for an afternoon of dancing to live music, sipping libations and flinging up to 300,000 pounds of past-ripe Roma tomatoes at one another. Sound like your idea of a good time? We thought so. Eschew dinner and a movie for this ketchup-covered mosh pit, and we guarantee you'll feel like you've been whisked off to Spain's original La Tomatina festival. Wear swim goggles and a red bathing suit or red swim trunks for the ultimate in camouflage. The only rule: Squash tomatoes before hurling them. We wouldn't want injuries.
The details: $49.99 per person. Tomato battle begins at 4 p.m. Bring an extra set of clothes unless you don't mind driving home on ruddy car seats. http:// tomatobattle.com.
For the couple who: Wants to get saucy.
-- J. Yadegaran, Staff
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