Come get your pontoons wet
The 33rd annual Clear Lake Splash-In is called the "oldest and largest seaplane gathering in the Western United States," and for good reason.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, more than 50 seaplane pilots and owners will display their unique aircraft and compete in water-bombing, spot-landing and other aerial contests. P.S.: Look for a few amphibious cars, as well.
Headquarters will be at the Skylark Shores Resort, 1120 N. Main St., Lakeport; (707) 263-6151. Planes will be displayed on the field at the nearby Natural High School and at Lampson Field Airport. A free shuttle will take attendees between the two.
Admission is $2, free for children 10 and younger. Booths will sell food and drink, and related merchandise.
More information: (800) 525-3743, www.clearlakesplashin.com.
Kingdom Animalia opens
It's all happening at the zoo. The 100-acre San Francisco Zoo, that is, which recently opened its newest installation, "Kingdom Animalia: An Abstracted Reverie."
The interactive, multimedia display is described as "an eight-minute video and sound art piece created by San Francisco artist Henry Jackson. This metaphysical journey creates a visual-audio-mind-play on the behavior of animals and their ever-changing environments."
In other words, it's a whole lot of fun and educational, too.
"Kingdom Animalia" is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, in the renovated Pachyderm Building.
The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1 Zoo Road; (415) 753-7080, www.sfzoo.org.
ROOTS OF ROCK
Polk Street Blues Fest
On the topic of advice to aspiring musicians, perhaps Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said it best: "If you don't know the blues, there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock 'n' roll."
If you understand that, then the free Polk Street Blues Festival is for you. The sound-fest will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday along San Francisco's Polk Street, from Jackson Street to California Street. Enjoy nonstop blues performances on two stages. Vendors will sell food, crafts and art.
For more information and the lineup of players: (800) 310-6563, www.polkstreet bluesfestival.com.
POLISH YOUR SPURS
Cowboy poets roundup
Each year for 28 years, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has brought fans from around the world to Elko, Nev., to appreciate poetry readings, music, movies, dances, exhibitions, workshops and discussions from the cowboy and ranching communities. "The nation's greatest celebration of the American West" is presented in the spirit of "the West's land-based culture, its traditional arts and the challenges it faces in the 21st century."
The next event will be Jan. 28 through Feb. 2, but be prepared when tickets go on sale Oct. 4; they won't last long. Pick and choose from daily multiple performances and workshops ranging from $20 to $350 per event. For tickets and information: (775) 738-7508, www.westernfolklife.org.
MARK THE DATE
Auburn antiques fair
Sure, it's September, but travelers who like to plan their itineraries in advance should make note of the 45th annual Old Town Auburn Fall Antiques and Collectibles Street Fair, Oct. 21, featuring 200 vendors.
Look for furniture, clothing, decorative and household items, and "good used junque" beginning at 8 a.m.
Information: (530) 888-1585, www.oldtownauburnca.com.
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