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    Places to go, things to do


    With the summer season upon us, travel plans are being made and executed. The following gallery provides stories about and links to schedules and venues for music, theater, recreation, dining and other varieties of fun.

    Concerts/Music festivals
    Sacramento will see its share of live music in the next few months, but outdoor festivals and other gigs are a great excuse to sneak out of town. Read the story and see the schedule.
    It includes Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z (pictured) performing July 26 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
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    Concerts/Music festivals
    Photo: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, with bassist Flea, will be part of the Outside Lands festival Aug. 9-11 at Golden gate Park in San Francisco. It is one of many musical events in our Concerts/Music festivals listings.
    John Shearer | John Shearer/ Invision/ AP
  • Jane's Addiction
    Concerts/Music festivals
    Photo: Jane's Addiction will be part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival on Sept. 11 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. It is one of many musical events in our Concerts/Music festivals listings.
    Katy Winn | Associated Press
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    Concerts/Music festivals
    Photo: Jam band favorites Phish, with guitarist Trey Anastasio, will do two nights of shows July 30-31 at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harvey's casino in Stateline, Nev. It is one of many musical events in our Concerts/Music festivals listings.
    Associated Press file
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    Outdoor theater


    Summer brings a more relaxed vibe to the theater experience by taking it outdoors. Most theater companies and venues listed below encourage patrons to arrive early, and to bring food and refreshments. And remember to pack a few layers of clothing because whether you're seeing Shakespeare up in Ashland, Ore., Lake Tahoe (pictured) or even in Land Park, shows can cool off when the sun goes down. See other shows scheduled in our Outdoor theater list.
    Joy Strotz | Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival file, 2009
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    Outdoor theater
    Photo: The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival will alternate performances of "Twelfth Night" and "Julius Caesar" on the William A. Carroll Amphitheatre in William Land Park this summer. See other shows scheduled in our Outdoor theater list.
    Luther Hanson | Sacramento Shakespeare Festival
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    Tahoe with the kids


    Photo: A trip to Lake Tahoe should include plenty of family time on the beach. Many places offer watercraft rentals for a reasonable price. See other opportunities on our Tahoe with the kids list.
    Courtesy of Keilah Woodard
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    Tahoe with the kids
    Photo: Kids get a taste of the Wild West with a stagecoach ride in Virginia City, just 40 miles from Lake Tahoe. Virginia City has a saloon, shops and an Outlaws Wild West Comedy Show. See other opportunities on our Tahoe with the kids list.
    Courtesy of Keilah Woodard
  • Jake's By The Lake

    Dining on Lake Tahoe


    Photo: This summer, as you circumnavigate the 72 miles of Lake Tahoe shoreline around the 2-million-year-old alpine lake, pause for a bite among all the hiking, boating and beaching. Try this sampling of recommended dining choices - including Jake's by the Lake - many with outdoor decks and patios that afford dazzling views of Tahoe's crystalline water. See more places to eat and enjoy the lake on our Dining on Lake Tahoe list.
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    Heading to Hetch Hetchy


    Do not rush getting here. The Hetch Hetchy reservoir at Yosemite National Park isn't going anywhere, even though environmentalists hope with every fiber of their being that the valley one day will be drained and restored to what John Muir called a wondrous spectacle of nature. Learn more about a road trip in our Heading to Hetch Hetchy story/list.
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    Heading to Hetch Hetchy
    Photo: A boat traverses the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which is surrounded by granite peaks similar to the ones in Yosemite Valley. Learn more about a road trip in our Heading to Hetch Hetchy story/list.
    Bee file, 2004
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    Road tripping to Santa Cruz


    Photo: So many things to so many people, Santa Cruz is one of those idyllic coastal cities you daydream about inhabiting; not living there so much as melding into the vibe. Check out this road trip opportunity in our Road tripping to Santa Cruz story/list.
    Kevin German | Bee file
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