Escapes: Monterey Beer Festival

06/09/2013 12:00 AM

06/08/2013 10:01 PM


Celebrate beer

The Monterey Beer Festival will give beer fans the opportunity to sample more than 100 brews from all over the world. The festival will be held at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center, and benefits the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation.

In addition to the brews, entertainment includes live music as well as an appearance from Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas, the former Chicago White Sox heavy-hitting first baseman. He will be there to promote his Big Hurt Beer.

The festival will be held Saturday at 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey (enter at Gate 5) from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Tickets are available online at or at the door. Admission is $50 per person at the gate or $45 advance. VIP pass is additional.

For more information, visit or call (831) 372-5863.


Railroad summer shows

What: Hundreds of 20th century model trains will be on display during summer shows put on by the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society. The display includes an elaborate 34-by-56-foot layout that includes bridges, tunnels and terrain from desert to snow- covered mountains. It features 200 train cars and 50 steam and diesel engines.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30

Where: Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek.

Cost: $3 general, $2 for seniors and children

Information: Call (925) 937-1888.


Sea-inspired artifacts at the airport

What: San Francisco International Airport will host "Nautical Arts" from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, featuring artifacts including masthead ornaments, scrimshaw, fancy ropework, ships in bottles and other ship models, a hand-painted sea chest and a whalebone chair.

When: The exhibition is on view to Terminal 2 ticketed passengers through Dec. 8.

Where: "Nautical Arts" is located beyond security screening in Terminal 2, departures level, San Francisco International Airport.

Cost: Free



Heavenly Village Fine Art Festival

What: This outdoor art festival features original paintings, photography, etchings and sculpture from accomplished national artists, who will be on hand to present and discuss their works. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Tahoe Arts Project.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 22-23

Where: The Shops at Heavenly Village; 4080 Laker Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe

Cost: Free

Information: Call (818) 813-4478 or go to


Twilight hikes with night birds

What: Listen for common poorwills and owls on a Saturday evening hike in the state park led by Mount Diablo Interpretive Association's Denise Wite. The two-hour, three-mile hikes focus on nocturnal wildlife. Bring a flashlight, binoculars and water.

When: 7-9 p.m. June 22, 29 and July 13

Where: Mitchell Canyon Visitors Center and Trailhead, 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton

Cost: $6 per car

Information: Call (415) 346-4565 or visit Reservations required:


Tim Swanson, Features Editor

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