Escapes: Berkeley's Kite Festival

07/07/2013 12:00 AM

07/06/2013 10:01 PM


Kite festival Dreams are a kite on a windy day, right? So tether your dreams and head to the Berkeley Kite Festival, where they'll celebrate the 28th annual high-flying event.

Bring your own kite to the annual event or make one for free. While you're sailing your own, check out the assortment of other kites, such as rokkaku battle kites, spinners or classic diamonds. You might even like to test your skills in the West Coast Kite Championships.

The free festival takes place 10 a.m. t0 6 p.m. July 27-28 in Cesar E. Chavez Park at Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley. Parking in the marina costs $10.

For more information, call (510) 235-5483 or visit


Railroad museum opens

What: The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum opens in its new home at the historic San Luis Obispo freight house, an 1894 building that was used as goods were transferred from Southern Pacific to a local narrow-gauge railroad. To mark the opening, there will be a ceremony, historical displays, music and railroad motor cars. The event is part of the fifth annual Central Coast Railroad Festival, which is held throughout San Luis Obispo County (

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12

Where: 1940 Santa Barbara St., San Luis Obispo

Cost: Free

Information:; (805) 548-1894.


Bat tours at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

What: Get up close with Mexican free-tailed bats as they return to the Yolo Bypass this summer. Thousands of bats emerge each evening to hunt for insects over the rice fields of Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Each guided tour will last around three hours.

"A colony of 1,000 bats will eat the equivalent of two brown grocery bags full of insects nightly, which provides an invaluable pest-control service to both farmers and families," said Corky Quirk, who leads the bat tours.

When: 6:30 p.m. July 25; 6:15 p.m. Aug. 8; 6:15 p.m. Aug. 13; 6 p.m. Aug. 21; 6 p.m. Aug. 23; and 5:45 p.m. Aug. 27

Where: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area: 45211 County Road 32B, Davis.

Cost: $10 plus a $2 processing fee for each transaction; children 16 and under, free. Advance reservations are required.

Information and reservations:


New otters exhibit

What: Aquarium of the Bay's recently opened exhibit, "Otters: Watershed Ambassadors," allows visitors to watch North American river otters in all aspects of their natural environment – playing, swimming, feeding and more. The exhibit is part of expansion plans for the aquarium.

When: Summer hours (through Sept. 4) are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Where: Aquarium of the Bay, the Embarcadero and Beach Street, San Francisco.

Cost: Individual tickets are $12.95-21.95; family packages available

Information: Call (415) 623-5300 or visit


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