SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Step back in time and discover a village of jesters, knights and Shakespearean actors. The Valhalla Renaissance Faire will descend on Lake Tahoe the next two weekends. Ride an elephant, test your archery skills, watch jousting tournaments and shop for artisan crafts. Entertainment will be everywhere, with 900 costumed actors performing on stage and in the streets.
The first weekend is geared toward younger children, with Scottish-themed dancing, plays and music. Pirates and barbarians invade the second weekend, with scavenger hunts and costume contests.
It all takes place at the Camp Richardson Resort, 1900 Jameson Beach Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission runs $18 general, $13 for seniors, military and ages 13-17, $8 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. For more tickets and more information, visit www.valhallafaire.com.
Art & Wine Festival
What: The 33rd annual festival brings 200 craft booths, 100 wines and beers, two stages of live entertainment, a grape stomp, children’s activities and more. Expect more than 100,000 attendees, and a lot of cover bands.
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday
Where: Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek
Cost: Free admission, souvenir glasses $6, pour tickets $5
What: Taste artichokes fried, grilled, pickled, fresh and creamed at the Castroville Artichoke Festival. There will also be a quirky, three-dimensional art exhibit on fruit and veggies, plus a colorful parade, live music, cooking demos and field tours.
When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. next Sunday
Where: Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Cost: $10 general, $5 seniors, military and children 4-12, free for children 3 and under
What: Celebrating the original locals who fought for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, the Santa Cruz Parade and Festival has drawn thousands for the past 40 years. Expect colorful floats, costumes, music and stage performances.
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sunday
Where: Downtown, Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
What: Listen to jazz in its many styles at the 16th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, which features 20 concerts. Performers include Charlie Musselwhite, Joshua Redman, Ron Carter and Marc Cary.
When: Various, Friday through June 8
Where: Various venues, Healdsburg
Cost: Individual events free-$75
What: Traveler Lynne Lindsey will recount her five-week trip in France, including Paris as well as other major regions.
When: 7 p.m. June 3
Where: Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento
Information: (916) 457-1426; www.noreservationstravelclub.blogspot.com