Escapes: Menlo Park, Mendocino, Lake Tahoe and Chico
07/13/2014 12:00 AM
07/12/2014 8:57 PM
Stroll down tree-lined avenues and experience art, live music, chef demos, collector cars, exhibits and more at the 28th annual Connoisseurs’ Marketplace in downtown Menlo Park.
More than 250 artists will show off thousands of handcrafted items, including vases, clocks, jewelry, wallets, hats, waterfalls. Nine bands will perform classic rock, funk, jazz and party music. The food will be even more diverse: paella, tandoori, gyros, falafel, oysters, bratwurst, tacos, kebabs, funnel cake and other eclectic treats, along with wine, microbrews and margaritas. Chef demos will be held alongside artisan food purveyors’ toffee, truffles, oils, curds, jams and other specialty goodies.
For the kids? Bungee jump, rock climbing, obstacle courses and face paint.
The marketplace runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and July 20, on Santa Cruz Avenue from El Camino Real to Johnson Street. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.miramarevents.com.
What: For two weeks, charming Mendocino will be awash in music. Attend lectures, recitals and intimate performances during the day. At night, enjoy concerts in a wide variety of styles, such as classical orchestra, Big Band, chamber, dance, blues, world, jazz, folk, bluegrass and pop.
When: Today through July 26
Where: Various venues in Mendocino
Cost: Individual events at the Mendocino Music Festival vary
What: Yoga teachers, musical acts, chefs and other performers come together for Wanderlust, a retreat for both the mind and body. Participate in meditation workshops, glean wisdom from a lecture and then go dance to musicians such as the Polyphonic Spree, RJD2 and MC Yogi.
When: Thursday through July 20
Where: Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley
Cost: $15-$25 for individual concerts, $110-$160 for individual days, $525 for four days
Nelson Mandela tribute
What: The 2014 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival closes its weeklong run with a traditional African “homegoing” ceremony, in honor of Nelson Mandela. A West African dance company will perform and a theater group will lead sacred rituals and sing the South African national anthem.
When: Noon Friday
Where: San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
What: In honor of its second brewery opening in North Carolina, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is celebrating craft beer across the country. It has invited every craft brewery – more than 2,700 – to take part in its traveling beer festival. The first stop is Chico, with brewers from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Northern Nevada and Northern California pouring two beers apiece.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 East 20th St., Chico
Cost: $65 for unlimited tastings, $30 for designated driver
What: Celebrate the glorious tomato with tastings, live music, a petting zoo, pick-up soccer, walking tours, tractor rides and more on an organic farm. Bring picnicking essentials, blankets, water and, if you want, camping gear.
When: 3-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Capay Organic, 23800 State Highway 16, Capay
Cost: In advance – $20 adult, $35 camping; Day of – $25 adult, $40 camping
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