Escapes: North Coast steampunk fun

08/03/2014 12:00 AM

08/02/2014 9:42 PM


Kinetic Carnivale

Don your corset and Victorian-era skirt – or tailored suit and monocles – and head to Mendocino County’s third annual steampunk festival, Kinetic Carnivale.

The weekend holds a wealth of events, including handcar races at the Skunk Train tracks, a steampunk art show, lectures, historical workshops and museum exhibits. A grand ball at 7 p.m. Saturday features “fan folding, corset lacing, swooning, blushing” and more, according to the website. Perhaps of more importance, there will also be aerial acrobats, marionettes, fire dancers and live music. Tickets run $20-$40 for the ball.

The general, family-friendly fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 with craft merchants, music, dancing, theater, food vendors and the Whimsy Circus for children. The Carnivale is held at Recreation Grove Park, at 400 East Commercial St., Willits. Entrance costs $10 per day for adults and $5 for seniors and youths ages 13 to 18. The festival is free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit


Living history

What: Discover how families lived during Mexican Rancho days. Expect horse and wagon rides, a tug of war, stilts and sack races, as well as lessons in roping and making tortillas by hand.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz

Cost: $10 parking per vehicle



Environmental family fun

What: With science activities, games, crafts and demonstrations, the 15th annual Children’s Environmental Science Day educates families of all ages about Lake Tahoe’s unique ecology. The event is hosted by UC Davis scientists and staff, and is intended for kids ages 6 and up.

When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Building, Sierra Nevada College, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nev.

Cost: Free

Information: Contact Heather Segale (775) 881-7562;


Night hike

What: Explore Mount Diablo State Park as the sun sets for this special “Things That Go Bump in the Night Hike.” The 4-mile trek might find owls, bats, scorpions, tarantulas and more. Bring a flashlight and dress in layers. Reservations required.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mitchell Canyon Parking Lot

Cost: $6 parking per vehicle



Travel Talk

What: Italian travel guide Tosca Perotti will be on a live video conference call from Rome, offering tips for visiting traditional tourists sites as well as lesser-known attractions in the region. There will also be a presentation on travel and wine tasting in Tuscany.

When: 9:30 -11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Holloway Travel Outfitters, 1150 Fulton Ave., Sacramento

Cost: $10 registration fee

Information: or email


Travel talk

What: Learn about traveling in Croatia, including Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes National Forest, Zadar, Split, Brac Island, Hvar Island and Dubrovnik. Reservations required.

When: 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 10

Where: 102 Russler Lane, Folsom

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 983-8651;

Bee Staff

Editor's Choice Videos


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service