The year is 1578. The town is Fenford, a mythical place in the English countryside. Citizens and newcomers alike are welcome to visit for the fifth annual Much Ado About Sebastopol, a two-day Renaissance fair in the city’s historic Ives Park.
On Saturday and Sunday, Fenford will be buzzing with interactive living history performances, parades, storytelling, sword fighting and other live entertainment. Kids can join a scavenger hunt or learn to craft wooden toys. A marketplace will boast floral garlands, fortunetellers and mead mugs as well as turkey legs, sausages and cheeses. Don a costume and head to Ives Park, 7400 Willow St., starting at 10 a.m. Saturday or Sept. 14. The fair closes at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Tickets cost $10-$16, children 10 and under free. Information: www.muchadoaboutsebastopol.com.
What: At Revolutionary War Days, see soldier camps, musket-shooting, military drum music and more. Flags will be raised and the Declaration of Independence will be read. For those more averse to war, there will be colonial life demos, too.
When: 1-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.- noon Sept. 14; parade at 2 p.m. Sept. 14
Where: Pioneer Park, 421 Nimrod St., Nevada City
Craft beer festival
What: Sip local brews on the river in downtown Petaluma. Twenty craft breweries are participating, including Lagunitas Brewing Co., Woodfour Brewing Co. and Marin Brewing Co., plus food and music.
When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Water Street, Petaluma
What: The 19th annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival features all sorts of sweet indulgences, including wine and chocolate tasting, a chocolate sundae-eating contest, Ghirardelli tours and chef demonstrations.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 14
Where: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., San Francisco
What: Stroll through downtown while discovering wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Check in at Abbott Square for your tasting glass.
When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Abbott Square, 725 Front St., Santa Cruz
What: Join Italian Cultural Society travel director Patrizia Cinquini Cerruti for a seminar on traveling through Italy. Cerruti, a native of Tuscany, will give expert tips and show photos from various regions.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Italian Center, 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael