Escapes: Carson City, Nevada City, Oakland and more


Nevada Day celebration

Join Nevadans Saturday as they flock to Carson City for the state’s birthday, purported to be the largest celebration of its kind. The annual highlight is the parade, which begins with a hot-air balloon launch at 8 a.m. and a flyover of military crafts at 10 a.m. Then the floats, marching bands and entertainers take over Carson Street, starting at William Street and ending at Stewart Street.

Parades aren’t your thing? There are plenty of other festivities throughout the weekend. Check for the full schedule of old-fashioned fun, including a governor’s ball, ghost walk, chili cook-off and treasure hunt.


Ghoulish performance art

What: Eth-Noh-Tec, a roving, kinetic theater duo out of San Francisco, fuses the ancient with contemporary storytelling. The theme of this performance is “Tales of Terror,” based on Asian mythology and folklore.

When: 2 p.m. next Sunday

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City

Cost: $20-$23



Walking tours

What: Oakland’s season of free guided walking tours comes to a close this month. Wednesday’s tour explores the Jack London waterfront, including the famous writer’s favorite haunts and the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Saturday’s walk focuses on Victorian architecture.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday

Where: On Wednesday, meet at Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero; Preservation Park, On Saturday, meet at 13th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Cost: Free; reservations recommended

Information: (510) 238-323,


History of Alcatraz

What: For those who can never remember to reserve a trip to Alcatraz in advance, “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” may be the next best thing. The 3,000-square-foot exhibit showcases the island’s infamous history with photos and replicas.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Friday

Where: Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

Cost: Free



Booze robots

What: Cocktail robot festival BarBot is exactly what it sounds like: robots pouring cocktails. Legal drinkers only.

When: 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday

Where: The Odd Fellows Building, 26 Seventh St., San Francisco

Cost: $25



Unleashing inner scientists

What: More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the North Bay Discovery Day, a massive celebration of the Bay Area’s science scene. Hands-on, all-ages activities include eating liquid nitrogen ice cream, extracting DNA from strawberries, entering a cockpit simulator and observing sunspots.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa

Cost: Free


— Janelle Bitker