Escapes: Walk among knights in South Lake Tahoe

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers interactive fun May 30-31 and June 5-7.
The Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers interactive fun May 30-31 and June 5-7.

It’ll be nonstop entertainment at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, with four stages on 7 acres of interactive fun. Now in its 23rd year, the annual transportation in time will take place May 30-31 as well as June 5-7.

More than 900 costumed actors will take the streets to tell old tales, discuss magic and be generally theatrical. Run into jugglers, minstrels and knights while you navigate the abundant merchant area, where you’ll find games for kids, leather goods, jewelry, corsets, art, face painting and archery. But it will be tough to ignore the spectacular live jousting and expertly staged battles – a highlight every year. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and winds down at 6 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays, all at Camp Richardson, 1900 Jameson Beach Road. For more information, visit

Environmental films

What: The fifth annual San Francisco Green Film Festival will screen more than 60 environmentally and sustainably minded films, along with debates, workshops, filmmaker talks and more. Swedish work “Bikes Vs. Cars” opens the festival and “Racing Extinction” closes out the week.

When: May 28-June 4

Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco

Cost: $200 full festival pass, $15 per film


Dance through roses

What: A dance company will perform a joyful, original romp, “Everything is Rosey,” through rose gardens. After the show, take advantage of big discounts on roses, irises and drought-friendly perennials.

When: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 30-31

Where: Russian River Rose Co., 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg

Cost: Free



What: Celebrate the 100th birthday of one of California’s smallest incorporated cities, Amador City. There will be a formal ceremony with a marching band and speakers, as well as live music alongside Amador’s casual wine tasting rooms and quirky shops.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 30

Where: Main Street, Amador City

Cost: Free


Art and wine

What: Hundreds of arts and crafts booths, two live music stages, a craft beer garden and children’s activities all beckon at the 34th annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival. Get ready to dance to blues, rock, jazz, salsa, funk and more.

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 31

Where: Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek

Cost: Free

Information: www.artwine<code_dp>

Wind music

What: Expect wind-played instruments, sculptures and other art installations for Aeolian Day, a funky community festival with artists, musicians, makers and families can all celebrate the sound of the wind.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 31

Where: Jack London Square, Oakland

Cost: Free


Bee staff