Escapes: Enjoy some fair fun on S.F.’s Union Street

Little ones enjoy a playground at San Francisco’s Union Street Festival.
Little ones enjoy a playground at San Francisco’s Union Street Festival. SRES Productions

Union Street is well-known for its historic Victorians, stylish shops and popular bars. On June 6-7, it’ll attract even more people with its 39th annual Union Street Festival.

Visit a different world – fashion, technology, local, health and fitness, craft and culinary – on each of the six blocks between Gough and Steiner streets with themed exhibits, works of art and plenty of vendors. The biggest draw may be the annual fashion show – on Gough – with items from the neighborhood’s boutiques. There will be two shows per day with entertainment in between, including live music and a pet fashion show. All the while, imbibe at craft beer and wine pavilions: 10 tasting tickets can be purchased for $25. Otherwise, the event is free and family-friendly.

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Italian carnival

What: The Italian Picnic & Parade returns to downtown Sutter Creek. Expect live music and general merriment all weekend. On Friday, taste the work of 10 wineries. On Saturday, chow down at an all-you-can-eat chicken and ravioli dinner. On Sunday, watch the grand parade on Main Street.

When: 5-10 p.m.June 5, noon-11 p.m. June 6, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7

Where: Italian Society Park, 581 Highway 49, Sutter Creek

Cost: Varies per event


Euro celebration

What: Dance to Irish rock and Slovenian-style polka tunes while you feast on German bratwurst, Basque chorizo sandwiches and Italian lasagna. Don’t forget the beer, such as the Belgian sour Rodenbach. It’s all at the 17th annual EuroFest, held under a 10,000-square-foot tent.

When: 4-10 p.m. June 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 7

Where: Sands Regency Casino Hotel, 345 N. Arlington Ave., Reno

Cost: Free


Seaweed workshop

What: Discover the health benefits of seaweed and how to sustainably harvest it. Learn all about nori, wakame, bladderwrack and kombu varieties during low tide, followed by an indoor lecture.

When: 8:30 a.m. fieldwork, noon lecture, June 6

Where: Fort Ross Historic Park, 19005 Coast Highway 1, Jenner

Cost: $40; $20 lecture only


Cool cars

What: More than 300 cars – classics, customs, NASCAR racers and more – will cruise the coastline from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Capitola on Saturday morning for the 10th annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show. Take in the sights with festive family fun on the beach.

When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 7

Where: Esplanade, Capitola

Cost: Free


Art show

What: More than 50 local artists will showcase their work during ProArts’ East Bay Open Studios, perhaps the city’s biggest annual group exhibit. Artists’ works include sculpture, painting, mosaic, photography, woodwork, ceramics, glass, metal and jewelry.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 6-7 and June 13-14

Where: Jack London Square, 55 Harrison St., Oakland

Cost: Free


Bee Staff