Escapes: In S.F., circus unveils ‘Mighty!’

Circus Bella will perform on June 26 and 27 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
Circus Bella will perform on June 26 and 27 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Ron Scherl

Circus Bella, a San Francisco-based one-ring circus, will debut a free show called “Mighty!” It features original music and impressive acrobatics. Young artists from the Prescott Circus Theatre, based in West Oakland, will perform as the opening act. The show is part of a summer-long cultural festival in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens. The hour-long “Mighty!” will be performed three times: at noon June 26, and at noon and 2:15 p.m. June 27. Details are at

Bacon bonanza

What: Celebrate this breakfast indulgence in a whole new way at the Monterey Bacon Fest. Those 21 and over can try bacon margaritas and bacon Bloody Marys to wash down other bacon-infused offerings. Live music and a “Best of Bacon” competition will round out the day.

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 26-27

Where: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at door


(Not-so) secret garden

What: Take a crash course in butterfly biology while spending the day among our bright-winged friends at the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens Open Gardens Day. Docents will be on hand to highlight butterflies and birds, and self-guided tours will also be available.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28

Where: 8687 Oak Grove Ave., Sebastopol

Cost: Free

Information: or call (707) 823-3420

Amateur cyclists

What: The nation’s best amateur cyclists – ages 23 and under – will gather in North Lake Tahoe for the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships. Road races and time trials for male and female competitors, some as young as 9, will take place over five days.

When: June 24-28

Where: North Lake Tahoe, varied locations and times

Cost: Free for spectators


Pacific Islander voices

What: Artists and writers of Pacific Islander heritage will perform “Voices of the Pacific Experience,” an evening of music, poetry, storytelling and dance that sheds light on their communities’ experiences in California and the United States.

When: 7 p.m. June 26

Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland

Cost: $7.50 general, free for ages 18 and under; includes museum admission


World’s a stage

What: Shakespeare and Dickens meet at the 2015 Davis Shakespeare Festival. Performances of “Twelfth Night” alternate with “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” “Drood” wraps up differently every night as the audience chooses an ending.

When: June 25 to Aug. 2; varied times and dates

Where: Veterans Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis

Cost: $25 general; $20 students/seniors; $15 for kids 12 and under; discounts available


Bee staff