Escapes: Red, white and boom in the East Bay

See fireworks over the Berkeley Marina the night of July Fourth.
See fireworks over the Berkeley Marina the night of July Fourth.

Head to the Berkeley Marina for a family-friendly Fourth. Beginning at noon, the free event will feature food trucks, a photo booth and dragon boat rides. Local musicians will take the stage throughout the day, performing jazz, funk, punk and more.

Kids can explore the adventure playground, petting zoo and carnival. The evening will end with a fireworks show over the Bay.

The marina is located at 201 University Ave., Berkeley. For a full schedule, visit

Wing festival

What: Thousands of chicken-lovers will descend upon Reno for the third annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest. More than two dozen vendors will collectively serve more than 20,000 pounds of chicken wings. Microbrews, margaritas, live entertainment and a street fair will round out the weekend.

When: Noon-8 p.m. July 3-4; noon to 3 p.m. July 5

Where: Downtown Reno

Cost: Free entry; three-piece wing samplers sell for $4


Science theater

What: Music, science and art intersect in this exploration of the science of what we see. “After Dark: RGB” will take a look at red, green and blue – the three basic colors of light. Part theater, part cabaret, part gallery, the event offers an opportunity for adults to revisit science class in a new way. Must be 18 years old.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. July 2

Where: The Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco

Cost: $15 general admission; $10 for Exploratorium members


Asian farmers market

What: Tired of kale? Try something new. You’ll find interesting fruits, vegetables, fish, herbs and more at the Stockton Open Air Asian and Farmers Market, where more than 80 vendors offer products from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, China, India and elsewhere.

When: 5:30-11 a.m. Saturdays

Where: Under the Crosstown Freeway between San Joaquin and El Dorado streets, Stockton

Cost: Free


Opera, reimagined

What: West Edge Opera’s second annual festival kicks with “Love on the Edge.” The company strives to make opera accessible and relevant to modern audiences. The concert will feature selections by Claudio Monteverdi, Alban Berg and Laura Kaminsky.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 2

Where: The Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley

Cost: $25 for a single ticket; prices vary for series tickets


Exploring with animals

What: The Yolo Basin Wildlife Area will hold the second of three “Summer Discover” events for first- through second-graders.

When: “Animal Tracks, Scat and Signs” is June 30; “Feathered Friends” is July 7; both at 6-8 p.m.

Where: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis

Cost: $10/student, registration required; one adult family member is required (no charge)


Bee staff