Escapes: Enjoy the sweet Italian life


Enjoy the sweet Italian life

Celebrate a colorful culture in San Jose with live music, tarantella dancers and delicious food at the Italian Family Festa.

In addition to authentic Italian food, visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Giardino di vino — the wine garden — as they sip some of the finest wines in the region.

But you can make your own wine, too, in the grape-stomp event as you squish and pound your feet in a barrel full of grapes.

Lastly, let some bocce gurus teach you how to play the ancient game on the new Bambino Bocce court.

This free festival runs 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25 at North Autumn St., between Julian and Santa Clara Street, San Jose. For more information:; (408) 293-7122.



What: Microbreweries will be on hand to provide samples and advice on crafting beer. There will also be a chili cook-off.

When: 1-8 p.m Saturday

Where: Dunsmuir City Park, Dunsmuir

Cost: $25

Information: Call the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce at (530) 235-2177


Film festival

What: An outdoor screening of international films chosen by a jury that includes American actress Kirsten Dunst and composer Philip Glass. Feature films come from all over the world.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Aug. 21-22

Where: Wednesdays, Osio Cinemas, 350 Alvarado St., Monterey; Thursdays, Henry Miller Memorial Library, 48603 Highway 1, Big Sur

Cost: $9.75



Lake in the Sky Air Show

What: Incredible aerobatic demonstrations accompanied by a chili cook-off and car show.

When: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 23-25

Where: Lake Tahoe Airport, 1901 Airport Road., South Lake Tahoe

Cost: Free, $10 parking

Information: (530) 541-0480;


Jug Band Festival

What: Jug bands are on their way to historic Sutter Creek for the 11th annual international Jug Band Festival. As you listen to the sounds, check out handmade folk art or make your own instruments.

When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sutter Creek Inn, 75 Main St., Sutter Creek

Cost: Free


— Brittany Torrez