Escape to a summer travel destination, at least for a day


Last blast of summer

At the 43rd annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, the San Mateo County city will become the “Big Easy” with a Mardi Gras-style celebration featuring live music, premium wines and a classic car show.

Billed as the “last blast of summer,” the festival offers well-stocked booths of handmade crafts (think wearable art, pampas grass artifacts or cork-embellished centerpieces) and original fine art by 250 artists.

And what would a festival in California be without gourmet food offerings? Here you’ll find an array of artisan-crafted foods to take home, such as 30 custom balsamic vinegars, roasted and flavored almonds or traditional Chinese herbal teas. Rather eat and drink on the spot? Festival organizers say there will be an array of mouth-watering edible offerings.

While you’re strolling the area, pick up the pace or move mellowly to the sounds of any of the wide-ranging musical acts in the entertainment lineup. Or encourage the emerging young local talent at the Streets Filled With Talent Community Stage.

The event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, on Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen, in Millbrae.

More information is available at (650) 697-7324,


John Muir family days

What: Practice your calligraphy with a real quill and ink, or play croquet and horseshoes on the last Family Day of the summer at the John Muir National Historic Site. Family Days are designed to allow visitors to connect with the culture of Muir’s time and learn about one of the greatest conservationists in history.

When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez

Cost: Free

Information: (925) 228-8860,


Monterey County Fair

What: Connect with the coastal culture of Monterey while drinking wine and enjoying live music from the Marshall Tucker Band.

When: Aug. 28-Sept. 2

Where: Fairground Road and Casa Verde Way, Monterey

Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-12

Information: (831) 372-5863,


Stories from Our Changing Bay

What: Examine this new exhibit to learn how people and nature have changed San Francisco Bay in the past 6,000 years.

When: Aug. 31-Feb. 23

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

Cost: $6-$9; ages 8 and under free

Information: (888) 625-6873,

– Brittany Torrez