Escapes: Sausalito Art Festival, Martinez Family Fest and more


Waterfront art festival

As though the setting in itself isn’t enough with its views of Angel Island and San Francisco, you can feast your eyes on creative works at the 61st annual Sausalito Art Festival. The event is planned to coincide with the annual Sausalito Artists @ Work, when members’ studios are open for the Labor Day weekend.

Check out work from local artists and other artists from across the country, and taste gourmet food and sip wine on the waterfront. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 1, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 2 on the waterfront of Sausalito.

Festival entertainment includes Lisa Marie Presley, “American Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox and local musicians.

Proceeds support the local arts community through student scholarships and donations to nonprofit arts organizations.

Admission is $25. For information, visit


Family fest

What: It’s a family-friendly Labor Day weekend in Martinez. Activities include carnival rides, a zip line, and face-painting and other entertainment.

When: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday-Sept. 1

Where: Martinez Waterfront Park, Joe DiMaggio Drive and N. Court Street, downtown Martinez.

Cost: $6



Labor Day festival

What: To celebrate Labor Day, the city of Marina has lined up classic cars and marching bands for a parade and festival.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Marina Village Shopping Center, 215 Reservation Road, Marina

Cost: Free



Synchronized swimming

What: Walnut Creek Aquanuts perform synchronized swimming with music and light effects during their annual show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Sept. 1

Where: Clarke Memorial Swim Center at Heather Farm Park, 1750 Heather Drive, Walnut Creek.

Cost: Adults $20, youths (5-17) $10, 62 and older, $18, 4 and under free.

Information: Call (925) 934-4792,


Farm-to-fork festival

What: The Tahoe Chamber will host the fourth annual Sample the Sierra, a farm-to-table festival featuring food, wine and art from the Sierra Nevada.

When: 1-5 p.m. Sept. 1

Where: 1140 Ski Run Blvd., between Larch and Tamarack, South Lake Tahoe

Cost: $30

Information: (775) 588-1728, ext. 303,


Shakespeare in the park

What: Witness Shakespeare’s tragic tale, “Macbeth,” performed outdoors in San Francisco’s Presidio. It’s presented by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

When: 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 15

Where: Presidio Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, between Graham Street and Keyes Avenue, San Francisco

Cost: Free