Escapes: Reno Balloon Race, Mount Diablo tarantulas, Greenville fishing and more


Great Reno Balloon Race

Keep your eye on the sky at the Great Reno Balloon Race. At this annual event, more than 50 balloons will race to the finish line, including the world famous “Spyder Pig.”

The free event is all day Friday through Sunday and will be held at the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, which is off North McCarran Boulevard near North Virginia Street.

For the first time, fans can track their favorite balloons through a new mobile app throughout the event.

For more information, visit or call (775) 826-1181.


Food and wine festival

What: It’s a week packed with wine tasting, culinary seminars and a barbecue beach bash. The 28th annual Autumn Food & Wine Festival culminates with competitions among 30 chefs and 30 wineries.

When: Today through next Sunday

Where: Venues throughout North Lake Tahoe

Cost: Varies by individual event



Tarantula trek

What: Learn about tarantulas and their hairy habits as you hike Mount Diablo. Along the way, see how many tarantulas you can spy.

When: 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mitchell Canyon Visitors Center and Trailhead, Mount Diablo State Park

Cost: $6



Trails & Vistas

What: A guided, moderate 3-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail with up to a dozen sites with dance, installation art, poetry and musical performances. The Trails & Vistas 10th anniversary concert Saturday night includes the 40-piece San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra.

When: Hikes depart every 15 minutes, 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; anniversary concert 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Hikes start at Donner Summit in the Tahoe National Forest (take the Boreal Ridge Ski Area exit off Interstate 80); concert, Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre, 10050 Brockway Road, Truckee

Cost: $30 adults, $10 children



Kids fishing derby

What: The U.S. Forest Service sponsors a day of educational and fun fish-related activities in the Plumas National Forest and a fishing derby for kids 15 and under. Prizes will be handed out to contest winners at the end of the derby. Then anglers can stay and fish for free, as the California Department of Fish and Game requires no fishing license that day.

When: 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday

Where: Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville, off Highway 89

Cost: Free

Information: (530) 283-0555;

— Brittany Torrez