Escapes: Places to go as summer winds down


End-of-summer blues

If the end of summer has given you the blues, don’t fight the feeling. Head to San Francisco for the Polk Street Blues Festival.

In addition to listening to some quality regional acts, including Evan Thomas and Papa’s Garage, Dr. Mojo Band and Bobbie Webb, attendees can check out the arts and crafts displays and indulge in eats from gourmet food booths.

This rain-or-shine event is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 22 and admission is free. The festival on Polk Street is between Union and Pacific streets. For more details, visit www.polkstreet


Rubicon trail hike

What: A guided hiking tour from Lester Beach to Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. Cost includes parking and lunch.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today

Where: Rubicon Trail from D.L. Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe

Cost: $20



Wine-release party

What: It’s a Cajun-style wine-release celebration for Hall Wines’ 2010 “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon. The event includes a live Zydeco band and all-you-can-eat crawfish.

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hall Wines, 401 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena

Cost: $100



Grape to glass

What: The Grape to Glass winemaking tour of the Old Sugar Mill, home to 10 area wineries, offers opportunities to enjoy barrel tasting and cheese pairings. Reservations are required.

When: Tours leave at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 22

Where: The Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg

Cost: $10

Information: (916) 774-1615


International air show

What: Keep looking up — the California International Airshow in Salinas will feature the Patriots Jet Team and a variety of classic and newer performers. Proceeds go to Salinas-area charities.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 22

Where: Salinas Municipal Airport, 30 Mortensen Ave., Salinas

Cost: Start at $10 general, $10 parking