Escapes: Napa, Cupertino, Hollister and more


LGBT-friendly grape stomping

It’s an event that will be as fun as it is messy.

The Big Gay Grape Stomp & Harvest Party at the elegant, scenic Peju Winery in Rutherford is geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual communities, but all are welcome. Presented by Out in the Vineyard, the celebration means rolling up the pants legs and high steppin’ in some wine barrels, as pairs compete to see who can extract the most grape juice. Guests can also sip on Peju wine and feast on a barbecue lunch. The farm-to-feet party jumps off at 1 p.m. Saturday and tickets start at $85.

For more details, go to A change of clothing is recommended.


Celebrate Diwali

What: One of the most important festivals for Hindus is the spectacular Diwali Festival of Lights. For the 11th year, Cupertino will put on its own version of the elaborate affair. Organizers anticipate more than 12,000 attending an event that includes music, dance, workshops and food, and is put on in the name of intercultural understanding.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Memorial Park, on Stevens Creek Boulevard at Mary Avenue, Cupertino

Cost: Free



Lobster feast

What: Luxurious, buttery lobster has never come so easy. Tickets to the 19th annual Mountain Parks Lobster Feed gets you a 1.5-pound fresh Maine lobster, dessert, two alcoholic drinks and more. The meal will be served with live entertainment and under twinkling lights in the redwoods. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Parks Foundation.

When: 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton

Cost: $75



Renaissance magic

What: It’s the year’s last chance to experience the little village of Wilmington, as the 10th annual Northern California Renaissance Faire comes to close. Swashbuckling sword fighters, mischief-causing jesters and merry peasants come together for a fairy-themed weekend of revelry.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Oct. 13

Where: Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway 152, Gate 6, Hollister

Cost: $25 for one day, $35 for a weekend pass



Crafty craft fair

What: It’s fitting for the fair in Jack Kerouac Alley – between Chinatown and North Beach – to carry some Beat generation vibes. Expect framed prints, vintage collectibles, artisan soap and other cool curios.

When: Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 13

Where: Jack Kerouac Alley, off 255 Columbus Ave., San Francisco

Cost: Free


— Janelle Bitker