Escapes: Sandcastle building on Ocean Beach


Masterpieces in the sand

Teams of architects, designers and elementary school students have spent months planning for Leap’s 30th annual sandcastle contest, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Marvel as San Francisco’s Ocean Beach turns into a sandy art museum – the showdown is free to observe.

Under the theme “Masterpieces in the Sand,” teams are encouraged to replicate historical works of art. Judging takes place at 2:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. near Great Highway and Balboa Street. Every year thousands attend the fundraiser, which benefits Leap, a non-profit that provides arts education in Bay Area schools. For more information, visit


Craft market

What: More than 150 indie designers, antiques collectors and artists sell their goods at the new, monthly Jack of All Trades Market on the waterfront. The curated mix includes live music, craft beer, food vendors and dog-friendly vibes.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Jack London Square, 466 Water St., Oakland

Cost: Free



Stargazing in Napa

What: Pack your binoculars, blankets and folding chairs for a night of gazing into darkness. Astronomers will point your eyeballs toward the season’s brightest star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville

Cost: Free with museum entry of $3.50-$5



Honeybee farming

What: Learn the basics of backyard beekeeping on a coastal ranch. Kid-friendly crafts promise to be extra sweet.

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

Where: Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach

Cost: $30 per person, $95 families of 4 or more

Information: (415) 381-6155,


Women’s art

What: Hear from curator Masami Toku, art professor at CSU Chico, at the inaugural reception for Janet Turner’s Shojo Manga exhibition. Selected prints are created by women or depict women in the Japanese style.

When: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14

Where: Janet Turner Print Museum, 400 West First St., Chico

Cost: Free


— Janelle Bitker