Treat your eyes to springtime’s wildflowers with special train rides through the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in the Tuolumne County town of Jamestown is offering the rides Saturday and April 19 only. Departure is at 4:30 p.m., and guests enjoy a one-hour, 6-mile ride through meadows, rolling hills and colorful, blooming flora. Rangers will be on board to point out unique flower groupings and answer questions.
Tickets cost $24 general and $10 for youths ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and younger ride for free. 18115 Fifth Ave., Jamestown. Purchase tickets and learn more at www.railtown1897.org.
What: Walnut Creek’s first International Guitar Festival and Competition will feature hundreds of guitar players in concerts, competitions, workshops, lectures and more.
When: Event times vary, Wednesday through Friday
Where: Various locations, Walnut Creek
Cost: All-access pass $149, single events $25
Information : www.walnutcreekguitar.org
What: Step into an enchanting land of fairy tales at the San Jose Fantasy Faire. The village-style show will include characters, a pirate ship, storytelling, bocce, archery and steam-punk shenanigans.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday
Where: 494 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors, military, ages 13-17, $7 ages 6-12, free ages 6 and under
What: “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes,” a new $3.5 million special exhibition, purports to be the largest and most diverse of its kind.
When: Opens Saturday
Where: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey
What: For more than 25 years, the Rock ’N’ Swap at the University of San Francisco has been one of the biggest swaps of its kind in the region. Vendors sell all sorts of music-related items in various formats, genres and levels of rare. Proceeds go to KUSF.
When: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. next Sunday
Where: McLaren Hall, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco
Cost: $10 before 10 a.m., $3 after
What: Rona Commins will lead a talk on traveling to Venice, Florence and Rome during Christmas festivities.
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: 4331 Sierra Madre Drive, Sacramento
Information: (916) 487-2137; email@example.com
— Bee Staff