Escapes: Car show by the bay


Dream machines

Find crazy cars, vintage buses, custom motorcycles, antique engines, tractors, streamliners and more at the 24th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show. It’s one of the West Coast’s biggest gatherings of the world’s coolest vehicles, with 2,000 driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Highlights include one-of-a-kind vintage police cars, antique wooden boats and historic military aircraft, such as the P-38 Lightning, B-25 Bomber and F-4 Corsair. There will also be activities for the kids: a zip line, bungee jumping, mechanical bull ride, climbing wall and face painting are among them. Plus, live music all day, food and a special, one-time microbrew, Motorhead Ale, from Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

The show takes place April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway. Tickets are only available at the gate and cost $20 for adults, $10 for ages 11 to 17 and 65 and up, and $5 for kids age 10 and under. For more information, call (650) 752-2328 or visit


River paddle

What: Join naturalists, songbirds and otters for a leisurely paddle down the Cosumnes River. Bring your own canoe or kayak, as well as water, a snack, insect repellent and sunscreen.

When: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cosumnes River Preserve, 13501 Franklin Blvd., Galt

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 684-2816;


Earth Day

What: The family-friendly environmental celebration will offer compost workshops, a recycled fashion show, an electric vehicle showcase and live music all day long.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

Cost: Free



Impressionist exhibit

What: The newest Legion of Honor exhibit, “Intimate Impressionism,” showcases about 70 Impressionist and post-Impressionist pieces from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

When: 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through Aug. 3

Where: Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco

Cost: $1-$24 adults, free for members and ages 5 and under



Migration celebration

What: The Spring Wings Festival is a celebration of shorebird and waterfowl migration through Nevada. For three days, experts will lead tours, workshops and talks. On Saturday, there’s a free family-friendly festival.

When: Various times, April 25-27

Where: Churchill County Fairgrounds Complex, 325 Sheckler Road, Fallon, Nev.

Cost: Individual events $10-$30



Ukulele festival

What: The sixth annual Reno Ukulele Festival includes workshops, vendors and concerts.

When: Various times, April 24-27

Where: John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel & Casino, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, Nev.

Cost: $150 full festival, $100 single day

Information: (775) 220-0995;

— Bee staff