Escapes: Lots of festivities in Redding


Spring fever

For one weekend, Redding will be jampacked with festivities – wine tasting, car shows and jazz concerts among them. The celebration of spring is known as Redding Unrestricted.

Friday marks the opening day of fishing season. Small-area streams will have vendors and fishing pros on hand. Through next Sunday, the Kool April Nites Classic Car Show will host drag strip racing, live music, bobby sox and, of course, classic cars. The biggest show will be Saturday.

Also on Saturday, there’s a downtown wine walk, with popular wine bars offering tastings and appetizers for $20. There’s also the Nor Cal Jazz Festival, showcasing regional jazz bands at Old City Hall. And the Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race – riders of every level are invited to race above scenic Whiskeytown Lake. A historic walk at Turtle Bay and the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival, a communitywide green event, will round out the weekend. For a full list of events and details, visit


Cider Summit

What: This inaugural festival will feature cidermakers guiding guests through samplings of approximately 90 ciders. Whole Foods Market is on tap for food pairings.

When: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley

Cost: $25 advance, $30 at door, $5 for designated drivers




What: The seventh annual DogFest is the biggest pup event in San Francisco. Dogs will compete for best costume, best bark, best trick and more, with celebrity chef Chris Consentino and author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) as judges. Human children can find fun in bounce houses, face painting and live entertainment.

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

Where: Duboce Park, Duboce Avenue at Noe Street, San Francisco

Cost: Free to observe



Shadow box class

What: Ruth Bancroft will lead a class in shadow box creation. Participants will make their own box, using shells Bancroft collected in California and Mexico from the 1950s to ’70s.

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek

Cost: $200



Celebrate Mount Diablo

What: In honor of the 40th anniversary of Mount Diablo Interpretive Association and the 150th anniversary of California State Parks, Mount Diablo will host special activities all weekend.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday

Where: Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton

Cost: Free, $10 per vehicle



Tahoe Art Hikes

What: Trails and Vistas’ Art Hikes are often described as inspiring events, with dancers, artists and musicians immersed in nature. Tickets for the hikes go on sale Tuesday.

When: Sept. 6-7

Where: Spooner Lake, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Nev.

Cost: $30-$40 adults, $10-$15 children


– Bee staff