Escapes: Silicon Valley art fair


Crafty festival

A La Carte & Art transforms Mountain View’s downtown into a lively outdoor art festival.

The 18th annual edition will cover two days and feature 200 artists showing off their wares. One-of-a-kind items will be the norm, with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, handbags, wallets, waterfalls, wind chimes, vases, dishes, clocks and more on tap. A lineup of 10 bands will keep the sounds of Latin, classic rock, blues and jazz in the air.

Sample the edible work of artisan food purveyors – barrel-aged vinegar, honey, spices – and feast on a wide array of other tasty fare, microbrews, wine and sangria. And for fresh produce, a farmers market will be on hand.

Kids can find amusement in a climbing wall, bounce house and custom car show. It all takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit


Film festival

What: The second annual Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival will show more than 100 works under 25 minutes from more than 30 countries. Multiple screenings will be held each day.

When: Various times, Friday through May 4

Where: Century 14 Walnut Creek

Cost: Individual film blocks $10-$25, single day pass $40, VIP pass $75



Bird watch

What: See great blue herons fly, nest and feed their chicks in Golden Gate Park. Naturalists will discuss these 4-foot-tall birds during a free program. During the paid version, they will guide you on a walk around Strawberry Island.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturdays through May 17

Where: Stow Lake observation deck, Stow Lake Drive, San Francisco

Cost: Free for first program or $10 for guided walk



Art walk

What: The monthly First Saturday Amador Art Trek features 10 galleries, along with music, wine, cheese and artists’ receptions. Works from artists Bruce Peccianti, Annie Hughes and George Lambert are new this month.

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Various locations, Sutter Creek

Cost: Free




What: The 18th biennial juried exhibition Quilt National presents the quilt in all its styles, techniques and expressions. In other words, it’s the definitive showcase of contemporary art quilts.

When: Saturday through July 20

Where: San Jose Quilt Museum, 520 S. First St., San Jose

Cost: $8 general, $6.50 seniors and students, free for children 12 and under



Travel talk

What: Jay Fehan of Collette Vacations will talk about traveling in Ireland at the No Reservations Travel Club meeting.

When: 7 p.m May 6

Where: Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave.

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 786-8208 or

— Bee Staff