Escapes: Lodi celebrates zinfandel



Lodi is the self-proclaimed zinfandel capital of the world. And there will be plenty of zin at the 10th annual Zinfest, along with local spins on exotic varietals. The festival starts Friday at a sold-out event, and runs through Sunday, with each day dedicated to its own mini-fest.

On Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., Lodi Lake Park will be the site for wine-tasting, food, entertainment, demonstrations and shopping. Fifty Lodi wineries will pour 250 wines. Food vendors and merchants will sell their artisan goods. Wineries and chefs will team up to put on cooking demonstrations, and local experts will dish out winemaking tips.

And on Sunday, more than 30 wineries and vineyards will open their doors for free self-guided tours. In addition to wine-tasting, some will offer food – cheese, oysters, barbecue, ice cream – live music, special discounts and games. Times vary by winery.

Tickets are $55 per person or $10 for a designated driver for the Saturday festival. They can be purchased by calling the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at (209) 365-0621. Find more information at


Mud run

What: The YC Mud Run transforms 100 acres of terrain into a 2-mile, rugged obstacle course. There will be climbs, water crossings, military-style challenges and mud.

When: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday

Where: 1010 Biz Johnson Drive, Marysville

Cost: $25-$45

Information: yc-mud-run


Trails and tales

What: Take a local history lesson while enjoying a moderate 4-mile hike through the Rockville Trails Preserve with docent John McVicar. Be sure to bring water, snacks and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ice House building, Suisun Valley Court near Rockville Road, Fairfield

Cost: Free; registration required

Information: Call John at (707) 718-3498;


Art on the Main

What: More than 100 artist booths will fill downtown Walnut Creek for the annual juried event, along with two stages for live music, food and drinks.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18

Where: Main Street between Civic Drive and Mount Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek

Cost: Free



Oysters as fine art

What: Sonic artist Chris Kallymyer teamed up with oystermen to create a one-time, interactive art installation that explores oyster farming in West Marin.

When: 5:30 p.m. May 18

Where: Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito

Cost: $25



Bay to Breakers

What: It’s already time for San Francisco’s oldest footrace. The 12K run starts near the Embarcadero and ends on Ocean Beach. More than 100,000 onlookers attend the spectacle.

When: 8 a.m. May 18

Where: 300 Howard St., San Francisco

Cost: $29.50-$59 to run, free to watch


– Bee Staff