Escapes: Mining history in Nevada


Nevada Sesquicentennial

To celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday, experience the state’s mining history at Comstock Muckfest on Saturday and learn how miners toiled to find ore in the blasted rock. Tour local museums, view mining demonstrations (historic and modern), compete in a contest, see a live minting, or just enjoying hopping on and off the city trolley.

Muckfest takes place around Virginia City from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Most events are free, but team races cost $10 and dry panning (hunting for treasure) costs up to $15. For details:


Food and music fest

What: More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the Cultivate Festival, a food, music and beer festival. There will be cooking demos by celebrity chefs, local artisans, specialty beers and wines and a special Chipotle (the sponsor) menu. The indie pop-rock lineup features Neon Trees, Andrew McMahon and Charli XCX.

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Golden Gate Park, 25th Street and Fulton Avenue, San Francisco

Cost: Free



Sand castles

What: For the 48th year, families will flock to the beach for a sand castle and sand sculpture throw-down. Works of art will be judged by design, detail, neatness and technique.

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

Where: Robert Crown Memorial State Beach Park, Otis Drive and Westline Drive, Alameda

Cost: Free

Information: (510) 747-7529;


Summer hikes

What: Enjoy two guided hikes on Father’s Day. The first takes place on the Mary Bowerman Trail, an easy 0.7-mile, 1.5-hour trek around the summit of Mount Diablo. The second moves through the North Peak Trail, a moderate 2.4-mile hike. Both hikes feature burned areas and unique post-fire vegetation. Reservations required.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-2:30 p.m. June 15

Where: Lower Summit parking lot, Summit Road, Walnut Creek

Cost: $10 parking per vehicle



Dr. Seuss exhibit

What: Ted Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, kept a secret collection of hats hidden away for years. In honor of the 75th anniversary of his book, “500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” a special “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!” exhibit artwork and, of course, his never-before-seen hats.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through June 22

Where: Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Suite 23, South Lake Tahoe

Cost: Free



Motorcycle rally

What: Street Vibrations Spring Rally kicks off the riding season with parties, a poker run, bike competitions and all sorts of entertainment for riders and onlookers.

When: June 6-8

Where: Downtown Reno

Cost: Free to public; $40 VIP package

Information: (775) 329-7469,

— Bee Staff