Escapes: Aquatic athleticism in Walnut Creek


Synchronized swimming

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts is a world-renowned synchronized swim club, training more than a dozen Olympic athletes and earning more than 100 competition titles worldwide. Fans of the majestic sport – a combination of swim, dance and gymnastics – can see it up close on Saturday, when the Aquanuts celebrate Walnut Creek’s centennial.

Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. at Heather Farm Park, 1750 Heather Drive in Walnut Creek. There will be a shopping bazaar, raffles, food, wine, beer and a duck derby. The Aquanuts will start the pool show at 5:30 p.m. Admission costs $20 for general, $15 for seniors and $10 for youths. Children under 4 years old get in free. For more information and tickets, visit


Cave tour

What: The Trail of Lights walking tour. A guide will lead groups through level, well-lit passageways and talk about cavern history and geology. Multiple tours each day.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday

Where: California Cavern, 9565 Cave City Road, Mountain Ranch

Cost: $14.95 general, $7.95 ages 3-12

Information: (866) 762-2837;


Rodeo and parade

What: Downtown Livermore will honor its Western heritage with its 96th annual Livermore Rotary Rodeo Parade. Expect stagecoaches, horses and marching bands. Afterward there’s a full rodeo.

When: 10 a.m. parade, 3 p.m. rodeo, Saturday

Where: Parade is along Second Street; rodeo at 3000 Robertson Park Road, Livermore.

Cost: Free parade; rodeo $15-$25



Beer festival

What: About 5,000 people are expected at the 13th annual Monterey Beer Festival, with hundreds of beers to sample from around the world.

When: 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey

Cost: $45-$50 general, $70-$80 VIP, $20 designated driver, $40 for beer pong, $20 parking



Rose show

What: Golden Gate Park’s Hall of Flowers will be filled with exquisite rose exhibits. After the show at 4:30 p.m., the roses will be given away to the public.

When: 12:30-4 p.m. next Sunday

Where: Golden Gate Park’s Hall of Flowers, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, San Francisco

Cost: Free



Music street festival

What: African American musical styles will be the focus of the Juneteenth Festival.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday

Where: Adeline Street and Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley

Cost: Free


– Bee Staff