Escapes: Celebrate summertime at Lake Tahoe


Solstice Festival

Welcome the summer season with the four-day Tahoe City Solstice Festival.

On Thursday, the farmers market will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Commons Beach. On Friday, the Solstice Sip ’n Shop fuels shoppers with adult beverages from 3 to 8 p.m. – local art and custom jewelry will be sold at the Trunk Show in the Cobblestone Center, 475 N. Lake Blvd. On the same day, classic and collector automobiles will take over North Lake Tahoe Boulevard for the Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday is packed with things to do – take advantage of a half-priced, guided paddle across Lake Tahoe with a history lesson, for example. Tahoe City Kayak will offer the Solstice Paddle special at $37.50 per person from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Call (530) 581-4336 for reservations. Then the ninth annual Tahoe City Wine Walk will take place from noon to 4 p.m., with about 25 tasting locations featuring regional wines and food pairings. Tickets cost $40 in advance at

The celebration closes June 22 with a concert at Commons Beach by Afrolicious and Roemers at 3 p.m. For more information about the festival, visit


Pirate street fest

What:The Treasure Island Summer Stroll will feature a full day of swashbuckling fun in downtown Yuba City. The Black Irish Band will take the Black Pearl stage, while kids can participate in a treasure hunt for pirate booty.

When: 2-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Plumas Street, Yuba City

Cost: Free



Craft market

What: Hunt for handmade, vintage and antique treasures at the first Lucky Finds Craft & Antique Market. Expect jewelry, clothing, house wares, garden décor and more.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Historic Train Depot Station, 5801 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis

Cost: Free




What: Reno Rodeo is a professionally sanctioned sporting event. For 10 days, there are official rodeo events – bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, bull riding – as well as special family events, such as wiener dog races, a parade, a carnival and kids rodeo.

When: Various times, Thursday through June 28

Where: Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno

Cost: $12-$28 per event



World music festival

What: With two stages and a late-night dance hall, the 21st annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival sounds like a great way to ring in a peaceful summer. The focus is on roots, reggae and world music.

When: 5 p.m. Friday through 10 p.m. June 22

Where: Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 14400 Highway 128, Boonville

Cost: $60-$75 single day, $170 three-day pass, $75 camping pass



Gorgeous art exhibit

What: Is it seductive? Or repulsive? See unconventional ideas of beauty in a collection of artworks from the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA.

When: Friday through Sept. 14

Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco

Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, free for children 12 and under


— Bee staff