Escapes: Jazz it up in San Francisco


All that jazz

Groove all weekend long at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast. More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to San Francisco’s Fillmore district from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and next Sunday.

Vendors will stretch across 12 blocks on Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy streets. SF Swing Fest, a group that celebrates old-school, swingin’ dance styles, will have its own entertainment area both days. Three stages will be stacked with talent.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women of Jazz and Beyond,” which means plenty of ladies are being featured, including Kim Nalley, Shayna Steele, Ila Cantor, Pamela Rose and Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Some musicians are more traditional, others are more bluesy. For more information, visit


County fair

What: Head to the Napa County Fair for its All-American 4th of July Fair & Fireworks celebration, with a parade through downtown Calistoga, games, live music, barbecue, wine tasting and a spectacular fireworks show.

When: 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday

Where: Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 North Oak St., Calistoga

Cost: $5-$10



Old-fashioned Independence Day

What: Step back in time to the early 1900s for an old-timey holiday. There will be live big band music, living history demonstrations, historical speeches, games and a family parade prime for dressing up.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday

Where: Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz

Cost: Free



Block party

What: Celebrate all things American at a beautiful, high-end, outdoor shopping center. Sidewalks will be covered with designer sales, plus cocktails, live music, stilt walkers and kid’s activities in the park.

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

Where: Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose

Cost: Free



Wing festival

What: Spicy, succulent chicken wings are at the forefront of the 13th annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest. More than 40,000 people are expected to sample wings, bob for wings or participate in wing eating contests.

When: Noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 6

Where: Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 North Virginia St., Reno

Cost: $10-$20 to compete



Travel talk

What: The owners of Experience Italy have visited the country more than 85 times. They’ll present their expert tips, helpful for both first-timers and returnees. Hear about where and when to go, how long to stay at each city, how to get around and more.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. July 8

Where: 1125 Joe Murer Court, Folsom

Cost: $10

Information: (916) 456-0570;

–Bee staff