Escapes: Literary crawl through Oakland


Literary festival

More than 100 writers will read from their work Saturday night, over three hours and across several venues. Imagine a pub crawl, but with participants soaking up stories and poetry instead. And it’s all free.

The third annual Beast Crawl festival – the name derives from the giant cranes at the port — has four literary legs, the first three featuring literary stars. The first leg begins at 5 p.m. The final leg, which runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., features two after-parties: a family-friendly one and a boozy one.

To pick up a map and plan a literary route, find the information table parked outside of The Legionnaire Saloon at 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. For more, visit


Jazz garden stroll

What: Enjoy The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s annual sculpture exhibit while watching painters in action and listening to live jazz. Wine and Cajun food will be available for purchase as well.

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek

Cost: $15 in advance, $25 at the door



Community fun

What: Slice of Chico is a summertime community tradition. Thousands flock to downtown for a day of shopping, discounts and free slices of watermelon. For the first time, the event will include special events, activities and giveaways.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Broadway Street, Chico

Cost: Free



Fashion show

What: About 800 people come out every year for the Reno Fashion Show, the premier fashion event in the region. More than 100 models will walk the runway wearing apparel from 10 international and local designers.

When: 8-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Eldorado Hotel & Casino, 345 N. Virginia Drive, Reno

Cost: $25



Art festival

What: Artists, performers and musicians will converge on Squaw Valley for the Art, Wine & Music Festival. There will be wine tasting, stages for live music, food purveyors and fine arts exhibits.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and July 13

Where: Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley

Cost: Free



Japan Day

What: The annual Japan Day Festival showcases Japan’s rich cultural heritage, with taiko drumming and martial arts performances as well as family-friendly, interactive activities.

When: 1-5 p.m. July 13

Where: Japantown Peace Plaza, Post St. at Buchanan St., San Francisco

Cost: Free


Bee Staff