Escapes: Menlo Park, Mendocino, Lake Tahoe and Chico


Art marketplace

Stroll down tree-lined avenues and experience art, live music, chef demos, collector cars, exhibits and more at the 28th annual Connoisseurs’ Marketplace in downtown Menlo Park.

More than 250 artists will show off thousands of handcrafted items, including vases, clocks, jewelry, wallets, hats, waterfalls. Nine bands will perform classic rock, funk, jazz and party music. The food will be even more diverse: paella, tandoori, gyros, falafel, oysters, bratwurst, tacos, kebabs, funnel cake and other eclectic treats, along with wine, microbrews and margaritas. Chef demos will be held alongside artisan food purveyors’ toffee, truffles, oils, curds, jams and other specialty goodies.

For the kids? Bungee jump, rock climbing, obstacle courses and face paint.

The marketplace runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and July 20, on Santa Cruz Avenue from El Camino Real to Johnson Street. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit


Music festival

What: For two weeks, charming Mendocino will be awash in music. Attend lectures, recitals and intimate performances during the day. At night, enjoy concerts in a wide variety of styles, such as classical orchestra, Big Band, chamber, dance, blues, world, jazz, folk, bluegrass and pop.

When: Today through July 26

Where: Various venues in Mendocino

Cost: Individual events at the Mendocino Music Festival vary




What: Yoga teachers, musical acts, chefs and other performers come together for Wanderlust, a retreat for both the mind and body. Participate in meditation workshops, glean wisdom from a lecture and then go dance to musicians such as the Polyphonic Spree, RJD2 and MC Yogi.

When: Thursday through July 20

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

Cost: $15-$25 for individual concerts, $110-$160 for individual days, $525 for four days



Nelson Mandela tribute

What: The 2014 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival closes its weeklong run with a traditional African “homegoing” ceremony, in honor of Nelson Mandela. A West African dance company will perform and a theater group will lead sacred rituals and sing the South African national anthem.

When: Noon Friday

Where: San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco

Cost: Free



Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

What: In honor of its second brewery opening in North Carolina, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is celebrating craft beer across the country. It has invited every craft brewery – more than 2,700 – to take part in its traveling beer festival. The first stop is Chico, with brewers from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Northern Nevada and Northern California pouring two beers apiece.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 East 20th St., Chico

Cost: $65 for unlimited tastings, $30 for designated driver



Tomato festival

What: Celebrate the glorious tomato with tastings, live music, a petting zoo, pick-up soccer, walking tours, tractor rides and more on an organic farm. Bring picnicking essentials, blankets, water and, if you want, camping gear.

When: 3-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Capay Organic, 23800 State Highway 16, Capay

Cost: In advance – $20 adult, $35 camping; Day of – $25 adult, $40 camping


Bee Staff