Escapes: Festival in Gualala


Fine arts festival

Experience the beauty of nature and artwork at once during the 53rd annual Art in the Redwoods Festival.

Thousands are expected to attend the family-friendly weekend affair, with indoor fine art exhibits and outdoor activities. There will be live music and dance onstage as well as musicians strolling through crowds. Shop among vendors touting jewelry, ceramics, weavings, apparel, leather goods, photographs and other artwork. For an energy boost, take in a wide selection of food and drinks, including pizza baked onsite in an outdoor brick oven.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road, Gualala. General admission costs $6, free for youths 17 and under. For more information about the weekend as well as additional preview events this week,


Arts and crafts

What: If exploring fine arts overlooking Lake Tahoe appeals, check out the sixth annual Tahoe City Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. Roughly 50 artists will showcase their crafts.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Aug. 17

Where: Boatworks Mall, 760 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City

Cost: Free



Dog show and tell

What: Market Days at the Exploratorium are open-air mini-festivals with curated art and science demos, interactive activities, exhibits and more. The theme? “A Breed Apart,” celebrating our canine companions.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco

Cost: Free



Tomato tasting

What: The Napa Valley Heirloom Tomato Festival spans three days, but the focus is Saturday’s tasting event with more than 25 heirloom tomatoes. There’s also wine and olive oil to try, along with a full day of expert talks. Master gardeners, food scientists and others will discuss plant sourcing, seed saving, cheese making and more.

When: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St., Napa

Cost: $40, $20 students, free for children 11 and under



Honey bee celebration

What: Party with pollinators for National Honey Bee Day. Meet a beekeeper, watch honey bees interact with their hive, and enjoy other activities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 17

Where: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First. Ave., Walnut Creek

Cost: $6.50-$7.50

Information: (925) 627-2913;


Travel talk at the Commonwealth

What: Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler will discuss his travels through “darker” regions rife with conflict, such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Cuba.

When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18

Where: Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose

Cost: $20


Bee staff