Escapes: Feast on oysters in Bodega


Seafood fest

Thousands of foodies, art lovers and wine and beer connoisseurs are expected to descend on a Sonoma County ranch for a festive, delicious weekend.

The 20th annual Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival will be held in the sleepy village where Alfred Hitchcock famously filmed “The Birds.” Poultry won’t be the specialty, though. Get ready for barbecued oysters, crab cakes, fish tacos, swordfish souvlaki and more. Wine and beer are also on tap: 35 wineries and 18 microbreweries will pour tasting flights. And on top of a juried art show, there will be three stages of live entertainment – musicians as well as a magician, comedian and juggler.

The festival will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24 on Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway, Bodega. Admission is $15, free for children under 12. Learn more at


Mammoth Rocks

What: The sixth annual Mammoth Rocks – A Taste of the Sierra features bands covering favorites from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. And 10 of the area’s best restaurants will serve up edible delights.

When: Friday-Aug. 24

Where: The Village at Mammoth, 1111 Forest Trail, Mammoth Lakes

Cost: Free



All things Greek

What: Reno’s 27th annual Greek Festival features food, spirits, music, dancing and kids entertainment.

When: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. next Sunday

Where: St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, 4795 Lakeside Drive, Reno.

Cost: $5, children under 12 free



Indie block party

What: For free excellent alternative music and an array of great eats, look no further than the 20th Street Block Party. Rogue Wave headlines the festival this year, playing with Cayucas, Melted Toys and other indie bands.

When: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: 20th Street between Bryant and Harrison streets, San Francisco

Cost: Free



Stonewall Chico Pride Weekend

What: Celebrate Pride with the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally community. Expect drag queens, speakers, dancing, food, drinks, games and more.

When: 7:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday

Where: Downtown City Plaza, Main and Fifth streets, Chico

Cost: Free for Saturday festival; prices vary for other events

Information: For specific events go to


Seal talk

What: Visit MacKerricher State Park and observe harbor seals. Guides will discuss the natural history of harbor seals and sea lions and then bring attendees on a walk.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lake Cleone parking lot, MacKerricher State Park, Cleone

Cost: Free


Bee Staff