Escapes: Go nuts in Walnut Creek


Walnut festival

The city of Walnut Creek continues to celebrate its centennial with the 77th annual Walnut Festival. Find family-friendly activities, two stages of live music, a carnival with more than 30 rides, a beer garden and more, Thursday through Sept. 21.

During the weekend, there will be free fishing in the lake. And on Saturday, downtown’s charming Main Street will host a free twilight parade at 6 p.m. At the festival earlier that day, from noon to 6 p.m., find classic cars at a one-day show. It all takes place at the 100-acre Heather Park Farm, at 301 North San Carlos Drive. For more information about the Walnut Festival, visit


Latino film festival

What: The Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival aims to highlight both emerging and established filmmakers, showcasing feature-length narratives, shorts and documentaries. More than 40 works in all – coming from the U.S., Latin America, Spain and Portugal – will be screened throughout the week.

When: Friday through Sept. 27

Where: Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Cost: $10-$12 per screening



Holy mole

What: After the inaugural event’s great success, the Mole and Mariachi Festival returns for more of the traditional, chocolate-y Mexican sauce. Expect a mole cook-off with local chefs, plus music, crafts and more.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St., Santa Cruz

Cost: Free



Horse classic

What: The annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair features six majestic horse performances and competitions. Plus nonstop live music – bluegrass, old-time, Western and other foot-stomping jams – as well as plenty of barbecue.

When: Various times, Thursday through Sept. 21

Where: 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

Cost: $10-$22



Morning walk

What: Enjoy an easy, guided stroll around Washoe Lake State Park – just 15 miles north of Carson City – while learning the history of local birds, insects and amphibians.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Washoe Lake State Park, 4855 Eastlake Blvd., New Washoe City

Cost: Free with entrance



Touring sports film

What: Experience eight action-packed short films at the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” tour, which showcases crazy adventures in skiing, boarding, cycling, climbing, skateboarding and kayaking.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 21

Where: Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., Chico

Cost: $10-$15


Bee staff