Escapes: Fiery family fun in Redwood City


Salsa festival

Celebrate two varieties of salsa – the dance and the sauce – at the seventh annual Redwood City Salsa Festival on Saturday.

Multiple stages will showcase Latin music and dance such as salsa, but also jazz, rock and reggae. On the culinary side, chefs will dish out their best salsas for a competition where members of the public judge. Taste plenty of piquant salsas alongside tequila and other delicious fare. Kids are sure to enjoy a play area with bounce houses and hands-on art projects.

The festival encompasses 11 city blocks of downtown, with much of the activity on Broadway Street between Middlefield Road and Hamilton Avenue. Festivities are noon-8 p.m., though the public salsa tasting ends at 5 p.m. For information, visit


Art and wine

What: Coinciding with National Public Lands Day, Lassen Volcanic National Park will host its fourth annual Art & Wine Festival. Visitors can experience the works of local artists, musicians and wineries from nearby Manton.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral

Cost: Free



Drum festival

What: The family-friendly Oakland World Percussion Festival presents more than four hours of drum and dancing performances – Japanese taiko, Brazilian funk, kuku from Guinea, Indian tabla, Afro-Cuban bembe, local hip-hop and more. Five-time Grammy-nominated artist John Santos headlines the festival, which also includes workshops, an interactive kids zone, global cuisine and music vendors.

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: East Bay Church, 4130 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Cost: Free



Art fair

What: The first Genoa Candy Dance was held in 1919 by women trying to raise money for streetlights. It has since evolved into a two-day event, known as the Candy Dance Art & Crafts Faire, with more than 300 vendors and thousands of attendees. The weekend festivities are free apart from an all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner with live music.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 28

Where: Genoa, Nev.

Cost: Free; $20-$28 for dinner



Hike the Headlands

What: Bring the whole family to NatureBridge for hands-on activities, live music, beer tasting and learning labs. Guided hikes will be offered with various lengths and degrees of difficulty.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 28

Where: NatureBridge, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito

Cost: $15 adult, $12 children 5 to 17, free children 4 and under, $42 for four-person family


Bee staff