Escapes: Lake Tahoe for beer and family fun



It’s time to break out the lederhosen for Tahoe City’s Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest will be celebrated with live music, cold beer and hot brats in the German tradition. But unlike other rowdy beer events, this festival is designed for families, with games and crafts for kids of all ages. Oktoberfest runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday outside the Gatekeeper’s Museum, 130 West Lake Blvd. There’s no fee to enter. For more information, visit


Taste of Armenia

What: The 62nd annual Armenian Food Festival is a full bazaar highlighting Armenian cuisine and culture. Eat up, check out informational displays and dance the night away.

When: 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and noon-midnight Saturday

Where: St. Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church, 650 Spruce St., Oakland

Cost: $3



Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

What: San Francisco’s biggest bluegrass event also just happens to be free, and this year, many of its headliners don’t even play bluegrass. The 14th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is chiefly about the fun, featuring live bands nonstop for three days in a family-friendly (if extremely crowded) environment. Bring a picnic and take in alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s latest effort with his teenage son on drums, old-time bluegrass band Dry Branch Fire Squad and many others.

When: 10:30-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 5

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Cost: Free



Eggplant extravaganza

What: Honor the humble vegetable at the 27th annual Loomis Eggplant Festival. There will a cooking competition, a maze and live entertainment, as well as plenty of locally grown, colorful food.

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

Where: Loomis Train Depot, 3640 Taylor Road, Loomis

Cost: Free



Cajun festival

What: Feel the spirit of the Bayou in Napa Valley at the Wine Country Cajun Festival. Expect Zydeco music, dance lessons, Mardi Gras-style parades and New Orleans-inspired culinary delights.

When: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Napa, First St., Napa

Cost: Free


Bee Staff