Haunted house tour in Truckee
Expect secret affairs, gunfights and other saucy tales during Truckee’s fifth annual Historical Haunted House Tour. Groups will be guided through different sites around town, and each will feature actors, musicians and other entertainers revealing fascinating backstories.
The haunting begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, 10007 Bridge St. Things wind down around 9 p.m., and the $40 ticket includes a glass of wine and additional surprise gift.
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Forewarning: The adult-only tour has proven to be so popular that it has sold out every year since its inception – but there’s also a wait list. For more information, visit www.truckeehistorytour.org.
HALF MOON BAY
All things pumpkin
What: Enormous orange gourds will be on display throughout the 44th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, with events such as the carving of a 1,200-pound pumpkin and the Great Pumpkin Parade on Saturday at noon. There also will be three stages of live music, a haunted house, crafts, pie-eating contests, fine art and generous pours of pumpkin ale.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 19
Where: Main Street between Mill and Spruce streets, Half Moon Bay
Art and wine
What: More than 30 foothill wineries will pour samples at the 17th annual Art & Wine Festival in historic downtown Placerville. Sip and enjoy art, live music and late-night shopping.
When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Main Street, Placerville
Cost: $30 for unlimited tasting
What: More than 5,000 visitors are expected to marvel at jousting sessions, armored combat between knights and stage plays at the 21st annual Folsom Renaissance Faire. Dress like a pirate, learn archery, feast on turkey legs and shop in a marketplace of 80 merchants. Rumor has it William Shakespeare and his characters will be roaming about.
When: Folsom Lion’s Park, Folsom
Where: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19
Prickly fruit tasting
What: Sample palm, dragon and other cactus fruit on a tour. Less-prickly fruit – pineapple, guava – can also be enjoyed in this private garden. Pre-registration is required.
When: 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek
Information: (925) 944-9352; www.ruthbancroftgarden.org
One-day Burning Man
What: If you’ve ever been tempted by Burning Man but only wanted to go for one day, the eighth annual Reno Decompression might be an ideal fit. Everyone is invited to don a crazy costume, see incredible art and dance alongside fire.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bodega Nightclub, 555 E. Fourth St., Reno