Escapes: Take an art walk around Donner

Art hike participants will make 10 stops along their 2-mile trek to see and participate in a variety of fine art performances.
Art hike participants will make 10 stops along their 2-mile trek to see and participate in a variety of fine art performances.

Head up to the Sierra for an unconventional hike around Donner Pass. The Sept. 19 trek in the Tahoe National Forest will feature 10 art exhibits, including a live aerial dance, orchestral music by the Yosemite Quartet and a John Muir storyteller.

Trails & Vistas, a Tahoe-based arts-and-nature organization, will guide the 2-mile hikes, which offer views of Donner Lake and surrounding mountains. Each hike starts at Donner Ski Ranch near Truckee. Hikers can attend a 5:30 p.m. after party at Donner Ski Ranch with live performances from double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan and violinist Scarlet Rivera. All ages are welcome.

The art hike costs $45 for adults and $12 for children. They are scheduled to start every 15 minutes throughout the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The last hike starts at 4 p.m. Each hike lasts around 3 hours.

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Santa Cruz County Fair

What: This year’s annual, family-friendly Santa Cruz County Fair will offer live music, carnival rides and horse shows. Fine arts, photography, agriculture, livestock, home winemaking and brewing exhibitions will highlight the talents of the county’s communities.

When: Noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 16-18; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 19; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 20

Where: 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville

Cost: $8 to $12 adult admission; $6 child admission; $5 parking


National Champion Air Races

What: Rated among the top 10 air shows around the world by USA Today, the Reno Air Races will feature world-class planes for five days of high-speed course racing. On the ground, attendees will enjoy access to aircraft and military displays and demonstrations, as well as pilots and pit crews.

When: 8 a.m. to around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16-20 Wednesday through Sunday

Where: Reno Stead Airport, 4895 Texas Ave., Reno

Cost: $14 to $35 per day for general admission

Information: or 775-972-6663


What: Keeping true to the centuries-old Munich festival, Redwood City’s Oktoberfest promises live alpine music, traditional German folk dancing and other cultural performances. Foodies rejoice – the event will offer German cuisine and drinks such as bratwurst, soft pretzels, sauerkraut and brews.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 18; noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 19; noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 20

Where: 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City

Cost: $10 entrance fee for kids and nondrinkers; $18 general adult admission


American River Music Festival

What: Check out three days of live folk, country, rock and bluegrass music beside the American River’s south fork. Acts include The Infamous Stringdusters and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers. Attendees can enjoy swimming, children’s activities, massages and art. Multiday camping packages are available.

When: Gates open 10 a.m. Sept. 18-20

Where: Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road, Coloma

Cost: Single-day tickets are $15 for youths; $40-$50 for adults

Information: or 530-622-6044

International Dragon Boat Festival

What: Celebrate Chinese culture by the Bay. Attendees can check out competitive dragon boat races from more 120 local, national and Canadian teams. Cultural performances – Tahitian dancing, taiko drumming, acrobats, theater and martial arts – will run throughout the two-day festival.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19-20

Where: Treasure Island, San Francisco

Cost: Free


Bee staff