Escapes: See botanicals by the light of the moon in S.F.

A full moon will accompany a tour of the San Francisco Botanical Garden on Sept. 28.
A full moon will accompany a tour of the San Francisco Botanical Garden on Sept. 28. Sacramento Bee file

The night has sounds and shapes and rhythms all its own, even in a place as well known as San Francisco’s Botanical Garden.

Don’t take our word for it. Find out for yourself on a docent-led Full Moon Walk on Monday, Sept. 28.

The walk will traverse the 55-acre living museum within Golden Gate Park, taking in some of the 8,000 plants from around the world.

After the two-hour walk, tea and refreshments will be served at a quiet spot inside the garden.

Heavy rain cancels the walk, but otherwise, bring a flashlight. The walk begins at 7:30 p.m. near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way. No late-comers will be admitted. Admission is $20-$25.

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Tarantula hikes


What: As summer wanes, the tarantulas of Mount Diablo crawl out of their burrows for mating season. The Mount Diablo Interpretive Association is offering a 3-mile afternoon nature hike. Hikers will be joined by naturalists who will lecture on these furry crawlers prior to the trek. Reservations are required.

When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27

Where: Mitchell Canyon Picnic Area, 96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton

Cost: $6 per car

Information: or (925) 627-2913.

Salsa Festival


What: Salsa tasting and salsa dancing will take the main stage at the eighth annual Salsa Festival, which will take over 11 blocks of downtown Redwood City on Saturday. Tequila tasting and live music will add to the event. A salsa tasting and competition, with a variety of categories, will take place from noon to 5 p.m.

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 26

Where: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

Cost: Free


Heirloom Tomato Festival


What: The Kendall-Jackson Wine Center will showcase more than 175 heirloom tomato varieties, and an equally extensive spread of tomato dishes. Try offbeat eats, including tomato crème as well as classics such as the BLT. The event also will feature a cooking competition with contenders from TV’s “Top Chef.”

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26

Where: Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton

Cost: $95


An Unruly Storyfest


What: Geoffrey’s Inner Circle nightclub in Oakland will host a night of storytelling with a lineup of California’s popular storytellers, including National Public Radio’s Glynn Washington and Kay DeMartini. The event will feature storytelling workshops and shows.

When: Workshops run from 1 to 5:30 p.m.; shows run from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 26

Where: Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th St., Oakland

Cost: $20 to $120


Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco Tour


What: Explore Nob Hill and Union Square through the eyes of legendary film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock, known as the master of suspense. The walking tour will visit Hitchcock’s filming locations and tour guides will share their stories.

When: 11 a.m. Sept. 25 and Sept. 27

Where: Huntington Park (California and Taylor streets, San Francisco)

Cost: Free


Bee staff