Escapes: Mosey over to Monterey for cowboy, poetry fest

Look for Western-themed gift possibilities at next weekend’s festival in Monterey.
Look for Western-themed gift possibilities at next weekend’s festival in Monterey.

The 17th annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, running from Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Nov. 22, will bring attendees back to the traditions and lifestyles of old-time vaqueros and cowboys who once roamed the Wild West.

The event will feature poets and music by award-winning performers such as Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphy and Waddie Mitchell. Meet-and-greets with the artists are scheduled.

Other mainstays of the festival include line dancing, storytelling and a cowboy gear show. Families are welcome.

The festival will be hosted at the 22-acre Monterey County Fair and Event Center in the Monterey and Salinas rooms. Tickets cost $310 for access to every event all three days, and individual event tickets vary in price.

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Holiday fair  

What: The Greater Napa Valley Lions Club will present Gifts ’n Tyme, an annual tradition abounding in holiday music, gourmet baked goods and meals, crafts and artwork. More than 85 local vendors and artists will be on-site exhibiting fine art and crafts, holiday pieces and artisan fare.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22

Where: Napa Valley Expo, Chardonnay Hall, 575 Third St., Napa

Cost: Free

Information: 925-372-8961

Villains and Heroes Fan Festival  

What: The San Jose Convention Center will host the first San Jose Villains and Heroes Fan Festival, featuring stars and behind-the-scenes experts from Hollywood.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22

Where: San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose

Cost: $30 to $40 one-day general admission


Holidays at Carneros


What: As a prelude to Thanksgiving, Carneros Wineries opens its doors for two days of barrel tastings, as well as wine and food pairings. Winemakers will be on hand to share expertise.

When: Event begins 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22

Where: Carneros Wine Appellation, Vineburg

Cost: $50 general admission; $15 designated driver admission


Black Diamond Mine tours


What: Black Diamond Mines will host its final open house of the season. A thousand feet of restored 1930s silicon sand mines will be open for tours. Participants must be 7 or older.

When: noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

Where: 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch

Cost: Free

Information: 510-544-2750 or visit

Homecrafters’ Marketplace


What: More than 100 vendors from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito will attend Carmel’s 45th annual Homecrafters’ Marketplace. High-quality home and crafts goods will be available.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

Where: Sunset Center, San Carlos Street between Ninth and 10th avenues, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Cost: Free


Bee staff