Monterey Roots Festival features reggae artists

Escape for a weekend of Golden State music and culture at Monterey’s California Roots Festival at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

The three-day festival, which runs Friday, May 27, through Sunday, May 29, will be headlined by reggae artists including Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley.

Food and drink vendors, such as the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, will be spread throughout the festival. Last year, Sierra Nevada created a custom brew, called Hoppy Roots IPA, in honor of the event.

General admission is $85 per day and $190 for all three days. “Rally buses,” coordinated by the festival’s organizers, will provide transportation to the event from major cities, including Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Oakland. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

For details: californiarootsfestival.com.

American Idol winner in Napa


What: The Uptown Theatre will host a musical evening with singer-songwriter Kris Allen, the eighth-season winner of the TV show “American Idol.” Allen is traveling the country as part of his “Letting You In” tour.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, May 22

Where: The Uptown Theatre Napa, 1350 Third St.

Cost: From $20 to $25 per person.

Information: uptowntheatrenapa.com/event/kris-allen

Mushroom Mardi Gras


What: Enjoy a two-day festival in south Santa Clara County celebrating the mushroom. The festival will feature street performers, live music, arts and crafts, gourmet bites, an educational mushroom exhibit and a cooking demonstration, expanding through several blocks of Morgan Hill.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 28; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 29

Where: Downtown Morgan Hill Amphitheatre and Community Center, 17000 Monterey Road

Cost: Free

Information: mhmmg.org

Greek Festival


What: The 2016 Oakland Greek Music Festival is filled with music, authentic Greek food and dancing. The festival schedule includes dance instruction and tours of the Greek Orthodox cathedral.

When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 20; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 22

Where: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Adults $6, children 12 and under enter free; free admission on Sunday from 5 p.m. to closing.

Information: oaklandgreekfestival.com

Mule Days


What: Mule Days is Bishop’s annual celebration of the adorable animal. More than 700 mules will be in attendance for 14 shows throughout the weekend. Nestled in the eastern Sierra Nevada, Bishop offers majestic views.

When: Tuesday through Sunday, May 24-29

Where: 1141 N. Main St.

Cost: $15 general admission per show. Packaged prices offered.

Information: muledays.org

Grubstake Days


What: The annual Grubstake Days will kick off Friday morning with a golf tournament at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, followed by a weekend of parades, carnivals, competitions and rodeos. At noon Saturday, the event will feature a beard competition.

When: Events begin at 8 a.m. Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28

Where: Venues throughout Yucca Valley (Check website for more details)

Cost: Prices vary from free to $100 per event

Information: yucca-valley.org/departments/sp_events.html