Travel calendar: See world's largest corn maze in Dixon
10/03/2010 12:01:00 AM PDT
Find the complete Travel calendar listings online. Vezer Family Vineyard Summer Concert Series --
4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 17, Mankas Corner Gardens, Suisun Valley. Enjoy live jazz and blues. Cost $17.50. 800-823-8463; www.VezerFamilyVineyard.com. Cool Patch Pumpkins and Corn Maze -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Nov. 7, 6585 Milk Farm Road, Dixon. Thousands of pumpkins, a 45-acre corn maze, hayrides, refreshments, a climbable straw mountain and more. Free admission to the pumpkin patch, $10 for corn maze and $3 for hayrides. 530-304-0163; www.coolpatchpumpkins.com. Pirates of Emerson: Haunting Fields -- Through Oct. 31, Alameda County Fairgrounds. Visit five haunted houses and a metallic maze and enjoy theater performances, live entertainment and games (not recommended for children under 13). See website for hours. $20 general, $30 speed pass, $5 amusement ticket upgrade at door, parking $8. 510-657-2121; www.PiratesofEmerson.com. Sunset's Savor the Central Coast -- Oct. 3, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy San Luis Obispo's fine dining, wine tasting, farm-to-table sustainable events and seminars. Events from $15. www.savorcentralcoast.com. Historic Home Tour -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 3, Pacific Grove. Tour select Victorian and historic homes, bed & breakfast inns and churches. 831-373-3304; www.pacificgrove.org. 80th Pioneer Day & Parade -- 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9, Downtown City Park, Paso Robles. See what it was like in the days of the early pioneers with live music, a bean cook-off, pet show, little cowgirl/cowboy contest, car show and old-fashioned parade. www.pasoroblespioneerday.org. 13th annual Pumpkin Patch Festival -- 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends Oct. 9-24, Western Railway Museum, Suisun City. Enjoy a five-mile trip on an electric train, hay bale fort, hay rides, live music, games and more. $12 general, $11 ages 65 and older, $9 ages 2-14. 707-374-2978; www.wrm.org. 37th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off -- 7-11 a.m., Oct. 11, IDES Grounds, Half Moon Bay. See the weigh-off of more than 60 pumpkins in a contest that awards $6 per pound for the champion pumpkin and help judge the "most beautiful pumpkin." 650-726-9652; www.miramarevents.com. Exploring Argentina -- 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Wayne Bernhardson, author of "Moon Handbooks Argentina." 510-651-0305, 510-527-4140, www.rei.com/berkeley. Pacific Cutting Horse Association Futurity and Stakes -- Oct. 13-31, Paso Robles Event Center, Paso Robles. Enjoy demonstrations, clinics, cutting horse competitions and more. www.pccha.com. 18th annual School Street Wine Stroll -- 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15, downtown Lodi. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting and entertainment at more than 26 Lodi wineries, shops and boutiques. $30 in advance, $40 at the event; designated driver $10/$20. 209-367-7840, ext. 100; www.lodichamber.com. Mark Twain Motherlode Festival -- Oct. 15-16, Angels Camp. See Ron Power's play "Sam and Laura" at the Bret Harte Theater, hear a panel discussion by Mark Twain experts and a keynote presentation. See website for ticket information and cost. 209-736-0049, www.marktwainfestival.org. Harvest Wine Weekend -- Oct. 15-17, various wineries in Paso Robles. Enjoy special barrel tastings, blending seminars, grape stomping, food and wine pairings, live music and more. www.pasowine.com. Fun Family Farm Days Weekend -- Oct. 16-17, Suisun Valley. Enjoy agricultural activities such as pumpkin patches, u-pick produce, hay rides, farm tours, flower picking, wine tasting, arts and crafts, live music and artistic painting. www.SuisunValley.com. 40th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16-17, Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Enjoy rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carvers, the Great Pumpkin Parada, a haunted house, pie-eating and costume contests and more. 650-726-9652; www.miramarevents.com. Exploring the Magnificent Sonoma Coast and Russian River: Hiking, Camping, Whale Watching, and More -- 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19, REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. See a digital presentation from author and photographer Steve Hinch on some of his favorite trails featured in his book, "Hiking and Adventure Guide to the Sonoma Coast and Russian River." 510-527-4140, www.rei.com/berkeley. California Rocks: A Fun Geological Tour of the Bay Area and Beyond -- 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19, REI, 43962 Fremont Blvd., Fremont and Oct. 20, REI, 213 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. See a digital presentation from Katherine Baylor, author of "California Rocks! A Guide to the Geologic Sites in the Golden State," on geological features of the Bay Area and North Coast. 510-651-0305; www.rei.com/fremont and 415-927-1938, www.rei.com/cortemadera. Travels With "Meadow": A Car Camping Journey Across the U.S. -- 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 21, REI, 2475 Sand Creek Road, Brentwood. See a slide show and learn about the 10-month, 35,000-mile road trip that Sylvia Rose took with her dog, Meadow, through the United States. 925-516-3540, www.rei.com/brentwoodca. Downtown Blues Fest Weekend -- Oct. 21-24, Calistoga. Enjoy live music from North Bay blues bands, wines, winemaker dinners (Oct. 21), a "Blues 'n Brunch" (Oct. 24) and cigar lounge. Wine tasting $30, see website for dinners and brunch costs. 866-306-5588, www.calistogavisitors.com. Golden Oak Festival -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23, Downtown City Park, Paso Robles. Enjoy antiques, crafts, local produce, food, music and more. www.pasoroblesdowntown.org. Adventures in Nepal and India -- 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, REI, 1119 Industrial Blvd., San Carlos. Slide presentation from Molly McCahan, who, with her husband, spent a year traveling, including a teahouse trek to Annapurna Base camp and a safari -- by elephant. 650-508-2330, www.rei.com/sancarlos. Halloween Spectacular -- 2-6 p.m. Oct. 28, Texas Roadhouse, Fairfield. Enjoy carnival games and prizes, classic car show, candy rain finale and more. $10. 707-421-9085, www.ntsba.org. Top 10 Adventures to Do Now: Bay Area and Northern California -- 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 28, REI, 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View. Learn about the top selections from WeekendSherpa.com founder Brad Day, as well as tips on great hikes, bike rides and overnight escapes. 650-969-1938; www.rei.com/mountainview. Wine, Art and Music Walk -- 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29; Pacific Grove. Enjoy a walking tour of Pacific Grove's art venues. Art Walk maps available at participating locations and Chamber of Commerce. 831-373-3304; www.pacificgrove.org. Suisun Valley Pumpkin Patch -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 31, Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield. Features pumpkin bowling, hay pyramid, corn maze and ore. $3, under 4 free. 707-864-1222, www.SuisunValleyPumpkinPatch.com. Big Sur Food and Wine Festival -- Nov. 4-7, various Big Sur locations. Features wine tastings, cooking classes, walkabouts, winemaker dinners, hiking, book signings and more. See website or call for ticket information. 831-667-0800; www.bigsurfoodandwine.org. Paso Gathering -- Nov. 5-7, Pioneer Museum, Paso Robles. Enjoy the annual show of western art and cowboy gear, saddle makers, rawhide braiders, silversmiths, horsehair hitchers and more. $5. www.pasoroblesdowntown.org. Johnston House Foundation's Holiday Boutique & Historic House Tour -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6-7 and 13-14, James Johnston House, Half Moon Bay. Take a self-guided tour of this "White House of Half Moon Bay," which will be decorated for the holidays and feature gifts and holiday items for sale. $10. 650-726-0329; www.johnstonhouse.org. Paderewski Festival -- Nov. 11-14, various venues Paso Robles. Enjoy concerts of solo piano and chamber music, an exhibit of Paderewski memorabilia and lectures. www.paderewskifest.com. Elegant Holiday Evening Downtown -- 4-8 p.m. Nov. 13, downtown Paso Robles. Enjoy evening strolling, downtown shopping, local cuisine and wines. 805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.org 24th Annual Holiday Downtown Lighting Ceremony -- 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26, downtown Paso Robles. Enjoy caroling, live music, cookies, hot chocolate and the tree lighting by Mrs. Claus. 805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.org. Nights of Light -- 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3, Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Enjoy carols, treats, a tree lighting and the Parade of Lights down Main Street. Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration -- 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Gazebo Lawn at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Enjoy a holiday celebration with a tree lighting, Dickens-era costumed carolers, singalong performance, visit by Santa and complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider, eggnog and cookies. 650-712-7040. Blessing of the Olives at the Mission -- 10 a.m. Dec. 4, Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, Sonoma. Enjoy music, refreshments and more at this traditional ceremony. 707-996-1090, www.olivefestival.com.
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