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Travel in Northern California is always fascinating – in the space of just a few hours it’s possible to dip your toes in the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean; answer the lyrical question, “Do you know the way to San Jose?” as you pass through Silicon Valley – the land of IBM and Oracle; cross the Golden Gate, Richmond-San Rafael, and Benicia-Martinez Bridges to the heart of California’s agricultural gold mine, and climb up into the High Sierras to dip your toes in the crisp, clear waters of Lake Tahoe, having passed through cypress groves, alluvial plains, coastal mountains, congested cities, gently rolling foothills, semi-arid desert, and chiseled mountains to get there.
But our allegorical Nor Cal Sunday drive is even more alluring over the Labor Day Weekend thanks to all the fabulous events and festivals that are just waiting to help us give our California Summer an appropriate and festal sendoff.
On the Pacific: The Monterey Bay Greek Festival Frolic with the Gods in historic Monterey’s Custom House Plaza as you enjoy dolmades and gyros, moussaka and souvlaki, Greek coffee and baklava. Greek musicians strum and percuss their way through Greek tunes and Greek dancers strut their steps in the syrtos, kalamatianos, and sirtaki. It’s good to be Greek for the weekend. Opa!
In the Bay Area: The Sausalito Art Festival Take the ferry to Sausalito and you’re in the midst of the 60th annual prestigious Sausalito Art Festival, almost before you step off the boat. Fine artists and crafters from all over the world come to San Francisco Bay every year to display their wares, and shoppers – buyers and looky-lous alike – come from all over the world to see what’s on offer. Music, art, and festive feasting with the San Francisco city skyline as backdrop.
In the Heartland: Gold Rush Days Celebrate the good ol’ days of the California Gold Rush with a step (or two or three) back into the past. More than 200 tons of dirt cover the streets of Old Sacramento to bring back the stagecoaches, gunfights, card sharks, storytelling, paddle wheelers, and tent cities of the days of gold and glory.
In the High Sierras: Autumn Food and Wine Festival North Lake Tahoe’s annual gourmet festival is all about culinary and wining superlatives. The best chefs, the best autumn harvestables, the best winemakers and vintners – nothing’s too good for this popular event in the High Sierras. Join in the fun – stomp some grapes, learn to roll sushi and butcher a hog, shop the farmers markets and Gourmet Marketplace. Eat, drink, and be merry; then dip your toes in the crisp, clear waters of Lake Tahoe.
Don’t mourn the loss of Summer – get out and celebrate.
If you’d like to see more Northern California Labor Day Weekend events, see my website, DiscoverNorthernCalifornia.com