Taking a break at a few of our favorite nearby getaways. Plus: from bluegrass to mega-yoga, a list of upcoming outdoor festivals
Don't freak, you don't have to go far for nature adventures. This inappropriately-named Marin Headlands summit is just a 15 minute — albeit gnarly — hike up a gorgeous trail from a stop on the No. 76 Muni line. Once you've peaked, rest in the tall grass with a phenomenal 180 degree view of Sausalito, the bay, the bridges, and the city from downtown to the avenues. It's like you're inside one of those awesome Panoramio pics, but it's not freezing your computer.
Trailhead begins on the right, 100 feet downhill on McCollough from the Conzelman intersection, Marin County.
Three-day dancing and frolicking to superlative house music with thousands of others. With DJ Larry Heard, a.k.a. Mr. Fingers.
Fri/15-Sun/17, $125–>$150, Belden. www.sunsetcampout.com
PAL BLUES FESTIVAL
A smokin' BBQ competition will satisfy, as will roots and blues music from dozens of performers.
Friday, July 22, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., free.
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.palbluesfestival.com
SONOMA COUNTY FAIR
It's the 75th year for this bonanza of California country living, with carnival rides, turkey races, vaudeville performances, wine tasting, and live music.
July 27–Aug. 14, various times, $9, kids under six and seniors free. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, www.sonomacountyfair.com
Bend over backward, outdoors, as yoga meets music with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Girl Talk, Cornflower, MC Yogi, and more.
July 28–31, $24.50–$450, Squaw Valley. squaw.wanderlustfestival.com
Celebrate the earth by getting down (and dirty?) with India.Arie and Idan Raichel, Aaron Neville, the Wailers, Funky Meters, and dozens more.
Aug. 5-7, $5–$180. Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville. www.thegaiafestival.com
GOOD OLD FASHIONED BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
The Northern California Bluegrass Society goes all out with three days of pickin' and pluckin' campground jams and family fun.
Aug. 12–14, $8.50–$65. Bolado Park, Tres Piños. www.scbs.org/events/gov
A revamped food and wine aspect refreshes the massive SF music fest, whose star power includes Muse, Phish, and Arcade Fire.
Aug. 12–14, times and prices vary. Golden Gate Park, www.sfoutsidelands.com
BODEGA SEAFOOD ART AND WINE FESTIVAL
Drink, dine, and shop to your heart's content. Also: Bodega Seafood Festival rubber duck races!
Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28, 10 a .m.–5 p.m., $8–$15. children under 12 free. 16855 Bodega Hwy, Bodega. www.winecountryfestivals.com
The Bay's hugest legal outdoor rave returns, now in Oakland for your fun-fur, hands-in-the-air pleasure. There will be a million DJs.
Sept. 24, price and time TBD. Oakland Coliseum Grounds, Oakl. www.sflovevolution.com
For more summer fairs and festival fun, visit www.sfbg.com/summerfests.
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