Foothills spring to summer life with festivals

The BluesBox Bayou Band will be at the Twain Harte Summer Art & Wine Festival.
The BluesBox Bayou Band will be at the Twain Harte Summer Art & Wine Festival. The BluesBox Bayou Band

Go east, young festivalgoers. (Don’t worry, older festivalgoers also are invited.)

The foothills will be awash in festivals this weekend, with events for music, art and wine lovers in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Alpine counties. The Bear Valley Music Festival, Twain Harte Summer Art & Wine Festival and Blues and Bones Festival in Angels Camp will offer an array of entertainment.

Take a closer look to see which of the Sierra Nevada events will fit into your weekend plans.

Bear Valley Music Festival

Founded in 1968, the Bear Valley Music Festival is known for bringing a a wide diversity of music and talent together. For its 46th annual outing, the event brings audiences 13 days of live music over the course of more than two weeks. Performing this year will be regional blues guitar great Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Americana quintet the Brothers Comatose, American popular song pianist Richard Glazier, bluegrass band Iron Horse and classical group the Delphi Trio, among others. The final weekend will include the Moonlit Masquerade Gala & Auction, as well as performances by the Festival Orchestra.

When: Opens 8 p.m. Friday , runs through Aug. 10

Where: Bear Valley Village, off Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest

Tickets: $15-$55 varies by concert

Call: (209) 753-2574

Online: www.bearvalleymusicfestival.org

Twain Harte Summer Art & Wine Festival

The 37th annual street festival features more than 100 craft and graphic artists, wine, food and live entertainment. Performers include the Cajun zydeco group BluesBox Bayou Band, Twain Harte jug band Little Fuller Band and street performer Captain Jack Spareribs. The festival also will include a custom hot rod car show and the annual Wines in the Pines event from the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce. Tastings will be from noon to 3 p.m. each day at Meadow Plaza. Tickets are $20 and include a commemorative wine glass.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Downtown Twain Harte

Admission: Free

Call: (209) 533-3473

Online: www.fireonthemountain.com

Blues and Bones Festival

Hot sounds and tasty barbecue are on order at the fourth annual Blues and Bones Festival in Angels Camp. The all-day blues event will feature music on two stages by Shane Dwight, Maxx Cabello Jr. and the Breakdown, Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood, Wingnut Adams, Mike Hammar and the Nails, Guitar Mac and Leo Bootes. The event at the Calaveras County fairgrounds will include the People’s Choice Barbeque Competition featuring pork, chicken and beef for $500 in prize money.

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp

Tickets: $19.99, $29.99 for VIP and after-party

Call: (209) 456-3290

Online: www.bluesandbones.com