Get out and enjoy warm spring weather this weekend. There's no shortage of special events that will make the most of it.
Celebrating a home-grown green bonanza, the Stockton Asparagus Festival opens today in downtown Stockton. Many of the festivities at this famous food fest will be held at the Stockton Marina district. Park at Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton.
Featuring many ways to eat asparagus as well as music, carnival rides and entertainment, the family-oriented festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Sunday.
Admission is $12; teens, age 13-17, and college students with ID, $7; military with ID, $7; children age 12 and under admitted free; parking, $10. For more details and directions, click on www.asparagusfest.com.
In Sacramento, the 26th annual Curtis Park Home and Garden Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Patrons will tour six residences and one Craftsman-turned-day care center. Start at north end of Curtis Park, Donner Way at 26th Street, or at Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St., Sacramento
Admission is $25 with tickets available at either starting point. During the tour, a neighborhood fest will be held in Curtis Park with music, food, vintage cars and information on home restoration. Details: www.sierra2.org or (916) 452-3005.
In Folsom, seven awesome gardens will be part of the Folsom Garden Club's 12th annual tour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Each garden features something extra such as a master gardener to answer questions, a plant sale, an artist painting gardenscapes and a cookie sale. Bring a camera.
Admission is $12, with a map provided with ticket orders. Details: www.folsomgarden.org or (916) 984-3851.
Wine, food and spectacular views are part of the attraction at the "Kitchens in the Vineyards" home tour Saturday in Napa and St. Helena. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this 15th annual tour, which supports Napa's Music in the Vineyards concert program, features five estate homes in Napa's wine country with the focus on food. Tops chefs from Napa Valley restaurants and Napa-based cookbook authors will be stationed in the homes' kitchens to offer tastings, recipes, autographed cookbooks and more.
Admission is $65. Details: www.musicinthevineyards.org or (707) 258-5559.