Travel Down to Santa Clara for Adventure Convention: Bay Area residents with a thirst for exploring the world can find plenty of things to get excited about at this weekend’s Travel and Adventure Show in Santa Clara. The 6th annual event, which is taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, is a perfect venue for thrill-seekers to get information on new and exciting destinations, receive tips and information from seasoned travelers and get exposed to cultures from around the world. Guest speakers include representatives from the Travel Channel, Frommer’s and more publications that specialize in world travel. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday for the event. Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers plenty of travel options to the Mountain View Caltrain Station, where attendees can transfer to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s light-rail system. VTA’s Great America light-rail transit center is a short walk from the convention center.
Music Festival in SF Not Just a Bunch of Hot Air: Music lovers can enjoy a full day of contemporary compositions crafted by talented young students as part of the 7th annual Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco this Sunday. Organized by students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the event will feature talented and emerging pianists, string and reed players, composers, maestros and more. The festival, which starts at 10:30 a.m., will also include discussions from veteran composers, who will describe in detail what inspires them to create their art. Located at the Conservatory, the festival is across the street from Muni’s Van Ness Station.
Mineta Transportation Institute Holding Annual Student Competition: Aspiring students interested in a career in mass transit can win up to $1,000 and earn a trip to San Jose as part of the Mineta Transportation Institute’s Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition. Founded in 2001 by former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater, the nationwide competition is a way to encourage teenagers to consider a profession in transit. The competition asks students and teachers to craft a sustainable mass transit program based on materials they’ve studied from the field. The Institute, which is based in San Jose, recently opened its Calls for Entries for the projects. More information about the program, including details on teachers and students can apply, is available here.