MORAGA -- A free public festival and open house featuring attractions, performances, campus tours and more is scheduled for Saturday as part of Saint Mary's College's 150th anniversary celebration.

The event is just one of many the Catholic college has planned for its sesquicentennial. Dubbed "Gaelebration," the day begins at 11 a.m. Among the attractions are a seven-story Ferris wheel along with other children's rides, and interactive programs from various academic departments. The afternoon will feature performances by acoustic soul band Alma Desnuda and the college's music, dance and theater departments. Athletic demonstrations and gourmet food trucks are also on tap.

And while the day's festivities are scheduled to wrap up at 6 p.m., the 150th anniversary celebration will continue throughout the school year. Upcoming events include lectures, performances and a free symposium series on wealth disparities, justice, politics and other topics.

Additional celebrations include the Jewel of the Bay gala, scheduled for Nov. 3. The black-tie event features dinner and dancing and will take place on Treasure Island. All proceeds benefit Saint Mary's student aid program.

The college was established in 1863 in San Francisco and has been overseen by the order of Christian Brothers since 1868. It was relocated to Oakland in 1889 and then to Moraga in 1928, where it has remained.

For more information, go to www.yearofthegael.com.

Saint Mary's College "Gaelebration"
WHAT: Festival and open house
WHEN: 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 6
WHERE: 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga
COST: Free
DETAILS: www.yearofthegael.com