On your mark, get set, GO weekend! You’ve been waiting patiently five long days and with good reason. First of all, you can take the first bite out of apple season with a famous festival, give the kids a cooking lesson from the garden and celebrate with a family festival at the Palo Alto JCC. There’s a little something for everyone and to find out, all you have to do is read on.

San Francisco

Healthy Kids Saturdays in the STEM Garden
Join Chef Jorge and the STEM team as they turn the garden into a hands-on cooking class, demonstrating how whole fruits and vegetables can be transformed into a meal through activities in healthy eating and cooking. Kids might start with a fruit and vegetable name game before moving on to a tasting exploration of seasonal produce. Then, the group uses kid-safe kitchen utensils for a guided hands-on cooking experience, making recipes such as fruit- and herb-infused beverages or pizzas topped with garden-fresh vegetables. Parents are welcome to accompany their child during the program, or they can leave him/her and enjoy a bite to eat or refreshing beverage on the patio. Sat. Event details

Bikeabouts at the SF Zoo
Looking for a way to get outdoors this summer? You’ll have the exclusive opportunity to pedal through the Zoo with a knowledgeable guide before the Zoo opens for the day. During the ride, you’ll learn all sorts of fun facts, watch animals as they forage for their breakfast and learn how you can help wildlife at home! Pre-registration required, bikes not provided by the SF Zoo. Sat. Event details

East Bay

Concerts in this Cove Rule
Once a month on Fridays this summer, families can crawl over to Crab Cover Visitors Center for free music and family fun as the sun sets over the San Francisco Bay. The visitor center will stay open late, hosting activities on the deck starting at 4:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and picnic dinner. Food will also be available for purchase at the cove. Fri. Event details.

Roar for Lion Appreciation Day
Watch the African lions at the Oakland Zoo enjoy special treats, hear a talk by a lion keeper, get your face painted like a lion, browse and buy crafts made by people living near lions in Uganda and more. Learn about the world’s lions from conservation partners, the Uganda Carnivore Program and Bay Area Puma Project. Sat. Event details.


Pavilion and Park Grand Opening Festival
The new Arrillaga Family Pavilion and Freidenrich Community Park on the Oshman Family JCC campus bring a lush playing field, outdoor seating, conference and class areas, fitness opportunities and a new performance venue to the OFJCC campus. To celebrate the opening of these new spaces, enjoy fun activities and events for the whole family, including music, magic, face painting, bubbles and more. Sun. Event details

Edible Garden Tour and Tasting
Explore Gamble’s edible garden this August with a tour of our Roots and Shoots beds, vegetable beds, kitchen garden and fruit trees. Enjoy sampling tomatoes, beans, figs, apples, pears and plums. Sat. Event details

South Bay

View the Perseid Meteor Shower at Montalvo
Inspired by the night sky and beyond, Montalvo Arts Center presents “Starry, Starry Night,” a nighttime summer arts event for the whole family. Activities include a telescope viewing of the Perseid Meteor showers, art making, glow-in-the-dark games, a galactic-themed selfie station, night hiking, participatory dancing, live performances and a family-friendly outdoor movie. Guests will also have the option to conclude the evening by setting up their tents and camping out under the stars on Montalvo’s Great Lawn. The following morning, overnight campers will awaken to a pancake breakfast on the front veranda of the historic Villa. Fri.-Sat. Event details


Rock Out with Pete the Cat
Bay Area Children’s Theatre opens its 15th Anniversary Season with Pete the Cat, a lively musical romp inspired by the popular Pete the Cat books by James and Kimberly Dean. Get ready to rock when the grooviest, guitar-slinging cat in town meets the Biddles and turns their lives into a “really, really, really big adventure.” Pete, who normally lives in a VW bus, finds himself housebound when he gets into trouble and is sent to the Biddle’s to learn some manners. But it doesn’t take long before he turns house arrest into a crusade to help Jimmy Biddle pass second grade. Sat.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

More Than an Apple a Day at the Gravenstein Apple Fair
The 45th annual Gravenstein Apple Fair is held under the shade of majestic oaks in Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned fun, music on two stages, arts and crafts vendors, local food, wine, cider and beer, contests, a children’s corner, a chef’s tent, a DIY tent and even an artisan cheese tent. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

Sundays are for Summer Music
Let loose this summer during the annual Summer Music Series every Sunday at Town Center Corte Madera. Everyone is invited to get rockin’ to live musical performances in the beautiful outdoor setting of Town Center. Sun. Event details. 

—Kate Loweth