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, see one of your favorite super heroes spin a web before your eyes or relive your parent’s beloved childhood tunes in a very rocking musical. There’s a little something for everyone and to find out, all you have to do is read on.

Gravenstein Apple Fair

 

San Francisco

Catch the Very Unique Derique
A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion. Derique (aka Lance McGee) started clowning in Berkeley at 15 with Circus A La Mode and later joined San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus. He’s also a licensed drama therapist and school counselor who teaches mindfulness. Whether he’s in a park, Harlem’s storied Apollo Theatre, or collaborating with Bobby McFerrin, The Temptations, or the late Sammy Davis Jr., the Unique Derique earns gales of laughter with his wildly imaginative skits. Fri. Event details. Fri. Event details.

Experience the Summer of Love at Aquarium by the Bay
Get far out and go below this Summer of Love at Aquarium of the Bay. Share your love of the ocean between at the Aquarium where kids can learn about bay creatures and how to better protect the ocean. Whether participating in environmental awareness efforts or building initiatives such as Conservation Impact Programs, the Aquarium and bay.org have a broad impact on conservation challenges facing the global environment. Fri.-Sun. 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 set 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 blank, lawn chair and picnic dinner. Food will also be available for purchase at the cove. Parking is available on Webster St. or Crown Beach lot at Otis. On July 14th it’s The Patsychords (a Patsy Cline tribute band) and on Aug. 11th, Up & Down, a bluegrass, country and rock band. Fri. Event details.

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

Marvel at this Super, Super Hero Weekend
Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed battle to defend the universe from evil. This all new show unites Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before Loki gains control. This ancient artifact would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of the universe. Witness the cutting-edge special effects and immersive video projection in this legendary, live adventure. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Peninsula

Ditch Saturday Cartoons for Nature
Take a hike! Yeah, we said it. It’s the best way to check out Filoli’s incredible nature preserve which consists of seven-plus miles of trails that criss-cross six different California native habitats. Nature education docents from Filoli will guide these two-hour, afternoon tours through the preserve, discussing plants, flowers and wildlife along the way. Fee includes admission to the regular gardens. Bring water, snacks and SPF. Sat. Event details.

Rock Your Socks off at Kidchella
Head south to Kidchella, a kid’s rock festival with stars such as Emcee Andy Z, The Hipwadersm Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies and Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock. Enjoy live music along with an inflatable play land in the heart of Redwood City. Shows vary by week. For those about to rock! Sun. Event details. 

South Bay

Rock Out at School House Rock Live
A pop culture phenomenon comes to the stage. From the Emmy award winning Saturday morning TV series in the 1970’s that taught history, grammar, math, science, and politics through clever, tuneful songs, Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR. definitely rocks. Visit “Conjunction Junction” to “Unpack Your Adjectives” while you “Do the Circulation”. Generation X-ers seeking a taste of nostalgia will delight in introducing their own kids to this good, clean, and educational fun! Come discover why this Schoolhouse Rocks. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

You’ll Purrr for the Lion King Experience
For the first time on the Montgomery stage, CMT Rising Stars Junior Talents will perform Disney’s The Lion King Experience. Join treasured characters Mufasa, Scar, Timone and Pumba and all the rest, as they journey from Pride Rock to the deep jungle and back again. Be inspired by Simba’s quest for truth, as he overcomes obstacles to become the king he was always meant to be. The famous score from the popular film, featuring songs you know and love, will have you dancing in your seat! Hakuna matata! Showtimes vary. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

North Bay

More than an Apple a Day at the Gravenstein Apple Fair
The 44th 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. June kicks-off the series with an exciting lineup including a mix of pop, rock, and blues from The Eddy Shin Group; soulful tunes from The Growiser Band; guitar beats from The Fourth Son; and West Coast folk rock and Americana from Solid Air. Sun. Event details. 

What are your must-dos this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers