If you’re pumped for the weekend then this round-up of Bay Area fun won’t disappoint. From an epic blues festival to the equally amazing Blue Angels, read on and we think you’ll agree.



By Chantal Lamers


San Francisco

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Fleet Week
There’s no mistaking that roar in the sky, it’s fleet week. But that’s not all there are plenty of other water front activities to partake in including climbing aboard amphibious carriers, destroyers and cruisers docked at the Embarcadero to see what it’s like to live aboard these ships. These visits are all free (but strollers aren’t allowed). And listen closely, Navy and Marine bands will be playing around town, too. More than a million folks pack into the city alone to see the air shows featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels, the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 and, from France, the Breitling Jet Team. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Get in the Groove at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Bring your little pickers and your grinners out for the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. This free, three-day long festival in the park includes world-renowned bluegrass musicians and swinging Indie bands and everything in between. The festival can be crowded, so parents bring sunscreen, snacks, and a blanket to spread. This year’s festival includes nearly 100 acts including Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Henry Rollins and more. Friday is a bonus day, starting at 10:30 a.m., for school classes, which anyone can attend. Food and drink vendors abound. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

East Bay

Hop Here on First Fridays
Want to cuddle with some cute bunnies? On the first Friday of each month children’s toy and clothing store Ruby’s Garden hosts a super-duper cuddly get together. That’s because Ruby, the 13-year-old girl for whom the store is named after, brings in her own gaggle of bunnies for a warm and fuzzy visit. Get ready to oh and ah. Light snacks and refreshments are served. Fri. Event details.

Dig on Nature by the Campfire
This summer, head to Amphitheater at Sulphur Creek Nature Center for a night of nature, adventure and a cozy campfire made for marshmallow roasting. The theme of each night varies, from nocturnal hunters to suck-a-bug campfire, cricket predictions and bugs alive. Dress warm and get ready for a fun summer night out with your favorite critters of all kinds. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Fall in Love at the Harvest Festival
It’s fall ya’ll and the best way to partake in the season is the Harvest Festival at Martial Cottle Park which celebrates the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley. The event features crafts, kid’s music, petting zoo, composting education, farm tours, and fresh veggies to purchase. You can even learn to rope a steer and milk a cow then pick and or carve a pumpkin. All that and way more! Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Ohlone Day at Deer Hollow Farm
It’s that very special time of the year when Deer Hollow Farm opens its doors for Ohlone Day. Located on Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, the day includes some awesome demos and activities including fire starting, face painting, a hoop and spear game, tool making, acorn grinding, rope making, archery, cooking, shell drilling and more. Sat. Event details.


Family Night is Alright at CuriOdyssey
Swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to San Francisco soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s from the Big Blu Soul Revue. Purchase dinner from Fletch’s and beer or wine at a cash bar. Come together as a family, meet here, or visit early and stay late. Fri. Event details.

Grab Your Tix for “The Prince of Egypt”
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is hoping to wow its Bay Area audiences with the World Premiere of “The Prince of Egypt.” A soaring celebration of the human spirit, inspired by the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, the musical score and lyrics come from Grammy and Oscar winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), with book by Hollywood screenwriter Philip LaZebnik (Pocahontas, Mulan). This new stage musical features a multi-ethnic cast in one of the greatest stories ever told: the saga of Moses, his Pharaoh brother Ramses, and the indomitable people who changed them both forever. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Sleep Seal Adjacent at this Overnighter
Every wonder what it would be like to sleep with the seals? Now you can find out at Seals & Slippers: Sleep under the Stars at The Marine Mammal Center. Families will camp under the stars and participate in in a hike, do activities in the discovery room, watch nighttime feedings, enjoy a meal together and take a late night tour of the animal hospital. Fri. Event details.

It’s Toddler Say at Slide Ranch
Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep. Many tastes, colors, and smells live in the garden. Use all five senses to explore the farm. A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Sat. Event details.

How do you get into the weekend groove? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers