There’s no time like the weekend. So ditch the sofa and go explore. Go on an urban scavenger hunt, catch a low-key baseball game or head out to a wildflower festival. You won’t be sorry.

Photo: Wildflowers in the Fields

San Francisco

It’s Time for Chinatown’s Spring Festival
On your mark, get set, it’s scavenger hunt time through San Francisco’s most magical Chinatown. Come for a race through Waverly Place and stick around for more fun. Kids can visit with animals form a small petting zoo, get their face painted and make spring inspired crafts, too. Sat. Event details.

Trash Mash-Up at Ruth’s Table
Ruth’s Table is partnering with Trash Mash Up on a series of four eco-arts workshops where participants will construct original “Maskostumes” inspired by traditions from around the world. There are four workshops total. Once all of the projects are complete, Ruth’s Table will be taking it to the streets in the 40th Annual Carnaval San Francisco Parade! On May 27th, the Mission District will transform into an enormous celebration pulsating with dancing, drumming, live music, brilliant costumes and delicious food. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Party for the Planet at the Oakland Zoo
Spend Earth Day at the Oakland Zoo for a good reminder as to one of the most important reasons to conserve, for wildlife! At this event you can recycle an old cell phone in exchange for a free train ride, take sustainable selfies, see live animal presentations and watch a wild trapeze show at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. There will be live music in the meadow at noon and 2 p.m. You can also pre-order a tee in advance to support conservation efforts. Sat. Event details.

Learn to Grow Edibles at the Plant Exchange
April is a great time to add annuals or perennial edibles to your garden! Join The Plant Exchange and Jeannie Pham of StopWaste Alameda County to learn about the many benefits of growing your own food and the healthy soil building techniques to increase yields, keep down pests and diseases and use less water. Topics for this talk include: rebuilding soils, the best crops and herbs for your area, pest control, crop rotation and more! Participants will receive a handy edible reader for reference. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Last Call for Question Quest at CDM
Have you ever wondered what the fastest animal on earth might be, or why stars twinkle? Find these answers and spark more questions as you celebrate the wonders of science and nature during Question Quest: A Week of Investigating Your World. You can indulge your curiosity and engage your inner scientist as you explore the natural world around you. Fri. Event details.

Spring for Peanuts and Baseball Tix
Hey batter, batter. Summer means baseball season and San Jose Giants Games aren’t only a less expensive alternative to those guys up north but you can do some scouting of your own and predict who may get called up to the big leagues next. Residents can often pick-up free tickets from local businesses. Check out the schedule for special events, from post-game fireworks shows to a chance for the kids to run the bases and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Coastal Wildflower and Earth Day Festival
This fun-packed day features games and activities for the whole family, native plants for your garden, nature walks, games, flower education and more. The event is free but parking is $10 per car. Heavy rain will cancel. Sat. Event details.

Salute Mother Earth at this Bay Festival
Celebrate Mother Earth by learning to be a better citizen of the planet at the Marine Science Institute. Located on the San Francisco Bay, the festivities will include encounters with bay mud and sea creatures and and earth-friendly tunes. The Banana Slug String Band will jam for a couple of hours and Rock Steady Jugglers will perform, too. Register in advance for an eco-cruise ($30) and, if you dare, an opportunity to feed the sharks. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Go on an Orienteering Adventure
Learn the basics of orienteering with a ranger at Stafford Lake Park. It will be an adventure plotting our course while exploring the features of the park and practicing navigational skills. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Rangers will provide all related supplies. Sat. Event details.

Kule Loklo Open House in Point Reyes
Visit a replica Coast Miwok village that offers a glimpse of life in pre-European California. Park staff or volunteers will be present from to talk about Coast Miwok history and culture, walk around the village with the public, and may be able to share or demonstrate activities representative of Coast Miwok life. Sat. Event details.

Where will the weekend take you? Tell us what you’re looking forward to this season in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers