Are you ready for the weekend? Well, the weekend is ready for you. From an epic book festival to a spring fling, moonlit wildflower hike and more, you’ll never experience a dull moment.

Spring Fling Family Farm Festival 

San Francisco

Take a Moonlit Wildflower Hike
It’s officially wildflower season and when that coincides with a full moon it’s time to head out after dark to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Guests will tour the garden in the dark for views of the flowers and foliage that glow under the moonlight. Bring your flash light. Fog won’t cancel but heavy rain will. Sat. Event details.

You’re Welcome for this (Moana) Sing Along
Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman, the epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, criticallylauded comedy-adventure. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Twirl Around the Maypole at the Oakland Zoo
The Revels are returning to Oakland Zoo for the 11th annual May Day Celebration. The traditional Maypole dance is only the beginning as singers, dancers, and fiddlers gather to welcome in the merry month of May. There is plenty for both kids and parents to see and do as the Revels Solstice Ensemble not only serenade you, but lead you in song. Of course, the Deer Creek Morris Men will be on hand to delight you with their bells and capers. Sat. Event details.

Read Up on this Big Time Book Festival
The Bay Area Book Festival is one of the world’s premier celebrations of writers, readers and the written word. Nearly 500 authors and exhibitors-from the Bay Area, nation and world and from across the spectrum of genres, traditions and inspirations-will come together with tens of thousands of book enthusiasts for the fourth annual two-day celebration featuring presentations, panels, keynotes, films, performances, participatory activities, exhibits and a lively outdoor fair. The literary program will satisfy fans across many interests, from science fiction, history, mysteries, memoir, poetry, food writing, children’s literature and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Cool Chicks Hang Out Here
Do you have baby animal fever? Then visit Deer Hollow Farm’s babies during this spring tour. Among the flock are chicks, cows, piggies, ducks, geese, goats and sheep. The tour includes a visit to century-old farm buildings, organic farm and orchard, hands-on farming fun and even a planted bean to take home to kick off (or add to) your own garden. Sat. Event details.

Get Dolled up for “Guys and Dolls”
Nathan Detroit needs some serious dough to keep his “floating crap game” afloat. And when he makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson, his problems seem to be solved. But now these gentlemen have to decide if they’re ready to gamble on love! From the bustle of Times Square, to the dance clubs of Havana, to the sewers of New York City, Nathan and Sky show us the great lengths to which a guy will go for his doll. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Final Stop: Hillsdale Shopping Center for Thomas the Train
Mattel’s Thomas & Friends – Thomas the Tank Engine pulls into Hillsdale Shopping Center for larger-than-life live shows and fun-filled activities. Kids can enjoy musical performances, story time, family play area and more. Come along for the ride as Thomas the Tank Engine and Driver Sam tell the tale of their “Budding Adventures” and uncover the lessons of friendship and cooperation. Plus, spend the day with everyone’s favorite No. 1 blue engine. Sat. Event details.

Catch the Rainbow at this Festival
Pacifica’s 4th annual Rainbowfest is a celebration of food, music, and art to benefit Pacifica Co-op Nursery School, a non-profit organization. The celebration includes live music from the Green Room and other local artists, plus a variety of delicious eats and lots of activities for the entire family. Big ticket raffle prizes include a trip to Cancun, a week in South Lake Tahoe, Disneyland and Legoland passes. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Pop Over to Slide Ranch for a Spring Fling
Spring Fling is Slide Ranch’s biggest farm event of the year. Join the day-long celebration featuring animal encounters (meet little goats, lambs, chickens and ducks), nature exploration and farm discovery, guided hikes and workshops. There’s also live music and performances, arts and nature crafts, gardening activities, cooking activities, delicious food, special guest teachers and presenters, sheep shearing demonstrations, local, organic and farm-fresh food and local artisan goods for sale, and so much more. Sat. Event details.

Give Disc Golf Your Best Shot
Local pros are hitting the disc golf course this weekend to teach kids and their folks how to play the game. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring discs, SPF, water and snacks. Sun. Event details.

What do you love most about spring? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers