Spring weekends are nothing short of magical. Experience your weekend bliss with an overnight adventure on an aircraft carrier, meet fares at a festival or sing along to the movie Moana. No wand required!

photo: South Conservatory

San Francisco

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. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Go For It at the Presidio Trail Run
On your mark, get set, hike! The Presidio YMCA is hosting it 5th Annual Presidio Y Trail Run. This unique and challenging trail winds its way through the Presidio trail system past Inspiration Point overlook, Presidio Golf Course, Rob Hill Campground and more. The race includes a 10K, 5K and 1.5 mile option. The fun continues after the finish line, there will be awards, refreshments and family activities. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Hop on a USS Hornet Overnight Adventure
Families can go on the ultimate overnight adventure on the historic aircraft carrier the USS Hornet. They can explore the decks from the Captain’s bridge to the engine room. Kids and adults can see what it was like to live aboard a floating city while trying it out for one night. Everyone will sleep in original crew bunks, take a personalized tour, go on a flight simulator ride and eat all their meals on the ship! Fri. Event details.

Go For A Wild Food Walk in the East Bay
Shhh, ForageSF walks for beginner or veteran foragers are held in secret locations in East Bay parks, which are emailed to participants a week prior to each class. These two hour adventures are led by Kevin Feinstein, author of “The Bay Area Forager” and “Crash Course in Wild Mushroom Foraging,” who has been teaching the wild food walks for for more than five years. Participants will learn about the most commonly found wild foods, edible flowers and medicinal plants around the Bay Area. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Spring For Peanuts and Baseball Tix
Hey batter, batter. Spring 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. First pitch ranges from as early as 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri-Sun. Event details.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is Blooming in Cupertino
The Cherry Blossom Festival honoring Cupertino’s sister city of Toyokawa, Japan, is an annual event held at Memorial Park each April. This event offers a wide selection of Japanese food and beverages, entertainment, demonstrations, cultural exhibits, art, crafts and clothing for sale. All-day entertainment takes place in the park amphitheater. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 


Drift To A Maritime Festival
Ahoy! Sail on over to the San Mateo County History Museum for its 12th Annual Maritime Day. The event highlights the “Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World” exhibit gallery that features 24 model ships hand crafted by expert model maker Charles Parsons. Children will be invited to design their own model ships, make cargo, create miniature lighthouses and learn about knot tying. This year’s Maritime Day is being organized in conjunction with the San Mateo County STEAM festival to be held on Courthouse Square, just in front of the History Museum. Sat. Event details. 

Get The Scoop on Gardening With Poop
Yeah, we said poop. And since this class contains the word poop, it pretty much locks it up for kids. Little gardeners ages 3-5 will head out into the farm and collect gardening necessities including, yes, poop. Kids will learn about soil, poop and making compost and the connection to growing everything from fruits and veggies to making milk and ice cream. They’ll also sample vegetables and create a special project to take home to their own gardens. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Save The Trees Please on Arbor Day
Come celebrate the trees on Arbor Day. Everyone is welcome for these eco-friendly activities such as a seedling giveaway, garden talk, leaf printing and more. Starting at 11 a.m. join the tree planting ceremony at Children’s Island of an autumn blaze maple tree will get underway, which includes a poetry reading and tree facts. Fri. Event details.

This is One Fairy Cool Festival
Families are invited to experience the magic of this year’s Garden Faire at Edna Maguire Elementary School. Garden fairies will be on hand to help guests enjoy favorite butterfly themed crafts and games, such as fairy house building, creating potions, wreath making, hunting for golden eggs, nibbling on donut trees and bobbing for apples. Other activities will include face painting, hair extensions, and henna tattoos. DJ Jason will fill the garden with toe-tapping music while an array of eateries will serve up fresh, delicious local food. Sun. Event details. Sun. Event details. 

Where do you find Bay Area magic? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers