Are you ready to make this weekend magical? It’s easy around here, where you can ride your bike through the closed off streets of San Francisco, sleep under the stars at Children’s Fairyland, get your square dance on inside a cool barn or go to a festival that’s all about eating cheese. Who needs fairy dust when you call the Bay Area home? Not us!


Photo Courtesy of Sunday Streets

San Francisco

Sunday Streets Hit The Mission
Pump up those bike tires or lace up those walking shoes because Sunday Streets is coming to the Mission. The Mission Sunday Streets takes place on Valencia Street from 26th Street to McCoppin Hub Plaza. Don’t forget, there are all kinds of cool activities to check out along the way! Sun. Event details.

Get Weird with Science
Get Saturdays off to a smarty-pants start with drop-in science classes with the Randall Museum at Mission Art Center. Explore science in new ways: Through harmonica making, bird beak games, paper airplanes and drawing spinning tops. Children under 7 must be with a paying participating adult. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Pack Your Magic Carpet for this Movie
It’s a whole new world — or an old favorite — which either way you won’t want to miss. The Disney classic Aladdin is playing outside as part of Walnut Creek’s summer movies series. The movie goes something like this, After a sultan gives his daughter, Jasmine, three days to find a husband, she escapes the palace and encounters the street-savvy urchin Aladdin, who charms his way into her heart. Music starts at 7 p.m., movies start at sundown. Bring a blankets, chairs and your favorite movie snack. Fri. Event details.

Get a Magical Night’s Sleep at Fairyland
It’s a campout like never before, with a little touch of magic added for extra special fun. Kiddos will make a run for those sleeping bags in order to attend the magical campout at Children’s Fairyland. Pitch a tents, spend the evening riding the Jolly Trolly at dusk, or enjoying a special performance. The next morning chow on a specially prepared continental breakfast. It’s a truly unique outdoor adventure. Sat. 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.


Work then Dance at Pie Ranch
Give back and live it up at Pie Ranch in Pescadero! Grab your work gloves, gardening tools if you have them, and sturdy shoes and work on the farm tilling soil, pulling weeds, and cutting plants (at 2 p.m.). At 4 p.m. you can join a farm tour ($12-$20/person) to learn about the agriculture of the 27-acre ranch. Visit with cows, goats, chickens, and pigs, too. Then at 6 p.m. trade your work boots for dancing shoes! Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner and and kick up your heels at the barn dance that follows featuring the Country Line Pickers. Dinner and dance is $12-$20. RSVP here, space is limited. Sat. Event details.

Party at Pescadero’s Art and Fun Festival
Celebrate the bounty of the area at this fun-filled festival featuring home-cooked cuisine, handcrafted artisan goods, live entertainment, and a special Kids Korall. Visitors will discover a gathering of artisans showcasing their creativity while enjoying a down-home, country good time. Founded in 1991 by a group of local artists seeking an outlet for the local community of talent, the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival has grown to become the event of the year for locals and long time visitors. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

It’s Fun Times on the Avenue
Burlingame On the Avenue fills the streets of downtown Burlingame with hundreds of unique artisans displaying hand-crafted products, delicious foods and beverages and exciting performances. The annual events offers three entertainment stages throughout the festival which boast a variety of unique musical and dance performances. Kids will be stoked to know that there’s an expanded, interactive Children’s Playland area open to children of all ages, offering family friendly rides, carnival style games and much more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


This Play is a Real Catch
Did you ever wonder about that famous family fish tale? In this musical adaptation of the book and movie Big Fish, a son goes on a journey to discover whether the stories his father told were true. Edward Bloom a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But his son Will was never convinced so he searches to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Everyone Say, Brie!
This event is super cheesy. That’s because the Marin French Cheese Company is announcing it’s second annual summer picnic party at its creamery in Petaluma. This year’s picnic features live folk music, food (of course) as well as activities for the whole family from cheesemaking to beekeeping and a garden art project for children organized by the North Bay Children’s Center. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Make it Awesome at Open Studios
Every Saturday and Sunday at New Museum in Los Gatos kids can participate in hands-on activities including building, making, and creating during open studio hours.  These weekend classes allow visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore an ever-changing curriculum from making paper to shadow box landscapes, Harry Potter birthday art, writing without pens, pop-up art and drawing with a needle and thread. Classes change weekly. What will you make? Sat.-Sun. Event details.

A Farm in Silicon Valley? It’s for Real!
Explore San Jose’s newest urban park and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s real our agricultural history. Meet at the visitor center to see items used on the farm in the 1890s, then take a short walk to learn about the park’s current farming practices and partners, where throughout the year everything from fruit trees to winter vegetable and wild flowers will be in bloom. Bonus: A summer farm stand is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. Event details.

–Chantal Lamers

How will you make your weekend magical? Tell us about it in the comments below!