The weekend vibes are here to stay and you can kick off the fun at everyone’s favorite messy art extravaganza at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Then check out all that’s cool in the bike world at Jack London Square’s Pedalfest. Full scoop and more below!

photo: Bay Area Discovery Museum

San Francisco

Celebrate 20 Years of Creativity
Join the Children’s Creativity Museum’s 20th Anniversary for an awesome, interactive, family-friendly musical adventure, guided by the Grammy Award-nominated Alphabet Rockers and Latin percussionists Ka-Hon. Outdoor workshops include building your own musical instrument, experimenting with thumb pianos and investigating how engineering and music can make sound you can see. The joyous celebration includes singing a rousing “Happy Birthday,” followed by yummy cake! Sat. Event details

Nihonmachi Street Fair
The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food and community outreach. Sat.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Jack London Square Pedalfest
Enjoy daredevil stunts, pedal-powered food, cycle-powered music, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training and an amazing collection of bicycles from vintage and hand-built bikes to creative art bikes. Sat. Event details

Parties in the Park
Enjoy live music, scavenger hunts, food and more. Kids can take a pony ride and check out all the performers. It’s the last party of the summer so get out there! Fri. Event details


Summer Music Festival at CuriOdyssey
Celebrate summer at CuriOdyssey’s Summer Music Festival, where you can relax with a live band, cash bar and hot dinner for purchase while the kids play with fun, interactive science exhibits and meet CuriOdyssey’s wildlife up close. Fri. Event details

Free Shakespeare in the Park
This summer’s musical version of As You Like It asks the questions: “What does it mean to go ‘into the woods’ in our world today? What might it mean in the near future?” Spread out your picnic blanket for a night of theater. Fri.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

Santa Clara County Fair
Celebrate 75 year at this year’s Santa Clara County Fair. Tinker with robots and make butter at the Little Hands on the Farm area. Imaginations can run as wild as a pig released from the poke. Clowns, and illusionists, Twinkle Time and Bay Area’s favorite scallywag Captain Jack Spareribs will tickle your kids’ fancies. There are also carnival rides, live music and adorable animals. Fri.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Messy Art Fest
Families can push the limits of arts and crafts during interactive programs you won’t find anywhere else. Make art just by moving your body during the Mural Dance Party, or practice your sanding skills in Outdoor Woodworking. All the Messy Art Fest programs are designed to encourage hands-on, messy play, which is linked to creativity and learning. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Nostalgia Days Cruise and Car Show
With the sound of classic rock ‘n roll floating in the air and a live band playing, thousands of visitors enjoy free admission as they admire hundreds of vehicles of all types, including classic cars, hot rods and customs.  Hundreds of local families come out to cheer for the police-escorted Hot Rod Cruise through Downtown Novato on the Friday evening before the main event. Fri.-Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth