If you feel like the week has been dragging it’s probably just because there’s so much good stuff to look forward to come Friday. From snow in August to a starry movie night and a community beach clean-up, the bad news is the weekend is going to fly on by. So read on be be warned, it’s going to be tough to choose between our top picks.

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San Francisco

Venezuela Music Project at Yerba Buena Gardens
Even in South America, Venezuela’s musical riches tend to be overshadowed by the styles of neighboring Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. But in the Bay Area, the nation’s fabulous cultural wealth, with its fertile intermingling of indigenous, European and African influences, has found bountiful expression through the tireless efforts of Jackeline Rago. A percussion expert and master of the diminutive four-string cuatro, Venezuela’s national instrument, Rago has assembled a brilliant cast of collaborators in the Venezuelan Music Project including percussionists Omar Ledezma and Braulio Barrera. Fri. Event details.

Get Pumped for Mission Bay Movie Night
Head to the newest summer movie night series in town. Bring a blanket and come early to ensure a good seat on the  astroturf, toss a few bean bags at the community cornhole, and pick up your gourmet picnic from some ten delicious food trucks. Movies include Toy Story, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Goonies, E.T., Zootopia and more. Movie begin shortly after sundown between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Head to this Happening Antioch Family Fair
The first (of hopefully many) Antioch Family Fair is happening, kiddos. The event will feature live performances, children’s activities, vendors and much more. Children’s activities include trackless train rides, bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, walk-on-water bubbles, petting zoo, and pony rides. Local businesses will host a variety of games and activities from their vendor booths. Live bands, dance performers, and magicians will share the stage all day to entertain the festival attendees with music, games, prizes and dancing. Sat. Event details.

Suntans? Not Today! Head Here for a Beach Clean-Up
Head to the beach but don’t bring your swimsuit. Instead bring some gloves, a bucket and a good attitude for helping keep our beach clean, for us and for the ocean and all of its inhabitants. If you don’t have gloves or a bucket, no worries, Crab Cove will provide them. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Don’t Miss Out on this Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll, the largest anime streaming company in the world, is launching a convention. Crunchyroll Expo brings anime fans together for three days of exhibits, screenings, panels, and guest appearances by some of the biggest personalities in the US and Japan. Crunchyroll Expo is a showcase of the best of what Japanese animation and pop culture has to offer – as well as unique elements, events, and experiences never seen before at an anime con. Join the crunchy fun for a  celebration of anime, manga, games, guests, cosplay, and so much more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Make an Itty Bitty Baby Date
Love those teeny fingers and toes? Now you can remember them for pretty much forever when you go to the Itty Bitty Imprint event at Tiny Tots. Itty Bitty Imprints crafts custom ceramic tiles that are imprinted, glazed, and fired, creating a unique memory to display. Orders take approximately eight weeks to complete. Sat. Event details.


Ditch Saturday A.M. Cartoons for a Date with Nature
Take a hike! Yeah, we said it. It’s the best way to check out Filoli’s incredible nature preserve which consists of seven-plus miles of trails that criss-cross six different California native habitats. Nature education docents from Filoli will guide these two-hour, afternoon tours through the preserve, discussing plants, flowers and wildlife along the way. Fee includes admission to the regular gardens. Sat. Event details.

See Hamlet at the Shakespeare Festival
For the first time in its 35th year history, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is presenting Hamlet for the first time. Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Cupertino from July to October, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for over 30,000 people to see high quality, professional theater free of charge. Come early for a children’s adaptation of the play. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

North Bay

Gather Around the Campfire at McNears Beach Park
Bundle up and head on out to McNears Beach Park for a super fun evening with park rangers. You’ll hear campfire tales and stories of about local legends.  All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear layers and sturdy shoes. Fri. Event details.

Let it Snow this Summer
Snow in August?! That’s right—the forecast calls for two feet of fresh snow dropping in the Piazza for the End of Summer Snow Party! This really cool event will benefit Kiddo! – a neighborhood community program that inspires children to reach their full potential by funding arts education and other vital programs to supplement the limited school budgets. The Piazza will be transformed into a winter playground complete with a 20 x 60 Snow Zone in the back parking lot with 2 feet of real snow! Plus, this End of Summer Snow Party will have live music, a photo booth, face painting, a caricature artist, arts and crafts and more in the event area. Sat. Event details.

Are you making time to rest or booking your weekend with back-to-back events? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers