Every weekend in the Bay Area is a new opportunity for wonderment. During the long Presidents Weekend, that’s even more true. Whether you go on a tulip tour, attend a barn dance or check out a truly amazing bubble show you’ll be in awe.

The Amazing Bubble Man has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favorite, he has sold out every year for the last seven years. The Amazing Bubble Man (aka Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. The shows will also feature multi instrumentalist Jet Black Pearl accompanying with bubbly music to double your pleasure. www.bubbleguy.comPhoto Credit: The Bubble Guy

San Francisco

This Movie Night is Going to be Ruff
Love movies and animals? Then you won’t want to miss Animal Movie Nights. Come hang out with animals, watch movies and eat pizza, too! Snuggle up to a pup and make new friends, both furry and otherwise. Don’t forget your pajamas! Fri. Event details.

Smell the Flowers During Tulipmania
PIER 39 is bursting with flower power as more than 39,000 blooming tulips and seasonal garden favorites come to life during Tulipmania! Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping Team. The guided tours depart from the Crab Statue in the Entrance Plaza and end with a special treat at Trish’s Mini Donuts. Self-guided tours can be taken any time during Tulipmania and are easily downloaded from pier39.com. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Blow Up The Weekend With an Amazing Bubble Show
Thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man (aka Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles. Combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized, this show is fun for all ages. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, and people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement. Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Presidents Weekend At Tilden Park
Enjoy some time outside on Presidents Weekend! Tilden Park Merry Go Round is opening one hour early and staying open one hour late. Enjoy a special Lincoln and Washington food and BBQ menu with $1 and $5 items, including a special breakfast menu at 10 a.m. A family fun zone will include kid’s games and activities and don’t forget to take a spin or two on the Merry Go Round. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Dance On Over to Billy Elliot
When 11 year old Billy Elliot stumbles into a ballet class, his spirit of creativity and expression is awakened. Set in a working-class town facing a miners’ strike in 1980s Britain, Elton John’s Tony Award-winning musical about following your passion, and challenging expectations—from parents, friends, and community—is for anyone who has dared to dream, if even for a moment, that they could dance. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Peninsula

Try Out Something New at This Play
Got talent? Well Clementine thinks she doesn’t and in fact she’s refusing to take part in her class talent show. But she pushes on anyway, trying out the talents of her neighbor until one of her own finally clicks. But will it all come together before the big show? Find out! Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Barn Dance and Work Day 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 1 p.m.). At 3 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 5 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. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Walk the Walk Along the San Lorenzo River
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Coastal Watershed Council is hosting a series of wildlife walks along the San Lorenzo River for close up views of bugs, fish, flowers and more. Walk alongside expert birders, wildlife specialists, and fisheries biologists on guided walks each week for a new topic. Registration is required. Sat. Event details.

Lace Up for a Superhero 5K Run
One your mark, get set, fun! The Super Run is a national series of 5k running events that partners with non-profit organizations to put on superhero themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause as well as provide an enjoyable experience for runners. We’ll see you at the finish line. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Have a Reel Good Time Right Here
Get hooked on fishing at the pier with tips and tricks from ranger and local anglers. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Don’t forget to bring your good luck and a fishing pole. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Parks and Rec  will provide bait and a limited amount of fishing poles, thanks to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at BADM
Welcome the Year of the Rooster with the Bay Area Discovery Museum! Enjoy delicious Chinese food for sale, make paper lanterns, hear stories and enjoy performances by lion dancers, lion dance costume petting zoo, stories by Martin Chinese Cultural Association and more. Mon. Event details.

What are you curious about this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers