Gorgeous days are here to stay and it’s the perfect time to get outside! Flower Piano comes to the SF Botanical Garden starting this weekend and you can head down to San Jose to roller skate under the stars. Get out there!

photo: Travis Lange

San Francisco

Flower Piano
This summer, music, community and nature join forces once again in the heart of the city. Now in its fifth year, Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall where everyone is invited to play and listen. Visitors are encouraged to play what they like at any of the twelve pianos located in scenic spots throughout the Garden. Pack a picnic and enjoy a wide array of musical performances by professional pianists on weekends, ranging from classical to Brazilian Bossa nova. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Kidstage at Stern Grove
Head to Stern Grove before the Sunday concert where kids of all ages can experience hands-on art projects, a musical instrument exploration station and dance workshops with local teaching artists at KidStage in the West Meadow. Sun. Event details

East Bay

Cardboard Boat Regatta
Design your boat at home with duct tape and cardboard and race it across the pool at this annual summer event. Compete in age categories to win a special prize. Ages 6 and up are welcome to participate. Fri. Event details

Swim for Free on Fridays at Lake Anza
Enjoy a day by the lake without entrance fees! Park entry and other fees will be waived every Friday in 2019 to celebrate the Park District’s 85th Anniversary. Park entrance and fees for day use parking, swimming, dogs, horse trailers, boat launching and fishing permits will all be waived. Fri. Event details


Second Saturday: Nature Hunt and Crafts
Garden staff lead young explorers on a nature hunt around this unique 3-acre garden. In addition, children can enjoy arts and crafts activities inspired by nature. Afterwards, tour the first floor of the Gamble House as volunteer docents describe what life was like 100 years ago. Sat. Event details

Family Sundays at the Cantor Art Gallery
Second Sunday is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages at the Cantor and the Anderson Collection. Talks start at 11:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day on the half hour through 3 p.m. Sun. Event details

South Bay

Sunset Cinemas at Montalvo
Montalvo Arts Center invites movie-lovers to sit under the stars and enjoy classic movies with Sunset Cinemas. This free screening of The Wizard of Oz will take place on the front lawn of Montalvo, where guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or low chair to set up. Beer, wine and snacks will also be available for purchase on-site. Shows start at 8:30 p.m. and premium parking can be purchased in advance for $15. Fri. Event details

Summer Sunset Skate
Aloha Roller Rink has taken over Roosevelt Park Roller Hockey Rink to offer public skate sessions. There will be skate rentals, music, parties, snacks and beverages. Sat.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Movies in the Park
Bring your picnic blanket and some snacks to enjoy Where the Wild Things Are at Old Mill Park. The free show begins at dusk. Fri. Event details.

Dino Days of Summer
BADM has been hit by dino fever! Inspired by their new traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™, Dino Days of Summer will feature special performances and creative, dinosaur-themed programs. Sat.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth