Summer comes and goes and before you know it you’ll be loading up your backpack with organic apples and No. 2 pencils. But don’t fret, there are still plenty of ways to eek out the very best of this sun-shinny season. This weekend you can hang out by a campfire, join a parade of fellow bike riders and jam at a mini folkie slash nature outing. Just when you’d thought you’d seen it all, summer just keeps outdoing itself. So read on, because more adventures await.


Nature Bridge


San Francisco

Clown Around with the Pi Clowns
Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. They embody them with robust and timeless antics. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes. Pi members have worked as performers, teachers, and technicians for world-class institutions from Cirque Du Soleil and The New Pickle Circus to the San Francisco Circus Center and Teatro ZinZanni. Fri. Event details.

Watch Out! It’s Shark Week!
Celebrate these jaw-dropping animals with a full lineup of special events including hands-on activities, presentations, feedings, and more. Don’t just watch Shark Week on TV; experience it! From July 22-30, hear shark talks by education naturalists, and come see shark eggs and feel shark teeth at the Shark Lab. Watch huge sevengill sharks swim just inches from your face, reach out and touch a live leopard shark, take part in a Feed the Sharks tour or join a special 11 am Behind-the-Scenes tour available for a limited time. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Float Your Boat on Derby Day
Rev your engine, err, your engineering, for Derby Day! Kids can take their skills to the water, testing their ability to design a boat from the likes of cardboard, recyclables and duct tape. All boats will compete in races across the pool. Watch from the sidelines or get in the race. If you do, wear your swimsuit and prepare to get wet. Minimum two people per boat. Fri. Event details.

Swing into a Summer Adventure
Things are about to get wild at the Berkeley Playhouse! That’s because Tarzan is swimming into town. Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure, “Disney’s Tarzan the Stage Musical,” features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins, exciting flying effects, incredible costumes and sets, and musical hits like the Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds” make “Tarzan” an unforgettable theatrical experience. You won’t want to miss this summer adventure in the jungle. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

This Play Will Make Your Purrrr
What’s a cat to do? In Disney The Aristocats KIDS, Madame’s jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, Thomas O’Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue! This fun musical, based on the Disney film, features many of your favorite characters from Thomas O’Malley the Alley cat to Amelia and Abigail the bold Geese Sisters. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Roll to an Epic Bicycle Show
Shiny Side Up is California’s Premiere Bicycle Show, celebrating it’s 10th annual show this summer. The bike show is open to all bicycles from classics to customs so ride whatever you love. On Saturday, ride up for the “pre-ride” that rolls through the streets of San Jose, meeting up at 2 p.m. at San Pedro Square. Sunday is the main event will feature hundreds of bicycles of all kinds, bicycle related vendors, a swap meet, food trucks, BMX stunt shows, raffles, music and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Ditch Saturday Morning Cartoons for 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. Bring water, snacks and SPF. Sat. Event details.

Feel the (Summer of) Love at this Festival
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Summer of Love with a free family day in the park! Singer MaryLee Sunseri will lead a folk song sing-along, and The Puppet Company will present its version “Puff the Magic Dragon,” a family favorite with a modern twist!
Other activities will include crafting flower power headbands, printing DayGlo posters, stringing love beads, balloon twisting & face painting, water balloon games, and giant bubbles! Bring a picnic lunch, or buy a meal at the food trucks, and join in on the fun. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Park it by the Campfire Tonight
Friday night plus summer must equal campfire. So come on, j oin rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. Dress is layers (it gets chilly at night) and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. Fri. Event details.

Bring Your Little Folkies to Explore Nature
Calling all your little ones! Bring em’ to the Audubon Canyon Ranch for a day of music and nature exploration. ACR and Little Folkies are teaming up to inspire young families to sing, play, and connect to the land. Come explore rhythmic dance and movement, musical games, and nature activities with your tots. Irena, of Little Folkies, will perform a 40 minute set of spring themed songs. After the concert, join ACR staff in nature discovery activities including sensory and pond life exploration. Sat. Event details.

Summer is flying by! What’s been your favorite part? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers