Summer is all about adventures and while not everyday can be epic, the weekend is certainly a good time to have a go at it. This weekend is no exception, from treasure hunts to ice cream hikes, bike festivals and tidepool outings we’re convinced there’s zero chance for boredom.

Pedalfest Oakland

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San Francisco

Dig for Big Fun at this Treasure Hunt
What’s up, little treasure hunters? The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is hosting the McLaren Park Treasure Hunt and Fun Day. Families will explore McLaren Parks’ best spots for views, picnics, and hiking. Other activities will include a rock climbing wall, BMX biking, skateboarding and slack lining, nature crafts, zumba and the opportunity to give input on the park’s improvement project. Sat. Event details.

Picnic with the San Francisco Symphony
What better way to unwind after a busy summer weekend than with a free outdoor concert by the San Francisco Symphony. Toss your blanket across the grass James R. Herman Cruise Terminal and stretch out as with a picnic lunch. The Orchestra will perform a concert of Russian music, including Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Makoto Ozone. Valet bike parking available. Sun. Event details.

Union Square Live
Entice the kids to go shopping and then the whole family can boogie down to salsa, swing and more. The people-watching is at its best here, where tourists (wearing shorts) and locals (wearing sweaters) mix. Top off the day with a huge slice of cheesecake. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Put your Pedals to the Pavement
Pedalfest takes over Jack London Square to celebrate all-things cycling at the Bay Area’s biggest bicycle festival. From hipsters to families, Pedalfest-goers will enjoy cycling daredevils performing in a 30-foot banked wooden drome; a pedal-powered stage featuring live music; pedal-powered food; two penny bicycles; unicycles; dazzling handmade bicycles; vintage bikes; pedal-powered art; bicycle stunt shows and more. Sat. Event details.

This Hike Leads to Ice-cream
Learn about the science of making ice cream as we make vanilla ice cream sundaes using tools you can find in your own home. Take a hike to the old salt-making ponds and collect salt from a bygone era. Then return to the center to squish out a delicious dessert. Sun. Event details.


Pop Down the Rabbit Hole for this Play
White rabbits and wacky tea parties? Sign us up! This classic take of the ever-curious Alice begins when she drops down the rabbit hole. That’s just the beginning of this strange adventure filled with talking flowers, dodo bird races and the infamous Queen of Hearts. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Midsummer Madness at the Shakespeare Festival
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Sure, because one of the things that makes summer so memorable in the Bay Area is the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. 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. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Learn about Tidepools from an Awesome Illustrator
Come to Natural Bridges State Beach for a special presentation by Marni Fylling, author and illustrator of Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tidepools. Fylling will discuss her education, how she came to be a scientific illustrator, what makes the discipline unique and how she approaches her illustrations, as well as the genesis of the book itself. Maybe you’re little one will be inspired to become an illustrator, too. Sat. Event details.

You’ll Howl for this Night Hike
Chances are you’ve heard the howl of coyotes but have you actually ever seen one, too? This nightfall hike is an opportunity to see, hear and even learn to howl back and see if they respond. Meet at the Corral Lot and come dressed in warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Sat. Event details.


Lights, camera, Sonoma Fair!
It’s “Lights, Camera, Fair!” out in Sonoma. There are endless contests, live music, The Great American Petting Zoo—featuring potbellied pigs and Sicilian Donkeys—and a lot more. Vehicle fanatics will love the destruction derby and monster truck show. True to form, Sonoma offers a wide array of creatively culinary fair food: Barbecue sliders, ceviche tostadas, cinnamon rolls, kabobs, curry and more. Weary parents take a load off: inside the shady Kids Area is a rest station that offers a quiet place to nurse and change your little ones. Tip: Kids 12 and under are free on Fridays; Tues., Wed., & Thurs. offer all-inclusive discounted pricing with unlimited rides. Check the website for discount days. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Get Ready for the Summertime Blues
It’s Friday so there’s no need to have the blues but the best time to listen to the blues. Sausalito’s summertime Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts are a seasonal favorite. With views of Angel Island, San Francisco and the Bay provide the backdrop for this weekly celebration at Gabrielson Park in downtown Sausalito. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 26th. Food and beverages are sold by a different Sausalito Non-profit group each week. Fri. Event details.

What’s your favorite weekend adventure? Tell us about it in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers