With its late sunsets and warm nights it’s easy to get starstruck by the month of June. As if the promise of swimming pools and s’mores weren’t enough there’s also star gazing, beachfront concerts and epic sandcastle contests to keep the family wishing this month would never end.


Photo Courtesy of Charity Vargas Photography

San Francisco

Dive into this Fishy Twilight Zone
Step inside a realm known as the twilight zone—a narrow, dimly lit band of the world’s oceans more mysterious to scientists than the surface of the Moon. In this groundbreaking new aquarium exhibit opening this weekend at Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, discover the beauty and importance of the little-known reefs that exist between 200 and 500 feet below the ocean’s surface. Fri.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.; California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. $24.95-$34.95, children under 3 are free. All ages. Details.

Learn to Play With Your Food
Food Faces is a cool art cookbook that makes meals and snacks a blast for any kid age zero to 100. The book is the debut of Day Dreamers Limited, the combined forces of Bay Area wife and husband team Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock of KeFe Inc. and Howard Cao of Form & Fiction. Food Faces is launching at Rare Device, accompanied by food-filled art and photography that is certain to make your tummy rumble. Food Faces is on view at Rare Device through June 28. Fri.-Sun. Noon-8 p.m. Rare Device on Divisadero. Free. All ages. Details.

Cruise the Sunset on Sunday
Sunday Streets are back for the eighth year and the next installment of the season is scheduled to roll through the Sunset. This is the longest, and perhaps most scenic route, traveling through Golden Gate Park and along the Great Highway.  The Sunset Sunday Streets will take place on the Great Highway between Sloat Blvd and Lincoln Way, Lincoln Way to MLK Drive, MLK drive to Bernice Rodgers Way, Bernice Rodgers Way to JFK Dr, and JFK Dr between Bernice Rodgers Way and Transverse Dr, on Sunday, June 12 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Because this route is so long, organizers recommend a bike or skates or alternatively, super comfy walking shoes. Sun., 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Sunset. Free. All ages. Details.

East Bay

Concerts in this Cove Rule
Once a month on Fridays this summer, families can crawl over to Crab Cover Visitors Center for free music and family fun as the sun set over the San Francisco Bay. The visitor center will stay open late, hosting activities on the deck starting at 4:30 p.m. Bring a blank, lawn chair and picnic dinner. Food will also be available for purchase at the cove. Parking is available on Webster St. or Crown Beach lot at Otis. Fri. 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Crab Cove Visitors Center in Alameda. Free. All ages. Details.

Go all the way with the Warriors
Want to cheer on the Warriors NBA Playoffs among your fellow fans? The Warriors could go all the way and Alameda Theatre is hosting Warriors Watch Parties on the big screen for just a dollar per person. Tickets are available at the box office beginning at 10:30 a.m. every game day. Tip off starts at 6 p.m. Let’s win this Warriors! Fri. 6 p.m. Alameda Theatre in Downtown Alameda. Free. All ages. Details.

Shovels up for this Castle Contest
It’s time for the Annual Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. That means families can get creative and plan a sandy sculpture of their very own or come admire the amazing work by others. Sand can start moving as early as 9 a.m. and viewing and judging begin at noon. Awards are handed out in youth, family and adult categories at noon. Mermaids? Sponge Bob? A Filet-O-Fish? The possibilities are endless! Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Crab Cove Visitors Center in Alameda. Free. All ages. Details.

South Bay

Dig in for Dia de Portugal
Let’s get together for Dia de Portugal. Known as de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas, the annual event is celebrated by Americans of Portuguese heritage simultaneous across the country. Organized by Portuguese Heritage Society of California, this special event takes place at History San Jose and is features traditional Portuguese fare, a parade and more. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. History San Jose. Free. All ages. Details.

Go Otter Spotting on a Pontoon
Join the Marine Science Institute on an Elkhorn Slough Safari to learn first-hand about one of California’s most spectacular estuaries, on a pontoon! The slough is a migratory bird flyway, otter and seal habitat and home to thousands of other plant and animals. Bring a hat and plenty of SPF. Sat. 9-11:15 a.m. Marine Science Institute, Moss Landing. $40/adult; $30/child 3-10. All ages. Details.


It’s Go Time for the San Mateo County Fair
“Tradition meets Innovation” in San Mateo County kicks off Saturday. Sounds good, but all your family really needs to know is that it’s a short drive down the peninsula to warm up your fog-chilled bones, and lick a soft-serve zebra cone. Tickets for the fair’s rocking concert line-up, including Night Ranger, Tower of Power and Kansas, are sold separately, and you’ll likely want to get them in advance. There are lots of animals, many of them in the petting area. Don’t miss the chance to say “That’ll do, pig” after a popular piglet race. Sat..-Sun. Hours vary, find a complete list here. San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo. $10/adults; $8/child 6-12; children under 6 are free. $10/parking. All ages. Details.

Rise and Shine with the Sheep
Ever wonder what chickens eat for breakfast? Kids can taste a root, come face to snout with a pig and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villas Farm and educational garden. Sun., 9-10:30 a.m. Hidden Villa Farm in Los Altos Hill. $10/Person. Under 2, free. All ages. Details.


This Party Is Full of Stars
Get starstruck at the Mt. Tam Public Star Party. Led by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and the Mt. Tam Interpretative Society this annual summer program will include a lecture, think black holes and more, and the opportunity to peek at the stars via member-provided telescopes. Bring along a flashlight with a red filter (which will allow you to better view the stars) as well as blankets, gloves and a cushion to keep comfy in the stone-sea auditorium. Sat. 7:30-11 p.m. Rock Spring parking lot at Mt. Tam. Free. All ages. Details.

Bonjour, Flea Market!
Summer is back and so is Marin’s Outdoor Antique Market. Inspired by the best flea markets of Paris this popular antique market brings together shoppers, treasure hunters, collectors, decorators, and dozens of quality vendors with booths filled to the brim with great bargains and unique collectibles. The market mixes repurposed vintage furnishings, up-cycled architectural salvage, exquisite estate and vintage jewelry, retro décor, cottage chic, textured linens, historical maps, tempting ephemera and vintage toys, of course. Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. Admission and parking are free. All ages. Details.

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