We are so excited to have cotton candy, amusement park rides and all the summer fun back for 2021! How are you going to live it up this weekend?

photo: San Mateo County Fair

San Francisco

Immersive Van Gogh Comes to SF
Walk into the world of Immersive Van Goghan all-new visually-striking achievement that invites audiences to step inside post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh’s most incredible works of art. Fri.-Sun. Event details

The SkyStar Observation Wheel Is Back
Ride the 150-food observation wheel in Golden Gate Park. It’s back open and will be here through 2025. Get your reservations online before you go. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit the Presidio’s New Marshland & Trail
Visitors can enjoy an up-close experience of nature along an elevated pedestrian bridge and trail that winds through the marsh. Native salt marsh and riparian plants grown at Presidio Nursery create an extraordinary habitat for fish, crabs, and oysters. Bring your binoculars, Quartermaster Reach is a great place for birding. Fri.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Visit the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. The Garden includes a major collection of California native plants as well as plants from around the world. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Take the Kids to Ardenwood
Reserve yourself a spot and take the kids to Ardenwood to check out the property and meet the animals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Peninsula/South Bay

Head to the San Mateo County Fair
Enjoy live music, rides, animals and all the cotton candy you can stand! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Ride a Steam Train Through the Redwoods
Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest. Event details.

Take a Family Field Trip at Filoli
Take a 90-minute guided hike and experience the beauty and tranquility of Filoli while learning to paint plein air, or “in the open air”. It is an exhilarating and one-of-a-kind experience to be immersed in art and nature in Filoli’s formal Garden and Nature Preserve. Event details

The Beach Boardwalk Is Open
Head over to the Boardwalk for amusement park rides in the California sun! The rides are open at reduced capacity. Advance reservations highly recommended. Sat.-Sun. Event details


Take the Ferry to Angel Island
The ferry is running and you can book bike rentals and tram rides to see parts of the island you’ve never seen before! Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth



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