From Friday the 13th to Father’s Day we’ve got so many Bay Area activities to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one perfect for the top pop in your family. With activities from pre-Dad day crafts to outdoor concerts to a good old-fashioned fishing derby, here’s our weekend hit-list. And don’t forget to check out our round-up of awesome Father’s Day activities here.
Pop-Up Tillamook Farmer’s Market
The annual Tillamook Cheese Tour and recently launched Yogurt and Ice Cream Tours will all converge at a pop-up farmer’s market rich with cheese, ice cream, yogurt, grilled cheese sandwiches, and more. Fri. will feature an Affogato Happy Hour with local espresso poured over ice cream; Sat. will feature wine and cheese pairings, and Father’s Day Sunday will include DIY ice cream sandwiches. Fri., Sat., and Sun.; 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. San Francisco. All Ages. Event details.
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
This family friendly and totally free concert in a beautiful park right in the heart of downtown San Francisco continues its summertime season with an afternoon gig featuring John Santos Sextet. Kick back with the kids and listen to an eclectic array of music in the company of skyscrapers and a waterfall. Sat., 1-2:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Drop-In Tiny Furniture Making at CJM
Inspired by the exhibit Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is offering a drop-in family class where you can create your own one-of-a-kind mini furnishings using fine art and recycled materials. Sun., 1-3 p.m. San Francisco. $12/adults; children 18 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square
Stay up late this Friday night and get a free dance lesson. Enjoy great music right along the water, and join in to learn some moves—this week it’s salsa. All ages and skill levels welcome. Each lesson is followed by a dance party so you can test your new skills. Fri., 8:30 – 10 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Teddy Bear Tea at the Oakland Zoo
Get your fancy duds on for the Teddy Bear Tea. Enjoy a morning of snacks, lemonade, and–of course–tea, and learn about bears in the wild. Then help craft enrichment gifts for the Oakland Zoo’s own Sun Bears, and watch them enjoy those treats! Each child receives a gift bag and personal thank you letter from the bears. Kids can bring teddy bears, stuffies or dollies to join them! Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Oakland. $12/adult; $23-$26/child. 4-8. Event details.
Kids Concert with Jose Luis Orozco
Bring the kiddos to the Freight and Salvage for a concert just for them, by world-renowned educator, artist, children’s author, and musician Jose Luis Orozco. Guaranteed to get you dancing! Sat., 11 a.m. Berkeley. $8/advance; $10/door. 0-6. All Ages. Event details.
Make a Gift for Dad at Cheeky Monkey Toys
Bring your kids to this awesome toy store to make a special gift for their special guy! There will be a craft table set up to make cards, decorate gift tins, and create “Daddy Coupons” he will love to redeem! Plus you can pick up a kite or other fun daddy-and-me activities while you’re there. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Menlo Park. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Snow White Dance Production
Children in a brilliant themed array of costumes, sets and music will dance, act, and delight your own kiddos with this super sweet dance production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m. San Jose. $20 – $ 25. All Ages. Event details.
6th Annual Palo Alto World Music Day
Join musical acts and performers from across the genres and around the world, as University Avenue and King Plaza are filled with the sounds of jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian, World Music, choral, dance, and more. Sun., 3 – 7:30 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Friday the 13th Not Afraid of the Dark Hike
Check out Old St Hilary’s at night! Join Ranger Felicity Hartnett to avoid the black cats, ladders, and other superstitions on this day for a pleasant short hike through Old St Hilary’s preserve. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Tiburon. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Kick off the festival this year on Friday with history and a movie: At 8 p.m. you can catch a showing of Pixar’s UP on the show on the Ball Field. Friday is also Fairfax History Night from 6-10 p.m. where you can learn some great dinner-table tidbits: did you know Marilyn Monroe once lived in Fairfax? Saturday features a parade at 10 a.m. and is followed by two days of music on three stages, flea market treasures and local craft vendors, fresh food, and organic wine tastings. And with an expanded kid’s area, this annual Ecofest will have your whole family thinking green and having a blast. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Plus extended hours on Fri., parade at 10 a.m. Sat. Fairfax. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby
Head over to Paradise Beach Park for a fishing contest. Park rangers will help judge and award prizes for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish. There will be a limited number of fishing poles and bait provided on a first-come, first-served basis but if you have your own pole, please bring it along. Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tiburon. Free. All Ages. Event details.
What’s on your adventures are you and the kids up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
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