It’s Pride Weekend and this weekend offers a rainbow of activities around the Bay. From parades to enchanted mornings in a museum to street art Italian-style, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Bay Area.
Photo credit: Our Family Coalition
An Enchanted Morning at the Disney Family Museum
SoCal may lay claim to the magical kingdom of Disneyland, but our own Presidio is home a more intimate slice of Disney enchantment: The Walt Disney Family Museum. Come join other Red Tricycle families at an exclusive event with your princes and princesses and explore the history, mystery, and allure of Walt’s legacy. Walk through guided gallery tours, indulge in arts and crafts, watch a movie, and finish off your fairy tale morning with a yummy lunch. It’s the kind of event you’d expect to get when you wish upon a star. Space is limited and advance tickets are required. book now. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Presidio. $20/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Pasados del Presidio
Celebrate San Francisco’s birthday during Pasados del Presidio. This annual celebration commemorates the founding of the Presidio and the people of early California. Join the party. Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Presidio. Free. All ages. Event details.
Japan Day Festival
Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of San Francisco’s Japantown. Head over for a day of performances, demonstrations, and workshops by Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Including taiko, shamisen, classical Japanese dance, folk dance, and more. From 4-5 p.m. there will be Obon Odori by Michiya Hanayagi, a traditional way of honoring ancestors. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Japantown. Free. All ages. Event details.
SF Pride Parade and Family Garden
Bring the kids and their scooters, wagons, strollers, backpacks, tricycles and any other form of transport for the littles and march in the Pride Parade. Join the Our Families organization (register and get meet up info by clicking here).Then head to the 12th Annual Family Garden for a party featuring art, face painting and a playground. Let the kids play and chill out with other Pride families. The Family Garden opens at 11 a.m. (The map in this listing is for the garden). Sun., 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Civic Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
Zoovie Night at the Oakland Zoo
Friday night with the kiddos might leave you wrestling with movie theater vs. couch but we’ve found the perfect compromise that won’t break the bank. Oakland Zoo’s Zoovie Night is like family movie night gone wild. After getting to know the zoo’s nocturnal creatures and other resident animals you’ll get to cuddle up in blankies and munch on popcorn while watching the family flick. No one will judge you for coming in your stretchy pants. Advance tickets required. Fri., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oakland. $7/adults; $7/child 4-11. Ages 4 and up. Event details.
See The Day the Crayons Quit at Fairyland
You know what’s more awesome than seeing this hilarious musical based on the bestselling, most beloved kid’s book, The Day the Crayons Quit ? Seeing it at Fairyland! Tickets include admission to Fairyland all day. Sat, 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. and Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. Oakland. $18/person; $14/members. All ages. Event details.
Birthday Party for the Center for History and Culture
Celebrate the 1st birthday of the Center for History and Culture with free admission to the galleries, family art activities, interactive fun, games, and birthday cake. Learn more about our adult and family programs, K-12 school tours, events, and community resources. The Cannery Cafe will be serving its delicious food all day long. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hayward. Free. All ages. Event details.
Twins by the Bay Baby and Kids Rummage Sale
Don’t miss the Twins by the Bay’s huge annual baby and kids consignment sale. This is the place to find gently worn baby, kids, and maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, games, books, and more. From 1:30-2:30 p.m. clothing and soft items are just $5 a bag. No strollers allowed inside the shopping area. Sun., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Berkeley. All ages. Event details.
Art Expedition to the Anderson Collection
Fingerpaints, crayons, water colors and markers. No matter the medium your Picasso-in-training is a whiz at self-expression (exhibit A: your refrigerator covered in his creations). Fuel your little artists fire on this guided exploration of Stanford’s Anderson Collection with Art Dad SF, Sean Nowicki. Will your kiddo be drawn to Diebenkorn? Or is he more of a Thiebaud-in-training? Head down to this art expedition to find out. Advance tickets required. Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. Stanford. $10/person. All ages welcome but designed for ages 5-10. Event details.
Passeggiata in Half Moon Bay
Explore Half Moon Bay Italian-style: Passeggiata, an after dinner stroll to meet up with family and friends. Purchase a “passaporto” from one of the participating locations for $25 (or click here) which entitles you to discounts like free appetizers, discounts at retailers, movies, music, and more. Plus there’s live entertainment throughout the evening. Buonasera! Fri., 6-9 p.m. Half Moon Bay. Free ($25/passport). All ages. Event details.
Family Lunada at Children’s Discovery Museum
In small towns around Mexico, community members come together informally on the night of the full moon for to share stories, poetry and music. Head to San Jose’s finest children’s museum to keep the tradition of Family Lunadas going with your familia. Sat., 5:30-8 p.m. San Jose. $12. All ages. Event details.
Joy of Dancing’s 38th Annual Dance Recital
You are never too old or too young to enjoy this recital which showcases dancers 4-76 years old who will perform ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and contemporary pieces. Sat., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. San Jose. $20. All ages. Event details.
Free Community Day at the Tech Museum of Innovation
Head to the Tech Museum for their free community day and explore the new exhibit, Cyber Detectives, presented by Palo Alto Networks. Pick up essential tools in the training zone, then solve crime in the mission rooms. Plus plenty of hands-on fun for the kids and for $5, a film in the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.
Italian Street Painting Marin
Watch the streets of downtown San Rafael come alive with art at the Italian Street Painting Marin. This year’s theme is Carnevale di Venezia. There’s a Venetian style costume parade, live entertainment throughout the day, and there’s even an entire Children’s Avenue where kids 2-12 can get their own 2 x 2 ft. square and a box of chalk ($10) to be part of the fun! Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. San Rafael. $5/Sat., $10/Sun., children 12 and under are free. $10 fee for square to color. All ages. Event details.
San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
Join your neighbors for tons of family fun along with work from more than 200 artists, live music, wine and craft beer tastings, fashion shows, and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. San Anselmo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Great American Backyard Campout
Get outdoors & celebrate the National Park Service’s 100 year anniversary with a campout in the Marin Headlands with the GGNRA staff and the Pt. Bonita YMCA. Activities include guided hikes, campfire s’mores and stories, arts and crafts, and more. Visit their website for more info, including how to rent equipment if you don’t have your own, and the schedule of events. Food donated by Whole Foods! Let’s have a fun campout in the Marin Headlands where we’ll explore & celebrate our National Park through games, hikes, a GGNRA park ranger-led campfire and food donated by Whole Foods! Sat. 3:30 p.m.–Sun., noon. Sausalito. $8-$35. All ages. Event details.
Little Folkies Summer Concert
Bring your whole family and come hear, dance and sing along to your Little Folkies favorites and a repertoire of fun, old, traditional tunes played by The Little Folkies Family Band with fiddle, banjo, upright bass, guitar and more. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Mill Valley. $20/adults; $15/kids; $75/family pack. All ages. Event details.
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