Summer is here and that means it’s festival season! This weekend we’ve got festivals galore: from ice cream treats to city streets designer gardens to books, the Bay Area is alive with activity to start June off right. Read on for our favorite things to eat, play, and do this weekend with your little sweethearts.

baby with ice cream Photo by Caitlin Regan via Flickr Creative Commons

San Francisco

Shrek Jr., The Musical
Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. And the kids will love the cast: it’s made up of children! Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2 & 6 p.m.; Mon., 6 p.m. Sunset. $15/persons. 3-12. Event details.

SF Ethnic Dance Festival
This multicultural dance fest takes place throughout the month of June and it kicks off with some seriously cool performances this weekend. There will be ragtime, hula, Scottish Victorian Ballroom, Mexican Folkloric, the Lindy-Hop, Zulu, and more. Three performances. Sat., 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., 4 p.m. Marina. $28-$38. All ages. Event details.

Union Street Festival
Kick off summertime’s street festivals with your fellow Friscans. Head on down to Cow Hollow for a day filled with music, vendors, food, and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Marina/Cow Hollow. Free. All ages. Event details.

Escape from Alcatraz Triathalon
More than 2,000 tri-athletes from around the world will take over the streets and bay waters of San Francisco for the 35th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Head down to the Marina Green where you can watch the start of the swim, and where you’ll see the end of the race. There will be a free Fitness Festival & Expo, with music, food, product demos, vendors and more. Sun., 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Marina. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Berkeley Art Center’s Summer Picnic
Get a guided tour of the center (12:30 p.m.); enjoy live music with Sara Rodenbug (1-2 p.m.) and take a silkscreening workshop (fees apply) from 2-3 p.m. Bring cash for food tickets because there will be sliders and sides by Phil’s Sliders. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cream Oakland Grand Opening
Free ice cream sandwiches, anyone? Celebrate the grand opening of Cream Oakland by stopping by for an ice cream sandwich, dancing to some DJ tunes, and enjoying some kid friendly activities throughout the day. We know, we had you at free ice cream. Sat., noon-midnight. Rockridge. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bay Area Book Festival
Meet your favorite local and international authors and have them sign your book, check out more than 300 diverse authors in keynotes, interviews, and panels and celebrate all things book. There will be special outdoor stages for children and teens, more than 150 exhibitors, and ten streets full of festivities, food, beer, and wine. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Alameda Flea Market
Commonly know as the Alameda Flea Market, the Alameda Point Antiques Fair is the largest of its kind in No. Cal. Join hundreds of other treasure seekers to the island to browse over 800 antique dealer booths. See what baubles or collectibles your kids will find. There are food vendors here, too, so you won’t leave hungry. Sun., 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Alameda. $5/adult; (9 a.m.-3 p.m.),children 15 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Peninsula

Berry Picking at Webb Farm
Don’t let your little ones think that berries only come from the store (or in smoothies). Head down to Webb Ranch for an exclusive day of picking just for Red Tricyclers, including live music and lots of delicious berries! Sat., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Portola Valley. $10/person; children 3 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend
Held on the Sunset campus, Sunset’s Celebration Weekend features fun for the kiddos and parents alike. Let the kids scale a wall in the Kid’s Zone, hear live music and entertainment, all while exploring Sunset’s showcase gardens. There’s also dozens of seminars, celebrity chefs, and wine! Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Menlo Park. $20/general (single day). Seminars and passes available. Children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

30th Annual B.O.K. Ranch Western Day
This fundraiser will feature horse riding demos, BBQ lunch by the Redwood City Fire Department, carnival games, live music, and more! All proceeds benefit the ranch’s therapeutic riding program which provides adaptive horseback riding lessons to children and adults with special needs, so grab your cowboy hats and get your little ponies there pronto! Sun., noon-5 p.m. Redwood City. $45/adults. Children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

World Oceans Day Sail on the Bay
Take a two-hour boating excursion on the Institute’s 90-foot research vessel where you’ll learn all about the fish in the bay, the invertebrates and plankton that float in the waters, and more. A super cool way to learn about the ecology of the SF Bay on World Oceans Day. Sat., 1-3 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. Redwood City. $30/adult; $20/child; ages 5 and up. Event details.

South Bay

The Addams Family Musical
Head to San Jose to see your favorite morbid family perform some show tunes. Learn what happens when Wednesday brings a “normal” boyfriend home. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. San Jose. $35-$40. All ages. Event details

Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival
Bring the kiddos to this festival that includes kids rides, live bands, a food court, more than 350 artists, and for the grown-ups, wine, beer, sangria, and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunnyvale. Free. All ages. Event details

Marin

Marin Parents of Mulitples Club’s Garage Sale
Looking for incredible deals on gently used, high-quality infant and children’s items? You’ll score big time at the Marin Parents of Multiples Club’s annual garage sale. Toys, books, gear, maternity items and more. And this year there’s a raffle for a 4-pack of Disneyland tickets! Sat., 8 a.m.-noon. Kentfield. $1. All ages. Event details.

Headlands Treasure Hunt
Strengthen your navigational skills by finding your way to fun challenge checkpoints using only a compass and a map.  All levels are welcome in this orienteering adventure. After the hunt, join the Pt. Bonita YMCA for an optional lunch ($10/adult; $5/child) and a free workshop. Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Day at Green Gulch Farm
San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch farm is a beautiful retreat from the hectic city life, and the first Sunday of most months there is a special talk and program just for kids. Crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side of the zendo. Sun., 10-11:30 a.m. Muir Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mountain Play presents Peter Pan
Mountain Play Association’s 102nd season takes you to Neverland with their production of Peter Pan. Hike, bike, bus, or drive up the mountain with your pick-a-nick basket in tow for this wonderful welcoming of summertime theater. Spread out your blanket and enjoy the show, with a pre-show before each performance (12:30 p.m.) as well as puppet shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to entertain the kiddos. Yummy food and drink for sale. Parking is limited on the Mountain but you can park at one of two designated lots and take the bus with all the other fun-lovers! Sun., 2 p.m. Mill Valley (Mt. Tamalpais). $40/adult; $25-30/child; children 3 and under are free. VIP package upgrades available. All ages. Event details

 

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–Amber Guetebier