If a long hot drive on the I-5 isn’t how you want to spend your long weekend, we’ve got lots of ways for you to travel around the world right in your own backyard. From Carnaval and the Asian American Heritage Roots Festival to pirates, butterflies, and cherry orchards ripe for the picking, here’s on list of weekend hits.
The 36th annual Carnaval San Francisco is a free 2-day family Festival and Parade packed with the best of Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. The largest multicultural festival on the West Coast, Carnaval features global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, Niñolandia with children’s activities for the kids and more. The Grand Parade is on Sunday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Pirates of Penzance at the San Francisco Public Library
Gather your swashbuckling crew for a showing of the 1983 adaption of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic musical The Pirates of Penzance starring Linda Ronstadt, Kevin Kline, and Angela Lansbury. It’s so retro it’s cool again. Sat., 1-3:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Baba Ken at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Enjoy a free concert in the heart of the city at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This Sunday features Baba Ken Okulolo and Kotoja, performing an infectious mix of African highlife, julu, jazz, and world music. Sun., 1 – 2: 30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
All About Butterflies at Lawrence Hall
Spend your Memorial Day Weekend celebrating all things winged. See the new 3-D film, Flight of the Butterflies,make butterfly wings to wear, and pick out butterfly tattoos and stickers. The first 200 families get free milkweed seeds. Plus the Planetarium and Animal Discovery Room are also open all weekend long so you can “fly” to the moons of Jupiter, or meet more animals with wings.Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Berkeley. $17/adults; $14/children 7 -18; $11/children 3-6; children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
U-Pick Cherries at Salvador Family Farm
The Salvador Family Farm will be open for U-Pick this Saturday. Bring the kiddos and enjoy the farm animals, including mini horses, sheep, lambs, cows, and even mini burros, have a picnic and pick as many bing cherries as you can. The season is fleeting and this is a rare chance to pick to your heart’s content. Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Brentwood. Free. All Ages. Event details.
25th Annual Bay Area Kidfest
Featuring dozens of activities for kids, tweens, and parents this festival lives up to its name. Face painting, balloon art, The Dark Knights live medieval jousting show, Puff the Magic Dragon marionette show, Kid’s Town America, Kidfest SportsJam, Cartoon Network costumed characters, hundreds of arts and crafts booths and non-stop entertainment on the community stage, plus food courts, a zip line and rides. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Concord. $7, children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Asian American Heritage Roots Festival
Head down to San Jose for the Asian American Heritage Roots Festival where the Punjabi dance troupe the Balle Balle Bhangra Boys are just one of many acts that will take stage. Start the day off with a Lion Dance, and enjoy Japanese rock, martial arts, yummy food trucks vending delicious food and ice cream, arts and crafts, free community health screenings, and multilingual booths. Sat., 12 – 6 p.m. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event details.
This deliciously named festival has a bevy of awesome food to choose from which will please the parents but kids will love the pinatas, balloon artists, face painters, Luche Libre (Mexican-style masked wrestling) and the 2nd Annual Air Accordion Championship. Sat., 12 – 8 p.m. San Jose. $12/adults; children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Crown Making Party at Tutu School
Bring your little princes and princesses to a Crown Making Party at Tutu School. They provide the materials as well as lemonade and cupcakes, you provide the kids!Sat., 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All Ages. Event details.
5th Annual Taste of Town Center
Town Center of Corte Madera wants to fill your tummies this Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy samples from dozens of food purveyors, live music, face painting and…did we mention the free samples?Sat., 12 – 2 p.m. Corte Madera. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy at Marin Theater Company
Join beloved children’s book characters Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy on stage for this lively musical, part of Marin Theater Company’s Theater for Young Audiences. Hairy monsters, big mean robots, and the Bug Squad come to life. It’s just 65 minutes long and includes a 15 minute intermission, so even your hyper preschooler-types will love it.Sat. and Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Mill Valley. $20/adults; $15/children 14 and under. 3-12. Event details.
Don’t forget to pay tribute to our Veterans at the Presidio’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday the 26th!
What’s on your bucket list for the weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo credit: Nitish Naharas and SF Carnaval