The clothes are bought, the shoes are shined, and the apples polished. It is time. Good luck, all you back-to-schoolers. May lunch time not be your favorite part of the day. We’ve got one weekend left before the school bell tolls, and there’s free cupcakes to be had! Susie’s Cakes is having a birthday party and we’re eating. Drop by any store for sweet treats! If you haven’t completely exhausted your shopping muscle, browse the new-to-you goods at the Bernal Hillwide Yard Sale. Get out those last summer wiggles at the Wiggles Big Birthday Party, and there’s still time to win free tickets on us so click that “I’m In” button!

San Francisco

Pistahan Parade and Festival
Feel like you don’t know enough about Filipino culture, or want to take in a parade and good eats? Visit the Pistahan Parade and Festival for a colorful good time of dancing, costumes, adobo, and more. Parade starts at 11:00 am on Saturday. Sat., 11:00 am; Sun., 11:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Sunday Streets/Tricycle Music Fest West
Wow, can you ever get too much Sunday Streets? If only it was summer forever! This Streets edition finds us in Civic Center, riding around Boedekker Park and the Main Library with the Tricycle Music Fest West kickoff. Kismet! Hit the route and stop by all the activities along the way, then pedal over to the Larkin Street steps for live tunes from Charity and the JAMband, Frances England, and SF Rock Project. Hotcha! Sun., 11:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Burlingame ArtzFest
This new take on the Burlingame Art and Jazz Festival includes live music, local artists, gourmet foods, a children’s play land, and more. There will be something for everyone at this fest. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Blossom’s Family Fun Day
Join the Blossom Birth crew for a day to play, ask questions, get information, and enjoy your family. At the Family Fun Day, you can get to know local parenting, pregnancy, and birth organizations, and check out their services while listening to world music performances by kid-friendly artists. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


San Rafael Food and Wine Festival
Bring your littlest gourmands to the San Rafael Food and Wine Festival and sample wares from some of the best local restaurants. The Falkirk Center makes a beautiful backdrop, inviting you to load up on eats, spread out a blanket, and roll around in the grass for a while. (This plan is greatly enhanced if you sample some of the wines, too.) Sat., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Summer Service Day
Been meaning to invest in your community, help out at a school or do something for the kids? Here’s your chance. Conservation Corps North Bay has a long list of projects in Marin and Sonoma counties that are just waiting for some non-idle hands. Grab a pair of gloves and work boots, and see what you can be doing today. After work, stay on for lunch at a barbecue celebration. Fri., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round Celebrates 100 Years
Hurray, for it’s a jolly good merry-go-round! Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round is a centenarian, and there’s free cake in this birthday celebration! Bring the kids for face painting, hula hoops, crafts, and rides. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Laurel Street Fair
Celebrate the Laurel District at this family fun street fair with a kid zone, food vendors, and live entertainment. Wrap up your summer with some fun in the street. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Photo credit: Paul Furman