Summer weather and long nights are still the standard and free movie nights are still in full effect. Grab blankets and chairs and head for a park near you. From silly spookiness and 80’s flashbacks to the most classic musical of them all, there’s a flick for everyone in the family! Looking for a whole fabulously fun filled day instead of an evening out? Be sure to check out some of the fantastic festivals happening this weekend too.

By Tom Boss

San Francisco

Film Night In The Park Presents: Singing In The Rain
Head to Union Square to watch the most successful musical film of all time. Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds are delightful and the tunes will make everyone want to sing. It’s a classic tale of love, glamour, and comedy for the ages. Popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase, and don’t forget blankets and chairs! Sat., 8:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details

Back To School Weekend At The San Francisco Zoo
Back to school time is on the horizon and the San Francisco Zoo wants to help kiddos get in the learning mood. This weekend, the first 500 kids to enter the Zoo on both Sat & Sun will be able to grab a super-cool backpack filled with awesome animal themed school gear including paper, pencils and bookmarks. The zoo will also be filled with educational, exciting activities, like the nature exploration activity and Incredible Insects In Action. Get pumped to learn! Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. $15/Adult. $12/Seniors. $9/Kids. Kids 3 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details. 

Marin County

Downtown Novato’s 17th Annual Nostalgia Days: Rod and Kustom Car Show
It’s a American Graffiti-style event perfect for the family!  Little mechanics will get thrills at this downtown Novato festival. Hot rods, a fancy car parade, live music and food is perfect for a Friday night. Fri. & Sat., Fri: 5:00 pm. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Novato. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin Theater Company Presents: Cat In The Hat
It’s a cold, cold day and it’s really too wet to play. Most folks know what happens when weather of that kind shows it’s face. The Cat In The Hat comes to make a mess of the place! Marin Theater Company Presents a Doctor Seuss classic in the first of it’s new Theater Series for Young Audiences. Sat., 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Mill Valley. $20/Adults. $17/Seniors. $15/Kids 14 and under. Ages 3-12. Event Details

East Bay

Movies On The Lawn: Blast Back To the 80’s
To celebrate the community of San Ramon, the place to be is Dougherty Station Community Center for a free screening of 80′s classic, The Goonies. The lawn is great place for a blanket and summer picnic, free popcorn will be provided. Fri., 8:30 pm. San Ramon. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

31st Annual Hayward Zucchini Festival
It’s time to get out the best squash from the garden and put it on display at the 31st Annual Zucchini Festival! Not to mention two full days of musical entertainment, arts & crafts, and a Kid’s Town complete with face painting, games and rides. Deadline to enter a home-grown zucchini is 11:00 am August 18th, fill out the entry form online. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Hayward. $8/General Admission. $4/Kids. Kids 5 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details

South Bay

Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series: Hotel Transylvania
Wind down the summer season with a final movie from Mountain View’s Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series. Join the crew as they visit creepy Hotel Transylvania and get ready for silly spooks! Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. Movie starts at dusk. Fri., 8:30 pm. Mountain View. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Happy Kids Day
It’s all about the kids! This special festival is dedicated to the little folks, and it’s a full day of fun, including dancing, learning about different cultures, a visit from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Trailer, Radio Disney and more. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Cupertino. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

What’s up for the weekend?

–Gabby Cullen

Photo by Tom Boss