It’s an artsy kinda weekend in the Bay Area and there are plenty of ways to get the creative juices flowing. Hit up a fabulous arts festival or get prepped for the playa with a little live painting. Need something a hands on? Head for San Francisco’s only paper party or make a mobile  in the shape of some crawling creatures. Getting crafty was never easier!


San Francisco

Origami-Palooza: San Francisco’s Only Paper Party
Anyone and everyone, from young to old, beginner to experienced, can join in to create amazing things with paper. The inaugural Origami-Palooza will feature an exhibit with amazing origami, instructors showing off mad skills and new folds, a table dedicated to folding Paper Cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall and two hot contests that anyone can win with amazing prizes. Sat., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

20th Annual Pistahan Festival
Celebrating 20 years of Filipino America, this weekend festival will play host to a fabulous parade and 8 pavilions filled with art, dance and activities spotlighting Filipino heritage. Enjoy yummy traditional treats and watch amateur and professional chefs alike battle it out for top prizes. Sat., & Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details

Marin County

Outdoor Painting At The Bay Area Discovery Museum
Let the imagination run wild with watercolors. Hand in hand with current exhibit Framed: Step Into Art, the Bay Area Discovery Museum welcomes all creative and crafty little folk to participate in a painting session. Join staff members for a chance to paint on a blanket in Lookout Cove. A perfect way to kick off the weekend! Fri., 3:30 – 4:00 pm. Sausalito. $11/General Admission. Babies 6 months and under are free. 0-8 years. Event Details.

Summer Nights Outdoor Concerts With Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic
The Marin JCC presents Zydeco guru Andre Thierry for a Summer Night! Enjoy the rich tunes of the bayou and just try to keep those toes from a tappin’! Special guests Performing Stars of Marin will be heading up the art project in the Kid Zone and there is cool stuff from Georgi + Willow for browsing in the pop up shop. Sat., 7:00 pm. San Rafael. $20/General Admission. $18/Members. $25 at the door. Kids 17 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Crafting Nature: Make A Mobile
Learn all about snakes and insects while crafting a creative nature mobile, or magnet. Naturalist Beverly Ortiz will lead kids in this cool and educational activity. It’s going to be a buggy good time! Sat. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Livermore. Free. 5 and up. Event Details.

Berkeley Spark: Burning Man Arts and Music Festival
Let the playa prepping begin! Berkeley Spark is a pre-Burning Man arts and music festival with giant art sculptures, mutant vehicles, great live and DJ’ed music, dancing and fun interactive workshops. Come see amazing Burning Man art and crazy art cars “mutant vehicles” before they head to the Nevada desert, live painting from SF Freespace artist Michael Covington and don’t miss the burn-friendly clothing vendors and yummy food. Sat., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Berkeley. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

South Bay/Peninsula

Night Lights: View the Perseid Meteor Showers
It’s gonna be a wild starry night!  Take the crew out to Calero Park for a fantastic glimpse of  the Perseid Meteor Shower. Learn about how night lights effect animals, plants and people. Be sure to bring a blanket, chairs and warm clothes. For extra awesome viewing, bring flashlight with red lens or cover. Fri., 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

21st Annual Burlingame ArtzFest
The whole family can have a blast during the Burlingame ArtzFest. Get ready for over 150 artisans showcasing original art, photography, jewelry, sculptures, clothing and more. Plus, there are delicious festival foods, beverages, a special Children’s Playland, and two stages featuring award-winning live music and dance performances. Sat., & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Burlingame. Free. All Ages. Event Details

How will you express your artistic side this weekend?

–Gabrielle Cullen

Photo Courtesy Mary Lynn via Flickr