Water, water everywhere! H2O is kinda a big deal in this part of Cali, so it could be pretty cool to take the weekend and explore the liquid stuff, whether it’s building a boat with friends, learning all about where water comes from, trying to snag a fish or two from the Bay or learning how to paddle around on top of it. Rather stay landlocked? Never fear, there are plenty of other awesome activities lined up for folks wanting to stay dry.

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San Francisco

Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
Who’s ready for a funky, spunky intercultural performance!? Yeah, sounds pretty awesome, right? Enjoy Oakland-based Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble as part of the San Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. It’s super exciting, free family shows blending a fantastic combo of music and dance from the African Diaspora. Fri. & Sat., 11:00 am and 1:15 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Charity And The JAMBand: Celebrate The Beach And Golden Gate Park

Head for Park Chalet for an awesome kiddie concert with Charity and the JAMBand. A two hour musical extravaganza in the beautiful setting of Golden Gate Park. Bring some energy and love! Sun., 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.


Marin County

Paradise Park Fishing Derby
Join rangers for the Marin County Parks annual fishing contest. Prizes awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish! A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Sat., 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Tiburon. $10 Parking Fee. All Ages. Event Details.

Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons For Beginners
Try out the fastest growing water sport around! Stand Up Paddleboarding is a cool exciting sport the whole family can explore. 101 Surf Sports offers great lessons from pros, perfect for getting everyone on the bay. Be sure to get there 10 minutes early to gear up and bring some snacks to chill on the deck after the lesson is over. Sun., 9:30 am – 11:00 pm. San Rafael. $55. 5 and Up. Event Details.

East Bay

Design A Boat At Derby Day
Get ready to design, launch and race a boat made out of cardboard, duct tape and other recyclable products at the Pleasant Hill Rec Derby Day. Every group will be able to test the boats on open water. Bring a swimsuit and prepared to get wet! Pre-registration is required by July 17th. Fri., 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Pleasant Hill. $5/Per Boater. 5 and Up. Event Details.

PedalFest 2013
Celebrate those two-wheeled thingies seen frequently in the Bay Area at Jack London Square. Pedalfest 2013 has arrived! Families of all sizes will be thrilled by cycling daredevils performing in a 30-foot banked wooden Whiskeydrome and eye-popping two-wheeled stunts by pro rider. Wander through the square to find the pedal-powered stage featuring live music; nosh on pedal-powered food. Take part in the children’s bicycle parade; get some faces painted and find out just what is a Bicycle Rodeo. Check out a dazzling collection of new, vintage and handmade bikes; and much more. Sat., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

South Bay/Peninsula

Music On The Square: The Sun Kings
Come to Courthouse Square for an evening with The Sun Kings. This Beatles tribute band is one of the best around, these fellas will have ears thinking it could almost be the Fab Four rockin’ the stage. Get ready to dance to hits like “She Loves You” and “I Am The Walrus.” Fri., 6:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Water, Water, Everywhere
How much H2O is actually out there and how does the rain exactly get into those clouds? How much of the Earth’s water supply can humans use? Questions will be answered and problems “solved” during this engaging workshop perfect for kids. Build a watershed and have fun guessing where the water will go. Reserve a spot by calling 408-262-5513 ext. 102. Sat., 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Alviso. Free. 7 and Up. Event Details.

Any plans for getting wet this weekend?

–Gabrielle Cullen

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