From madrigals and ballerinas, to clowns and Dr. Seuss, there is a wide variety of cultural opportunities this weekend. See some entertaining antics from the Pi Clowns as wells as in the magical musical Seussical, Jr. Get to know another literary celebrity and sing along with a one-man-band, with Clifford & Enzo Garcia.

San Francisco

Pi Clowns
The Pi Clowns will create hilarious theater using acrobatics, juggling, mime, dance, beat boxing, improvisation and feats of incredible strength! Fri., 11:00 am–11:30 am & 12:15 pm–12:45 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy Open House
Enjoy student performances, demos, music and refreshments. Watch a Pas de Deux demo, a boys class performance and a few short pieces of Hip Hop, Contemporary and Classical Chinese Dance. Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Seussical, Jr.
In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters will be brought to life! This ensemble-based production will showcase the Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s class of 11-16 year-olds. Fri, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Sat., 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. San Ramon. $10. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival
Enjoy chalk sidewalk art, chocolate and live entertainment! Draw on a car with chalk too! A special children’s area will have pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, jugglers and face painters. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Berkeley. Free. Chocolate tasting tickets are $20 for 20 tickets. All ages. Event details.


Thank You Cards for Kids
Visit the teacher thank you card-making station with Pia Andersson, Mimi the Sardine’s founder and textile arts teacher! She will be helping kids make cards using Mimi the Sardine scraps and her sewing machine! Fri., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Corte Madera. Free All ages. Event details.

Clifford & Enzo Garcia
Meet Clifford at 5:30 pm during his 15-minute appearance in Festival Plaza. At 6:00 pm, have fun with Enzo Garcia, a one man band! Hear him play cool instruments like the 5-string banjo, accordion, musical saw and the enzotar. Fri., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Sausalito. $10/General. $5/Member. Under 6 months, free. All ages. Event details.


Bug Fest
Celebrate bugs while exploring their beauty  and fascinating life stories through hands-on exhibits at “Buzzzz” the exhibition. There will be entomologists on hand, games to play and a critter photo shoot! Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

Madrigals from Around the World
Hear the Congregational Oratorio Society perform beautiful madrigals and love songs. Then enjoy the ice cream social following the concert too! Sun., 3:00 pm. Palo Alto. $15/General. $10/Student or senior. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Bay Area Children’s Theatre