Goodness, it might even heat up in the Bay one of these summer days, but don’t pack up your fleece just yet. Do pack a picnic for the Stern Grove Festival, starting this weekend with a whole summer’s worth of music and kids’ crafts. Beat the “heat” at the Castro for a showing of “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” At the Green Kids Conference, kids learn about helping and healing the environment. Visit vendors and booths for the latest developments and opportunities. We’re knee-deep in fun over here so put on your waders. And don’t forget Father’s Day is next Sunday! We also have some special events he won’t forget.

San Francisco

North Beach Festival
At the North Beach Festival, there will be crafts from local artists, music in the park, and food booths and vendors lining the streets. Find a spot near the Arte di Gesso and weigh in on the street chalk paintings. And don’t forget to bring Fido for the animal blessings. The Stonyfield Farm people make a stop on their Organic Love Fest tour here, with free samples, arts and crafts, and games. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Father’s Day Benefit
Try out the My Gym for a great Father’s Day morning playdate. This morning’s fee also goes towards building a playground in the Mission Bay area. The community wins, Papa wins, and the littles win. Sun., 9:30 am. $12/child. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Pirate Festival
The 5th Annual Pirate Festival brings on the swashbuckling, pirate arts, and chantey singing. Entertainment includes songs, pirate theater, and pirate magic. And plenty of pirate food, of course. Hopefully with oranges to ward off scurvy. Argh! Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Summer Sailstice
Celebrate Summer Sailstice at Encinal Yacht Club. There will be seminars and information booths on sailing, boat building, and all things nautical. In the Kid’s Zone, kids can get their faces painted, take on the bouncy house, and more. There will also be music and eats. At Oakland’s Lake Merritt, the boathouse will be open late and rentals are free. Sat., 8:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Bring the littles for this helicopter festival that will have tons of whirlybirds on display and in the air. Also there will be slides, rides, and face painting. For you, try the microbrews and wine tastings. Yum! Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am. $10-$15/person; 4 and under free. All ages. Event details.

Dads Day on the Farm
Dance with your dad to the Banana Slugs and their catchy, environmentally friendly music. Come early to visit the farm and animals. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Sun., 10:00 am. $15/person; 2 and under free. 5:30 pm. All ages. Event details.


Marin Art Festival
There’s a whole slew of art, music, and dance to explore and experience at the Marin Art Festival. Take in a show, then taste some of the festival’s wonderful, ethnic food while you peruse the art on display. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Sunday Fun Days
Jump in the deep end at Marinwood Pool. Music, food, a bounce house, and games guarantee the ultimate pool party. Don’t forget the sunblock! Sundays, Jun 19-Aug 14, 12:30 pm. $5-$7/non-member. All ages. Event details.