Hope you all are enjoying your first weeks of summer break. In our lineup of events, we’ve got some summer festivals as well as county fairs. The Contra Costa County Fair kicks off fair season with performances, exhibits, and rides. The Children’s Garden Series in Yerba Buena Gardens is a great way to spend the summer with live music, picnics, and fun in the sun. And lastly Palo Alto’s citywide yard sale will surely yield a ton of summer must-haves like sports equipment, sandals, and beach reads.

San Francisco

Union Street Eco-Urban Festival
Walk Union Street and browse the vendors, the eats, the kids’ rides and activities, and the live entertainment. At Gough Street, arts and crafts created with recycled and sustainable materials are featured. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.



Silver Terrace Playground Wellness Day
Shake it up at the Silver Terrace Playground Wellness Day. Take in a sports clinic, dance class, or some gardening tips. Don’t miss the free veggie give-aways and BBQ. Activities and eats, what more could you ask for? Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Fire Service Day
Those busy firefighters are taking a break from life-saving to make you breakfast. How kind! Eat up at the free Pancake Breakfast, but don’t eat too much because there’s jumpy houses and fire fighter gear to explore and poke about. Sun., 6:30 am – 10:30 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Marin Home and Garden Expo
Check out new technologies for “greening” your house while the littles poke around the youth stage, being entertained by various eco-friendly performers such as “Let’s Go Green” and Tree Frog Treks. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am. $10/adult; children under 12 free. All ages. Event details.



St. Pius Festival
Even though Saint Pius was not a “partier,” per se, the St. Pius Festival aims to raise the roof. Enjoy carnival games, rides, arts and crafts, and lots more eats than Saint Pius ever condoned. Sat. and Sun., 1:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.



Wooden Horse
Celebrate 40 years of the Wooden Horse with a bit of a hoe-down. Entertainment includes a ton of performers, games, face painting, balloons, and free goody bags. Yay! Sat., 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


East Bay

Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest
Make plans and bring your tools for the 45th Annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest. Prizes are awarded at 1:00 pm by category. Giant lobsters? Buckingham Palace out of sand? Can you dig it? Sat., 9:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Berkeley Farmers’ Market Family Fun Festival
The Berkeley Farmer’s Market said, “I see your organic vegetables, and I’ll raise you a bouncy house, petting zoo, carnival games, face painting, and a bazaar.” And on the side, they threw in family volleyball, kickball, a cooking class, and a dance party. This pot is theirs. Sat., 10:00am – 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.