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Saturday, May 7

2016 Children’s Day Festival | Japantown
Saturday, May 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2016 Children's Day Festival | Japantown
On the May 7, 2016, San Francisco joins Japan and China to celebrate a national holiday dedicated to celebrating children – Kodomo No Hi or the Children’s Day Festival. Since that day falls on a Tuesday, they’re celebrating Children’s Day a bit early on Saturday, May 2nd. Bring along your ...
13th Annual Pagan Festival “Ancestral Wisdom”: Games, Crafts & Storytelling | Berkeley
Saturday, May 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
13th Annual Pagan Festival
Enjoy a unique mix of entertainers, children’s crafts and activities, storytelling, games, and arts and crafts vendors on the 13th Annual Pagan Festival at MLK Jr. Civic Center Park. There will be live music by Irish Singer Shay Black, Musical Theater and Cabaret Artist Carly Ozard, ...

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, May 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...

Sunday, May 8

Moms Get In Free at Charles Schulz Museum | Santa Rosa
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free for moms, $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.
| Charles M. Schulz Museum
Moms Get In Free at Charles Schulz Museum | Santa Rosa
In celebration of Mother’s Day, all mothers receive free admission to the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Admission is free for moms, $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Free admission is most likely based on an honor system, but we’re ...
Free Admission for Moms | SF Zoo
Free Admission for Moms | SF Zoo
Join Sukari, their African Lion, and her cub as well as a host of other “mom” animals as the San Francisco Zoo celebrates Mother’s Day 2016. Mothers accompanied by their children will receive free admission to the SF Zoo in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016. The ...
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother’s Day 2016 | SF
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Day: Mother's Day 2016 | SF
The Exploratorium will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, 2016 by offering free admission to all visitors (not just for Mothers).
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and ...

Wednesday, May 11

Bay Area’s Spark Discovery Day: Career-based Projects, Food Trucks & Raffle Prizes | SF
Wednesday, May 11 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Raffle tickets are for purchase at $10.
| Justin Herman Plaza
Bay Area's Spark Discovery Day: Career-based Projects, Food Trucks & Raffle Prizes | SF
See Bay Area students in action! Spark Discovery Day is an opportunity to discover the creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship of San Francisco Bay Area’s middle school youth. The science fair-style event is open to the public. In attendance will be over 800 people representing all aspects ...

Thursday, May 12

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Celebrating Israel’s 68th Independence Day | Palo Alto
Thursday, May 12 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)
Yom Ha'atzmaut: Celebrating Israel's 68th Independence Day | Palo Alto
Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day at the community-wide annual party. Enjoy Israeli music, children’s activities, artists, great food and a wonderful Israeli-style atmosphere. This year’s theme: Israel in Color – come and experience the colorful, fun, cool and hip Israel. What to expect on this event: Explore the Caesarea ...

Friday, May 13

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, May 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Opera House

San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Friday of the month, at Bayview Town Center (3rd Street from McKinnon to Palou & Mendell Plaza). The monthly event will feature ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Saturday, May 14

Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 14 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Stow Lake
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park

Observe the magnificent Great Blue Herons and their brand new chicks using spotting scopes, as naturalists show you these magnificent birds and explain their behavior over six Saturdays during the spring nesting season in April and May. These exciting 4′ tall birds with 6′ wingspans fly in and out of ...

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, May 14 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

“MCD Library MakeArt” Kiddie Printmaking Workshop | Mission Bay
Saturday, May 14 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Mission Bay Branch Library
Humans have used variations of different print techniques for millennia. Experiment making your mark with a variety of familiar and not-so-familiar objects at this workshop at the Mission Bay Branch Library. Free, but an RSVP is required. Ages 4-14. Presented by Museum of Craft and Design

Sunday, May 15

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and ...

Thursday, May 19

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, May 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur by the East Bay Express, ...

Friday, May 20

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, May 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
| Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek

Come to the Lindsay Wildlife Experience for up close and personal interaction with their fascinating animals for free on every third Friday of the month from 12 noon to 5 pm. Lindsay Wildlife Experience saves animals lives, teaches and inspires children and adults through up-close-and personal encounters with live wild ...

Free Family Dinner & Movie | SF
Friday, May 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Park
Free Family Dinner & Movie | SF
This series now takes place on the 3rd Friday of each month, and not the 4th Friday as was originally posted.

Saturday, May 21

Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Spring & All Things Winged | Los Altos
Saturday, May 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Spring & All Things Winged | Los Altos
Come explore, learn, discover, and share the wonder of nature with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Join in for a day of fun in the beautiful Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve to enjoy the spring and the beauty ...
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Stow Lake
Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park

Observe the magnificent Great Blue Herons and their brand new chicks using spotting scopes, as naturalists show you these magnificent birds and explain their behavior over six Saturdays during the spring nesting season in April and May. These exciting 4′ tall birds with 6′ wingspans fly in and out of ...

MakerSpace: 3D Printers, Robots & Sewing Machines | South SF
Saturday, May 21 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
MakerSpace: 3D Printers, Robots & Sewing Machines | South SF

The South San Francisco Public Library will be hosting all ages MakerSpace sessions on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Their MakerSpace and technology learning center will provide the community with the use of a wide range of creative software, 3D printers, a Silhouette Cameo ...

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, May 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...

Sunday, May 22

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and ...

Thursday, May 26

Burning Mensch for Lag B’Omer: Archery, Fire Festival & Live Music | Palo Alto
Thursday, May 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)
Burning Mensch for Lag B'Omer: Archery, Fire Festival & Live Music | Palo Alto
Celebrate the spring holiday of Lag B’Omer with a spectacular fire festival and party, filled with fun, creativity and meaning. This is Lag B’Omer, the Jewish holiday marking the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot, as you’ve never ...

Friday, May 27

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos

Enjoy a family friendly, admission-free evening of live music, rotating food trucks and an award winning selection of sustainable handcrafted beer and root beer. There’s free admission, two live bands, and three food trucks. Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome. One dollar from each ...

Sunday, May 29

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party | SF

Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn. Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and ...

Wednesday, June 1

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, June 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

Thursday, June 2

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, June 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Museum of Pez
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame

The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Pez Museum in Burlingame, a mini-museum where you can find over 500 pez dispensers from the past 80 years. See the world’s largest pez dispenser and a rare Pez, worth about $5,000, a Mr ...

First Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo
Thursday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
| The Hub Vallejo
First Thursday

Every first Thursday evening, The Hub Vallejo hosts Hub CAP Community Art Party, a creative community gathering where anything goes  – painting, singing, sewing, knitting, music, mosaics, sculpture…whatever. It’s informal and a chance to hang as a community and create. Bring a project, a song, a ...