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Sunday, April 30

2017 Día de Los Libros: Music, Poetry & Family Dance Party | Mission Dist.
Sunday, April 30 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Parque Ninos Unidos
2017 Día de Los Libros: Music, Poetry & Family Dance Party | Mission Dist.
San Francisco’s Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros: A Celebration of Children & Books is rooted in a longtime Latin American tradition of celebrating children. San Francisco’s first Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros was held in 1999 with the goal of ...
Yom Hazikaron: Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel | Palo Alto
Sunday, April 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)
Yom Hazikaron: Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel | Palo Alto
Yom Hazikaron is the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism. It is Israel’s official Memorial Day, enacted into law in 1963. As of Yom Hazikaron 2016, the number of fallen soldiers and victims of terror was 23,447. The day ...

Tuesday, May 2

“Israel’s Independence Day” Beach Carnival | Palo Alto
Tuesday, May 2 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food, drinks and rides.
| Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)
Come celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day with music, dancing, food and fun for the entire family. Think about Israel for a moment… What sights, sounds, smells and tastes come to mind? What is one of your favorite activities to enjoy with family and friends in this ...

Wednesday, May 3

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, May 3 – 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 ...

First Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek
Wednesday, May 3 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Walnut Creek Downtown
First Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek “First Wednesday” monthly street festival brings together hundreds of people to Cypress Street in downtown Walnut Creek for a fun-filled evening of live music, food trucks, variety of vendors and roaming entertainment for all to enjoy. First Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food ...

Rainbow Family Night: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley
Rainbow Family Night: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley

LGBTQ parents are invited to join their facilitated support group to connect, share experiences, swap tips, and discuss issues relevant to their families, while kids have a great time playing in the Habitot Children’s Museum. Rainbow Family Night takes place on the first Wednesday of ...

Thursday, May 4

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, May 4 – 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 ...

“Love Your Parks Day” Celebration | SF
Thursday, May 4 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Brick & Mortar Music Hall
On Thursday, May 4th, 2017 the Parks Alliance will recognize the hard working volunteers and groups who make the park system thrive. At this year’s Love Your Parks Day they will honor the 2017 Action Grantees and present awards to some of your favorite people ...

Friday, May 5

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, May 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, May 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

2017 Cinco de Mayo Festival: Live Music & Dancing | Santa Rosa
Friday, May 5 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sebastopol & West (Santa Rosa)
2017 Cinco de Mayo Festival: Live Music & Dancing | Santa Rosa
Come out to Santa Rosa for the 12th annual Roseland Cinco de Mayo Festival featuring stages of music, dance, and demonstrations. Last year’s musical entertainment included Tercer Nival, El Sello de Mexico, Los Grandes de La Banda and pop/rock. Come and see what they have in store for you this year. 2017 Roseland ...
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, May 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills

Enjoy $5 admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills every First Friday of the month from 6-10 pm. $5 admission includes unlimited access to everything from laser and planetarium shows to Night Hikes and Star Stories. Regularly admission is $18 ...

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, May 5 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...

Free Movies in the Park: Moana | Oakland
Friday, May 5 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Redwood Heights Recreation Center
Free Movies in the Park: Moana | Oakland

Movies in the Park is back with family friendly films in the park by the Redwood Heights Recreation Center in Oakland. Popcorn, hot chocolate, drinks and hot dogs will be available for purchase. Dress warm and bring a lawn chair and or blanket. You will want to ...

Saturday, May 6

2017 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2017 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration held as a block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. This year they will also be hosting a Beer Garden for all attendees 21 and over. The festival is attended by an average ...
Free Comic Book Day 2017
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Free Comic Book Day 2017

Free Comic Book Day is an annual tradition, held the first Saturday in May each year, where participating comic book shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Major publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, ...

A La Carte & Art Festival 2017 | Mountain View
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Street (Mountain View)
A La Carte & Art Festival 2017 | Mountain View

Enjoy a sun-splashed weekend strolling through artist booths, listening to live music and gawking at a classic car show at Mountain View’s 2017 A La Carte & Art spring art fair and officially kicks-off at this big 21st anniversary celebration of the arts in Silicon Valley’s epicenter. 2017 ...

Heron Watch at Stow Lake | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 6 – 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 ...

“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area
Saturday, May 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Enjoy a free, monthly outdoor walk on the first Saturday of every month as part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. First Saturday Programs are introductory walking/physical activity programs that occur on the first Saturday of each month throughout the Bay Area. Please note that ...

2017 Children’s Day Festival | Japantown
Saturday, May 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Japantown Peace Plaza
2017 Children's Day Festival | Japantown
On the May 6, 2017, San Francisco joins Japan and China to celebrate a national holiday dedicated to celebrating children – Kodomo No Hi or the Children’s Day Festival. 2017 Children’s Day Festival | Japantown Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 11 am to 4 pm Japantown Peace Plaza FREE This year marks the ...
2017 Comic Book Day & Family Fun | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mission: Comics & Art
2017 Comic Book Day & Family Fun | Mission Dist.
Come by the store on Saturday, May 6th between 11 am and 8 pm and get your free comic books. They’re going to have family friendly activites all day.
29th Annual “May Madness” Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade | North Bay
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
29th Annual 
The checkered flag drops for May Madness, the longest running car show and parade in Northern California, which welcomes the finest rods, customs, classics, art cars, utility vehicles, modified and other cool vehicles to Downtown San Rafael. 29th Annual May Madness Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade Saturday, May ...
2017 Kite Day: Giant Kites, Snow Cones & Hotdog Lunches | Menlo Park
Saturday, May 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bedwell Bayfront Park
2017 Kite Day: Giant Kites, Snow Cones & Hotdog Lunches | Menlo Park
Come out to Kite Day and enjoy kite flying, spin art, snow cones, rock wall and a hot dog lunch on Saturday, May 6, 2017. If the wind is strong enough “Mega Fish”, a 46’ giant kite, might make an appearance in the sky. Volunteers from the ...
Rock Out With The Flock: Bounce Houses & Family Fun | San Lorenzo
Saturday, May 6 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lorenzo Theater
Rock Out With The Flock: Bounce Houses & Family Fun | San Lorenzo
This all ages fundraiser show to help Save the Lorenzo is sure to elevate your Saturday night to the next neon level.  So, come and rock out with the Flock at the San Lorenzo theater from 4-6pm, then stick around to watch Finding Dory on ...
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, May 6 – 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 7

A La Carte & Art Festival 2017 | Mountain View
Sunday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Castro Street (Mountain View)
A La Carte & Art Festival 2017 | Mountain View

Enjoy a sun-splashed weekend strolling through artist booths, listening to live music and gawking at a classic car show at Mountain View’s 2017 A La Carte & Art spring art fair and officially kicks-off at this big 21st anniversary celebration of the arts in Silicon Valley’s epicenter. 2017 ...

Off the Grid’s “Presidio Picnic” Sunday Food Truck Party | SF
Off the Grid's

San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Held on the seven acre Main ...

2017 Backyard Chicken Coop Bike Tour | Alameda
Sunday, May 7 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alameda Chicken Tour
2017 Backyard Chicken Coop Bike Tour | Alameda
Find out where the eggs are in Alameda on this informative annual self-guided bike tour of backyard chicken coops as you enjoy a bike ride around “The Island.” Alameda Backyard Chicken Coop Bicycling Tour Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 1-4 pm (sharp) All over Alameda FREE Alameda’s urban chicken coops range from ...

Friday, May 12

2017 National Public Gardens Day | Bay Area
Friday, May 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Coupon is required for free admission.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
2017 National Public Gardens Day | Bay Area
The annual National Public Gardens Day takes place each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day and 590+ gardens, including some Bay Area gardens that offer free admission or other special deals. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens while learning about each garden’s commitment to education, research and ...
Mother’s Day Special Shopping Treat | Pier 39
Friday, May 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Mother's Day Special Shopping Treat | Pier 39
In honor of Mother’s Day, moms can eat, play and shop for free* at participating PIER 39 businesses on Friday, May 12. *Restrictions apply. See discount list for more details.