Kids Events July 2018

Silicon Valley

Concerts on the Plaza. July 6. Enjoy live music from Elaine Ryan as well as a “Pop Up Park” and food trucks at Mountain Views’ Concerts on the Plaza. FREE. Mountain View.

Shakespeare in the Park: Love’s Labour’s Lost. July 10-Sept. 2. Celebrating its fifth season as an independent nonprofit, Santa Cruz Shakespeare will kick off summer performances with this play that is a  hilarious feast of language. $20-56. Santa Cruz.

“We The People” Art Festival. July 20. Montalvo Arts Center kicks off its annual Art on the Grounds exhibition this summer with an opening art festival titled “We the People.” For 2018, the Art on the Grounds installations will include three newly-commissioned works by Lucas Artists Program Fellows: an innovative sonic journey of its lush and expansive grounds, a communally planted peace garden and a large-scale art installation. FREE. Saratoga.

Gilroy Garlic Festival. July 27-29. Join in loads of fragrant fun at this 39th annual garlic festival. Games for kids, pyrotechnic cooking, three stages of live entertainment and the world famous garlic ice cream will keep you busy the whole weekend. $18-20, kids under 10 FREE. Gilroy.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

The Little Mermaid with the San Francisco Symphony. July 6-8. Boasting an Oscar-winning score by Alan Menken, beautiful animation, and a bevy of unforgettable songs by Howard Ashman, including “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl,” and the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning “Under the Sea,” don’t miss the beloved music of this underwater world performed live to film by the San Francisco Symphony. San Francisco. $17.50—110 (Kids’ tickets are 50 percent off)

Stern Grove Festival. July 15. Experience global grooves and cross-cultural cool from renowned sitarist Anoushka Shankar. Canadian rap artist Han Han will open the show in her U.S. debut. FREE. San Francisco.

Menlo Summer Fest. July 21-22. Enjoy a great line-up of live music, food, drinks, a “Super Duper Kidz Funzone”, thrill rides and much more. FREE. Menlo Park.

Alphabet Rockers. July 27. This Grammy-nominated children’s music act will perform at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Children’s Garden Series with its beats, rhymes, songs and dances. FREE. San Francisco.

East Bay

Kids Free Thursdays. July 5. Children ages 12 and under can get into the Alameda County Fair free until 5pm today. Also, try bites of favorite fair food for $2. 11am-5pm. $10-15 ages 13-61, ages 12 and under FREE; carnival wrist bands $28-35. Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Second Saturdays. July 14. Visit Jack London Square for a new monthly open-air market on the waterfront featuring children’s activities, live entertainment, food and shopping. 10am-5pm. FREE.  Oakland. 

Chevron Family Theatre Festival. July 21. Celebrate the 12th anniversary of this daylong arts and entertainment event offering more than two dozen professional performances in three theaters, the lobbies and right outside. 10am-4pm. $5 performances inside theaters, outside events FREE.  Walnut Creek. 

Music & Market Series. July 26. Concord's Thu. evening summer Music & Market Series is back with a fun, full schedule of Bay Area bands including the all-female Zeppelin power house Zepparella on stage tonight. Weekly through Sept. 6:30-8pm. FREE. Concord. 


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