Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

Gilroy Garlic Festival. July 28-30. Join in loads of fragrant fun at this 38th 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.

The Hunchback of Norte Dame. July 28-Aug. 6.  CMT Mainstage presents this production based on the Victor Hugo novel and the Disney animated film about the lonely bell-ringer, Quasimoto who is enchanted by the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda. $20-25. San Jose.

Day Out With Thomas. July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6.  Enjoy a train ride with Thomas, photos with Sir Topham Hat, face painting, bounce houses and more. Felton. $24.

Tales of the Basin: A Storytelling Weekend. July 28-30. The oral storytelling tradition comes to life with the ancient redwood forest as a backdrop. Events throughout the weekend include Big Basin Nature Tails for children of all ages, guided walks that spin a yarn along the trail and a Storyteller Showcase in the historic Campfire Center. Big Basin State Park, Boulder Creek. FREE, parking $10.

For Goodness Snakes. July 29. This one-of-a-kind educational experience will introduce children to the fascinating world of snakes and other reptiles. FREE. San Jose.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

The Unique Derique Performs. July 28. A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion. FREE. San Francisco.

Movie Night at Pier 39. July 28. Grab your blankets and head to PIER 39 for outdoor Movie Nights, held the last Friday of every month through September. FREE. San Francisco.

The Three Musketeers. July 28-Aug. 27. Marin Shakespeare Company presents Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the classic novel by Alexander Dumas. $12-37. San Rafael.

CuriOdyssey Cinema Nights. July 28. Enjoy an evening of fun, endearing and thought-provoking short films carefully selected by Exploratorium Cinema Arts for curious kids and their families. $5 members, $10 non-members. San Mateo.

Stern Grove Concert Series: San Francisco Ballet. July 30. The company performs selections from their current repertory with the Grammy-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. FREE. San Francisco.

East Bay

Finding Dory. July 27. Catch this Disney/Pixar favorite and wonderful mix of other animated films during Summer Movies in the Park, presented by the Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation. 8:15pm. FREE. Orinda Community Center Park, 28 Orinda Way.

Friday Nights @ OMCA. June 28. Join the Oakland Museum of California each Fri. for its festive night market – open an extra hour in summer – with art workshops, food trucks, music and half-price admission for adults. 5-10pm. $7.50 adults, ages 18 and under FREE. 

Feast for the Beasts. July 29. The main entrance doors will open early so the first 250 guests can get a special ticket to spread produce in the elephant exhibit. Bring produce to donate and receive a free kid's ride ticket. 9am-3pm. $19.75 adults, $15.75 ages 2-14, members and under 2 FREE. 

Berkeley Kite Festival. July 29-30. Head to the Berkeley Marina for a whimsical event with opportunities to fly a kite, make a kite, watch expert competitions and performances, play in the kids’ zone and catch candy from the sky. 10am-5pm. $15 parking fee, admission FREE. 



Logo Tarzan. July 29-30. Berkeley Playhouse presents this musical based on the Disney film including a pop-music score, acrobatics and a story about family. Through Aug. 13. Show times vary; check schedule.  $22-40. The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. 510-845-8542, ext. 351.

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