Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area
Pete the Cat Storytime. May 27. Enjoy a reading of the brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean where Pete the Cat is learning a new dance --- Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie. Activities will follow. FREE. San Jose.
Santa Cruz American Music Festival. May 27-28. Enjoy a weekend of music in a beautiful natural redwood amphitheater. Aptos. $65 adults, $25 kids.
Civil War Battles and Encampments. May 27-29. Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Ride an 1880s "iron horse" through an ancient redwood forest and witness skirmishes as the steam train ascends Bear Mountain. $32 adults, $25 kids. Felton.
Cougar Country. May 27. Learn about mountain lions that call county parks their home. Understand what makes them important to the local environment and how to keep you and your family safe. FREE. San Jose.
Memorial Day Remembrance. May 29. This traditional remembrance features music and spoken tributes from local community leaders, veterans and military. After the hour-long program, enjoy a barbecue luncheon at the Portuguese Hall. $5 for BBQ lunch, admission FREE. Santa Cruz.
San Francisco, Marin & Peninsula
Katia and Company: Disney’s The Lion King Experience. May 24-28. Join Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa in an exciting adventure through the jungle as they fight to take back their homeland and restore the Circle of Life. $15. San Rafael.
Marin Greek Festival. May 27-28. This annual tradition of more than 40 years features live music and dancing, ethnic vendors, cooking demos, children’s activities, church tours, Byzantine chanting, folk dance performances and lessons and more. $5 adults, under 16 FREE. Novato.
Carnaval San Francisco. May 27-28. More than 400,000 people are expected to attend this event that includes dancing, drumming, live music, brilliant costumes, delicious food and artistry. The festivities celebrate the cultures of Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad, Tobago, Puerto Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Africa, Chile, Haiti and more. FREE. San Francisco
Presidio Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. May 29. This is the largest Bay Area Memorial Day event paying tribute to veterans. The parade, featuring a band and veterans organizations, begins at 10:30am at Main Post on Anza between Sheridan and Lincoln Boulevard and ends at the national cemetery. A formal program with politicians and other speakers begins at 11am and concludes with a 21-gun salute. FREE. San Francisco.
Hillsborough Memorial Day Celebration. May 29. The carnival begins at North Hillsborough Elementary School at 10am and will include games, crafts, a dunk tank and petting zoo. The parade starts at 10:30am at Town Hall and will finish at North Hillsborough Elementary School. The ceremony and music festival begins immediately following the parade. FREE. Hillsborough.
PH Celebrating Elephants. May 27. This annual event throughout the zoo includes opportunities to touch gigantic pachyderm bones, hold an 11-pound tooth, enjoy an animal-free circus, see an elephant up close and take advantage of a once-a-year chance to tour the elephant barn. 10am-3pm. $18.75 adults, $14.75 ages 2-14, members and under 2 FREE. Oakland.
Rugged Maniac. May 27. Pleasanton will for the first time host this wild 5K obstacle race that includes a day-long festival with live music, activities and food for spectators and participants. Start and end times vary; check website. Spectators/festivalgoers FREE; $69-100 to participate. Alameda.
Bay Area KidFest. May 27-29. Come for a three-day weekend of live entertainment, arts and crafts, sports, exhibits, rides and more for children at this 28th annual event. Through Mon. 10am-6pm. $7 per person ages 2 and over. Concord.
Art & Wind Festival. May 28-29. Kites are the main attraction of this event along with artists' booths for shopping and hands-on activities. But you can also see talented musicians and dancers on multiple stages, grab a bite and check out the kids’ zone with rides and other fun. Also Mon. 11am-6pm. FREE. San Ramon
Memorial Day Open House. May 29. Drop in to blow bubbles, hold chickens and enjoy the Nature Area and Little Farm. 11am-3pm. FREE. Berkeley.