Bay Area Family Events This Weekend: June 7-9

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Dive into a weekend of excitement with our guide to family-friendly events in the East Bay! From cultural festivals to outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Friday, June 7

Friday Nights at OMCA – Oakland

  • ⏰ Time: Every Friday, 5:00 PM 
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE with Museum ticket for special exhibitions
  • 📍 Location: Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), Oakland
  • 📝 Description: Kick off your weekend at the vibrant ‘Friday Nights at OMCA‘ featuring a block party vibe with Off the Grid food trucks, live music, gallery access, and fun activities for all ages.

RhythmALLogy (Kids’ Show) – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time: Fri, Jun 7, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens, 799 Howard St., San Francisco, CA
  • 📝 Description: Created and led by percussionist Aaron Kierbel, RhythmALLogy is an innovative interactive children’s program that involves movement, body percussion, and group drumming. These sessions are specially designed to nurture and unleash the rhythmic potential in kids ages 10 and under.

Sesame Street Live! Say Hello – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time: June 7–8, various times
  • 🆓 Cost: Ticket prices vary
  • 📍 Location: Curran Theater, 445 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • 📝 Description: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street are coming to your neighborhood to say hello! Enjoy singing and dancing with your favorite furry friends in this all-new celebration on Sesame Street, perfect for ages 1 to 7 and enjoyable for the whole family.

18th Annual Festival of Dance & Music – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time: June 7-9, various times (June 7 & 8 at 8:00 PM, June 9 at 4:00 PM)
  • 🆓 Cost: $28 General Admission / $34 at the door, $25 Youth (12 years old and under)
  • 📍 Location: Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • 📝 Description: The 18th Annual Festival features seven local dance companies creating original choreography rooted in the Caribbean and its Diaspora, exploring “Acts of Resistance, Acts of Joy.” Enjoy performances by Yamulee Project San Francisco, Folklo Ayisyen Lakay, Agua Doce Dance, and more.

Celebrating Black Love & Juneteenth! – Oakland

  • ⏰ Time: June 7th, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Telegraph Ave, between 27th & 22nd Street, Oakland, CA
  • 📝 Description: Celebrate Black Love and Juneteenth at Oakland First Fridays, a vibrant gathering that honors the rich history and culture of the Black community. Enjoy an evening of unity, art, music, food, and love, commemorating the end of slavery and highlighting the enduring power of Black love and resilience.

Free Telescope Viewings – Oakland

  • ⏰ Time: June 7, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Chabot Observatory Deck, Oakland, CA
  • 📝 Description: Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for Free Telescope Viewings! Weather permitting, explore stars, planets, and more through Chabot’s historic telescopes and enjoy breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay.

Free First Friday at San Mateo County History Museum – Redwood City

  • ⏰ Time: Friday, June 7, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City, CA
  • 📝 Description: Enjoy Free First Friday at the History Museum with complimentary admission, “Playing in the Past” at 11:00 AM, and a general tour at 2:00 PM. Sponsored by Monterra Credit Union, this is a great opportunity to explore the museum.

First Friday at CuriOdyssey – San Mateo

  • ⏰ Time: Friday, June 7, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free with admission
  • 📍 Location: CuriOdyssey, San Mateo, CA
  • 📝 Description: Celebrate pride at First Friday with live music, a fantastic food truck, colorful science activities, and animal presentations. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with the San Mateo County Pride Center as a special guest.

Saturday, June 8

Kinetic Creations at CuriOdyssey – San Mateo

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Included with admission
  • 📍 Location: CuriOdyssey, San Mateo, CA
  • 📝 Description: Experience the interactive exhibition Kinetic Creations, where art and science collide. Delight in kinetic sculptures and creative contraptions, combining fascinating physics, sculptural science, and whimsical mechanics, perfect for kids and adults alike.

Randall Museum – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, various times
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • 📝 Description: Enjoy a family-friendly day at the Randall Museum with a variety of activities. Participate in the Saturday Science drop-in workshop from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, meet the animal keepers with live animal presentations at 11:30 AM, and join the Afternoon Art drop-in workshop from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Juneteenth Freedom Day at MoAD – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco, CA
  • 📝 Description: Celebrate Juneteenth with free admission to all exhibitions at MoAD. Join the THRIVE @ MoAD Community Day and enjoy a day filled with art and culture, promoting personal and social well-being. Walk-in tickets are welcome and available.

Family Art Making – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Front lawn, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • 📝 Description: Join the Family Art Making table for a drop-in art project inspired by Bouquets to Art. Led by professional teaching artists, this activity is perfect for artists of all ages.

San Francisco Juneteenth Parade and Festival – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 11:00 AM PDT
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Market Street & Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • 📝 Description: Join the second annual San Francisco Juneteenth Parade and Festival to honor Black freedom, heritage, and achievement. The Parade starts at 11:00 AM at Market and Spear Streets, ending at Civic Center Plaza where the Festival begins at 12:00 PM with music, food, and games.

Lectura Fest – Santa Rosa

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Check website for specific location details
  • 📝 Description: Celebrate reading, music, and culture at Lectura Fest! Enjoy bilingual magic and games with Chiquy Boom at 10:30 AM, bilingual music with René y Familia at 12:30 PM, and norteña music by Los Aventureros at 2:00 PM. Activities with the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County and a photo booth are also included. Parking vouchers are provided for the 3rd Street Garage.

Fun on the Farm – Berkeley

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley, CA
  • 📝 Description: Get the inside scoop on the latest happenings at the Little Farm with Fun on the Farm. Meet near the chicken coop to learn about the animals, including what the chickens are saying and why goats are so cute. No registration required; it’s a drop-in program only.

Habitot Mobile Museum – Berkeley

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St, Berkeley, CA 94702
  • 📝 Description: Visit the Mobile Museum for fun, interactive activity stations at San Pablo Park. Enjoy rocket building and launching, water play, boat making, art, STEM activities, and more. Supported by Berkeley’s Civic Arts Commission, this event offers engaging experiences for children of all ages.

Family Nature Adventures: Birds – Oakland

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: $25 Adults, $15 Youth (3+)
  • 📍 Location: Check website for specific location details
  • 📝 Description: Join Family Nature Adventures and explore bird watching with your family. Learn to identify local birds by their looks and sounds, use binoculars provided for a short nature walk, and enjoy hands-on activities and a simple snack.

Sunday, June 9

Cinderella Trail Run – Oakland

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, June 9, 2024, various start times
  • 🆓 Cost: Check website for registration fees
  • 📍 Location: Joaquin Miller Park, 3594 Sanborn Dr., Oakland, CA 94602
  • 📝 Description: Join the Cinderella Trail Run through Joaquin Miller and Redwood Regional parks. The course features winding trails through tall redwoods and the challenging Cinderella trail. Dress up in your best “Cinderella Theme” costume for a chance to win a prize. Enjoy free parking and race-day check-in beginning at 7:00 AM.

Bike Rodeo – Redwood City

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063
  • 📝 Description: Join the Bike Rodeo for a fun celebration of bicycling and active transportation. Kids can build skills and confidence in the Safe Moves City experience, simulating diverse traffic environments. Enjoy the Bike Blender to blend healthy smoothies using a bike-powered blender, and participate in Outdoor Story Time from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

June Second Saturday at Gamble Garden – Palo Alto

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301, United States
  • 📝 Description: Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Gamble Garden and learn about the sun and how plants harness its energy. Enjoy guided tours, kid-friendly activity stations, and live solar viewing with the San Mateo County Astronomical Society. Explore photosynthesis, make a translucent suncatcher, and walk through Elizabeth’s historic house.

Dia de Portugal Festival – San José

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: History Park, 635 Phelan Ave., San José, CA
  • 📝 Description: Celebrate Portuguese culture at the Dia de Portugal Festival. Enjoy a day filled with entertainment, delicious Portuguese food, a traditional parade, museum exhibits, live performances, a children’s carnival, and various arts and crafts. Hosted by the Portuguese Heritage Society of California, this event is perfect for the whole family.

Second Saturday on the Farm – Watsonville

  • ⏰ Time: Saturday, June 8, 2024, various times
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Check website for specific location details
  • 📝 Description: Join the Ag History Project for Second Saturday on the Farm, a family event featuring interactive agricultural activities. Enjoy milking a wooden cow, driving a kid-friendly John Deere tractor, a tractor simulator, and a puppet theater. Explore past agricultural practices in a fun, educational environment.

Marine Science Sunday Interactive Programs – Sausalito

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, June 9, 2024, various times
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA
  • 📝 Description: Join Marine Science Sunday for interactive programs focused on marine science topics. Visit the hospital and visitor center to learn about The Marine Mammal Center’s efforts to save marine mammals along the California coast. Enjoy multimedia presentations featuring stories of marine mammals and how you can help protect our ocean.

Storytime Science for Kids – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, June 9, 2024, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Check website for admission details
  • 📍 Location: Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
  • 📝 Description: Join Storytime Science for Kids at noon and 2:00 PM with special guest CaT Bobino. Enjoy a storybook read-aloud followed by a science demo geared toward elementary-aged children. CaT Bobino, a STEM ambassador, will read from the Carter Can Be book series, making complex science topics accessible and fun.

The Zoo’s 95th Birthday Celebration and Zen at the Zoo – San Francisco

  • ⏰ Time:
    • The Zoo’s 95th Birthday Celebration: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    • Zen at the Zoo: Sunday, June 9, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • 🆓 Cost: Regular admission tickets for birthday celebration; check website for yoga class fees
  • 📍 Location: San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, CA
  • 📝 Description: Celebrate 95 years of the Zoo’s rich history at The Zoo’s 95th Birthday Celebration with a weekend-long event featuring historical markers, live entertainment, kids’ crafts, and conservation activities, all included with regular admission. On Sunday, join the Zen at the Zoo event for a unique outdoor Vinyasa Flow yoga class amid the giraffes and zebras in the African Savanna.

Family Day – Novato

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, June 9, 2024, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, or 2:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: MarinMOCA, Novato, CA
  • 📝 Description: Join Family Day at MarinMOCA for art-making opportunities led by professional art instructors Wendy Ricks and Lauren Volk. This program provides a fun and educational alternative to screen time, with activities in painting, drawing, and mixed media. Interested families can reserve their place by contacting MarinMOCA. Enjoy the exhibitions on site as admission is free to the public, and the museum is open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday Funday – Sonoma

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, June 9, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free for members, included with admission
  • 📍 Location: Sonoma Botanical Garden, Sonoma, CA
  • 📝 Description: Join Sunday Funday for an afternoon of family fun in the beautiful garden. Enjoy face painting, arts and crafts with Art Escape’s Art Van Gogh, family yoga with Sonoma Yoga, Music Time with Megan, lawn games, and more. Families can win prizes for completing a froggy-themed scavenger hunt and enjoy frog-tastic story time.

Model Train Show – Point Richmond

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, June 9, 2024, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: $5 for Adults and Children age 12+, $3 for Senior Citizens (63+), $3 for Children (4-11), Free for Children under age 4, $10 for Families
  • 📍 Location: Check website for specific location details
  • 📝 Description: Experience the magic of model trains at the Model Train Show in Point Richmond. Enjoy operating train layouts and bring the whole family for a fun-filled day. Admission tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or major credit cards. Annual passes are also available for purchase online.

Niles Canyon Train Rides – Sunol

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, June 9, 2024, departures at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost:
    • Diesel: $25 Adults, $15 Seniors (62+) and Children (3-12), Free for Children 2 years and under
    • Steam: $30 Adults, $20 Seniors (62+) and Children (3-12), Free for Children 2 years and under
  • 📍 Location: Sunol Depot, Sunol, CA
  • 📝 Description: Enjoy a scenic ride through Niles Canyon with Niles Canyon Train Rides. Experience the journey behind diesel or steam power on select weekends from February through October. Departures are from the Sunol Depot with a 1 hour and 20 minute roundtrip excursion. Online ticket sales are preferred to ensure your spot.

Viva CalleSJ – San Jose

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, June 9, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free
  • 📍 Location: Downtown and Eastbound San Jose, CA
  • 📝 Description: Explore San Jose like never before at Viva CalleSJ, a free community event that opens streets for walking, biking, and fun. Enjoy live music, cultural performances, food trucks, and more at various activity hubs including City Hall, Alum Rock Village, and Lake Cunningham Park. Participate in a froggy-themed scavenger hunt, art activities, and family-friendly fun throughout the route.

Say Cheese! Street Feast – San Jose

  • ⏰ Time: Friday, June 7th, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free Admission, $5 Parking
  • 📍 Location: 1590 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA 95133
  • 📝 Description: Calling all cheese lovers to the Say Cheese! Street Feast at Garden at the Flea. Indulge in a variety of cheesy delights from local food trucks, including birria grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesy loaded waffle fries. Enjoy free admission for all ages, with a $5 parking fee. Vendor applications are open, and a food truck lineup will be announced soon.

🚨 Disclaimer: Please ensure to verify event details like exact timings and costs with the respective venues before making plans, as details may change.

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