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Fun Things To Do This Summer


Evolution of the Princess Dress lecture, Walt Disney Family Museum, July 29, 1 p.m. When an artist designs a film, the appearance of the characters can be a driving force for setting the appropriate visual tone. Walt Disney’s princesses—Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora—paved the way for how a character’s look influences the tone of the film. Discover how the iconic dresses and dramatic reveals created by Walt’s team continue to have an impact today. Tickets: $30 non-members | $25 student and youth non-members. Location: Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., San Francisco. Call 415.345.6800 or log onto

Tarantulas crawl into San Francisco Zoo. Now through Labor Day, 10-5 daily. They’re big. They’re hairy. But are they scary? Tarantulas are the largest spiders in the world, however most tarantula species are not aggressive. A special exhibit featuring many different tarantula species is opening at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens inside the Pachyderm Building and will be open daily through the summer months. The Tarantula special exhibit takes guests on a journey of scientific discovery by presenting the marvelous, eight-legged beasts in a new light. It focuses on the diverse and natural beauty of the giants of the spider world, and provides a uniquely engaging and educational experience for children and adults of all ages. You may even learn to love them! The special exhibit is open daily from 10:00-5:00 and is included with SF Zoo Membership. Location: Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway. Call 415.753.7080. See
Aladdin, the musical. November 1 – Jan. 7. The Disney musical Aladdin comes to the SHN Orpheum Theater and tickets are on sale now. Be the first to lock in good seats.  Use PROMO CODE: 2Magic for discounts until mid-June. Location: 1192 Market St., San Francisco. Call 888.746.1799.  See

Jack London State Historic Park "Fantastical Family Night, July 14 and 15. Come out for a fantastical night under the stars for musical performances appropriate for the entire clan. Join the adventure and reconnect with your inner child via an epic journey through popular songs, Disney, Broadway, and beyond. You’ll discover the crossroads where youthful joy and the wisdom of age meet in a celebration of life’s adventure through music and dance. Location: Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Pre-show picnics begin at 5:00 pm; shows commence at 7:30 p.m. Youth prices available starting at $32. Tickets to "Fantastical Family Night" range from $32 to $149. Visit or call the box office at 877-424-1414.


Half Moon Bay
Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade. Parade starts at 12 noon and lasts approximately one hour. The parade celebrates Independence Day in small town America with an entertaining array of whimsical floats, marching bands, horses, community service groups, classically cool cars, decorated trikes and bikes, and more. Admission is free. The Half Moon Bay Lions Club will be hosting its annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast in the City Hall parking lot (501 Main Street) beginning at 8 am. Location: Main Street in Half Moon Bay. Call 650-726-5705. Connect on



Tot Tuesdays at Alameda South Shore Center.  Tuesdays through August from 12-1 pm. Toddlers ages 1 (walking) to 3 years old are welcomed to play at Alameda South Center’s new Adventure Court for story time, music and crafts. Caregivers are asked to stay with tots during playtime. Admission is free.Alameda South Shore Center hosts several family-friendly events year-round.  Every Saturday, the Center welcomes Off the Grid, a gathering of food trucks serving an array of food choices sure to please every palate.  For the holiday season, The Little Ice Rink transforms the Center into a family-friendly ice wonderland.  Running from November until January, The Little Ice Rink is the largest outdoor skating rink between the Bay Bridge and the Caldecott Tunnel and hosts over 25,000 skaters every year. Location: 523 South Shore Center W., Alameda. Call 510.521.8100. Log onto

Oakland Zoo Opens New Restaurant and Gondola.  Ongoing.The Oakland Zoo’s new restaurant, Landing Café, features views overlooking the Bay Area through the glass lined walls of the space and viewing deck. You can access the new restaurant by taking a four minute ride on the zoo’s new eight passenger gondola, Northern California’s only urban gondola. The restaurant features a locally sourced, seasonal rotating menu and will serve dishes such as breaded chicken sandwiches, avocado toast, pizzas and salads. This new addition is the first phase of the Oakland zoo’s California Trail expansion, a new exhibit that will explore California’s history with California native animals. Location: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland.  Call 520.632.9525. For more information, visit


Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 28-30, 10-7. This year's event is bigger, better, and bolder than ever before! From Giada De Laurentiis to GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ and a brand new dish on Gourmet Alley, this year is an event you definitely don't want to miss! This year you can take a special CalTrain to the event, and a shuttle will pick you up. Skip the drive! Event tickets: Kids 10 and under-free; adults $20; youth 10-16 $10, seniors 60+ $15. Location: Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Avenue, Gilroy. Call 408.842.1625. See

Menlo Park
Menlo Summerfest, July 15-16, 10-6.  The sensational lineup features stellar headliner music. Enjoy food and beverages, art, and kiddie activities. Join the Fleet Feet Summerfest Family Fun Run & Walk (3-mile and 1-mile) at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 16. Admission is free. Location: Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street, Menlo Park. Dial 650.325.2818 or contact

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 2-3, 10-5. The festive spirit and flavor of the Big Easy is coming to the Bay Area.Huge crowds transform the city into a Mardi Gras-style celebration featuring two days of live music and 250 professional artists and craftmakers showing their latest handcrafted wares. Witness the acts during the Talent Music & Dance Showcase. On hand is a zip-line, carnival-style rides and an abundance of amusements for kids in Playland. Festival admission is free. Location:  Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae. Call 650.697.7324. Web:

Mountain View
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 9-10, Saturday 11-7 Sunday 10-6. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe gets even better as 600 professional artists and craftmakers showcase exceptional handcrafted wares. Enjoy music, food, and drink. Kids’ Park includes face painting, bungee jumping and more. Location: Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Ave. Information at 650.968.8378. Log onto

San Jose

Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jul. 28-Aug. 6 Children’s Musical Theater San Jose, a nationally acclaimed theater company, presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the historic Montgomery Theater. CMT San Jose is one of the first amateur companies to receive the rights to The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the first local theater to produce it. As with all CMT Mainstage productions, multiple casts rotate during the run of the show. Some 112 performers, ages 14-20, will take to the spotlight this summer. Numerous graduating seniors and college students returned to CMT to do this summer production, representing Boston Conservatory, NYU, Pace, Fordham, Malloy, University of Texas, Redlands and Syracuse theater programs. Location: Montgomery Theater, 271 Market Street, downtown San Jose. Tickets for The Hunchback of Notre Dame range from $20-25 and are on sale now at or by calling 408-288-5437.

Le Marche Santana Row Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m.  Bring the gang for your new favorite weekly ritual. Join Le Marché Santana Row, an outdoor French market between Olin Avenue and Olsen Drive.  The streets will transform into a colorful marketplace featuring over 50 vendors offering organic vegetables, local cheeses, flowers, herbs, olives, mouthwatering rotisserie chicken and more. See for details.  Starlight Cinemas:  Free outdoor movies, 4 Saturdays, August.  The films screen at dusk with pre-movie food truck, entertainment and games starting at 7 p.m. Here’s what is on tap for Aug. 5:  Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.  Aug. 12:  Cars. Aug. 19:  Nacho Libre. Aug. 26:  Star Wars Episode VII– Force Awakens. Location: St. James Park, North 2nd Street. Visit for more info.

28th Annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017, August 11 - 13. Calling all Jazz-a-holics! See 120 performances on ten stages.  Founded in 1986, San Jose Jazz is a public benefit corporation celebrating jazz as a dynamic, evolving art form and is producer of the annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and Winter Fest. With its singular music programming and innovative educational offerings, San Jose Jazz preserves the jazz tradition while actively supporting the next generationof performers within the genre and beyond. Single Tickets ($15 - $140 advance, now to July 31; $20 - $150 beginning August 1)Friday, August 11: VIP $65 advance, April 24-July 31, $75 beginning August 1; GA $15 advance, $20 beginning August 1.Saturday & Sunday, August 12-13: VIP $140 advance, April 24-July 31, $150 beginning August 1; Priority Access $65 advance. 3-Day Pass for kids $15, for ages 5-12.  All events take place in and around Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose, Calif.  Phone: 408.288.7557. Admission website:; for more info:


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