SF, Marin & Peninsula
Mount Burdell Night Hike. July 26. Join Ranger Mike Warner for a fun sunset and night hike on Mount Burdell Preserve. Discover nocturnal wildlife and the unique views of this wonderful preserve. Bring a flashlight. FREE. Novato.
Romeo & Juliet. July 26-Sept. 28. Star-crossed lovers and hot, sweaty street fighting make for an evening of romance, poetry, passion and excitement. $35 general, $32 seniors, $20 youth. San Rafael.
Bean Sprouts Family Days. July 26. Make nature crafts, plant in the garden, and enjoy family-friendly demonstrations at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Bring a picnic lunch. $2-7 admission, kids 4 and under FREE, families with two adults plus all children under 17 for $15. San Francisco.
Model Trains and Planes. July 27. See both planes and trains in a skillfully crafted display of O Scale and N Scale model trains featuring the scenery and villages of Europe at Hiller Aviation Museum. Included with museum admission: $9-14, 4 and under FREE. San Carlos.
Jazz at Filoli. July 27. Bob Dorough presents "Schoolhouse Rock and All That Jazz." Listen to his witty lyrics on Schoolhouse Rock, ditties like “Conjunction Junction,” “I’m Just a Bill,” “Figure Eight,” and “Three is the Magic Number.” $70. Woodside.
Day Out With Thomas. July 25-27 and Aug. 1-3. Take the ride of your life with Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy storytelling, magicians, jugglers, bounce houses and an Imagination Station with face painting, temporary tattoos, and more. $16-24. Felton.
Gilroy Garlic Festival. July 25-27. Come to the garlic capital of the world and enjoy a fun and fragrant experience featuring incredible food, arts and crafts, cooking competitions, cook-off theater, children's area, wine pavilion, a special Teen Zone and live entertainment. $10-20, under 6 FREE. Gilroy.
Star Party. July 26. Join the Halls Valley Astronomical Group for a night of star gazing as you look through high-powered telescopes and ask questions about the night sky. Meet at Halley Hill. San Jose. FREE.
Shrek: The Musical. July 26-Aug. 3. Follow the adventures of Shrek, his sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad and everybody's favorite fairy-tale creatures. With an original new score, this show proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. Presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre. Mountain View. $16-20.
Shiny Side Up Bicycle Show. July 27. See hundreds of bicycles of all types and enjoy vendors, food trucks, kid zones, entertainment, music, exhibitions and more at History Park. $5. San Jose.
Friday Nights @ OMCA. July 25. Get your Oakland groove on with Off the Grid food trucks, music and more. Join the Oakland Museum of California every Fri. for a family-friendly take on a festive night market with gourmet food trucks, drinks, live music and dance lessons. Get creative at family-friendly drop-in workshops, learn from local foodies in the “Makers & Tasters” series and enjoy special guest performers and events. 5-9pm. $7.50 adults, ages 18 and under FREE. Oakland.
Berkeley Kite Festival. July 26-27. Find something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival. Come for the giant creature kites as big as houses and the free kite-making and candy drop for kids. There will also be stunt kite flying, great food and music, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts, and face painting. Also Sun. 10am-6pm. Parking $15, admission to festival FREE.
Reptile Rally. July 26. Join Sulphur Creek Nature Center as it meets up with the Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society to come face-to-face with creatures that have endured the test of time. Bring the family and slither into an exciting day of learning about snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises. 11am-3pm. FREE.
2014 Pedalfest. July 26. Come to a celebration of all things cycling! Pedalfest-goers will enjoy bicycling daredevils performing in a 30-foot banked wooden WhiskeyDrome, two-wheeled stunts by pro-riders, a pedal-powered stage featuring live music, pedal-powered food and art, a dazzling collection of new, vintage and handmade bikes, and much more. 11am-7pm. FREE.
Shrek the Musical. July 25-27. Enjoy the story of everyone’s favorite ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to save his swamp through song and dance. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that friendship and love aren’t only found in fairy tales. Through Aug. 3. Show times vary. $35 adults, $25 ages 6-17, $17 ages 5 and younger. Berkeley.