San Francisco, Marin & Peninsula
Outer Space from Open Space. Aug. 1. Take a short, ranger-led hike in Stafford Lake Park, then view outer space through a telescope with astronomer Larry Brodkin. FREE. Novato.
Nihonmachi Street Fair. Aug. 2-3. Families can enjoy lion dancers, taiko drummers, Japanese arts and crafts, music, food, children's events and more. FREE. San Francisco
Kids' Summer Bash. Aug. 2. Head to the Hiller Aviation Museum for festivities such as music, games and fun activities by Lori & RJ of Cotton Candy Express. Kids can enjoy the bounce house, giant slide, face-painting or sit in special airplanes. $9-14, 4 and under FREE. San Carlos.
Circus of Smiles. Aug. 2. Funny, bilingual circus performers and educators perform and teach tricks at the Stinson Beach Library. FREE. Stinson Beach
Kohl Mansion’s 100th Birthday Party. Aug. 3. Celebrate with birthday cake and music by the West Bay Community Band. Check out a classic auto collection afterwards. FREE. Burlingame.
Santa Clara County Fair. This year's youth fair features carnival rides, renaissance kingdom, Civil War display, petting zoo, pony rides, a spider tower with Inflatable slide, climbing wall, entertainment, a mobile paintball gallery and more. $8 adult, $5 youth and senior. $5 parking. San Jose.
Y & T at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Aug. 1. This band performs their hits that are still played on VH1 Classic and classic rock radio stations everywhere.Two shows: 6:30 and 8:30pm. Santa Cruz. Free
San Jose Renaissance Faire. Aug. 2-3. Costumed performers bring Shakespeare's England to life with parades, pageants and a variety of continuous entertainment throughout the village. Enjoy musicians, jugglers, action-packed shows, music, dancing, jesters, expertly staged battles, storytelling for children and adults, archery and much more. $8-18, under 6 FREE. San Jose.
Family Concert. Aug. 3. Introduce kids to the wonderful world of orchestral music, beginning with a tour of the orchestra where kids can make an up-close and personal connection to the different instruments and players. FREE. Santa Cruz
Digging San Jose’s Past. Aug. 3. Join Stanford Archaeology Center students and conduct a mock excavation, screening, artifact identification and artifact reconstruction. San Jose. FREE.
“Moonlight Movies.” Aug 1. See The Goonies as the Town of Danville presents “Moonlight Movies,” its free outdoor movie series. Crafts and activities start at 6:30pm, and the movie starts at sunset. Rio plays Aug. 15. FREE. Danville.
Peter Pan, Jr. Aug. 2. Diablo Theatre Company will present Peter Pan, Jr., based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's play. This is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up. 2pm and 7pm. $10-15. Danville.
Make a Skull Family Day. Aug. 2. Join Skull Show artist Marc D’Estout to make a skull sculpture out of clay, and then decorate it with a wide range of materials, from sequins and feathers to bottle caps and hardware. The Skull Show examines the role that skulls have played in the historical register and contemporary arts. 1-3pm. $5 adults, $3 youth ages 13-17, kids 12 and under FREE. Walnut Creek.
Art + Soul Oakland 2014. Aug. 2-3. Take in two days of music, food, fun and art in downtown Oakland, kicking off on Sat., Aug. 2, with the inaugural Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. Also, don't miss the Hot Rod and Vintage Car Show or aerial dance troupe Bandaloop. This city festival, encompassing 10 blocks, will offer 40 acts on four stages, an eclectic artisan marketplace, art exhibits, a large Family Fun Zone and much more. 12-6pm. $10 adults, $7 ages 13-17, children 12 and under FREE. Oakland.
Summer Reading Celebration. Aug. 3. Enjoy free admission during the Oakland Museum of California's free first Sunday, and visit the museum gardens for its annual Summer Reading Celebration with the Oakland Public Library’s Paws to Read! Special activities will include Germar the Magician and Rad Sanza, caricature artist. Celebrate this year's theme with Little Explorers Petting Zoo, and make bear paws and snouts with the California Historical Society. 12-4pm. FREE.