Fun Things To Do This Summer


San Francisco For Moms and Dads only

Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco Launches The Feast Featuring Whole Fire Roasted Meats and Large Format Wine & Spirits. Thursday, July 6, 6 p.m. The first event of its kind, The Feast at Alexander’s Steakhouse in the SoMa neighborhood is a dramatic culinary experience offering fire roasted, whole-meat and fish dining in a communal setting served family-style. Exclusive fine wine and spirits including bourbon and scotch will all be served in large formats and free poured for an additional cost.  This unique meal will be executed with the highest standards of fine dining service in the restaurant’s private and intimate Wine Library.

The event will include an interactive experience with Executive Chef Marc Zimmerman who will host guests throughout the evening sharing cooking techniques and special ingredients used to create the one-of-a-kind meal. Guests are encouraged, but not required to dress for fittingly for the occasion to enhance and bring the experience to life. Location: Alexander’s Steakhouse (SoMa)  448 Brannan Street. Tickets: $120 for food and $80 for drinks per person. Tickets required and are limited: For more information visit or call 415.495.1111. 

San Francisco
Museum of Ice Cream extends stay until September 3.  On the heels of winning TWO Webby Awards for Best Overall Social Presence and honored as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies for Live Events, Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco is thrilled to announce another three-month extension through summer with new tickets on sale this week! At Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco, the possibilities are endless, from recently new installations Mint Jungle and Carnival to the iconic Sprinkle Pool, visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a land of self-discovery, a place where dreams become reality!  Tickets for the extension are on sale, spanning new dates from May 30th-September 3rd, available online only  Museum of Ice Cream is open Wednesday-Monday and tickets include numerous tastings and in-house treats available exclusively at the San Francisco location! Tickets are $38/person (children 2 and under are free) and are available in advance online only. Location: One Grant Avenue. Purchase tickets at

Sonoma County For Moms and Dads Only

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens: Farm-to-Table Dinner Series.  July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13. The folks at Kendall-Jackson invite food and wine lovers everywhere to their estate to enjoy an open-air feast under long tables out in the garden where the food is grown.  Listen to live music, enjoy appetizers such as cheese and oysters, and taste the wine. Dessert and coffee included.  Grounds are so lovely you will feel like you are in a movie.   Tickets for wine club members $125; non-wine club members $175. Book early for tickets.  Location: 5007 Fulton Rd., Fulton. Phone 866.287.9818. See  and


Half Moon Bay
48th Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade. July 4. Parade starts at 12 noon and lasts approximately 90 minutes. It takes over Main Street transforming the charming downtown into a mini-Mardi Gras style celebration. A time-honored, home-spun tradition, 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, "Pooches on Parade", youth sports teams, dance and theatre troupes, photos and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, a Color Guard by the American Legion, and local dignitaries and celebrities slowly winding their way through the crowded downtown along Main Street between Filbert and Mill Streets. 

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) from 8- 12. Adding to the festivities are the Red, White and Blue Community BBQ hosted by the Coastside Adult Day Health Center (City Hall parking lot, 12 to 3), a Kidzone with face painting and a petting zoo, and live music by Wall of Blues (Mac Dutra Plaza, 1:30pm to 3pm). The parade is sponsored by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee and Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Location: Main Street in Half Moon Bay. See Call 650-726-5705. Free to public.


Head West Marketplace.  August 19 and monthly through December, 11-5.  Bay Street is set to host Head West Marketplace, a monthly market from West Perro, showcasing more than 30 local artisans. From one-of-a-kind clothing to home décor, everyone is invited to support small businesses on this special day. The Head West Marketplace will also feature live music. Head West Marketplace will take place monthly through December.  Location: 5616 Bay Street, Emeryville. Social media:

Oakland Zoo California Trail debuts. July 12 and onward. Almost three years since breaking ground and more than two decades in the making, Oakland Zoo’s highly anticipated California Trail opens to the public. The expansion more than doubles the Zoo’s current size from 45 acres to 100 acres. Six (soon to be eight) new native California animal species, each selected for their historical significance to our state and status in the wild, have settled into their new habitats – among the largest in the world and designed under the collaboration of animal behavior experts, wildlife experts, and notable habitat design experts. These species are American buffalo, Black bears, Grizzly Bears, Brown bears, Mountain lions, Jaguars, California condors, Gray wolves and Bald eagles.  The California Trail also includes the interactive California Conservation Habitarium, Conservation Action Tent, California Wilds! Playground based on California’s diverse eco-zones, and Clorox Overnight Experience ‘safari-style’ campground. 

California Trail is accessed by 24 eight-passenger open-air gondolas - ADA-accessible, and all-electric - custom-made by Austrian-Swiss Company, Doppelmayer. The gondolas transport guests on a four-minute ride up and over the rolling hills of Knowland Park to the California Trail site from the main Zoo. There, at 650 feet above sea-level, the gondolas arrive at the 3-story Kaiser Permanente Visitor Center, which houses The Landing Cafe, a floor-to-ceiling glass-walled 176-seat restaurant serving artisan menu items not available elsewhere in the Zoo. An observation deck at the restaurant provides panoramic views of six Bay Area counties. Guests can enjoy chef-inspired cuisine while taking in breathtaking views. California Trail represents $70 million out of an $81 million multi-phase Zoo development, 85% of which has been raised through private donors and Zoo operations. 

California Trail brings to life the rich natural history of California in a whole new way.  Designed to be more like a wild animal park, California Trail will feature the state's historic and iconic animal species in large exhibits, including grey wolves, grizzly bears, jaguars, mountain lions, bald eagles, California condors, black bears, and American bison. Through the California Trail experience, Oakland Zoo presents a dynamic and inspiring story about finding balance in how we steward our state's natural legacy. Interactive features along the Trail will help to complete the animals' stories with a vision for their healthy future in the wild and opportunities for you to help them thrive.   Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. See for details. 


Palo Alto
Second Sundays for Families at the Anderson Collection, Stanford University.  July 8, 11-4 p.m. The Anderson Collection offers family activities every Second Sunday of the month in collaboration with the Cantor Arts Center! The museum offers short family focused museum tours at 12:30pm, hands-on art activities outside and inside, and Art Boxes to check out for drawing in the galleries. Come back every month for different themes, activities, and art. This month will features maps and collage. Also, the museum is proud to present the first paper family guide that brings you through the galleries for games, coloring, and close looking. Designed by Indya McGuffin '19, the Anderson Collection's most recent design intern.  See for details.


San Jose
Music in the Park. June-August. Check out the latest music craze with concerts galore. Buy tickets now to see rhythm and blues, reggae, Latin rock, and more.  All of it takes place downtown this summer.  Get your tickets now.  See for details and prices. 

Santa Cruz
Thomas the Tank Engine at Roaring Camp. July 27-29 and August 1-5, 10:30-5:30. Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of adventures and memories at Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. Children can spend a day with Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Roaring Camp Railroads. This event offers children and families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including crafts, photo ops, and more.  The tour, now in its 23rd year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2018. 

Prices range between $21-$25 depending on peak times. Service charges and fees may apply. Location: Roaring Camp Railroad, 5401 Graham Hill Drive, Felton. Tickets for the Friendship Tour 2018 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting  For information and directions, contact the 831-335-4484 or

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