Earth Day celebrations and cleanups, the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Exploratorium's reopening are a few of the Bay Area's highlights this weekend, April 19-21, 2013. There's lots more going on around the area this weekend, so keep reading and find your weekend plans.
Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Casting Ponds, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Did you know there is a Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club? And they have a historic lodge in the park by the pond. Come along over the weekend, and they'll show you how it's done.
Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Pier 15/17, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Discount local rates: $20 adults; $15 youth under 18, seniors (65+), college students; free ages 5 and under
They're back! Be among the first to see the new Exploratorium, now open in their new home on the waterfront and eager to show everybody what they've got, including 150 new exhibits. Discounted admission rates for residents of nine Bay Area counties are available for purchase online with timed entry.
Cal Day 2013
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The entire university is open to the public, with more than 300 events planned for showcasing the campus and its programs. Meet robots that can fold laundry, see the Golden Bears in action, hear authors read from their own works, enjoy a Mendelssohn string octet, make friends with T Rex and The Bug Doctor, learn origami, find out what makes us see rainbows, and much more. The Antlers perform at 5 p.m. at Memorial Glade.
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
The Earth Mother stage and VIP stage have lineups all morning and afternoon, including plenty of song and dance. There will be food vendors, exhibitors, speakers, demos, a flash mob, meditation, kids events, artists, films, and more.
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marine Science Institute
500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City
Free once a year, this is the day to check out the Marine Science Institute. Get in touch with your local bay environment and cultivate a stronger sense of natural curiosity.
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
The Embarcadero at Market Street, San Francisco
It's all things goats on Saturday at the CUESA farmers market. Bring the kids to meet the baby goats from Redwood Hill Farm at the south driveway stables (near Sur La Table). Sample goat products, such as cheese and yogurt, at the CUESA tent and join the 12 p.m. cooking demo.
Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The EcoCenter, Baylands Nature Preserve
2560 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto
Environmental volunteers and a host of local conservation groups and museums have planned a few hours of Earth Day nature fun and activities for all ages.
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. daily
Japantown, San Francisco
The cherry blossom festival opens its second and final weekend, for which the highlight is the grand parade on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, concluding at 3 p.m. at Post and Fillmore streets.
Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m.
Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main St., Napa
In tribute to the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth, Arlo carries on the American folk music tradition in Napa with an evening of song.
Saturday, April 20, 9 p.m.
1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
From $75, plus fees
Just prior to the release of "Reincarnated," the show's posters around town are promising audiences they will be hearing some of the classics from Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, too.
Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
890 Beach St., San Francisco
Aquatic Park gets a cleanup with the help of volunteers, while divers clean up underwater. Bring some gloves and a bucket to get down and dirty -- your city will thank you.
Sunday, April 21, 5 p.m.
HP Pavilion, San Jose
Be part of the home ice advantage when the Sharks take on the Columbus Blue Jays. Fans will hope to be tweeting a win over the Blue Jackets by Sunday evening.
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