What to Do This Weekend in the Bay Area: March 29-31, 2013

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What to Do This Weekend in the Bay Area: March 29-31, 2013

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Easter bonnets on parade at the Union Street Spring Celebration & Easter Parade, San Francisco

We have lots of creative Easter egg hunts, the 91st annual dawn pilgrimage to the top of Mount Davidson, a Union Street Easter bonnet parade for your finery, a skeeball tournament for your skills, baseball exhibition games, and lots more lined up for the Bay Area this weekend, March 29-31, 2013.

Friday Nights at the de Young

Friday, March 29, 5 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


Have you been in the observation tower at the DeYoung? Here's a good excuse, as it's free and open until 8:15 p.m. on the first night of the ninth season of late Friday openings. Music, dance, films, talks, drawing lessons, treasure hunts, socializing, and networking are all part of the mix. Note that special museum exhibits, such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring" require a paid ticket for entry.

The Whipping Man

Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 31, 2 p.m., 7 p.m.

Marin Theatre Company

397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley

Preview tickets from $36

With the Civil War over, a wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns to his Richmond, Virginia, home a few days before Passover begins and finds his recently freed slaves there in this poignant story. Explore the intersection of American slavery and religious roots. Co-produced with Virginia Stage Company, this is the Bay Area premiere.

Jersey Boys

Curran Theatre

445 Geary St., San Francisco

Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, March 30-31, 2 p.m.

From $45, or $40 rush tickets

The award-winning blockbuster musical hits San Francisco through April 28, 2013, on world tour and it's "Oh What a Night" for audience goers now estimated at 14 million since 2007. Baby boomers are in their toe-tapping Frankie Valli element. Recommended for ages 12-plus due to Jersey language, gun shots, smoke, and strobe lights.

Guided Night Hike at Hidden Villa

Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.


Gardening for Beginners and Pot Luck Lunch

Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills


$10 per event

Bring your flashlights! For adults and families ages 6 and up, as the trail is moderately challenging for the kids. Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization with a base of 1,600 acres of open space used for farming, teaching, caring, and giving.

Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt

Friday, March 29, 8:15 p.m.

Memorial Park

1 Veterans Way, San Anselmo


You'll need a flashlight, a basket for the eggs, and an on-time kid above age 8, since the organizers are stressing prompt arrival for the popular event organized by the Town of San Anselmo.

Treasure Island Flea

Saturday-Sunday, March 30-31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Great Lawn, Treasure Island

$3 admission

Anyone a fan of skeeball at the one and only Coney Island? Skee Ball Easter Weekend tournament (with prizes) with champion @JoeytheCat at the Treasure Island Flea, plus scavenger hunt, wildlife visits from the Marine Mammal Center, and a Scribel Dudel DIY art workshop that will be setting a world record and is inviting everyone to be a part of it. Flea market, food trucks, winery, free parking, and dog-friendly, the flea events happen rain or shine.

Easter Bunny & Egg Dyeing

Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Marin Country Mart Farmers Market

Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur


Nothing like good old-fashioned dyeing of Easter eggs. Dip naturally dyed eggs in fun colors like tumeric yellow, beet pink, and cabbage blue. Baby chicks are hanging out, and the Easter Bunny is visiting, too. Music from 9:30 a.m., pony rides, face painting, and an Easter egg hunt.

Children's Easter Party

Saturday, March 30, 9:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Gamble Garden

1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto

$20 adults, $25 children for nonmembers

The popular event includes arts and crafts, a puppet show, and an Easter egg hunt in the beautiful gardens recommended for ages 2-6. Choose one of the three time slots online.

Big Bunny's Spring Fling

Saturday-Sunday, March 30-31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

San Francisco Zoo

$12 adults, $7.50 seniors (65+), $5.50 children (4-14), under age 4 free, plus $10 parking, for SF residents (with ID)

Bunnies are the theme everywhere at the zoo this weekend. Children's zoo encounters include a tour of the chick hatchery. The 5-week-old Sumatran tiger born at the zoo is female and in need of a name. She may be on view between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends, unless her mother keeps her indoors.

Spring Eggstravaganza 2013

Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Carousel Area, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


Yes, there's a bunny and an egg hunt, carnival rides, games, live music, and more. But there's also a barbecue cook-off between the SF Recreation and Parks Department, the SF Police Department, and the SF Fire Department. May the best man or woman win!

Easter Egg Hunt at Play Cafe

4400 Keller Ave., Suite 410, Oakland

Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

$10 per child

Kids from the age of 1 have their own Easter egg hunt time slots in the fourth annual event, so everybody gets a chance. Egg and spoon races and a visit by the Easter Bunny, pony rides and petting zoo are open as usual.

91st Annual Easter Sunrise Service

Mount Davidson Summit Park

Sunday, March 31, 6:20 a.m.


At 938 feet in the forest atop Mount Davidson, the Salvation Army brass band, bagpipers, and choirs, welcome the sunrise with a nondenominational group of worshippers who have made the trek up to the 103-foot beacon, America's largest cross, spectacularly illuminated the evening prior. Special bus service operates from Forest Hill station starting at 5 a.m. for (warmly dressed) pilgrims.

Union Street Spring Celebration & Easter Parade

Sunday, March 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Union Street, Gough to Fillmore streets, San Francisco


Is your Easter bonnet ready for the judging contest? Make sure you waltz past the judges at Buchanan and Union. It's part street fair, part parade and a San Francisco tradition. Up and down Union Street, it's the wild and wacky 22nd annual event attracting shoppers, diners, families, and kids for the climbing wall, petting zoo, pony rides, and lots more. Live entertainment onstage at the Gough Street stage. Come rain or shine.

JAMband Family Festival

Sunday, March 31, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Park Chalet

1000 Great Highway, San Francisco


Get to the Pacific Ocean at Easter for two hours of free music and fun on the lawn presented by JAMband for the eighth year running. Food and drink are available for purchase. Nearby, the tulips at Queen Wilhelmina garden under the giant Dutch windmill should be in bloom.


Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants

Friday, March 29, 7:15 p.m.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

From $13

San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics (Exhibition)

O.co Coliseum, Oakland

Saturday, March 30, 1:05 p.m.

Tickets from $47

Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors

Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. p.m.

Oakland Arena, Oakland

From $6

Phoenix Coyotes at San Jose Sharks

Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.

HP Pavilion, San Jose

From $50

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