Top Picks for an Unforgettable Weekend in the Bay Area (April 13-14, 2024)

The Bay Area is gearing up for an incredible weekend full of unique and vibrant events. Whether you're a lover of cultural festivals, music, innovation, craft beer, or magic shows, the Bay Area has something in store for everyone. Here's a guide to not-to-be-missed events happening this weekend:

1. San Francisco’s Cherry Blossom Festival (April 13-21, 2024)

Dive into the heart of Japanese culture in San Francisco's Japantown with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This free event is a beautiful expression of the enduring friendship between Japan and the United States, highlighted by the spectacular blooming cherry blossoms. Expect to see a grand parade featuring taiko drummers, dancers, and colorful floats, celebrating Japanese traditions alive in Northern California.

  • When: April 13-14 & April 20-21, 11 am - 6 pm; Parade on April 21, 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Where: Japantown Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd, San Francisco

2. Blossom Festival: Vintage Cars, Music & Food Trucks | South Bay

Step back in time at the Saratoga Civic Center with the Blossom Festival. This day-long event brings the nostalgia of the 30s and 40s with antique cars, old-timey music, crafts, and food trucks. A fantastic outing for the whole family, and it's free!

  • When: Saturday, April 13, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Where: Saratoga Civic Center, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga

3. Tri-Valley Innovation Fair

Innovation enthusiasts will thrive at the Tri-Valley Innovation Fair. With over 80 exhibitors, it's a day full of learning and fun with interactive activities, special performances, and a celebration of science, engineering, and technology.

  • When: Saturday, April 13, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

4. Dublin Music Fest

Support local music education at the Dublin Music Fest, featuring performances by Dublin Unified's music programs. It's a great way to inspire future musicians and enjoy a day filled with music.

  • When: Saturday, April 13, starting at 9 am
  • Where: Dublin High School, 8151 Village Pkwy, Dublin

5. Bay Area Craft Beer Festival

Beer lovers, unite! The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival is back with over 40 local breweries and more than 100 beers to sample. Alongside delicious food and live music, it's the perfect afternoon for enthusiasts over 21.

  • When: Saturday, April 13, from 1 pm
  • Where: Waterfront Park, 245 N Court St, Martinez

6. Cosmo The Magician - FREE Community Event

End your weekend with a magical experience. Cosmo the Magician offers an entertaining show that combines magic with powerful messages about community and inclusion. A fantastic event for families!

  • When: Sunday, April 14, 4 - 6 pm
  • Where: Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave, Livermore

These events are just a glimpse of what the Bay Area has to offer. Make sure to mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and prepare for a weekend filled with fun, culture, innovation, and entertainment. Whether you're exploring the rich traditions of the Cherry Blossom Festival, stepping back in time at the Blossom Festival, engaging with innovation, enjoying live music, tasting craft beers, or being dazzled by magic, there's something for everyone in the Bay Area this weekend.

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