Stern Grove Festival. Photo by user panic.
Stern Grove Festival. Photo by user panic.

The Bay Area is known for both its natural beauty and vibrant multicultural arts and festivities. Forested areas, mountainous peaks, and coastal environments provide a vast array of exciting outdoor experiences. During the summer, Bay Area visitors and residents have a range of activities to engage in, such as free outdoor concerts, sports events, hiking and biking, to name a few.

Whether you have recently completed a semester marked by diligence and hard work or have just been accepted into UC Berkeley and plan to arrive this summer, it’s time to experience some fun.

Check out these ideas for great activities to do when you are not in the classroom.

Get Festive

Golden Gate Park Band (April 28 – October 6)
Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., San Francisco

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (May 1 – October 27)
Mission St. in between 3rd St. and 4th St., San Francisco

Bites Off Broadway  (May 10-October 11)
365 45th Street, Oakland

San Mateo County Fair (June 8-16)
2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo

Point Richmond Summer Music Festival (June 14 – September 27)
Washington Ave. and Park Place, Richmond

Stern Grove Festival (June 16 – August 18)
Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave., San Francisco

Temescal Street Fair Festival (July 7)
Telegraph Avenue between 51st and 42nd

Pedalfest (July 20)
Jack London Square, Oakland

Oakland Art and Soul (August 3-4)
14th Street & Broadway, Oakland

Eat Real Festival (September 27-29)
Jack London Square, Oakland

Be a Spectator

View schedule for the America’s Cup sailing competition, three months beginning on July 4

View schedule for the Oakland Athletics, an American League professional baseball team.

View schedule for the San Francisco Giants, a National League professional baseball team.

Get Outdoors

The Bay Area Hiker website offers a guide loaded with suggestions for great places to visit. Here are just a few to begin to inspire you:

North Bay / Marin

Angel Island State Park

Marin Headlands: Gerbode Valley Loop

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

East Bay

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Mission Peak Regional Preserve

Mount Diablo State Park: Mary Bowerman Interpretive Trail

Mount Diablo State Park: Mitchell Canyon-Eagle Peak Loop

Peninsula and South Bay:

Castle Rock State Park

McNee Ranch State Park

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

San Bruno Mountain County Park