10 ways to fill your calendar this month.
June comes with a frenzy of activity before the summertime slowdown: graduations and Father’s Day, finalizing vacation plans and basking in what’s left of the springtime sunshine before hot weather inevitably arrives. Here are 10 ways to spend the month of June around the San Francisco Peninsula, from Pride Month and Juneteenth activities to fairs and an air show.
Pride Month: Cities and businesses up and down the Peninsula are celebrating Pride all month long. Drag Queen Storytime at Books Inc. in Campbell kicks off festivities June 1; Filoli Pride returns June 3-4 with Pride-themed cocktails, food trucks, drag queen storytimes, queer taiko and banyan tree sound baths; Peninsula Open Space Trust hosts Queers of a Feather, an LGBTQ+ birding event, on Saturday, June 3, at Wavecrest Open Space in Half Moon Bay; Pacifica Pride returns June 3 with a parade, food trucks, performances and family activities; Family Pride Day returns to the San Mateo County Fair Sunday, June 4, with a DJ, live performances and a documentary film screening; Lupin Lodge in Los Gatos hosts a Pride Campout June 9-11 with camping, DJs, costume karaoke and a drag show; Santa Clara holds its flag-raising ceremony Friday, June 9; Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills holds Pride and Pizza Shabbat Friday, June 9; SMC Pride is Saturday, June 10, at Central Park in San Mateo, featuring live entertainment and a DJ, family-friendly activities and resource booths; Woodland Library in Los Altos hosts Pride Family Storytime Sunday, June 11; the Half Moon Bay Pride Celebration is June 11, including a parade, food and drinks, entertainment and an after-party; Grassroots Ecology hosts an LGBTQ+ naturalist walk Saturday, June 17, in Foothills Nature Preserve; Central Park Library in Santa Clara is hosting a night of Pride and paper quilling for adults Tuesday, June 20; Sunnyvale hosts its free Pride event Thursday, June 22, with music, art and prizes; Foothills Congregational Church’s Pride Picnic is in Shoup Park Saturday, June 24; Sand the Sunnyvale Library will hold a teen Pride allyship presentation Tuesday, June 27.
Pride Month, event times and dates vary. Check event webpages for pricing; many events are free.
San Mateo County Fair June 3-11: A sure sign that summer is upon is, the San Mateo County Fair returns this weekend. In addition to all the fried and sweet fair food and carnival rides you could ask for, listen to live music, visit animals at the San Mateo County Fair Farm and the Ponyland Petting Zoo and check out a range of exhibits from The Lost World of Dragons to the Domini Hoskins Black History Museum. Special events include Meet Dino Ranch June 9, Pacific Islands Day June 10 and Dia de la Feria June 11.
San Mateo County Fair, June 3-11 (closed to the public June 5-6) at 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; carnival closes one hour after buildings depending on crowd. Admission prices vary; more information here.
CuriOdyssey reopens June 3: The beloved nonprofit science museum and zoo at Coyote Point in San Mateo has been closed roughly 11 weeks since more than 100 trees fell around the park in March storms, blocking access to infrastructure and causing damages and safety concerns. All of CuriOdyssey’s buildings, exhibits and educational programs have been fully restored, and Coyote Point is resuming daily public access in June, according to a May 30 announcement. First Fridays will return in July. Along with its exhibits, CuriOdyssey is home to nearly 100 animals that are non-releasable, meaning they’ve been injured or imprinted and wouldn’t survive if returned to their natural habitats.
CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. Admission is $19.95 per adult and $15.95 otherwise (infants 0 to 17 months are free admission). Coyote Point vehicle entry fee is $6. Reserved tickets aren’t required but encouraged to minimize wait time. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Posy Parade June 4: The 81st annual Posy Parade, a floral parade for children, kicks off at 11 a.m. on the 500 block of Linden Avenue and travels south on Linden to San Bruno Park, where there will be hot dogs and a baseball game between Parkside and St. Robert’s schools. Floats, a marching band and other groups will take part in the parade.
Posy Parade, 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, at 500 Linden Ave., San Bruno. The event is free.
Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival June 3-4: Sunnyvale’s 49th annual Art & Wine Festival returns downtown this weekend. Sip beer, wine or margaritas, grab a bite from a downtown restaurant or a festival food truck and stroll through the fair’s artisan market. Performances include the Bay Area Showcase Chorus, Chitra/Indian classic dance, Charged Particles and more.
Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3-4 in downtown Sunnyvale. Admission is free.
La Honda Art and Music Festival June 9-11: Head to the redwoods June 9-11 to support local artists and musicians and raise funds for La Honda Elementary. June 9 will be a pre-fair La Honda Educational Foundation lasagna dinner with live music. The fair kicks off with a Bandit Days parade Saturday, and there’s a full lineup of live local musicians both days plus food, kids’ activities, crafts and artwork.
La Honda Art and Music Festival, 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 9, and 11 a.m.-6:15 p.m. June 10-11 at La Honda Gardens, 8865 Highway 84, La Honda. The event is free; contact organizer for dinner pricing.
Carrier Pigeon Day June 10: Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park in Pescadero hosts its inaugural Carrier Pigeon Day with nautical activities. On its maiden voyage 170 years ago, the Carrier Pigeon ran aground off what was then called Whale Point. All the crew survived, but from then on Whale Point was known as Pigeon Point. This family-friendly event includes a guided historical tour of the grounds, and kids can meet local Sea Scouts and learn how to communicate with signal flags, throw a heaving line and tie a knot.
Carrier Pigeon Day, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Highway 1, Pescadero. The event is free.
The Biggest Little Air Show June 17: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos with aerobatic helicopters, drones, quadrotors and more. Performances include airshow pilot Vicky Benzing in her 1940 Boeing Stearman airplane, the Sukhoi West Demo Team and RC Flyers model aircraft demonstrations. Radio control model aircraft will also be on display.
The Biggest Little Air Show, 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 17, at Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. Admission is $19 per adult, $12 for seniors 65 and older or youth ages 5-17 and free for kids 4 and under. Ticket sales end June 16 or when the show is sold out.
Juneteenth: Monday, June 19, marks the federal holiday Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when a Union Army general arrived in Texas and demanded that the state’s 250,000+ enslaved people be set free. Local Juneteenth events include a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the San Mateo County courtyard flag pole in Redwood City (and streamed live); the Discovering Recovering Our Roots Juneteenth Celebration in person (and streamed live) at East Palo Alto Academy Friday, June 16, from 3:30-8 p.m. featuring free health checks, praise dancing, dinner and African drumming; the Juneteenth Community Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in Los Altos with food and drinks, music and dancing, performances and more; and a short film screening from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Center in Redwood City.
Juneteenth, event dates and times vary. Admission is free.
Bark n’ Brewfest June 24: Grab your pup and head to West Washington Park in Burlingame to sample beer, cider and wine from a few artisan wineries as a fundraiser for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Hope Program for shelter animals. Each ticket holder gets a commemorative glass for 3-ounce pours from 2-5 p.m. Sunset 29 BBQ will also be serving food for purchase. Participating breweries include 101 Cider House, Alpha Acid Brewing Company, Hop Dogma Brewing Company, Ghostwood Beer Company, Fieldwork Brewing; find the complete list here.
Bark n’ Brewfest, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at West Washington Park, Burlingame. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome (and will receive treats). The event is geared toward adults; if you bring children, event organizers ask that they remain well-behaved and with you at all times. Must be 21 or older to participate in tastings. Tickets are $60 through June 23, $65 online and at the door June 24.