Memorable Memorial Weekend

May 26, 2011

It is already Memorial Day weekend and time for us to express our appreciation to all of those who have served our Country. This website is dedicated to remember our heroes. It is also a time to think about our hopes for a world at peace. But it is also a tradition to enjoy some special very special activities on this weekend. So have fun!

Roaring Camp i30th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
May 28, 29 & 30
This is the sesquicentennial or the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. This gives a good opportunity to give your young’uns exposure to an important part of our nation’s history. Warning the sound of musket fire can up set dogs and very small ‘uns. Activities begin each day at 10 a.m. with battles at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. Roaring Camp’s steam trains depart each day at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. and pass through the battlefield on the way to Bear Mountain where they encounter skirmishes at the summit. A chuck wagon barbecue is served from noon to 3 p.m. Admission to the Civil War event is $5 per person and parking is $8 per car. Guests purchasing train ticket receive a $2 discount by showing admission ticket. Steam train excursions are $24 adult and $17 child (2-12 years). Read more about it here or contact Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, 5355 Graham Hill Rd., Felton. 831-335-4484.

Mushroom Mardi Gras in Morgan Hill.
May 28 & 29
The two-day festival includes live entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, gourmet offerings, mushroom education, strolling musicians, street performers, and several city blocks of unique booths. For children, Munchkinland captivates kids with rides, games and continuous entertainment. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 28 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 29. Morgan Hill Community Center grounds and Depot Street, between Dunne and Third streets. 408-778-1786. For more information see here.

Bay Area KidFest
May 28, 29 & 30
May Kids can meet Dora the Explorer or see a monkey show or stunt bike performances. There is a fun house, petting zoo, giant slide and more than 100 arts and crafts booths. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28-30, Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St., Concord; $6. See the website here.

Mamapalooza Festival.
May 28
Rock, swing and jazz performances along with poetry readings and films; all performers and artists are moms. 7:30 p.m. May 28, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton; $6-$18; 925-931-4848.

Olson’s Cherry Festival
May 28 and 29
Games, contests, tours, face painting, cherry tasting, cooking demonstrations and prizes. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 28-29. New Cherry Stand, West El Camino Real and Mathilda Street, Sunnyvale. Free admission. 800-738-2464. See more here.

San Francisco Carnaval
May 28 and 29
Food, music, dance, arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28-29. Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. May 29 on Bryant and 24th streets. Harrison Street, between 16th and 22nd streets. 415-642-1748. More here.

Santa Cruz Blues Festival
May 28 and 29
Saturday’s event will include performances by members of Los Lobos, Steve Vai, Living Color, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Jonny Lang. Sunday: Boz Skaggs, Tower of Power, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, Tommy Castro, Chris Cain, Keb Mo, Robert Randolph. Additionally, there will be food and children’s activities. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 28-29. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek, near State Park Drive. $65-$100, two-day tickets $120-$190. Tickets are also available at Whole Foods without service fees. 831-479-9814. See website here.

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