Things to Do for Free in the Bay Area – Spring & Summer Edition

Need a cheap date or family outing?  Below I’ve compiled a list of free things to do in the Bay Area.

Movie in the Park

Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, San Mateo, and San Francisco are a few cities to host free movies in the park.  A quick Google search will help you figure out event dates and times.

Art & Wine Festival

Again another quick Google search will help to figure out when each city will host their art & wine festival.  Entry is free and usually live music is playing in the background.

Hiking

The Bay Area offers lots of hiking trails from walking along a flat shoreline at Shoreline Park to an intense climb with vista views like Mission Peak in Fremont.  Some of my favorite hikes have been through Muir Woods, Mount Diablo, and Big Basin.

Street Fairs and Festivals in San Francisco

If you’re an extrovert and thrive in a social setting, definitely check out one of the many free street fairs and festivals that San Francisco hosts throughout the spring and summer months.  There’s lots of music, culture, and plenty of moments to mingle.

The Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco hosts free Sunday concerts from 2pm – 4:30pm, and is on a first come first serve basis.  Definitely check out their site for the concert schedule.

4th of July Fireworks

The Bay Area hosts many free fireworks shows and parades all throughout the Bay.

 

 

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A Checklist Before an International Trip

We are less than a month away until our international trip.  I still haven’t researched things to do in the country we will be visiting, and I have a few things to take care of before jetting off.  I thought I’d share my checklist of things to do before our trip to hopefully help someone else with their own travels.  Thanks for stopping by!

Notify Your Bank of an International Trip

Make sure you tell your bank and credit card companies of your trip or else you may find your cards not working abroad.

Double Check If You Need a Visa to Enter the Country

I’ve double checked and we are okay.

Do Currency Exchange in Advance

I like to use Travelex so we don’t have to deal with currency exchange at the airport.

Figure Out Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel

I still haven’t researched how to get to our hotel once we land.  We may just pay for the convenience of a taxi.

Pay Rent and Other Bills Before You Take Off

Since we’re leaving on May 1, we need to make sure we pay rent.

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child the Play in San Francisco!

So the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is headed to San Francisco this October through May of next year.  Pre-sale tickets started on Tuesday and today tickets have officially opened to the public.  Well, I didn’t get tickets on Tuesday like I’d hoped and then tried again on Wednesday with no luck. But today, I tried one more time and finally scored some tickets!  Woohoo!

I can’t believe how far out I have to wait for the show though.  Most of the early months have already been sold out so I just randomly clicked on available dates for May 2020 and I got the tickets that I wanted.  Ok, so I’m not a crazy die hard Harry Potter fan, although I did line up at midnight for the release of book 7, but I wasn’t willing to spend more than the cheapest seats available.  For those interested, go get tickets!

Reviving the Love for Movie Watching in Theaters – Showplace ICON Theatres

It’s been awhile since we’ve gone to the movies.  When my husband and I were still dating, our favorite thing to do was see a movie.  Since getting married, we hardly ever go and when we do, it’s usually for blockbuster hits like Avengers, Thor, or even Star Wars.  I think in general, movie-going has waned for us because prices have gone up exponentially despite the same movie-going experience. That is until the reclining seats came into the mix.  I’m lucky to live by 2 theaters offering such an amenity, and it seems reclining seats are becoming a standard, at least here in the Bay.  But now the new theater in town, called Showplace ICON, boasts of reclining seats with a heat warming option.  Yes folks, heat warming!  I just love the innovation happening right now.  I mean thank you to whoever allowed such a neat feature to be put in place, because usually I’m cold in the theaters.  But it gets better.  The Showplace ICON in Mountain View offers food service that is much more than your standard hot dog, nachos, or popcorn fare.  They offer real meals with the option of eating at a table or while watching your movie.  It does get pricey though, and you can easily spend an arm and leg for this experience.  But don’t fret because they also offer Tuesday night specials where all movies are priced for $6 each ticket.  And it’s such a steal because normal ticket prices are $18 a pop.  So for those interested, check out an Icon theater and enjoy a movie in comfort!

We recently watched the movie Alita.  Please feel free to share the latest movie you saw in theaters and comment about your experience below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Ken Jeong Comedy Show in Stockton, CA

So my husband and I saw Ken Jeong’s comedy show in Stockton last night.  We saw Kevin Hart last year and Fluffy the year before that.  Ken Jeong’s show happened to pop up in my Inbox so we gave him a chance.

He’s pretty hilarious.  If you don’t know who he is, he’s in all the Hangover movies and the latest movie, Crazy Rich Asians.  Last night his show was pretty much the same thing as his Netflix special except the audience kept heckling him so much that it turned impromptu.  Toward the end he let the audience ask him medically related questions, which he responded in a roast.

I was surprised to see a diverse crowd thinking I’d mostly see Asians, but I was wrong.  It was a mixed crowd of hecklers.  The venue itself is beautiful though, which so happens to be listed on the National Register of Historical Places.  Just look at the picture below, drop dead gorgeous.

I am so glad to be seeing Asian Americans doing comedy.  We only have a few famous ones out there – to name a few there’s Ali Wong, Jo Koy, Hasan Minaj, and Aziz Ansari.  Thank goodness for Netflix or else we wouldn’t know of these great comedians!

BLACKPINK North American Tour!

Did anyone else see BLACKPINK’s performance on Good Morning America and the Stephen Colbert Show?!

Apparently, they announced on The Stephen Colbert show their first ever North American tour, which I just checked and am bummed to know they aren’t headed to the Bay Area.  Also, most of their shows are on a Wednesday night, which isn’t something my husband and I can easily take off since we have jobs and other responsibilities.

For those interested in seeing them perform, below are their tour dates:

April 17 — The Forum, Los Angeles, California
April 24 — Allstate Arena Chicago, Illinois
April 27 — Firstontario Centre Hamilton, Ontario
May 1 — Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
May 5 — Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
May 8 — Forth Worth convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Don’t forget that they’re also performing in Coachella.  Unfortunately, those tickets are already sold out though.