20 Family-friendly Easter Events in the Bay Area

|March 20, 2018

As the unofficial kick off to spring, Easter events feature festive flower displays, family egg hunts, bonnet parades and visits from the Easter Bunny himself. This year, you can enjoy all of that and more at happenings from wine country to Silicon Valley and everywhere in between.

Our region boasts dozens of community events, egg hunts and parades. To help you narrow down the list, we rounded up 20 outstanding kid-friendly options with a dog-friendly option thrown in too! Choose your event and, in the comments below, let us know where you’re headed this Easter.


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San Francisco

Easter events in Bay Area San Francisco California 2018

Wag Hotels 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt | Various locations

March 24, various times | Various locations

If you find yourself in Redwood City, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Oakland or Sacramento on March 24th, you can enjoy the 9th annual dog Easter egg hunt hosted by Wag Hotels. You’ll eat finger foods and peruse local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. Don’t forget your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny! Dogs and children enter for free, but you can buy your $10 – 20 ticket online in advance. Proceeds go to local charities in each region.

Macy’s Flower Show | Union Square

March 25 – April 8 | Macy’s Union Square

This year’s festive flower show in Union Square will be celebrating the theme Once Upon a Springtime. Inspired by the most fanciful fairy tales, you’re invited to welcome spring with enchanting arrangements, gorgeous blooms and heroic characters at this free, open to the public event.

Then, beginning on Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m., select plants and flowers from the show will be available for sale at Pier 32. All proceeds from the Macy’s Flower Show Plant Sale will benefit the Delancey Street Foundation.

Big Bunny’s Spring Fling | Outer Sunset

March 31, 10 a.m. | San Francisco Zoo

The San Francisco Zoo is celebrating Easter with a full day of egg hunts and thousands of candy-filled eggs. Different age groups take off at different times so double check those here and register ahead of time because the hunts will reach capacity! On March 31, bring your baskets and your sense of adventure!

Eggstravaganza | Golden Gate Park

March 31, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Robin Williams Meadow

This year’s SF Rec and Park Easter event will feature egg hunts, carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food trucks and the annual Rib Cook-Off between SF Rec and Park, SF Fire, SF Police and other city departments. Tickets for the event are $10, but children 2 years and under are admitted for free! Through March 30, you can purchase advance tickets by calling (415) 831-6800 or get them in-person at McLaren Lodge Annex.

Hornblower Easter Cruises | Embarcadero + Berkeley

April 1, various times | Various locations

These family-friendly cruises offer a luxury experience you’ll never forget. Whether you opt for the Premier Easter Brunch Cruise, the Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise, the San Francisco Easter Dinner Cruise or the Berkeley Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise, you can enjoy a festive, gourmet meal with cocktails, beverages and plenty of children’s options and entertainment.

Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration | Cow Hollow

April 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Union Street

On Easter morning, San Francisco’s 27th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration begins! One of the most unique events throughout the year, this event has everything from rollerblading butterflies and self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions and classic cars.

Enter the Easter Bonnet Contest from 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the judging booth on Union Street and Buchanan. Then, explore the festival complete with large inflatable bounce houses, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a bubble jump, the Easter Bunny, costumed characters, face painting, a petting zoo, a pony ride and musical entertainment. The parade begins at 2 p.m., but the festival will be going all day!

Easter with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | Golden Gate Park

April 1, 10 a.m. | Hellman Hollow

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence made their first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979. On April 1st, they’ll celebrate the historic day with a party in the park! Kids Easter kicks off at 10 a.m. followed by the Bonnet Contest at 12:30 p.m. and performances by Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus.


Easter events in Bay Area San Francisco California

Easter Parade and Egg Hunt | Sausalito

March 31, 10 a.m. | Bridgeway at Napa Street

The Easter Bunny will be leading this annual parade through town on March 31. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station on Johnson and Caledonia, the procession will end at Dunphy Park for the legendary Easter egg hunt. Come wearing your best bonnet because the famous Easter bonnet contest begins in the park at 11 a.m.

Easter at the Clubhouse | San Rafael

April 1, 10 a.m. | Peacock Gap Golf Club

This traditional Easter buffet will start with brunch presented by the club’s chef and staff. Then, sit back and relax while your children enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn. Tickets are $52 for adults and $24 for children ages 2 – 10. Make your advance reservations online here.

Easter Kids Eggstravaganza | Sausalito

April 1, 1:30 p.m. | Cavallo Point

The Cavallo Point Easter Kids Eggstravaganza is $20 and includes Easter baskets as well as light snacks and beverages for kids throughout the event. Over two hours, you’ll enjoy an egg hunt, a magic show and balloon animals with Mr. Shap, cookie decorating, coloring and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

For more Easter events with Cavallo Point, check out the Easter Brunch Buffet or the Traditional Easter Tasting Menu during lunch and dinner. Both events can be found here.

East Bay

Easter events in Bay Area San Francisco California

Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza | Berkeley

March 31, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Willard Swim Center

This annual Berkeley celebration will feature a petting zoo, a visit with the Spring Bunny, spring-themed arts and crafts, an interactive kids’ carnival with prizes and Bunny Hop dance lessons! Children 10 years and younger can participate in egg hunts organized by age group which take off at different times and children over 11 years can participate in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the day! Get all the times and details here.

The Jumpin Bunny Festival | Oakland

March 31, 10 a.m. | Dunsmuir Estate

The Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estates has made their annual Easter event even better this year! The Jumpin Bunny Festival will feature egg hunts for different age groups, bounce houses, games, entertainment by Prescott clowns, face painting and crafts, a petting zoo, mansion tours, food, tap dancing bunnies and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself.

Easter Parade and Spring Festival | Oakland

March 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church

First things first, pick up your Easter hat at one of the shops in The Lakeshore Business Improvement District or find one at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church and decorate it before the parade. Then, the procession, led by the Easter Bunny, will take off at 11:30 a.m. during the Spring Festival. Afterward, you can continue to enjoy the festival, face painting, corn dogs and more!


Easter events in Bay Area San Francisco California 2018

Gamble Garden Easter Egg Hunt | Palo Alto

March 25, 9:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Gamble Garden

Register online today for this annual day of Easter fun. Meet over 20 animals at the Petting Zoo, take photos with the Easter Bunny, make crafts and hunt for eggs throughout the gardens! When you register, you can choose one of three entry times: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

Eggstravaganza | San Mateo

March 31, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Central Park

The City of San Mateo’s Parks and Recreation Department’s signature springtime event is celebrating its 41st year in 2018! Buy your tickets online, choose your egg hunt time and get ready for one of the area’s largest egg hunts throughout beautiful Central Park.

Silicon Valley

Easter events in Bay Area San Francisco California

Easter Egg Hunt | San Jose

March 25, 12:30 – 2 p.m. | Little Italy San Jose

San Jose’s Little Italy is celebrating Easter with true Italian style! Offering options for two different age groups, the old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt will take place in the Piazza where you’ll also find live music by David Biagini and the Easter Bunny himself as well as handmade chocolate eggs and Traditional Italian Easter Pupa con l’uova available for purchase. You can buy your $10 tickets and order your chocolate eggs and food in advance here.

Big Bunny 5K | Cupertino

March 31, 7 a.m. | Cupertino Civic Center

This festive event includes an adult 5K and a Kids Fun Run and supports the work of charity:water, a nonprofit whose mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Get your bunny costumes ready and register online today!

20th Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade | Campbell

March 31, 12 p.m. | Downtown Campbell

For the 20th year in a row, the Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade will take to the streets of Downtown Campbell! This parade will follow the Annual Campbell Eggstravaganza at the Campbell Community Center so come early for the Easter egg hunt then head outside to watch the procession of marching bands, dancers, animals, community groups, local organizations and more.

Wine Country

Easter events in Bay Area San Francisco California 2018

Easter Celebration at Francis Ford Coppola Winery | Geyserville

March 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Francis Ford Coppola Winery

For just $12 per child, you can enjoy a picturesque Easter experience at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Kids can enjoy an arts and crafts carnival featuring games, craft stations, face painting and an animal show. There will also be a festive menu available at the Pool Cafe and all event profits will go to the Sonoma County Boys & Girls Clubs.

Hunt for the Hare | Santa Rosa

April 1, 10:30 a.m. + 2 p.m. | Safari West

This Easter, you can join the animals of Safari West (and their human companions) for the 17th annual Hunt for the Hare. There are still spots open for the afternoon session with brunch beginning at 2 p.m. This is followed by the egg hunt and, finally, the Hunt for the Hare Tour at 3:30 p.m. Find more details and purchase tickets here.


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