Around the Bay in April 2018

The 2018 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show will cruise into the historic Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor from April 19 to 22 for all things boating.

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Published: April, 2018


Boat Show Returns to Craneway

The 2018 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show will cruise into the historic Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor from April 19 to 22 for all things boating. The show has expanded its exhibit space in both locations and attracted more exhibitors from around the world. Beautiful new sail and power boats in and out of the water are on display and available for tours, with boats of every size and budget from high-end sail and power yachts to multihulls, daysailers and inflatables. New marine products include hardware, the latest electronics, engines, solar panels, foul weather gear, life jackets, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, technical clothing and more. Tickets are $18 for a one-day adult pass; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Advance tickets are available at The Craneway Pavilion is located at 1414 Harbour Way S. in Richmond.


Pitch In on Earth Day

The California State Parks Foundation’s 20th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup is Saturday, April 21 at state parks throughout the Bay Area. Thousands of volunteers are needed to work on much-needed projects that help improve our parks. Helpers are needed throughout California to assist with: renovations of structures for ADA compliance; trash pickup and graffiti removal; removal of invasive plants and reintroduction of native species; renovation of campgrounds; trail maintenance; and more. We encourage you to join this important occasion to do your part to restore and care for the places where we live, work and play for this and future generations. Over the past 19 years, more than 85,000 participants have built bridges, split rail fences and boardwalks, conducted river, lake and beach cleanups, restored trails and habitats with native plants and installed recycling bins and irrigation systems. Earth Day 2018 provides an opportunity for all of us to do something meaningful for our planet and our communities. To volunteer on Earth Day, visit or call (415) 262-4400. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.


Give Back then Kick Back

The Parks Conservancy, the nonprofit supporting the Golden Gate National Parks, is hosting Give Back, Take Back on Saturday, April 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy your national park with “feel-good vibes” by coming dressed in your best Hawaiian or tropical-style attire for a day filled with uplifting volunteer work, island jams, delicious BBQ and thirst-quenching adult beverages. Give back in the morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon during a volunteer event at Lands End. Then kick back “island style” at Fort Miley with incredible views, all-you-can-eat BBQ, unlimited libations provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and Fort Point Beer Company, live entertainment and more. Tickets are just $25 if you volunteer in the morning or $50 if you just want to kick back at the party without volunteering. For more information, visit


Petaluma’s Butter & Egg Days

Petaluma’s Butter & Eggs Parade and Celebration on April 28 is in its 37th year and is one of the most beloved traditions in downtown Petaluma. It celebrates the region’s rich agricultural history as one of the premier dairy regions in the country. Together with the Petaluma River, eggs and dairy products created an economy that turned Petaluma into one of the most prosperous communities in the state in the early 1900s. The event typically draws over 10,000 attendees. The 100-unit parade features over 3,000 participants and more than 100 volunteers. Activities before, during and after the parade include four blocks of exhibit space for arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors, sponsor booths, community and nonprofit booths and a large area to entertain youngsters with inflatables, rides and hands-on activities. This is a free event held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Petaluma’s historic downtown on Saturday, April 28 with an antique fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29.


Albatross Soirée at the SF Zoo

The Farallones National Marine Sanctuary & San Francisco Zoo present the Albatross Soirée from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the San Francisco Zoo. Albatrosses (our planet’s largest seabirds) soar across vast ocean basins, returning to land only to nest on remote islands. Breck Tyler, a researcher with the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has spent three decades living among these aerodynamic marvels. Learn from his intimate knowledge of their lifestyles, lovestyles, biology and conservation during his 8 p.m. lecture. Tickets are $20; there will be a no-host bar and the minimum age is 16. Space is limited so RSVP at or call (415) 530-5366.


Waterfront Beer Fest

Join the San Francisco National Park Association on Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. for their annual Beer Fest with a selection of beer tastings from some of the best craft brewers in the world. The event takes place at Pier 45, the home of the USS Pampanito World War II submarine in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. General Admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited beer tastings, small bites from favorite local vendors, entertainment, and a souvenir tasting mug. Free transportation will be provided by Big Bus after the event from Pier 45 to various San Francisco neighborhoods. Visit for more information.



The bugs are back! Check out the incredible extravaganza of insects at the Randall Museum’s annual Bug Day on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate everything insect with hands-on science and art activities, games, entertainment and more. Join in the insect-inspired fun and learn how important these little creatures are to our planet and to our survival here. Kids and their families can make their own fabulous bug-related crafts to take home, see and touch live exotic insects, take a scientific look at insects through microscopes, compete in the Insect Olympics and perhaps even eat a bug or two. The San Francisco Beekeepers Association will have a hive of live honeybees on display. Kids can watch beekeepers at work and decorate containers of freshly made beeswax lip balm to take home. There will also be honey collected from hives all over the city and other bee-made products for sale. Randall Museum is a facility of the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department located at 199 Museum Way in San Francisco. Admission is free with low-cost activities also available. Call (415) 554-9600 or visit for more information.


To have your event or announcement considered for the Bay Crossings Around the Bay listings, please send information or a press release to: