5 Best Things to do This Week: April 15-21

1. Austin Kleon at Book Passage Corte Madera

Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An ArtistShow Your Work!, and Keep Going. In Keep Going, his latest offering, Kleon gives the reader life-changing advice and encouragement on how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself in the face of personal burnout or external distractions. He’s also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting the newspaper with a permanent marker. His books have over a million copies in print and have been translated into over two dozen languages. He’s been featured on NPR’s Morning EditionPBS Newshour, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street JournalNew York Magazine called his work “brilliant,” The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead.” He speaks for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSWTEDx, and The Economist. In previous lives, he worked as a librarian, a web designer, and an advertising copywriter. He grew up in the cornfields of Ohio, but now he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons.


2. Town Center Hopping Spree

Everyone is invited to celebrate Easter at Town Center Corte Madera’s annual “Hopping Spree” Easter-themed event. Free to attend, the Easter bunny will roam the shopping center to greet families, pose for selfies and share Easter goodies with the little ones. Children are also invited to enjoy a Howie Didit Magic Show, live kid-friendly music with Megan SchoenbohmTatyana’s Magic Brush face painting and more during this festive day.


3. Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach

The 15th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach combines care for the environment with arts activities for all ages. Participants can help with beach cleanup or creek restoration, and join with collaborating artists engaging the public in sculpture-making with natural materials, making music, dancing, and more. This inclusive event inspires and energizes people to care for and protect the earth not only on Earth Day, but throughout the year. Bags and gloves are provided, but you are invited to bring buckets and gloves in an effort to reduce our environmental footprint. Over a dozen collaborating artists invite participatory activities in connection with the earth, including making ephemeral art with natural materials from the beach, music making, dancing, and more. Participants can bring along small percussion instruments such as shakers, bells, or palm-sized drums to join in the musical creation. Instruction in sand globe making will take place periodically throughout the event, and these will be used in creative activities and creations. The gathering takes place rain, shine, or fog; bring a picnic lunch and come anytime 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All ages are welcome, but no dogs allowed at this end of the beach. Consider getting there by carpooling and public transportation. The event is at the south end of Stinson Beach (to the left as you face the ocean).


4. Free National Parks Day

Sometimes you just have to get away from the city to enjoy the serenity of a national park. On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entry to all national parks and monuments including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park, and free admission aboard all of the historic vessels at the Hyde Street Pier of SF’s Maritime National Historical Park.


Here are all the participating California National Parks:

  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Muir Woods National Monument – Parking ($8) / shuttle ($3) reservations are required, even on “free” days. Shuttles pick up in Sausalito, Marin City Hub and Pohono Park & Ride. Get shuttle info
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – Hyde Street Pier historic vessels free of charge
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
  • Yosemite National Park

The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.


5. Union Street Easter Parade

The 28th Annual Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade celebrates and showcases the diverse community of San Francisco and features some of Union Street’s best restaurants serving attendees in an outdoor bistro setting. The event is not your average street fair or formal parade: it’s a wonderful, wacky, elegant and fabulous affair. There are also plenty of children’s activities such as arts and crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, and costumed characters.


All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.