We've done the research, we've done your homework and we're ready to give you our suggestions for ways you can get up and go with your family this week and heading into the weekend.
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Here's our five suggestions for this week.
Where/When: TheatreWorks, , 500 Castro Street, Mountain View. Opening night is Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.
Why Go: Based on the classic Jane Austen novel, the tale of two sisters and their wild journey through life, love and everything in between begins this week in Mountain View. The period-piece is a history lesson, comedy and drama all rolled into one.
Pricing: $49 adults, $39 seniors, $29 full-time students.
Where/When: 525 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why Go: Over 300 fine artists and crafters will invade Palo Alto, displaying work you'll only see at a few select locations on the West Coast. Soak up some summer sun, the Italian Street Painting Expo, the Kids' Art Studio and more this weekend at the 12th annual festival in neighboring Palo Alto.
Where/When: 3160 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why Go: You won't find a better place to snatch up a new toy to use for the rapidly approaching Labor Day weekend. Browse through the hearty selection of water sports items, including kayaks, sailboats, rowboats, windsurfers, the occasional pedalboat and more! The event has been a local rite of passage for the past decade.
Pricing: Free to attend. Prices vary on items for sale.
Where/When: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose.
Why Go: Hackworth IMAX theater presents the final installment of the worldwide-hit series of Harry Potter films written by author J.K. Rowling. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" will be shown twice a night all week long. Don't miss out on one of your last chances to see the series finale on the big screen.
Pricing: Ticket prices vary based on membership and day of the week.
Where/When: 600 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View at the Caltrain Parking Lot. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Why Go: The variety and quality at the local market is unmatched. The weekend treat gives shoppers a little bit of everything. Fresh fruit, yummy baked goods or fresh flowers all are within your reach every Sunday in Mountain View.