Get Out: Bike Palo Alto, Perform Shakespeare

Welcome to our weekend planner, giving you the best weekend activities for Palo Alto and surrounding cities.

It’s Thursday, and if you have no idea what you’ll do for the weekend, Patch is coming to the rescue.

We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks for the best activities to hit.


Where/When: 3024 Bryant St, Palo Alto; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Why go: Learn how easy it is to bike in Palo Alto at this family-fun event. Event starts at El Carmelo School (Bryant & Loma Verde), where you can get bike safety info, helmet fitting, bike registration and bike safety checks and maintenance. Then choose a route and take a fun ride with free treats along the way including ice cream at Baskin Robbins and fruit at Mollie Stone’s & Whole Foods.

Price: Free


Where/When: , 450 Serra Mall, Stanford; Sunday at noon

Why go: Want to get your act on this weekend? Check out the staged and guided reading of Shakespeare's "Henry V" at Stanford, where you can act out different parts of the play under the guidance of Clifford Schwartz, a retired Berkeley City College instructor.

Price: $10; free to Stanford students with ID


Where/When: , 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto; Saturday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Why go: This four-course gourment meal features the best of the autumn harvest from Palo Alto's Gamble Garden, a nonprofit center. The meal will be paired with fine wines and good company!

Price: $75


Where/When: Foothill College Nursery & Greenhouse Facilities, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why go: Spruce up your home with some drought-tolerant and native plants from The Foothill College Environmental Horticulture & Design Department. A wide selection of plants will be available, from bamboos to decorative grasses and vegetables. There will be some larger trees for sale, too, but most for-sale plants fit into four-inch pots and one- and five-gallon containers. Bring a box!

Price: Free


Where/When: San Carlos City Hall, 600 Elm Street, San Carlos; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Why go: For a day of food, face painting and henna tatoos--not to mention wine & art!--head on up to San Carlos for the 21st anniversary of this fun fair. Pop star Lisa Loeb is on the live entertainment lineup, and there will be arts & crafts booths galore.

Price: Free entry


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