Fun in the sun: 10 affordable and local activities to do this summer

Summer is coming and many are gearing up for long trips and vacations, but there are many students who stay home during the long break and usually run out of fun things to do. This is the Sequoia High School student’s guide to the most fun, interesting and affordable activities in the Bay Area.


  1. Stern Grove Festival: Held every Sunday at 2 p.m. from June 19–Aug. 2, the free concerts in Stern Grove in San Francisco will feature all types of music from R&B singer Janelle Monae to funk legend George Clinton to the San Francisco Symphony.
  2. Off the Grid: These food truck stops are held all over the Bay Area. Discover tons of different kinds of food, including Louisiana-style fried chicken sandwiches from Southern Comfort Kitchen for $10, which stops at Devil’s Canyon Brewery in San Carlos every other Friday, and steamed pork buns for $3.75 at the Chairman food truck, which stops at the Caltrain station in Belmont every other Monday.
  3. Haight-Ashbury: If you have never been, check out the vintage shopping choices in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco, from records and CDs at Amoeba  to skateboards and skateboard accessories at Skates on Haight. A local alternative to the exciting vintage record shopping in the Haight is the Record Man on El Camino in Redwood City, where simply walking through the jungle of over a million records is a journey.
  4. Movies and concerts on the Square: Just a few blocks away from Sequoia is the square in Redwood City, where movies will be showing Thursdays from June 2 – September 1. Three great choices from the long list of movies that will be showing are Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 16, Inside Out on July 21 and Raiders of the Lost Ark on July 28. Also, you can find concerts on the square every Friday featuring various genres such as reggae, blues, and modern rock.
  5. Organized runs: You can participate in various running events in the Bay Area, with the closest event to Sequoia being the Redwood City 4th of July parade run, a 5K race.  
  6. 4th of July: Take some friends and family down to the Shoreline golf courses in Mountain View for some great fireworks. For those feeling extra enthusiastic, you can go to Shoreline Amphitheater to see the San Francisco Symphony perform as well.
  7. See a small club show: Take the train down to San Francisco and find a random all-ages show to go see. Discover new bands, hear some great music and dance the night away. For a night of indie rock and dreamy shoegaze, see Philadelphia natives Nothing, at Slim’s on June 21, with tickets costing $15 + fees online in advance and $17 at the door on the day of the show. For those looking for atmospheric beats matched with a mix of calming singing and great flow, check out electronic-pop and rap group Yoni & Geti at the Great American Music Hall on July 23, with tickets costing $16 + fees in advance online and $19 at the door on the day of show. For fans looking to rock out and jump in the mosh pit, take a look at Toronto punk band PUP, who are playing a June 9 show at Rickshaw Stop. Tickets are $12 + fees online and $14 on the day of the show.
  8. Go to a weekday Giants game: Giants games during the week are the best and cheapest to go to, with tickets usually costing $10 or fewer on Stubhub. AT&T Park is also right near CalTrain. Two series to try to get to are the games against the Milwaukee Brewers from June 13-15. Also, check for tickets for the games on July 5 and 6 against the Rockies. Keep in mind that some games may go into extra innings and therefore end later than usual.
  9. Go to a museum: Explore and observe modern art for free at the SFMOMA, which reopened this month and is free for teenagers. Other great museums to check out on the Peninsula are the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto and the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont.
  10.  Watch a street parade: Some great parades going on this summer are the 4th of July parade in Redwood City in the morning and afternoon and Pride in San Francisco on June 25 and 26.