Here’s our schedule of events for the next few months.
If you prefer to plan ahead, check out our seasonal park hours and annual events.

Puppets are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. every day the park is open.

August 5

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Adventures of Peer Gynt. This classic tale from Norway’s Henrik Ibsen comes to life accompanied by the classical music of composer Edvard Grieg. Peer is not content to stay at home and raise a family; he wants to see the big, wide world.  But after being pursued and captured by a Troll King and his daughter, home and his true love start looking better and better. But how to get there? Adapted by Lewis Mahlmann and Randal Metz.  Puppets and scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Aesop’s Fables - We offer the classic tales of Aesop told through song, dance, puppetry and circus arts. Our young performers tell both the familiar stories of the country mouse and city mouse, the tortoise and the hare, and a few lesser-known classics. Adapted by Doyle Ott with and music and lyrics by Richard Jennings and Doyle Ott. Costumes by Patti Baugh.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Jacqueline Lynaugh as Lady Emerald will enchant guests of all ages with her stories and the magical sounds of her harp.

5:45 p.m. Summer Sleepover! Experience the magic of Fairyland in the moonlight. Pitch your tent in the Teddy Bear Picnic Area and enjoy dinner, rides & entertainment under the stars.  In the morning, wake up to fresh coffee, bagels and cereal, with our continental breakfast. Savor some quality time with your kids! Pre-registration required

August 6

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Adventures of Peer Gynt. This classic tale from Norway’s Henrik Ibsen comes to life accompanied by the classical music of composer Edvard Grieg. Peer is not content to stay at home and raise a family; he wants to see the big, wide world.  But after being pursued and captured by a Troll King and his daughter, home and his true love start looking better and better. But how to get there? Adapted by Lewis Mahlmann and Randal Metz.  Puppets and scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Aesop’s Fables - We offer the classic tales of Aesop told through song, dance, puppetry and circus arts. Our young performers tell both the familiar stories of the country mouse and city mouse, the tortoise and the hare, and a few lesser-known classics. Adapted by Doyle Ott with and music and lyrics by Richard Jennings and Doyle Ott. Costumes by Patti Baugh.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Jacqueline Lynaugh as Lady Emerald will enchant guests of all ages with her stories and the magical sounds of her harp.

August 12 & 13

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Adventures of Peer Gynt. This classic tale from Norway’s Henrik Ibsen comes to life accompanied by the classical music of composer Edvard Grieg. Peer is not content to stay at home and raise a family; he wants to see the big, wide world.  But after being pursued and captured by a Troll King and his daughter, home and his true love start looking better and better. But how to get there? Adapted by Lewis Mahlmann and Randal Metz.  Puppets and scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Mariposas - A multilingual musical story of the mariposas that migrate between California and Mexico. How does a butterfly remember the land of her grandmother even though she’s never been there? A celebration of the monarchs that call Fairyland home. Written by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Gypsycat Studios.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair.

August 19

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Adventures of Peer Gynt. This classic tale from Norway’s Henrik Ibsen comes to life accompanied by the classical music of composer Edvard Grieg. Peer is not content to stay at home and raise a family; he wants to see the big, wide world.  But after being pursued and captured by a Troll King and his daughter, home and his true love start looking better and better. But how to get there? Adapted by Lewis Mahlmann and Randal Metz.  Puppets and scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Tunisian Tail - When a curious cat steals a fish, the cook steals his tail. Follow the adventures of the cleverest of silly cats to get the water to get the grain to get the milk to get the butter to get his tail back. Based on a Tunisian folktale. Adapted by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Gypsycat Studios.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Dana Smith performs a show for all ages, with circus arts, comedy, improv and audience participation.

5:45 p.m. Summer Sleepover! Experience the magic of Fairyland in the moonlight. Pitch your tent in the Teddy Bear Picnic Area and enjoy dinner, rides & entertainment under the stars.  In the morning, wake up to fresh coffee, bagels and cereal, with our continental breakfast. Savor some quality time with your kids! Pre-registration required

August 20

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Adventures of Peer Gynt. This classic tale from Norway’s Henrik Ibsen comes to life accompanied by the classical music of composer Edvard Grieg. Peer is not content to stay at home and raise a family; he wants to see the big, wide world.  But after being pursued and captured by a Troll King and his daughter, home and his true love start looking better and better. But how to get there? Adapted by Lewis Mahlmann and Randal Metz.  Puppets and scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Tunisian Tail - When a curious cat steals a fish, the cook steals his tail. Follow the adventures of the cleverest of silly cats to get the water to get the grain to get the milk to get the butter to get his tail back. Based on a Tunisian folktale. Adapted by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Gypsycat Studios.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Dana Smith performs a show for all ages, with circus arts, comedy, improv and audience participation.

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August 26 Puppet Fair!

10:30 a.m. Puppet Show: The Frog Prince presented by Will Lewis and Dragon Fly Theatre.

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Adventures of Peer Gynt. This classic tale from Norway’s Henrik Ibsen comes to life accompanied by the classical music of composer Edvard Grieg. Peer is not content to stay at home and raise a family; he wants to see the big, wide world.  But after being pursued and captured by a Troll King and his daughter, home and his true love start looking better and better. But how to get there? Adapted by Lewis Mahlmann and Randal Metz.  Puppets and scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. Puppet Show: Puff The Magic Dragon, presented by The Puppet Company.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Aesop’s Fables - We offer the classic tales of Aesop told through song, dance, puppetry and circus arts. Our young performers tell both the familiar stories of the country mouse and city mouse, the tortoise and the hare, and a few lesser-known classics. Adapted by Doyle Ott with and music and lyrics by Richard Jennings and Doyle Ott. Costumes by Patti Baugh.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. Puppet Show: Perez & Mondinga, a Mexican fiesta tale of a cockroach who marries a mouse. Presented by Rhonda Kay.

3:30 p.m. Puppet Show: The Puppet Man. Presented by Magical Moonshine.

August 27 Puppet Fair!

10:30 a.m. Puppet Show: The Frog Prince presented by Will Lewis and Dragon Fly Theatre.

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Adventures of Peer Gynt. This classic tale from Norway’s Henrik Ibsen comes to life accompanied by the classical music of composer Edvard Grieg. Peer is not content to stay at home and raise a family; he wants to see the big, wide world.  But after being pursued and captured by a Troll King and his daughter, home and his true love start looking better and better. But how to get there? Adapted by Lewis Mahlmann and Randal Metz.  Puppets and scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. Puppet Show: Puff The Magic Dragon, presented by The Puppet Company.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Aesop’s Fables - We offer the classic tales of Aesop told through song, dance, puppetry and circus arts. Our young performers tell both the familiar stories of the country mouse and city mouse, the tortoise and the hare, and a few lesser-known classics. Adapted by Doyle Ott with and music and lyrics by Richard Jennings and Doyle Ott. Costumes by Patti Baugh.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. Puppet show: The Magic Mushrooms. Presented by The Puppet Company.

3:30 p.m. Puppet Show: The Fratello Marionettes will use their impressive talents to present the "Vaudeville Follies".

September 2 & 3

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why The Sea Is Salt. Do you know why the sea is salt?  Let’s visit the undersea kingdom of Gillie and Granny fish as they share  this wonderful Norwegian folk tale of a kindly couple who befriends a troll, and is given a magic grinding mill that will grind out anything they wish for.  But don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you!”  The show is done in the style of Japanese Bunraku puppetry, as you see the puppeteers working the three-foot tall puppets.  Adapted by David C. Jones.  Puppets by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Silly Clown Show. Join Bri on a silly circus adventure!  This clown show will have the little ones captivated with a fusion of circus, vaudeville, and silliness. Featuring juggling, magic, illusion, and physical comedy.  Objects come to life, logic is turned upside-down, and curiosity prevails.

September 9 & 10

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why The Sea Is Salt. Do you know why the sea is salt?  Let’s visit the undersea kingdom of Gillie and Granny fish as they share  this wonderful Norwegian folk tale of a kindly couple who befriends a troll, and is given a magic grinding mill that will grind out anything they wish for.  But don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you!”  The show is done in the style of Japanese Bunraku puppetry, as you see the puppeteers working the three-foot tall puppets.  Adapted by David C. Jones.  Puppets by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Mariposas - A multilingual musical story of the mariposas that migrate between California and Mexico. How does a butterfly remember the land of her grandmother even though she’s never been there? A celebration of the monarchs that call Fairyland home. Written by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Gypsycat Studios.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Award-winning storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages.

 

September 16 & 17

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why The Sea Is Salt. Do you know why the sea is salt?  Let’s visit the undersea kingdom of Gillie and Granny fish as they share  this wonderful Norwegian folk tale of a kindly couple who befriends a troll, and is given a magic grinding mill that will grind out anything they wish for.  But don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you!”  The show is done in the style of Japanese Bunraku puppetry, as you see the puppeteers working the three-foot tall puppets.  Adapted by David C. Jones.  Puppets by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Tunisian Tail - When a curious cat steals a fish, the cook steals his tail. Follow the adventures of the cleverest of silly cats to get the water to get the grain to get the milk to get the butter to get his tail back. Based on a Tunisian folktale. Adapted by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Gypsycat Studios.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.  Owen Baker Flynn with his "World Premiere", a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises.

September 23 & 24 Dragon Weekend!

The San Francisco International Dragon Boat Races will be happening on Lake Merritt. Come celebrate all things dragons from themed arts and crafts to dragon characters in the park from Critters By The Bay. On this weekend Lake Merritt will be very busy so plan to take public transportation!

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why The Sea Is Salt. Do you know why the sea is salt?  Let’s visit the undersea kingdom of Gillie and Granny fish as they share  this wonderful Norwegian folk tale of a kindly couple who befriends a troll, and is given a magic grinding mill that will grind out anything they wish for.  But don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you!”  The show is done in the style of Japanese Bunraku puppetry, as you see the puppeteers working the three-foot tall puppets.  Adapted by David C. Jones.  Puppets by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Aesop’s Fables - We offer the classic tales of Aesop told through song, dance, puppetry and circus arts. Our young performers tell both the familiar stories of the country mouse and city mouse, the tortoise and the hare, and a few lesser-known classics. Adapted by Doyle Ott with and music and lyrics by Richard Jennings and Doyle Ott. Costumes by Patti Baugh.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Magician Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with his amazing and playful magic performance.

September 30 & October 1

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why The Sea Is Salt. Do you know why the sea is salt?  Let’s visit the undersea kingdom of Gillie and Granny fish as they share  this wonderful Norwegian folk tale of a kindly couple who befriends a troll, and is given a magic grinding mill that will grind out anything they wish for.  But don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you!”  The show is done in the style of Japanese Bunraku puppetry, as you see the puppeteers working the three-foot tall puppets.  Adapted by David C. Jones.  Puppets by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Mariposas - A multilingual musical story of the mariposas that migrate between California and Mexico. How does a butterfly remember the land of her grandmother even though she’s never been there? A celebration of the monarchs that call Fairyland home. Written by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Gypsycat Studios.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, "The Wizard of Ahhhhs", astounds and amazes children of all ages with a full show of laughter and surprises.