Big Bonnets and Bunnies

Big Bonnets and Bunnies

Easter celebrations abound.

Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, snow is melting … or it would be melting, if we had snow in the East Bay, but make no mistake: Spring has sprung. And April brings more than showers; it also brings with it all the annual festivities to celebrate the return of the warm weather and the start of a new season.

You’re in the big leagues of silly hat contests now at the 26th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration. You’ll need your biggest, silliest hat if you want to win the coveted title of Easter Bonnet of the Year. The Easter Bonnet Contest is just part of this annual Easter celebration, which also includes food from Union Street’s best restaurants, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a petting zoo, a pony ride, live music, and bounce castles.

April 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; parade begins at 2 p.m.; free, Union Street from Gough to Fillmore, San Francisco,

Alameda also celebrates Easter with the annual Splash into Spring Egg Scramble. After all, if you want to make the perfect Easter omelet, you have to break a few eggs. Kids can search the beach to collect awesome Easter goodies, play Easter games, or even have their pictures taken with that Oscar-winning rabbit himself.

April 8,  10 a.m.-noon, free, Easter Bunny photos $3, Crab Cove Picnic Area, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda,


Published online on April 4, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.