Annual Events

March – April

City of San Mateo’s Parks and Recreation Department’s signature springtime event and largest “egg hunt” in its 40th year of existence will be attended by hundreds of excited children and families eagerly searching for eggs in beautiful Central Park. Wristbands are only needed for children ages 4-9 for the large hunt area.
0-3 years cannot participate in the Big Egg Hunt. Please visit Peter Rabbit’s Playground where our highly skilled and talented pre-school teachers have created an environment best suited for your child’s age. No cost or wristband required.


San Mateo County Fair

Crystal Springs Farm has been in continual use by 4-H youth in the community since 1968. This 55-year-old private farm, which 4-H leases from the Water Shed Land Management/San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is just off of highway 280. Originally called Burlingame-San Mateo Farm, the name changed in the 1990’s when the farm began to be used by the Belmont 4-H Club as well as the Burlingame-San Mateo Club. The largest 4-H farm in the San Mateo/SF 4-H network, 4-H’ers can apply to raise several types of livestock species for competition at the annual San Mateo County Fair. The types of animals 4-H members can raise are steers, goats, lambs, hogs, free-range turkeys, and chickens. This farm is a great resource to our 4-H youth and part of the invaluable experiential learning opportunities that 4-H provides.


Earth Day Clean up at Coyote Point…

Farmers’ Markets

Expect lots of great fruit from friendly vendors each season. From pluots, nectarines, strawberries, peaches, and figs, to vegetables, seedlings, and sprouts. Orchids and other beautiful blooms to dandelion, mustard and turnip greens. Food trucks, coffee, jewelry and exotic pet treats.

San Mateo
Parking lot at First Presbyterian Church 194 W. 25th Ave – Beginning of May thru beginning of October Tuesday 4:00 – 7:30pm
Bay Center 951 Mariners Island Blvd – Year Round Wednesdays 10am – 2pm
College of San Mateo 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd. – Year Round Saturday 9am – 1pm
Bay Meadows’ Farmers Market on 3060 Delaware Street, just south of SurveyMonkey – May thru October, rain or shine, on Sundays 9:30am – 1:30pm

Park Road at Burlingame Ave – May to October Thursday 3pm-7pm Year Round Sunday 9am – 1pm

Foster City
Peninsula JCC 800 Foster City Blvd. Year Round Wednesday 9am – 1am
Charter Square Shopping Center- 791 Beach Park Blvd. Year Round Wednesday 2:30 – 6:30pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm


San Mateo Maker’s Fair


Parks & Recreation Department held its annual Spring Dance Show. The event is a showcase of dances by our experienced and dedicated instructors and staff, and talented and passionate student dancers.

The San Mateo County Fair First weekend of June for over 80 years been held at the San Mateo Event Center since 1935. The San Mateo County Fair has been host to performers such as Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels Band, Tower of Power, Rick Springfield, the Four Tops, En Vogue, the Pointer Sisters, the Village People, Smash Mouth, Boys II Men,

Originally called the ‘Little Flower Show’ in 1926,

the Fair staff works feverishly year-round to plan this 9 day event by working with local businesses and organizations as well as creating partnerships within the community. It also brings the opportunity for our local residents to showcase their talents and receive acknowledgement from prestigious judges in the contests.

Spring into Summer Parade ends at county fair the one mile route begins at Franklin Pkwy then to Delaware St.

San Mateo Off the Grid Market- Food Trucks at San Mateo Bay Center open Thursday

End of June to Mid-August

Central Park Music Series
In 2018 Central Park Music Series is June 21 – August 16 Every Thursday Evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

September Spring Health Fair at San Mateo Senior Center
Movies in the Park FREE Friday night movies!
Bring a blanket and low back chair and enjoy!
Movies begin at DUSK (approx. 7:00pm)

December . Holiday Festival of Dance at the San Mateo High School Gym. The magic and joy of dance from many local Dance instructors and the San Mateo Dance Association.


Aloha Festival – website
Bay Area Aloha Festival is a free, two-day ethnic arts festival celebrating Pacific Islander culture. Each year thousands of islanders and islanders-at-heart gather to celebrate the culture through music, dance, arts and crafts, authentic food, and educational workshops.  The festival is held during the first full weekend in August.  If August 1st falls on a Sunday, then the festival is held the following weekend.

Outdoor entertainment stages in front of the Central Mall Lawn Area, food vendors will be in the West Parking Lot, and the ‘Ohana Korner kids’ area will be outside Fiesta Hall.  Arts & Crafts vendors will be inside Expo Hall and the Education Pavilion will be inside Fiesta Hall.  The East Parking Lot at 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403 is the parking lot all attendees should use, and then walk to the entrances at Gates 5 & 6.