By Mahala Herron-Rutland, @MahalaHerron

The Fourth of July may have passed, but that doesn’t mean the summer fun stops! Here are a list of fun events for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Free Chick-fil-A Day: Cow Appreciation Day

In celebration of Cow Appreciation Day, Chick-fil-A will offer free entrees to any customer who comes in to the restaurant wearing anything resembling a cow on Tuesday, July 10, only! This is an all-day event all over the Bay Area. A full list of entrees will be available on closer to the day. Entrees must be redeemed at the restaurant and not through the app.

You can take Caltrain to the Sunnyvale Chick-fil-A by getting off at the Sunnyvale Station, then taking a 15-minute walk to the restaurant. SamTrans bus riders can take SamTrans route ECR to the Palo Alto Station, and then pick up VTA routes 522 and 22 the rest of the way down El Camino Real to the restaurant.

Free Motown/R&B Concert in the Park

The city of San Mateo’s Central Park is putting on free concerts every Thursday night during the summer until August 16. On July 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., hear the sweet sounds of Motown and R&B artists. Bring your low-back chairs and blankets.

Take Caltrain to the San Mateo Station and walk roughly 10 minutes to the park.  You can also take SamTrans ECR, which makes multiple stops near the park.

San Jose Obon Festival

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin is hosting a Summer Festival this weekend on July 14-15! More than 1,200 dancers in colorful festive garments will put on a traditional Japanese performance. Food, games and Taiko performances will also be showcased during this free event.

Take Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon Station, then take the VTA 902 bus toward Mountain View and get off at the Japantown/Ayer Station. You can then walk five minutes to the fun.

If you can’t make the San Jose Obon festival, do not fret! The free Mountain View Obon Festival is July 21-22 at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple. Last year’s events included: Taiko, children’s crafts, cultural performances and traditional Japanese food.

Take Caltrain to the event and get off at the Mountain View Station. The temple is a 15-minute walk away.

Indian Flash Mob Street Parade “Non Stop Bhangra”

Saturday, July 14, is the Indian Flash Mob Street Parade “Non Stop Bhangra.” Beginning at 9 p.m., the Baraat Mob will be taking the streets at the San Indian Flash Mob Street Parade on 14th Street and Valencia Street, and dancing their way to the Public Works headquarters for the dance party. The theme is “Crash an Indian Wedding Party,” so bring your Bollywood glam and come in your most colorful and favorite Indian-inspired style.  While the street parade is free, you can experience live drummers, henna and dance lessons when purchasing $15 tickets in advance.

Take Caltrain to the Millbrae Station then take BART from Millbrae to 16th street Mission station and then walk seven minutes to the action. SamTrans route ECR can also get you to the Millbrae Station at the El Camino and Linden stop.

The 2018 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup Semi-Final matches set for Tuesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 11, can be viewed for free both days beginning at 11 a.m. at Sue Bierman Park. On Sunday, July 15, the Finals can also be viewed at the Civic Center starting at 8 a.m. These viewings are presented in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

To add to the fun, there will be soccer activities for the youngsters, a mobile rock climbing wall, lawn games and food trucks.

Take Caltrain to the Millbrae Station then cross the platform to BART and get off at the Embarcadero station. The park is a four-minute walk away.


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