Ahoy, mateys! It’s mid-September and the dragon boats are taking to the water! Head to Lake Merritt to cheer them on or spend your Saturday giving back at the many coastal clean-up events going on around the bay. Celebrate September with your familiy!

photo: California Dragon Boat Association

San Francisco

California Coastal Cleanup Day
Join in this statewide effort to come together to keep our parks, neighborhoods, waterways and shorelines clean, safe, and healthy for everyone! Join us in the Presidio for this big, annual, volunteer tradition. All ages welcome. Space is limited and registration is required. Sat. Event details

Family Weaving Workshop at the Randall
Explore Native California traditions with your child and weave a toy together! Working directly with a family of master weavers, you’ll learn how to make a small toy using time-honored basketry techniques. Along the way, you’ll listen to Native California stories and songs, and learn some traditional games. Registration required. Sat. Event details

East Bay

Chow Down at the Eat Real Festival
Now in its 10th year, the Eat Real Festival combines a state fair, a street-food festival and a block party to create a celebration of good food. Using fresh, local ingredients, Eat Real aims to show how easy it can be to support a regional food system by bringing farmers, food producers and eaters together. The free festival features sustainably sourced menus from over fifty food vendors, craft beers, wines and cocktails in addition to ticketed food experiences. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival
Largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States with teams from around the globe take part in world-class competitive races as colorful 40-foot dragon boats take to the waters of Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Get Cows and Wows at the Santa Cruz County Fair
Just when you thought you said your final goodbye to summer there’s still one more county fair to dig into. That’s right, the Santa Cruz County Fair is getting underway and this year the theme celebrates the region’s agriculture heritage, Bounty of the County. So in addition to fried treats, whirls on the Ferris wheel and farm animal encounters you can cheer on turkeys and pigs in funny races, see monster trucks race and attend all kinds of concerts. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Silicon Valley Tour De Coop
Enjoy this free, self-guided bicycle tour of chicken coops, gardens, bee hives, hoop houses and coolest Silicon Valley urban homesteads. Get ready to be inspired to set up your own backyard paradise. Sat. Event details


Get Ready to Baile at Fiesta Patrias
It’s time for Fiestas Patrias, patriotic holiday in the Mexican culture, that’s about to get underway in downtown Redwood City. The Courthouse Square is being transformed for the community celebration with arts and crafts, authentic Mexican fare, an authentic Flag Ceremony conducted by Consul General de Mexico, Ballet Folklorico dancing, live Mariachi music and more. Sat. Event details.

Kids Obstacle Challenge
Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16, with 12-15 fun and challenging obstacles and mud. And the best part is, it’s a family adventure, parents get to run with their kids for free! Sat. Event details

North Bay

Sunday’s on Sherman
This is a chance for community members of all ages to come outside and participate in structured and unstructured play free of traffic restrictions. Guests can participate in organized activities onsite, or bring their own bike, roller blades, balls, Frisbees and other toys and simply play! Sun. Event details.

—Kate Loweth