Celebrate food in a fun way this weekend! Try a new cuisine at Israel in the Gardens, and create art with fruit there and at the Make Food Prints event. Enjoy carnival games and a petting zoo at the Strawberry Festival, named for a favorite fruit! Participate in some sweet competition at Kids Cupcake Wars.

San Francisco

Make Food Prints
Hear an inspirational story and mission for connecting people to the source of their food, from seed to table. After the talk, stay for printmaking, using fruit and vegetable stamps. Sat., 2:00 pm–4:00 pm. San Francisco. $5 per adult. Under 18, free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Israel in the Gardens
Celebrate Israel at Yerba Buena Gardens. Enjoy Israeli dancing, music and great food! Join in dance workshops for kids, and make harvest fruit prints and a tzedakah box in the Kids and Family Zone. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Sand Castle Contest
Join in the sand castle and sculpture contest! Build something or just admire other people’s work! Sand castles and sculptures will consist of sand, wood, rocks, seaweed and shells found on the beach. Sat., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Alameda. Free. All ages. Event details.

Live Oak Park Fair
This fair is a wonderful showcase for local artisans from around the Bay Area. Look for unique crafts and treats, as well as shows featuring music, magic and juggling. Kids can get their faces painted too! Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Marin

Strawberry Festival
Bring your family and friends to the Strawberry Festival. Enjoy live music and food, carnival games, a petting zoo, and a pool party. Don’t miss this festival of fun! Sun., 11:30 am – 4:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free All ages. Event details.

Music for the Fun of It
Join in this interactive music experience! Try out instrument-making from recycled materials, karaoke, music composition with big blocks and lots of fun musical games for kids. Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Corte Madera. Free. All ages. Event details.

Peninsula

San Mateo County Fair
Enjoy the San Mateo County Fair with music from The Pointer Sisters and Boyz 2 Men. The kids will love the rides and ground acts like stilt walkers, the petting zoo, train ride, pig races and balloon animals. Sat., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. Sun., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. San Mateo. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

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Kids Cupcake Wars
In the vein of the popular TV show, kids will be responsible for creating cupcakes with frosting and decorations, which may include Red Velvet Cupcakes or Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Los Altos. $15 per child. Ages 4 – 14. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of The Culinary Dude