Hello, party! There are more great events this weekend all over the Bay Area. Take in twin Autumn Moon Festivals in the front and back of the city. Start out at Autumn Moon Sunset, then make your way to Autumn Moon Chinatown, or vice versa. Both festivals are weekend-long events serving up bazaars, games, and parades. The SF Opera and Symphony are holding free events this week. On Thursday, the symphony celebrates its 100 years in Civic Center with a concert, food trucks, and more. And on Sunday, bring a picnic for Opera in the Park . Like rockstars, party on.
SFCAC Open House
Bring your future Picassos for a day of creative fun at San Francisco Children’s Art Center. The Fall open house offers free art activities, refreshments, and a chance to meet the teachers. Even better, the open house coincides with the farmers market at Fort Mason so the kids can do some art, and you can bring home the week’s veggies. Aces. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Rolex Big Boat Series (pictured)
Sailors from around the world will be competing in this world championship event; come see these boats as they race for an international title. The Rolex Big Boat Series is a full week of sailing, starting Monday and Tuesday, then finishing up Thurs.-Sun., with the championship race. Mon.-Sun., see website. Free. All ages. Event details.
Charity and the JAMBand Concert
JAMband’s September show features the “fantastically folksy, magically musical, dreamily danceable and singably sweet” music of Octopretzel, followed by the award-winning, dance-inspiring, groovy family rock’n’roll of Charity and the JAMband. Enjoy Park Chalet BBQ and beverages while you sing your hearts out and rock your socks off on the grassy lawn! Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival and Renaissance Faire
Bring Shakespeare alive for your kids and visit the festival at Ardenwood. The Shakespeare Festival doubles as a Renaissance Faire where people in Elizabethan costume joust, play period games, and more. Get your fill of lutes, garlands, and turkey legs. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. $17/adult; $8/children 4-17; children 3 and under free. All ages. Event details.
Take a stroll down Solano Avenue and take in community and fun. Be there for the parade kickoff. Then check out entertainment like stilt walkers, face painters, and magicians. The kids’ area includes carnival games, giant slides, clowns, and jugglers. A walk in the neighborhood is always fun. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Giants, Dragons, and Slugs
The WildCare camp are leading another family adventure through the underbrush. This time explore ancient forests and be on the lookout for slugs, dragonflies, and woodpeckers. Sat., 10:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.
WonderDads Poker Night
Start the kids early and teach them how to ante up and bluff their way to millions. Join the WonderDads for their first Poker Night where winning will be like taking candy from a baby. Literally. Sat., 11:00 am- 12:30 pm. $10/person. Ages 2-10. Event details.
Palo Alto Airport Day
Get up close and personal with the workings of your local airport. Explore the FAA Control Tower and check out experimental aircrafts (including an unmanned aircraft system from NASA). Kids 8-17 can even take a flight around the airport. (The word you’re looking for is: Cool!) Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Westwind Barn Hoedown
Don your boots and hats; it’s a boot-stompin’ good time at the Westwind Community Barn Hoedown. There will be games and crafts, live music and barbecue, and an artisan crafts on sale as well. Yeehaw! Sat., 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.