Welcome to Rocktober; are you a Halloweenie yet? We’ve got some thrills and chills to get you in the mood. But first, duck and cover as the Blue Angels make their harrowing maneuvers over the city this weekend for Fleet week, but don’t miss the Tricycle Music Fest which is pedaling around the SF library circuit again; come out for a few shows. Check out traffic-free Albany Streets for some games and car-free fun. Make sure you have those ghost costumes on the ready and stock up on that candy, candy, candy; we’re heading for that hyper-est of holidays, Halloween!
Oktoberfest in the Dimond District
While not generally thought of as a family event, Oakland’s Oktoberfest in the Dimond neighborhood caters to the littles with a family stage of performances, an eco fair, and kids’ activities. Cap off the day with a foamy stein of root beer in the Root Biergarten. Proust! Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Oakland, free. Event details.
Ardenwood Harvest Festival
Pick your own Indian corn at Ardenwood and join in on the Harvest Festival. Magic shows and cider pressings along with crafts and music round out the day’s events. Enjoy some fun activities down on the farm this weekend. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fremont, $8/adults, $5/children (4 – 17), 3 and under free. Event details.
Mill Valley Film Festival
As the weather turns cold (again), it’s a great time to take in a movie. Or four. The Children’s Filmfest at the Mill Valley Film Festival is full of choice international flicks. From animation to coming-of-age, there’s a movie for kids of all ages. Don’t miss the opening party with finger food, balloons, and prizes. Sat. and Sun., see website for tickets, times, and locations. Event details.
RTC Discovery Day
The Romberg Tiburon Center, SFSU’s marine laboratory, is open to the public this weekend with activities for bigs and littles. Take part in arts and crafts, touch marine animals, and join in the hands-on science activities. Learn about the SF Bay while having a great time at this little seen facility. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tiburon, free. Event details.
To Life! Jewish Cultural Street Festival
After a year break, Palo Alto’s JCC is once again hosting its To Life! street festival with music performances, a judaica and fine art marketplace, tasty eats, and family activities. Kids can play games, make crafts, listen to music, and take part in skits and plays all while learning about Jewish culture. Celebrate life at this great festival. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Palo Alto, free. Event details.
Starting this weekend the Peninsula’s “creep factor” moves up a notch with the opening of Goblyns Glen. Big on Halloween, Goblyns Glen manages to be open to all ages and tame enough for your littlest littles. Dress them up in their best costume duds and bring them for a spin on a “night mare” (carousel horse) or a moonlit train ride. Of course, there will be tons of candy (insert parental scream here). Oct. 8 – 31, see website for times and prices, Los Gatos. Event details.
Free Movie Night
Finding Nemo swims for free at the Mission District’s family movie night. Sponsored by 24th Street merchants and neighbors, family movie night is a great chance for the community to come out and bond. Come early for a story and the rising of the “Great Pumpkin,” then stay for a journey with Dorie, Nemo, and Marlin. Popcorn and snacks available for purchase. Sat., 5:00 – 9:30 p.m., San Francisco, free. Event details.
SFBC Family Bike Day
Break out your wheels this weekend—your two wheels—for Family Bike Day with the Bike Coalition. March along with the bike parade then take part in the road-eo and learn the rules of the street, or pass the baton at the bikathalon. Bring the littles for fun in the park and safety on the road. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Event details.
Fleet Week Celebration
Duck and cover as the Blue Angels entertain all weekend long with their harrowing maneuvers in the skies above the Marina Green. The full Air Show begins both days at 1:00pm and ends with the Blue Angels at 3:00-4:00pm
Sat-Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Event details