Good news: there’s tons to do this weekend. Bad news: you may have a hard time deciding whether you head to the carnival at the Hiller, a food truck gathering in Saratoga or the always-fun Oakland Chinatown StreetFest. Bonus: Sunday is a free day at the National Parks so get out there and explore!

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San Francisco

McLaren Park Kidz Fest
Returning this year is this (sometimes) annual music and activity festival for children in John McLaren Park. A fun-filled day of music, performers, crafts, games, ecology and community resiliency for and by kids. Sun. Event details

Delicious food trucks, cocktail booths, live music and workshops for kids lend an ultra fun energy and party vibe to TreasureFest, a monthly flea market where you can score vintage clothing and jewelry from one of the 400+ vendors. Located on Treasure Island, the beautiful views of the city are well worth the trip across the Bay. Sat.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival
The sidewalks along Shattuck Avenue in the Gourmet Ghetto in North Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 20th Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Oakland Chinatown StreetFest
The two-day event consists of more than 150 booths and the festival will span seven blocks of Chinatown. Every year small businesses and community organizations from all over California come to showcase a myriad of delicious foods, unique Asian products and special services. There will also be arts and crafts and a new Kids Zone. Enjoy live music and cultural entertainment at one of the two stages and the many food options at one of many food trucks and booths. Sat.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

Saratoga Eats Food Truck Gathering
Enjoy this gathering of 14 food trucks, beer and wine, face painting and balloon animals. The Model A Car Club will be showcasing some of their beautiful cars .Fri. Event details

Visit the Water Oasis
Gilroy Gardens just revamped their water play area last year and we love it as an option for a cool-off day when you head south. There’s everyone’s favorite dump bucket along with kiddie water slides, sprayers, splash pools and more. The original water oasis is still there as well, perfect for the tiny tots. Reserve a cabana to give yourself somewhere to chill out in the shade. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Foster City Summer Days
Summer Days will be held in Leo Ryan Park and feature some of the best local food trucks, craft beer tastings, carnival rides, chalk art, quality craft vendors and great entertainment including the popular 80’s tribute band, Tainted Love. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Carnival at the Hiller
Join the excitement with special activities just for kids! Paint the Cessna Cardinal, check out in an airplane or helicopter, build a flying craft project and more in a morning of high-flying fun. Sun. Event details

North Bay

Summer Snow Party
The forecast calls for two feet of fresh snow in Mill Valley when Strawberry Village hosts one last summer hurrah for kids as they start the new school year. The Piazza will be transformed into a winter playground complete with a 20 x 60 Snow Zone and live music, a photo booth, face painting, a caricature artist and more in the event area. Sat. Event details

Sand Sculpture Contest
Come out for this fun beach day where the sand artists will be at work. Only materials found on Drakes Beach may be incorporated into the structures. Join in the building fun or come out to see what others have created. Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth