May is in full effect and that means that festival season is here! Learn some new skills at Maker Faire or dress up your furry friend for the Los Altos Pet Parade. We’ve got the full scoop for weekend fun below!

photo: Maker Faire/Becca Henry

San Francisco

MAX 2019: A Space Festival
Check out live and immersive arts at The Exploratorium with a range of performances and installations exploring our new space age, the extraordinary scientific advances in this field and how they change the way we see ourselves and Earth. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Story Time & Family Garden Walk
Come to the cozy children’s book nook at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family garden walk that brings the stories to life. Sun. Event details

East Bay

Turn the Page Children’s Book Festival
This fourth annual festival includes read-alouds by authors and live art demonstrations by illustrators. Meet more than 30 authors and illustrators and ask them about their craft. Buy books from Oakland’s own East Bay Booksellers and have them signed. Celebrate young writers and their work at the Kid Author Table. Visit Oakland Public Library’s Fairyland Branch to sign up for the new Fairyland library card, designed by local illustrator Michael Wertz. Or use your creativity to make a bookish craft with OPL librarians! Sat. Event details

Spring Free Family Day
Make art inspired by BAMPFA exhibitions and explore the galleries with family-oriented tours. Enjoy an interactive musical performance by the Bug Family Band, known for rich vocal harmonies, family sing-alongs and their commitment to invertebrate conservation. Take a break for kid-friendly snacks at Babette. Stay for a free screening of Revolting Rhymes, Part 1 (2016), based on the much-loved book by Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake. Sun. Event details


Maker Faire
Take the whole family to the world’s largest DIY festival, featuring anything and everything that people make themselves. From robots to recycled art to homemade, traditional arts and crafts, you’ll see the finest examples of creativity and innovation. Mini makers will enjoy hands-on activity stations and exhibits that get the gears turning in their heads. Head to the event early because this popular event fills up quickly. Fri.-Sun. Event details

72nd Annual Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade
Hundreds of kids and their pets—dogs, cats, birds, chickens, turtles and even worms—participate in this annual parade. There are also youth groups, marching bands and dignitaries in vintage cars. Sat. Event details

South Bay

Silicon Valley Bikes Festival
Celebrate National Bike Month at this festival that includes food trucks, craft beer for the parents, a Kids’ Space, thrilling BMX stunt riding shows, music, historical exhibitions, free valet bicycle parking and a spectacular bicycle show that attracts custom, vintage, cruiser and lowrider builders and collectors. Sun. Event details

North Bay

Family Campout on the Farm
Family Campouts offer the very special opportunity to pitch your tent at a campsite overlooking the ocean, have a campfire and wake up on the farm at Slide Ranch. On Saturday, join Slide Ranch teachers for a day of farm activities, crafts and nature exploration. At night, gather for a family potluck dinner, a cozy campfire and camping under the stars. Sunday morning, enjoy a breakfast buffet, morning farm chores and preparing homemade treats harvested from the organic garden. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Celebrate this German/Austrian cultural fest with a Maypole, authentic foods and beer, music, folk dancing and children’s games. Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth