The long weekend is upon us and we’ve got four days of fun for you. From Civil Way reenactments to a festival devoted to kids, there’s no excuse not to get out there this weekend!

photo: Doug Kaye

San Francisco

Celebrate the Vibrant Colors of Carnaval SF
San Francisco’s 41st annual Carnaval celebration is shaping up to be a party like no other. Over 400,000 people are expected to line in the streets to enjoy dancing, drumming, live music, brilliant costumes, delicious food and artistry. Don’t miss the Grand Parade, which kicks off on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The spectacular costumes and floats will take your breath away and the infectious samba rhythms will have your whole family dancing in the streets. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Memorial Day Commemoration
This ceremony will honor the one million Americans killed while serving in the U.S. armed forces and will connect the public to the commitment and sacrifices made by military personnel, veterans and their families. Mon. 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. TreasureFest has great activities for children and is pet-friendly so bring your pooch. Sat.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Bay Area KidFest
Looking for a fun way to spend Memorial Day weekend? Head over to Concord where it’s Kid Fest time! Puppets, singers, martial artists and even your favorite TV characters will be there to entertain all weekend. Carnival rides will get you spinning. Sat.-Mon. Event details

San Ramon Art & Wind Festival
Kites are the main attraction of this event along with artists’ booths and hands-on activities for all ages. See talented musicians and dancers on multiple stages, grab a bite to eat and check out the kids zone with rides and other fun. Sun.-Mon. Event details


Putt’n Around Downtown RWC
Enjoy this pop-up 18-hole course complete with scaled decorations and nighttime black light golf. This limited-run activity will be fun for the whole family. Fri.-Mon. Event details

Farmers Market at Bay Meadows
Discover weekly market-inspired kids crafts at “Sweet Peas Clubhouse”, live music, pony rides and story hour with the SM mobile library, Shop the freshest fruits, veggies and baked goods. Play bocce and picnic in nearby Landing Green Park or grab a game of ping pong just outside of SurveyMonkey HQ. Sun. Event details

South Bay

Civil War Battles and Encampment
Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Ride an 1880s “iron horse” through an ancient redwood forest and witness skirmishes as the steam train ascends Bear Mountain. Then chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue. Sat.-Mon. Event details

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! Opening Weekend
Kids will step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” on this amazing scientific adventure as they investigate and discover everyday questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Using scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses, kids will have a blast in this interactive exploration of fun. Sat.-Mon. Event details

North Bay

Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade
Mill Valley’s Memorial Day Parade begins with a veterans ceremony in Lytton Square at 9:45 a.m. The parade itself begins at 10:30 a.m. at Old Mill Park and features over 60 participating organizations. It makes its way through downtown and along Miller Avenue and ends up at Tamalpais High School. Mon. Event details

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice Opening Weekend
Travel back in time and bring dinosaurs to life for your child as you explore unfamiliar landscapes, don a dinosaur costume and uncover clues about what these creatures left behind in the traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

—Kate Loweth