Don’t you just love weekends like this—full of Dia de los Muertos events, museum days and leaves changing color? Whether you are staying in town or planning a fall family road trip, we’ve got the weekend scoop for you!

Editor’s note: Please check with venues to make sure they are open this weekend before heading over. 

photo: OMCA

San Francisco

CoCo With the SF Symphony
This Academy Award-winning smash hit stars a music-loving boy who makes a dazzling journey to the Land of the Dead to reunite with his great-great-grandfather. Watch the show as the San Francisco Symphony plays the score along with the movie. Fri.-Sat. Event details

Free Family Day at SFMOMA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art invites families to enjoy a day of art and fun with hands-on art making, story time with San Francisco Public Library librarians, an art-themed treasure hunt throughout the museum, film screenings in the Phyllis Wattis Theater and a special reading of “What Can a Citizen Do?” with illustrator Shawn Harris. Sun. Event details

East Bay

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Now in its 24th year, this family-friendly event has a lot in store for all who attend including hundreds of vendors selling traditional Latin American crafts and art, a carnival pop-up with kids’ games and rides, 25 traditional altars on display and three performance stages. The festival is back on International Blvd. and will extend from Fruitvale Ave. all the way to 40th Ave. Sat. Event details

Bison Fest
A zoo-wide celebration of our National Mammal! Learn more about these majestic animals through keeper talks and interactive tables. Help us in celebrating bringing bison back to California and helping them thrive in Montana through our partnership with the Iinii Initiative. Share your support for bison at through face painting, a Bison Selfie station and more! Sat. Event details


Dia de los Muertos First Friday Family Night
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos as a family at CuriOdyssey’s First Friday Family Night where you can make a colorful tissue paper flower with The Mexican Museum and decorate a celebratory ofrenda honoring beloved animals from CuriOdyssey’s long history in the community.  Meet animals that live at CuriOdyssey now and learn folklore about their species. Enjoy a live band and beer or wine from a cash bar. Grab a hot dinner as the kids explore and experiment with science in fun, hands-on exhibits. Fri. Event details

Dia De Los Muertos
The San Mateo County History Museum will join with Casa Círculo Cultural and the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library to present a Mexican Day of the Dead celebration with music, traditional food and a processional (beginning at 7 p.m.).  Within the Museum will be kids’ crafts related to Día de los Muertos traditions. Sun. Event details

South Bay

Blue Man Group Speechless
Speechless will feature new and original compositions, invented instruments and unexpected situations alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary and profound absurdity. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Dia De Los Muertos
This joyful family celebration honors the lives of ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. Kids can make and decorate clay skulls and masks, paint their faces like a calvera or skull and create art with marigold flowers. The day includes lively music and dance performances and a procession. Sun. Event details

North Bay

Family Days at MarinMOCA
Choose from several hands-on art projects taught by professional teachers. The family-friendly art teachers can customize the art project so that you and every child in your family can take home a personalized creation. Art supplies are included. Sun. Event details

Abracadabra! Magic in Peanuts
A new exhibition at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center celebrates one of Schulz’s little-known pastimes: magic. Featuring original Peanuts comic strips, animation cels, merchandise, and artwork, Abracadabra! Magic in Peanuts invites viewers to go behind the curtain and discover how Schulz brought his love of illusion and magic tricks into the panels of Peanuts. Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth