It’s cold but it’s still cool to head outdoors for the weekend. Throw on your jacket, pull on your mittens and go for a night hike, learn to ride a skateboard or catch a flick after dark at the zoo. Ready to brave the chill? See what’s happening in your hood.

Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike and Campfire



San Francisco

Make Star Spangled Banners for Veteran’s Day
Ready to show your stars and stripes? For over 150 years, American soldiers have called the Presidio home. On this Veteran’s Day weekend Creative Family Fun you can make a “Star Spangled Banners” of your very own. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Go Beyond the Farm with Old MacDonald
Old MacDonald lives happily on her farm with all her animals. But Duck is sad because his birthday is tomorrow and his pen-pals live far away. Then Old Macdonald has an idea to cheer up her web-footed friend. Join her as she journeys beyond the farm to meet Duck’s pen-pals in faraway places. You’ll visit breezy islands, bustling cities, and lush jungles to collect Duck’s birthday presents, then return to the farm and surprise Duck with a special birthday party. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Spend Veteran’s Day at Crab Cove
Spend Veteran’s Day honoring the men and women who’ve served the country at Crab Cove. There are different activities throughout the afternoon from a history walk where you can learn about merchant marine and the Glory of the Sea to the construction of a wreath and flowers to memorialize those who gave their lives serving the country. And there’s more, from flag folding to knot making as well as a flag retirement ceremony. Fri. Event details.

Jammies Required: Movies Night at the Oakland Zoo
Well, jammies aren’t exactly required but more than welcome along with pillows, blankets and chairs for snuggling up beneath the starry sky for a night of nocturnal animal encounters and a movie at Oakland Zoo’s Zoovie Nights. Animal or nature themed movies range from the classic animated “The Jungle Book” to “Finding Dory” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Popcorn and marshmallow-sprinkled hot chocolate are provided but you can pack your own snacks, too. Movies are limited to 50 people so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Fri. Event details.

South Bay

You’ll Fall Hard for these Autumn Leaf Luminaries
Check out what the makers are building and creating at the New Museum Los Gatos open studio. Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create. This weekend, you’re gonna fall hard for autumn leaf luminaries. You’ll create trees out of tissue paper on the exterior of glass jars to create a beautiful stained glass effect. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Warm up for this 5K and Tot Trot
Down by the Bay 5k and Tot Trot is a unique running event for the whole family. Get dressed in your Halloween best one more time and join us at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale for our costume fun runs! Bring the whole family – runners, walkers, and strollers are welcome! After you cross the finish line, head over to the Family Activities area to celebrate your run! At the festival you’ll find refreshments, games, and free high‐fives. Down by the Bay 5k fun run benefits the Mountain View Parent Nursery School. Sun. Event details.


It’s Never Too Early for A Christmas Story
Celebrate the season with a triple-dog dare, an iconic leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and the coveted Red Ryder BB gun as The Peninsula Youth Theater presents A Christmas Story: The Musical. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Pop-In for Fun at the Peninsula Art Museum
Calling all art lovers, big and small! Bring your family and friends to PMA on the second Saturday of each month for fun and interactive activities that explore art and creativity. Enjoy the exhibitions and make one-of-a-kind artworks. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Ollie Over to McInnis Park this Weekend
Marin County Parks wants you to skateboard…and they’re going to teach you how! Local, professional instructors will teach the basics of skatepark skills and help the beginner gain some confidence to build on. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring your board, helmet, and pads. Sat. Event details.

Get A-Glowing to the Family Hike and Campfire
Join NatureBridge Golden Gate and discover one of the most amazing natural phenomenon, bioluminescence. You’ll hike out to Rodeo Beach and explore the sands for twinkling plankton. This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Our evening hikes are usually no more than 2 miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike we dig into some fun around the campfire including S’more roasting, campfire skits & fun sing alongs! Sat. Event details.

What do you love most about fall? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers