The weather has started to cool down but kids’ fall activities, in particular Halloween festivities, are only heating up! Additionally, there are sharks, a county fair, trains and magic show to consider this weekend—what will it be for your family??

photo: L.A. County Fair 

San Francisco

Sharks Exhibit at Cal Academy
Explore 450 million years of evolution and the underwater world of sharks all without getting wet!
Fri.-Sun., Event details 

Lumpias are a Filipino type of spring roll with a thin, paper-like wrapper that envelop a variety of fillings from savory to sweet. This festival gives your kids the opportunity to try them all!
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Alemany Fall Plant Sale
Green for a cause? Yes, please! The Friends of Alemany Farm are holding a plant sale of which all proceeds support Alemany Farm’s efforts in growing food for San Francisco residents experiencing food insecurity.
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East Bay

Alameda County Fair
The fair is back—bigger and better than ever! Carnival rides, favorite fair foods, shopping and concerts all ensure that the community truly Comes Together, which is this year’s theme.
Fri.-Sat., Event details

Saturday Stroll at Roberts Regional Rec
Enjoy a moderate, 3 mile guided hike through redwood forest, mixed chaparral and oak woodlands.
Sat., Event details 

Open Air Marketplace
The best local Makers of jewelry, wine barrel products, organic body, home goods, apparel, glass and floral arrangements are all at this free, outdoor market with live music so be sure to bring the whole family-furry ones, too!
Sat., Event details 

South Bay/Peninsula

Beyond Van Gogh
Immersive art is all the rage these days! After learning about Van Goh’s early life and failed attempt at being an art dealer among other careers, let yourself be enveloped into a world of swirling colors in this larger-than-life art exhibit. Just… GOGH.
Fri. – Sun., Event details

Get Your Fill of Model Trains
Your train lover will be delighted in the model railroad and train collection at the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History while they learn about California’s railroad history.
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Orchard Days at Filoli
Autumn is one of the most gorgeous times at Filoli to visit the Gentleman’s Orchard. Rows of apple trees and grapevines are open to wander through while enjoying vibrant fall colors of changing leaves which all makes for the ideal autumn picture!
Sat.-Sun., Event details


Goblin Jamboree
The longest running Halloween festival in Marin is back! Head on down to Discovery Museum for their family-friendly spooktacular—advanced reservations require.
Sat.-Sun., Event details

Petaluma Drive-In Movies
Is there a more perfect movie than Ghostbusters to get ready for Halloween?? Head down to Sonoma Fairgrounds this Friday night for a just-spooky-enough family movie
Fri., Event details 

Not-So-Scary Halloween Magic Show
Calling all ghosts, goblins and pumpkins to this family-friendly Halloween magic show!
Fri., Event details 


Disney’s Big Draw Festival 2021 
The world’s largest drawing festival online. This year’s theme, Make the Change, highlights exciting and creative ways to live sustainably and create a healthier world. Three different sessions are available—check website for details.
Sat., Event details

—Christine Lai

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