With sea chanty sing-alongs from morning to night, an homage to the tomato on a local farm and free admission for grandparents for one of the best kid’s museum in the greater Bay Area, this is how SF does tthe weekend. Ride on.

hyde st pier maritime park sea festival san francisco photo: NPS via flickr 

San Francisco

San Francisco’s Sea Music Festival
Head to Hyde St. Pier for a day of singing, instrumentals, dance and traditional maritime music from around the world. Performances by musicians, living history players and nautical demos take place on the pier and on board historic ships. There’s even an evening sea chanty sing along! Sat., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Hyde St. Pier. $5/adults; children 15 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

History for Half Pints
At this once-monthly program kids learn about history while getting crafty and having a ton of fun. This Saturday, celebrate city’s future and past by heading to the ballpark to make your own baseball player, create a food label inspired by the Farmer’s Market, design your own font at The Type Studio, play dress up, explore the 1915 World’s Fair Exhibit and so much more! Sat., 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. SOMA. Free with RSVP. All ages. Event details.

Brit & Co Re:Make Festival
Bring your family and friends to the Re:Make festival where you can try your hand at a ton of free DIY projects, shop goods from over 100 makers, grab a bite to eat from yummy food trucks and even dance the day away with the in-house DJ. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fort Mason. Free. All ages. Event details.

CMC Sundays
Community Music Center invites your family to a free mini music festival. Explore instruments, take classes, join jams and more. The kid’s demo classes are from 3-3:45 p.m. and the instrument petting zoo is open 4-5 p.m. Lots of classes for grown ups too. Sun., 3-5 p.m. Mission. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Karl Johnson at Monkey Bars
Third Generation Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson will be creating his marvelous hand-cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes, so even your wiggle worms can be subjects! Please call the store to register for an appointment: (510) 769-6905. Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Alameda. $30/silhouette. All ages. Event details.

Pt. Richmond Summer Concert Series
This totally free concert held in historic downtown Point Richmond features The Rusty String Express and Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers. Fri., 5:30-7:45 p.m. Pt. Richmond. Free. All ages. Event details.

Tomato Festival at Smith Family Farm
The farm will be opening its gates for tomato fans, with live music, art displays, cooking demos, food, and plenty of tomatoes! Sat., noon–6 p.m. Brentwood. $12/adults; $8/children 3–10 and under; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

National Playdough Day
Join Red Tricycle and Habitot to celebrate National Playdough Day by trying to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the World’s Largest Homemade Playdough Ball! How? First, follow these instructions to make homemade dough before the event. Snap a photo or short video of you and the kiddos making the dough to prove it is homemade, because no store-bought dough is allowed. Then bring as much as you can carry to Habitot on Sep. 13 for Family Funday: Playdough Play Day (no store-bought playdough allowed). Add to the playdough ball; enjoy a pizza party, juice and healthy snacks; participate in playdough making workshops, sculpting contests and a race to build the largest playdough tower; enter a competition for the most creative way to wear playdough and laugh at a silly playdough puppet show. Tickets are limited so get them early. Sun., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Berkeley. $10-$12. All ages. Event details.


Kidchella 2015
Head south to Kidchella, a kid’s rock festival with Andy-Z and the Andyland Band. Enjoy live music along with an inflatable play land in the heart of Redwood City. Sun., 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bicycle Sundays
Cañada Road is closed between the Filoli entrance and Highway 92, which makes for a car-free walk, run, bike, skate, stroll, or tricycle ride! With restrooms located strategically along the way (Edgewood Park, Pulgas Water Temple, and Filoli) and tons of places to stop and picnic, it’s a beautiful day out. Ride on! Sun., 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Belmont. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Free Yoga at Santana Row
Do some sun salutations in the sunshine at Park Valencia with free yoga presented by Lululemon Athletica. Sat., 8:30 a.m. Santana Row. Free. All ages. Event details.

BABI 2015
Join Bay Area Birth Information (BABI), a local nonprofit organization, at a 12th annual open house connecting expectant and new parents with dedicated professionals, services, information, and community resources. Enjoy a fun day with free massages, amazing raffle prizes and giveaways from local birth and baby centered shops and practitioners! Free workshops and panels will be happening throughout the day. Sat., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Campbell. Free. All ages. Event details.

44th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
Head to Silicon Valley for a world class art and music festival with a vibrant, multicultural celebration of more than 600 professional artists and craftmakers. Enjoy handcrafted wares, live music, and a Kids’ Park with bungee jumping, wild and wacky waterballerz, face painting and hula hooping fun. For the grown-ups, there’s even a wine tasting tent! Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mountain View. Free. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Parent’s Night Out
Let the kids learn all about making (and eating) dinner while you head out for a night on the town all your own. Drop them off at 5 p.m. and they will learn to make a healthy meal, then wash up and whip up their own dessert. You pick them up at 9 p.m. with full tummies. Be sure and let The Culinary Dude know at the time of registration of any food allergies or restrictions. Sat., 5–9 p.m. Tiburon. $65/early bird; $75/regular. 5-14. Event details.

Beautiful Hands Book Reading
In what might be the sweetest book event of the year, Beautiful Hands is based on co-author Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, “What will your beautiful hands do today?” Hear the book read live by co-author and illustrator by Kathryn Otoshi, an award winning author and illustrator. Sat., 4–5 p.m. Corte Madera. Free. All ages. Event details.

Grandparent’s Day at Bay Area Discovery Museum
Celebrate National Grandparents Day with the BADM, where you can create your family tree, decorate a picture frame and enjoy a performance by Tim Cain. And all grandparents receive free admission! Sun., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sausalito. $13.95/general. Free for grandparents. All ages. Event details.

Apple Picking at Chileno Valley Ranch
Bring the kiddos for some apple picking at Chileno Valley Ranch, where an organic apple orchard and farm tours await! Meet cows and sheep and even feed them fallen apples from the orchard. All the apple varieties are blind taste test winners, and can be purchased from the ranch during u-pick days. Sun., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Petaluma. $6 entry fee per carload if pre-booked through the site or $10 per carload if you do not pre-book. Apples are $2/lb. All ages. Event details.

Let us know how you and the family #rockedtheweekend all around the Bay. 

—Amber Guetebier