We are right in thick of the best weather in the Bay and we are ready for it! Kick off the weekend with some food trucks and festival vibes at the Fort Mason OTG, then cruise on south for a county fair and a renaissance faire! The Easy Bay is the place to be if you are looking for your next furry best friend. Don’t waste a minute of the weekend!

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San Francisco

Mid-Autumn Festival
Off the Grid will host their first annual Mid-Autumn Festival on Mid-Autumn Day, at their flagship Fort Mason Center location. Guests can expect to find special holiday treats from creators such as Duck Bao from Mission Street Food and zong (Chinese tamales) from Wokitchen. For entertainment, there will be a Chinese lantern-decorating station and lion dancers will perform in the market throughout the night. Fri. Event details

Skate on Art
Also at Fort Mason, you can enjoy free roller skating on an artist-designed outdoor roller rink. The participatory art installation from assume vivid astro focus (avaf) features performances, DJ sets and best of all the chance to roller skate on iconic artwork. Fri.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Primate Discovery Day
Leap like lemurs for a day of hands-on, tails-on adventures for all ages! Games, activities, learning and amazing animals await you on this special day of primate discovery. Bring in your old cellphones, tablets, or any handheld electronic device for recycling and receive a free rides ticket. Sat. Event details

Bay Area Pet Fair
The largest pet festival and animal adoption event in North America is back! Head to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton for this meet-and-greet with 2,000+ adoptable dogs, cats, bunnies and small animals. Enter your pooch in the Splash Dogs Dock Diving competition, check out a live band or browse 100+ vendor booths (with tons of free goodies!). Sat.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

Santa Cruz County Fair
With 105 acres of annual favorites, there will be quilts, jams and jellies, giant pumpkins, award-winning photographs and artwork, giant animals and a wide array of opportunities to buy the latest gadget for your home. Bring your little ones to the Kiddie Korral for a safe place to relax with green grass, shade trees, activities, toys, rocking chairs, picnic tables and a changing area. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Northern California Renaissance Faire
Come celebrate the harvest as the streets and pathways of this renaissance village come to life! The marketplace of master artisans offers the latest designs and finest hand work in blown glass, keen blades, armor and chain mail, romantic clothing, leather-work, woodwork, hand wrought jewelry, sculpture and much, much more. Stop to play a game of darts, sip an ale or sink your teeth into delicious fare. Then, sit, relax and watch a show or interact with some of the locals before heading on. Sat.-Sun. Event details


Second Saturday: Nature Hunt and Crafts
The Gamble Garden welcomes young explorers on a nature hunt around this unique three-acre garden. Children can enjoy arts and crafts activities inspired by nature. Afterwards, tour the first floor of the Gamble House as volunteer docents describe what life was like 100 years ago. Sat. Event details

The Physics Show A Tribute to Galileo & Pressure
The Physics Show is a fun science show for kids and their families put on twice a year to support school outreach programs. Sat.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

4th Annual Marin Music Festival
Known for its musical revolution in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Marin County provides a gorgeous natural backdrop for this free day of local music showcasing Marin’s musical flair. This free event will feature local live bands, arts and crafts booths, food trucks, beer and wine, kids’ activities and a stunning waterfront view! Sat. Event details

If you love to dance, there’s always a lively band playing folk and popular music at Kinderfest. Featured dancers in traditional dress perform Schuhplattler and other dances popular at Oktoberfest and seasonal festivals in Bavaria and Austria. Special games, dances, and activities are planned for Kinder (children) at Kinderfest. Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth