The temperature is starting to drop and the leaves are changing but there’s one thing that’s staying the same, a weekend of non-stop Bay Area fun. So cruise the cool redwoods, grab a front row seat at a silly pig race or go taste-testing at a super sweet tomato festival. Hungry for more? Read on for our top picks.

Pizza and Redwoods in Larkspur 

San Francisco

Roll on Over for the Presidio Family Bike Ride
Join a Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide for a gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that’s fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Sat. Event details.

See Hamlet for Free at Shakespeare in the Park
For the first time in its 35th year history, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is presenting Hamlet for the first time. Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Cupertino from July to October, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for over 30,000 people to see high quality, professional theater free of charge. Set in Denmark in 1559, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying Gertrude, his deceased brother’s widow. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Get Growing with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Your favorite goodnight story, from teeny egg to beautiful butterfly, is coming to the stage, Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, with its vivid colors and lively puppets, is sure to be loved by kids and their parents. From strawberries to lollipops and leaves, watch your favorite caterpillar grow and grow. This rendition of also includes other favorites by Eric Carle including sea horses, fireflies and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Learn all about Native California Plants, People
Bring the whole family for a guided tour with the Botanical Garden’s Education Director through one of the world’s largest collections of California native plants. Walk on the “Indian Trail” and explore the creative ways California Indians have used native plants in their everyday lives for food, shelter, tools, fiber, medicine, even music, toys and games. At each plant stop, you’ll examine (and sometimes try!) replicas of Indian artifacts as we discover the plant knowledge, customs, and skills of California’s earliest peoples. At the end, you’ll make a cattail cordage bracelet to take home. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Get Cows and Wows at the Santa Cruz County Fair
Just when you thought you said your final goodbye to summer there’s still one more county fair to dig into. That’s right, the Santa Cruz County Fair is getting underway and this year the theme celebrates the region’s agriculture heritage via Cows, Plows and Oh Wows. So in addition to fried treats, whirls on the ferris wheel and farm animal encounters you can cheer on turkeys and pigs in funny races, see monster tracks race and attend all kinds of concerts. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

You Say Tomato, I Say Heirloom Harvest Festival
It’s a world record kind of Sunday when the Guinness World Records comes to Los Gatos for the Heirloom Tomato Harvest Celebration and sine 175 tomato varieties. Tomato lover or not, there’s plenty more to this fruity fest including a blue grass band. But you came for the tomatoes, so parents will love the Bloody Mary’s and who knows, kids might even dig the tomato saffron ice cream. Sun. Event details.


Get Ready to Baile at Fiesta Patrias
It’s time for Fiestas Patrias, patriotic holiday in the Mexican culture, that’s about to get underway in downtown Redwood City. The Courthouse Square is being transformed for the community celebration with arts and crafts, authentic Mexican fare, an authentic Flag Ceremony conducted by Consul General de Mexico, Ballet Folklorico dancing, live Mariachi music and more. Sat. Event details.

Climb Up the Beanstalk with Jack
Bring your little beanstalks to this musical retelling of the classic fairy tale of gullible young Jack, his poor Mother, their loveable cow Betsy, an evil baron, a madcap inventor Giant, along with his lab assistants and magical creations, the Golden Harp and Golden Goose. The play is full of surprises as not all characters are exactly what you expect them to be! The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes and there are two show times. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Join a Full Moon Adventure at Roy’s Redwoods
Want to go out after dark? Then join a ranger for a nature walk to experience Roy’s Redwoods after the sun dips beneath the sky. The range will share the down-low on nocturnal animals and other wild things that go bump in the night. The hike is easy for all age. Wear comfy clothes, warm layers and bring a flashlight. Heavy rain will cancel this event. Sun. Event details.

A Wrap on Summer Means this Fall Fest is in Effect
Summer is over and that means it’s time for the 61st Annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. While parents enjoy looking at art and listening to music, kids will love the awesome live entertainment planned just for them! Puppets, magic, stories and music will be entertaining all the kids. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

What’s topping your agenda this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers