While some cities are winding down, San Francisco and the Bay Area is just getting started: the fairer weather of September and October means it’s festival season around the Bay. This weekend, you can head to the awesome kid’s area at the SF Dragon Boat Festival, the Pleasanton Harvest Fair, the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival and more. There’s also fun runs, giant book sales, healthy walks and Bay cleanups. Party on!
photo: SF Dragon Boat Fest
Friends of the Library Book Sale
It’s time for the fall event at Fort Mason where thousands of books are on sale. If you’ve never been, prepare yourself: your inner bibliophile will scream with joy. Bring a bag (or three) to carry out your haul. Everything is $3 or less and all proceeds benefit Friends of the Library. Fri., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fort Mason. Free. All ages. Event details.
SF Dragon Boat Festival
Cheer on a fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as they race to the beat of Chinese drums through the SF Bay! This two-day, admission-free festival features family-friendly live entertainment, cultural performers, fabulous food, and fun merchandise. Kids of all ages can enjoy free games with prizes, arts and crafts in the Flax Creative Arts Area, carnival rides, a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, fire engine, face painting, airbrush tattoos, animal balloons, roving dragon characters and more at the ever-popular Dragon Land. Complimentary shuttles run both days between the festival and locations in San Francisco.Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Treasure Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
4th Annual Japantown Sumo Championship
Head to Japantown Peace Plaza for a meet and greet with Sumo wrestlers who will compete.Get autographs and photos and learn about life as a Sumo. On Sat., there’s a 5 p.m. meet and greet (no competitions) and on Sun., there will be live matches at noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. and another meet and greet at 5 p.m. Sat., 5-6 p.m. and Sun., noon-6 p.m. Japantown. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Liver Life Walk
Join more than 13k people nationwide for The Liver Life Walk, the national fundraising walk of the American Liver Foundation. Do something healthy outside with the kiddos while raising awareness (and funds) for the ALF.Sun., 8 a.m.–noon. Golden Gate Park. Free (donation). All ages. Event details.
2015 Pleasanton Harvest Fair
Harvest (and festival) season is on and you can enjoy tons of arts and crafts (early holiday shopping, anyone?), live music, delicious food, wandering jugglers and a whole kid’s area where they can create their own crafter-pieces! Bring a non-perishable non-perishable food donation to support the Alameda County Community Food Bank and receive $2 off any general admission.Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pleasanton. $9/adults; $4/children 13-17; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Open Cockpit Day at OAM
Wanna know what it would be like to fly Korean War MiG-15? You can find out today at the Oakland Aviation Museum. Get a glimpse of flight training in a simulator and let the imagination run wild in the Navy A-3 Sky Warrior. You can even tour the Solent Flying Boat from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s a food vendor area on site, too so you can grab lunch before or after exploring. Sun., noon–4 p.m. Oakland. $10/adults; $7/military & teens; $5/child 6-12; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Open Lab: Talk Like a Pirate Day
Arrr ye ready for some swashbuckling?? Make smoke canons and shrunken heads to brave the salty seas. Since yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day, Open Lab is running with the theme. Head over to do some tinkering, creating and possibly a few ad-hoc sword fights.Sun., 2-5 p.m. North Oakland. Cost varies depending on materials used. All ages. Event details.
Tea Collection Sample Sale
This is a chance to outfit your kiddos with some of the sweetest signature kid’s clothes around. There is a $5 entry fee, 100% of which goes to the Global Fund for Children (and you can add this to your purchase at checkout). Credit cards and cash accepted, but bring your own bag (or three). Fri., noon-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Mateo. $5 entry fee. All ages. Event details.
Family Nature at Huddart Park
Bring the kiddos along on a guided walk and enjoy nature related arts and crafts. The activities are geared for ages 2-10 as well as longer nature walks for older kids and adults. Free, but please RSVP. Sat., 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Woodside. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bark in the Park San Jose
The largest dog festival in the United States, check out more than 15,000 dog lovers and 3,900 dogs. Enjoy contests, including the popular Dog Costume Contest, Dog/Owner Look-Alike Contest and Tail Wagging Contest; demos of dog agility and specialized dog training; vendors with food and drink for humans and more than 75 vendors with dog-specific goods and services. Money raised from Bark in the Park benefits local community and pet-focused organizations including Humane Society Silicon Valley, San Jose Animal Care Center and the Campus Community Neighborhood Association. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Naglee Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
The 35th Annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
Experience local and regional artists with more than 175 and crafts booths to visit, 25 community groups serving delicious food favorites, four vintners pouring fine wines, micro-brewed beer, stellar live entertainment on three stages, the ever-popular Kids Kingdom and the all new Toddler Town! New this year: Don’t miss the “50 Tour Champions of the Bay!” Check out the Lombardi trophies on the ball field as part of the Super Community events leading up to Super Bowl 50. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Clara. Free. All ages. Event details.
Coastal Cleanup Day at Rodeo Lagoon
Celebrate the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day with stewardship at Rodeo Lagoon. Show your community support and lend a hand, learn about the impacts of marine debris and spend some quality time with the kids outdoors. Meet at the picnic tables across from the NatureBridge driveway. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Sat., 9 a.m.-noon. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.
Family Fun and Plant Day
Bring the kids for an afternoon of farm scavenger hunts, face painting, fall farming crafts, and a seed planting. Enjoy workshops, family activities and seasonal produce, flowers, crafts for sale. All proceeds go towards supporting the farm. Expert staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.Sun., 1-3 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.
Totally Super Awesome, Really, Really Fun Run
Imagine this, you (you’re best super-hero version of yourself, that is), your minions, your friends, family, neighbors, your dentist, dog walker, soccer coach and mail man, running (or walking or eagerly gallivanting) along a mostly flat one-mile or 5k course, complete with superheroes, bubble zone, dance parties, smile mile, and more.Plus, kids are free with paid adult using code AWESOME, Register now! Sun., 9 a.m. San Anselmo. $35/adults; kids free using code. All ages. Event details.
It’s time for the Marin Humane Society’s 7th Annual benefit festival featuring music by Wonder Bread 5, raffle prizes, a kid’s zone full of barktacular fun, local vendors and tons of food and drink (for humans!). There will also be a fee-waived adopt-a-thon, so come prepared for the possibility that your family might grow before the end of the day! Well behaved pooches are always welcome. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Novato. $32-$35/adult; $15/children 6-12; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
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