San Francisco was recently named the #1 city in the world and this coming weekend’s events are a small snapshot for the reason why! This weekend we celebrate Hispanic Heritage monthoutdoor concerts, brunch with animals, beer and… walnuts. Be sure to check out the rest of this month’s Fall-tastic festivals! 

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San Francisco

26th Annual Sunset Community Festival
Sunset locals celebrate diversity this weekend at this community festival with a Kids Zone with face painting and balloon animals. Delicious local bites and a pop-up Sunset Mercantile marketplace will also be on hand along with live music and dance groups.
Sat., Event details

Last Saturday Live
A monthly open-air mini music fest, Last Saturday Live features local artists, merchants, musicians and makers along with local eats to celebrate all things music.
Sat., Event details 

Beach Clean Up
Miss the National Beach Clean Up day last weekend? No worries. There are organized beach clean ups every weekend here in the Bay so pick a beach to beautify!
Sat., Event details 

East Bay

The Walnut Festival, Walnut Creek
A kid zone, arts and crafts, carnival rides, gourmet food and a craft beer garden means this festival has something for everyone!
Thurs.-Sun., Event details

Brunch for the Wild Bunch
This is your mini’s chance to feed the animals! Go behind-the-scenes and venture into habitats to participate in one of four different food spreads: spread produce for the elephants, hide seeds for the baboons, spread snacks for the sun bears, or toss treats around the grizzly yard.
Sat., Event details 

Musical Fiesta with Mariachi San Francisco
Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance by Mariachi San Francisco. Learn about mariachi music, various instruments, the songs and the traditional costumes. Historically, mariachi ensembles were made up of all male musicians, but Mariachi San Francisco is a unique 10-piece ensemble composed of male and female musicians.
Sat., Event details 

South Bay


Los Altos Art & Wine Festival
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival has all-day free concerts on two stages and entertainment for children all weekend in the Kidzone. The distinctive works of artists and craftspeople from more than a dozen states will be showcased as well as select vintages from local wineries. A variety of delicious food and sweets will also be available for purchase.

Sat. & Sun., Event details 

Hispanic Heritage Hike
Explore the Sierra Vista Open space, visit booths and enjoy tacos at this 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage celebration.
Sat., Event details

NorCal Renaissance Faire
Travel back to a time of knights, feasts and festivities and enjoy dance performances, concerts, jousting tournaments and more. Kids 12 and under are free every weekend!
Fri.-Sun., Event details 


Indigenous Storytelling and Songs
Join a fun, family-friendly program as we listen to traditional Coast Miwok folktales and sing songs in the Coast Miwok language. This program will be led by Alicia Mary Retes, storytelling performer throughout the Greater Bay Area, and a Mayo/Yaqui descendant.
Sat., Event details 

Musical Moments Kids Concert
Bring a blanket and low-back lawn chair to enjoy this free concert with Mrs. D from Musical Moments! The whole family is welcomed but this is geared towards ages 0-5 and Kona Ice will be on site for post-concert refreshment.
Sat., Event details 

Oktoberfest Mill Valley
Get out your dirndl and lederhosen and make plans to meet us at the Tam Valley Community Center parking lot for live music, dancing, games, food, amusements and beer.
Sat., Event details



Fun Animal Friday: Cockroach and Tarantula
Have you ever wanted to get a closer look at life’s littlest creatures?   Crawl on over to our Facebook Live to meet some creepy crawly friends from Wild Wonders!    Meet a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and a Red Knee Tarantula with Wild Wonders during this interactive, virtual event.  This virtual Fun Animal Friday will take place at 10:00 a.m.
Fri.,  Event details 

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Bilingual Family Story Time
Join Oakland’s children librarians in a bilingual Spanish story time. Enjoy songs, rhymes and read-alouds LIVE in a Zoom room highlighting books created by and about Spanish speaking communities.
Sat., Event details

—Christine Lai

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