It’s a wonderful weekend to romp around the Bay Area. From pony rides in pastures to old-fashioned games at a sprawling estate to Oktoberfest celebrations your kinder will love, you’ll be sure to find something to celebrate with your clan.

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Photo: Oktoberfest By the Bay

San Francisco

Oktoberfest SF
Think Oktoberfest is just for the beer drinking set? Oktoberfest By the Bay has lots to offer the kiddos. Authentic German food (bretzel anyone?), Bavarian music, costumes and merry making. The best day for bringing the kids is Family Day on Sunday, but kids are welcome Saturday day too (no kids Friday or Saturday nights). Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. South Beach. $25/adult; $5/child 13-18; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Randall Museum’s Open House
Check out the Randall Museum’s temporary digs at the Mission Art Center where the live animal exhibits along with the science and art studios are open and accessible. The Open House includes meet and greet with the animals, drop-in  hands-on art and science activities, live music, local food, and more! Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mission. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mom’s Fit & Well Event
Head to Presidio Sports Basement to hear speakers and check out mini sessions from various studios in gyms, including pilates, yoga, barre, crossfit, bootcamp and more. Meet physical therapists, trainers and nutritionists who specialize in pre, during and post pregnancy and women’s health and recovery. Goody bags available for the first 50 attendees but there will be goodies for all from vendors and sponsors throughout. Sun., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Presidio. $25. Moms. Event details.

Cole Valley Fair
Hop on the N Judah and head over to the Cole Valley ‘hood for a day of neighborly fun. Check out a firetruck, classic cars, bouncy house, obstacle course, plus vendors, music, and much more! Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cole Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Friday Family Sticky Art Lab 
Spread out a project on their tables and dive into a stack of reuse materials; it’s basically a project buffet just for you and the kids. Design your own project or bring one that you’ve been meaning to finish. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Berkeley. $20/for two; $5/additional person. All ages. Event details.

Pt. Richmond Concert Series
It’s the final concert in the series and this Friday night you can live it up Soji & The Afrobeats and Sol. Totally free, it’s held in historic downtown Pt. Richmond and with a end time of 7:45 p.m., you’ll still be home in for bedtime. Pt. Richmond, 5:30-7:45 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

We Rock the Spectrum’s Anniversary Bash
Food, music, dance, face painting, entertainment for the kids, plus zip lining, trampoline, crafts and other surprises. An event you don’t want to miss! Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Berkeley. $15/child; $12/siblings. 0-12. Event details.

Silly Sundays at Ashkenaz
You know what your Sunday needs? Some silliness! Get your fix at Ashkenaz’s afternoon fall series for kids, Silly Sunday. Live music, dancing, jumping spinning and a party worthy of some serious goofing off. Sun., 3-4:30 p.m. Berkeley.  $8/adults; $6/kids; babes in arms are free. All ages. Event details.


Passeggiata in Half Moon Bay
Say ciao to summer with the last evening of Downtown Half Moon Bay’s Italian tradition: Passeggiata, an after dinner stroll to meet up with family and friends. Purchase a “passaporto” from one of the participating locations for $25 (or click here) which entitles you to discounts like free appetizers, discounts at retailers, movies, music, and more. Plus there’s live entertainment throughout the evening. Buonasera! Fri., 6-9 p.m. Half Moon Bay. Free, passport is $25. All ages. Event details.

8th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival
With multiple stages of music including Latin, jazz and reggae, salsa tasting, cooking competitions and a kids festival area complete with bounce houses and arts projects, it’s gonna be one hot day! Sat., noon-8 p.m. Downtown Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Autumn at Filoli Festival
Celebrate the changing seasons at Filoli! The visitor center will be hosting tastings all day and the festival will be filled with family fun entertainment and activities. Learn about apples, pears, grapes and other fruits or take a stroll through the surrounding woodlands. The garden will be open as will the garden shop, offering fine wares from local vendors. For the kiddos there is a pumpkin patch, a puppet show, Happy Birds, and Sterling the Bubblesmith as well as old-fashioned games like 3-legged race, egg race and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Woodside. $20/adult member, $25/non–member; $5/children 5-17; children 4 and younger are free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Cars & Croissants on the Row
Check out over 100 exotic cars and their owners for a morning of auto-awesome at Santana Row. Sat., 9 a.m.–noon. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

Build an Airship at Los Gatos New Museum
Build your own balloon blimp! Inspired by the museum’s Giants in the Skyexhibition, children and adults alike can create their own dirigibles. There will also be a demo on motorized airship models featured during the workshop, with kits available to take home.Sat., 1-3 p.m. Los Gatos. $15/materials fee. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Blackie’s Pasture Hay Day 
Head to Blackie’s Pasture for a fun filled carnival reminiscent of a country fair with games, music, prizes, and entertainment for all ages. New this year, Blackie’s Bake Off. Kids will love the petting zoo, rock climbing wall, photo booth, giant slide and more! All proceeds benefit the children’s programs at the Belvedere Tiburon Library. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tiburon. $15/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

CLIF Bar CykelScramble
An awesome bike relay race where all kinds of crazy stuff can (and probably will) happen. The wacky race is accompanied by a full festival including a band, Off the Grid trucks, a Lagunitas Beer Garden, wine from the Clif Family Winery, kid’s activities and more. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

Tam Valley Oktoberfest
Enjoy authentic German music food, regional German beer, games, and free rides including Pirates Revenge, Berry-Go-Round, and Jumping Jumbo for the kids. Sat., 3-9 p.m. Mill Valley. $10/adults; $5/kids (includes free rides). All ages. Event details.

7th Annual Summerfest
Enjoy games, face painting, street painting, jumpies, slides, children’s musical performances, cotton candy, snow cones and more. All proceeds benefit HeadsUp, which raises money for San Rafael City Schools enrichment programs. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier