The last days of September bring some of the most gorgeous weather in town and this weekend has loads of opportunities to head outdoors. We picked the best spots for you so all you have to do is show up and enjoy!

photo: Northern California Dragon Boat Festival

San Francisco

Join Greater Farallones Association in celebrating the annual return of the white sharks to the Gulf of the Farallones. Enjoy shark science, shark experts, shark art, shark films, shark conservation, food, wine/beer and live music. Sat. Event details

Japantown Sumo Champions Exhibition
Head to the 8th Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition in the Japantown Peace Plaza to see this ancient Japanese tradition and martial art. Sun. Event details

East Bay

24th Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival
This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, delicious food, a variety of clothes and craft vendors and kid-friendly activities in Dragon Land where games and arts & crafts await. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Alameda Bike for the Parks
Ride your bike around panoramic views of the Bay Alameda and end at Washington Park in Alameda for an after-party for the entire family! Choose between a 25-mile or 8-mile kid’s ride; both end at Washington Park for an after-pa, kids’ games, jumpers, craft tables, bike demos, beer garden and music. Sat. Event details


Harvest Festival at Filoli
Come celebrate the bounties of the season in one beautiful, centralized location—the Meadow at Filoli. We’ll have pumpkin-decorating and other crafts, cider pressing demos and tasting, puppet shows, line dancing, sukkot decorating, and animals, including babydoll sheep. Food and beer available for purchase. Sat. Event details

Kids Carnival at the Hiller
Join the excitement with special activities just for kids.  Aircraft checkouts, cockpit exploration, glider and helicopter construction and more are just some of the activities available at each Kids’ Carnival. Sun. Event details

The true tradition of Munich’s famous annual festival comes to Redwood City for Oktoberfest, with a huge decked-out Oktoberfest tent on Courthouse Square—complete with over 1,100 feet of “family style” bench seating, lots of fun and merriment, music, dancing, contests, cold beer and other beverages, food, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

The Great Pumpkin Fest
The Bay Area’s premier Halloween event for kids includes Halloween activities for the entire family. Kids 12 and under can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat with the PEANUTS gang, race through a hay maze, decorate mini-pumpkins, color PEANUTS pictures, dance in a foam pit and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music
You’re invited to sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your friends from Nick Jr. in this new musical spectacular! Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music features PAW Patrol pups Marshall and Rubble, Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies’ Molly and Gil, Rod and Penny from Top Wing, Shimmer and Shine, and Blue from the new Blue’s Clues & You, together on stage for the first time. Fri.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Pie, Pie & More Pie
Come for a pie making demo, pie baking contest and slices for sale all day to celebrate the beginning of fall. Sat. Event details.

Toddler Day on the Farm
During this sensory-rich Friday morning, your young children will discover textures, tastes and smells, and observe the wonders of nature! Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm, freshly-laid chicken egg, and hearing the baa of sheep, as we use all of our senses to explore the farm and garden and take part in simple, hands-on cooking and crafting. Fri. Event details

—Kate Loweth