Labor Day Weekend around the Bay Area means fun runs, highland games and festivals galore. Get your weekend rolling with one of these awesome events you can attend over this long, glorious three days.

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San Francisco

Overnight at the SF Zoo
Set up camp in the middle of the SF Zoo! Tour the zoo after-hours, meet a zookeeper, and eat pizza. Wake up in the morning to the sound of lions roaring and peacocks calling. It’s an end-of-summer sleepover the kids will never forget.Sat., 5:30 p.m.–Sun., 10 a.m. Outer Sunset/SF Zoo. $90/members; $100/general. 6 and up. Event details.

Free Yoga with Bay Club
Celebrate National Yoga Month with Bay Club with a free outdoor yoga class. Kicking off Labor Day weekend, come unwind with Bay Area’s best instructors, a live DJ, an acai bar and more. Please bring your own mat. Classes are 60 minutes.  Sat., 9 a.m. Financial District. Free. All ages. Event details.

FroYo Run
In addition to an invigorating 5k run, the FroYo run includes costume contests, fastest stroller, a Gummy Bear Toss and, of course, frozen yogurt. Join the race and help raise money for the American Lung Association in California, too! Sun., 8 a.m.–noon. Embarcadero. $45/runner. All ages. Event details.

Free Family Sunday at the Asian Art Museum
Part of Target’s First Free Sunday program, the Asian Art Museum is open, totally free, and totally awesome. In addition to touring the regular galleries and exhibits there will be storytelling sessions throughout the day, architecture tours, and even a family friendly yoga class! Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Civic Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

150th Annual Scottish Highland Games
Get your bagpipes ready for the largest gathering of Scottish Games in the Northern Hemisphere. Watch weight throws, find out about a caber toss and don’t miss the dancing or the children’s glen, where kiddos get an introduction to Scottish Culture with face painting, bean bag tosses, hang time with Nessie the Loch Ness monster and more! Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Pleasanton. $19/adult; $11/child 12–17; children 11 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

15th Annual Rail Fair
Spend the long weekend heading back in time at the 15th annual Rail Fair. Meet Ann Marie an 1890 steam porter engine, check out the displays of garden railroads, model trains and rail yard equipment. Plus food, music, and the Children’s Hobo game (curious?) to keep your little engineers busy. Sat., Sun. & Mon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fremont. $10/adult; $5/child 4–17; and children 3 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Brazilian Day
Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a free outdoor honoring Rio de Janeiro’s 450th Anniversary and two pillars of Rio sound:  Vinicus de Moraes & Antonio Carlos Jobim. There will be a Children’s Village, lots of food and artisan wares for sale, and amazing music all day. Don’t miss the $5 dance lessons from 9–11 a.m. Free after 11 a.m. Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Kings Mountain Art Fair
This art show offers something special for the kiddos: an old-fashioned children’s area where they can do spin art, make wands, bows and arrows, caterpillars, and glitter art. Plus balloon shapes and face-painting, in a beautiful wooded setting. Park along Skyline and take the free trolley to the main entrance! Sat., Sun. & Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodside. Free. All ages. Event details.

Millbrae’s 45th Annual Art & Wine Festival
Downtown Millbrae is transformed into the “Big Easy” with Mardi Gras-style. Live music, over 250 professional artists and crafters, a cavalcade of delicious eats, and lots of fun for the kiddos. They’ll oooh and aaah over the classic car show, squeal with delight riding a zipline, get amped by all the carnival-style rides, and goof off in Playland. There is a free, round-trip shuttle service from the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station running every 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. so the grown-ups can enjoy the “wine” or beer part of the fest too! Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Millbrae. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

2015 Wizard World Comic Con
Part of North America’s largest pop-culture touring expo, thousands of fans celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, comics, cosplay, video gaming, television, original art, collectibles, contests and more with animators, actors, writers, producers and artists including Bruce Campbell, WWE wrestlers and William Shatner. Fri., 3–8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. & Sun., 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. San Jose. $35-$45/adult general; children 10 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

San Jose Mini Maker Faire
It’s the 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park. Celebrate and showcase makers, inventors, tinkerers, artists, builders, crafters and more. Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. San Jose. $20/adult; $15/child. 4-17. Event details.

Marin County

2015 Sausalito Art Festival
Come to Sausalito for one of the best art festivals in the country! Tons of live music on multiple stages, delicious food and a kid’s area is filled with fun entertainment including family fave Tim Cain, face painting, puppets, arts, crafts, and more! You can upgrade your ticket to include kayaking with Sea Trek, too. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Mon., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Marinship Park, Sausalito. $25/adult; $5/Kids 6-12; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Family Sunday at Green Gulch Farm
San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch farm is a beautiful retreat from the hectic city life, and the first Sunday of most months there is a special talk and program just for kids. Crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side of the zendo. Sun., 10–11:30 a.m. Marin Headlands. $10/family suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

34th Annual Sand and Sculpture Contest
Head to Point Reyes National Seashore for an awesome day of building sand sculptures! There are prizes awarded in various categories. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Kenneth Patrick Visitor Center, judging begins at noon. Bring a lunch and enjoy the day! Dogs are not allowed on the beach. Sun., 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Drake’s Beach, Inverness. Free. All ages. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier