It’s those three little words you love to hear, three day weekend! There’s no shortage of Bay Area awesomeness from bunny cuddles to a beach side street party, a grizzly bear festival, bands on the beach and more. Ready to book your weekend fun? Check our favorite picks for the long weekend straight ahead.

photo: Jacqui Boland 

San Francisco

Wild Summer Overnight at the San Francisco Zoo
A campout with snacks with wild animals?? Why yes, come to the San Francisco Zoo for an overnight stay with lions, tigers and bears! Take a tour with zoo guides, listen to fun stories and wake up to the sound of peacocks. Kiddos 6-18 must have adult in tow. Pre-registration is required. Sat. Event details.

Go on the Presidio Family Friendly Bike Ride
Join a Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide for a gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that’s fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Registration is requested. Sat. Event details. 

Say Aloha, City Style
You may not be able take a family trip to Hawaii this weekend, but you’ll feel like you are on the Big Island when you attend the San Francisco Aloha Poly Fest. Your family will enjoy live entertainment, a kids corner, Hawaiian style foods, hula dancing, contests and much more. Sat. Event details. 

East Bay

Hop Here on First Fridays
Want to cuddle with some cute bunnies? On the first Friday of each month children’s toy and clothing store Ruby’s Garden hosts a super-duper cuddly get together. That’s because Ruby, the 13-year-old girl for whom the store is named after, brings in her own gaggle of bunnies for a warm and fuzzy visit. Get ready to oh and ah. Light snacks and refreshments are served. Fri. Event details.

Be Our Guest at this Musical
Be our guest under the stars during the Woodminster summer musicals series. This Disney classic comes to life in this romantic and beloved tale as old as time…This story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Last Chance (this Summer) to Catch Bands on the Beach
What could be better than sunset, surf and song? The Santa Cruz Boardwalk continues its annual classic beach concerts with shows from Blue Oyster Cult, Gin Blossoms, Great White, Los Lobos and so many more. Stretch out your blanket and watch the kiddos rave. Your tiny dancers are guaranteed to sleep during the car ride home. This Friday is the last show of the summer season. Fri. Event details. 

Lil’ Makers Gonna Make
Come hang out at the 3rd Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park. San Jose Mini Maker Faire is a History San José organized event that is part of the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE Magazine. More than 70 all-ages makers (ange from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers) will showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Sun. Event details.


Head Over the Hill for a Grizzly Bear Festival
Get your game face on because it’s time to celebrate the Grizzly Bear Festival at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center in Dacenport. This epic day of crafts, activities and face painting includes an awesome all-ages lecture by museum curator Lisa Robinson (at 2pm). Kids will learn all about this symbolic bear and pay tribute to the ferocious animal that once rule the state. Sat. Event details.

Make a Wand at the 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.-Mon. Event details.

North Bay

Build a Succulent Window Box
How do plants survive when it doesn’t rain? Kids can learn all about native plants and how they adapt at this event, including making a handmade, hardy succulent windowsill garden, with a variety of fun and personalized decorations. Rangers will assist in preserving each box with a natural finish. All materials will be provided with kit. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Sat. Event details.

Party on the Street in Bolinas
The Bolinas Community Center is hosting a Labor Day Street Party with two stages of music including gypsy jazz; a Kid’s Plaza full of activities; a white elephant silent auction; BBQ, salads, veggie burgers and tamales galore (not to mention Bo Berry Cobbler with Strauss Ice Cream); plus lots more. Mon. Event details.

What’s on your Labor Day agenda? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers