September brings the Bay Area’s best weather and loads of free activities to get you out there to enjoy it. Scroll through and mark your calendars!

photo: Gillian Ewin

1. Learn to Ride a Bike in the Presidio.

Sometimes you just need to outsource some of the kid duties to helpful volunteers like those you can find at the regularly-offered bike riding classes at the Presidio. Bonus: they have all the gear you need, including helmets, to make it a successful day!

When: Sun., Sep. 1
More info: redtri.com

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2. See Shakespeare in the Presido and McLaren Park

This summer's production of As You Like It comes to SF for the final shows of 2019. Admission is free and it's a great way to expose the kids to some vintage theatre.

More info: redtri.com

photo: Gillian Ewin

3. Stargaze in the Presidio.

The SF Amateur Astronomers bring their giant telescopes to the Presidio and help people of all ages see the night sky's most interesting astronomical beauties up close.

When: Sep. 5
More info: redtri.com

4. Meet Some Artists in the Redwoods

A Labor Day weekend favorite, the Kings Mountain Art Faire in Woodside brings over 135 artists of many different mediums to display their works in the redwoods. There's a whole area devoted to kids to you'll definitely leave with some face paint, guaranteed.

When: Aug. 30-Sep.2
More info: redtri.com

photo: de Young Museum

5. Free First Tuesdays

Both the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor offer free admission on the first Tuesday of the month. Bonus for SF residents: you can get in free on any Saturday. Bonus for kids: you are ALWAYS free!

More info: redtri.com

6. Tour Fort Point

Join a ranger near the front entrance of Fort Point for a tour! Learn about the soldiers' lives at Fort Point, the fort's unique architecture, the defenses of the Golden Gate and lots more. Tours are scheduled daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and typically last 30 minutes. Staff availability may affect these tour times, please inquire upon arrival.

More info: redtri.com

7. Free Fridays at Ardenwood and the East Bay county parks

To celebrate the Park District’s 85th Anniversary, park entrance and fees for day use parking, swimming, dogs, horse trailers, boat launching and fishing permits will all be waived. 

More info: redtri.com

photo: Jesus Camacho

8. Chill out at the Presidio Twilight

This summer brings the super-rad, colorful domes to the lawn for the Presidio Twilight. Enjoy views of the bay while the kids run around on the grass. Bring your own eats to enjoy or purchase from the on-site food trucks.

When: Thursdays
More info
: redtri.com

photo: California's Great America

9. Get Your Free Pre-K Pass from Great America

Kids ages 3-5 can sign up for a free pass that will get them into California's Great America for the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020 as well. 

More info: redtri.com

photo: Kate Loweth

10. Chow Down at the Eat Real Festival

Jack London Square plays host to this epic food festival loads of tasty treats, lawn games for kids and cooking demos throughout the day.

When: Sep. 21-22
More info
: redtri.com

11. Celebrate the Autumn Moon in Chinatown.

You'll find dragon dances, food, entertainment and frivolity at this two-day festival celebrating the autumn moon.

When: Sep. 7-8
More info: redtri.com

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12. Examine the Night Sky at Mt. Tam.

Join amateur astronomers as you view the night sky from the top of Mt. Tam.

When: Sep. 7
More info: redtri.com

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13. Make Music in Marin.

Everyone loves a good music festival and this one is super kid-friendly. September brings the Marin Music Festival that includes live music, kids' activities, food trucks and more.

When: Sep. 14
More info: redtri.com

photo: Faena Art

14. Skate on Art.

Lace up your roller skates (or rent some for $5) and skate on this artist-designed outdoor rink at Fort Mason. There will be performances and DJs spinning tunes.

When: Wed.-Sun., Sep. 13-Oct. 6
More info: redtri.com

photo: Kate Loweth

15. Learn about Transportation at The Exploratorium.

While not technically free, community days at The Exploratorium are pay-what-you-wish days and this one is all about Transportation and Transformation. Get a peek at new transportation technology, experience more than 650 hands-on exhibits, enjoy the café and restaurant and more at this beautiful San Francisco bayside location.

When: Sep. 21
More info: redtri.com

—Kate Loweth

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