Pile on some layers on get on out there into the fog, there’s plenty of fun fall events happening around the Bay Area this weekend. Break out the petticoats and garlands—it’s Renaissance Faire time. Bring the littles for a taste of “ye goode olde days.” (Kids under 12 are free every weekend, and there’s a two-for-one special opening weekend.) Check out another living history event with San Mateo County History Museum’s Rancho Day Fiesta. Make adobe bricks, churn butter, and dip candles as you learn about life in the Nineteenth Century. Catch the last go-around of Charity and the Jamband’s , and the penultimate  Sunday Streets meanders arou  nd NOPA and Alamo Square this Sunday. Free IT’S-IT goodness awaits you at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach at their celebratory IT’S-IT weekend. Free ice cream is always something to celebrate. Picnic-lunch it over to Woodminster Amphitheatre for Sundays in the Redwoods free concerts; Pete Escovedo salsas off the series with some smooth Latin jams. Buy tickets in advance for the German Tourist Club’s Kinderfest, or head up to Sausalito for some off-the-hook cooking at the Homegrown Marin Market. Finally, head over to the New Village School for their open house and a dose of “sustainable education.” And if you start get fog fatigue, just remember, Indian Summer can’t be too far off!


Moonshiners There are some seriously dueling Moon Festivals this weekend with one in San JosePalo Alto, and San Francisco. Look for a parade in SF, a host of entertainers and activities in SJ, and free mooncakes and lanterns in Palo Alto. All of these events are family friendly and family fun. San Jose and Palo Alto festivals are Sat. only. San Francisco festival is Sat. and Sun. Check websites for times and pricing. Read more here, here, and here.

Party Animals Glenoaks Equestrian Center is having a horse party (as opposed to a house party). Come ‘round for pony rides, jumping demos, and hay bale roping. Sun., 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Portola Valley, free. Read more.

San Francisco

Let’s Go Fly a Kite Keep your eye on the sky for the Family Day Kite Festival. Kids can make kites and check out performances from professional kite flyers. Pick your winners for funniest and most beautiful kites while having a great day on the green. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.

Making a Good Impression San Francisco’s Center for the Book is taking a rather extreme approach to mass production: come by their Roadworks Steamroller Prints Street Fair and see how they use a steamroller to make linoleum prints. Your construction-lovin’ littles will love this up-close-and-personal moment with a steamroller, while you can enjoy some of the letterpress workshops, live music, and eats. Sun., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.

East Bay

Draw a Better World On Sunday, all the world’s a chalkboard during Chalk4Peace, a global celebration of art and unity. Bring your little artist activist by  MOCHA and make your mark on the world. Sun., 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Oakland, free. Read more.

Toot Toot! Bring your little engineer to Walnut Creek’s Model Railroad Society Train Show. The Diablo Valley Lines Railroad boasts a one-of-a-kind layout with mountains, cities, and more. The trains include steam trains as well as diesel engines. Kids will love watching these engines chugging along the track. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Walnut Creek, $3/adult, $2/children 6 – 12, under 6 free. Read more.


The 3Bs Dickson Ranch says “Howdy, neighbors” with barbecue, bubbles, and bands. This free event features live music, children’s activities, and eats eats eats. Come by for community fun and neighborly noshing. Sun., 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., Woodacre, free. Read more.

Walk on the Wild SideStep out for a hike with the kids on Mt. Burdell with Marin County Parks and Open Space. Go on safari for a little one-on-one time with snakes and lizards, and keep an eye out for late-blooming flowers and their six-legged Casanovas. Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Novato, free. Read more.

—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko