Families can learn about a variety of cultures through music, art and books! Kids can hear some Jazz by Chelle! & Friends, or try doing a jig with the Murphy Irish Dancers. They can make Chinese crafts  at the Oakland Chinatown StreetFest, and create their own books at Litquake.

San Francisco

Chelle! & Friends
Families can listen to music for kids from New Orleans, the land where Jazz was born. They can join in the party, dance, sing along and join in a Mardi Gras parade. Fri., 11:00 am – 11:30 am & 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Fabric Pattern Design Workshop
The Museum of Craft and Design will lead an afternoon workshop teaching the design of original fabric patterns. Kids can explore inking fabrics with geometric designs, and creating a final piece to display. Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $10 per non-member. Free for MCD members. Ages 6-12. Event details.

East Bay

Puppet Fair Weekend
Families can start the day at the Puppet Petting Zoo! Then they can see The Three Spinning Fairies performed by Fairyland puppeteers, and Aesop’s Fables, Rip Van Winkle and more shows by other performing groups. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Oakland. $8 per person. Under 1, free.  All ages. Event details.

Oakland Chinatown StreetFest
Kids can celebrate the Year of the Dragon, experiencing the traditions that Oakland’s Chinatown has diligently preserved. There will be arts and crafts, live entertainment and a Cultural Village. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.


Murphy Irish Dancers
This award-winning group of young dancers will perform a variety of step dances, including jigs and reels. Kids will like their colorful costumes, and will tap along and try out some new dance moves. Sat., 11:00 am. Sausalito. $16 per non-member. $7 per member. All ages. Event details.

Concert in the Plaza
Families can enjoy one last outdoor concert of the summer! Melody Walker will play American Roots music, while Tia Carroll will sing Rhythm & Blues. Kids can sing and dance along to their own beat. Sat., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
Kids and adults will all enjoy this arts festival! Kids will be intrigued by the sixty chalk artists creating large artworks on Tasso Street. And they will like playing and creating in the Kids Art Studio area. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Francisco’s legendary literary festival will feature great authors, ideas and conversation. There will be storytelling and a create-a-book workshop for kids and their families. Everyone will enjoy live music, food and gift vendors too. Sun., 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Oakland Chinatown StreetFest