The summer season is on the way out but never fear, there are plenty of ways to keep the vacation feeling alive. Not only are the lengthy evenings lingering but it’s a three day weekend to boot! If hanging around the bay area is the plan, there are plenty of awesome places to park the family for some adventure. Explore a vast space bursting with the best building blocks around, enjoy a full weekend of fun at a family fest, learn about the history of the railroads or head for one of the biggest art festivals around.


San Francisco

Labor Day Weekend Celebration At The San Francisco Zoo
Enjoy a county fair, zoo style! For Labor Day Weekend, the San Francisco Zoo will have fair type games and activities, for the entire family. Don’t miss out on the climbing wall or other cool encounters. Sat., Sun., & Mon., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. $15/Adult. $12/Seniors. $9/Kids ages 4-14. Kids under 3 are free. All Ages. Event Details

Fun On Sundays At The San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Start with a story in the children’s book nook and then take a family walk through the gardens. The story theme is the Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mole. Stop by the Children’s Garden between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm for arts and crafts. Bring a picnic lunch and make the whole day special. Sun., 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin County

Sausalito Art Festival
Come to Sausalito for one of the best art festivals in the country! Tons of musical entertainment including Lisa Marie Presley, Tainted Love and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Delicious foods include udon noodles, crab cakes, and pulled pork sandos. The kid’s area is filled with fun entertainment including family fave Tim Cain, and this year, Benny & Bebe’s Magic Circus. Keep a lookout for puppets, arts and crafts and more. Sat., Sun., & Mon., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sausalito. $25/General Admission. $15/Seniors 62 and over. $5/Kids 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Event Details. 

32nd Annual Sand Sculpture Contest
Point Reyes National Seashore is ground zero for an awesome day of building sand sculptures! There are prizes awarded in various categories. Registration begins at 9:00 am at the Kenneth Patrick Visitor Center, judging begins at 12:00 pm. Bring a basket of snacks and enjoy the day. Sun., 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Inverness. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

South Bay/Peninsula

LEGO KidsFest
LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together! This will be one activity and entertainment packed family event for kids of all ages, and builders of all skills and interests. Fri., Sat., & Sun., Times Vary. San Jose.  $21/Adult. $19/Senior & child. 2 & under, free. All Ages. Event Details.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival: Last Blast Of Summer
The Bay Area’s biggest Labor Day weekend event; downtown Millbrae will transform into the “Big Easy” with a Mardi Gras-style celebration featuring two sun-splashed days of live music. Get ready to rock with The Unauthorized Rolling Stones, Petty Theft, The Houserockers, The Kevin Russell Band, Fito Reinoso and The Reed Fromer Band. Don’t miss the tons of fun for kids with the Streets Filled With Talent Music & Dance Showcase and an abundance of amazing amusements in Playland. Sat., & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Millbrae. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Bay Area FamilyFest
The Bay Area FamilyFest is sure to be a blast on Labor Day Weekend. Crazy and cool activities include face painting, balloon art, bounces and crawls, Kid’s Town America, Monster Mural, Radio Disney, street artists, magic tent, community stage, sports games, Zip Line, and a petting zoo. Haven’t had enough? Don’t forget to look for 20 more rides, arts & crafts and exhibitor booths, and of course, the food court. Sat., & Sun.10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Martinez.  $6/General Admission. 24 months and under, seniors 65+ are free. All Ages. Event Details

Historic Rail Fair At Ardenwood Farms
Get ready for a fabulous fair bringing local history to light! The historic rail fair at Ardenwood Farms is perfect for the train crazy kids at home. Learn all about steam locomotives, check out equipment displays, model train layouts, and take a hand car ride for starters. Sat., Sun., & Mon., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Fremont.  $6/Adults. $5/Seniors. $4/Kids. Kids 4 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details

How will you and the family enjoy the holiday weekend?

–Gabby Cullen

Photo Courtesy Bay Area FamilyFest


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