Kids will celebrate the weekend while cooking, singing and creating! Child chefs can decorate cookies at The Star Wars Cookbook Event, and learn how to toss pizza dough at the Festa Coloniale Italiana. Mini musicians can learn some new tunes at the Cajun/Zydeco Festival and at the Rhythm Child Sing-A-Long. And petite painters will take it all in at the Burlingame ArtzFest.

San Francisco

The Star Wars Cookbook Event
Lola of North Beach will be hosting a Star Wars food party! Kids can come dressed as their favorite characters for a costume contest, and decorate Star Wars themed sugar cookies too. Fri., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

JAMband Family Festival
Grab your kids and your dancing feet and cruise on down to The Park Chalet for a summerful of free, outdoor family concerts on the lawn. The mosh pit will be hoppin’ and jumpin’…guaranteed. Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details. 

Festa Coloniale Italiana
Families will enjoy this annual Italian festival celebrating the rich Italian and Italian-American heritage of San Francisco. Kids will have a great time in the Italian piazza, and while watching a pizza tossing demonstration. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Cajun/Zydeco Festival
The 16th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival will be a day filled with awesome music, dancing and delicious Southern and Cajun food. Everyone can visit the farm animals, purchase items from speciality vendors and join in dance lessons. Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Fremont. $22 per adult. $5 per child. Ages 3 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

Laurel Street Fair
Families can celebrate the Laurel neighborhood with live music, art displays, great food and activities for kids. Everyone can enjoy the fair, while also visiting and supporting local businesses along the way. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.


Rhythm Child Sing-A-Long
Rhythm Child’s upbeat, friendly, optimistic and catchy music, along with their drum rhythms and soulful beats, will make everyone want to sing and dance. Kids and parents will appreciate the remakes of familiar tunes too! Sat., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.

Water Wizard Wonderland
Kids can join wizards and other mystical characters, and watch them transform into princes and princesses throughout the evening. Wizard or other fairy tale character costumes are encouraged, for a royally enjoyable time. Sat., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Mill Valley. $10 per family. All ages. Event details.


Summer Reading Carnival
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Club with games, prizes, a bounce house and ice cream. Kids will enjoy magic, comedy and music during a performance by Daffy Dave! Fri., 1:00 pm. Atherton. Free. All ages. Event details.

Burlingame ArtzFest
This festival will feature live entertainment and creative vendors from around the country. Families will enjoy the kids area featuring rides, games, activities and other entertainment. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Burlingame. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of The Rhythm Child Network