It’s Pride Weekend in San Francisco and what better way to show the kids how to root for families of all shapes and sizes by engaging in some awesome, no doubt rainbow colored events! Get some serious speedy feet moving at the SF Pride’s Children’s Fun Run, head for the designated kiddo-friendly area during the festivities or just check out over 200 floats during the 43rd Annual Pride Parade. Not going to make it into the city? No worries, there are plenty of great ways to spend these sunny days.


San Francisco

SF Pride Children’s Fun Run
As part of SF Pride Week, the San Francisco Frontrunners want all budding runners to participate in a short run prior to the 5k and 10k run. Any and all kids 8 years old and under are encouraged to participate in the kids run. Sat., 8:45 am. San Francisco. Free. 8 and Under. Event Details.

43rd Annual Pride Parade
Come out and show your support for families in all shapes, sizes and colors! This year’s theme is ”Embrace, Encourage, Empower,” everyone can take part in this landmark event celebrating 43 years in San Francisco. Sun., 10:30 am. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

LGBT Family Garden
Enjoy a safe and fun space for children, youth and their LGBTQ parents/caregivers during the Pride celebration. Arts and crafts, games, face painting and resources will be offered to all families. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Play Day On The Plaza
It’s a hands-on play day at City Hall Plaza! Join fellow families for climbing walls, face painting, double-dutch, a sports zone and musical entertainment. Fri., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Tartine Bakery Presents: County Fair At Pizzaiolo
A county fair themed fundraiser for non-profit school, CECSF. This cool event includes food, live music, face painting, balloons, craft activities, pie and jam contests. Awesome fun for everyone! Sun., 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Oakland. $50/Adults. Kids are Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin County

Friday Nights on Main
Besides the million dollar view, families can celebrate Italy with “La Dolce Vita”. The public is invited to dine al fresco on Main Street. Strolling opera singers will entertain with songs from favorite Italian operas, and for non opera lovers, a shiny new Maserati will be on display at Fountain Plaza. It’s Amore! Fri., 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Tiburon. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Italian Street Painting Marin
Back after a two year hiatus, this super unique and very awesome performance art festival is back on the streets of San Rafael. Come to the mission city and check out the street painters amazing creations before the work disappears on Sunday evening. Kids can buy their own square and scribble away, or just admire the work of others. Plenty of great music and food too! Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Rafael. $5/Adults. Kids 12 and Under are Free. All Ages. Event Details.

South Bay

Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing
Join Big Bird, Oscar, Abby and the whole gang from good ol’ Sesame Street. When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air, it’s an all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Get there early and check out the Play Zone, where kids can cop a squat in Big Bird’s next, pop out of Oscar’s can and parents can snap some serious memories. Fri., 7:00 pm. San Jose. $18-$78/General Admission. All Ages. Event Details.

Family Play Day: Road To The Bank Of The West Classic
In preparation for this exciting all-women’s pro tennis tourney, bring the kids out to try their hand at the racket. Family Playday is geared towards new/beginning players and every participant will need an adult partner/family member and equipment provided at no charge. Snacks and prizes for all!! Make sure to dress for active participation and pre-registration is required. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. Kids 5 -10. Event Details.

What have you got on the weekend itinerary?

–Gabrielle Cullen

Photo Courtesy of John Viet