From music and rides, to flowers and wind, there is a festival for everything this weekend! The whole family can watch energetic dancers and musicians pass by at the SF Carnaval Festival & Parade. Kids can makes kites and play games at the San Ramon Art & Wind Festival. And there will be lots of rides to spin around on at the Kiddo! Family Carnival.


San Francisco

SF Carnaval Festival & Parade
The Mission District will be a wonderland filled with food, music, dancing and live entertainment. On Sunday the Carnaval Grand Parade will include colorful dancers and entertainers! Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Free Nacho Average Taco Cooking Class
Learn how to pull off the perfect taco party with the help of your little sous chefs, who will learn important (and helpful) kitchen safety tips to help mom and dad make salsa and guac, refreshing agua fresca, as well as how to make both meat and veggie fillings for said tacos. Best of all? This class is completely free! Fri. 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Y.U.M. Chefs Kitchen. Free All ages. Event Details

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party
Kids will love to to picnic at the Presidio, while hearing live music and playing free games.There will be over 25 food trucks offering up tasty food cart nibbles to purchase. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Bay Area KidFest 2013
This event will be packed with games, shows, rides and sports, so can kids stay active while learning. Parents can learn about local resources from over 100 vendors, exhibitors and artists. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Mon., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Concord. $5 per person with a caned good. $6 per person without. All ages. Event details.

San Ramon Art & Wind Festival
This festival will include over 150 arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and kite-flying demos. There will be free kite making workshops and lots of games and rides for kids too! Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Mon., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Ramon. Free. All ages. Event details.


Kiddo! Family Carnival
There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. Little kids will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while teens will have a wild time on the Sizzler, Zipper, Tilt-A-Whirl and the Texas Tornado. Fri., 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Sat., 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Sun., 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Mon., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Mill Valley.  $20 per ticket book in advance. $30 per ticket book at the door. All ages. Event details.

Larkspur Flower & Food Festival
There will be a Marin Salsa Tasting Competition and real live salsa music. The festival will feature flower related arts and crafts for sale. And activities for kids will be sponsored by the Twin Cities Co-Op. Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.


Sequoia International Festival
Everyone can try delicious foods from Mexico, Lebanon and China. There will be performances by local musicians, singers and dancers. Kids will love the large inflatable slides and carnival-style games! Sat., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Coppelia Ballet
Western Ballet will perform Coppelia. This beautiful classic will feature graduating students in a delightful comedy ballet about a life size doll who can dance! Sat., 1:00 pm. Sun., 1:00 pm. Atherton. $15 per person. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Bay Area KidFest