Get ready for some culture this weekend, from reading and live theatre, to crafting and nature exploration. See the classic tale of pig and spider brought to life in “Charlotte’s Web” in San Francisco. Literally Welcome Back Salmon to Muir Beach through storytelling and crafting. Make jewelry and decorate cookies at the Harvest Festival Art &  Craft Show in San Mateo.

San Francisco  

Make it at MOCFA
“Construction is collaboration,” is a quote from Randy Colosky, the artist featured in MOCFA’s current exhibition. Kids will collaborate with guest artist Stan Petersen, while using scrap wood, cordless drills and dowels to build a collective sculpture in the Museum Gallery. The sculpture will be photographed, and then kids will be able to take a piece of it home for their own art collection. Sat., 2:00 pm  –  4:00 pm. San Francisco. $5. Free for members. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

“Charlotte’s Web”
Based on E. B. White’s classic story of the relationship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte, this live performance features madcap antics and endearing farm animals. It explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.  Sun., 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. San Francisco. Ages 3 – 8. Event details.

East Bay

Free Recycled Art Workshop
Get new life out of old bike tires or up-cycle art out of other recycled junk with Oakland Artist Kristi Holohan. Make something at MOCHA’s workshop, or at home, and enter it in the Re-Create juried contest to be in their next exhibit. The exhibit is open to art by Oakland student artist in grades K-12. Sponsored by the City of Oakland. See their website for more details. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

“Enchanted Evening” Fairy House Walk
Walk through a magical village of illuminated woodland fairy homes that lead children to the Fairy Queen and a natural treasure to be taken home. After the walk, stay a while and enjoy live entertainment and crafts, such as face painting and local-beeswax candle making. Sat., 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Berkeley. $6/Adult. $4/Child. All ages. Event details.


Welcome Back Salmon
Celebrate around the campfire with members of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, who will say their traditional salmon blessing. The event will feature storytelling, native craft-making and traditional fire-starting. Bring your favorite nature readings to wish the coho salmon a healthy return to their home in Redwood Creek. Well-behaved pets are welcome.  Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Muir Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.


Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show
Browse thousands of gifts, including jewelry, clothing, original art, specialty foods, toys, accessories and home décor. Enjoy live music and even a mime!  Your whole family will enjoy the interactive KidZone, where children can participate in hands-on crafts like gingerbread cookie decorating and special jewelry making activities. Fri – Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am –  5:00 pm.  San Mateo. See website for pricing.  All ages. Event details.

“Seussical the Musical”
“Seussical the Musical,” brings to life many of the beloved books by Dr. Seuss, including Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches the Egg. It also incorporates other Dr. Seuss characters such as the Cat in the Hat, the Sour Kangaroo, Gertrude McFuzz and the Whos. This fun-filled presentation incorporates many styles of music ranging from Latin and pop, to rhythm and blues, and has a cast of 70 actors ranging from age five to adult. Fri. – Sun. See website for times. San Mateo. $16/Adult. $11 Senior/Child, 17 and under. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Mommy & Me & Daddies Too Tea Party
Get dressed up in your Sunday best for this afternoon tea party in San Jose! Laced dresses, pretty hats, vests and bow ties are encouraged for kids, moms and dads! Olympic US Skating Champion Kristi Yamaguchi will be reading her children’s book Dream Big Little Pig, all about how Poppy the Pig achieved her dreams. The event includes a book signing and a copy of the book for each child to take home.  Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. San Jose. $38/Adult. $30/Child. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman