A variety of cultures will be celebrated through music, crafts, games and food. Kids can go pumpkin bowling at the Columbus Day Bazaar, and visit a Root Biergarten at Oaktoberfest in the Dimond. They can also make a miniature tule boat and taste acorn soup at the Ohlone Culture Celebration.

San Francisco

Stroller Fest West
A fun-filled family festival benefiting the Homeless Prenatal Program. Arts and crafts, stroller demos, quick cleans, homemade waffles, upscale consignment sale, luxury raffel, live music by Alphabet Rockers, Tim Cain, Mr. Q, and MORE! Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details. 

Columbus Day Bazaar
Kids can play games, including a San Francisco landmarks mini-golf course and pumpkin bowling. There will also be a cake booth, face painting and a dunking booth. Food for sale will include  pizza and Italian sodas! Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Japan Center Anime Festival
This will be an exciting afternoon filled with all things Anime! There will be singing, dancing and a cosplay (costume play) contest. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Peralta Junction Grand Opening
Weekends from Oct. 4 – Dec. 15, the vacant lot at the corner of Mandela Parkway and West Grand will be transformed into a family friendly creative community space filled with  creative workshops, local performing arts programming, micro-retail shops featuring local artisans, Oakland-based food trucks, midway games, and a pumpkin patch. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details. 

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond
Along with the tented beer garden, food vendors and bands, there will be an area for kids to join in the festivities. The Root Biergarten will feature root beer and ice cream, along with craft projects and a family stage. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lyle the Crocodile
When the Primm family moves into a new house, they are terrified to find a crocodile in the bathtub! They grow to like him, but not all of the neighbors do. Kids will love this musical based on the book Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. Sun., 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. Berkeley. $20 per adult. $17 per senior. $15 per child. Ages 4 & up. Event details.


40th Anniversary Block Party
Everyone can celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Marin County Parks with the Marinwood Community Services District. There will be nature activities and games for kids, a dog adoption center, live music and food for sale. Fri., 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

Vintage BIcycle Cruise/Tweed Ride
Anyone can join in a ride from Fairfax to Larkspur and back on their vintage bike, or they can just watch the bikes go by. To participate in the Tweed Ride, all it takes is a fancy hat! Sat., 9:30 am  –  1:30 pm. Fairfax. Free. All ages. Event details.


Gamble Garden Community Day
Kids can dig for worms, hear stories and make flower arrangements with The Garden Club of Palo Alto. A fire truck and police car will be stopping by the event as well. Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ohlone Culture Celebration
Kids can watch people make baskets, jewelry and soaproot brushes, and visit a more than 2,000-year-old village site. They can also play an Ohlone game, make a miniature tule boat and taste acorn soup. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Fremont. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Oaktoberfest in the Dimond