The fall season has hit the Bay Area and there are a ton of ways to keep the family entertained. Head to the ranch for toddler fall days or hit up one or both Moon Festivals on the horizon. Want to hear some awesome tunes by the water or hit up a cool block party?  Yup, it’s all here and happening this weekend. Enjoy!


San Francisco

San Francisco Autumn Moon Festival
Don’t miss SF Chinatown’s best attended festival. The two day extravaganza kicks off with a parade on California and Grant Streets and is followed by a whirlwind of activities, including dancing, music, food and cool merchandise for browsing. Moon festivals have been celebrated for over 1,000 years in Asia, so this is a chance to learn about ancient traditions and stories. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Yerba Buena Family Day
It’s the 6th Annual Yerba Buena Family Party Day, SF’s biggest family block party! Enjoy free admission to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Children’s Creativity Museum, and Museum of the African Diaspora. Look for SFMOMA On The Go Pop Up for other cool activities. There will be three music stages but kids will really want to head for the outdoor stage at at Yerba Gardens around 1:00 pm for a cool concert with Grammy winner Lila Downs, while the kiddos engage in even more kiddo friendly fun. It’s a great day to be in SOMA! Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details. 

Marin County

Toddler Days At Slide Ranch
Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep. Many tastes, colors, and smells live in the garden. Use all five senses to explore the farm. A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Fri., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Muir Beach. $25/person; $80 for a family of 4 or more, 1 year & under free. Toddlers. Event Details.

Waterfront Pops Concert With The Marin Symphony
It’s a music symphony like no other! The Marin Symphony kicks off it’s season and performs tunes from John Williams favorites including E.T., Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Raider of the Lost Ark and more! Enjoy a waterfront experience at the Marin Center, bring a blanket and chair and get ready for fun, including a fireworks finale. Sun., 5:00 pm. San Rafael. $30/Adults. $20/Students with ID. $10/Kids age 6-17. Kids 6 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details. 

East Bay

Point Richmond Music Series Presents: Orquesta Dharma And Viento Y Marea
Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, the great outdoor music continues in Point Richmond with Bay Area Latin Jazz best Orquesta Dharma and some movin’ and groovin’ salsa, and cuban tunes with Viento y Marea. Don’t miss out on the face-painting for kids! Fri., 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Castro Valley Fall Festival
This is Castro Valley’s biggest event of the year! It’ll be a blast to ring in the new season with this community festival, featuring entertainment, arts and crafts, wine, food, fun, activities for kids and a classic car show. Be sure to bring dancing shoes, as several music groups will fill the air as they perform on three stages. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Castro Valley. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

South Bay/Peninsula

8th Annual PAMP Children’s Moon Festival
Come join the fun at PAMP’s 8th Annual Children’s Moon Festival! There will be activities perfect for wee ones, traditional Asian dance, music, storytelling, martial arts performances and more. Kids can decorate lanterns and join the lantern parade at the end of the festival led by the Moon Goddess. Sat., 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Train Days At The Los Altos History Museum
Trains Days are back and it’s gonna be a blast! Get ready for train-filled fun celebrating the history and excitement of the rails. See some old favorites and new layouts with N scale, G Scale and O Scale trains, all in one place. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Los Altos. $5/General Admission. Age 4 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details.

What’s up for the weekend?

–Gabby Cullen

Photo by Jonathan Chen