Boats, books and barks are big this weekend! Kids can watch boats race by, and ride a train, at the Dragon Boat Festival. Old time tunes and tales will be heard at an Acoustic Music & Storytelling event. Lots of playing will take place in the Kids Zone, while barks and meows will be heard in the pet adoption section of the Woofstock Music Festival!

San Francisco

Dragon Boat Festival
Kids will love looking at the dragon boats racing across the bay. They will be entertained at Dragon Land, where they can ride a train, plays games and make arts & crafts. There will also be a hula hoop area and face painting. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details. 

GGMG’s Glitter Walk Across Ocean Beach
Don’t miss the fun (with special appearance from the Glitter Fairy at 10AM) and the chance to show our children how to take care of our planet – and help clean up the beaches we love! GGMG is joining Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Recology, and the California Coastal Commission for the 28th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day! Cleanup is taking place all over the city and state, but GGMG will be the site captain at the Ocean Beach/Lincoln site. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details. 

Dangerously Ever After Book Party
Accompanied by puppets and songs, Dashka Slater will read from her latest book, Dangerously Ever After. Kids can all embrace their inner artists by working on fun projects to take home too. Kid-friendly snacks will be provided. Sat., 9:30 am – 11:00 am. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Solar Science Festival
Kids can join in a science workshop where they will delight in the wonders of solar power and alternative energy. Kids will make and take home their own Solar Spinning Airplane and Solar Cell Car. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Oakland. $65 per child. Ages 5-11. Event details.

Acoustic Music & Storytelling
Former member of The Sippy Cups, Rudy Trubitt, will entertain with an engaging set of old and new songs for all ages! Award-winning storyteller Ruth Halpern will tell stories from world folklore, and will improvise some as well. Sat., 11:00 am. Berkeley. $8 per person in advance. $9 per person at the door. All ages. Event details.


Woofstock Music Festival
Everyone will have fun at this outdoor music festival, and cat & dog adoption event. The outdoor concert will run from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and there will be a special Kids Zone to play in, and fun animal demos. Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
While parents enjoy looking at art and listening to music, kids will love the awesome live entertainment planned just for them! Puppets, magic, stories and music will entertain all the kids. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Mill Valley. $10 per adult. $10 per adult. $5 per student & senior. Under 12, free. All ages. Event details.


Rancho Day Fiesta 
Everyone can celebrate California’s history when it was part of Mexico. Families can take part in old-time dances, eat real rancho food, make corn husk dolls and watch artisan demos. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Pacifica. $1, suggested donation per person. All ages. Event details.

Fiestas Patrias
Families can dance along to live music by groups Los Humildes, Ronadalla Zap y Roma and Mariachi San Jose. There will be hands-on art projects for kids, authentic Mexican food and a flag ceremony. Sun., 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of The California Dragon Boat Association