Hello, Labor Day! As the school year gets underway, the Bay Area is just starting to warm up so keep your eye out for great events in the sun. In Architectural Play, artist Kate Barrengos uses child’s play to explore some architectural classics like Stonehenge. Bring your little builders for a look. They can use their new inspiration at Art Break Day where everyone is encouraged to take a break from work and make some creative works of art. What will you do this art break?

San Francisco

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema
From Wednesday to Sunday, spend time with your neighbors watching films from local filmmakers. The Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema features films for everyone, including children. Check the schedule for film descriptions. Film nights include music, food, and fun. Wed – Sun, see website for film schedule. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ice Cream Social
At 18 Reasons, they’re giving you more than 18 reasons to love ice cream. Bring your favorite homemade ice cream or topping for a DIY ice cream bar. Crushed Snickers? Sprinkles? Pickles? (Ew.) Bring it. Thurs, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. $1-$10. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Golden Gate Field Family Day
Get a free blanket and a pony ride at Golden Gate Fields family day. Kids can bounce in the jumpy house, get their face painted, and get up and close and personal with some friendly equines. Mon, 10:00 am. $6. Kids 17 and under free. All ages. Event details.

Scottish Highland Gathering and Games
Men in skirts and more at the Scottish Highland Games. Get front row seats for rugby, caber tossing, pipe bands, and Irish and Scottish dancing contests. In the kids area, children can play their own round of games with prizes for the winners. Sat – Sun. See website for events schedule. $10-$22. All ages. Event details. 


Sausalito Art Festival
Get out the stroller because the Sausalito Art Festival is big. Saturday sees a list of 80s bands, some famous, some infamous. All three days are chock full of wonderful art and eats. Sat, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Mon, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. $5-$25. All ages. Event details.

EcoFair Marin
EcoFair Marin is that perfect community event that’s great for you and the environment. It’s BYOD (bring your own dishware) for eats and drinks, of which there will be plenty. In the kids area, there’s eco-friendly arts and crafts, stories, and performers, and on the main stages look for informative DIY workshops and tips on how to conserve energy. There’s also a music stage for eco-friendly dancing. Sun, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. $5; Kids 17 and under free. All ages. Event details.


Kings Mountain Art Fair
The 48th Kings Mountain Art Fair takes place in the same shadowy Redwoods as always, which is a beautiful setting for works of art. The kids will have fun creating their own art in Kiddie Hollow, near the oh-so-well-placed Cookie Booth. There will be lots of eats and treats to choose from in this colorful copse of creativity. Sat, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm;  Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Mon, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free; tickets required for Kiddie Hollow. All ages. Event details.

Millbrae Art and Wine Festival
Yes, yes, art and wine. Sure, sure, car show and eats. But what about the rides? The rides list at this festival is long and varied. Expect to spend a lot of time in Kids Playland where your kids can play classic carnival games, get their face painted, and ride the train. And that’s just the beginning! Sat, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.