It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! Find out more about a culture thousands of years old with some super awesome events happening around the bay this weekend. Discover the olden days by visiting a rancho or take a stroll for some Latin flavor on fourth. A best best has got to be the dance demonstration complete with feather headdress. Wanting to get outdoors instead? Rest assured, there are still plenty of inviting adventures awaiting.


San Francisco

Aztec Dance Demonstration With Xitlalli Danza Azteca
Learn about preserving the Meso-American Cloud Forests and be wowed by amazing dancers costumed in towering plumed headdresses and performing traditional Aztec dances. Sat., 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. San Francisco. Free For Members. $7/Adults. $5/Kids 12-17. $2/Kids 5-11. 4 and Under are Free. All ages. Event Details

Polk Street Blues Festival
The Festival will feature two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, a large family area, cafe seating areas and much more. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details. 

Oktoberfest By The Bay Family Day
Grab your lederhosen and head for the Oktoberfest at Pier 48. Th world famous Chico Bavarian Band will have toes tappin’ and chicken wings flappin’. It’s Family Day and the whole crew is invited. Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. $20/Adults in Advance, $25/Adults At The Door. $5/Kid. All Ages. Event Details

East Bay

Zoovie Night At The Oakland Zoo
Get cozy in jammies and head to the Oakland Zoo for a close up animal encounter. Meet Roosevelt, the Zoo mascot, wrap up warm in blankets at the auditorium and meet some nocturnal creatures who come out with the stars! Stay for the special animal themed movie and enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn. Pre-registration is required and sign up soon, spots go fast! Fri., 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Oakland. $7/Per Adult or Kid. Ages 4-11. Event Details.

5th Annual Spirit & Soul Festival
Come to the Spirit & Soul Festival for great music from headliners Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Dahrio Wonder and Club Noveau. Stay for the artisan crafts, delicious food and community connections. Sat., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Richmond. Free. All Ages. Event Details. 

South Bay/Peninsula

Rancho Day Fiesta
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! What better way to celebrate than by attending Rancho Day Fiesta at the Sanchez Adobe. Families can experience live on a 1840′s rancho is Mexican California. Listen to early Californian music, nosh on real rancho food, make corn husk dolls and candles and much more. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Pacifica. $1 Suggested Donation. All Ages. Event Details. 

8th Annual San Jose Firefighters Car & Motorcycle Show
Hot rods and roadsters, it’s time for the 8th Annual San Jose Firefighters Car Show! Families will have tons of fun strolling the streets and checking out the shiny vehicles from the 20′s on up to present day. Enjoy a picnic under the trees and look for the antique fire gear! Sat., 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin County

Latin Flavor On Fourth
The vibrant community of San Rafael welcomes everyone to head downtown for Latin Flavor on Fourth Street! From Lincoln to H Street there will be dancing, musical entertainment and special foods and desserts in honor of the strong ties the town has to Latin Culture. Take a salsa dance lesson at Dance Arts Studio, sample some brazilian skewers from the food truck located at Fourth & D street, or head to Whippersnapper for live music. Top it off with delicious treats from Double Rainbow Cafe or Tutti Frutti. Fri., 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Family Coastal Clean Up At Slide Ranch
Celebrate this international day of cleaning up waterways and the ocean with family-friendly ocean-themed activities. Get inspired about ways to help! On Saturday, join Slide Ranch teachers for a day of farm activities, crafts and nature exploration. At night, gather for a family potluck dinner and a campfire under the stars. In the morning help with chores and spend the rest of the morning preparing a farm tasting of homemade cheese, bread, butter and other treats harvested from the organic garden. Sat.,10:00 am – Sun., 1:00 pm. Muir Beach. $75/Per person. Free for ages 2 and under. Event details. 

What’s on the family calendar this weekend?

–Gabby Cullen

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