This weekend celebrates the things that make the Bay Area great. From utterly wild, like spotting the elusive gray fox, to totally urban (take it to the streets!) you’ll find an outing that suits your family’s every whim. Whether your ready to frolic in the fog or bask in the harvest light, get out there and have a ball!!Saratoga_heritage_day (640x480)

San Francisco

Film in the Fog: Babe
Pack up a picnic or grab some grub from Off the Grid’s food trucks, wriggle your toes to some live music, and then wrap your little piggies up in a blanket and settle in for the flick: this weekend’s feature film is Babe. Sat. Food and music starts at 5:30 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m. Free. All Ages. Event details.

San Francisco Public Library Book Sale
It’s the 49th Annual San Francisco Public Library Book Sale, one of the biggest book sales on the West Coast. Besides an amazing array of books available for purchase, there will be cool daily giveaways. Everything is $3 or less! Don’t miss out on this literary extravaganza. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sunday Streets in the Excelsior
Join others in the Excelsior District for a Sunday of car-free moving. Get out and get active! The area will include Ocean between Mission & Persia. There will be musical entertainment spread through the area as well. Take your bike, take a stroller, take a walk, it’s time to get physical in the streets! Sun., 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Spotting Foxes at the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge
Foxes in Fremont? Those prints in the mud might not be from Fido after all. Budding naturalists will learn how to identify and track the local gray fox. Bring a sunhat, binoculars, and good walking shoes for this adventure at the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge. Sat., 2 – 3:30 p.m., Fremont. Free. All Ages.  Event details.

Baseball Playoffs Weekend at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach
As the division winning A’s and the world champion Giants make their last playoff push, come down and celebrate America’s pastime at Playland. A baseball treasure hunt will insure knowledge of baseball and are ready to enjoy watching each game. Come wearing a favorite team’s jersey and receive 50 additional carnival game tickets! Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m – 5 p.m., El Cerrito.  $15/adults; $10/kids and seniors.  Event details.

South Bay/Peninsula

Pacific Coast Fog Fest
Come celebrate the climate and ocean at the Pacific Coast Fog Fest. Activities kick off with the Discover Pacifica Parade and marching band competition and follows with tons of music, festival art, the Fun Fest and more! The stars and stripes amusement Area will include an 80 foot giant obstacle course, pirate ship, trackless train and even a fire truck slide. Musical entertainment will rock 3 different stages, both Saturday and Sunday. Enter one or all of several contests, like the sand sculpture contest, photo contest or the Fog Jog. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m – 6 p.m. Pacifica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Autumn at Filoli Festival
Celebrate the changing seasons at Filoli! The visitor center will be hosting tastings all day and the festival will be filled with family fun entertainment and activities. Learn about apples, pears, grapes and other fruits or take a stroll through the surrounding woodlands. The garden will be open as will the garden shop, offering fine wares from local vendors. For the kiddos there is a pumpkin patch, a puppet show, Happy Birds, and Ravioli the Clown. Advanced tickets recommended. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Woodside. $20-$25/adults; $5 children; free for children under 4. Event details.

Saratoga Heritage Day Celebration
Downtown Saratoga is charming any day of the week, but this Saturday its colorful past comes alive at Saratoga Heritage Day. Tap your toes to Dixieland jazz, rub shoulders (elbows) with historical characters, and listen to stories about Sunshine the Cat, Saratoga’s first feline residence. Artisan crafts for kids include yarn dolls and origami demos. Sat., 12 – 4 p.m. Saratoga. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Marin County

Family Camp Out at Slide Ranch: Birds and Bees
Learn about the winged creatures at Slide Ranch and how they contribute to the farm and coastal ecosystem, including domesticated chickens and wild herons. Gather for a family potluck dinner and a campfire under the stars. Families pitch in with morning chores, then enjoy farm fresh activities like making chees and bread and harvesting from the organic garden. Participants must bring own camping equipment and a dish to share for Saturday night’s potluck dinner. Sunday continental breakfast is provided. Sat., 10 a.m. Muir Beach. $75/person; free for kids 2 and under. All Ages. Event details.

Blackie’s Hay Day
Head to Blackie’s Pasture for a fun filled carnival reminiscent of a country fair with games, music, prizes, and entertainment for all ages. All proceeds benefit the children’s programs at the Belvedere Tiburon Library which are open year-round to the public. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tiburon. $10/person. All ages. Event details.

Whats on your family calendar this weekend?

~Amber Guetebier

 Photo courtesy of  Saratoga History Museum