Fine tune your weekend plans with some great music and festival opportunities. Get in the holiday spirit, while making Day of the Dead crafts, at the Fiesta del Art en el Parque at Crissy Field Center. Try to win and call out bingo! at  the El Rancho Day Fiesta at St. Joseph Elementary School.  Cheer for your favorite team at the Save the Music Festival Battle of the U.C. Marching Bands at Twin Pines Park. You are sure to have a noteworthy time!

San Francisco

Fiesta del Arte en el Parque
Celebrate Latin American culture during Hispanic Heritage Month. This arty party includes live entertainment, cultural cuisine and Day of the Dead craft projects. Art activities include painting a Calaca, the traditional skull decoration, and making paper flowers. And of course it’s not a party without face painting! Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

SF Birth & Baby Fair
Don’t miss the premier event for new and expecting parents in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. The Birth and Baby Fair showcases local businesses and resources as well as independent designers with the aim to educate and expose new and expecting parents and young families to unique and beneficial products and services. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. $8 online and $10 at the door. All ages. Event details. 

Drop-In Science
We all know kids love to make noise! How about letting them learn more about it? Let them explore the science of different types of sound, while creating their own musical instrument to take home. Noise never sounded so good. Children seven and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. $4 per child. All ages. Event details. 

East Bay

El Rancho Day Fiesta
For over fifty years St. Joseph Elementary School has been holding this annual carnival. Join in the tradition, while trying international foods, playing games and trying to win cash raffle prizes. You can even play family bingo from 5:00 – 6:00 pm! Come make history. Sat., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond
Along with the tented beer garden, food vendors, and bands, is an area for kids to join in the festivities. There will be a Root Biergarten, featuring root beer and ice cream, along with craft projects and kids’ entertainment on the family stage. There’s lots to do before saying “Auf Wiedersehen!” Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Concert for Kids
Bring a blanket and snacks, and grab a spot on the lawn for this outdoor concert! One of Marin’s beloved children’s performers, Christopher Smith, will be singing, and getting your kids to laugh, dance, and sing along all morning. And after they sing, they can swing at the playground! Sat., 10:30 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Music for Kids of All Ages
The Marin League of the San Francisco Symphony will present classical music to kids. Pianist, Ed Goldfarb, will play a variety of pieces from Bach to “Spongebob Squarepants,” and other musicians will educate the audience about the instruments that they play. Singing along and dancing is encouraged, and snacks will be provided by Whole Foods. Music appreciation starts now! Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free, donations welcome. All ages. Event details.


11th Annual Pancake Breakfast
Join the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid Peninsula, Menlo Park Firefighters, and the Stanford Park Hotel for breakfast at the firehouse! Enjoy pancakes, Peet’s Coffee, and Hobee’s coffeecake, and join in the kids’ activities and a fire truck tour. A good breakfast for a good cause. Sat., 7:30 am – 11:00 am. $5-$15 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

Save the Music Festival
Listen to music by kids in elementary school through high school, and college students, too, in a Battle of the U.C. Marching Bands. The extensive Children’s Area activities will include tie-dye and frisbee spin art, along with bounce houses, train rides, and slides. They also run a world famous Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Don’t worry, they don’t bite! Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. $5 per adult. $2 per child. All ages. Event details.                              

— Rachel Teichman