Make sure you eat your Wheaties because the Bay Area is tons of fun this weekend. Street festivals in Rockridge, Martinez, Pacifica and Redwood City are packed with food, fun, and festive spirit, and music and film lovers will get down in the city at the KidAroo Music Festivaland the NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival. Also, it’s Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday. Drop by their site to print out a free pass to a museum near you. SF Jazz starts its 3-run series of Family Matinees this weekend with a look at the drums with the Marcus Shelby Trio. And you won’t want to miss out on the cultural fun of the 15th Annual International Dragon Boat Festival out at Treasure Island. It’s fun in the fog here in the Bay Area.
Martinez, where you at? No, really. Martinez, located off Hwy. 80 just east of the Carquinez Bridge, puts themselves on the map this weekend with some great goings-on. The Contra Costa Parents of Multiples ETC Fall Sale is making deals while the Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival inspires oohs and ahs. The grand opening of the Anza Trail exhibit at the Martinez Adobe provides a bit of culture and edutainment. Any one of these events would be great for a look-see, the three of them make it time for a road trip. CCPOM sale event details: Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $1/adult;Street Painting Festival event details: Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m., free; Anza Trail exhibit event details:Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., free. All events located in Martinez.
Rockridge’s Out and About
This fun Oakland festival offers you a chance to taste your neighbors. Eat your way through the Rockridge neighborhood by way of food courts and the picnic in the street while listening to tunes provided by local musicians and bands. Look out for the kids’ stage as well as art projects and four-square centers ready for little hands. Sun., 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., Oakland, free. Event details.
Pacifica Fog Fest
The folks of Pacifica want you to know how much fun you can have when you can’t see two feet in front of your face. With music, eats, a parade, rides, and a special family fun fest, the Fog Fest delivers. Just don’t let go of your little; he might be tricky to find. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (family fest Sun. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.), Pacifica, free. Event details.
Redwood City’s Salsa Festival
You don’t have to dance salsa, or even eat salsa, to have a good time at this party. Take a stroll through the music-filled streets and take in some tasty eats, arts and crafts, and entertainment on the family stage. (Also, take note of the tequila tasting booth, if you dare.) Sat., 12:00 – 8:00 p.m., Redwood City, free. Event details.
NY/SF International Children’s Film Fest
Cinephiles won’t want to miss this 3-day event, full of movies to set your little ones aglow. With movies from around the world and for all ages, there’s something for everyone. Pick a flick and introduce your kids to the zest of the film fest.Fri. – Sun., see website for schedule and prices, San Francisco. Read more.
KidAroo Music Festival
Wow, this fest isn’t playing around. The action’s happening in KidAroo village with live music, workshops from local music schools, eats, treats, face painting, animals, and a visit from the fire department. Stop by the Red Tricycle booth for some temporary tattoos. Bring the littles for some big fun on the Little Green. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., San Francisco, $20/individual tickets, $60/family, babies free. Event details.
Napa River Rock and Stroll
Benefiting child abuse programs at Cope Family Center, the Napa River Rock and Stroll gives you a chance to help out while doing something fun with people you love. Break out the stroller and make some strides against child abuse before hitting the Finish Line Festival for music and eats. It’s fun times for a serious cause. Sat., 9:00 a.m., Napa, see website for pricing. Event details.
Blackie’s Hay Day
Come out for this fundraiser for the Children’s and Teen Programs at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. Pony rides and climbing walls, tractor rides and a petting zoo, this fundraiser is fun for you and the community. Bring some gently used books and kids 12 and under get in free. Have a heyday at Blackie’s Hay Day. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Tiburon, free admission. Read more.