Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area
Big Basin Founder’s Day and Redwood Jubilee. Sept. 24. Celebrate Big Basin with a melodrama, historic hikes and games for kids and honor the visionaries who have shaped the character of California's oldest state park. FREE, $10 parking. Boulder Creek.
Russian & International Festival. Sept. 24-25. Enjoy old Russian traditions, booths of imported jewelry and lacquered gifts, traditional food and entertainment for kids including a live puppet theater, a petting zoo and games. Adults: $5; Children & Seniors: $3. Saratoga.
Storybook Dance Party. Sept. 24. Put on your party clothes and dance with your friends at the library. FREE. San Jose.
Egyptian Museum Scavenger Hunt. Sept. 24. Answer a few questions in each gallery and receive a prize at the end of the hunt every fourth Saturday of the month at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. Included with admission: $5-9, under 5 FREE. San Jose.
Wild Cat Adventure. Sept. 25. Learn about the cougar, cheetah, fishing cat, black leopard, ocelot and Geoffroy’s cat at this live show for families. $10 adults, $5 kids under 12. Los Altos.
SF, Marin & Peninsula
Autumn at Filoli Festival. Sept. 24. Celebrate the harvest during this day filled with activities and entertainment for children and families including pumpkin decorating, fruit tasting, barbeque lunches and live music. Adults $20-25, kids $5-10, under 2 FREE. Woodside.
Redwood City Salsa Festival. Sept. 24. Multiple stages will feature music and dancing, salsa chefs will compete for prizes and restaurants will offer their best cuisine. There will also be hands-on art projects and a children’s play area with bounce houses. FREE. Redwood City.
Celebrate Middle Eastern Cultures. Sept. 24. Listen to Opium Sabbah, a world hip hop artist who is the son of legendary Cheb I Sabbah and who was raised listening to the exotic music of India and North Africa. Audience members can also enjoy henna tattoos and making hamsa hands and votives. FREE. San Francisco.
Bay Pointe Ballet: Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan. Sept. 24-25. Be swept away to Neverland in this show for audiences of all ages. San Mateo. $20-60.
Pacific Coast Fog Fest. Sept. 24-25. Learn about Pacifica, shop for arts and crafts and enjoy food and live music. FREE. Pacifica.
Walnut Festival. Sept. 22-25. Celebrate the annual Walnut Festival with arts, crafts, music and food, along with family-friendly entertainment and a carnival. 5-10pm Thu. and Fri., 11am-11pm Sat. and 11am-8pm Sun. $7. Walnut Creek.
Eat Real. Sept. 23-25. Come to where a state fair meets a street food festival and block party to celebrate good times and fresh, local food. Visit food trucks galore – no edible item will cost more than $8. 1-9pm Fri., 10:30am-9pm Sat. and 10:30am-5pm Sun. FREE. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland.
Family Maker Saturdays. Sept. 24. Build, invent, design and create something with your children, ages 3-9, along with trained early childhood education and therapeutic arts staff. 2-4:30pm. $10 per person. Berkeley.
Candy Palooza. Sept. 24-25. Join Jelly Belly for a celebration of sweets with tasty samples, games, rides, food, arts and crafts, and live performances on an outdoor stage. Don’t miss the candy company’s updated self-guided tours between 9am-4pm, featuring new videos and interactive exhibits. 9am-5pm. FREE. Fairfield.
Bay Area Blues Festival. Sept. 24-25. Come for amazing blues music on two stages, arts and crafts exhibits, food, a farmers’ market and chalk art. Purchase chalk to create your own design. 10am-6pm. FREE. Downtown Martinez.