Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area
In the Park After Dark Movie Night. Sept. 22. Meet at the boat launch parking lot for a night under the stars with family and friends. Come early to learn about the wildlife found in the park and watch Beauty and the Beast on a big screen. Parking $6, admission FREE. Morgan Hill.
Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue. Sept. 22-24. Based on the hit preschool series, PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody's favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of The Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. $19-150. San Jose.
Taste of Morgan Hill. Sept. 23-24. Enjoy musical entertainment, food, craft vendors and kids’ zone. Morgan Hill. FREE.
Sea Otter Awareness Week. Sept. 23-30. Learn about this animal with speakers and hands-on activities. $8 adults, $6 kids, 2 and under FREE. Santa Cruz.
For Goodness Snakes. Sept. 23. Learn about the fascinating world of snakes and other reptiles. FREE. San Jose.
SF, Marin & Peninsula
Burlingame Pet Parade. Sept. 23. This annual event attracted 600 participants and 1,800 spectators last year. It features marching bands, children and more. FREE. Burlingame
Peace in the Park. Sept. 23. Explore a variety of ways to unplug and unwind while living in a fast-paced urban environment. This festival features world music, dances, tai-chi, hatha yoga, life enhancing seminars, kids’ activities, peace exhibits and meditation experiences. San Francisco. FREE
Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet. Sept. 23-Oct. 1. Troubled Hamlet speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration and the need for action during troubled times in this tragedy. FREE. San Francisco.
San Anselmo Country Fair Day. Sept. 24. Enjoy a parade, live music, children’s activities, community information booths and artisans. FREE. San Anselmo
Foster City Community Bike Ride. Sept. 24. Families and individuals are invited to participate in a 2.5- or 11-mile ride along the levee-pedway. Bike helmet and safety checks as well as water and treats provided. FREE. Foster City.
Walnut Festival. Sept. 21-24. Celebrate the annual four-day Walnut Festival in Walnut Creek with arts and crafts, music and food, family-friendly entertainment and a carnival! $10.. Walnut Creek.
Eat Real. Sept. 22-24. A state fair meets a street food festival and block party to celebrate good times and fresh, local food. Visit food trucks where no edible item will cost more than $8. 1-9pm Fri., 10:30am-9pm Sat. and 10:30am-5pm Sun. FREE. Oakland.
International Dragon Boat Festival. Sept. 23-24. Treat your family to the sight and sound of vibrant 40-foot dragon boats racing to the beat of Chinese drums. This 22nd annual Northern California festival, featuring approximately 130 teams from around the world, also entertains its guests with Asian arts performances and a Dragon Land for kids with stilt walkers, crafts, face painting and more. 10am-5pm. FREE. Oakland.
Candy Palooza. Sept. 23-24. Join 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 complimentary self-guided tours. 9am-5pm. FREE. Fairfield.
Bay Area Blues Festival. Sept. 23-24. A lively weekend will arrive in downtown Martinez for authentic blues on two stages, kids’ activities, chalk art, food and shopping. 10am-6pm. FREE. Martinez.