Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area




Silicon Valley

Bands on the Beach. Sept. 2. It’s your last chance to enjoy a band on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this summer with Papa Doo Run Run performing. FREE. Santa Cruz

Knights and Ladies of the Library. Sept. 2. Whether they already have a library card or are getting one for the first time, children ages 5 and up will enjoy a “knighting” ceremony and make their own mask and shield to celebrate. San Jose. FREE

Bacon Festival of America. Sept. 3-4. Moveable Feast presents the fourth annual Bacon Festival of America featuring food trucks, dessert trucks, live entertainment and more. $9.99-15, $2.99 kids. San Jose.

Mini Maker Faire. Sept. 4. Enjoy this  family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker Movement. FREE. San Jose.

Sunday Seaside Crafts. Sept 4. Create and take home a fun marine-themed souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share at the Seymour Marine Discover Center. FREE. Santa Cruz. 

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Music on the Square: Pride and Joy. Sept. 2. Dance to this pop and soul band at the Courthouse Square in Redwood City. FREE. Redwood City.

Millbrae Art and Wine Festival. Sept. 3-4. The Millbrae Chamber of Commerce will transform downtown into the Big Easy with a Mardi Gras-style celebration featuring live music, arts and crafts, fun for children and more. FREE. Millbrae.

Belmont Greek Festival. Sept.-3-5. Enjoy Greek food, traditional music, dancing, drama, children’s activities and more. $5 general, under 13 FREE with paying adult. Belmont.

Experience Tule Elk. Sept. 3-Oct. 30. See these animals during their mating season. Docents will provide binoculars and spotting scopes. FREE. Tomales Bay.

Sausalito Art Festival. Sept. 3-5. This waterfront fine arts festival features works of more than 260 artists, live musical entertainment, food, wine, beer and specialty beverages and more. Sausalito. $25 general, under 13 FREE.

East Bay   

Party in the PlazaSept. 1. Celebrate the finale to Walnut Creek's annual Summer Concert Series with a street festival including food, fashion and a headliner concert from Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath. Thu., 6-9pm. FREE.  Walnut Creek. 

 Scottish Highland GatheringSept. 3-4. This huge two-day, 151st event has pipe bands, athletics, six stages of traditional and Celtic rock, Scottish food and more. 8am-7pm. $11-20.  Pleasanton. 

Free First SundaySept. 4. Celebrate the start of the school year with a free day at the Oakland Museum of California and see what's on display, including the special family exhibition "Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact." 10am-6pm. FREE. Oakland.

The Nature CornerSept. 4. Stop by a table near the swim lagoon to hear the latest nature news and maybe meet a live animal. 12-3pm. $5 parking fee.  Antioch. 

Labor Day Open HouseSept. 5. Come for a day of nature appreciation at the Crab Cove Visitor Center and shoreline with beach exploration at 11am, Family Nature Fun Time at 2pm, fish feeding in the aquariums at 3pm and more. FREE.  Alameda. 

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