Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

Goosebumps. Oct. 20. Celebrate Halloween and the 25th anniversary of Goosebumps with a free film screening of the movie. Refreshments will be provided. FREE. San Jose.

Wildlife and Harvest Day. Oct. 21. Families are invited to join Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and City of Cupertino to celebrate the fall season, nature, and wildlife with live-animal demonstrations, educational presentations, free hands-on activities, nestbox and bird feeder construction, face painting and more. FREE. Cupertino.

Heritage Harvest Festival. Oct. 21. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts and participate in harvest-time activities. FREE. Santa Cruz.

Mystery Magic Theater with Phil Ackerly. Oct. 21. Enjoy this show that combines mystery, magic, comedy, and audience participation to baffle and delight children of all ages. FREE. San Jose.

Little Pumpkin Party. Oct. 22. Enjoy a low-key, old-fashioned pumpkin party – pick out some pumpkins, press sweet fresh apple cider, plump the scarecrows with straw, and meet the Autumn Garden Fairy. Registration required. $15. Los Altos Hills

SF, Marin & Peninsula  

Goblin Jamboree. Oct. 21-22. This annual Halloween festival features pony rides, petting zoos, bounce houses, hay mazes, train rides, face painting and live music. $17.95. Sausalito.

Tricycle Music Fest: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights. Oct. 21. This New York group combines lead vocals, guitar and drums to make you and your little ones dance to the music. FREE. San Francisco.

International Archaeology Day. Oct. 21. See archaeology in action as Presidio Trust archaeologists uncover the foundations of the Spanish colonial settlement that was El Presidio de San Francisco, and don’t forget to view the adobe walls of the original Spanish fort that are still standing inside the Presidio Officers’ Club. FREE. San Francisco.

Wharf Fest. Oct. 21. Bay Area residents are invited to celebrate the waterfront after the tourist season is over. This event includes live music, a chowder-cookoff, family activities and more. FREE. San Francisco.

Potrero Hill Festival. Oct. 21. Enjoy local food vendors, artists, musicians, historians, home-grown entertainment, kids’ games and more. FREE. San Francisco.

East Bay  

Dream Big. Oct. 19-23. Tinker Bell will use her enchanted pixie dust to send everyone on a skating adventure with Rapunzel, Cinderella, Ariel, Olaf and other Disney friends. Oct. 19-23. 6:30pm and 7pm. $15 and up.  Oakland.

Alice in Wonderland. Oct. 20-21. See the musical adaptation of this classic performed by an innovative, new professional theater company that mixes actors, life-sized puppets and a live virtual set. Fri., Oct. 20 at 7:30pm and Sat., Oct. 21 at 2pm. $8-16 adults, $6-14 children. Pleasanton.

Walk For Kids' Sake. Oct. 21. Stroll along a 3-mile path and attend a lakeside festival to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bay Area. 9:30am-2:30pm. $40.  Oakland.

Maker Faire. Oct. 22. The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, alternative energy, handmade crafts and educational workshops and installations. 10am-5pm. $17 adults, $13 ages 4-18, under 3 FREE. Oakland. 

Days of Dead Celebration. Oct. 22. The Oakland Museum of California will come alive to honor tradition with dance and music, family art activities, craft and cooking demonstrations, festive food vendors and other special programs throughout the museum grounds. 12-4pm. $15.95 adults, $10.95 students/seniors, $6.95 ages 9-17, children under 8 FREE. Oakland.


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