Kids Events September 2018


Silicon Valley

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. $86-250. San Jose.

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival. Sept. 8-9. Enjoy live music, hundreds of artists and craftmakers, food and drinks and a “Super Duper Kids’ Park” with bungee jumping, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull ride, bumper cars, miniature golf, glitter tattoos, face painting and much more. FREE. Mountain View.

Santa Cruz County Fair. Sept. 12-16. The Santa Cruz County Fair will include carnival rides, midway games, livestock, a horse show, live entertainment and more. $5-12. Watsonville.

Harvest History Festival. Sept. 22. Before there was tech, there were orchards. Silicon Valley was known as The Valley of Heart’s Delight, and Mountain View nestled serenely at its center. Come to the Harvest History Festival and celebrate the area’s rich and fertile past. FREE. Mountain View.

Hammer Plaza Celebration. Sept. 28-29. This is a fun, family-friendly event in downtown San Jose. Celebrating art, innovation, and community, the thrilling entertainment lineup includes awe-inspiring aerial dance performed live on the façade of Hammer Theatre Center by Oakland-based vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP. FREE. San Jose.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival. Sept. 1-2. This Mardi Gras-style celebration features live music, handcrafted work by 250 artists, food and drink, premium wine, craft beer and cocktails, a car show, home and garden exhibits and a kids’ playland with carnival rides, face painting, a zip line and more. Millbrae. FREE.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Sept. 8-9. Experience chocolate school, live culinary demonstrations, chocolate tastings and a chocolate lounge featuring gourmet treats and premium wine, beer and spirits. $26.55-55. San Francisco.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. Sept. 15-16. This annual event features artists, live music, puppets and hands on crafts for kids. Free for Kids 12 and under $12 for adults. Mill Valley.

Oktoberfest by the Bay. Sept. 21-23. Celebrate Munich’s famed festival with nonstop music, singing and dancing and German food and drink. Headline entertainer is the 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band. $25 general, ages 13-18 $5, under 13 FREE. San Francisco.

Burlingame Pet Parade. Sept. 29. More than 1,800 spectators and 1,100 participants turned out for last year’s pet parade. Highlights of the event include school floats and marching bands. FREE. Burlingame

East Bay

Celebrate the Oakland Athletics 50th anniversary season at an installation honoring three iconic homegrown players: Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson and Dave Stewart. Get to know them through rare photographs, high school yearbook images and sports memorabilia at the Oakland Museum of California’s Gallery of California History through Oct. 21. 11am-5pm Wed.-Thu., 11am-9pm Fri. and 10am-6pm Sat. and Sun. $15.95 adults, $6.95 ages 9-17, members and under 9 FREE. 

Castro Valley Fall Festival. Sept. 8-9. This annual festival features more than 150 arts and crafts, community and non-profit booths, along with food vendors, wine and beer, live music and other entertainment. 10am-6pm. FREE. 

Lafayette Art Festival. Sept. 15-16. The 23rd year of this annual event will offer art, crafts, food and drink, as well as music, entertainment and an area just for kids. 10am-7pm Sat., 10am-6pm Sun. FREE admission, $1-5 kids zone, $7 drink ticket. Downtown Lafayette, 3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Walnut Festival. Sept. 20-23. Celebrate Walnut Creek’s 82nd annual Walnut Festival with arts and crafts, music and food, entertainment and a carnival. Thu., Sept. 20: 5-10pm; Fri., Sept. 21: 5-11pm; Sat., Sept. 22: 11am-11pm and Sun., Sept. 23: 11am-8pm. $10. Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-935-6766.

Candy Palooza. Sept. 29. Join Jelly Belly for its sixth-annual celebration of sweets with tasty samples, games, rides, food, arts and crafts and live performances on an outdoor stage. Also, don’t miss the candy company’s complimentary self-guided tours. Also Sun. 9am-5pm. FREE. Jelly Belly, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. 800-953-5592.



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