Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

The Luna Park Chalk Art Festival in San Jose celebrates its 12th year of providing fun.

Silicon Valley and Coast 

Coastal Clean-up Day at Coyote Creek and other locations. Sept. 21. Join other volunteers who will pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways. Check for other sites around the Bay Area. FREE. San Jose. 

Santa Cruz Mountain SOL Festival. Sept. 20-22. Three days of music, art, camping, children’s activities and more. Roaring Camp Railroads will run shuttle trains between the festival and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. FREE. Felton. 

Free Community Day. Sept. 21. Enjoy crafts and activities, folklorico dancing and live weaving demos in conjunction with the exhibition “Mayan Traje: A Tradition in Transition” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. FREE. San Jose. 

Sean's Music Factory: Music for Children. Sept. 21. A high-flying show for kids in preschool and elementary school. FREE. San Jose. 

Luna Park Chalk Art Festival. Sept. 21-22.  A community event in its 12th year, attracting more than 3,000 artists, students and vendors. FREE. San Jose. 


Marin, San Francisco and Peninsula 

California Coastal Cleanup Day: Marin. Sept. 21. Join others around the State to make a difference keeping our beaches, waterways, and parks clean. With over 40 cleanup sites in Marin County, check the Bay Model website for a volunteer opportunity near you. FREE. Marin.

Coastal Cleanup Day at San Francisquito Creek. Sept. 21. The City of Menlo Park and Grassroots Ecology host volunteers for Coastal Cleanup Day. FREE. Menlo Park.

Sea Music Concert Series. Sept. 21. Experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring songs from the wooden decks of the historic 1886 sailing ship Balclutha. Spitzer & Mareva perform music of the British Isles. Suggested donation $10-20. San Francisco. 

1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival. Sept. 21. Celebrate the good and bright things in life by lighting the water with floating water lanterns. Festivities begin with food trucks, vendors and carefully curated live music. Foster City. 

Charity and the JAMband Family Concert. Sept. 22. Families relax, connect and have fun in a beautiful outdoor environment. FREE. San Francisco. 


East Bay

Walnut Festival. Sept. 19-22. Family-friendly entertainment, two stages of live music, a large carnival with more than 30 rides, a kids zone, a showcase of local talent, food, craft beer garden and more. Walnut Creek.

OMCA @ 50 Hella Big Block Party. Sept. 20. On this day 50 years ago, the Oakland Museum of California was established as the "Museum of the People." There will be music, dance, poetry, family activities, food and drink. Oakland.

STEM@Fairyland. Sept. 20. East Bay Economic Development Alliance hosts this event, which is designed to introduce science, technology, engineering and math to pre-kindergarten-aged children and their caregivers. Oakland.

Coastal Cleanup Day. Sept. 21. Join volunteers across California in protecting our coasts from trash. FREE. Albany.

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival. Sept. 21-22. Billed as the largest festival in Contra Costa County, this event includes three kids’ zones, art, handmade crafts, food, wine, microbrews and continuous music on four stages. FREE. Downtown Lafayette.


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