Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr BandSept. 28. Every Ringo and His All Starr Band show features classic hit after hit, with each band member bringing to the set their most popular songs. $70-145. San Jose.

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.

Capitola Village Beach Festival. Sept. 29-30. Enjoy sand castle building, rowboat contests, a horseshoe tournament, fishing derby, children’s art events and more. FREE. Capitola Village.

Little Italy San Jose Street Festival. Sept. 30. Celebrate all things Italian in San Jose's Little Italy San Jose District including Italian cuisine, live entertainment, a wine garden and more. FREE. San Jose.

“Coyote Now.” Through Oct. 21. This floor-to-ceiling interactive art installation by Washington-based indigenous artist RYAN! Fedderson at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History follows the modern-day adventures of Coyote. Fedderson invites visitors to color in the drawings using handmade crayons shaped to look like coyote bones. Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE.

San Francisco, Marin & Peninsula

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

Pacific Coast Fog Fest. Sept. 29-30. This event features a parade, marching band contest, arts and crafts booths, food and beverages, music and entertainment and more. FREE. Pacifica.

Anamaniacs in Concert. Sept. 28-29. Emmy Award-winning legendary voice actor Rob Paulsen, who supplied  voices to characters on the animated series Animaniacs and Emmy Award-winning composer/writer Randy Rogel who wrote many of its songs, perform hits from the show. $33.75-65. San Francisco.

Redwood City Salsa Festival. Sept. 29. Salsa music, salsa dancing and salsa tasting are at the forefront along with live Latin jazz music and reggae. There will also be hands-on art projects and a children’s play area with bounce houses. FREE. Redwood City.

San Francisco Music Day. Sept. 30. This event celebrates a sweeping panorama of the music of the Bay Area. There will be four stages featuring string quartets, jazz combos, new music pioneers and global musicians. FREE. San Francisco.

East Bay

Mamma Mia! Sept. 26-30. Enjoy the pop music of ABBA in a musical about a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a trip down the aisle. Through Oct. 7. 2:30pm, 7:30pm and 8pm. $16-44. Walnut Creek. 

Movies Under the Stars. Sept. 28. Take a picnic to the park to enjoy live music at 6:30pm followed by an outdoor showing of The Jungle Book at sunset. 7-10pm. FREE. Walnut Creek.

Around the Block. Sept. 29. Visit five pop-up projects within a three-block radius of the Oakland Museum of California at “Around the Block: A Day of Neighborhood Stories” to experience storytelling, literature, dance, art, performances and photography. 11am-5pm. FREE. Oakland. 

Candy PaloozaSept. 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. Fairfield. 

The Cat in the HatSept. 27-30. Seuss’s classic rainy-day tale is now a bilingual Bay Area Children’s Theatre production recommended for children ages 3-10 who speak English and/or Spanish. Through Nov. 4. 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4pm. $28 adults, $24 ages 2-14. Berkeley. 


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