1. Annual Family Fun Festival @ The Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Berkeley

The Annual Family Fun Festival returns to Downtown Berkeley! There’s lots of activities to explore with your little ones, like a cooking demo and kids cooking contest, puppet making, family dance, seed ball making, and much more. And did we mention this event is completely FREE? AND it’s right across from the Downtown Berkeley Farmer’s Market! So you can enjoy free family fun then cap the day off by shopping for produce and other goodies to bring home.

Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park

Price: Free

Ages: All Ages

Day: Saturday, May 27 @  10 am – 3 pm

Website: http://ecologycenter.org/events/familyfun2017/

Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2qSVPvT

Note: Nearby parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible. One block from Downtown Berkeley BART. Accessible by bike and BART friendly!


  1. Bay Area KidFest @ Mt. Diablo High School, Concord

Yes, friends, there’s not one, but TWO festivals this weekend for families. This one, located in Concord, is easily accessible to East Bay families and coincides with Memorial day (that’s right, KidFest extends into Monday!) Enjoy three days of live entertainment and activities especially for kids, like balloon art, face painting, arts, crafts, rides, and more!

Location: Mt. Diablo High School – Concord

Price per Person: $7 donation, $6 with one canned food donation for the Food Bank; Babies under 24 months free, Seniors 65+ are free

Ages: All ages

Day: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, May 27-29, 10 am – 6 pm

Website: http://www.kidfestconcord.com/index.html

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BayAreaFestivals/?ref=nf

Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2pX2xNb


  1. Drop-in Art Lab for Families @ the Junior Center for Art and Science & The Eastlake Music Festival, Oakland

Head to Lake Merritt for a Saturday afternoon filled with creativity. Start off the day at the Junior Center for Art and Science for a family friendly art activity. This drop-in art lab occurs weekly with new themed projects every time. This week’s themed activity is creating “family self-portraits with clay!”

After you’ve made your self-portraits, stroll around the lake and stay a while at the annual Eastlake Music Festival. This one day only event is appropriate for all ages and features local indie bands at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater. Don’t forget to pack a lunch, sunscreen, and picnic blanket for a relaxing Oaktown hang out!     

Event: Family Self-portraits with Clay

Location: Junior Center of Art and Science @ Lake Merritt

Day: Saturday, May 27, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Price: $8 or free for members

Ages: All ages

Website: http://juniorcenter.org

Register for Event: http://bit.ly/2pV8l9Y

Event: Eastlake Music Festival

Location: Lake Merritt Amphitheater (between 12th St. and 1st Ave.)

Day: Saturday, May 27, 1 p – 9 pm

Price: Free (pay what you can)

Ages: All ages

Website: http://eastlakemusicfestival.org

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eastlakemusicfestival/


4. 45th Annual Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue, Marin

What could be better than delicious grilled food, live music, and activities for kids? All of that, near gorgeous Muir beach! This special Memorial Day weekend tradition is a festive gathering that helps raise funds for the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

This amazing team of volunteer residents work to preserve the beautiful landscape and keep the community safe, often serving as first responders and are a crucial support to Marin County firefighters. Help support these brave volunteers and have a little fun by the beach this Memorial day weekend.

Location: Santos Meadows on Frank Valley Road, Muir Beach

Day: Sunday, May 28, 12-5 pm

Price: Free (parking fee $20 per vehicle, carpooling encouraged)

Ages: All ages welcome

Website: http://www.muirbeachfire.com

Note: All proceeds benefit the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Sponsored by the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Association. Alcohol purchased on-site only, BYOB not permitted.


  1. Picnic @ The Presidio, San Francisco

Off the Grid Market hits the Presidio every Sunday. Join the scene this Memorial day weekend for the best of the local food, live music, and free activities! Enjoy the iconic beauty of the vast seven-acre Main Parade Ground with the family. Activities offered include free yoga classes, nature-based arts and crafts for kids, and fun lawn games. Have fun in the sunshine and bring a frisbee to share!

Location: Presidio, Main Parade Ground

Day: Every Sunday 28th, 11 am – 4 pm

Ages: All ages

Price: Free entrance; food for purchase

Website: https://offthegrid.com/event/presidio-picnic/2017-5-28-11am

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OffTheGridSF

Picnic FAQ’s: https://offthegrid.com/presidio-picnic-faq/

Note: Arrive early, prepare for long waits at food truck lines. Bring appropriate clothing for the weather.  Weather varies from full sun to wind and fog. Bring layers, sunscreen, a sunhat, picnic blanket, and your water bottle to refill at our onsite water stations. Free Bicycle Valet parking is available through New Wheel.