September is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area! Enjoy children’s theater, family concerts, art workshops, science explorations and nature adventures.
Below are just some of the many fun events happening in the Bay Area this month. Find more activities and events on our Fun Events page.
Have a spectacular September in the Bay Area!
Family Fun Day at the Asian Art Museum ~ San Francisco, September 6 & 20
Explore art and ideas through immersive storytelling, fun gallery activities, creative art making and more during the Asian Art Museum’s Family Fun Day. Discover and play as a family! Themes and projects change regularly so visit www.asianart.org/family for more details.
Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, through September 6
Let curiosity and inquiry be your guides as you explore familiar buildings and locales from Curious George book series and television show. Key concepts in science, technology, engineering and math are woven and layered throughout the exhibit. Tinker with wheels and pulleys at a construction site, pilot your own space adventure and experiment with momentum playing a round of miniature golf.
Saturday Night Astronomy Shows at Fujitsu Planetarium ~ Cupertino, September 26
Saturday night planetarium shows begin on September 26 at the Fujitsu Planetarium on the De Anza College campus. Magic Treehouse: Space Mission is perfect for children grades K-2nd and Extreme Planets will engage older children (5th grade to adult).
New South American Tropical Rainforest & Aviary ~ San Francisco, Ongoing
The new South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary building at the San Francisco Zoo is now open. The renovated Aviary features a realistic rainforest ecosystem, full of colorful free-flight birds, exotic plants and trees, a charming two-toed sloth, and the Zoo’s first significant herpetological collection—which will include a 15-foot long green anaconda as well as rare tree frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes.
Family Concerts & Performances
Preschool Performance Series: Phil Ackerly Magician – Danville, September 4
Peter Rabbit by PYT – San Francisco, September 11-27
Kidchella (Free) – Redwood City, September 13
National Circus and Acrobats of the Peoples Republic of China – Berkeley, September 11-12
Snow White by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, September 19-20
Menlo Movie Series (Free) – September 4, 11, 18 & 25
Starlight Movies in the Park – Alameda, September 11
Movies in the Park (Free) – Oakland, September 11
Film Night in the Park (Free) – San Anselmo, September 11
Summer Movie Night (Free) – San Lorenzo, September 25
Outdoor Movie at Tilden (Free) – Berkeley, September 26
Fairs & Festivals
Silicon Valley Fall Festival – Cupertino, September 12
Garin Apple Festival – Hayward, September 12
Sunday Streets (Free) – San Francisco, September 13
Santa Cruz County Fair – Watsonville, September 16-20
Kinderfest – Mill Valley, September 20
Arts & Crafts
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, September 6, 13, 20, 27
Family Day at Museum of Craft and Design – San Francisco, September 12
Kids Night at the Schulz Museum – Santa Rosa, September 19
MOCHA Art Workshop (Free) – Alameda, September 20
Animals & Nature
Wild Summer Overnight at SF Zoo – San Francisco, September 5-6
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, September 6
Campfire Nights – Hayward, September 19
Birds of the Bay – San Francisco, September 19
Coastal Cleanup Day (Free) – Several Locations, September 19
The Little Farm’s 60th Birthday Party – Berkeley, September 20
Hike the Headlands – Sausalito, September 20
History & Culture
Sail the Bay on a Historic Schooner – San Francisco, September 5, 12, 19, 16
Hands on History Day – San Jose, September 13
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, September 19-20
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, September 25-26
Science & Technology
San Jose Mini Maker Faire – San Jose, September 6
Community Day at Curiodyssey (Free) – San Mateo, September 13
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, September 13, 20, 27
Open Cockpit Day at Oakland Aviation Museum – Oakland, September 20
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, September 27