September is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area. There’s still plenty of nice weather for outdoor fun and the fall entertainment season is kicking off with festivals, concerts, theater performances, art workshops and more.
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 wonderful September in the Bay Area!
Five Little Monkeys by Bay Area Children’s Theater – San Francisco & Mill Valley, September 6 & 7
Those Five Little Monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books by Eileen Christelow. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama . . . meet up with a crocodile . . . and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! The play’s all in rhyme/You’ll have a great time!
Star Kids Robotics & Programming Courses – San Jose, Stanford, Cupertino, September 8 – December 18
Star Kids Academy offers after school robotics and programming courses for ages 8-11. Children will utilize technology and creativity to gain an understanding of computer science using EV3 Robotics and Labview software.
Fujitsu Planetarium Shows – Cupertino, September 27
Saturday night planetarium shows begin on September 27 at the Fujitsu Planetarium on the De Anza College campus. Magic Treehouse: Space Mission is perfect for children grades K-2nd and Cosmic Collisions will appeal to older children (5th grade to adult).
Ivy + Bean performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley, September 28 – October 26
If you missed the fun on Pancake Court last year, the mischievous second-grade heroines of Annie Barrow’s New York Times best-selling Ivy + Bean series are back again, with toe-tapping tunes and their special brand of witchcraft. Bay Area Children’s Theatre created this original stage adaptation, with book, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen. Directed by Benjamin Hanna. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Family Concerts & Performances
Concert for Kids – Sausalito, September 6
Just So Stories Family Concert – San Francisco, September 7
Kidchella Concert (Free) – Redwood City, September 14
Super Fun Sunday with Octopretzel at CJM – San Francisco, September 14
Oakland World Percussion Festival (Free) – Oakland, September 27
JAMBand Family Festival (Free) – San Francisco, September 28
Fairs & Festivals
Garin Apple Festival - Hayward, September 6
Santa Cruz County Fair – Watsonville, September 9-14
Cupertino Carnival – Cupertino, September 12-14
Children’s Moon Festival – Palo Alto, September 14
Yerba Buena Family Day (Free) – San Francisco, September 15
Redwood City Salsa Festival (Free) – Redwood City, September 27
James and the Giant Peach by Young Peformers Theater – San Francisco, September 12-28
Sleeping Beauty by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, September 13-14
Sunday Sampler at Berkeley Rep (Free) – Berkeley, September 21
Arts & Crafts
Home Depot Birdhouse Workshop (Free) – Bay Area Wide, September 6
Family Fun Day at Asian Art Museum (Free) – San Francisco, September 7
Family Sundays at Cantor Museum – Stanford, September 7, 14, 21, 28
MakeArt Workshop – San Francisco, September 13
Family Gallery Adventure at CJM – San Francisco, September 14
Family Drop-in Workshops at OMCA – Oakland, September 21
Animals & Nature
Community Day at Curiodyssey (Free) – San Mateo, September 6
Farm Tours at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, September 7 & 14
Family Program at UC Botanical Garden – Berkeley, September 13
Insect Blitz – Half Moon Bay, September 13
Autumn at Filoli – Woodside, September 27
Hike the Headlands – Sausalito, September 28
History & Culture
Russian Fair – Palo Alto, September 7
Costumed Living History at SF Maritime Museum – San Francisco, September 13
Antique Autos in History Park – San Jose, September 14
Junior Engineer Day at Golden Gate Model Railroaders (Free) – San Francisco, September 20
Science & Technology
Science Fun at MOAH – Palo Alto, September 7
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, September 14, 21, 28
Open Cockpit Day at Oakland Aviation Museum – Oakland, September 21
Autogiro Day at Hiller Aviation Museum – San Carlos, September 27
Market Days at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, September 20