Explore the Bay Area Suburbs Like a Local!

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Want to see what life could be like in suburbia? Start with these local events and activities happening all weekend long. 


The best way to explore the Bay Area suburbs? By spending your weekend like a local would, starting with these family-friendly events and activities. 


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Palo Alto

Learn about monarch butterflies during the Gamble Garden Monarch Festival from 9am-12pm on Saturday. Families will enjoy hands-on crafts, presentations and games. Don’t forget your costume so you can jump in on the parade.



Menlo Park

Visit Bedwell Bayfront Mart from 10am-12pm on Saturday for a beginners bird walk. Bring binoculars and be prepared to spy egrets, shorebirds and wintering ducks.



San Carlos

The San Carlos Art and Wine Faire is Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm, featuring live music, a kids’ zone and 250+ art and craft vendors.



Corte Madera

Corte Madera’s Oktoberfest is Saturday from 12pm-5pm at Menke Park. Come out for live music, gourmet food, games and kids activities. Admission is free for kids under 12.




Visit the Folkish Festival at Marin Country Mart from 12:30pm-2:30pm on Sunday to enjoy bluegrass music and food trucks. 



San Rafael

Decorate pumpkins and enjoy face painting and inflatables during San Rafael’s Halloween Harvest Festival on Saturday from 5pm-7pm. Kids are $15 at the door; adults are free.




Learn about Japanese culture during the Moon Viewing Festival from 5:30pm-8:30pm on Sunday. Admission is free.




Stroll downtown Alameda during the town’s annual classic car show event from 10am-4pm on Saturday. Grab lunch and check out 400+ classic cars.




Visit Ocean View Brew Works’ Oktoberfest from 2pm-6pm on Sunday for German cuisine, games and family activities. Admission is free. 



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