Bay Area Weekend Family Events: From Magic Kitchens to Art Festivals!

Bay Area Weekend Family Events: From Magic Kitchens to Art Festivals!

The Bay Area is buzzing with excitement this weekend, and families are in for a treat! From culinary experiences that will ignite your child's passion for cooking to iconic art festivals and thrilling county fairs, there's something for everyone. Here's a rundown of the top events you won't want to miss:

1. Oakland’s Magic Kitchen: Culinary Delights for the Little Chefs
When: September 16, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Aesop’s Playhouse

Join the inaugural event of Oakland’s Magic Kitchen, a delightful series of culinary experiences designed to spark children’s eagerness to help in the kitchen. Hosted by Fairyland’s new puppet mascot, Quercus, and local Guest Chefs, this event promises playful kitchen antics and a deep dive into the basics of cooking. This Saturday, Chef Tamearra Dyson from Souley Vegan will be showcasing her skills. So, come along, meet Quercus, and indulge in some delicious treats!


2. Art & Soul Festival: Celebrating 20 Years of Artistic Brilliance
When: This weekend
Where: Direct access via BART’s Oakland 12th Street City Center Station


Oakland's iconic Art & Soul festival is back and bigger than ever! Celebrate its 20th anniversary with live music across three stages, delectable food from various trucks, a community dance party, and shopping opportunities from numerous artisans. Children can also enjoy crafts and other activities, and don't forget to check out the AfroComicCon!

3. Santa Cruz County Fair 2023: A Weekend of Thrills and Entertainment
When: September 13-17
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds


The Santa Cruz County Fair is back with a bang! With a range of ticket prices and special offers for kids, seniors, and military personnel, this is an event for everyone. Here's a quick look at the entertainment lineup:

  • September 13: Monster Trucks and Motocross at the Race Track (7:30 PM) and Gary Blackburn Band at the Amphitheater Stage (7:30 PM).
  • September 14: More Monster Trucks and Motocross action (7:30 PM) followed by Tsunami at the Amphitheater Stage (7:30 PM).
  • September 15: Groove with The House Rockers (7:30 PM – Amphitheater Stage).
  • September 16: Enjoy The Sun Kings (7:30 PM – Amphitheater Stage).
  • September 17: A multicultural evening with Lola Pobedy Montez, Escaramusa Charra, Los Reyes De La Banda (4:00 PM – Main Horse Arena) and Grupo El Tiempo (7:00 PM – Amphitheater Stage).

So, Bay Area families, gear up for a weekend filled with fun, food, and fantastic entertainment. Whether you're a foodie, an art lover, or just looking for some family-friendly fun, there's something for everyone this weekend!

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