Family and Kid’s Events in the Monterey Bay and Surrounding Area 9/28-9/30

Events and Activities for Families and Kids around the Bay Area 9/28-9/30:

Friday September 28:

Saturday September 29:

  • Marina Equestrian Center Open House– Marina
    1-4pm. California and 9th Street
    FREE to the public! FREE activities include: pony rides, a bounce house, face painting, a petting zoo, hay rides and more. Be thrilled during the entertainment packed show including the Marina Equestrian Center Flag Team, the Parade of Horse Breeds featuring a huge one ton Percheron horse all the way down to a miniature horse smaller than a dog and many breeds in between.
  • FREE Smithsonian Magazine Museum DayFREE Admission to Many Museums
    In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, participating museums across the country give free admission to people with a Museum Day Ticket, this ticket is FREE though registration is required (the ticket will be emailed to you). Here are a few of the local museums participating in this event: California Academy of Sciences, Bay Area Discovery Museum, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, The National Steinbeck Center and many more. Click Here to see the national list of participating museums
  • Birth and Baby Fair– San Francisco
  • San Benito County Fair– San Benito County Fairgrounds
  • Big Basin Founder’s Day
    9am- 8pm. A special event celebrating California’s oldest State Park.
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire– Casa de Fruita

Sunday September 30:


  • Cookies for Cancer Bake Sale– Capitola, Aptos and Scotts Valley
    Help raise money for childhood cancer research and raise much needed awareness
  • Scout Day at Swank Farms– Hollister
    Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms; kids will receive a button for attending
    25% of the proceeds will support local boys and girls scout districts of the Central Coast
  • Harvest Festival- UCSC
    11am-5pm. Adults $5, kids 12 & under and UCSC students FREE
    Live music, lots of food, kid’s activities, hay rides, gardening/cooking workshops, pie eating contest and more. FREE Parking and shuttle available
  • Seaside Crafts– Seymour Center Santa Cruz
  • San Benito County Fair– San Benito County Fairgrounds
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire– Casa de Fruita

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