Best Things to Do With Kids in September - 510 Families

Best Things to Do With Kids in September

Let’s give a cheer for September! We’re heading into the season of apples, harvest festivals, community events, and outdoor fun. Here’s a breakdown of amazing activities in the Bay Area for the kids in our lives.

Dad and child riding bike together and posing
Bring the kids to Xtracycle’s Family Bike Day & 25th Anniversary on Sep 10 |Photo: Evan Lovett-Harris

Special thanks to this month’s sponsor, Xtracycle, a local cargo bike brand that’s celebrating 25 years of helping families ride together. Their lineup of electric family-cargo bikes make it easy to go car-free and spend more time outside, without compromising on safety or budget. 

📅 Save the Date for These Exciting Community Events

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month beginning September 15 through October 15. There are multiple ways to celebrate the diverse Latinx communities and cultures throughout the East Bay and beyond. Look for drop-in crafting at local libraries, bilingual music and dance events, and large-scale gatherings. Find more opportunities mark the vibrant histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx individuals in our Hispanic Heritage Month Guide >

High Holidays For Families

Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Friday, September 15, and ends on the evening of Sunday, September 17. Yom Kippur begins Sunday, September 24, and ends Monday, September 25. Celebrate the high holidays at local family-friendly events throughout the East Bay. Keep in mind that many activities require a ticket or RSVP; reserve your family’s space in advance. See our High Holidays Guide for programming and resources >

Dad and daughter riding bike to school
Skip the car; Xtracycle’s Back-to-School Sale offers $1000 off a new cargo bike. | Source: Martin Sundberg

Reserve Tickets to Shows & Performances

See a hilarious take on beloved characters in Dog Man: The Musical, or head to Walnut Creek to watch The Three Feathers, a musical opera based on the Grimm’s fairy tale. Find more upcoming ticketed performances and events >

Apple Season is Here

If your family is all about apples, September is a prime month to go apple picking. It’s a favorite fall activity for many kids and parents alike, and with good reason: Apples are delicious and picking the fruit is quite enjoyable. Don’t miss the Garin Apple Festival in Hayward on September 9. Or take a road trip to Apple Hill for Kids Weekend and Johnny Appleseed Day at Delfino Farms on September 16. If you’d rather go at your own pace, we rounded up a slew of apple orchards in the Bay Area that should have picking available in early September. Remember to always confirm hours with the orchard or farm by phone or social media in advance.

Apple picking at Chileno Valley Ranch
Apple picking is a seasonal favorite that’s ideal for all ages | Photo: Julie Herson

Watching Cal Sporting Events with Kids

Wear your gold and blue to a Cal sporting event. These games and matches make for exciting and manageable outings for sport-loving families. Tickets are affordable, or even free. Take advantage of living near a college town and cheer for the Golden Bears at an upcoming athletic event; read all about tips for attending Cal sports with kids >

What’s Open On Labor Day?

Looking to fill your day with free activities on Labor Day? Here are a few outings that will keep kids busy while they are off of school or if you’re looking to scratch a few last-minute items off your summer bucket list:

Pro Tip: Labor Day weekend (September 2-3) is often the closing time frame for many outdoor splash pads and swimming holes. Plan ahead to get some water fun in before these spaces close for the season.

📅 Favorite Free & Cheap Happenings

Need some planning inspiration? We’ve got you covered! We gathered up our favorite free and inexpensive activities in the East Bay to serve as a go-to itinerary when you’re in a pinch. Find more free & cheap events this month >

Plus, plan an outing to one of the world-class museums in the Bay Area; take advantage of free admission on certain days. Learn more about ways to get into museums for free >

  • September 1: Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco
  • September 2-3: Bank of America Free Museum Days
  • September 3: Family Fun Day at Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and First Sunday at OMCA (nearly free!)
  • September 5 & 16-17, plus every Saturday: de Young Museum in San Francisco
  • September 5: Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco
  • September 6: GLBT Historical Society Museum in San Francisco
  • September 7: BAMPFA in Berkeley & SFMOMA
  • September 9: Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco
  • September 10: SFMOMA Free Family Day in San Francisco
  • September 12: San Francisco Botanical Garden

Thanks again to our sponsor Xtracycle. Join Xtracycle’s Family Bike Day & 25th Anniversary Celebration at their Flagship Store in Mill Valley on September 10. There will be Learn-to-Ride clinics for kids, group rides, games, bounce house, free ice cream, and bike giveaways. And don’t pass up Xtracycle’s Back-to-School Sale (ends Labor Day Weekend). Families can save $1000 off a new cargo bike. Read our recent test ride review here >

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Find more activities on our East Bay Families Events Calendar every day of the month. 

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