San Jose, California: Outdoor Movies Part of Family Fun

Five ideas for weekend family fun:

  1. Opera in the Ballpark: An evil count, a vengeful gypsy and garlic fries? It doesn't get much more operatically exciting than watching Verdi's "Il Trovatore" on the giant screen at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Opera production is at 8 p.m. Saturday. Free, but register at for early admission and a chance at the best seats.
  2. A Good Witch: One of Tomie de Paola's most popular characters, Strega Nona, springs to life at Berkeley's Julia Morgan Theater this weekend in this Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences production for children. Sept. 19-Oct. 5 in Berkeley, Oct. 10-18 at San Ramon's Front Row Theater; $11-$17.
  3. Nostalgia trip: Remember "Big," the movie about a boy who wishes he were, well, big? The movie was a charmer, and Tom Hanks never has been so lovable. Relive the fun with your kids Saturday at El Cerrito's Movies in the Park night. Grab a blanket and a picnic. The movie starts at dusk at Cerrito Vista Park. Free.
  4. Moo, Baa: Tilden Park hosts a Little Farm Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The famous, pint-size farm is celebrating the park district's 75th anniversary with live music, old-fashioned games, sack races and a pie-eating contest. Free;
  5. German Fun: Join the Bavarian festivities Sunday at Germanfest, the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate's take on Oktoberfest. The event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m., features German beer and food, and plenty of family-friendly entertainment. $5-$10.

Jackie Burrell


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