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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 6:02 am in Family Outings.

Ardenwood Shakespeare & Renaissance Festival (Photo by Anda Chu, Bay Area News Group)
The Bard in Fremont: The Ardenwood Shakesfeare Festival and Renaissance Faire (pictured above) brings its cast of 800 actors and assorted knights of the realm to Fremont’s favorite park this weekend. The fun, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12, includes a cappella singers, magicians, blacksmiths, archers and more. Tickets $8-$15;

Jedi Masters: San Francisco’s Zeum salutes all things “Star Wars” this weekend when costumed characters from the Clone Wars stroll the exhibits and pop into the animation and digital art studios to help kids and families create their own galactic adventures. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12. Museum admission $8-10;

S’mores and stuff:
Hike the Marin Headlands, sing around the campfire and enjoy s’mores at this family event sponsored by NatureBridge’s Headlands Institute from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Tickets are $10;

Back at the Rancho: Get a dose of historical fun during this rollicking, educational look “Back at the Rancho.” Lasso a longhorn, throw a javelin, play Ohlone games and make hand-ground corn tortillas during this living history day at Oakland’s Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. The activities are all free and run from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 11;

Get blue(grass): Join in the fiddle and banjo fun at the 8th Annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention this weekend. Hear a free family concert at the Berkeley Main Library at 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 11, then catch the free youth showcase and string band contest in Civic Center Park. On Sunday, Sept. 12, join the fun at Ashkenaz’ family dance party (tickets $3-5) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Download details at http://

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