Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 25, 26 & 27

July 25, 2014

Day Out with Thomas at Roaring Camp RailroadsHere are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, July 25

  • Day Out with Thomas 2014
    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 am–5:30 pm

    This popular family event takes place at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can take a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live music. Tickets to Day Out With Thomas at Roaring Camp Railroads are $20 each if purchased in advance ($24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am–2:30 pm). Tickets are $24 at the gate. Tickets are required for everyone aged 2 and up. Tickets include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking is an additional $8 per vehicle. Roaring Camp Railroads is in Felton on Graham Hill Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Fair admission is free every day for children 6 and under; Friday is Kids' Days, with free admission for all children 12 and under. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $11 for ages 13 and up, $5 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com.
  • Gilroy Garlic Festival
    Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    The 36th annual “Ultimate Summer Food Fair” features three days of incredible food, beverages, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. The Children’s Area includes spectacular rides, fun activities, and more. Tickets: Adults $ 20, children 6–12 and seniors 60+ $10, children under 6 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Crosspulse
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Using snaps, slaps, claps, and dance, Crosspulse performs with a very unique instrument, their own bodies! Taking advantage of their various cultural and artistic backgrounds, the members of Crosspulse deliver an exciting body percussion performance. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Rafael Young Performers Theater: Peter Pan, the Musical
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday & Sunday, 3 & 7 pm

    Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. Friday night is Gala Night. Tickets: $8–$15. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Family Date Nights: Mariachi Juvenil Los Cachorros
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday, 5–7:30 pm

    Bring your family to enjoy later hours, live entertainment, special outdoor activities, and more. All activities and performances included with all-day museum admission. Free admission for members. This Friday, enjoy the festive music of Mexico with the talented youth group Mariachi Juvenil Los Cachorros, or the Puppies. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: La Dolce Vita
    Downtown Tibruon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the entire family for a night of fun. This Friday, celebrate la dolce vita with latin rock fusion band Bautista and strolling opera singers performing Italian opera favorites. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music in the Park: T Sisters
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Enjoy Friday evenings in the park, featuring live music, delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine, and beer. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This week: Revolver. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, July 26

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • March of the Penguins
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 10 am

    Don't miss this popular annual event—now open to the public! Watch the Zoo's four adorable adolescent Magellanic penguins waddle to their new home on Penguin Island. This event celebrates the penguin chicks' graduation from Fish School (where they lose their fluffy down, learn to eat whole fish, swim, and hang out with their human keepers) and their reunion with the rest of the penguin colony. Help them make their public debut in red-carpet style! Zoo admission applies. For more info, visit their website.
  • WIldCare Family Adventures: Oakwood Valley
    Mill Valley

    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Oakwood Valley Trail, a little known trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offers shelter and sun. We will look for the rare mission blue butterfly which is on the federal endangered species list. The Mission Blue depends on a very specific host plant called the lupine which is found in Oakwood Valley. Scan the sky and the hills for wildlife. Location: Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. For more info, call Marco at (415) 453-1000 ext. 17 or visit their website.
  • The 29th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival
    Cesar E. Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The Berkeley Kite Festival is an amazing free family event with fun for all! From the terrific food and arts and crafts booths to the Kids' Zone, free kite making and candy drop, the Berkeley Kite Festival has something for everyone. Parking is $15 per day at Golden Gate Fields, which includes a free shuttle to event. For more info and directions, visit their website.

It's Time for Peace and Love at the 2014 Sonoma County Fair

July 22, 2014

Sonoma County FairIn case you missed or just didn't get enough of the Marin County Fair, you'll be happy to know that the 2014 Sonoma County Fair starts Thursday, July 24 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, and runs through Sunday, August 10. It's worth checking out if you've never been: it's bigger and a lot different than Marin's smaller, more intimate fair, and has more of an agricultural focus, which is natural for a more rural county like Sonoma. The Sonoma County Fair also features the largest themed flower show in the country, which is usually pretty stunning—this year's theme is "Peace, Love & Fair."

The fair includes a kids' area with free appropriate entertainment and activities, including craft projects, a dress-up area, creative hands-on-activities, and plenty of lawn and shade. This year's kids' area theme is "Blast Off to Outer Space", so expect plenty of space-themed fun, and even an astronaut training school! There's also a parents' rest station with changing tables and chairs for nursing.

The fair also holds a daily parade around the grounds at 5 pm that all can participate in—if you want to join in, show up by the Milk Barn at 4:45 pm. Of course you'll also find plenty of other things to see and do, including the usual county fair offerings of concerts, livestock displays, contests, and tons of food, as well as horse racing, rodeos, a even a demolition derby. The fair also boasts two carnivals: a kiddie carnival for the little ones and five acres of more thrilling attractions for older fair-goers.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 18, 19 & 20

July 18, 2014
Hamilton Community Pool Novato
Cool off at a Marin community pool this weekend!

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, July 18

  • 2014 Child Safety Fair
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    A two-day safety event with multiple demonstrations from community experts that include: choke saving skills, toxin free homes, earthquake safety, helmet, auto, and water safety. Free admission. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 647-1111 or visit their website.
  • Theater By Kids 4 Kids: Peter Pan Jr.
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Friday 10:30 am, 1 and 3:30 pm & Saturday 11:30 am, 2 and 4 pm

    Come support the MTC Summer Campers as they perform Disney's Peter Pan Jr. on the main stage! Perfect for ages 5 and up - Bring the whole family. This is a free event. Seating is general admission and available day of or in advance by calling (415) 388.5208. Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate Captain Hook!  Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Caterpillar Puppeets
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Join master puppeteer Joe Leon and his friends: the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, the singing Gunnywolf, and the shy artist mouse Amadeus, who sketches a lucky audience member at every show! Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Family Date Nights: Miss Kitty
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday, 5–7:30 pm

    Bring your family to enjoy later hours, live entertainment, special outdoor activities, and more. All activities and performances included with all-day museum admission. Free admission for members. This Friday: Bay Area musical treasure Miss Kitty sings and plays the tunes her pint-sized audience requests. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Jimi James, sponsored by Sausalito Art Festival. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: The 85's. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy Pachamama Band, an eclectic mix of highly talented musicians from Bolivia, Cuba, and Brazil along with some surprise guests. This is an exciting blend of sultry South American music.! Free. Dine, picnic, kick back and relax to the great music or get up and dance. Arrive early for best parking. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet  Preview
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    , Sunday, 4 pm
    Preview performances encourage audience feedback; tickets are discounted. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 19

  • Civil War Days
    Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncan Mills
    Satuday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Come and experience Civil War living history in the Sonoma County town of Duncans Mills. Interact with soldiers and civilans and see battles, period demonstrations, and even a speech by President Lincoln. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for juniors 6–12, and free for kids 5 and under. Parking is $5 per car. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • WildCare Family Adventures: Rush Creek Bird Walk
    Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Enjoy a day out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family programs full of discovery. Come search for waterfowl and other birds from the White Pelican to the Red-tailed Hawk and Allen’s or Ana’s Hummingbirds. Please, no animals (except service animals). For more info, call (415) 453-1000 ext. 17 or visit their website.
  • 34th Annual Big Time Festival
    Bear Valley Visitor Center Pt. Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Join the National Park Service and Point Reyes National Seashore Association for the annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok cultural exhibit located near the Bear Valley Visitor Center. This free family event celebrates traditional Native American festivals that would bring together local tribes during the summer months. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo will also perform a variety of traditional dances. Vendors will also be selling a wide variety of crafts. Free parking available at the Bear Valley Visitor's Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Sausalito Play Date
    Sausalito Public Library
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    We will begin the morning with stories, songs, and finger plays, and then set the children loose on ‘stations’ of lushly tactile materials—sticky, soft, crinkly, over, under, squish, jump, play! Children 3 and younger and their grownups. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 289-4121 or visit their website.

Splash, Slide, and Swim at the Hamilton Community Pool in Novato

July 16, 2014

Hamilton Community Pool Novato It's summer vacation and the weather's warm, and almost everyone loves going to the pool for a day of splashing and swimming in the sun. One of my family's favorite Marin public pools is the one in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood.

My kids love Hamilton Community Pool especially for the shallow kids' pool with its play structure, water slide, and water sprayers. It's a blast for kids of all ages. There's also a larger more traditional pool for more serious swimming and water play.

The remodeled and renovated Hamilton Community Pool opened in 2010 after a long construction process. We used to go to the old pool, which was left over from the old air force base and dated from the 1930s. The new pool and the surrounding facilities are a real improvement on the somewhat dilapidated old ones. The whole area is clean, modern, well kept up, and definitely worth a visit.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for July 11, 12 & 13

July 10, 2014

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, July 11

  • Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Day
    Angel Island State Park

    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
    Calling all children to come to Angel Island State Park and claim their right to explore, learn, play, discover, splash, and celebrate being a kid! Enjoy 10 free activities for kids in Ayala Cove, as we fish, plant and play our way through the day. If you have a bike or fishing pole bring it along! Explore the Maritime Museum’s ship the Alma and vessels from the Traditional Small Craft Association. Connect with the past as we commemorate 150 years of California State Parks! Most appropriate for kids 5–14 years old. For information call (415) 789-1384 or visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Pi Clowns
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Nobody takes being silly as seriously as the Pi Clowns. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver amazing and original clown vignettes. No tickets needed. For more info, visit their website.
  • Puppet Art Theater: Shadow Paws
    Larkspur Library
    Friday, 3:30 pm

    Larkspur Library presents Shadow Paws, a shadow puppet show inspired by tales from around the world. Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash of the Shadow Puppet Workshop. Space is limited, and reservations are required. RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org, or (415) 927-5005. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Family Date Nights: Chelle! And Friends
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday, 5-7:30 pm

    Bring your family to enjoy later hours, live entertainment, special outdoor activities, and more. All activities and performances included with all-day Museum admission. Free admission for members. This Friday: Chelle! And Friends deliver a musically rich gumbo of New Orleans jazz, R & B and gospel, fused with Caribbean rhythms. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Marinwood’s most popular event is back! Enjoy Friday evenings in the park, featuring live music with the French Cassettes, delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine and beer. Cost: Entry is free; food, wine & beer may be purchased. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: The Zydeco Flames, sponsored by Friends of the Sausalito Dog Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: The Starduster Orchestra. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: As You Like It  Preview
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    , Sunday, 4 pm
    This weekend's performances are "Pay As You Like It" previews: donations of any amount are accepted at the door. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night In The Park: Despicable Me 2 (PG)
    Peacock Gap Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 8 pm

    Grab the family, blanket, pillows, low back chairs and some popcorn and enjoy an outdoor family-friendly movie at Peacock Gap in San Rafael. Arrive at 8 pm, movie begins at dusk. Donations appreciated. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 12

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and live music from 11 am–12:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Festival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come celebrate teddy bear magic during this two-day event. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy live music by the Raytones, create take-home crafts, get their photos taken with the Berenstain Bears, and more. All activities are free with paid zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Music by Tim Cain
    Stinson Beach Library
    Saturday 11:30 am–12:30 pm

    Bring the kids to a morning of music and dance. When it comes to delighting children and their parents with music and dance, children’s musician Tim Cain has no equal! Free. Location: 3521 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach. For more info, call (415) 868-0252 or visit their website.
  • Shrek: The Musical
    Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    It’s the story of everyone’s favorite ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that friendship and love aren’t only found in fairy tales.Cost: adults: $34–$40, children 6–12 $25–$30, children 3–5 $17–$23. For more info, visit their website.
  • 12th Annual Beatles Tribute
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 6–9 pm

    The San Anselmo Arts Commission hosts their annual Beatles Night. Musical direction by Joe Bagale and the Fantastic Fabulous. Doors open at 4 pm. The event includes a live music sing-along. Tickets are available at Creek Park the day of the event. Cost: $15 adults, $5 kids 12 and under. For more info, visit their website.

The Family Friendly Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival Returns to the Osher Marin JCC

July 7, 2014

HAPA - Summer Nights at the Osher Marin JCCThis summer the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center reprises its most popular event series: the Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival. Bring your picnic, blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Concerts take place on Saturday evenings from July 12 through August 9 at 7 pm. Dinners from a variety of favorite local restaurants will be available for purchase, along with beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks.

Like last year, kids 17 and under are admitted free, and the Kid Zone will include fun art projects and activities presented by local organizations like the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Drawbridge, and the Marin Symphony. Of course the playground will be open for supervised play, too! There will even be a pop-up shop from Georgi & Willow with theme-based clothing available fo

This summer's multicultural outdoor concert lineup features:

  • July 12: Uplifting music from Africa's most inspirational band, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. Food by Sol Food and Kid Zone hosted by Drawbridge
  • July 19: Pacific Island Night with Hawaiian supergroup HAPA, hula dance performance and instruction, dinners from Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ, Kid Zone hosted by the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Marin Family Weekend Events for July 4, 5 & 6

July 2, 2014
Marin County Fair
Meet Stormtroopers and other characters from the Star Wars universe at the Marin County Fair this weekend.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Independence Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, July 4

Here are a few of the fantastic 4th of July events taking place in Marin this Friday. For a complete list of Independence Day events, parades, and fireworks displays in Marin and throughout the Bay Area, check out our article here.

  • Red, White, and Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Red, White, and Zoo is the place to see all of the Zoo’s red, white and blue animals. See special animal feedings and hear Keeper Talks about the adorable red panda, white pelicans, polar bears, and more. You might even get up close to a blue-tongued skink! Also, don’t miss live animal shows all weekend long at the Wells Fargo Wildlife Theatre. If that’s not enough, stop by the Playfield Lawn for summertime concerts by kids folk band Hanna Banana, get your face painted, and enjoy the long weekend at the San Francisco Zoo. Free with paid Zoo admission. Location: The Great Highway and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato’s 21st Annual Fourth of July Parade
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, 10 am

    Novato’s 21st Annual Fourth of July Paradeis one of the largest in the Bay Area and begins at 10 am in downtown Novato on Grant Ave. between Reichert and 7th Avenue. Every year Novato hosts 15,000 to 20,000 spectators and over 100 parade entries ranging from classic cars and vintage military vehicles to Irish bagpipers and a Chinese drum and bell corps. Along the parade route, you will also find food and refreshment booths and souvenir t-shirts. Info: www.novatoparade.com.
  • Sausalito 4th of July Parade
    Sausalito
    Friday, 10 am

    Sausalito’s one-of-a-kind 4th of July parade starts at Second and Main Streets at 10 am, and moves along Bridgeway and into Dunphy Park at noon. A picnic in Dunphy park and games follow the parade at noon. Live music starts at noon and lasts all day. Food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and famous traditional egg toss help make this an exciting event for the whole family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Corte Madera-Larkspur Chambers of Commerce 4th of July Parade
    Redwood High School
    Friday, 10:30 am

    One of the biggest 4th of July events in Marin, the parade boasts the elaborate floats, precision drill teams, classic cars, and the Corte Madera Town Band. Accompanying festivities at Corte Madera's Town Park take place from 9 am–5 pm include arts and crafts, food and drink, carnival games, children's activities, bounce houses, and stage shows. The parade leaves Redwood High School at 10:30 am and winds through downtown Larkspur from Magnolia Street and into Corte Madera by way of Tamalpais Street until it reaches Corte Madera Town Center. Info: (415) 924-0441 or www.cortemadera.org.
  • Marin County Fair
    Marin County Fairgrounds, San Rafael
    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    The 2014 Marin County Fair celebrates Marin's outstanding public schools with its theme Schools Rule! Come to the fair for over 12,000 exhibits, carnival rides, headline entertainment, the barnyard, an international short film and video festival, nightly fireworks, and more! Admission: $16 adults, $14 children 12 and under and seniors 65+, free for children 3 and under. For more information, call (415) 473-6800 or visit their website.
  • Town of Ross 4th of July Parade and Picnic
    Ross Common
    Friday, 11 am

    The town of Ross celebrates the 4th of July at its annual parade and picnic on the Ross Common. Festivities begin at 11 am with a one-of-a-kind parade followed by a picnic lunch and old fashioned games. Food trucks will offer a tasty selection of fare for lunch. More info: www.townofross.org
  • July 4th Fundraiser & Ice Cream Social
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Watch the fireworks over Sausalito and enjoy a family-friendly evening. Ticket price includes ice cream and popcorn and supports the Center's work. Feel free to bring your own beverages and picnic. Adults $25, children $15. Popcorn and ice cream will be available 6:30–8:30 pm. Games until dusk. Limited space—reserve your spot now. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info and reservations, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Fireworks Extravaganza
    Spinnaker Point, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–9:30 pm

    Enjoy live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display off Spinnaker Point. Fireworks begin at 9:20 pm. This year, the display is set to music—tune in to 1610 AM or Comcast Cable channel 30 during the show. Info: www.ci.sausalito.ca.us
  • Fair Fireworks and S'Mores Feast
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 8:30–10:30 pm

    In celebration of our nation’s birthday, come see the Marin County Fair fireworks from the top of the Nike Site at McInnis Park. Rangers will roast up s’mores just in time for the firework show that begins promptly at 9:30 pm. Please dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Questions: Contact Ranger Blain Thompson at (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.

Saturday, July 5

  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free this weekend: the Chabot Space & Science Center, Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, and the Legion of Honor. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Point Reyes Farmer's Market
    Toby's Feed Barn on Main Street
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    The Point Reyes Farmers Market features the best West Marin has to offer: the freshest locally grown organic produce, baked goods, artisan cheeses, olive oils, grass-fed beef products, homemade preserves, oysters, bee products, flowers, locally produced wool clothing, and body care products. This weekend, enjoy fun, music, and recipes from the Singing Chef, and live folk rock by Hophead. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fun Family Walk
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    This is a Healthy Parks, Healthy People event. Come out and enjoy a beautiful summer morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easy going, one-mile walk with your family in this beautiful bayside park. Please dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Water and healthy snacks will be provided. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi at (415) 446-4423 or ABocchi@marincounty.org. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

2014 Marin 4th of July Parades, Fireworks and More…

July 1, 2014

Kids in the 4th of July modeCelebrate Independence Day the Marin County way! Communities across the Marin observe the 4th of July in their own unique ways. Here’s what’s going on in your community on the Friday, July 4. We will be updating the list as we learn of new events, so please check back. Please keep in mind that event details can change without notice, so please check the event links or call before attending.

You can also add your local Independence Day event to our Family Events Calendar.

Corte Madera and Larkspur

  • The Corte Madera-Larkspur festivities start off with at the 62nd Annual Independence Day Pancake Breakfast—with pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee, orange juice, and milk—at Larkspur's American Legion Twin Cities Post 313 at 500 Magnolia Avenue. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, with famous 1928 recipe gin fizzes for $5. Breakfast is from 8–11 am; flag raising ceremony at 7:45 am. Info: call (415) 924-6283 or  www.americanlegion313.org
  • Don’t miss this year’s 49th Annual Corte Madera-Larkspur Chambers of Commerce 4th of July Parade! One of the biggest 4th of July events in Marin, the parade boasts the elaborate floats, precision drill teams, classic cars, and the Corte Madera Town Band. Parade starts at 10:30 am. Accompanying festivities at Corte Madera's Town Park from 9 am–5 pm include arts and crafts, food and drink, carnival games, children's activities, bounce houses, and stage shows. The parade leaves Redwood High School at 10:30 am and winds through downtown Larkspur from Magnolia Street and into Corte Madera by way of Tamalpais Street until it reaches Corte Madera Town Center. The streets will close at 10 am. Info: (415) 924-0441 or www.cortemadera.org.

The Marin County Fair Opens Wednesday, July 2

July 1, 2014

Marin County FairThe Marin County Fair opens Wednesday, July 2, at the County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. This year's Marin County Fair theme is "The Happiest Fair on Earth".

In keeping with this year's theme, the 73rd Marin County Fair draws its inspiration from Disneyland, Oakland's Fairyland, and the Marin Art and Garden Fair in Ross, and offers tons of family fun. This year, Game On! makes its debut, with 36 fun and interactive games for fairgoers, including giant-sized versions of classic games like Twister, Scrabble, and Operation; challenging puzzles; and a construction zone geared for toddlers with a bubble arena, large foam blocks, a LEGO wall, and more. Also, the spectacular March Fourth Marching Band will parade across the fairgrounds starting at 6 pm on July 4. This non-traditional marching band features dazzling dancers, high-stepping stilt acrobatics, and of course plenty of music.

Of course there are also the more traditional fair offerings like farm animal exhibits and demonstrations and Hambone Express pig racing in the barnyard, free (with fair admission) rides and carnival games—including the 10-story Giant Wheel and the Marin Clean Energy solar-powered carousel, appearances by the ever-popular Imperial Storm Troopers of the 501st Legion Golden Gate Garrison (from noon–7 pm daily at the Marin Galactic Outpost in the Exhibit Hall), concerts, short films and videos, over 12,000 exhibits, and the Fair's biggest and most elaborate fireworks display ever, presented nightly over the lagoon at 9:30 pm.

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