Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 28, 29 & 30

August 28, 2015
Chileno Valley Ranch
Pick your own organic apples at Chileno Valley Ranch this Sunday.

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, August 28

  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    The popular Picnics on the Plaza events feature music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: Sam's 95th!
    Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This Friday: celebrate the 95th birthday of Sam's Anchor Café with the music of Carlos Reyes Band's compelling fusion of blues, jazz, rock, and latin music. For more info, 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, Eugene Huggins and Friends, sponsored by the Golden Gate Tall Ships Society. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Maleficent
    Old Mill Park, Redwood Grove
    Friday, 7–10 pm
    Movie screenings are free with general admission seating. Please bring your own blanket or low beach chair. Snacks will be available for sale. Free. Location: Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Godzilla
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of Godzilla (2014, PG-13) at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Free; donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 29

  • GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Sonoma Raceway
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am

    Come check out the six drivers who remain eligible for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship at this weekend's finale. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free all weekend with paid adult ticket. Lots of family-friendly acitivities going on all weekend. Adult tickets start at $39. 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 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. The will also be a children's book Launch Party for the picture book "Leo the Ghost Story" at 10:30 am under the tent at the farmers market. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum: Wells Fargo Day
    Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Complimentary admission for Wells Fargo employees and their families, or for one adult and one child for Wells Fargo cardholders. Location: 557 McReynolds Road., Fort Baker in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • 21st Annual Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
    Bodega
    Saturday,10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Live music, dance floor, and a kids' entertainment and games. $15 adults, $13 seniors 60+, $11 ages 12–18, kids under 12 free. Tickets available at the gate. See kids activities here. Food and drink not included in admission price. No dogs allowed. Free parking. Event takes place at Watt's Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Reptile Expo
    Santa Rosa Veterans' Memorial Building
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Open to the public. All ages welcome. Get close up to hundreds of snakes, lizards, geckos, turtles, tortoises, tarantulas, scorpions, supplies, jewelry, and more at this year's Reptile Expo presented by North Bay Herpetological Society. Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids 6–12, and free for kids 5 and under! Location: 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Pizza!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Who doesn’t love pizza! Kids will have a blast rolling out the dough and topping their pizzas as they please. We’ll bake them off and dig in to the best pizza ever! In this class we’ll be featuring Golden Boy Pizza’s SanFrancilian-style focaccia pizza. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Heritage Day 2015
    China Camp State Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Heritage Day takes place every August in China Camp Village. This all-day event brings the community together to celebrate Chinese-American heritage, seafaring culture, and the natural history of our beautiful park. Heritage Day features musical and dance performances, including Lion Dancers and Chinese folk dancers. There are arts and crafts for sale, with 20% of the proceeds going to help Friends of China Camp. Location: 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Carnival!
    Novato Library Lawn
    Saturday, noon–2:45 pm

    Close out Summer Reading with a wild party! Games, face painting, and a family circus show with Circus of Smiles. These are just some of the events at this celebration. Don’t miss a moment of fun! For families of all ages. This event is outdoors. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and a blanket to sit on for the 2 pm Circus Show. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 21, 22 & 23

August 21, 2015
Pump track at Stafford Lake Bike Park
Celebrate the opening of the new Stafford Lake Bike Park this Saturday, August 22, from 10 am to 2 pm. Photo: Marin County Parks

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, August 21

  • Bay Area Bikemobile: Free bicycle repair
    San Anselmo Library Lawn
    Friday, 2–5 pm

    Bring us your tired, your rusty, your broken bicycles. Once a bike gets a flat tire, it may go unridden for months or years. That’s where we come in. Our free, mobile, hands-on repair clinics get people back on their bikes and helps them become more confident and empowered riders. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • LEGO Play Day
    Mill Valley Public Library, Creekside Room
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Did you know that the skills used to build with LEGOs support problem solving, reading, and creativity? Join us for LEGO Play Day. Thanks to the many families whose generous donations of used Legos makes this program possible. For grades K+, no sign-up needed. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Curiosity Fridays with Curious George
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Friday, 9:30 am–7:30 pm
    Monkey around at the Museum with special programs and events including appearances by Curious George, a dancing storytime, and a musical performance, as well as extended hours until 7:30 pm. Free after museum admission. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza tables on Tunstead or on Town Hall lawn. Enjoy live entertainment and activities, and shop for fresh, organic produce at the Farm Stand. Great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, 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 delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine and beer. This Friday: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Free; food, wine, and beer may be purchased. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Guardians of the Galaxy
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Free; donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 22

  • 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 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Stafford Lake Bike Park Opening
    Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    The opening event for the first phase of Novato’s Stafford Lake Bike Park is free to the public ($10 park admission fee waived). Visitors will have a chance to ride the trails, hear from honored guests, mingle with park sponsors, listen to live music, enjoy refreshments, and donate to the future park phases. Location: 3549 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Pressed Italian Sandwiches
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
  • Toasty on the outside with a warm filling inside, pressed Italian sandwiches are always a favorite. Our kid-friendly combos will hit the spot—how about salami and cheese, Nutella and strawberry, or ham, tomato and cheese. Young chefs will have fun making and eating them. Note: Nuts will be served in this class. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Paper Plate Ladybugs
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    The Presidio is home to slithering snakes (don’t worry, they’re harmless!). The Presidio is crawling with many different kinds of insects. Come stop by and make your very own ladybug, and learn about the ways ladybugs help to protect plants. Featuring different crafts every weekend! Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 10th Annual Taste of Petaluma
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 11:30 am–4 pm

    A culinary walking journey of Petaluma's finest restaurants, galleries, shops, winers, breweries and food purveyors. Buy tickets and receive your map and menu showing over 50 different participants to choose from. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 14, 15 & 16

August 14, 2015
Fort Point Civil War Day
Step back in time and experience Living History Day at San Francisco's Fort Point this Saturday.

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, August 14

  • Children's Garden Series
    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. This Friday, The Unique Derique delights all ages by clowning, dancing, and turning his agile limbs into a drum set or a harpsichord keyboard. His interactive performance is percussive, syncopated and dynamic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza tables on Tunstead or on Town Hall lawn. Enjoy live entertainment and activities, and shop for fresh, organic produce at the Farm Stand. Great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nostalgia Days Rod and Custom Car Show
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, 5:45–8 pm & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Now in its 19th year, this celebration of hot rods, classic cars and small-town Americana is a great reason to visit downtown Novato this weekend. This free, family-friendly event kicks off with a Friday Night Cruise, then Saturday sees Downtown Novato transform into a classic car show, all the way from 1st to 7th Street on Grant Avenue. Actress Candy Clarke (a.k.a. Debbie in American Graffiti) will be making a celebrity appearance, along with the American Graffiti Tribute Team. There will be live music on Saturday with Hot Rod Juke Box and the Deadlines. For more info, 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: Work in Progress, sponsored by Sausalito Youth Sailing Foundation. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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: Tam Valley All Stars. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Shrek the Musical!
    142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm and Sunday, 4 pm
    Bring the entire family to see this family-friendly performance of Shrek the Musical. Part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $35 reserved. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Toy Story
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of Toy Story (G) at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Free. Donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 15

  • Run for the Seals 2015
    Marine Mammal Center
    Saturday, 6:30 am–5 pm
    Enjoy breathtaking views of the Marin Headlands and the California coastline with your family as you take part in the Marine Mammal Center's fundraiser Run for the Seals. Choose from a 4-mile fun run on roads/dirt tracks and a 2-mile hill walk on a fire road. The event is open to all ages, and dogs on leashes are welcome too! Costumes are encouraged. Registration includes Run for the Seals and the Family Fun Day with free food and drinks, educational tours, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday, 8:30–10 am

    Families can bring their bicycles to the Zoo for this informative one- and one-half hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: SFZS Members: $18 per peddler, Non-Members: $23 per peddler. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Registration required here.
  • Fort Point Living History Day
    Fort Point, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join the American Civil War Association as part of commemorations of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War 2011–2015. Stop by and watch Fort Point come to life with music, marching, and the colorful uniforms of Civil War soldiers. See infantry and artillery drills and demonstrations, and learn about civilian life during the Civil War. For more info, call (415) 556-1693 or visit their website.
  • Free Bike Repair Day for Kids
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    The Bay Area Bike Mobile will be providing free tune ups and repairs for children’s bikes. The Bike Mobile can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn out parts like chains, seats, and tires. The only thing it can’t do is replace missing wheels or gears. Space is limited so arrive early to secure a spot. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.

Speak to Me: Intelligent, Inspiring Events for Women

August 11, 2015

Speak to Me 2015Where can you go to hear inspiring talks by fabulous speakers from around the Bay Area and beyond, taste delicious food and wine, and connect with other women like you? The 2015–2016 Speak to Me Series offers all this over four evenings from October 27, 2015 through May 3, 2016.

Designed for women by women, this inspiring and fun series takes place at the Mill Valley Community Center and draws women from all over the Bay Area. Come listen to dynamic and influential speakers like Christin Powell, chief product innovator at EVER Skincare and co-founder of Juice Beauty; world renowned thought leader and educational expert Yong Zhao, Ph.D; and Jennifer Dulski, president and COO of Change.org.

Run for the Seals on Saturday, August 15 in the Marin Headlands

August 8, 2015

Run for the SealsWant to have fun, get some exercise, and support a great cause? Sign up for the Marine Mammal Center's Run for the Seals! This annual 5K run/walk celebrates the Center's 40th anniversary, and supports the Center's programs and rescue work. It's open to participants of all ages, including casual and serious runners, walkers, and families—strollers and on-leash dogs are welcome, too. All proceeds go directly towards the Marin Mammal Center's mission of helping sick, injured, and orphaned marine mammals.

The 2015 Run for the Seals takes place this Saturday, August 15. Check-in starts at 6:30 am, and the races begin at 8:30. Participants can choose from two different route options: a 5K road and dirt trail route hrough the headlands, or a two-mile walk on a scenic route overlooking the ocean. Both routes feature refreshment stations, and the walk/hike route will also include informative education stations along the way.

After, participants are invited to join in on the Family Fun Day, which takes place at the Marine Mammal Center. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, fun family activities, and tours.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 7, 8 & 9

August 7, 2015
The Gravenstein Apple Fair takes place this weekend in Sebastopol. Photo: Gravenstein Apple Fair.

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, August 7

  • Children's Garden Series: Crosspulse Ensemble
    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 finger snaps, tight slaps, chest thumps, foot drags, hand rubs, and percussive dance steps, Crosspulse Ensemble performances are designed to entrance children with an international array of rhythms, instruments, and obscure musical practices. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza tables on Tunstead or on Town Hall lawn. Enjoy live entertainment and activities, and shop for fresh, organic produce at the Farm Stand. Great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, 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 Oakland-based indie rockers Felsen, delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine and beer. Free admission; food, wine, and beer may be purchased. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Creekside Fridays Music Series
    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.
  • Shrek the Musical!
    142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm and Sunday, 4 pm
    Bring the entire family to see this family-friendly performance of Shrek the Musical. Part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $35 reserved. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Men in Black
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of Men in Black (PG-13) at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Free. Donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 8

  • Gravenstein Apple Fair
    Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Come and celebrate a time when neighbors gathered to share home baked food, listen to some of the locals sing a tune, and learn a few farming skills. Brimming with tradition, this country fair showcases the Gravenstein apple and the experience of an old time country get together. Enjoy farming displays, a children's corner with crafts, music, and a magician, and more. Admission $15 general, $10 for adults who bike to the fair,$12 seniors & veterans, $10 youth 6–12, free for children under 5. The Gravenstein Apple Fair takes place at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, at 500 Ragle Road. For more info, visit  www.gravensteinapplefair.com.
  • Charlotte's Web
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm and Sunday, 11 am & 1 pm
    Charlotte's Web, based on the classic children's book by E.B. White, is the heartwarming tale of friendship between the adorable piglet Wilbur and his wise friend Charlotte the spider. Charlotte's Web runs for 95 minutes and is recommended for kids from kindergarten through 8th grade. Tickets: $18 and $22. Location: 397 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    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. 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.
  • Wild Cat Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Celebrate the zoo's amazing big cats this weekend! From 11 am to 3 pm, near the Lion Fountain, enjoy free activities such as face-painting, crafts, live music and the special “lion” bounce house. Also, don’t miss the renowned Chung Ngai Dance Troupe lion dancers! Hear special keeper talks and learn how you can help these incredible, endangered species. For more information, visit their website.
  • Learn to Freshwater Fish
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 4–6 pm

    Rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing at McInnis Parks' pond. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. We will provide bait and a limited amount of fishing poles, thanks to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Free. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night: Sports Theme!
    Mill Valley Aquatics
    Saturday, 5–7 pm
    Come join in the summer fun and get your swimmin' groove on. Family fun night will include: swimming, games, music, raffle, face painting, costume contest, a kid-friendly movie, and more. Cost: $10 for the entire family. For more info, visit their website.

Gravenstein Apple Fair: An Old-Time Country Festival

August 4, 2015

Girl with pie Gravenstein Apple FairWhere can you spend the day walking under ancient oaks following your nose from food booth to food booth (featuring frying apple fritters or slices of four-inch high apple pie), taking in terrific acoustic music, and experiencing the sights and sounds of a turn-of-the-century barnyard? At the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair, of course?

Sonoma County's summertime jewel takes place in Sebastopol's Ragle Ranch Park this weekend, August 8 and 9. 2015's event is the 103rd Gravenstein Apple Fair, which showcases the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and beers, games, entertainment, and farm life activities.

The Gravenstein Apple Fair is produced by Sonoma County Farm Trails, and celebrates Sebastopol's iconic sweet and tart apple variety. While the fair in days past was a massive agricultural and food processing showcase, the modern version features family friendly fun like arts and crafts booths, chef demonstrations, live music on two stages, a petting zoo, farm animal displays, a hay maze, artisan booths selling handmade goods, and of course apples!

The fair also features apple-related contests in the areas of apple pie baking and eating, caramel apple eating, and even apple juggling! There's truly something here for the entire family, so try to make it this weekend if you can.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 31, August 1 & 2

July 31, 2015
Sonoma County Fair
The Sonoma County Fair continues this weekend at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

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 31

  • Saltwater Fishing Lessons for Kids
    McNears Beach County Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 10 am–noon

    Come to McNears Beach where rangers will teach the basics of saltwater fishing. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Day Out With Thomas
    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: $20 advance, $24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $8 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. 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.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 24, 25 & 26

July 24, 2015

Day Out with ThomasHere 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 24

  • Day Out With Thomas
    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: $20 advance, $24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $8 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. 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 37th 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: $20 adults, $10 children 6–12 and seniors 60+, children under 6 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Chelle! & Friends
    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. Chelle! & Friends deliver music that’s steeped in the cadences of gospel and animated by the earthy grooves of R&B and the Caribbean For more info, visit their website.
  • San Rafael Young Performers Theater: Footloose
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm and Sunday 3 pm

    Footloose features a cast of young actors from across Marin County. Come enjoy the upbeat tunes and lively dance! Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info or tickets, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: A Whale of a Time
    Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the entire family for a night of fun. This Friday, dance to the Cole Tate's Band's masterful mix of country, blues and rock. Kids activities include a what scaventer hunt. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music in the Park
    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. This Friday: Soft White Sixties. 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: Summer of Love. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • The Outer Space from Open Space
    Mount Burdell, Novato
    Friday, 7:30–9:30 pm

    Come view outer space from open space as we identify the major constellations and talk about the legends behind them. Rangers will lead a short hike up Mount Burdell where we’ll settle in to watch the evening sky emerge into a stargazing adventure. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring binoculars or a telescope, flashlight, blankets, water, snacks, and star charts. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Drive in Novato. For directions, visit their website.

Saturday, July 25

  • 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.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    This summer, impress your friends by whipping up ice cream sandwiches from scratch! We’ll show you how to make the outside layer—delicious brownies and cookies—and then the delicious ice cream filling and toppings. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 30th 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 and includes free shuttle to event. For more info and directions, visit their website.
  • 10th Annual Far West Fest
    Love Field, Pt. Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–7 pm

    Voted Best Music Festival in Marin County, the Far West Fest is family friendly with top-notch musical entertainment. The Kids' Zone features interactive activities, healthful snacks, and kid-centric live music and storytellers. Clowns, jugglers, and other circus acts dot the landscape throughout the day. Tickets: $15–$75; children 10 and under free. Location: 11191 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at HIghway 1. For more info, visit their website.
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