Events and Outings

Marin Family Weekend Fun for June 24, 25 & 26

June 24, 2016

 Italian Street Painting Marin
Take a trip to Rome, the Eternal City this weekend at the 2016 Italian Street Painting Marin in downtown San Rafael.

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

Friday, June 24

  • Sonoma-Marin Fair
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, noon–11 pm

    Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair offers fun for the whole family, with farm animals and demonstrations, concerts, food and drink, carnival rides, and of course the famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Admission at the gate is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 4–12 and seniors 65+. Admission includes all entertainment, concerts, and carnival rides. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sterling the Bubblesmith
    Stinson Beach Library
    Friday, noon–1 pm

    Sterling Johnson has been astounding people of all ages with his remarkable hand-blown bubbles for over 45 years. Come watch him fill the library with bubbles! If you’re lucky, he might even put you inside a giant bubble! Location: 3521 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach. For more info, visit their website
  • Pasados Del Presidio: Afternoon Fun for Kids
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Friday, noon–3 pm

    Ever wonder what Early California was like? Come see history come to life! Enjoy hands-on activities, storytelling, a tortilla-making demo, and more. Afternoon music and dance by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano. Free, but registration required. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Circus Bella
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday &
    Saturday, noon–1 pm
    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Back by popular demand! Circus Bella is top-notch circus acrobatics, aerial artistry, and daring feats of balance and strength, set to original live music of Rob Reich and the Circus Bella All-Star Band. Meet the artists after each show! This show will take place on the Esplanade. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday, Dance-Off: Street Dance Theater. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pasados Del Presidio: 1776 Campfire with Captain Anza
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm

    Enjoy stories and s’mores by the fire at Rob Hill Campground. Free, but registration required. Location: Rob Hill Campground (off Washington Boulevard), Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Join us this summer for live music, food, and fun for the entire family at Marinwood Park! Each of these free concerts will feature high quality music from some of the Bay Area's top rock, bluegrass, and folk artists. Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for the adults. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and kick off the weekend Marinwood-style. This Friday: The Humidors "Straight up funk!". Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: A Whale of a Time
    Downtown Tibruon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the entire family for a night of fun. Dance to the Cole Tate Band's mix of country, blues, rock and Americana. Great activities for kids, including a whale scavenger hunt, will be offered. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Music Series
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato

    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Bring your chairs and enjoy a picnic from Paradise Foods or sit outside the local restaurants including Boca Pizzeria, Taki Japanese restaurant, and La Coppa coffee and Tea. Enjoy the music of The Lucky Losers, a blues americana at its best. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more information, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Duchess Jazz. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or 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 Van Animals a tribute to Van Morrison and Eric Burdon and the Animals. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 25

  • 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.
  • Opening Day: Point Reyes Farmer's Market
    Toby's Feed Barn on Main Street
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Opening day festivities include live music from the Tim Weed and Common Voice Choir, chef’s booth demonstration with Ed Vigil, a welcoming ceremony, and Kids' Zone Reading Time. For more info, visit their website.
  • Italian Street Painting Marin
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm & Sunday 10 am–6 pm

    Take a trip to Rome, the Eternal City at the 2016 Italian Street Painting Marin event! See the artwork of over 100 madonnari, listen to great live music, participate in fun children's activities, and experience tastes and sips of Italiy. Admission: $10, $15 for a two-day pass; kids 12 and under free. Location: 5th Avenue and A Street, downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
    San Anselmo Avenue
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    The San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, on San Anselmo Avenue. The Festival features over 200+ artists, outstanding food and drinks, and great music. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to showcase San Anselmo’s shops and restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Birth & Baby Fair
    San Mateo Event Center
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Don’t miss this amazing shopping event for new and expecting parents in the Bay Area. The Birth & Baby Fair showcases local businesses and resources as well as independent designers with the aim to educate and expose new and expecting parents and young families to unique and beneficial products and services. General admission is $10 at the door. Children 18 and under are free. Location: 2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Puppet Company: Perez and Mondinga
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 10 am

    The Puppet Company will share a special performance of the story "Perez and Mondinga". For  all ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bug Family Band
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:45 and 11:45 am

    The Bug Family Band plays adult-friendly music that gets kids dancing and singing along. Museum admission applies. Location:  557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF Pride Celebration and Parade
    Saturday, noon–6 pm & Sunday, 11 am–6:30 pm
    San Francisco Civic Center
    San Francisco's 44th annual Pride Celebration is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation, and features over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 20 stages and venues—featuring both up-and-coming and headline acts—at the foot of the city's historic City Hall. The parade kicks off on Sunday at 10:30 am at Market and Beale Streets and ends at Market and 8th Streets. $5 suggested donation. For more information, visit their website.
  • Pasados Del Presidio: San Francisco’s “Birthday”
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Descendants of the original founding families of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition (1775–76) return to the Presidio to recognize the journey of their forefathers and the founding of El Presidio de San Francisco. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Wick-ed Hand Dipped Candles
    Presidio Officer's Club, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! Join us in front of the Presidio Officers’ Club and hand-dip your own wax candle just as the Spanish living at El Presidio de San Francisco would have done 200 years ago. Free. Registration preferred but not required. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair Starts June 22

June 21, 2016

Sonoma-Marin Fair 2016 Summertime is fair time, and the first fair of the season is Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair, which takes place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds from Wednesday June 22 through Sunday, June 26. The Sonoma-Marin Fair is not quite but almost a county fair, and offers a wide range of fun and exciting attractions, competitions, events, and activities for the entire family.

This year's theme is "Sonoma-Marin Fair Goes Local", and you'll find plenty of family fun including carnival rides with a kiddie carnival for younger children, pig races, a safari adventure, "Agventure Land" for agricultural fun, strolling clowns, jugglers, and silly characters, and artst and crafts and a petting zoo at Clo's Kids Corner. You'll also find livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, chef demonstrations, a destruction derby, and more. Of course the fair's famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest, will take place, too!

Watching the Fireworks in Marin

June 20, 2016

For families with young children, the ritual of watching 4th of July fireworks can be a little inconvenient. Babies and toddlers are often scared of the noise (if you're close enough to hear), the summer sunset at around 9 pm means most kids are up way past their bedtime. It's even worse if you decide to wake them out of a deep sleep in time to see the fireworks (trust me, I've been there). Nothing's quite as crabby and grumpy as an overtired child, no matter how great the fireworks are.

With this in mind, we've sought out places to watch the fantastic fireworks display at the Marin County Fair that don't involve leaving the car, so the little ones can doze in peace. Obviously you can just pay your $17 and go to the fair, but again, if you've got two sleeping children in the car, this isn't going to work. Neither is driving over near the fair—it's hard to see anything from the area along Civic Center Drive, and the resulting post-fireworks gridlock around the fairgrounds is pretty miserable.

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

June 18, 2016

Diego's Umbrella This summer, the Osher Marin JCC 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 9 through August 6 at 7 pm. Dinners from a variety of local pop-up restaurants will be available for purchase, along with beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks.

Best of all, kids 17 and under are admitted free, and the Kid Zone will include fun art projects and activities presented by local organizations like the JCC's Summer Camps program, 10,000 degrees, and Brandeis Marin School. Of course the playground will be open for supervised play, too!

This summer's multicultural outdoor concert lineup features:

  • July 9: African Music Night with Africa's most recognized and inspirational band, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. There will be a pre-concert African dance class. Food by Sol Food and Kid Zone hosted by JCC Summer Camps
  • July 16: Gypsy rock from Diego's Umbrella. Marin youth a capella group 'Til Dawn opens. Dinners from the Plant Café Organic, Kid Zone hosted by 10,000 degrees.

Weekend Family-friendly Fun for June 17, 18 & 19

June 17, 2016

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

Friday, June 17

  • Children's Garden Series: Pi Clowns
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Builder's Challenge
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm
    Children of all abilities ages 4–12 are invited to build, play, engineer and destruct together. Registration is not required but space is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Materials will be provided. For more information, call the South Novato Library at (415) 506-6158. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday, Dance Off: Bollywood. For more info, visit their website.
  • A Year With Frog and Toad
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 5 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    Join us this weekend for some very special performances of A Year With Frog and Toad KIDS by our K-2 production class! Adult Tickets are $8, Children are $5. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Purchase tickets here.
  • Father-Son Luau
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday,  6:30–9 pm

    Have fun at the Father-Son Luau at the Corte Madera Community Center. This event features games, activities, and a food. Location: 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Gator Nation Band—Zydeco. Sponsored by the Volunteers in Public Safety. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Opening Night: 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, Jerry Hannan will be performing. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 18

  • Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
    Windsor
    Saturday & Sunday, 5–11 am

    This celebration of Wine Country's most beautiful sites features two days of hot air ballooning, food, crafts, balloon rides (tethered to the ground) and other fun. Cost: $6 advance, $10 at gate, $5 children 6–12. Location: 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Race
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 am

    Classic cars gather in downtown San Rafael for the start of the 2016 Great Race. The official start of this road rally, which ends in Moline, Illinois, begins at 10 am. Free. 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). Special Father's Day LEGO event at Poppy from 10:30 am–2 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • 12th Annual Flea and Makers Market
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Find new treasures and collectibles at bargain prices, plus the Mill Valley Seniors' Club will sell a variety of foods, drinks, snacks and delicious homemade take-home goodies! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Municipal Water District Customer Appreciation Open House
    MMWD Corporation Yard, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    Join MMWD for their 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Open House! This year's event will feature water quality lab tours and testing demonstrations, a musical performance from ZunZun, and kids' arts and crafts activities, as well as a photo opportunity on MMWD's heavy equipment with a safety hat and vest, conservation and drought information, a Mt. Tam Watershed model, refreshments, and much more! Location: 220 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn How to Pier Fish on Father’s Day Weekend
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon

    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Join rangers and a few experienced local anglers on Father's Day weekend to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. 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. Don't forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole! For more info, visit their website.
  • Northern California Pirate Festival
    Vallejo Waterfront
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Navigate your way to the waterfront town of Vallejo for the Northern California Pirate Festival, which takes place from 10 am–6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. Enjoy piratical music, swordplay, pirate skills demonstrations, food, and booty! Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 11 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tiburon Classic Car Show
    Shoreline Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    The Tiburon Classic Car Show is a wonderful community event, held annually in Tiburon near the ferry boat landing, against the beautiful backdrop of the Tiburon Waterfront Park. The show celebrates the beauty of classic automobiles (produced prior to 1971), and men, women and children alike, find great enjoyment in viewing the cars on display. Free. For more info visit their website.
  • Family Performance: Cristalette & Company
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 12:15 pm

    Dance and sing along to Cristalette & Company, a sophisticated soul band that plays a mix of well-known and obscure oldies. Free after museum admission. Location: 
    557 McReynolds Road Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Mateo County Fair
    San Mateo Event Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    San Mateo County's annual fair includes concerts by Night Ranger, Kansas, and Tower of Power, as well as free fair entertainment like STEM activities from the Super Science Company, Captain Jack Spareribs, Life Sized Mousetrap, the Great American Petting Zoo, Balloonacy, and more. Of course there will be carnival rides, farm animals, and exhibits of all types, too. Location:1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo 94403. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for June 10, 11 & 12

June 10, 2016

Spring Lake
Spring Lake Regional Park, 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.

Check out our Marin Summer Survival Guide for family events and activites throughout the summmer.

Friday, June 10

  • Children's Garden Series: Alphabet Rockers
    Children's Garden at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    Over the past decade the Alphabet Rockers have honed a supremely engaging hip-hop act designed for children and families. With singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGaw and beatboxer/b-boy/rapper Tommy Shepherd, this powerhouse group makes the world comes alive through beats, rhymes, songs, and dances. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday, Dance Off: Tango. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: The Incredibles
    Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
    Friday, 5:30–10 pm

    Grab a blanket and enjoy a fun, free outdoor movie under the stars, complete with free popcorn and It's It ice-cream. Sponsored by San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell. Food will be available for purchase from Off the Grid food trucks. Location: Civil War Parade Ground, 37 Graham Street, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concerts Under the Oak: Evolution
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    The 7th annual Concert Under the Oaks Summer Concert Series features a series of five free concerts every other Friday night from June through August. This event includes live music, vendor booths, and food and drinks from Northgate's restaurants! This Friday: Evolution (Journey tribute band). For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz: Masha Campagne
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy live music on Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday: jazz vocalist Masha Campagne. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Inside Out
    Contratti Park Baseball Field, Fairfax
    Friday, 8 pm

    Kick off the Fairfax Festival with a free outdoor screening of Pixar's Inside Out, as well as special short features, in Fairfax's Contratti Field. Show time is 8 pm, but arrive an hour early to stake out a good spot. Bring your picnic, blankets, and low-backed lawn chairs. Free. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, June 11

  • 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.
  • Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–7 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The Novato Festival of Art, Wine, and Music is a perfect blend of unique handcrafted art, regional vintage wines, award-winning micro brews, and gourmet foods, and first-rate live music. Festival goers of all ages love the youth activities, including guided art projects, train rides, climbing wall, petting zoo, bounce houses, jumbo slides, and a dunk tank. Select artists specialize in children's books, toys, gifts, clothing and accessories. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 39th Annual Fairfax Festival
    Fairfax Pavilion
    Saturday, 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, 11 am-6 pm

    Parade takes place on Saturday at 10 am in Downtown Fairfax. Come hear great local music at three stages, shop for crafts and flea market treasures, enjoy fresh, wholesome food, beer, organic wine tasting, entertain the kids in the expanded children’s area, and ponder social and environmental issues at the Ecofest. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Roll at Rush Creek
    Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Want to go on a scenic mountain bike ride with a ranger? Come join Ranger Ian McLorg for a morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Preserve. Don’t forget to bring water and your bike. Meet at trailhead on Binford Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 62nd Annual North Beach Festival
    North Beach, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday 10 am–6 pm

    This event will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 gourmet food booths, three stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, children's activities and the blessing of the animals. Let your kids' creativity shine in North Beach and buy a square and street chalk at the kids' chalk art area on Vallejo Street between Grant and Columbus from 10 am–6 pm both days. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Open houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to our Co-Op Playground. The New Member Open House is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. For more info, visit their website.
  • Builder's Challenge
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Children of all abilities ages 4-12 are invited to build, play, engineer and destruct together. Registration is not required but space is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Materials will be provided. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Summer Festivals in Marin and the Bay Area

June 8, 2016

Italian Street Painting MarinSummertime is festival time! When the weather heats up, so do the fun local family-friendly festivals in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Offering music, performances, shopping, games, hands-on activities and more, there's usually something at these festivals for the entire family.

Here's our 2016 list of events taking place throughout Marin and the Bay Area this summer and into the fall. Many of these festivals are free, but some do charge admission. Check their websites for any fees, as well as times and details.

June

2016 Marin 4th of July Parades, Fireworks and More…

June 6, 2016

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 Monday, 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 celebrate start off with at the 64th 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 and the Post 313 Renowned Mimosa for $5 each. Breakfast is from 8–11 am; flag raising ceremony at 7:45 am. Info: call (415) 924-6283 or  www.americanlegion313.org

Marin Family Weekend Events for June 3, 4 & 5

June 3, 2016
MPOMC Garage Sale
Find a great deal on clothing, toys, and gear for kids of all ages at the MPOMC Garage Sale 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, June 3

  • 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. The Red Panda Acrobats take the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with awe-inspiring displays of strength, balance, and dexterity. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. This Friday: Cuban Rhythms at the de Young with Compañia All Stars of Santiago de Cuba. Free Cuban salsa dance lessons for all levels from 5–6 pm. Free. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay kicks off its 2016 season with the Second Street Band. This free event takes place at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito. Lawn seating is first-come first-served. Reserved tables available for $60 ($50 Sausalito residents). For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 4

  • Museums on Us
    Various Locations
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale
    Marin Catholic High School
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm
    (closed from noon–1 pm)
    Marin's largest garage sale for babies and kids has clothes for pregnant moms, babies and children up to age six. Other items include toys, baby equipment, and furniture.This sale has the reputation for providing clean, high quality items at excellent prices. Designer clothes racks too. Admission $1; free for children 12 and under. Closed from noon to 1 pm for lunch and then there's a half price sale from 1–2 pm. Marin Catholic High School is located at 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • National Trails Day Events
    Various locations in Marin and the Bay Area
    Saturday, times vary
    National Trails Day is the nation’s largest celebration of trails and the outdoors. Events take place at parks throughout Marin, including the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as in other outdoors spots on the San Francisco Bay Area. Help enhance our trail systems, meet fellow park lovers, and enjoy a celebration of our great park! Learn more and find an event near you on their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. All levels welcome. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Throckmorton and Cascade Drive. For more info, visit their website.
  • Basics of Freshwater Fishing
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9–11 am
    Marin Parks rangers will teach tips and tricks of the trade of freshwater fishing at the McInnis Park’s pond. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Bait and a limited amount of fishing poles provided, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Free. 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.
  • Bay Area Book Festival
    Downtown Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    This indoor-outdoor festival of all things literary features a roster of diverse authors and speakers for all ages, including children and teens. Other family activities include live music and performances, pony rides and a petting zoo (Sunday only), manual typewriters to play with, a free book for every child, interactive art installations, and more. An organic beer and wine garden will be available for grownups, and food trucks and stalls will offer delicious cuisine. Admission is free. Location: downtown Berkeley between Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Oxford Street and Addison Street and Kittredge Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • 40th Annual Union Street Festival
    Union Street from Gough to Steiner, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Each of the six blocks of the event will feature a unique “World” including, Fashion World, Culinary World, Tech World, Local World, Craft World and Health & Fitness World. Chef demos, kids' activities, live music, arts and crafts, fashion shows, and more. Free; tickets required for craft beer and wine pavilions. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Days
    Angel Island State Park
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Don’t miss this annual event at Angel Island's Camp Reynolds which is great for the whole family. There are plenty of activities for everyone. Learn about life during the Civil War, witness a battle and maybe even see a cannon firing! For more info, visit their website.
  • Blue at the Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come meet the men and women in blue – officers of the San Francisco Police Department! They’ll be handing out police swag for the kiddos and showing off the latest high-tech vehicles used to solve crimes! Officers will be stationed near the lawn at the Elinor Friend Playground from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Blvd. at the Great Hightway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Helifest
    Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Helifest showcases military, rescue, private and commercial helicopters. These aircraft are used for everything from traffic reports and power line maintenance to cliff rescues and national defense. Helicopters from around the western region will be on static display. Free with museum admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors 65+ and youth 5–17, free for kids 4 and under. Advance tickets recommended. Location: 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. For tickets and more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Summer Series: Cast Iron Mac-and-Cheese
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Who doesn’t love mac & cheese? In this class you’ll learn how to make one that’s extra-rich and creamy, with three kinds of cheeses. We’ll bake it in a cast-iron pan and then eat. It’s the mac & cheese of your dreams! Suitable for ages 8–13. Cost: $20 per child, includes a Junior Chef Cookbook. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Headlands Treasure Hunt
    Point Bonita YMCA, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am–12:30 pm

    Strengthen your navigational skills by finding your way to fun challenge checkpoints using only a compass and a map. Say goodbye to your GPS and Google Maps for a must-do summertime mission with your family and friends! All levels are welcome in this orienteering adventure. X marks the spot and we'll see you there! After, enjoy a great lunch and amazing ocean views for only $10 adults and $5 children under 12. Location: 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito. For more info and to register, call (415) 331-9622 or visit their website.
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