Events and Outings

All Aboard! Tickets for The Polar Express Train Ride on Sale Soon

August 29, 2016

The Polar Express

Get ready to believe! Tickets for the California State Railroad Museum's annual holiday Polar Express train rides go on sale to members only on September 27–29, 2016 and to the general public on Thursday, October 1, 2016. (No tickets sales on September 30.) The Railroad Museum's sister organization, Railtown 1897 in Jamestown will also be holding Polar Express train rides again this holiday season. Members of the Californa State Railroad Museum and Railroad 1897 are eligible to participate in member advance ticket sales.

In order to reserve member tickets, your membership must be active or renewed by Monday, September 5, 2016. So if you're not a member, you can still consider becoming one (it's a great deal, actually). Tickets to this event always sell out right away, so being a member means you have a better chance of getting your preferred date and time.

12 Terrific Family Outings for Labor Day Weekend

August 27, 2016

McNears Beach San Rafael

Labor day weekend is summer vacation's last hurrah (even if most kids are in school already). Make the most of this last long weekend of summer with a fun family outing or activity in Marin or elsewhere in the Bay Area. Many of the destinations and activities here close up shop after Labor Day, so this is your last chance to visit until next summer!

Amazing Family Sleepovers in the Bay Area and Beyond

August 27, 2016

Monterey Bay Aquarium Overnight
Photo courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you're looking for a fun and unique overnight experience for the family, try camping out at a museum, aquarium zoo, or wildlife center! Popular family destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California like the California Academy of Sciences, the Marine Mammal Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the San Francisco Zoo, the USS Hornet Museum, and Safari West all offer exciting programs where families can spend the night. It's be kind of like the movie Night at the Museum, except that the dinosaurs and dioramas won't come alive after hours (we hope)!

Needless to say, all of these events require advance reservations and have limited space, so register for your awesome overnight adventure soon! Many of these venues also offer overnight programs for scouts, schools, and other youth groups. All information is correct at time of posting; check each location’s website for complete information, pricing updates, and a schedule of events.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 26, 27 & 28

August 26, 2016

Enjoy a day on the farm and pick your own organic apples at Chileno Valley Ranch this Sunday.

The National Park Service turns 100 years old on August 25, 2015. Here is a list of free entrance days in the National Parks this weekend.

Friday, August 26

  • Children's Series: Chelle! & Friends
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Led by New Orleans-native Michelle Jacques, a soul-steeped vocalist with a big, bold voice, Chelle! & Friends bring to the Gardens a family-friendly taste of the Crescent City, the cradle of so much essential American music. Free. 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, too. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. 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: California Brazil Camp, Part 2. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main
    Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This Friday: Neon Velvet, the ultimate modern rock dance band. Blending new wave and modern rock hits, this world class band packs the dance floor and delivers an unforgettable time! For more info, visit their website.
  • Marvel Movie Marathon
    Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

    Friday, 6 pm & Saturday 3 pm
    The biggest heroes of the Marvel Universe hit the big screen outside beautiful Weill Hall! Get ready for this action packed movie marathon event, featuring five installments of one of the most venerable movie franchises in history! See the complete schedule here. Location: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Weill Hall and Lawn. 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: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    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.
  • Sonoma Evening Nature Hike
    General Vallejo Home, Sonoma Valley
    Friday, 7 pm

    Come out and explore the trail at dusk with the Sonoma Petaluma Parks Association. Interpretation will focus on local wildlife and nocturnal animals.  This is a one mile, slow-paced hike with minor elevation change.  Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. All ages, free of charge. Location: 363 3rd Street West, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 27

  • Nature Walk at King Mountain
    King Mountain Open Space Preserve, Kentfield
    Saturday, 9–11 am
    Take a walk through your local forest and connect with its natural wonders. Join Ranger Ian McLorg to explore the King Mountain Loop Trail and learn about the area’s unique natural resources. Ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Meet at the gate at the end of Ridgecrest Road. 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.
  • End of Summer Snow Party
    Strawberry Village Shopping Center, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Grab your boots and gloves and come play in the Snow Zone with real snow! Plus, enjoy other cool activities including live music, a photo booth, caricatures, airbrush tattoos, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, and face painting. Event benefits Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation. Tickets: $10. Location: Strawberry Village Main Piazza, 800 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • 22nd 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, $10 seniors 60+, $5 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.
  • Back to School Ballet Party
    Tutu School, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10–11 am

    Celebrate Back to School with two super secret royal guests! All are welcome. Free admission. Location: 2201 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Aquatic Adventures
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! The Presidio features lakes, streams, and marshes. Come make your own mini habitat and explore the different types of aquatic creatures that live in these areas. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bean Sprouts Family Day
    San Francisco Botanical Gardens

    Saturday, noon–3 pm
    A great afternoon outing with the kids! Bring a picnic and ramble on out to the west end of the Botanical Garden for craft and nature activities, volunteer work in the native beds and California nature trail, and exploration of this hidden treasure in the city. Kids and their families can help water the garden, dig in a sand dune, go on a bug hunt, play pine cone basketball, create an herb bundle, and much more! Families with children of all ages are welcome. Free with regular admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cornerstone Sonoma Weekend Music Series
    Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 pm
    Come stroll the gardens, listen to live music by local musicians while enjoying some delicious ice cream from Sweet Scoops Homemade Ice Cream Cart! Musicians will usually be located in the middle of the marketplace outside Chateau Sonoma and Eurasian Interiors. Music is from 1-4 pm and Ice cream from 11 am–3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive in Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Maker Saturdays! Homemade Kleidoscopes
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2–4:30 pm
    Encourage the do-it-yourself mindset and come build, invent, design and create something! Projects are designed for 4-7 year olds, younger children with adult assistance. Supports STEM learning. General admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.

There's Something for the Entire Family at the 64th Sausalito Art Festival

August 22, 2016

2016 Sausalito Art Festival

A Marin County tradition for over half a century, the Sausalito Art Festival returns to Marinship Park this Labor Day Weekend, September 3 to 5, for its 64th season. The family friendly festival showcases the works of the finest local, national and international artists, with thousands of original works of art by 260 artists, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.

Of course there are plenty of other things to see and do at the Sausalito Art Festival, including music by legendary headliners and local favorites on two stages. Headliners at this year's festival include the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Super Diamond, Todd Rundgren, and the Zombies. Fantastic food, beer, and wine will be available, too.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 19, 20 & 21

August 19, 2016

Chileno Valley
Pick organic apples and pears and visit with the animals at Chileno Valley Ranch this Sunday form 9 am–3 pm.

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 19

  • Children's Series: Venezuelan Music Project
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. The Venezuelan Music Project combines Indigenous-Venezuelan, West African, and Spanish-European influences, creating a dynamic ensemble full of vibrancy, rhythm, energy and color. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Room End of Summer Party
    Amphitheater & Peter Dreyfuss Garden, Mill Valley Public Library
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Fun for everyone! Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Hula hoops, crafts, bubbles, face painting, and free ice cream will be available for your enjoyment. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. 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, too. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. 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: California Brazil Camp. 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: Shana Morrison and Caledonia. 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.
  • 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: Little Jonny and the Giants with Ali Kumar on harmonica. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Little Mermaid
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm and Sunday, 4 pm
    Bring the entire family to see this family-friendly performance of The Little Mermaid, based on the Disney movie of the same name and featuring a talented cast of Bay Area performers. Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $35 reserved. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
    Oracle Arena, Oakland
    Friday, 7 pm; Saturday, 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm; Sunday, 1 & 5 pm
    Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun! Launch into the future with Out Of This World. Children Of All Ages can take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Your entire family will be amazed by this cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns. For more info, visit their website.
  • Totally Radical '80s Movie Night
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 8:30–10:30 pm
    Enjoy a warm summer night, snacks, and a free screening of The Goonies on the Corte Madera Community Center patio. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 20

  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 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 and Non-Members: $23 per peddler. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Birthday Bash
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 9 am–7 pm & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Come by to help the museum toast to their 25th anniversary with a “Happy Birthday” sing-along and free cupcakes and ice cream! Festivities over the two days include: bounce castles, karaoke, food, face painting, photo booth, musical performances and more! Admission is free for everyone on Satuday from 5 to 7 pm. 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.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Discovery Day
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Join the library as they close out Summer Learning with a day of discovery! Participate in hands-on science, art and story activities for families of all ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fort Point Living History Day
    Fort Point, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    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.
  • Family Fun Day at the Presidio Officers' Club
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am–2:30 pm
    Join the Presidio Trust and KQED for a family fun day at the Presidio Officers’ Club with special guest Nature Cat, from the PBS animated television series. At this event, experience the Presidio Nature Lab, an all-ages, hands-on exhibition that makes the park’s great outdoors come to life. Kids can also make fun crafts and learn about wildlife at the Roving Ranger truck. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • SCIENCE: And Our Climate
    Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

    Once the Aquarium of the Bay and the Bay Model collaborate to discuss the next level of climate science and… rubber duckies! Come to the Bay Model for a Rubber Ducky Race to see where salt water from the ocean first heads to in San Francisco Bay. Also, find out how marshes and wetlands help buffer our coasts from the tides coming in and fresh water going out. Free. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 11th 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Theatre Company Block Party
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 2–6 pm

    MTC is having a Block Party to kick off 50 years of making a scene in Mill Valley and you're all invited! Enjoy theatre workshops, music, photo booth, food and free beer. The event is free and open to the public. Fun for all ages. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Free Family Fun List for August 2016

August 12, 2016


Photo: Concerts on the Green, courtesy City of Novato

There's so much for families to do in Marin and the Bay Area, and much of it can be done for free! Here's the inaugural edition of our monthly list of a dozen fantastic free family activities and events in Marin and beyond. Go do something fun (and free!) with the kiddos before the school year starts again later this month!

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 12, 13 & 14

August 11, 2016

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 12

  • Children's Garden Series: Unique Derique
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, noon & 2:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    A fun, family-friendly way to spend your summer evenings. 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; it's great, music, food and family fun!  Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. 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: Auricular Arrangements. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 7:30–8:30 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs and a marshmallow roast. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma Historic Park. 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 20th 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. Live music by the Four Teardrops and the Deadlies. 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: Dave Matthews Blues Band, sponsored by Sausalito Rotary. 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: Zydeco Flames. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • The Little Mermaid
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm and Sunday, 4 pm
    Bring the entire family to see this family-friendly performance of The Little Mermaid, based on the Disney movie of the same name and featuring a talented cast of Bay Area performers. Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $35 reserved. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 13

  • 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.
  • Origami-Palooza and Paper Airplane Contest
    East Japan Center Mall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
    Come create amazing things with paper! Origami-Palooza features an exhibit with amazing origami, lots of tables with instructors to show you new folds for all ages, a table dedicated to folding paper cranes for the World Tree of Hope over the holidays and two hot contests with amazing prizes. Join special guest Dr. Bernie Peyton as he teaches a very cool, wearable Cat Hat. Location: 1737 Post Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Muppet Caper 35th Anniversary Screening
    Castro Theatre, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    The Muppets travel to England in their second big-screen musical adventure! Newspaper reporters Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo work to foil a jewel heist while romance brews between Kermit and Miss Piggy, who just may be implicated in the crime herself. Bring the whole family to celebrate 35 years of this beloved classic, with a special introduction by legendary Muppet performer Dave Goelz, the man behind Gonzo the Great, Zoot, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Boober Fraggle! Tickets: $10. Location: 429 Castro Street, San Francisco. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Healdsburg Water Carnival
    Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to the Healdsburg Water Carnival, a day of old-time revelry on the Russian River. Admission is free. $10 wristbands will be available to purchase at the carnival and include a boat ride on "Sandy the Swan", water activities, face painting, live music and more! Location: 13839 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Tile Your Turtle Mosaics
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! The Western Pond turtle has been reintroduced to Mountain Lake. Welcome these turtles back by making your own mosaic of them! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Gravenstein Apple Fair: An Old-Time Country Festival

August 9, 2016

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 13 and 14. 2016's event is the 104th 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 vendors, an artisan tasting lounge, chef demonstrations, live music on two stages, a petting zoo, animal displays, a chance to experience a taste of farm life, a hay maze, artisan booths selling handmade goods, performances by "Circus Waldissima" each afternoon, and of course apples!

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