Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Fun for October 31, November 1 & 2

October 31, 2014

Halloween trick-or-treat kidsHere are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Halloween weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, October 31

  • Not-Too-Spooky Halloween
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Come to a not-too-spooky celebration for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Play miniature golf in the garden graveyard, paint miniature pumpkins and fly paper ghosts in the Wind Tunnel. Visit the witches’ apothecary in the grocery store. Treats and prizes. Come in costume! Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info call (510) 647-1111 or visit their website.
  • Exploratorium Family Halloween
    San Francisco
    Friday, noon–4 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of frightful, family-friendly fun and a bit of scary science. Sneak through a cemetery of dead science ideas, lend a hand to giant insects, or have a close encounter with reptiles that slither and creep. All ages welcome; costumes encouraged! Included with museum admission. Location: Pier 15, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Fourth Street
    Berkeley
    Friday, 2–5 pm

    Berkeley's Fourth Street invites all costumed kids to trick or treat on the street. Activities include facepainting, photo booth, live music and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Friday, 3–5:30 pm

    Join over 60 participating downtown Petaluma merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12. Prepare for a hautingly "ghould" time as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Costume Parade & Trick-or-Treating
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 4–7 pm

    Kids Costume Parade, led by Superheroes Brass & Tin Marching Band, trick-or-treating at all shops with candy from Miette, and Pumpkin Decorating at Poppy Store. Trick-or-Treat from 4–7 pm and Costume Parade at 5:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat Lane
    Sausalito City Hall
    Friday, 5:45–8 pm

    Kids of all ages are welcome to come in costume for a Halloween Parade and for some trick-or-treating. Parade begins at fire station (at 333 Johnson and Caledonia) Come on down to the Sausalito City Hall, located at Caledonia and Litho Streets in Sausalito for a spooky time. There will also be a haunted house at in the game room at City Hall from 6:15–8 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Venetia's 6th Annual Halloween Party
    San Rafael
    Friday, 5:30–9 pm

    Join us for our 5th Annual Halloween Block Party on Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow). Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow) will be closed to all traffic for this event. Explore a haunted cemetery, check out what the witches are brewing in the Witches Kitchen, and check out the local house band playing your favorite Halloween tunes, not to mention the San Rafael Fire Department, who will be bring their best fire truck—and of course Trick-or-Treating! There is even rumor that Darth Vader will battle all Jedi-in-training... This is a fun event for the whole family. This event is FREE thanks to the Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association. Location: Adrian Way between Meadow and Mabry.

Saturday, November 1

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

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

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, crafts by SCRAP 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.
  • Halloween Family Farm Day/El Día de los Muertos
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    The ranch will reveal some special tricks and treats during Halloween Family Farm Day. Activities may include making costumes with recycled materials, taking a spooky tour of our garden, investigating our worm compost, and cooking up some warm treats in our outdoor kitchen. We will also honor El Día de los Muertos with a fun hike to bone grove. Costume wearing is encouraged! Cost: $30 per person. Register here. For more info, call (415) 381-6155 or visit their website.
  • Fun Family Mile
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come out and enjoy a spectacular fall morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easygoing, one-mile walk with your family in this beautiful bayside park. This will be an easy walk, and a great way to bond as a family. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Water and healthy snacks will be provided. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi at (415) 446-4423 or ABocchi@marincounty.org. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10:30 am–1:30 pm

    Mill Valley Recreation joins the joyful celebration of dearly departed family, friends, and pets during the Mexican festival Day of the Dead. Join in the celebration by participating in several free activities, decorating sugar skulls, getting your face painted, and creating memory boxes. All ages are welcome! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Days
    AT&T Park, San Francisco & Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    AT&T Park and Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa will become a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science Festival concludes again with this free science extravaganza. Last year, more than 30,000 people enjoyed a non-stop program chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. With more than 150 exhibits, there is something for everyone to unleash their inner scientist. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 24, 25 & 26

October 24, 2014

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

Check out our list of Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties—see our list here.

Friday, October 24

  • Halloween Music and Magic Show
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday,  4–7:30 pm

    It's a sppoktacular time for the whole family! Kick off the evening with some lively music. Then... thrills and chills with Zappo the Musician as he amazes us with his Halloween magic show. It's a 45-minute show for goblins ages 3 to 103. Cost: $9, free for kids 3 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center Parking Lot
    Friday, 5–6:30 pm

    Various City Departments, local business and service organizations will be on site to show off their creativity and pass out treats to trick-or-treaters of all ages. Costumes are encouraged! Marin Theater Company will present a special Halloween inspired performance. Let's Eat Grill Stop Food Truck will be on site from 3:30–6:30 pm cooking up yummy grub for sale. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info call (415) 383-1370 or email recreate@cityofmillvalley.org.
  • Novato Horsemens' Haunted House
    Novato Horsemen, Novato
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 5–9 pm

    There will be free family fun for all ages: a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and more...  Admission for haunted house is $5 per person. Location: 600 Bugeia Lane, off Atherton in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • SuperNatural Halloween 2014
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–9 pm

    Grab your costume and have yourself a ghoulishly great time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy at night, among spooky skulls and spine-tingling specimens! Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 25

  • Halloween Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family out for some fun at the fall Halloween Festival. There is an organic pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, apple pressing, pony rides, crafts and more... Costume swap from 9 am–1 pm (bring one, get one), kids music from 9:30–10:30 am and a pup costume parade at George Pet Store at 11 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Explorers Bay Sail
    Bay Model, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon

    Set sail for family adventureon the schooner Seaward. Navigate the bay, hoist sails, and learn a bit about bay ecology during this 2.5 hour experience filled with breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind memories. $35/person, pre-registration required. Children of all ages are welcome. Baby carriers are suggested for children 4 and under. Cost: $35 per person. Register online here. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Scream on the Green Faire
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the entire family for the first Scream on the Green Faire weekend in Downtown Novato. Activities include: Safe trick-or-treating downtown on Saturday from 11 am–1 pm, a haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, live music, children's play area, and food and beverages. Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and City Hall complex. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Wildlife Discovery Day
    Children's Island at Lagoon Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Let’s celebrate the diversity of Marin’s unique and fascinating wildlife! Please join us, the Marin Municipal Water District, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy as we host the first Marin Wildlife Discovery Day (part of the 10-day Bay Area Science Festival). The event will feature hands-on science learning activities and fun for the entire family! Parking and admission are free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Get to Know WildCare
    Gerstle Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Enjoy a short hike in nearby Gerstle Park, where we may spot red-shouldered hawks and dusky-footed woodrat nests. Following will be a tour of WildCare where you will meet non-releasable ambassador animals in the courtyard and museum, and learn why they are there. You will learn about our hospital and how you can help to keep our wildlife safe. For more info, call (415) 453-1000 ext. 17 or visit their website.
  • Happy Creepy Halloween
    Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Kids of all ages can participate in Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE). Design and build your own robot in a special Halloween-themed Design Quest engineering station, then test which items your robot can drop into the Witches' Cauldron (11 am–3 pm). From gooey eyeballs to skeletons, which spooky items will you and your robot find in the witches' brew? Free with admission. Location: 1 Centennial Drive, Berekely. For more info, call (510) 642-5132 or visit their website.
  • Boo at the Zoo
    San Francisco
    Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Bring your family to Boo at the Zoo for incredible thrills and chills! Roam the Zoo in search of candy, see special animal enrichment, create take-home crafts, take your picture with Casper the Friendly Ghost and much more. All activities are free with paid San Francisco Zoo admission: Kids wearing costumes get $1 off admission. Members get in free every day. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Halloween Bash at Bon Air
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games (started at the Mini Maker Faire in September), with free trick-or-treating and a food drive. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival. For more info, visit their website.
  • Saint Raphael School Halloween Festival and Haunted house
    San Rafael
    Saturday, noon-4 pm

    Games, food and a haunted house. Bring canned food for the needy and receive 2 free tickets for games. Location: 1100 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 454-4455 or visit their website.
  • Trick or Treat on Fourth Street
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, 1–2:30 pm

    Every year, the Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District (BID) hosts a free and safe trick-or-treating experience for kids on Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael, starting at San Rafael City Plaza. In addition, there will be a haunted house at Saint Raphael's School at 1100 Fifth Avenue. The haunted house, designed for all ages, will be spooking kids from 11 am–3 pm. Stop by and play games or make a craft before the trick or treating begins. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 17, 18 & 19

October 17, 2014

Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Cheese in PetalumaHere 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.

Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are now open—see our list here.

Friday, October 17

  • Just Between Friends Children's & Maternity Consignment Event
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 9 am–8 pm, Saturday, 9 am–3:30 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm

    North Bay's largest children's & maternity consignment sales event, JBF is held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds' Grace Pavilion—40,500 square feet of shopping awesomeness. Shop: huge deals on new and gently-used clothes (0–12 years and maternity), games, toys, furniture, strollers, mommy supplies, etc! Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road. Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Harvest Festival!
    Marinwood Community Center
    Friday, October 17, 5–7 pm

    This fun event is for children 12 and under. Carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, Halloween bounce house, trick-or-treat bag decorating, face painting, caramel apples and more! Tickets: $10 in advance here; $12 at the door. Adults free. Food will be available for purchase. Location: Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.

Saturday, October 18

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

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, crafts by SCRAP 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.
  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
    The 8th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October. In addition to pumpkins and fall decorative items for sale, attractions and activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a giant straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Admission: $4 adults, $1 children 12 and under; free for Sonoma County Regional Parks members. Parking for non-members is $7. For more info, call (707) 565-2041 or visit their website.
  • Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Bring the whole family in costume to explore all the fun at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser. Experience the museum as it’s transformed into a spooktacular Halloween wonderland complete with Witches and Wizards school, pony rides, petting zoo, live entertainment, and much more. Tickets available at the door. Admission: $16 general, $13 members, free for children under 6 months. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Carnival
    Twin Cities Community Preschool, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    The Twin Cities Community Preschool presents a non-scary Halloween carnival for preschool through elementary aged children. Activities include games, photo booth and arts and crafts. There will also be food available. Free admission; game tickets for sale. Location: 56 Mohawk Avenue in Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling haunted house, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, pie-eating and costume contests, and pumpkin carving for fun (not a contest). Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Potrero Hill Festival
    San Franicisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    Experience the flavor of the Potrero community in this event for all ages, featuring local food vendors and chefs, artists, musicians, historians, homegrown entertainment, and much more! Location: 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri Streets. For more info, visit their website.
  • Exploratorium Market Days: Art, Physics, Fun, and Games
    Exploratorium Plaza, Pier 15, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Bring your children or your inner child for a day of play with an array of fantastic toys old and new. And learn how to make awesome toys of your own. A full-sized Jeep covered in LEGO boards awaits your creative constructions. Explore assorted classic pinball machines from the Pacific Pinball Museum. Learn how to build a marshmallow launcher, a cardboard machine, or a tiny lathe, all from simple materials. See an enchanting puppet show of The Jabberwocky, plus juggling, origami, and much more. Free. For more info, call (415) 528-4444 or visit their website.
  • San Geronimo Fall Rock Festival
    San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 2–6 pm
    The easiest, most relaxed family music venue—see stellar music you'll enjoy while your kids enjoy the free bounce house. Find out why families love to come to these shows—and why highly talented parents love to perform at them! Featuring national touring act New Monsoon and "hard charging Americana" heroes San Geronimo. Takes place in the courtyard behind the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. For more info, visit their website.

Family Halloween Events & Fall Festivals in Marin & the Bay Area

October 14, 2014

Halloween Girls in Witch CostumesHalloween is one of our favorite holidays, and there's so much family fun to be had at this time of year. Find the Halloween event or fall festival that's right for you! We'll keep updating our list of events for Marin and beyond as we find more this fall. If you have an event you'd like to see added to the list, please contact us.

Marin and Sonoma Events

  • Family Musical: The Addams Family
    6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
    October 16-31, various times

    It’s going to be anything but a normal night. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a young man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Location: 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 523-4185 or visit their website.
  • Halloween Music and Magic Show
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, October 24, 4–7:30 pm

    It's a sppoktacular time for the whole family! Kick off the evening with some lively music. Then... thrills and chills with Zappo the Musician as amazes us with his Halloween magic show. It's a 45-minute show for goblins ages 3 to 103. Cost: $9 general, free for kids 3 and under. For more info, visit their website.

Old-Time Family Fun at the Tolay Fall Festival

October 12, 2014

Tolay Fall FestivalYesterday we made our annual visit to the fantastic Tolay Fall Festival at Tolay Lake Regional Park outside of Petaluma. The festival, held over two weekends in October—this weekend and October 18 and 19, is the successor to the popular pumpkin patch held at the park's former incarnation as Cardoza Ranch. The Tolay Fall Festival is much more than a pumpkin patch, however. It's an old-fashioned, down-to-earth celebration of fall with tons of fun activities for the whole family, and one of our favorite autumn happenings in the Bay Area. It's a wonderful event that has plenty to do for kids of all ages.

Of course there's a pumpkin patch—it's huge and located way out in the back 40 of the park, and you need to take a tractor-drawn hay ride to get there. But there are also plenty of other other attractions, exhibits, and hands-on activities. Our children enjoyed making old-fashioned corn husk dolls, carding wool, spinning yarn, and dipping candles, and more.

There's also an animal area with the opportunity to pet some friendly goats, scarecrow-making, a world championship pumpkin-seed-spitting contest, lawn games, a giant straw maze, a demonstration of old farm equipment and early gas engines, archery for kids and grownups, an astronomy display, a Native American village, and more.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 10, 11 & 12

October 10, 2014
Tolay Fall Festival
The annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place near Petaluma on Saturday and 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.

Most Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are now open—see our list here.

Friday, October 10

  • Fleet Week 2014
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    Fleet week returns to San Francisco, along with the Blue Angels, who will perform again over San Francisco Bay on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 pm. Fleet Week also includes a parade of ships (Friday, noon–1 pm), ship tours, band concerts, and more. Free admission; airshow bleacher seat tickets at Marina Green $50–$60. For more info, visit their website.
  • Not Afraid of the Dark Hike
    Old St. Hilary, Tiburon
    Friday, 6–7:30pm

    Halloween is coming but we’re not scared; come enjoy Old St. Hilary’s at night! Join Ranger Felicity Hartnett for a short one-mile hike at sunset with beautiful views of San Francisco. This hike is ideal for young adventurers and their families as an introduction to night hiking. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight or headlamp. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required at FHartnett@marincounty.org. Meet at the gate at the end of Lyford Drive in Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film in the Fog: Ghostbusters
    Presidio, On the lawn behind Presidio Dance Theatre
    Friday, 5:30–9 pm

    Bring the whole family out for a magical night under the stars featuring an outdoor screening of the popular comedy film Ghostbusters, accompanied by live music and food from Off the Grid's tasty food trucks. Bring a picnic or purchase wine, beer, and delicious grub at one of the food trucks! Music from ukulele-slinging, harmony-singing sensation the Paper Dolls. Movie starts at 7 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Filmfest: Hoppity Goes to Town
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 pm

    Mill Valley Film Festival has partnered with the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and the city to present a free outdoor film screening of Hoppity Goes to Town, the delightful 1941 animated film by the Fleischer Brothers—a takeoff on Jimmy Stewart films that will have everyone swinging to jazz and crooning love songs. No ticket required; movie screening is free with general admission seating. Please bring your own blanket or low beach chair. Snacks may be purchased with proceeds to benefit community programs. Location: 17 Cascade Way, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 11

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

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, crafts by SCRAP 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.

Pumpkins and More at the Tolay Fall Festival

October 9, 2014

Tolay Fall FestivalMany families in Marin and the North Bay have fond memories of visiting the popular pumpkin patch at Cardoza Ranch outside Petaluma. In 2005, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department acquired Cardoza Ranch, also known as Tolay Lake Ranch, turning its 1,737 acres of farmland into a county park.

Tolay Lake Ranch is a unique spot, with a freshwater lake, wetlands, diverse wildlife, and 8,000 years human habitation with extensive archaeological and historical sites. Tolay Lake Regional Park is currently under development and access is restricted, although the public can visit the park through a day-use permit program.

The Sonoma Regional Parks Department keeps the spirit of the old Cardoza pumpkin patch alive by holding the annual Tolay Fall Festival, now in its eighth year. This popular event takes place over two  weekends in October, October 11–13 and October 18–19, from 11 am–5 pm.

In addition to Halloween pumpkins in the huge pumpkin patch, the festival features a plentiful harvest of gourds, squash, multi-colored corn, and other produce, as well as a pumpkin seed-spitting contest, ranger-led hay rides, a giant straw maze, a Native American village with demonstrations, the Night Time Creatures Barn with the Creepy Crawly Critters Room, live animals, nature hikes, old-fashioned crafts , lawn games, and more.

The Blue Angels Return to San Francisco for Fleet Week 2014!

October 7, 2014

Blue Angels perform in San Francisco for Fleet WeekCome and celebrate the men and women who serve in our country’s Navy and Marine Corps at San Francisco Fleet Week 2014. Fleet Week features a variety of events, including a parade of ships, an air show, live music, ship tours, and of course exciting performances by the Navy’s popular Blue Angels precision flying team, who return to the skies over San Francisco Bay this year after a hiatus due to federal budget cuts.

Events take place in a variety of locations on the San Francisco waterfront from October 9–13. The Blue Angels practice on Thursday, October 9, from noon to 5 pm, and rehearse on Friday, October 10 from 3 to 4 pm. They'll perform over San Francisco Bay on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, from 3–4 pm. They can be seen from a variety of locations on the Bay, including Angel Island and Fort Baker in Sausalito. The Blue Angels' performance is part of a Fleet Week airshow that also includes the Patriots jet team, the Horsemen P-51 Mustang Flight Team, the US Navy Leap Frogs parachute team, and others.

A Visit to Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 5, 2014

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin PatchThis weekend we paid a visit to the popular Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, a certified organic pumpkin patch that has been a Marin County tradition for 19 years! Located in the small west Marin village of Nicasio, the farm is just west of the Nicasio Village Square right on Nicasio Valley Road. Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week through Halloween from 10 am to 6 pm, and it's definitely worth a visit this season.

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Pumpkin varieties ranged from your standard Halloween jack-o-lantern types to white ones, green Italian and Australian varieties, a weird looking warty French pumpkin, and flat European "Cinderella" style squash. The farmstand also offers of gourds, squash, and decorative cornstalks, apples, as well as drinks and snacks.

Like many Halloween pumpkin patches, Nicasio Valley Farms offers the obligatory jumpy houses and inflatable slide. There are also hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, face painting, and a train. Many of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days.

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