Events and Outings

12 Terrific Family Outings for Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2017

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!

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

August 29, 2017

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 2 to 4, for its 65th 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.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 25, 26 & 27

August 26, 2017

The 36th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest take place this Sunday at Drake's Beach

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 25

  • Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 am–8 pm

    Visit Muir woods for free during Free Entrance Days for the birthday of the National Park Service. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, Appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child, $10 per each additional child, siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • 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. Enjoy fertile intermingling of indigenous, European and African influences with Venezuelan Music Project. Free. Location: Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, near the MLK, Jr. waterfall. 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. 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 on Main: Back to School
    Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This Friday: School’s back in session and so is 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.
  • 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 Call of the Sea. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 7–9 pm
    Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Finding Dory
    Howarth Park, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 8 pm
     
    This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! Free. Location: 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare: The Three Musketeers
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday, 4 & 8 pm

    The hot-headed D’Artagnan and his misfit musketeer mates serve the king with swashbuckling zeal through a series of dashing and exciting exploits. A comic adventure for the whole family to enjoy. One for all, and all for one! Tickets: $37 general, $34 seniors 65+, youth 25 and under $12. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Inside Out
    Pier 39, San Francisco
    8:45–11 pm

    Grab your blankets and settle in for a free screening of local favorite, Inside Out. This film is rated PG. Location: Pier 39, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 26

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

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 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.
  • Free Admission Day: Island Party
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
    Habitot is celebrating the end of summer with a Summer Island Party-themed free admission day sponsored by the Union Pacific Foundation. Island-themed art activities in the Art Studio, Hawaiian leis for dress up, live performances , and exhibits that promote learning through play, including a wind tunnel swirling with island flowers in the air! Register in advance to receive expedited entry to the Island Party. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • End of Summer Snow Party
    Strawberry Village Shopping Center, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    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.
  • Bay Area Pignic 2017
    Marin Humane, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Join us for our 7th annual Pignic, a fun-filled gathering for guinea pigs and their owners!  Grab some lunch, pack up your guinea pigs, and join us for a cavy costume contest, a vegetable eating contest, raffle, bake sale, health checks, grooming, and more! All proceeds benefit local rescue operations. Admission: $5. Location: 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • 23rd Annual Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
    Bodega
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Live music, wine and beer tastings, dance floor, and a kids' entertainment, activities and games. $15 adults, $10 seniors 60+ and military, $8 ages 12–18, kids under 12 free. Tickets available at the gate, too. Food and drink not included in admission price. Free parking. Location: Watt's Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Nature Hike
    Sugarloaf Regional Park, Kenwood
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek,   On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek.   The hike starts at the visitors center.  No fee, but parking charges apply. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Egg-citing Critters
    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 is full of exciting and interesting animals. Come to the Presidio Officers’ Club to create your own egg-citing critter and learn about all the different animals that call the Presidio home. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square, 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.
  • Free Movies on the Green
    Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

    Saturday, 5 pm
    Bring a blanket and join us on Weill Lawn as we screen a double-feature of Disney’s two versions of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast. Location: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Weill Hall and Lawn. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teen Movie Night
    Belvedere Tiburon Library
    Saturday, 5–7:30 pm

    Teens age 11–18 (in grades 6–12) are invited to the library after hours for free movie, popcorn, and pizza once a month on a Saturday. Movies may be rated PG-13; call or email the library for the movie title. Location: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Founders Room, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.

Fall Family Fairs & Festivals in the Bay Area

August 21, 2017

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin PatchFall is one of our favorite times of year, and there's so much family fun to be found in Marin and beyond. Find a family-friendly fall festival, fair or Oktoberfest to celebrate the season. 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.

  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Marinwood
    Friday, October 13, 5–7 pm

    Come to Marinwood for its annual Halloween Harvest Festival for children 12 and under. Activities include carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, face painting, trick-or-treat bag decorating, caramel apples, and a bounce house. Tickets: $12 advance or $16 at the door for kids ages 2 to 12; adults free. Food available for purchase. Event website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 18, 19 & 20

August 18, 2017

Chileno Valley
Meet Daniel Tiger and ride the train at the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Transportation Day on Saturday.

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

Friday, August 18

  • Mom & Baby Yoga
    Pomegranate, San Anselmo
    Friday, 11 am

    Enjoy your baby, reconnect with your body, and meet other new moms in our postnatal mama and baby yoga class. Class is most successful with pre-crawling babies but all are welcome to try out a class and discuss exceptions with the instructor. We want mamas to be able to get out of the house, meet other moms, and enjoy the support and exercise of a yoga class. Cost: $23 for drop-in class. Sign-up online here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Series: Non Stop Bhangra
    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. A passport to Bollywood for kiddies. Non Stop Bhangra celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance.Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Room End of Summer Party
    Mill Valley Public Library - SmartGarden
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Crafts, bubbles, face painting, music and more! SmartGarden. Free.  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. 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 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars: Fascinating Rhythm
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm
    Are you ready to be invigorated with a sensational blend of movement and song that celebrates the Fascinating Rhythm that keeps our hearts moving through life? Your toes will be tapping as you join us on this rousing and rhythmic journey of music and dance that will have you swaying to the beat all night long. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 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:  Mitch Polzak and The Royal Deuces. 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: Dr. Mojo Band (blues). For more info, visit their website.

Free Outdoor Family Movies in Marin and the Bay Area

August 12, 2017

Film Night in the Park Marin County Summer

Summer means its time for free outdoor movies in Marin and the Bay Area, so grab your blankets and pillows, pack the picnic basket, and get ready to enjoy some family flicks al fresco. Here's our guide to free outdoor movies this summer and fall in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma County.

Most movies begin at dusk or around 8 pm; check the organizer's website for exact time and location. Some feature food trucks and even wine pairings. Popcorn is often offered for free!

In addition, the North Bay Mobile Drive-In screens movies on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building in Novato; join their Meetup page to get notified about upcoming screenings.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 11, 12 & 13

August 11, 2017

Gravenstein Apple FairEnjoy good old fashioned family fun at this weekend's Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol.

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 11

  • Insect Discovery Lab
    Point Reyes Library
    Friday, 11 am–noon

    Prepare to be amazed when the Insect Discovery Lab visits the Point Reyes and Stinson Beach Libraries. Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, and walking sticks at this interactive workshop. Free. Location:
    11431 State Route One, Point Reyes Station. Fore more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $7 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • End-of-Summer Reading Party with SF Bubble Guy Mike Ashe
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 3–4 pm
    Bring the kids for an hour of bubble fun by the San Francisco Bubble Man Mike Ashe. Free. Location: Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Center Blvd, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circus Vargas
    Corte Madera
    Friday, 4:30 & 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1, 4 & 7:30 pm

    Circus Vargas' presents its new 2017 spectacular SteamCirque! Come on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Tickets: $17–$72; under 2 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. 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.
  • Broadway Under the Stars: Fascinating Rhythm
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm
    Are you ready to be invigorated with a sensational blend of movement and song that celebrates the Fascinating Rhythm that keeps our hearts moving through life? Your toes will be tapping as you join us on this rousing and rhythmic journey of music and dance that will have you swaying to the beat all night long. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 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.

Hands-on Fun for Fall at Slide Ranch

August 11, 2017

Slide Ranch is a great place for family members of all ages. We tried out one of their family farm days in the past and my kids had a great time petting the sheep planting seeds, milking a goat, and making nature crafts. They offer guided tours and lots of hands-on activities, including collecting eggs from chickens, planting seeds, sampling from their organic garden, learning to make crafts and food just like the early farmers, and exploring the nearby tide pools.

Slide Ranch is located off of Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach. Below is a list of their upcoming fall events. Their programs often sell out quickly, so you need to plan ahead if you are interested in participating. Register for programs online at www.slideranch.org.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 4, 5 & 6

August 4, 2017

Fun awaits at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa.

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

Friday, August 4

  • Day Out With Thomas
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 am–5:30 pm

    Take a train ride drawn by Thomas himself, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live music. Tickets: $20 advance, $24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $8 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Caterpillar Puppets
    Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas. Free. Location: Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, near the MLK, Jr. waterfall.For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $7 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com.
  • 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. 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. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Theatre Company: Seussical Kids
    Mill Valley
    Friday, 5:30 pm, Saturday, noon & 4 pm

    Come support our 2nd–6th Grade Production Campers performing. Tickets $5. Purchase tickets here. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars: Fascinating Rhythm
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm
    Are you ready to be invigorated with a sensational blend of movement and song that celebrates the Fascinating Rhythm that keeps our hearts moving through life? Your toes will be tapping as you join us on this rousing and rhythmic journey of music and dance that will have you swaying to the beat all night long. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 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 the whole family will enjoy. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and kick-off the weekend Marinwood style!  Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
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