Come and celebrate the holiday season with four of Marin's best loved kids entertainers: Tim Cain, Miss Kitty, Christopher Smith, and Cindy Cohen, accompanied by Peter Penhallow and the Dream Circle Band, for this year's Dream Circle Holiday Concert at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The concert takes place this Saturday, December 10, 2016 with two performances at 10:30 and 11:45 am.
Bring the entire family ages 1 and up to sing and dance at this delightful and uplifting seasonal celebration featuring songs for a wide range of winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year. Dream Circle is indeed a dream lineup of the superstars of local children’s entertainertainment!
Come down to the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley for an all-ages concert of folk music for grown-ups and kids alike! The Little Folkies Family Band performs at "Date Night with the Tots" at the Sweetwater on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 4 pm. Read on to learn how to win tickets to the show.
The band plays a mix of Little Folkies originals and old traditional folk songs for children. Inspired by the children's music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins, Jean Ritchie, Ruth Crawford Seeger's American Folk Songs For Children, David Grisman and Jerry Garcia's Not For Kids Only, Doc Watson's Songs for Little Pickers and more. You might even hear a little Bob Dylan or Grateful Dead cover songs as well if you're lucky. The four-piece band features Irena Eide (founder and composter of Little Folkies) on vocals and guitar, Matt Porter on banjo, Julay Brooks on mandolin and harmonies, and Grammy-nominated bassist Paul Knight.
Who's ready for the fair?! The 75th annual Marin County Fair opens on Thursday, June 30, at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. This year's Marin County Fair theme is "What a Ride!"
This year, the Fair celebrates Marin County and all of its colorful traditions and innovations and highlights what residents love most about their local fair, like thrilling rides, popular concerts, farm animals, family activities, amazing exhibis, and a spectacular nightly fireworks display. This year's theme also echoes Hunter S. Thompson's quote “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!”
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.
One of my favorite things about summer are the free outdoor concerts that take place throughout Marin. There's something about the warm weather and the long days that make events like these really special. From Novato to Sausalito, there's something for every family!
Pack a picnic and your folding chairs and check out a free summer concert near you. Here's our list of events taking place this summer. If we've missed your favorite, please let us know.
Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
Belvedere Community Park
Sundays, 4 pm June 19, July 17, August 14 & September 4
The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time. For complete list of entertainment, visit their website.
Summer Music Series
Corte Madera Town Center
Sundays, 2–4 pm, June 8–August 28
Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Corte Madera Town Center. Acts include the David Rocha Band, Z and the Benders, the Americano Social Club, and more. For more information, visit their website.
Join the celebrated Kronos Quartet on Sunday, February 7, for Around the World with Kronos and Friends, a family-friendly celebration of Lunar New Year, featuring Kronos performing with special guests from musical traditions around the globe. Guest performers include Vietnam-born dàn tranh player Vân-Ánh Võ, UK-born multi-instrumentalist David Coulter, and Malian balafon player Fodé Lassana Diabaté, with a lion dance performed by San Francisco’s own Chung Ngai Dance Troupe, whicj has been part of the Bay Area’s cultural landscape for 50 years as a proponent of Chinese performing arts.
The concert, part of the Kronos Festival 2016, takes place in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ Center. Before the concert, the VA’V Young Ensemble, directed by Vân-Ánh Võ, will perform in the Fisher Family Lobby. The ensemble features students from San Francisco, San Jose, and Fremont playing traditional Vietnamese instruments, and performing a selection of Vietnamese folk songs, medleys, arrangements of pop music, and more.
This Saturday, May 30, from 11 am to noon, Dream Circle presents Jammie Jam, a free benefit concert with favorite local children’s musicians Miss Kitty, Tim Cain, Cindy Cohen, and Christopher Smith as well as a special guest performance by Performing Arts Academy of Marin dancer and middle school student Clara Spitz, who also organized the event. Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend, and admission is free!
Jammie Jam, a morning of singing and dancing in our PJ’s, is a benefit for Project Night Night, a San Francisco-based charity that helps volunteers assemble and distribute comforting Night Night Packages for homeless children. This event is organized by Clara Spitz, a seventh grade student at Marin Montessori School, who hopes to make a difference right here in Marin by putting together 60 bags to give to homeless children in our community.
The San Francisco Symphony always presents wonderful family concerts for holidays. We've always really enjoyed their offerings, and this year was no exception! This season's family holiday program is A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live! and we were lucky enough to attend a performance this Saturday. The classic Christmas special A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of our family favorites, too, so we were really excited to experience this concert.
Concerts begin with a family friendly reception in the lobbies of Davies Symphony Hall. If you go, make sure you get there early to meet Peanuts characters, pose for pictures in Lucy's psychiatry booth and Snoopy's dog house, take in the amazing decorations, and listen to some holiday music. Drinks, including hot chocolate and Shirley Temples, and snacks are available for purchase, too. Our kids loved "Candyland", where you could buy a box and stuff it with as much holiday candy as you could for $5. (No, they didn't eat it all in one sitting.)
Spend a fantastic fall afternoon relaxing and watching some great local bands at this Saturday's San Geronimo Fall Rock Festival. Taking place on tomorrow, October 18 from 2 to 6 pm, this family-friendly festival offers amazing music, affordable delicious food and drink, and a free bounce house for the kids!
Headliners for the festival are San Francisco rock quintet New Monsoon and hometown heroes San Geronimo. New Monsoon has been described as "…not just a band, but something transcendental", and San Geronimo (the band) perform hard-charging Americana.
Partial proceeds benefit the San Geronimo Valley Community Center food bank and other programs. Tickets at the $20 for adults and $5 kids in advance, and 25 adults and $10 for kids at the door. The advance price is only available more than 12 hours before the show. Order tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.