Musical Performances

Win Tickets to the Little Folkies Family Band Holiday Celebration at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley

December 13, 2017

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 its Holiday Family Concert at the Sweetwater on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10:30 am. Read on to learn how to win tickets to the show.

Gingerbread House Fun this Holiday Season

November 28, 2017

Gingerbread houses are a holiday tradition for many. This holiday season, you'll find many classes, workshops, and other events where you and your kids can construct and decorate your very own gingerbread house. You can also check out the work of talented gingerbread artisans in the Bay Area, including a 25-foot-tall gingerbread house at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. Here's our guide to gingerbread events for families this December.

Create Your Own Gingerbread House:

  • Gingerbread House Decorating Classes
    Cake Art Supplies, San Rafael
    December 2, 9 & 16, 2–3:30 pm

    Decorate your holiday gingerbread house at Cake Art Supplies.  The class includes a large pre-assembled, freshly baked gingerbread house, royal icing, assorted candies, sugar lay-ons, decorations, and instruction. This class is a popular adult, child or parent/child class.  Call now to sign up as space is limited. $60.00 Register here.

Holiday Happenings for Little Ones in Marin

November 28, 2017

Looking for holiday fun for the the little ones? Check out our list of fun Christmas and Hanukkah events in Marin and the North Bay that are perfect for families with young children. Enjoy puppet shows, story times, fairs and festivals, and even a chance to meet real live reindeer! Many of these events require RSVPs, so follow the links for more details and contact information.

  • Make Greeting Cards
    Mill Valley Library
    Wednesday, December 6, 2:30 - 4:00pm

    Sip apple cider and listen to seasonal tunes while you create one-of-a-kind greeting cards. We'll supply the cards, envelopes, and art supplies - you supply the creativity!
    Ages 2-13 - No registration required. Event details.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
    November 25–December 10, Friday, 11 am & Saturday 1 & 4 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    Bring the family for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Tickets range from $15 to $65. Event details.

Family-friendly Holiday Concerts from the San Francisco Symphony

November 22, 2017

Davies Symphony Hall

Introduce your children to classical music and the century-old tradition of the San Francisco Symphony with the Symphony's acclaimed Music for Families concerts, special holiday concerts, and other family-friendly events. Family concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and older.

This holiday season's family-friendly offerings from the San Francisco Symphony include:

Deck the Hall: Children's Holiday Concert and Party
Sunday, December 3, 11 am and 3 pm

Deck the Hall performances and lobby activities offer tons of fun for the entire family, but the really special thing about this event is that it raises money to present a Community Deck the Hall performance that hosts over 4,000 children from Bay Area schools and local charitable organizations who might otherwise not be able to attend a symphony event. Enjoy a concert of holiday favorites and sing-alongs with members of the San Francisco Symphony, guest artists, and costumed characters. Tickets include post-concert festivities with treats, arts and crafts, entertainment, and more. Get tickets.

San Marin Music Performs for Fire Relief

November 17, 2017

Join the talented students of San Marin High School's music program for their Fire Relief Benefit Concert and Food Drive on Friday, November 17 at 7 pm. San Marin Music musicians will be sharing the stage at the school's Emily Gates Music Center with the Speed of Light Band, whose members include several San Marin alumni.

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

July 5, 2017

Summer Nights at the Marin JCC

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 8 through August 5, 2017 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.

"Let the Funshine In!" at the 2017 Marin County Fair

June 29, 2017

Marin County Fair

Who's ready for the fair?! The 76th annual Marin County Fair opens on Friday, June 30, at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. This year's Marin County Fair theme is "Let the Funshine In!"

This year, the Fair celebrates the 50th anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love with special competitions like tie dye, macrame, and "flower power" floral art; a special exhibit on the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival; headline concerts featuring '60s bands like Sons of Champlin and the 5th Dimension; hands-on art making; and even psychedelic virtual reality. Of course you'll also find the usual thrilling rides, popular concerts, farm animals, family activities, amazing exhibits, and a spectacular nightly fireworks display.

Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Marin 2017

May 8, 2017

Novato Concerts on the GreenPhoto: Concerts on the Green, courtesy City of Novato

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 18, July 16, 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.

Win Tickets to the Little Folkies Spring-Sing Concert at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley

February 24, 2017

Little Folkies Family Band at Sweetwater Mill Valley

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 its Spring-Sing Concert on Saturday, March 11, at 10:30 am. Read on to learn how to win tickets to the show.

The Little Folkies Family Band features some of the Bay Area's finest Bluegrass pickers performing original Little Folkies tunes and traditional folk songs for both children and adults. The four-piece band features Irena Eide (creator of Little Folkies) on vocals and guitar, Danny Vitali (Okee Dokee Brothers) on stand-up bass, and Andrew Fahlander (T Sisters) on mandolin and fiddle.

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