Memorial Day

Mill Valley is the Place to Be This Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2017

Kiddo! Family Carnival Mill Valley

Mill Valley is the place to be in Marin County this Memorial Day Weekend! From an old-fashioned parade and a pancake breakfast to a fun family carnival, there's something for everyone in the family.

Kiddo! Family Carnival

The long weekend kicks off with the annual Kiddo! Family Carnival, which takes place Friday, May 26 from 4 to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, from noon to 10 pm, and on Memorial Day, Monday May 29, from noon to 5 pm. This old-fashioned carnival features fun for all ages, including rides like the Tune Train, Zipper, Sizzler, and the Typhoon, and games. Delicious food and drink will be available for purchase, too.

Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2017

May 25, 2017

Mountain Play Beauty and the BeastExperience Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Mountain Play this Memorial Day Weekend.

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

Friday, May 26

  • American Crown Circus
    St. Vincent's, Marinwood
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, various times

    This family run, bilingual circus, presented by Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, is centered around acrobats, performers, and clowns, with no exotic animals. Performances are on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and Monday, May 29 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $15 and are good for any performance; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Tickets at the gate $20. Parking is $5. For more info or to order tickets, visit their website.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $25 advance, $35 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main
    Main Street, Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This season's kickoff event features a bada boom…BoomBox, that is. Marin’s best dance band plays hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today. For more information, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Come on down to hear Pamela Rose at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Katia & Co Presents: Disney’s the Lion King Experience!
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday 1, 4 & 7 pm

    Disney's the Lion King Experience starring young actors ranging in age from 5 to 16 from all over Marin County. This show is directed and choreographed by Katia McHaney. Tickets: adults $15 and Children $13. Purchase tickets here.
  • Throckmorton Youth Present Beauty and the Beast
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday 2 pm and Sunday, 1 pm
    “Be Our Guest!” and step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costumes and sets and is perfect for the entire family! Tickets: $15–$35. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: The Princess Diaries
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 8:30–10:30 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Bay end of the PIER for free Outdoor Movie Night. This month's movie is local favorite: The Princess Diaries. For more info and to download coupons for PIER 39 restaurants and merchants, visit their website.

Saturday, May 27

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

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration
    Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Come to Ring Mountain to help restore habitat on this special volunteer day. We’ll venture out to see the endangered Tiburon mariposa lily and remove invasive plants that threaten their existence. We’ll finish our day with storytelling and activities for kids! Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and gloves if you have them. Snacks, lunch, and extra water will be provided. RSVP's are appreciated but not required: GReza@marincounty.org or (415) 473-3778. For more info, visit their website.
  • Honoring World War II and Korean War Vets: Meet Our Veterans
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Come meet and mingle with over 40 local war Veterans and see an array of vintage aircraft on display at this special Memorial Day weekend event. Free admission, two  "Open Cockpit” aircraft, a P-51 fly-by, a raffle, and hot dogs and beverages for purchase make this a great family activity for the long weekend. Location: One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 39th Annual San Francisco Carnaval
    Harrison Street, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come celebrate at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free two–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets and experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Art Making
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday 10 am–3 pm

    The Family Art Making table offers a drop-in art project activity and gallery guide led by professional teaching artists. In May, the theme is Architecture Adventure. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Drive to Perfection Classic Car Show and Cruise
    Sebastopol
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Come see classic cars and trucks at this 5th annual event. Last year's show had over 200 classic pre-1976 vehicles! $7 per person, free for kids 12 and under. All proceeds go to the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. Location: O'Reilly Media, 1005 Gravenstein Highway North. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Family Fun Festival & Farmers Market
    Downtown Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the entire family for games, dancing, and hands-on fun for all ages! Activities include: music with Asheba, face painting, kids cooking demo, puppet making, petting zoo and much, much more... Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley For more info, visit their website.
  • Fly Guy, the Musical
    Children's Creativity Museum Theater, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am & Sunday, 1:30 pm

    A fly for a pet? Flies are pests, not pets, right? Well, young Buzz and his new friend, Liz, know otherwise, and their adventures with their winged pets have the whole town, umm, buzzing! This rollicking musical will have you cheering for the bugs and delighting in their antics, as their caring friendships help them overcome all the challenges they face. Recommended for age 4 and up. (Children under 2 do not require tickets.) Tickets: $25/adult, $20/child and $23/seniors. Puchase tickets here.  Location: 221 4th St  San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Greek Festival
    Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–10 pm
    Come celebrate the culture of Greece with fabulous authentic Greek cuisine, live Greek music and dance, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. Adults $5, seniors 55+ $4, children 16 and under free. The Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church is at 1110 Dickson Drive in Novato. For more info, call (415) 883-1998 or visit their website.
  • Kayak Voyage to Santa Margarita Island
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    Join Marin Parks rangers on a kayak voyage exploring the beautiful wetlands of Las Gallinas Creek. Our voyage will take us to Santa Margarita Island where we will attempt to land and then explore this wonderful preserve. Bring your own kayak and life vest. Snacks and water provided. Please reserve your spot in advance. Questions or to RSVP: JOlivotti@marincounty.org or (415) 446-4423. Free. Meet at the McInnis Park dock, 310 Smith Ranch Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family STEM Saturdays
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm
    Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. This Month: Designing and Building with Keva Planks. All ages welcome. Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Campfire Program
    Doran Regional Park, Bodega Bay
    Saturday, 7–8 pm

    Join us at the amphitheater at Doran Regional Park for a fun, interactive campfire program to learn about topics ranging from local animals’ habits and habitats to the area’s cultural history. Every Saturday, weather permitting, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend there will be fireside banter for the campers and public. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more info, call (707) 875-3540 or visit their website.
  • Astronomy Night on Mt. Tamalpais: Popular Myths of Astronomy
    Rock Springs Parking and Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mt. Tamalpais
    Saturday, 8:30 pm

    Much of what we think we know about space comes from film and television, but Hollywood’s job is more often to entertain than to educate. In this presentation, we will sort fact from fiction, taking a tour through the worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and much more. Guest speaker:  Thomas Targett, Sonoma State University. Following the lecture, audience members are invited to the Rock Spring parking  area to view through telescopes provided by members of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. For more info, visit their website.

Family Friendly Recipes for a Memorial Day Barbeque

May 25, 2017

Tri-tip

Memorial Day Weekend, that traditional kick-off to summer is coming up! Since it's traditional to have a BBQ in the backyard, we've put together a selection of our most popular family-friendly grilling recipes, along with a few great sides and warm weather treats. So fire up the grill, cook up a feast, and enjoy the weekend!

Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip

Cooked slowly over charcoal with plenty of wood smoking chips, this traditional Santa Maria-style tri tip is simple to make and really delicious.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for May 19, 20 & 21

May 19, 2017

Beatuy and the Beast premieres at the Mountain Play on Sunday, May 21.

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, May 19

  • Endangered Species Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Did you know SF Zoo has dozens of threatened and endangered animals? We’re celebrating all of them and raising awareness about Endangered Species Day (Friday, May 19) from Friday-Sunday. Conservation is at the heart of the Zoo's mission and you're invited to learn the importance of protecting endangered species as well as everyday actions you can take to help protect them.  Location: 1 Zoo Road, Sloat Blvd., at The Great Highway, San Francisco. For more information, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Contra Costa County Fair
    Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
    Friday, noon–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    The 2017 Contra Costa County Fair features an Extreme Sports Zone, Ag Venture Land, Midway of Fun Carnival live entertainment, animal shows for the entire family. Location: 1201 West 10th Street, Antioch. For more info, visit their website. 
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday, 1–5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival that's part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! It's an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, engineers, tinkerers, hobbyists, artists, and more sharing what they've made and learned. Tickets: $25 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 4–7 pm
    Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Movie Night: Moana
    Presidio Community YMCA
    Friday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the Presidio! Food Trucks 5:30 pm; Movie Shorts 7:30 pm; Feature Film: Moana, 8 pm. Movie is free. Location:
    63 Funston Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear CROW-tet (Zev Shearn Nance) at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 6:30–7:30 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.

Mill Valley is the Place to Be This Memorial Day Weekend

May 28, 2016

Mill Valley Parade Fire TruckMill Valley is the place to be in Marin County this Memorial Day Weekend! From an old-fashioned parade and a pancake breakfast to a fun family carnival and a blockbuster celebration at the Community Center, there's something for everyone in the family. For more info on all these events, visit the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce website.

Kiddo! Family Carnival

The long weekend started off with the annual Kiddo! Family Carnival, which takes place today and tomorrow, May 28 and 29, from noon to 10 pm, and on Memorial Day, Monday May 30, from noon to 5 pm. This old-fashioned carnival features fun for all ages, including rides like the Tune Train, Zipper, Sizzler, and the Typhoon, and games. Delicious food and drink will be available for purchase, too.

8 Awesome Spots For a Memorial Day Weekend Picnic

May 27, 2016

Memorial Day weekend has arrived. The weather is going to be absolutely beautiful. Pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors with your family at one of the many great picnic spots in and around Marin and Sonoma County. Here are some of our favorite places to bring our lunch and dine al fresco.

  • Bear Valley Visitor Center
    Point Reyes National Seashore

    Bear Valley in the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to the park's visitor center as well as a large picnic area complete with tables, restrooms, charcoal grills,  and drinking water. Have a leisurely lunch outdoors, and then take a hike—there are a number of different hikes and walks you can do here that are suitable for everyone in the family, including the Earthquake Trail, the Bear Valley Trail, and the trail leading to the Morgan horse ranch. Read more about Bear Valley in our article here.
  • China Camp State Park
    San Rafael

    China Camp State Park offers a variety of beautiful picnic spots overlooking San Pablo Bay. You'll find most of these picnic spots located along the winding Point San Pedro Road, most of which have nice lawns, picnic tables, charcoal grills, restrooms, and amazing views. You can also have your picnic down in China Camp Village, which also boasts historic exhibits, a pleasant little beach for wading and swimming, and a funky little snack bar that looks like it hasn't changed since the 1930s. Read more about China Camp State Park in our article here.

Hullabuzoo at the SF Zoo This Memorial Day Weekend!

May 24, 2013

HullabuzooCome to the San Francisco Zoo this Memorial Day Weekend, May 25–27, to see the animals (including the Zoo's adorable baby Sumatran tiger who now has a name—Jillian). Then make sure you stick around for a Hullabuzoo!

What's a Hullabuzoo? It's what you get when you bring a performing circus group, an inflatable obstacle course, and a climbing wall challenge to the zoo! Bring the kids to the zoo's Pachyderm Building to blow off a little steam in the free inflatable playhouse, where they can climb, play, and shoot baskets. Then relax and re-energize with a picnic on the Patas Lawn as you watch a circus group perform.

Kids can also test their skills on the climbing wall ($3). Every time someone rings the bell at the top of the wall, the zoo will donate $1 to animal conservation programs!

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