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Get Your Tickets for San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker

September 17, 2017

San Francisco Ballet NutcrackerPhoto courtesy San Francisco Ballet © Erik Tomasson

December is here, and for many families, the holidays won't be complete without attending a performance of San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker. Experience 200 costumed characters, dazzling scenery, Tchaikovsky's beautiful score performed live by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and the opulence of the War Memorial Opera House decorated for Christmas. Tickets to this time-honored holiday tradition are going fast!

Many different performances of Nutcracker take place in the Bay Area during the holiday season, but San Francisco Ballet's is the one that sets the standard. Did you know that San Francisco Ballet was the first ballet company to bring Nutcracker to America, way back in 1944?

Circus Vargas Returns to Petaluma with SteamCirque

September 5, 2017

Circus Vargas SteamCirque

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Circus Vargas.

Circus Vargas returns to the North Bay with its latest and greatest show: SteamCirque! This animal-free, traveling circus—the biggest in the USA—pitches its big top at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma from September 14 to 18. Shows take place at various times throughout the day, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

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 Shakespeare's "The Three Musketeers" is Swashbuckling Family Fun

August 5, 2017

The Three Musketeers at Marin Shakespeare

It's all for one and one for all as Marin Shakespeare Company presents its funny, action-filled, and family-friendly production of The Three Musketeers this summer. We got to experience this swashbucking and fast-moving play on opening night this week, and it was fantastic! The Three Musketeers runs through August 27 at Forest Meadows Amphitheater in San Rafael.

"Hot Amphitheater Nights" Kicks off Tonight!

July 29, 2017

Hot Amphitheater Nights Novato

Novato's Hot Amphitheater Nights free concert series kicks off tonight, Saturday, July 29, from 5 to 7 pm at Hamilton Amphitheater Park! Tonight's performer is San Francisco's Royal Jelly Jive, a retro-modern band that blends jazzy cabaret sounds with funk, rock, and soul.

Bring your family and friends and pack up your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics for this fun free event. Kona Ice will be on hand selling shave ice, too. The next concert takes place Saturday, September 9 and features nostalgic music from Mexico and the Caribbean by Cascada de Flores. For more info, visit www.novato.org/concerts.

Flower Piano Returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden

July 13, 2017

Flower Piano San Francisco Botanical Garden

This summer, Flower Piano returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park from July 13 to 24. Now in it's third year, this music-filled event features a dozen pianos placed in dramatic locations throughout the 55-acre garden for anyone to play. Pianos are available to the public to play between 9 am and 6 pm every day, except during scheduled performances. Flower Piano is produced in conjunction with Sunset Piano.

My son, who's been playing piano since he was five, had a blast exploring the garden and finding and playing all 12 pianos. It's fun to stop and hear what other visitors are playing, too. Sometimes you'll be surprised with a really fantastic performance! Performances take place throughout the event, including Piano Extravaganzas from noon to 2 pm on Saturday, July 15 and July 22; check their website for a full schedule.

Fantastical Family Night at Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Park

July 6, 2017

Transcendence Theatre Company Fantastical Family NightPhoto: Stephan Stubbins/Transcendence

Transcendence Theatre Company’s popular Broadway Under the Stars series presents “Fantastical Family Night” for two nights only: July 14 and 15, 2017. Performances take place in the 150-year old open-air Winery Ruins at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. This is a unique opportunity to experience fantastic, family-friendly musical theater in the spectacular setting at one of our favorite Bay Area destinations! This fun family outing begins with pre-show picnics and activities including face painting and pony rides at 5 pm, prior to the 7:30 pm show.

"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.

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