Summer Festivals in Marin and the Bay Area

June 8, 2016

Italian Street Painting MarinSummertime is festival time! When the weather heats up, so do the fun local family-friendly festivals in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Offering music, performances, shopping, games, hands-on activities and more, there's usually something at these festivals for the entire family.

Here's our 2016 list of events taking place throughout Marin and the Bay Area this summer and into the fall. Many of these festivals are free, but some do charge admission. Check their websites for any fees, as well as times and details.

June

Farmigo Brings the Farmer's Market to You

June 8, 2016

Farmigo

Love the idea of buying your food at the farmer’s market, but don’t have the time or opportunity to make it part of your shopping routine? Farmigo is here to help! This startup works with local farmers and producers to offer families weekly deliveries of fresh produce, prepared foods, bread, eggs, meat, seafood, and more. It’s kind of like a CSA—in fact, Farmigo created the software that many CSA programs use for membership and online ordering—but one where you can choose between many different offerings.

Find the Most Effective Sunscreens with EWG's 2016 Sunscreen Guide

June 7, 2016

Fun in the sun at the beachSummer is almost here, and that means you and your family will spend a lot of time outside—at the beach, by the pool, playing sports, or enjoying the outdoors. It goes without saying that your family needs adequate sun protection. While the only sure-fire way for you and your family to avoid all the sun's damaging UV rays is by covering up with shirts and hats and hanging out in the shade, that may not always be an option, so we need to resort to using sunscreen. What would summer be, after all, without the ritual of slathering up the children with gobs of UV-blocking goo?

While many sunscreens promise a lot to the consumer (especially those with sky-high SPF 50+ ratings), do they really deliver the protection the advertise? Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group's 2016 Sunscreen Guide is available to help sort the good sunscreens from those that won't help much.

Free Movie Night on the Green at Marin Country Mart

June 6, 2016

Come to Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing this summer for free, family-friendly movies on the green! Every Wednesday at 6 pm, Marin Country Mart will present a great family film, so pack up the beach chairs, blankets, and of course the kids, for a great night of outdoor movie fun. Bring your own food or purchase dinner from one of the Mart's restaurants, including , Belcampo, Farmshop, and Rustic Bakery.

This summer's lineup of movies includes:

Read for the Win this Summer at the Marin County Library!

June 5, 2016

Read for the Win Marin County Free Library Summer Learning Program 2016

It's hard to believe that the end of the school year is almost upon us. You can keep the learning—and fun—alive this summer by participating in the Marin County Free Library's 2016 summer learning program, Read for the Win. This summer's learning program, with an Olympics-inspired theme, encourages kids not only to read, but to play games, participate in outdoor activities, and learn by doing. The program is packed with fun activities and events for the family, so get to the library and start reading now—Read for the Win kicks Saturday, June 11.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Organic Ice Cream in Marin!

June 5, 2016

Three Twins in San Rafael

With summer almost here, it’s time to think about ice cream! And to make yourself feel a little bit better about eating this rich treat, why not indulge in some locally made organic ice cream? There's nothing quite like freshly made ice cream with local organic ingredients, and we have three favorite spots in Marin where you can satisfy your organic ice cream urge this summer (or at any time of year).

Fairfax Scoop

This small ice cream shop at 63 Broadway in downtown Fairfax offers a rotating selection of innovative organic ice cream flavors like vanilla honey lavender, toasted hazelnut, Mexican chocolate, and controlled burn (cinnamon with crystallized ginger and red chile!), as well old favorites like strawberry and chocolate.

Six Sensational Summer Hikes for Families in Marin

June 4, 2016

Sky Oaks and Lake Lagunitas

When it's summer and school's out, there's no better time to experience the outdoors in Marin County. Gather up the kids, lace up those hiking boots, fill your water bottles (very important in the summer heat!), slather on the sunscreen, and hit the trail.

All of these hikes are easy enough for everyone in the family to tackle, and many are manageable with a sturdy jogging-style stroller. We've included our favorite summer hikes from all parts of Marin.

Follow the links in the titles to read more about each hike. You can also visit our Outdoors page for more ideas for family hikes and outdoor adventures this summer.

Marin Family Weekend Events for June 3, 4 & 5

June 3, 2016
MPOMC Garage Sale
Find a great deal on clothing, toys, and gear for kids of all ages at the MPOMC Garage Sale this 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, June 3

  • Children's Garden Series
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. The Red Panda Acrobats take the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with awe-inspiring displays of strength, balance, and dexterity. 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. This Friday: Cuban Rhythms at the de Young with Compañia All Stars of Santiago de Cuba. Free Cuban salsa dance lessons for all levels from 5–6 pm. Free. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay kicks off its 2016 season with the Second Street Band. This free event takes place at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito. Lawn seating is first-come first-served. Reserved tables available for $60 ($50 Sausalito residents). For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 4

  • Museums on Us
    Various Locations
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale
    Marin Catholic High School
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm
    (closed from noon–1 pm)
    Marin's largest garage sale for babies and kids has clothes for pregnant moms, babies and children up to age six. Other items include toys, baby equipment, and furniture.This sale has the reputation for providing clean, high quality items at excellent prices. Designer clothes racks too. Admission $1; free for children 12 and under. Closed from noon to 1 pm for lunch and then there's a half price sale from 1–2 pm. Marin Catholic High School is located at 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • National Trails Day Events
    Various locations in Marin and the Bay Area
    Saturday, times vary
    National Trails Day is the nation’s largest celebration of trails and the outdoors. Events take place at parks throughout Marin, including the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as in other outdoors spots on the San Francisco Bay Area. Help enhance our trail systems, meet fellow park lovers, and enjoy a celebration of our great park! Learn more and find an event near you on their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. All levels welcome. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Throckmorton and Cascade Drive. For more info, visit their website.
  • Basics of Freshwater Fishing
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9–11 am
    Marin Parks rangers will teach tips and tricks of the trade of freshwater fishing at the McInnis Park’s pond. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Bait and a limited amount of fishing poles provided, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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 family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Book Festival
    Downtown Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    This indoor-outdoor festival of all things literary features a roster of diverse authors and speakers for all ages, including children and teens. Other family activities include live music and performances, pony rides and a petting zoo (Sunday only), manual typewriters to play with, a free book for every child, interactive art installations, and more. An organic beer and wine garden will be available for grownups, and food trucks and stalls will offer delicious cuisine. Admission is free. Location: downtown Berkeley between Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Oxford Street and Addison Street and Kittredge Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • 40th Annual Union Street Festival
    Union Street from Gough to Steiner, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Each of the six blocks of the event will feature a unique “World” including, Fashion World, Culinary World, Tech World, Local World, Craft World and Health & Fitness World. Chef demos, kids' activities, live music, arts and crafts, fashion shows, and more. Free; tickets required for craft beer and wine pavilions. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Days
    Angel Island State Park
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Don’t miss this annual event at Angel Island's Camp Reynolds which is great for the whole family. There are plenty of activities for everyone. Learn about life during the Civil War, witness a battle and maybe even see a cannon firing! For more info, visit their website.
  • Blue at the Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come meet the men and women in blue – officers of the San Francisco Police Department! They’ll be handing out police swag for the kiddos and showing off the latest high-tech vehicles used to solve crimes! Officers will be stationed near the lawn at the Elinor Friend Playground from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Blvd. at the Great Hightway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Helifest
    Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Helifest showcases military, rescue, private and commercial helicopters. These aircraft are used for everything from traffic reports and power line maintenance to cliff rescues and national defense. Helicopters from around the western region will be on static display. Free with museum admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors 65+ and youth 5–17, free for kids 4 and under. Advance tickets recommended. Location: 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. For tickets and more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Summer Series: Cast Iron Mac-and-Cheese
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Who doesn’t love mac & cheese? In this class you’ll learn how to make one that’s extra-rich and creamy, with three kinds of cheeses. We’ll bake it in a cast-iron pan and then eat. It’s the mac & cheese of your dreams! Suitable for ages 8–13. Cost: $20 per child, includes a Junior Chef Cookbook. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Headlands Treasure Hunt
    Point Bonita YMCA, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am–12:30 pm

    Strengthen your navigational skills by finding your way to fun challenge checkpoints using only a compass and a map. Say goodbye to your GPS and Google Maps for a must-do summertime mission with your family and friends! All levels are welcome in this orienteering adventure. X marks the spot and we'll see you there! After, enjoy a great lunch and amazing ocean views for only $10 adults and $5 children under 12. Location: 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito. For more info and to register, call (415) 331-9622 or visit their website.

Easy-to-Make Peach Crumble is the Taste of Summer

June 3, 2016

Summer peach crumbleFew things signify that summer is finally here as much as the easy availability of fresh and juicy stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Now that we're seeing delicious peaches at the farmers' market and in the produce section of the supermarket, why not make a fantastic dessert like peach crumble? This recipe is a summertime staple in our house, especially when my mom brings over a load of peaches fresh off the tree in her front yard.

Fruit crumbles don't look as pretty and require less work than pies, but are just as delicious. Born out of the need for rationing flour and sugar during World War II, crumbles, in their basic form, involve a fruit filling covered with a crumbly flour, sugar, and butter topping. It's something that's easy enough for the kids to help make, too. They love to mix up the crumble topping and spread it on top of the fruit filling.

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