Events and Outings

All Aboard! Tickets for The Polar Express Train Ride on Sale Soon

September 16, 2015

The Polar Express

Get ready to believe! Tickets for the California State Railroad Museum's annual holiday Polar Express train rides go on sale to members only on September 22–24, 2015 and to the general public on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Members of the Californa State Railroad Museum and Railroad 1897 are eligible to participate in member advance ticket sales. The Railroad Museum's sister organization, Railtown 1897 in Jamestown will also be holding Polar Express train rides again this holiday season.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 11, 12 &13

September 11, 2015
Chileno Valley Ranch Apple Picking
Pick organic apples this Sunday at Chileno Valley Ranch.

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, September 11

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    The popular Picnics on the Plaza events feature music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Big Hero 6
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is Big Hero 6 (PG). Arrive by 8 pm—films begin at dusk. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrests, and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Donations are appreciated. Creek Park is located in San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 12

  • Zero Breast Cancer Free Yoga Class
    Athleta, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 8:30-9:30 am

    Join a community of like-minded women to support Zero Breast Cancer for a FREE all-levels Yoga Class at Athleta with premiere yoga teacher Sherri Mills. Then stay for a shop party with snacks and learn more about our upcoming Dipsea Hike. 10% of proceeds from sales will be donated to Zero Breast Cancer Gentle stretch yoga class: 8:30-9:30 am, snacks and shop party: 9:30-11:30 am. For more info, call (415) 507-1949 or visit their website.
  • Farmers' Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop for great local food and have fun at Marin Country Mart. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm adjacent to the farmer's market. Arts and crafts and face painting for kids from 9 am–2 pm and kid's entertainment from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Cookie Decorating
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Support a great cause—and have fun while you’re doing it! In this hands-on class, kids will bake and decorate cookies, then eat their delicious creations. Fee is $5 per child; all proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which strives to end childhood hunger in America. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Re:Make Festival 2015
    Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to try their hand at tons of free DIY projects and will stay to shop awesome handmade goods from over 100 makers. Grab a bite to eat at the food trucks, or dance the day away to top tracks mixed by the in-house DJ. All ages welcome. Come to learn, make, play and explore! Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lyford House Open to Visitors
    Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Lyford House, the yellow 1876 Victorian on the shores of Richardson Bay at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, will be open on Saturday for free tours. It was deeded to the Audubon Society in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 388-2524 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Presideo Puppet Pals
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend. Coyotes, gophers, and Chorus frogs all roam the Presidio! Join us in making these Presidio friends come to life as puppets. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series: Alison Faith Levy
    Frieight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    This morning kids show is fun for all ages. Enjoy the upbeat tunes from musician, composer and educator Alison Faith Levy (of The Sippy Cups fame). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at door. Doors open at 10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dino Discovery Lab!
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Calling all young paleontologists! Come and join us for this hands-on program designed for small hands and big imaginations. We will dig for dinosaurs, create our own fossils, and so much more! Recommended for young learners, ages 3–6 years with caregivers. Location: 931 C Street (Hamilton), Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Hike: Back in Time
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11:30 am–6 pm

    Grab your huaraches, canteens, and rebozos–let’s get outdoors! Join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way. In the spirit of the ancestors who originally made this trek, we’ll be walking the five-mile distance. There will be a partial shuttle bus option for those whose huaraches can’t make it all the way. At the end of our journey, we’ll arrive at the Rob Hill Campground for a special surprise! (Hint: delicious food is involved.) Reservations required: (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival 2015
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to invite you to the annual, two-day chocolate celebration that has transformed into a true San Francisco staple. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival hosts over 50 vendors, culinary demos by top dessert professionals, a silent auction, and the popular Chocolate & Wine Pavilion. The best part? 100% of the profits from this event are donated to San Francisco non-profit, Project Open Hand. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Marin Family-Friendly Events for Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2015
Sausalito Art Festival
The 63rd Annual Sausalito Art Festival takes place this weekend at Marinship Park.

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

Friday, September 4

 
  • Miss Kitty Sing-along
    Boyd Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 10:30 am

    Join Miss Kitty for a sing-along at San Rafael's Boyd Park on the first Friday of every month. For kids ages birth to 8. Free! For more info, call (415) 485-3333 or  visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    The popular Picnics on the Plaza events feature music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Mike Wu
    Diesel Bookstore, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 6 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author and illustrator Mike Wu will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, get your books signed, and then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 5

  • Closing Weekend for Curious George: Let's Get Curious!
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Letting curiosity and inquiry be their guides, visitors will explore familiar buildings and locales from Curious George book series and television show. Key concepts in science, technology, engineering and math are woven and layered throughout the exhibit. Visitors can tinker with wheels and pulleys at a construction site, pilot their own space adventure and experiment with momentum playing a round of miniature golf. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Art Festival
    Marinship Park, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–7 pm and Monday, 10 am–5 pm
    The country’s best art and most exciting artists, a top-name music line-up, gourmet food, and fine wines and premium beers all bring more than 30,000 art lovers together in an electrifying atmosphere of creativity, fun, discovery, and magic every Labor Day Weekend. A children and families area features hands-on activities and entertainment for all ages, including music by Tim Cain. Tickets to the Sausalito Art Festival are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors 62+, and $5 for juniors ages 6–12, and free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Air Fryer Snacks and Treats
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    It’s fun and easy to prepare yummy snacks in an air fryer, which cooks crispy fried foods using little or no oil. How cool is that? In this class we’ll make everything from chicken wings to French fries. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Splendid Beach Scene
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    The Presidio is home to many beaches, including Baker Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Baker Beach is a beautiful place to spend a warm day in San Francisco. Come make your own beach scene with sand and paper plates. Even when the weather is chilly, you can enjoy your homemade beach scene. Featuring different crafts every weekend! Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Komodo Karnival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday–Monday, 11 am–3 pm

    Komodo Karnival will feature good ol' fashioned fun with a nod to Big Daddy Bahasa, the Zoo's charismatic Komodo dragon. After you stop by and see him at Komodo Alley, try your luck at fun games like Crazy Ball, Ring The Bottle, Hoop Shot, Milk Can, Fat Cats, and Fish Are Jumping; you may even win a prize. After some cotton candy and a hot dog and soda, show us your strength on the Komodo Klimbing Wall.Free after zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Family Fun and Walk
    San Francisco

    Saturday, 2–4 pm
    All ages are encouraged to come for hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you’ll get to know your various National Parks Sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. Meet at the Presidio Visitor Center, 105 Montgomery Street at Lincoln Boulevard. For more information and to RSVP, call (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm
    Bring a picnic and your family to the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet, featuring a cast of the Bay Area's best actors, including six of SF Shakes' Resident Artists. Location: Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Ten Terrific Family Outings for Labor Day Weekend

September 1, 2015

Hamilton PoolLabor day weekend is summer vacation's last hurrah (even if most kids are in school already). Make the most of this last long weekend of summer with a fun family outing or activity in Marin or elsewhere in the Bay Area.

There's Something for the Entire Family at the 63rd Sausalito Art Festival

September 1, 2015

Sausalito Art FestivalA Marin County tradition for over half a century, the Sausalito Art Festival returns to Marinship Park this Labor Day Weekend, September 5 to 7, for its 63rd season. The 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.

Of course there are plenty of other things to see and do at the Sausalito Art Festival, including music by legendary headliners and local favorites on two stages. Performers include Jefferson Starship, Jimmy Cliff, Mitch Wood and His Rocket 88s, Petty Theft, and Wonder Bread 5. Fantastic food, beer, and wine will be available, too.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 28, 29 & 30

August 28, 2015
Chileno Valley Ranch
Pick your own organic apples at Chileno Valley Ranch this Sunday.

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, August 28

  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    The popular Picnics on the Plaza events feature music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: Sam's 95th!
    Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This Friday: celebrate the 95th birthday of Sam's Anchor Café with the music of Carlos Reyes Band's compelling fusion of blues, jazz, rock, and latin music. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday, Eugene Huggins and Friends, sponsored by the Golden Gate Tall Ships Society. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Maleficent
    Old Mill Park, Redwood Grove
    Friday, 7–10 pm
    Movie screenings are free with general admission seating. Please bring your own blanket or low beach chair. Snacks will be available for sale. Free. Location: Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Godzilla
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of Godzilla (2014, PG-13) at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Free; donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 29

  • GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Sonoma Raceway
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am

    Come check out the six drivers who remain eligible for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship at this weekend's finale. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free all weekend with paid adult ticket. Lots of family-friendly acitivities going on all weekend. Adult tickets start at $39. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. The will also be a children's book Launch Party for the picture book "Leo the Ghost Story" at 10:30 am under the tent at the farmers market. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum: Wells Fargo Day
    Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Complimentary admission for Wells Fargo employees and their families, or for one adult and one child for Wells Fargo cardholders. Location: 557 McReynolds Road., Fort Baker in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • 21st Annual Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
    Bodega
    Saturday,10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Live music, dance floor, and a kids' entertainment and games. $15 adults, $13 seniors 60+, $11 ages 12–18, kids under 12 free. Tickets available at the gate. See kids activities here. Food and drink not included in admission price. No dogs allowed. Free parking. Event takes place at Watt's Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Reptile Expo
    Santa Rosa Veterans' Memorial Building
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Open to the public. All ages welcome. Get close up to hundreds of snakes, lizards, geckos, turtles, tortoises, tarantulas, scorpions, supplies, jewelry, and more at this year's Reptile Expo presented by North Bay Herpetological Society. Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids 6–12, and free for kids 5 and under! Location: 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Pizza!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Who doesn’t love pizza! Kids will have a blast rolling out the dough and topping their pizzas as they please. We’ll bake them off and dig in to the best pizza ever! In this class we’ll be featuring Golden Boy Pizza’s SanFrancilian-style focaccia pizza. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Heritage Day 2015
    China Camp State Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Heritage Day takes place every August in China Camp Village. This all-day event brings the community together to celebrate Chinese-American heritage, seafaring culture, and the natural history of our beautiful park. Heritage Day features musical and dance performances, including Lion Dancers and Chinese folk dancers. There are arts and crafts for sale, with 20% of the proceeds going to help Friends of China Camp. Location: 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Carnival!
    Novato Library Lawn
    Saturday, noon–2:45 pm

    Close out Summer Reading with a wild party! Games, face painting, and a family circus show with Circus of Smiles. These are just some of the events at this celebration. Don’t miss a moment of fun! For families of all ages. This event is outdoors. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and a blanket to sit on for the 2 pm Circus Show. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 21, 22 & 23

August 21, 2015
Pump track at Stafford Lake Bike Park
Celebrate the opening of the new Stafford Lake Bike Park this Saturday, August 22, from 10 am to 2 pm. Photo: Marin County Parks

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, August 21

  • Bay Area Bikemobile: Free bicycle repair
    San Anselmo Library Lawn
    Friday, 2–5 pm

    Bring us your tired, your rusty, your broken bicycles. Once a bike gets a flat tire, it may go unridden for months or years. That’s where we come in. Our free, mobile, hands-on repair clinics get people back on their bikes and helps them become more confident and empowered riders. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • LEGO Play Day
    Mill Valley Public Library, Creekside Room
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Did you know that the skills used to build with LEGOs support problem solving, reading, and creativity? Join us for LEGO Play Day. Thanks to the many families whose generous donations of used Legos makes this program possible. For grades K+, no sign-up needed. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Curiosity Fridays with Curious George
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Friday, 9:30 am–7:30 pm
    Monkey around at the Museum with special programs and events including appearances by Curious George, a dancing storytime, and a musical performance, as well as extended hours until 7:30 pm. Free after museum admission. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza tables on Tunstead or on Town Hall lawn. Enjoy live entertainment and activities, and shop for fresh, organic produce at the Farm Stand. Great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Marinwood’s most popular event is back! Enjoy Friday evenings in the park, featuring live music with delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine and beer. This Friday: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Free; food, wine, and beer may be purchased. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Guardians of the Galaxy
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Free; donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 22

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

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Stafford Lake Bike Park Opening
    Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    The opening event for the first phase of Novato’s Stafford Lake Bike Park is free to the public ($10 park admission fee waived). Visitors will have a chance to ride the trails, hear from honored guests, mingle with park sponsors, listen to live music, enjoy refreshments, and donate to the future park phases. Location: 3549 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Pressed Italian Sandwiches
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
  • Toasty on the outside with a warm filling inside, pressed Italian sandwiches are always a favorite. Our kid-friendly combos will hit the spot—how about salami and cheese, Nutella and strawberry, or ham, tomato and cheese. Young chefs will have fun making and eating them. Note: Nuts will be served in this class. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Paper Plate Ladybugs
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    The Presidio is home to slithering snakes (don’t worry, they’re harmless!). The Presidio is crawling with many different kinds of insects. Come stop by and make your very own ladybug, and learn about the ways ladybugs help to protect plants. Featuring different crafts every weekend! Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 10th Annual Taste of Petaluma
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 11:30 am–4 pm

    A culinary walking journey of Petaluma's finest restaurants, galleries, shops, winers, breweries and food purveyors. Buy tickets and receive your map and menu showing over 50 different participants to choose from. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 14, 15 & 16

August 14, 2015
Fort Point Civil War Day
Step back in time and experience Living History Day at San Francisco's Fort Point 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, August 14

  • 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. This Friday, The Unique Derique delights all ages by clowning, dancing, and turning his agile limbs into a drum set or a harpsichord keyboard. His interactive performance is percussive, syncopated and dynamic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza tables on Tunstead or on Town Hall lawn. Enjoy live entertainment and activities, and shop for fresh, organic produce at the Farm Stand. Great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nostalgia Days Rod and Custom Car Show
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, 5:45–8 pm & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Now in its 19th year, this celebration of hot rods, classic cars and small-town Americana is a great reason to visit downtown Novato this weekend. This free, family-friendly event kicks off with a Friday Night Cruise, then Saturday sees Downtown Novato transform into a classic car show, all the way from 1st to 7th Street on Grant Avenue. Actress Candy Clarke (a.k.a. Debbie in American Graffiti) will be making a celebrity appearance, along with the American Graffiti Tribute Team. There will be live music on Saturday with Hot Rod Juke Box and the Deadlines. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available, first-come first-served. This Friday: Work in Progress, sponsored by Sausalito Youth Sailing Foundation. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This week: Tam Valley All Stars. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Shrek the Musical!
    142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm and Sunday, 4 pm
    Bring the entire family to see this family-friendly performance of Shrek the Musical. Part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $35 reserved. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Toy Story
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of Toy Story (G) at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Free. Donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 15

  • Run for the Seals 2015
    Marine Mammal Center
    Saturday, 6:30 am–5 pm
    Enjoy breathtaking views of the Marin Headlands and the California coastline with your family as you take part in the Marine Mammal Center's fundraiser Run for the Seals. Choose from a 4-mile fun run on roads/dirt tracks and a 2-mile hill walk on a fire road. The event is open to all ages, and dogs on leashes are welcome too! Costumes are encouraged. Registration includes Run for the Seals and the Family Fun Day with free food and drinks, educational tours, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday, 8:30–10 am

    Families can bring their bicycles to the Zoo for this informative one- and one-half hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: SFZS Members: $18 per peddler, Non-Members: $23 per peddler. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Registration required here.
  • Fort Point Living History Day
    Fort Point, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join the American Civil War Association as part of commemorations of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War 2011–2015. Stop by and watch Fort Point come to life with music, marching, and the colorful uniforms of Civil War soldiers. See infantry and artillery drills and demonstrations, and learn about civilian life during the Civil War. For more info, call (415) 556-1693 or visit their website.
  • Free Bike Repair Day for Kids
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    The Bay Area Bike Mobile will be providing free tune ups and repairs for children’s bikes. The Bike Mobile can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn out parts like chains, seats, and tires. The only thing it can’t do is replace missing wheels or gears. Space is limited so arrive early to secure a spot. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.

Speak to Me: Intelligent, Inspiring Events for Women

August 11, 2015

Speak to Me 2015Where can you go to hear inspiring talks by fabulous speakers from around the Bay Area and beyond, taste delicious food and wine, and connect with other women like you? The 2015–2016 Speak to Me Series offers all this over four evenings from October 27, 2015 through May 3, 2016.

Designed for women by women, this inspiring and fun series takes place at the Mill Valley Community Center and draws women from all over the Bay Area. Come listen to dynamic and influential speakers like Christin Powell, chief product innovator at EVER Skincare and co-founder of Juice Beauty; world renowned thought leader and educational expert Yong Zhao, Ph.D; and Jennifer Dulski, president and COO of Change.org.

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