Events and Outings

Celebrate Fall in Tiburon with Blackie's Hay Day

September 26, 2014

Blackie's Hay DayBring your family to come celebrate fall this Saturday, September 27, from 9 am to 4 pm at Blackie's Hay Day. This annual fundraiser and community tradition is reminiscent of an old-fashioned country fair and helps raise money for children's and youth programs at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Blackie's Hay Day takes place, naturally, at Blackie's Pasture, which is located off Tiburon Boulevard near Trestle Glen. Blackie's Pasture is named after Blackie, a swaybacked horse who stood in the pasture for nearly 30 years and became a Tiburon mascot, after stints in the rodeo and the US cavalry.

The family fun on Blackie's Hay Day will include pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, jumpies, face painting, a spa tent carnival games, a train ride, and more. The event will also include live musical entertainment, including by Doc Kraft & Company, the Wronglers, and others.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 19, 20 & 21

September 19, 2014
Fall Arts Festival Mill Valley
Family fun awaits this weekend at Mill Valley's 58th annual Fall Arts Festival in Old Mill Park.

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 19

  • The 6th Annual Redwood Empire Train Show
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, noon–7 pm, Saturday, 10 am–7pm
    & Sunday 10 am-5 pm
    The Redwood Empire Train Show has become one of the largest and most popular model railroad events in northern California There is nothing quite like seeing a kid's face light up the first time when they enter the 26,000-square-foot Train Show. For all ages. Cost: $7 adults, free for children 12 and under. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: Annual Firemen's Ball
    Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family and enjoy music, dancing, shopping, and food. By popular demand, the Fundamentals return to provide to provide their trademark brand of red hot rockin’ soul and rock 'n' roll. Come on down, enjoy the music, meet your local firefighters and support the Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (415) 435-5633 or visit their website.
  • Sunny Hills Ladies Night at the Mart!
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 5:30–9:30 pm
    Plan for an amazing night with friends, fashion, cocktails, and great food... help a child have a better and brighter future. You will enjoy an evening out with specialty cocktails and fine wines, music, and culinary delights. Shop the latest fashions and accessories followed by a spectacular live auction and exclusive fashion show! Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Outdoor Concert at Pacheco Plaza
    Novato
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family for a night of music and fun. Bring your lawn chairs and pick up a picnic at Paradise Market and enjoy this casual fun atmosphere. It's a big crowd so come prepared dance the evening away with classic Motown by the GTS Band. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: The Butler
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is The Butler (PG-13). 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 20

  • California Coastal Cleanup Day
    Various Marin locations
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    On the third Saturday of every September volunteers all over the world converge on beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways to pick up trash and remove dangerous debris. Considered the largest marine-related volunteer event in the world, Coastal Cleanup Day is a wonderful opportunity to lend a hand and make a significant difference. There are over 35 sites in Marin to choose from. Check the list here.
  • Coastal Clean-up Day: Rodeo Lagoon Restoration
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Celebrate the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day with stewardship at Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands. Lend a hand, learn about the impacts of marine debris, and spend some quality time with your kids outdoors. Free. For all ages. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • WildCare Family Adventures: Coast Cleanup at Muir Beach
    Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    WildCare Family Adventures will participate in the statewide coastal cleanup. Vast amounts of plastic debris litter the world's oceans causing harm to wildlife. Most of this debris comes from land and, if not removed, it will end up in the ocean. On this Family Adventure we will have a little hike on the beach, and take part in this very important cleanup effort. Bring lunch! We will meet in the parking lot of the Pelican Inn at 9:30 am. For direction for more info, visit their website.
  • Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
    Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am-4 pm

    The Wings Over Wine Country Air Show is presented by the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) as a family-friendly community event. Lots of activities for families and children. A tremendous lineup of flying includes military jet fly-bys, world class civilian aerobatics and a host of warbirds. Static displays include the museum's collection of over 30 restored aircraft (most of which will be open for climb aboards), civilianand military statics and morning access to the warbirds that will fly later in the show. Gates open both days at 9 am for pre-show activities, including radio controlled model aircraft demonstrations. The main air show events kick off just after 11 am. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 19th Annual San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
    Treasure Island
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the entire family for a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. There are over 130 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers racing. This two-day, admission-free festival has grown to include a colossal offering of cultural activities, games, creative arts, crafts, exhibits, entertainment, live dance and music, performance and immersive experiences for both kids and adults in a family-friendly space. For more info, visit their website.

Get Ready for the Goblin Jamboree at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

September 18, 2014

Goblin JamboreeBoo! Come get a jump on Halloween at the 28th annual Goblin Jamboree at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! Bring your little goblins to this year’s spooky fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19 from 10 am–4 pm. Come in costume and explore the Bay Area Discovery Museum transformed into a haunted Halloween wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment.

Ride a spooky train or real ponies, make potions in the Witches' and Wizards' School, and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment. This year the museum's Lookout Cove will be transformed intot the spooky (but not scary) Haunted Cove, and favorite exhibits like the shipwreck and Peekaboo Palace will get a Halloween makeover. Make sure you also stop in the Bay Hall to experience the glowing train table, too!

Pumpkin Patches Further Afield

September 16, 2014

Pumpkin PatchWhile there are plenty of awesome pumpkin patches to choose from in Marin and southern Sonoma counties (see our list of those here), you can find other great places to pick up pumpkins and other Halloween and autumn treats throughout the greater Bay Area. Maybe you're headed on a road trip to the south bay, or bound for the grandparents' house in Sacramento this October—there's probably a pumpkin patch on the way. Here are a few out-of-town pumpkin patches, in Solano, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties, that we've visited at one time or another or have had recommended to us.

Of course if your favorite isn't here, now's the time to let us know! Contact us and we'll consider adding it to the list.

All Aboard! Tickets for the Polar Express at the California State Railroad Museum on Sale October 1

September 13, 2014

The Polar ExpressGet ready to believe! Tickets for the California State Railroad Museum's annual holiday Polar Express train rides go on sale to the public on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. The Railroad Museum's sister organization, Railtown 1897, will also be holding Polar Express train rides this season, too.

Climb on board a train pulled by a historic streamlined diesel locomotive from the museum's collection and read along with Chris Van Allsburg's classic holiday story as you and your family make your round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa Claus, the Train Conductor, and the ghostly Hobo. Sing Christmas carols, drink hot-hot-hot chocolate, and eat cookies—served by dancing waiters, of course.

Speak to Me: Intelligent, Inspiring Events for Women

September 11, 2014

Speak to MeWhere 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 2014–2015 Speak to Me Series offers all this over four evenings from October 28, 2014 through April 28, 2015. 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 Tara Sophia Mohr, author of Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message and 10 Rules of Brilliant Women and groundbreaking expert on women’s leadership; Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group; Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media; and Iris Krasnow, journalism professor, best-selling author, and expert in the field of relationships, personal growth and “female generational angst".

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 12, 13 & 14

September 10, 2014
Dipsea Hike
Hike the Dipsea Trail for Zero Breast Cancer 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, September 12

  • Kids' Pajama Party with Aaron Becker
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Put on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author and illustrator Aaron Becker will be here to read you a bedtime story. Aaron Becker is the author and illustrator of Journey and the upcoming follow-up book, Quest. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before heading home for bed. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night: Ghostbusters
    Strawberry Recreation, Mil Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm
    Join Strawberry Recreation District for a fun night amongst the stars! Bring blankets, family and friends and join us for a wonderful time on the field. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please do not bring chairs that may block the view for others. Fee: $3 per person or $10 per family. Location: 118 East Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: The LEGO Movie
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 pm

    The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mill Valley have partnered on a free outdoor film screening of The LEGO Movie, a blockbuster animated adventure comedy featuring the famous construction toys. Old Mill Park, 17 Cascade Way, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Flubber
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is Flubber (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 13

  • Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 8 am–1 pm

    Get out and get physical for a great cause! This six-mile, noncompetitive, all-ages trail loop is a great way to spend time with friends—enjoy breathtaking Mount Tamalpais views, experience the legendary Dipsea steps, and enjoy food, music, and prizes with great people. Raises funds for Zero Breast Cancer’s prevention-focused research efforts. For more info or to register, visit their website.
  • Novato Bike & Hike
    Indian Valley Campus, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–4 pm

    Spend a wonderful day cycling the back roads or hiking the hills and ridges of Marin, and then kick back ?and enjoy a fun family festival of ?food and music at Indian Valley Campus (IVC) meadow. This event helps provide school ?scholarships and fund projects for local schools and charitable organizations in the community and beyond. Bike or hiking tour ticket $75 individual, $120 couple, $150 family of four; $25 festival ticket only. Must be 14+ for biking tours and Buzzard Burn 6-mile hike. For more info, visit their website.
  • Farmers' Market and Pie Baking Contest
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, enter your award-winning pies in the 4th annual Pie Baking Contest at the Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market in Larkspur Landing. 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 music or stories from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire
    Bon Air Center
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
    Come visit Marin's largest "do-it-yourself" festival, with hands-on learning activities and exhibits on arts, crafts, science, robotics, music, technology, sustainability, food, and creativity. It's a day of family fun that encourages the "maker" in all of us. Admission: $7.50 adults, $5 youth 4–14, free for children 3 and under. $20 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 youths). For more information, visit their website.
  • LEGO Fall Preview
    Play-Well Marin, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come by and build with Play-Well's massive collection of LEGO for free and learn about their fall classes and workshops. Come and check out some of the cool workshops: Battle Track: 10:30 am–noon, Gear Cars: 1–2:30 pm, and Airplanes- 3–4:30 pm. Location 216 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, call (415) 460-5210 or visit their website.
  • Sebastopol Renaissance Faire
    Ives Park, Sebastopol
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come experience Sebastopol's very own Renaissance Faire and support local public schools and programs! Ives Park, in the center of Sebastopol, is transformed into the town of Fenford in 16th-century England. The locals are celebrating the apple harvest, and Queen Elizabeth and her extensive court pay a visit to honor these humble citizens. Fun for the entire family. Cost: $14 adults, $8 children 11–17, and free for kids 10 and under. Location: 7400 Willow Avenue, in between the fire house and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in the Veteran's Memorial Building). For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore Martin Griffin Preserve
    Audubon Canyon Ranch, Bolinas
    Saturday, 10 am-4 pm

    Audubon Canyon Ranch eagerly welcomes you back to the Martin Griffin Preserve for fall exploring! Hike through the redwood grove under the historic heronry. Learn about spiders in the Spider Patch. Visit the ponds and the indoor teaching spaces. Volunteer naturalists called Ranch Guides will be available to answer questions from inquisitive nature lovers! Read about our visit here. Location: 4900 Shoreline Highway between the towns of Stinson Beach and Bolinas. 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.
  • Family Fun: Mini Golf
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm

    Rangers will host a fun afternoon of miniature golf at the McInnis Park Golf Center. Prizes will be given for anyone who gets a hole-in-one! Healthy snacks will be provided. This event is for children ages 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Hillside picnic area. Park entrance is free. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi at (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Closed for Annual Maintenance

September 7, 2014

Bay Area Discovery Museum Lookout CoveSausalito's Bay Area Discovery Museum, Marin's favorite hands-on place for kids to learn and explore, will be closed for its annual maintenance the next two weeks—from Monday, September 8 through Monday, September 22, 2014. They close at this time each year for two weeks to clean and undertake improvement projects that can't be done when they're open to the public. The museum will re-open on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

We're looking forward to some of the museum's great fall and winter programs, like the Goblin Jamboree (October 18 and 19), the Harvest Festival (November 8), Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza (November 29 and 30, and the new Snow Days Family Fundraiser (December 12–13, complete with real snow). Get the full schedule of upcoming events and programs on the museum's website.

Marin Weekend Family Events for September 5, 6 & 7

September 6, 2014
Feeding the sheep at Chileno Valley Ranch
Visit Chileno Valley Ranch this Sunday for u-pick apples and fun on the farm.

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 5

  • Infant and Child CPR Class and Vendor Fair
    Whole Foods Mill Valley
    Friday, 9:30–11 am

    Whole Foods in Mill Valley offers a child CPR class followed by a vendor fair for new parents featuring community partners including SoulCycle, fitmob, Stroller Strides, Urban Sitter, Mill Valley Recreation, and more. There will also be free samples and a raffle for gift baskets and other prizes. One-year CPR certification is included with the course. CPR certificate fee $30. Space is limited; register here. The event takes place at the Whole Foods at 414 Miller Avenue.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Picnics feature music and family fun. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: The Fifth Element
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is The Fifth Element (PG-13). 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 6

  • Fall Fishing Derby
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Join rangers for the fall fishing contest at Paradise Beach Park! Prizes will be awarded for the first fish and the biggest fish! A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore; not from the pier. Paradise Beach Park is at 3450 Paradise Drive in Tiburon. Meet at the fishing pier. Park entrance is free. For more information, visit their website.
  • Infant and Child CPR Class and Vendor Fair
    Whole Foods San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30–11 am

    Whole Foods in San Rafael offers a child CPR class followed by a vendor fair for new parents featuring community partners including SoulCycle, fitmob, Stroller Strides, Urban Sitter, and more. There will also be free samples and a raffle for gift baskets and other prizes. One-year CPR certification is included with the course. CPR certificate fee $30. Location: 340 Third Street. Space is limited; register here. Find out more about his event here.
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