Events and Outings

Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You at Speak to Me's Lunch & Learn November 19

November 12, 2015

Sonya AngeloneJoin Speak To Me (Intelligent, Inspiring Events for Women) on Thursday, November 19th, for "Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You" featuring Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT, a nutritional consultant, LEAP therapist and an Oprah favorite on the topic of using food to actually look and feel youthful.

A certified lifestyle counselor and nutritionist, Sonya will share her extensive knowledge and secrets to using nutrition as a tool to keep you feeling youthful, strong and happy as you age. She'll discuss the myths and truths behind everything from supplements to "power foods” and provide an action plan that just could replace all those expensive creams, serums and facials you've currently got in your arsenal.

"Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You" takes place on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Piatti Restaurant in Mill Valley and includes a healthy and delicious lunch while you learn . Single tickets are $49 each. Learn more and order tickets online at www.speaktomeevents.com. Space is limited. Purchase today.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 6, 7 & 8

November 6, 2015
Marin on Ice
Marin on Ice opens this Saturday for another season of open air skating at Northgate in San Rafael.

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, November 6

  • STEAM Carnival 
    Pier 48 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
    Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    The event features high-tech games, interactive installations, dynamic build zones, round the clock stage shows, lab demos, aerialists, artists, food, and more. There’s something for everyone! Admission: $25 adults and $20 kids 4–12 on Friday, $30 adults and $25 kids on Saturday and Sunday; free for kids 3 and under. Purchase tickets and learn more here. 
  • Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–9:30 pm

    Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. General Admission – $11, Children (7 & under) – $6, Skate Rental – $5. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Craft Fair
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday 11 am–7:30 pm

    Handcrafted items from over 60 vendors for sale. Snack bar with refreshments and homemade baked goods available all day. Sponsored by the San Rafael Goldenaires Senior Citizen Organization. Free admission. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3348 or visit their website.
  • Holly Fair 2015
    San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church
    Friday, 4–9 pm & Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    The Holly Fair is magical, with sparkling lights, live music, and the warm glow of celebration. Turkey dinners Friday, 4:30–8 pm, lunch Saturday, 11 am–1 pm, carnival games with prizes for kids. Shop for gifts, housewares, food, toys, books, DVDs, and more. Silent auction for art, jewelry, antiques, and gift certificates. Proceeds support services for local people. Location: 6001 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Nicasio Valley Road, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party
    DIESEL, a bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Marucs Ewert and illustrator Lisa Brown will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Mummy Cat prowls his pyramid home, longing for his beloved owner. As he roams the tomb, lavish murals above his head display scenes of the cat with his young Egyptian queen, creating a story-within-a-story about the events of centuries past. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Berkeley Playhouse presents Peter Pan
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 1 & 6 pm and Saturday, 12 & 5 pm

    Take off with Peter and the three Darling children as they fly away to Neverland! They encounter villainous pirates, a crafty crocodile, a sprightly fairy named Tinker Bell, and the cunning Captain Hook. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $17–$60. For more info, visit their website.
  • El Nino Party!
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6-9 pm

    We're celebrating the arrival of El Nino Marinwood style! Join us for drinks, food, raffle & live music!  Money raised from this event will go towards sand, sandbags and storm equipment. If you want to bring the kiddos, there will be $5/childcare. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 7

  • Free Yoga at Old Mill Park
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    The Mill Valley Recreation Department is offering a free Hatha flow yoga class the first Saturday of the month at Old Mill Amphitheater. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align and stretch in this fun, unique environment. Designed for students of all levels, this class will be held in all weather conditions except severe rain. Bring a mat, water bottle and comfortable clothing. Meet at the Old Mill Amphitheater 10 minutes prior to class. Location: Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, call 415-383-1370
  • Family Fun: Fall Wake-up
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come out and enjoy a spectacular spring morning at McInnis Park. We will begin with a volunteer activity to beautify the park followed by a Zumba workout and a free lunch. This is a Healthy Parks, Healthy People event and ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Water and healthy snacks provided. Questions: Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder at (415) 763-2977 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Stars and Stripes Wristbands
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the kiddos ages 5 to 12 for some free craft-making at the new Presidio Officers' Club in San Francisco.November 11 is Veterans Day. Remember our soldiers by making American flag-themed wrist bands. After that, create a postcard to send to a veteran. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio Main Post, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 561-4400 or visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Class: Cookie Decorating for the Holidays!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Baking and decorating cookies is a fun Holiday activity for the entire family! In this class, we’ll share tips and tricks for making and decorating delicious cookies. Then
    we’ll taste our sweet creations! 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.
  • Bay Area Science Festival 5th Annual Discovery Day
    AT&T Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    The 5th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park features hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist. Free admission! Perfect for families with kids ages 0–14. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin on Ice Opening Weekend
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Saturday and Sunday, noon–10 pm
    This Saturday, Marin on Ice opens for another season of outdoor ice skating at San Rafael's Northgate Mall, where it runs through January 11. Marin's only holiday ice skating rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice and will be open daily for outdoor skating. Skating is $15 per person, which includes skate rental. Private ice cabanas will also be available for rental and "Skate Buddies" are available for beginners. For more info, visit their website.

Hit the Ice! Holiday Ice Skating in the Bay Area

November 2, 2015

Ice skating at Marin on IceEven though it's an activity that you can do year-round, ice skating seems to be something that's especially appealing around the holidays. Marin on Ice is back at Northgate in San Rafael for another season of outdoor ice skating, so you don't have to leave Marin County to go skate! It's the only rink in the county itself, but you'll find more opportunities to skate in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and the East Bay. Here's our list of places to hit the ice in the Bay Area this holiday season.

Marin on Ice

Marin on Ice outdoor skating rink in San Rafael's Northgate Mall returns to offers al fresco skating from November 7, 2015 through January 10, 2016. This year the rink, located near the center's Oaktree Plaza, is even bigger, with 6,400 square feet of real ice. Skating costs $15 per person, which includes skate rental, and "Skate Buddies" (the blue plastic chair-like supports) are available for beginnners.

Marin Weekend Fun for October 30, 31 & November 1

October 30, 2015

Halloween trick-or-treat kidsHere are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Halloween weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Looking for a neighborhood to trick-or-treat? Look no further... check out our list of places in Marin here.

Friday, October 30

  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County’s favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library. Location: 1100 E Street, Downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Costume Contest & Trick-or-Treating
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 4–6 pm

    Put on your best costumes and come trick-or-treat at the local stores at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spooky Spaghetti Bingo
    Corte Madera Community Center

    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Join Corte Madera Parks and Recreation for a night of food and fun! Enjoy a buffet-style spaghetti dinner from 6–7 pm, then bingo for prizes until 9 pm! Fun for the whole family! $15 per person, includes 3 bingo cards, additional cards are available for $1 each. Register here. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Berkeley Playhouse presents Peter Pan
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 7pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Take off with Peter and the three Darling children as they fly away to Neverland! They encounter villainous pirates, a crafty crocodile, a sprightly fairy named Tinker Bell, and the cunning Captain Hook. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $17–$60. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Horsemen Haunted House
    600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
    Friday, 7–10 pm

    Bring the kids out for a night of scare and fun at the Novato Horseman Haunted House in Novato. Admission is $5 per person. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 31 (Happy Halloween!)

  • Halloween Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Bring the kiddos for an old-fashioned Halloween Festival. Activities include kids music, caramel apple making, face painting, pony rides, crafts, and an organic pumpkin patch. Dress up your pup for the pup parade at 11 am at George. Location: across from the Larkspur ferry terminal. For more info, visit their website.
  • Not-Too-Spooky Halloween
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Come to our not-too-spooky celebration for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Play miniature golf in the garden graveyard, paint miniature pumpkins and y paper ghosts in the Wind Tunnel. Visit the witches’ apothecary in the grocery store. Treats and prizes. Come in costume! Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info call (510) 647-1111 or visit their website.
  • Día de los Muertos Celebration
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10:30 am–1 pm

    Mill Valley Recreation joins the joyful celebration of dearly departed family, friends, and pets during the Mexican festival Day of the Dead. Join in the celebration by participating in several free activities, decorating sugar skulls, getting your face painted, and creating memory boxes. All ages are welcome! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • 10th Annual Harvest & Halloween Carnival
    Francis Ford Coppola Winery,
    Geyserville
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    Join us for a day of game-playing, costume-wearing fun. Tickets are just $10 per child (ages 14 and under). Proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Valley Fire Fund. Purchase tickets here. Location: 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. For more info, call (707) 857-1471 or visit their website.
  • Cascada de Flores: Celebrate All Souls' Day!
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11–11:30 am

    Celebrate All Souls' Day with music, dancing and laughter! Festeja Dia de Muertos con musica! Free. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treating Event
    The Village Corte Madera
    Saturday, noon–3 pm

    Participating retailers will hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters on Saturday, October 31 from noon–3 pm. Look for a decal on the window of each store to see if they have candy! For more info, visit their website.
  • Pirate Halloween Party
    Falkirk Mansion, San Rafael
    Saturday, 2 seatings only at noon & 3 pm

    Put on your best Pirate gear, bring your crew an' come th' Falkirk on Halloween! Event includes a "pirate feast" with real pirates, treasure hunt, individual treasures, and Halloween tricks and treats! Tickets: Tickets are $18 per child and $20 per adult. Make reservations by calling (800) 838-3006 24 hours, 7 days a week, or visit Brown Paper Tickets. Location: 1408 Mission Avenue at E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Bash & Bay Area Science Festival
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games, with the Marin Maker Mobile, free trick-or-treating and a food drive benefiting Marin Food Bank. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival. This event is the perfect mix of technology, creativity, and Halloween fun. Free. For more info, visit their website. 
  • 15th Annual Halloween Hoopla
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–1:30 pm

    Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults. Led by the ever-popular Unique Derique, the program features live music from Venezuelan Music Project, roaming shenanigans from Pi Clowns, mysterious palm reader Madam Z, crafting with Trash Mash-Up and the Children’s Creativity Museum. Join the annual Mummy Wrap and more games. Bring your camera for the Ghoulish Photo Booth! The program culminates in the Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone shows off their Halloween finery. For more info, visit their website.
  • Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
    Marin City Library
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    This not-so-scary Halloween and Fall celebration will be filled with ghoulish games, spooky crafts, and awesome treats! Free. Location: 164 Donahue Street, Marin City. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Fourth Street
    Berkeley
    Saturday, 2–5 pm

    Berkeley's Fourth Street invites all costumed kids to trick or treat on the street. Activities include facepainting, photo booth, live music and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 3–5:30 pm

    Join over 60 participating downtown Petaluma merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12. Prepare for a hautingly "ghould" time  as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Venetia's 6th Annual Halloween Party
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 4:30–8:30 pm

    Santa Venetia's 6th Annual Halloween Block Party takes place on Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow), which will be closed to all traffic for this event. Explore a haunted cemetery, check out what the witches are brewing in the Witches Kitchen, and enjoy the local band and the new Massacre Disco, not to mention the San Rafael Fire Department, who will be bring their best fire truck. Of course there will be trick-or-treating, too! Free, thanks to the Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association. Location: Adrian Way between Meadow and Mabry, San Rafael.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 23, 24 & 25

October 24, 2015

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.

Check out our list of Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties—see our list here.

Friday, October 23

  • Tam Valley Haunted House
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday–Sunday, various times (see below)

    The theme for TCSD's annual Tam Valley Haunted House is "Nightmares"! Dare to enter into a world of your worst nightmares and see if you can survive from one terrifying room to the next! The Haunted House has three different tours: 3:30–4:30 pm: Not Scary, for children under 8; 5-6:30 pm: Scary, for children over 9; closed 6:30–7:30 pm to feed the volunteer monsters, then back open 7:30–9 pm for a truly horrifying experience. Cost: $5 per person. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4–6 pm

    Bring your children to the Community Center Parking Lot for a fun, safe and community Halloween event! Face painting, Naughty Dawg food truck, games, and more! Free admission. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Music and Magic Show
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday–Sunday, 4 & 6:30 pm

    It's a spooktacular time for the whole family! Kick off the evening with some lively music. Then... thrills and chills with Magic Mike as amazes us with his Halloween magic show. It's a 45-minute show for goblins ages 3–103. Cost: $9 general, free for kids 3 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • SuperNatural Halloween 2015
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–9 pm

    Grab your costume and have yourself a ghoulishly great time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy at night, among spooky skulls and spine-tingling specimens! Early admission for benefactors at 5 pm; general admission at 6:30 pm. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Novato Horsemen Haunted House
    600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 7-10 pm

    Bring the kiddos out for a night of scare and fun at the Novato Horseman Haunted House in Novato. Admission is $5 per person. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 24

  • Southern Marin Mom's Club Consignment Boutique
    Mt Tam High School Student Center
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Shop for babies' and children's previously loved clothing, toys, books, nursing gear, furniture, strollers, carriers, bikes, maternity wear and more! Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to benefit Drawbridge, a local charity providing arts programs for homeless and other vulnerable children. All of the proceeds go to charity! Location: 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mountain School Apple Faire
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
    Fun activities include carnival games, prizes, a puppet show, Fairy-Gnome maze, and kid-friendly crafts. Food offerings include gourmet sandwiches from Farm House Local restaurant, Apple home-baked treats and a cake/pie raffle. All ages welcome but created with ages 3-7 in mind. Location: 50 El Camino Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Carnival
    Twin Cities Community Preschool, Corte Madera

    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
    The Twin Cities Community Preschool presents a non-scary Halloween carnival for preschool through elementary aged children. Activities include games, photo booth and arts and crafts. There will also be food available. Free admission; game tickets for sale. Location: 56 Mohawk Avenue in Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Scream on the Green Faire
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 10 am-5 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the entire family for the first Scream on the Green Faire weekend in Downtown Novato. Activities include a haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, live music, children's play area, and food and beverages. Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and City Hall complex. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Class: Halloween Party!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Calling all ghosts and goblins! Let’s throw a party and serve some bewitching treats. We’ll make cheesy crackers, popcorn balls and Halloween cookies that you can decorate as you please. 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.
  • North Bay Science Discovery Days
    Sonoma County Fairground, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10:30 am–4 pm

    Have fun with hands-on science and STEM activities. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival, North Bay Science Discovery Days features exhibitors like the Buck Center for Research on Aging, California State Parks, the Space Station Museum, Dominican University of California, and more. Free admisson and parking. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato
    Grant Avenue, Novato
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    The Downtown Novato Business Association will host its annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event along Grant Avenue in downtown Novato. Every year this Halloween event is popular with kids and their parents. Businesses along Grant Avenue will give out candy and there will be a variety of other fun activities at various locations downtown. This is a fun event for the entire family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
    The 9th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at the site of the old Cardoza Ranch off Lakeville Highway, which was famous for its pumpkin patch. In addition to pumpkins and fall decorative items for sale, attractions and activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a giant straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under; free for Sonoma County Regional Parks members. Parking for non-members is $7. For more info, call (707) 565-2041 or visit their website.
  • Boo at the Zoo 2015
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-4 pm

    Boo at the Zoo is coming up October 24-25! Make plans to join us for a "not-too-spooky" Halloween family festival where you can trick-or-treat around the Zoo and see the animals enjoy pumpkin treats. Get your monster mash on at the special Halloween themed Baby Loves Disco dance party at the Playground and take a trip through the Haunted Nature Trail to celebrate! All activities are free with paid San Francisco Zoo admission. Don't forget, Members get in free every day. For questions, please call 415-753-7080 or visit their website.

Family Halloween Events & Fall Festivals in Marin & the Bay Area

October 20, 2015

Halloween Girls in Witch CostumesHalloween is one of our favorite holidays, and there's so much family fun to be had at this time of year. Find the Halloween event or fall festival that's right for you! We'll keep updating our list of events for Marin and beyond as we find more this fall. If you have an event you'd like to see added to the list, please contact us.

Marin and Sonoma Events

  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma
    Saturday and Sunday, October 24–25, 11 am–5 pm
    The 9th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at the site of the old Cardoza Ranch off Lakeville Highway, which was famous for its pumpkin patch. In addition to pumpkins and fall decorative items for sale, attractions and activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a giant straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under; free for Sonoma County Regional Parks members. Parking for non-members is $7. School field trips may be scheduled on October 9–10 and 15–17 from 9 am–3 pm. For more info, call (707) 565-2041 or visit their website.
  • Tam Valley Haunted House
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday–Sunday, October 23–25

    The theme for TCSD's annual Tam Valley Haunted House is "Nightmares"! Dare to enter into a world of your worst nightmares and see if you can survive from one terrifying room to the next! The Haunted House has three different tours: 3:30–4:30 pm Not Scary, for children under 8 with all the lights on and a fun tour of the different areas; 5-6:30 pm Scary, for children over 9; closed 6:30–7:30 pm to feed the volunteer monsters then back open 7:30–9 pm for a truly horrifying experience. Cost: $5 per person. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 16, 17 & 18

October 17, 2015

Tolay Fall Festival

Don't miss the 9th annual Tolay Fall Festival this weekend at Tolay Lake Regional Park near Petaluma.

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.

Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are open—see our list here.

Friday, October 16

  • Just Between Friends Children's & Maternity Consignment Event
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 9 am–8 pm, Saturday, 9 am–3:30 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm

    North Bay's largest children's and maternity consignment sales even is held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds' Grace Pavilion—40,500 square feet of shopping awesomeness. Shop huge deals on new and gently-used clothes (0–12 years and maternity), games, toys, furniture, strollers, mommy supplies, etc. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road. Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Marinwood Community Center
    Friday, 5–7 pm

    This fun event is for children 12 and under. Carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, Halloween bounce house, trick-or-treat bag decorating, face painting, caramel apples and more! Tickets: $10 in advance here; $15 at the door. Adults are free. Food available for purchase. Location: Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm–Saturday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Wear your Halloween costume to this special October event! Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: The Wizard of Oz
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7–10 pm
    Come see The Wizard of Oz outdoors in Old Mill Park's Redwood Grove. Film starts at dusk. Free with general admission seating. Please bring your own blanket or low beach chair. Snacks will be available for sale. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 17

  • Bioneers Family Fair
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Free and open to the public! Bring your kids 13 and under to the Bioneers Family Fair at Marin Center for unique nature-based games and hands-on learning, plus prizes! Learn about honeybees and ocean animals, explore green chemistry, go on a nature walk, enjoy musical performances and much more! For more info, visit their website.
  • Flea Market & DIY Event at the Farmers Market
    Marinwood Plaza, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Learn to make soap with Rubber Ducky Soap Co., bring your kids to learn cooking skills from Cyrelle McDonald. Different classes will be offered throughout the day. You can shop, eat, and listen to live music, too. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling haunted house, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, pie-eating and costume contests, and pumpkin carving for fun. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Day
    St. Vincent's Pumpkin Patch, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am-5 pm

    The Junior Godmothers present Family Fun Day at the Godmothers' St. Vincent's Pumpkin Patch! Join us for $5 face painting, $5 bounce house, picnic areas, and a raffle for pumpkin purchases over $99! Win a night’s stay at a hotel & spa, a cut and blow-dry at a Mill Valley hair salon, free baby-sitting and more! 100% of proceeds are donated to the boys at Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent’s, a not-for-profit special education school. Students have emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges which cannot be met in traditional school settings. Location: One St. Vincent's Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
    Bay Area Discovery Museum

    Saturday and Sunday,
     10 am–4 pm
    Bring the whole family in costume to explore all the fun at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser. Experience the museum as it’s transformed into a spooktacular Halloween wonderland complete with Witches and Wizards school, pony rides, petting zoo, kid-sized hay maze, live entertainment, and more. Admission: $16.95 general, $13.95 members, free for children under 6 months. For more info, visit their website.
  • Harvest Celebration
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the season of bounty with Slide Ranch. Family activities include live music, local organic cuisine, nature craft activities, food and gardening workshops, and more. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day by the sea at tis coastal education farm. Activities are suitable for all ages. Fun for all ages is guaranteed. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door; children 2 years and under are free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Ivy & Bean Day with Annie Barrows
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bring the kiddos to meet Annie Barrows and listen to her read some of her favorite parts from her popular 10-book Ivy & Bean series. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • WildCare Family Adventures
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Join WildCare for a walk to Miwok Village, and then hike the Loop Trail, which winds through oak habitat, California bay, buckeye, and lots of lovely madrones. There is an $8 parking fee per vehicle. RSVP required. For more info, visit their website.

Pumpkins and More at the Tolay Fall Festival

October 11, 2015

Tolay Fall FestivalMany families in Marin and the North Bay have fond memories of visiting the popular pumpkin patch at Cardoza Ranch outside Petaluma. In 2005, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department acquired Cardoza Ranch, also known as Tolay Lake Ranch, turning its 1,737 acres of farmland into a county park.

Tolay Lake Ranch is a unique spot, with a freshwater lake, wetlands, diverse wildlife, and 8,000 years human habitation with extensive archaeological and historical sites. Tolay Lake Regional Park is currently under development and access is restricted, although the public can visit the park through a day-use permit program.

The Sonoma Regional Parks Department keeps the spirit of the old Cardoza pumpkin patch alive by holding the annual Tolay Fall Festival, now in its ninth year. This popular event takes place over two  weekends in October, October 17–18 and October 24–25, from 11 am–5 pm.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 9, 10 & 11

October 9, 2015

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.

Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are now open—see our list here.

Friday, October 9

  • Fleet Week 2015
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    Fleet week returns to San Francisco, along with the Blue Angels, who will perform over San Francisco Bay on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 pm. Fleet Week also includes a parade of ships (Friday, noon–1 pm), ship tours, band concerts, and more. Free admission; airshow bleacher seat tickets at Marina Green $50–$60. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's FilmFest
    Mill Valley Film Festival
    Friday, Satuday & Sunday, various times

    Tour the world with your family at the MVFF Children’s FilmFest, celebrating its 21st year of showcasing the finest family films from around the world. Location: various theaters within Marin. For a complete listing of films, visit their website here.
  • Free Outdoor Film: Big Hero 6
    Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
    Friday, 5:30–10 pm

    Grab the kiddos, a blanket and enjoy a fun, free outdoor movie under the stars. The event will be held on the lawn behind the Presidio Dance Theatre, 386 Arguello Boulevard, on the Presidio's Main Post. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 10

  • San Domenico School Garden Faire
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Bring the family to this year's community garden family faire. There will be live music, farmers' market, eco-exhibits, crafts, games and gourmet foods. Fun for all ages. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Off the Grid Fleet Fest
    Pier 80, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Join us for tours of ships from the United States Navy and Coast Guard bringing over 900 sailors and Coasties to the Dogpatch neighborhood this week. Portside, enjoy a festival atmosphere of San Francisco food truck culture, live music, art and educational military displays. A great way to experience the day to day of sailors’ lives and to celebrate the men and women who serve our Nation. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bon Air Invitational Car Show
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Over 100 of the finest vintage cars in the area have been invited to show at Bon Air Center’s car show. The event is free to the public. Location: 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Baking with Pumpkin
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Pumpkins aren’t just for carving jack-o’-lanterns. There are also varieties (with fun names like Sugar Pie and Baby Bear) that are wonderful for eating! In this class we’ll have fun making waffles, cupcakes and other tasty pumpkin treats. Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Theatre Company presents Cinderella
    Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
    This Saturday and Sunday, the Marin Theatre Company presents Cinderella as you've never seen it before in a production by the award-winning Great Arizona Puppet Theater. This production is recommended for families with children ages 4 and up, and runs for 45 minutes. Tickets cost $18 for children under 14 and $22 for adults. Order online at tickets.marintheatre.org, by phone at  (415) 388-5208, or in person at the MTC box office, 397 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. Visit their website for more info.
  • Leap's 32nd Annual Sandcastle Contest!
    Ocean Beach, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am–4:30 pm

    Bring the family to check out some amazing sand castles. Leap hosts this spirited competition between teams of architects, designers, contractors, corporations, engineers and local elementary school students each October on Ocean Beach. The Sandcastle Contest is a fundraiser to support Leap's arts education programs, but admission is free to the community. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Music Open House
    Frieight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Bring the kiddos to sing and dance to local children's entertainers. Some of this year's entertainers include a musical storyteller, Asheba, Bug Family Band, Little Folkies, and an instrument petting zoo. This event is free. 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 Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
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