Labor Day

Marin Family-Friendly Events for Labor Day Weekend

September 2, 2016

Sausalito Art FestivalThe 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 2

 
  • Miss Kitty Sing-along
    San Rafael Library Outdoor Lawn
    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, no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the San Rafael Public. Location: 1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue). For more info, 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.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday: The Long Horizon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Bethanie Murguia
    Diesel Bookstore, Larkspur Landing

    Friday, 6 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author/illustrator Bethanie Murguia will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies. Princess! Fairy! Ballerina! is the perfect book for all the princesses, fairies, and ballerinas in your life! Location: Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
    SAP Center, San Jose
    Friday, 7 pm; Saturday, 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm; Sunday, 1 & 5 pm; Monday, 11:30 am
    Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun! Launch into the future with Out Of This World. Children Of All Ages can take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Your entire family will be amazed by this cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns. Location: 525 West Santa Clara, San Jose. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 3

  • 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.
  • Closing Weekend for Magic Treehouse
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Based on the best-selling children’s book series written by Mary Pope Osborne and published by Random House, the Magic Tree House traveling exhibit allows children to branch out through history via a magical, time-traveling tree house. Children explore history through immersive environments, period costumes, props, and more than 30 hands-on learning experiences. 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 kids' music by Tim Cain. Tickets: $25 for general, $20 seniors 62+, $5 ages 6–12, free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Fall Baking for Kids
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Calling all bakers! Fall is the perfect time to fill your house with the irresistible aroma of cupcakes, cookies and muffins baking in the oven. Join us and learn the basics of baking as we whip up some yummy sweet treats.  $10 per child, benefits No Kid Hungry. For ages 8+. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • 2016 Aloha Poly Fest
    Golden Gate Park, San Franicsco
    Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

    Bring the entire family for some great entertainment and fun activities at this free admisson and parking event and learn about Polynesian islands in the Pacific Ocean through cultural dances, songs, crafts, merchandise and more. Location: County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Keeping It Real with Harbor Seals
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm
    Did you know Pacific Harbor Seals live near the Presidio all year long? Come make your own Pacific Harbor Seal with recycled materials and learn how you can protect them and their habitat.  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.
  • Curtain Theatre: The Comedy of Errors
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday–Monday, 2 pm

    A mixture of mistaken identity, glorious romance, and families reunited, the show is perfect for a summer afternoon in the redwoods listening to some of the most beautiful words ever written!? Free. Location: 17 Cascade Way, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Family Friendly Recipes for Your Labor Day BBQ

September 1, 2016

BBQ ribs This Monday is Labor Day, that traditional last gasp of summer. To celebrate the end of the season with a backyard BBQ is a Labor Day tradition, so to help you out we've put together a selection of our most popular family-friendly grilling recipes, along with a few great sides and warm weather treats. So fire up the grill, cook up a feast, and enjoy the weekend!

Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip

Cooked slowly over charcoal with some wood smoking chips, this traditional Santa Maria-style tri tip is easy to make and really delicious.

Barbeque Ribs on the Charcoal Grill

Slow-cook dry-rubbed ribs on the charcoal grill with plenty of wood smoking chips for that real BBQ flavor.

There's Something for the Entire Family at the 64th Sausalito Art Festival

August 22, 2016

2016 Sausalito Art Festival

A Marin County tradition for over half a century, the Sausalito Art Festival returns to Marinship Park this Labor Day Weekend, September 3 to 5, for its 64th season. The family friendly festival showcases the works of the finest local, national and international artists, with thousands of original works of art by 260 artists, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.

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. Headliners at this year's festival include the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Super Diamond, Todd Rundgren, and the Zombies. Fantastic food, beer, and wine will be available, too.

Fantastic Family-Friendly 4th of July Recipes

June 29, 2015

Tri-tipThe 4th of July is coming up, and what could be more all-American than a summer backyard BBQ. We've put together a selection of our most popular family-friendly grilling recipes, along with a few great summer sides, desserts, and other treats. So fire up the grill and cook a feast for family and friends today!

Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip

Cooked slowly over charcoal with plenty of wood smoking chips, this traditional Santa Maria-style tri tip is simple to make and really delicious.

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

This Mediterranean-inspired grilled chicken, marinated in fresh herbs and citrus, is a hit with everyone.

Healthy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Skewers

September 1, 2013

Chicken teriyaki skewersThis guest article is by my friend and fellow Marin mom Nancy Grossi, author of the award-winning blog The Wife of a Dairyman. Nancy started her blog at the beginning of 2010, and offers a look into life on one of Marin's many dairy farms.

One of her loves is cooking, and her recipe for healthy grilled teriyaki chicken skewers is perfect for a Labor Day BBQ. Thanks, Nancy!

Can you believe I've never tried grilling skewers? I was in the mood for something light, fresh and easy. Plus I just bought 20 pounds of chicken and wanted to use some of it.

I used skinless chicken breast and boneless, skinless thighs. Red onion, pineapple, zucchini, summer squash and red bell pepper for the veggies. I cut everything into chunks and skewered them. I marinated the skewers in a Pyrex for a few hours with my favorite marinade Soy Vay Teriyaki. Oh, and before skewering, I soaked the wooden skewers in water for a while so they wouldn't burn (hopefully).

Have a Family Picnic This Labor Day Weekend

August 28, 2013

Labor Day PicnicLabor Day Weekend, that final chance to enjoy summer vacation (even though many kids in Marin are back in school already). While a backyard barbeque is a Labor Day tradition, why not plan a picnic with friends and family? It's fun, you don't have to clean up the house either before or after, and there are plenty of awesome picnic spots in Marin and the North Bay. (This weekend's weather is supposed to be nice, too.)

Here are a few tips for planning a picnic:

  • Have every family bring a different dish, but still don't forget to pack plenty of food and drink. It’s always better to have more than less!
  • Make a checklist for all the things you’ll need to bring, like folding chairs, picnic blankets, games, food, drink, etc.
  • Plenty of active games and outdoor toys will keep the kids occupied while the grownups relax.
  • Get to your picnic spot early to find a good place, especially on a holiday weekend. I always look for a spot with a little bit of shade and some sun, too, that won’t be in total shade later on the day.
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