Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 18, 19 & 20

September 18, 2015
Blue Fairy at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
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 18

  • 51st Annual Fall Big Book Sale
    Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am-6 pm

    The annual Friends of the San Francisco Public Libary Big Book Sale features over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories. Everything is $3 or less, with a 3-2-1 scale: $3 hard cover books; $2 paperback books; $1 DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1. Location: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–9 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun playing games, making crafts, watching a movie, and enjoying dinner. This event often sells out—register early! For ages 3–10. Cost: $23; $5 sibling discount. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 19

  • Farmers Market & Pie Baking Competition
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Show off your baking skills and bring your best pie to the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market on Saturday at 10 am at the tent. New this year is a special category for bakers 14 and under. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm, children's crafts 10:30 am-1:30 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from noon–2 pm pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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 Beach, Marin Headlands
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    On Saturday, September 19, 2015 The Marine Mammal Center will host a beach cleanup at Rodeo Beach on behalf of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Bring gloves, a bucket, and a friend! Make a day of it and head over to The Marine Mammal Center afterwards to view our patients and learn more about Ocean Conservation! After the cleanup you are also welcome to join all Marin County volunteers at the Bay Model in Sausalito for a free BBQ from noon to 3pm. Free. For all ages. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Marin Garage Sale
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop 'til you drop at the big multi-family garage sale in Novato's San Marin neighborhood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden Plant Sale
    College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, Novato
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Shop for plants and produce this weekend at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden. On Sunday, there will be family activities from 1 to 3 pm including a scavenger hunt, face painting, fall farm crafts, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore the Pioneer Tree Trail
    Samuel P. Taylor Park
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Bring the family for this WildCare exploration. A dense combination of bay laurel, douglas fir, and tanoak trees provide an excellent shady trail in Samuel P. Taylor State Park on hot days. We will start at the Redwood Grove. Aside from the diversity of flora, this area is habitat to gray foxes, northern spotted owls, stellar’s jays, acorn woodpeckers, and more. Join us for a fabulous made-in-the-shade hike in one of Marin’s most beautiful parks. There is an $8 parking fee per vehicle. RSVP required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 20th 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 festival includes cultural activities, games, creative arts, crafts, exhibits, entertainment, live dance and music, performances, and immersive experiences for both kids and adults in a family-friendly space. Free admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 58th Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will showcase over 140 fine artists from all across the country and offer live music and children’s entertainment under the redwoods. The juried works include prints, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, photography, and sculpture. See full schedule here. Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, free for kids under 12. Location: Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Classes: American Girl
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Come build your own delicious lunchbox with American Girl. Recipes include bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato and turkey cranberry sandwiches; veggies with buttermilk ranch dip; and lemony-berry bars. For ages 8–13. $30 per child. Class size is limited to 12 students. Cost: $30 per child, 20% of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Shakespeare Festival: The Taming of the Shrew
    Foundry Wharf, Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, noon & 6 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family out to experience Shakespeare. Bring picnics, blankets, low beach chairs, sweaters, and jackets, especially for evening performances. Some chair and table seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 students and seniors, free for children under 13. Purchase tickets here. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Peter Rabbit
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1 & 3:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter are so excited because it’s spring. They know they must obey Mama Bunny’s number one rule: stay out of Farmer McGregor’s garden! But Peter, driven by curiosity and a craving for veggies, decides to test his limits, and into the garden he goes. Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets here. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 300, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 346-5550 or visit their website.
  • Moms Matinee: The Oldest Boy
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Marin Theatre Company is proud to announce a new partnership with UrbanSitter to help young families in the Bay Area attend live theater more easily. In addition to offering a special discount for MTC patrons, UrbanSitter will provide babysitters for MTC’s first Moms Matinee. Babysitters will be onsite beginning at 1 pm. Pickup is available as late as the conclusion of the post-show Q&A. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Concerts on the Green
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Local Novato band Ridgeway Space Station takes to the summer concert stage for this last show of the season! Free admission. Location: Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio’s Film in the Fog: Maleficent
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 5:30-10 pm

    Bring the whole family out for a magical night under the stars featuring an outdoor screening of Disney's untold story of Maleficent. Accompanied by live music from the Lady Crooners and food from one of Off the Grid's tasty BBQ food trucks. Classic Looney Tunes Shorts at 5:30 pm and feature film Maleficent at 7:00 pm. BYO blankets and ground cover. FREE popcorn! 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.

Sunday, September 20

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael

    Sunday, 8 am–1 pm
    There's lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers, as well as live music, bounce houses, and more. This farmers' market is a great one to take the kids to. It’s located in the main Civic Center parking lot. For more info, visit their website.
  • Totally Super Awesome Really, Really Fun Run
    Memorial Park, San Anselmo
    Sunday, 9 am

    This 5k and 1 mile super hero-themed fun run is for all ages and all abilities. The mostly flat 1-mile course will include a bubble zone, smile mile, and other awesome elements. The 5k trail course features a sublime climb perfect for the strongest and bravest superheroes, or those who just want a fun challenge. Of course, after you cross the finish, stick around for some food, friends, and good old fashioned fun. Registration: $40 adults, $30 tweens and teens, $20 kids 10 and under. Location: 1000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Indian Valley
    Indian Valley Campus, Novato
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    We’ll spend the day focusing on the changes that take place between the hot and dry, and the cold and wet seasons. Where do the insects, spiders, and lizards go? When will the salamanders come out of hiding? Remember to bring lunch. We request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Location: Meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, Parking Lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Boulevard). For more info, contact David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508 or visit their website.
  • Kidz Cinefest
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 10:30 am

    Our Kidz CineFest is back by popular demand, featuring a greatest-hits selection of 12 shorts about the outdoors, adventure, imagination and environmentally themed films from this year's Mountainfilm festival in Telluride. With a total running time of a little over an hour, this block is perfectly tailored as a pre-lunch event for families and kids. Tickets $10. Reserve your tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Organic Apple U-Pick
    Chileno Valley Ranch
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Come pick organic apples and pears on this family farm. Other farm products, like eggs and ground beef, will be for sale, too. Bring bags for your apples, and leave dogs at home. $10 per car parking fee ($6 if you RSVP in advance; refundable with purchase of $50 or more. Location: 5150 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma. For more info or to RSVP, visit their website.
  • Family Hike the Headlands 2015
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    Bring your family and friends for a day of discovery and learning in nature. Proceeds from Hike the Headlands will help us open children’s hearts and minds to the wonders of science and nature. Cost: $42 family (up to 4 people), $15 adults, $12 children 5–17, $0 children 4 and under. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 2015 Korea Day
    Asisan Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Bring the family to the 7th Annual Celebration of Korean Art and Culture. This beloved annual festival offers a variety of performances, gallery tours, arts and crafts activities, and food tastings inspired by traditional and contemporary Korean culture. Free admission courtesy of the Korea Foundation. For more info, visit their website.
  • Woofstock 2015
    Marin Humane Society, Novato
    Sunday, noon–5 pm

    The sixth annual benefit festival features music by Wonder Bread 5, raffle prizes, a kids’ zone full of barktacular fun, local vendors, and tons of food and drink (for humans!). There will also be a fee-waived adopt-a-thon, so come prepared for the possibility that your family might grow before the end of the day. Well-behaved pooches are always welcome. Cost: $40 advance ($45 day-of) adults, $15 children 12 and under; admission includes meal. Location: 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • "Silly Sundays" Kid Series: Family Square Dance
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 3-4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    Ashkenaz’s fall family series “Silly Sundays” kicks off by teaming with the annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention for a family square dance, a great way for the whole gang to have fun dancing together in a casual setting. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome. Caller Dot Kent teaches the dances from scratch and prompt the moves all the way through, with some dances that even babes in arms can do! Foot-stomping fiddle music is provided by More Pretty Girls Than One. Tickets: adults $6, kids $4 and babes in arms are free. Location: 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Fetival (see Saturday for details).
  • Young Performers Theatre: Peter Rabbit (see Saturday for details).