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

    This weekend, the Using the Whole Vegetable demonstration and book signing takes place at the farmers market from 10:30 am–12:30 pm. 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 12-2 pm pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Marin Garage Sale
    Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop 'til you drop at the big multi-family garage sale in Novato's San Marin neighborhood in Novato. Download a printable 2014 Garage Sale Map. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Toy and Clothing Sale
    Marinwood Community Center

    Saturday from 10 am–4 pm
    Marinwood Morning School's semi-annual Children's Toy and Clothing Sale is a great place to shop for a variety of toys, books, games, clothing and much, much more. The Marinwood Community Center is located at 775 Miller Creek Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bees and Birds Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday 10 am–Sunday 1 pm

    Celebrate this international day of cleaning waterways and the ocean with family-friendly ocean themed activities. Special overnight programs featuring camping in a spectacular coastal meadow. Activities include crafts and nature exploration, farm fun, a family potluck dinner, a campfire under the stars, and much more. The Slide Ranch overnight camping trip is an educational, unique, fun, and hassle-free way to camp for the whole family! Cost: Fee: $75 per person; age 2 and under free. Register here. For more info, call (415) 381-6155 or visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
    Old Mill Park
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 58th Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will showcase over 150 fine artists from all across the country and offer live music and children’s entertainment in the Children's Grove. 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: Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • Story Time with a Ranger
    Santa Margarita Island, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Explore the adventures and lives of salt marsh creatures through stories and activities. Meet Ranger Felicity Hartnett at Santa Margarita Island to discover who is living at our salt marsh and learn how they survive. Don’t forget to bring your imagination! This program is ideal for ages 4–6, but explorers of all ages are welcome. Contact Ranger Felicity Hartnett at FHartnett@marincounty.org. For directions, visit their website.
  • 15th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay
    Pier 48, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    The 14th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay brings the spirit of Munich, Germany to the City by the Bay! Enjoy the finest German cuisine, world’s best beer, and authentic German music that the whole family will love. Cost: $25 adults, $5 youth 13–18, free for children 12 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: James and the Giant Peach
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1 & 3:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Perfect for all ages. Tickets: $10 general admission. Order your tickets now. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 300, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 346-5550 or visit their website.
  • Hamilton Bay Trail Walk and Film
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 2–5 pm

    Bring the family for an interpretive walk on the new Hamilton Bay Trail led by Canogle and enjoy a showing of Gary Yost's film The Invisible Peak afterward at the South Novato Library. The walk will convene in front of the library at 2 pm and the event will last about three hours. For more information call the South Novato Library at (415) 506-3165. Location: 6 Hamilton Landing, Suite 140A, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Despicable Me 2
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 8 pm

    This Saturday's movie is Despicable Me 2 (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.
  • The 6th Annual Redwood Empire Train Show (see Friday for details).

Sunday, September 21

  • 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.
  • Sea Otter Spectacular
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Did you know that the sea otter is the furriest animal in the entire world? The smallest marine mammal is also one of the most special, with adaptations to stay warm, find food, and even use tools! This month, celebrate the threatened species with the Sea Otter Spectacular in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. Team free classroom programs at noon and 2 pm with a docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. Free admission. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Woofstock 2014
    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 Blvd, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kinderfest at the Tourist Club
    Mill Valley
    Sunday, noon–6 pm
    Celebrate German culture with a polka band, German folk dancing in traditional dress, traditional German foods, and of course beer for the grownups at the Tourist Club's annual Kinderfest. It all takes place at the Tourist Club's rustic alpine lodge nestled in the woods of Mt. Tam. Tickets: $20 adults, free for youth and children under 18; available in advance at the Tourist club or at the door on Sunday (subject to availability). Location: 30 Ridge Avenue, Mill Valley. For more information, visit their website or call (415) 388-9987.
  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    This summer enjoy free live music from 2–4 pm every Sunday in front of the Clock Tower. Come and enjoy Setchko & Meese (folk/intimate acoustic/folk rock). For more info, visit their website.
  • The 6th Annual Redwood Empire Train Show (see Friday for details).
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Fetival (see Saturday for details).
  • Young Performers Theatre: James and the Giant Peach (see Saturday for details).
  • 15th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay (see Saturday for details).