Marin Family Events for the Weekend of September 20, 21 & 22

September 19, 2013
Fall Arts Festival Mill Valley
Family fun awaits this weekend at Mill Valley's 57th 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 20

  • Kamishibai: Japanese Story Time, Songs, and Dance
    Jack and Jill's, San Rafael
    Friday, 10:30–11 am

    A wonderful experience for children and adults alike. Interactive with the children during the stories, songs, and dance. Drop-in charge applies. Location: 125 Mitchell Boulevard, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 472-1120 or visit their website.
  • The 5th Annual Redwood Empire Train Show
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, noon–7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 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. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: Annual Firemen's Dance on Main
    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.
  • Friday Night Jazz
    Marin Country Mart
    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Enjoy live music Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday, Katie Thiroux Duo performs. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Outdoor Concert at Pacheco Plaza
    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 the Spirit of the Caribbean. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Rangers: Full Moon Hike
    Ring Mountain Preserve, Tiburon
    Friday, 6–8:30 pm

    The Junior Ranger program was created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship. Today’s program is intended for 7- to 12-year-olds, though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend. Join rangers for a full moon adventure on the Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve. The easy, one-mile hike will visit some of the preserve’s unique landmarks. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snacks. Location: Taylor Road, Tibruron. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 21

  • 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.
  • Headlands Helping Hands: Coastal Clean-up Day
    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.
  • 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 am–2 pm, crafts by SCRAP from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. 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 on Saturday, September 21. Download a printable 2013 Garage Sale Map. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Waldorf School's Rummage Sale
    Marinwood Plaza
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    The Marin Waldorf School rummage sale takes place alongside the Marinwood Farmers Market at Marinwood Plaza. Shop for gently used clothing, Halloween costumes, snow clothes, books, toys, board games, puzzles, furniture, appliances, sporting equipment, household items, collectibles, baby items, electronics and more. Location: Marinwood Plaza, 101 Marinwood Ave cross street Miller Creek in San Rafael. 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.
  • Wings Over Marin
    Gnoss Field, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am-4 pm

    Meet Marin’s flying community and celebrate women in aviation at the Wings Over Marin Air Show Saturday. This family friendly event will take place at the Marin County Airport (Gnoss Field) in Novato, home to 295 aircraft, from bi-planes to private jets. Wings Over Marin will feature plenty of family activities, including fly-bys of historic and modern airplanes, over 50 vintage cars. Food for sale (cash only). Tickets for Adults are $10, Youth $5 (kids under 9 years of age are free). Click to buy tickets Please do not drive to the airport. Free parking and shuttle services are located at Novato's Fireman's Fund (777 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA).Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • 14th Annual Sonoma County Book Festival
    Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    The Sonoma County Book Festival offers fun for the entire family! The Sonoma County Book Festival is a free public event brought to you by the Literary Arts Guild. This event transforms downtown Santa Rosa into the literary capital of Northern California. Thousands of book lovers return every year for a full day of fun under welcoming white tents. Location: Fourth Street and Santa Rosa Avenue in Courthouse Square, downtown Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Coastal Cleanup 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 Fetival
    Old Mill Park
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 57th Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival on September 21 and 22 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 years. Location: Throckmorton Ave & Old Mill Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • We Are Marin Festival
    Marin Center Fairgrounds, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    The We Are Marin Festival will celebrate the cultural diversity of our home. This Saturday afternoon event will feature local art, entertainment and live music and plans to become an annual family favorite. Free. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tricycle Music Fest with the Hipwaders
    San Francisco Public Library, Presidio Branch
    Saturday, 3–4 pm

    Listed as one of 25 Best Bands for Kids by TimeOut New York Kids, the Hipwaders will be performing their quirky, jangle-pop for kids and families. The band has had several top ten songs on Sirius/XM Radio including the number-one songs, Hey, Josie! and Educated Kid. Location: 3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Wildlife Museum Annual Pasta Feed
    Saturday, 4–7 pm

    The Petaluma Wildlife and Natural Science Museum's annual Pasta Feed supports and raises awareness for its unique applied science programming. This family friendly evening includes dinner and auction, activities and presentations, and of course, no shortage of animals! In addition to having fun, your participation will help fund the largest student-run museum in the nation. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Location: 201 Fair Street, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: An Evening at Rush Creek
    Binford Rd., Novato
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Bring the family to look and listen for the creatures of the evening. Bring a picnic dinner and a tablecloth or sheet to sit on (blankets get full of burs at this time of the year). High fire danger may cancel: Call (415) 893-9527 after 7 am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Naturalist David Herlocker will lead. For questions, call David at (415) 893-9508. Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 5th Annual Redwood Empire Train Show (see Friday for details).

Sunday, September 22

  • 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.
  • Complimentary Sunday Boot Camp
    lululemon athletica, Corte Madera
    Sunday, 9–10 am

    Grab your water bottle and a buddy and get to the store for a free bootcamp from 9–10 am. Meet outside the store and get ready to sweat—bootcamp style! For more info, call (415) 924-8557 or visit their website.
  • U-Pick Apples at Chileno Valley Ranch
    Chileno Valley Ranch
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Pick your own organic apples at this family farm located in West Marin. Grass fed beef, pork, and eggs are also for sale. $2 per pound for apples, $6 per car parking fee. Call first to RSVP. More information: (707) 765-6664 or visit their website.
  • Sukkot Harvest Festival
    Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

    Come celebrate the ancient harvest festival of Sukkot! This all-ages event will feature a variety of fun and enriching activities. Food available for purchase from Miller's East Coast Deli. Free. Location: 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • 2013 Dance Palace Duck Derby
    White House Pool, Pt. Reyes
    Sunday, 11 am–1 pm

    Spend a day on Papermill Creek and celebrate the 8th annual running of the ducks. The Duck Derby is a race in which yellow rubber ducks are released down Papermill Creek in a push for the finish line. There will be live music with Tim Weed and Debbie Daly, and food and drinks will be on sale to benefit the Dance Palace. Free admission. $5 per duck or $20 for a quack pack. Location: Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Pt. Reyes. For more info, visit their website.
  • 14th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay
    Pier 48, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    The 14th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay brings the spirit of Munich, German 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.
  • Fairfax Annual Town-Wide Picnic
    Contratti Park Baseball Field
    Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family and enjoy delicious food, music, kids' games, and activities. There will be a bounce house, tug-of-war, sack races, egg race, watermelon eating contest, and much more. Music will feature Revolver. Location: Contratti Field, near Bank Street and Elsie Lane. For more information, visit their website.
  • Drop-In Art-Making: The Wonder of Art Workshops
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1–3 pm
    Bring your family and dive into new adventures in art-making every Sunday. Experiment with a variety of techniques as you create artwork that connects to the exhibitions on display, the unique architecture of the CJM, or Jewish holidays and traditions. Free with museum admission; youth 18 and under always free. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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 Black Olive Jazz: Swing and Jazz. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 5th Annual Redwood Empire Train Show (see Friday for details).
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Fetival (see Saturday for details).