Weekend Family-friendly Fun for June 16, 17 & 18

June 16, 2017

Father's Day

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families in and around Marin County this Father's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, June 16

  • Children's Garden Series: Red Panda Acrobats
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    Combining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, dazzling costumes and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages, the Red Panda Acrobats bring the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with jaw-dropping displays of strength, balance and dexterity. While founded in Shanghai in 1990, the company has long called San Francisco home. With a year-round international touring schedule, the Red Panda Acrobats relish the opportunity to impress hometown audiences. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Alameda County Fair
    Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm
    The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton offers an amazing lineup of concerts featuring headliners like Tower of Power, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Great White, Smash Mouth, Leann Rimes, and more. There will also be a carnival midway with rides and games, a 4th-of-July Fireworks Spectacular, farm animals, a rodeo, monster trucks, motocross, a demolition derby, and countless entertainers. Location:  4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Juan Sanchez Concert!
    Fairfax Library
    Friday, 12:15–12:45 pm

    Come to Fairfax Library for a free concert by multilingual singer/songwriter and storyteller Juan Sanchez! Children of all ages will enjoy this special musical program. Location:
    2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circus of Smiles Workshop
    Stinson Beach Library
    Friday, 1–2 pm

    Join the circus workshop with an experienced circus arts instructor from Circus of Smiles. You don't have to run away to join this circus! Come try your hand at juggling and tumbling and try out a comedy routine in a supportive and fun environment. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 4–7 pm
    Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars
    Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday, 5 pm

    Join Transcendence for this thrilling celebration of music and dance from Broadway and beyond. Opening the season with a splash, this concert pays tribute to some of the most powerful songs and shows ever written. Kick off your summer with an evening you and your friends will never forget! Preshow picknicking starts at 5 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Robert Overbury at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father-Son Super BBQ
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday,  6:30–9 pm

    Have fun at the Father-Son Super BBQ at the Corte Madera Community Center. This event features games, activities, and a food. Location: 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: The Daniel Castro Band. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Opening Night: Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: Marble Party. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 17

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

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). Special Father's Day LEGO event at Poppy from 10:30 am–2 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit Music Day
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    Bring the kiddos for a day of music. Music Day features: Opportunities to meet and take photos with Daniel Tiger (9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.), puppet show by Jelly Jam Time (10:30–11am, 11:30 am–12 pm), music performance by Juice and Jelly (1–1:45 am, 2–2:45 pm) and much more. Museum admission applies. Loction: 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn How to Pier Fish on Father’s Day Weekend
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon

    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Join rangers and a few experienced local anglers on Father's Day weekend to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Don't forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole! For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature Connection: Pond Exploration Day
    Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come explore the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve and discover the wonders of nature at three ponds using microscopes, nets, buckets, tubs, and field guides. ACR’s Nature Guide volunteers will be available to answer questions about the diverse aquatic life living in the ponds. Perfect for all ages. Free; suggested donation of $20. Location: 4900 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Northern California Pirate Festival
    Vallejo Waterfront
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Navigate your way to the waterfront town of Vallejo for the Northern California Pirate Festival. Enjoy piratical music, swordplay, pirate skills demonstrations, food, and booty! Admission is $12 for adults, free for kids 11 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Juan Sanchez Concert!
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 10:30–11 am

    Join us for music, song and dance with Juan Sánchez! This outdoor bilingual concert (weather dependent) will take place in the meadow behind the Novato Library so please bring your sunscreen! For families of all ages and abilities.
    Location: 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • The LEGO Experience
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10:30–2 pm

    Join us outside Poppy and Toy Crazy for a hands-on Lego Experience with Dad! The perfect kickoff to your Father's Day weekend is hosted by PlayWell, and involves plenty of creative fun. Meet us at the Mart - and don't forget Dad! For more info, visit their website.
  • Tiburon Classic Car Show
    Shoreline Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    The Tiburon Classic Car Show is a wonderful community event, held annually in Tiburon near the ferry boat landing, against the beautiful backdrop of the Tiburon Waterfront Park. The show celebrates the beauty of classic automobiles (produced prior to 1971), and men, women and children alike, find great enjoyment in viewing the cars on display. Free. For more info visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Terrific Tile Painting
    Presidio Officer's Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend!Come learn about the ceramics that the Spanish used in the Presidio long ago and paint your own majolica-style tile, a centuries-old tradition in Mexico. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Mateo County Fair
    San Mateo Event Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    San Mateo County's annual fair includes concerts by Night Ranger, Kansas, and Tower of Power, as well as free fair entertainment like STEM activities from the Super Science Company, Captain Jack Spareribs, Life Sized Mousetrap, the Great American Petting Zoo, Balloonacy, and more. Of course there will be carnival rides, farm animals, and exhibits of all types, too. Location:1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo 94403. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Kite Festival
    Presidio Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–5 pm

    Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The artistry, diversity, and fun of modern flying will take your breath away! The free, all-day event features a free “build you own kite” booth, hands on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers, and food trucks. For more info, visit their website.
  • Band, BBQ, and Brews
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–3 pm

    Bring your Dad to SF Zoo on Father's Day weekend for a mash up his favorite things: a band, BBQ and brews! Enjoy live music performances by Steel Jam in the Depot, located near the Pachyderm Building. We're firing up the grill and pouring Dad's favorite beverages to celebrate his special day! For more info, visit their website.
  • The 37th Annual Cotati Jazz Festival
    Downtown Cotati
    Saturday, noon–6 pm

    Come to downtown Cotati and enjoy live music, dancing, art, crafts, food, beer, and fun. Free admission. Location: La Plaza Park and downtown Cotati. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer of Love Family Movie Day: The Jungle Book
    Mill Valley Public Library
    Saturday, 2–3:30 pm

    Forget about your worries and your strife and bring the whole family to watch this classic  Walt Disney 1967 animated film. Popcorn and refreshments will be available.  Free. Location: Creekside Room. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concerts on the Green: Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra
    City Green, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy live music on the City Green in Downtown Novato. Free outdoor summer concert for all ages! Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Saturday, 7–8 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mt. Tam Movie Night: Gravity
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mt. Tamalpais
    Saturday, 8:30 pm
    Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as NASA astronauts stranded in orbit, this tense film earned 7 Oscars at the 2014 Academy Awards, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. Presented by Friends of Mt. Tam. Free. Park at the Rock Springs parking lot. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, June 18: Father's Day

  • 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.
  • Father's Day BikeAbout 2017
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday, 8:30–11 am

    The dad in your life will love this special Father's Day outing! Spend your Sunday morning on a leisurely hour-and-a half-long, docent-led cycling tour through the Zoo, and finish up with relaxing continental breakfast. Dads will enjoy being in the zoo ahead of the crowds and watching the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lake Fishing for Kids
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Rangers will cast out with the kids at Stafford Lake Park to try to reel in the biggest fish in the lake. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Bait and a limited amount of fishing poles provided. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father's Day Pancake Breakfast at West Point Inn
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Take a hike up to Mount Tam's West Point Inn for their Sunday pancake breakfast. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children, includes pancakes, sausages, and coffee. Canteloupe and orange juice are available for $1 extra. For more info, visit their website.
  • Celebrating Dads and Giraffes
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring your dad to the Zoo for free on Father's Day! Father’s Day weekend falls on the longest weekend of the year and San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is celebrating by highlighting the animal with the longest neck! Sunday, June 18 is a day of giraffe education, coinciding with World Giraffe Day, which raises awareness about the challenges giraffe face and their dwindling population numbers in the wild. For more info, visit their website.
    For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Admission for Father's Day
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Fathers receive free admission all day on Father's Day at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Call of the Sea Family Adventure Sail
    Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Call of the Sea offers a Family Adventure Sail on the schooner Seaward from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Take in famous San Francisco sights from the water. Sit back and enjoy the trip or pitch in and help sail the schooner. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. Optional learning stations in San Francisco Bay ecology and seamanship will also be available. Tickets: $62 adults, $31 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. Purchase your tickets online here.
  • Sand Globe Extravaganza on Stinson Beach
    Middle area of Stinson Beach
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Making sand globes feels like magic. Someone said, "It's like making a sand castle in the air." Creating sand art and playing with sand globes brings happiness, and connects us with the earth and each other. At this event, environmental artist Zach Pine will teach everyone to make sand globes (and encourage them to teach others!) Then, we'll make a spontaneously evolving art installation on the beach. Non-globe creativity involving sand and people is also encouraged of course! We'll also play cooperative sand globe games like "pass the peas" and "large sand globe collider," and invent new ones. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Picnic
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic offers great food, a lively atmosphere, and exciting crowds. Situated on the sprawling Main Post lawn, guests can take in the picturesque views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the historic feel of the Presidio while enjoying food and drinks from any of the market'??s 34 vendors. Get ready for free yoga at noon, weekly activities at the Presidio Adventures tent, a ride-share zone, biking trails, and urban hikes to beat the traffic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father's Day Pizza, Brews & Bubbles
    Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma
    Sunday, noon–2 pm

    Let dad take a break from the grill this year and enjoy a relaxing day under our grapevine covered arbor. Soak in the views of our vineyards and the Carneros Valley, as you enjoy delicious wood fired pizzas, cold beer, and Gloria’s award winning wines. Listen to live acoustics provided by the No Buenos, and make this a Father’s Day to remember! Cost: $70. Location: 23555 Highway 12, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer of Love Father's Day BBQ
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sunday, 12:30–7 pm

    Meet us at the Mart for a day filled with music and BBQ to celebrate Dad! Belcampo will be in the courtyard serving up roasted porchetta sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and wings, grilled Mexican street corn, and libations to enjoy while you listen to Big Brother & the Holding Company (yes, the real one!). The Summer of Love series starts off with the love of the wonderful fathers in our community. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hats Off to Dad at Roaring Camp Railroads
    Felton, Santa Cruz Mountains
    Sunday, 11 am, 12:30 pm & 2 pm

    Spend Father's Day riding the rails through the redwoods. Roaring Camp's Hats Off to Dad event features steam train rides and a chuck wagon BBQ. Each dad receives a free engineer's cap with purchase of a train ride and BBQ platter. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Mountain Play: Beauty and the Beast
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Sunday is the last performance of the Mountain Play's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Pack a picnic and treat Dad to a theatrical experience in the great outdoors. All shows begin at 2 pm. Tickets range from $25–$40 general admission. Information for group discounts, reserved seating, and tickets are available at the Mountain Play website.
  • BBQ on the Lawn
    Rancho Nicasio
    Sunday, 4 pm

    Enjoy a Father's Day BBQ on the Lawn at Rancho Nicasio. Sunday's concert features Elvin Bishop and special guest Sonny Rawls. For all ages. Gates open at 3 pm; music starts at 4 pm. Admission $30 advance, $35 at the door; food and drink extra. Children under 3 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Belvedere's Concerts in the Park
    Belvedere
    Sunday, 4 pm

    Belvedere's Concerts in the Park presents a free Father's Day concert with Phil Claypool performing American Country and the Beatles; the Marin Men's Chorus opens. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sundays, 2–4 pm

    Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Corte Madera Town Center. For more information, visit their website.
  • Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Sundays, 5–6 pm

    Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the amazing line-up of fine local bands. This Sunday: Corte Madera Big Band. For more info, visit their website.

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