Marin Family Weekend Fun for June 26, 27 & 28

June 27, 2015
Italian Street Painting Marin
Take a trip to Venice this weekend at the 2015 Italian Street Painting Marin in downtown San Rafael.

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

Friday, June 26

  • Sonoma-Marin Fair
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, noon–11 pm

    Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair offers fun for the whole family, with farm animals and demonstrations, concerts, food and drink, carnival rides, and of course the famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Admission at the gate is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 4–12 and seniors 65+. Admission includes all entertainment, concerts, and carnival rides. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Circus Bella
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday &
    Saturday, noon–1 pm
    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Back by popular demand! Circus Bella is top-notch circus acrobatics, aerial artistry, and daring feats of balance and strength, set to original live music of Rob Reich and the Circus Bella All-Star Band. Meet the artists after each show! This show will take place on the Esplanade. 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: Rhythmtown Jive. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • 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, Mojo Rising will be performing electrifying blues. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Join us this summer for live music, food, and fun for the entire family at Marinwood Park! Each of these free concerts will feature high quality music from some of the Bay Area's top rock, bluegrass, and folk artists. Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for the adults. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and kick off the weekend Marinwood-style. This Friday: Go By Ocean. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: A Whale of a Time
    Downtown Tibruon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the entire family for a night of fun. Dance to the Cole Tate Band's mix of country, blues, rock and americana. Great activities for kids, including a whale scavenger hunt, will be offered. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Music Series
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato

    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Bring your chairs and enjoy a picnic from Paradise Foods or sit outside the local restaurants including Boca Pizzeria, Taki Japanese restaurant, and La Coppa coffee and Tea. Enjoy the music of Edgardo & Candela, a Salsa band based in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 26 years. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, June 27

  • 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). For more info, visit their website.
  • Opening Day: Point Reyes Farmer's Market
    Toby's Feed Barn on Main Street
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Opening day festivities include live music from the Tim Weed and Common Voice Choir, chef’s booth demonstration with Ed Vigil, a welcoming ceremony, and Kids' Zone Reading Time. For more info, visit their website.
  • Italian Street Painting Marin
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm & Sunday 10 am–6 pm

    Take a trip to Venice at Carnevale di Venezia, the 2015 Italian Street Painting Marin event! See the artwork of over 100 madonnari and a parade of costumes, take part in a pre-event mask making competition, listen to great live music, participate in fun children's activities, and experience tastes and sips of Italiy. Admission: $5 Saturday, $10 Sunday; kids 12 and under free. Location: 5th Avenue and A Street, downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
    San Anselmo Avenue
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    resented by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, now in its 32nd year, this free festival has a long tradition of providing great entertainment, arts and crafts, terrific food and family-friendly activities to the community of Marin and the greater Bay Area. Over the years, on average, the event draws about 30,000 attendees per year. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF Pride Celebration and Parade
    Saturday, noon–6 pm & Sunday, 11 am–6:30 pm
    San Francisco Civic Center
    San Francisco's 44th annual Pride Celebration is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation, and features over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 20 stages and venues—featuring both up-and-coming and headline acts—at the foot of the city's historic City Hall. The parade kicks off on Sunday at 10:30 am at Market and Beale Streets and ends at Market and 8th Streets. $5 suggested donation. For more information, visit their website.
  • Pasados Del Presidio: San Francisco’s “Birthday”
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Descendants of the original founding families of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition (1775–76) return to the Presidio to recognize the journey of their forefathers and the founding of El Presidio de San Francisco. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Poolside Jam: Jonathan Devoto
    Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm

    Enjoy local bands at the SRD pool. Bring a picnic and sit poolside or jump in the water and relax while listening to music. Arrive early as space is limited at these events! Please review pool rules prior to the event. For safety purposes alcohol and glass will not be allowed at the pool facility. Free for pool pass holders, $5 general public. For more info, visit their website.
  • Great American Backyard Campout
    Point Bonita YMCA, Sausalito
    Saturday, 3:30 pm to Sunday, 11 am

    Get outdoors and celebrate the National Park Service's 100 year anniversary with a fun campout in the Marin Headlands. Explore and celebrate our National Park through games, hikes, a Golden Gate National Revcreation Area park ranger-led campfire, and food donated by Whole Foods! Cost: $35 adults, $8 youth, free for kids 5 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night: Pirate Theme!
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Bring the whole family for a night of pirate themed family fun at the Mill Valley Community Center! Swim or participate in lots of family friendly activities including: costume contest, staff led games and contests, jumpee, face painting and kid nail salon and a kid-friendly movie playing for those who do not want to swim. Only $10 for the entire family! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Family Sunset Hike at Rush Creek
    Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 8–9:30 pm

    Join Ranger Mike Warner for a fun sunset and night hike at Rush Creek, where we’ll see a beautiful sunset and enjoy the unique views of this wonderful preserve. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. Friendly leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at Pinheiro Fire Road Gate. For questions, call (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.

Sunday, June 28

  • 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.
  • Huge Baby & Kids Consignment Sale
    First Congretional Church of Berkeley
    Sunday, 9 am–2:30 pm (closed 12:30–1:30 pm)
    Every year, Twins by the Bay holds a huge consignment sale where members can sell gently used maternity and children's items to other members and the general public. The event will be closed from 12:30–1:30 pm. $5 fill-a-bag starting at 1:30 pm. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley at 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Open Gardens Celebration
    Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, Sebastopol
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Children’s activities, wildflower display, walking tours, bird and butterfly sightings, plants, books, and crafts for sale. Each summer, Hallberg Butterfly Gardens invites friends and neighbors from all over to come to Graton and enjoy a day with them. Free, no reservations needed. Location: 8687 Oak Grove Avenue, Sebastopol. 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. This Sunday: Allegra. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival: Randy Newman & Hot Club of San Francisco
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    The free Stern Grove Festival presents Randy Newman and Hot Club of San Francisco this Sunday at 2 pm. Arrive early—space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free admission. From noon until 1 pm before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. For more info, go to
  • Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show
    Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    The public is welcome to come and take a close look at their wonderful boats and history of the CYC. There will be model boat building for kids too. The gate fee is $10,  which includes a detailed program of attending boats. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult free. Great music all day by the San Francisco Feetwarmers jazz band. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Sundays, 5–6:30 pm

    Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. This Sunday, Corte Madera Town Band. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Italian Street Painting Marin (see Saturday for details).