Marin Weekend Family Fun for June 23, 24 & 25

June 23, 2017

Italian Street Painting Marin
Celebrate the Summer of Love this weekend at the 2017 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 23

  • NASCAR Cup Series
    Sonoma Raceway
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    Experience exciting NASCAR Cup Series action on the road course at Sonoma Raceway! There are numerous events happening each day, including autograph sessions and a chance to meet Lightning McQueen and other characters from Disney/Pixar's Cars 3. Kids 12 and under admitted free on Friday and Saturday; $10 on Sunday. For more info and a complete schedule, visit their website.
  • Pasados Del Presidio: Afternoon Fun for Kids
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Friday, noon–3 pm

    Ever wonder what Early California was like? Come see history come to life! Enjoy hands-on activities, storytelling, a tortilla-making demo, and more. Afternoon music and dance by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano. Free, but registration required. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, noon–12 am

    This year's theme is "Great Eggspectations", and you'll find plenty of family fun including carnival rides with a kiddie carnival for younger children, pig races, a safari adventure, "Agventure Land" for agricultural fun, strolling clowns, jugglers, and silly characters, and artst and crafts and a petting zoo at Clo's Kids Corner. You'll also find livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, chef demonstrations, a destruction derby, and more. Of course the fair's famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest, will take place, too! Admission appplies. Location: 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, off East Washington Street on the west side of Highway 101. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Circus Bella
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, noon & Saturday, noon & 2:15 pm

    Experience the energy of Beat-era San Francisco through its latest arrival, a poet and hopeful dreamer, as he discovers the daring artists that truly make the city one of a kind. Circus Bella translates the magic of daily city life into circus infused with the poetry, live music and comedy. Free. 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 Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, 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! 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: Spanish Gypsy Jazz with Barrio Manouche. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Summer of Love Dance Party
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–10 pm

    Make sure you wear a flower in your hair in the spirit of the Summer of 1967 at PIER 39’s free Summer of Love Dance Party, in collaboration with the official Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Celebration. Stop by the Museum of Craft & Design’s tent to make a paper flower crown from 6-8 pm and then dance the night away with music from Mania! The Live Beatles Experience from 6-8pm and DJ Bart from 8-10pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm–Saturday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friends of the River Barn Dance
    Downtown Petaluma
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Time to kick off summer with an old fashioned barn dance. Join Friends and the Evie Laden Band for a night of dancing, live music, local food and drinks. Adults: $20; Kids free. Purchase tickets here. Location: Steamer Landing Park – D & Copeland Street, Petaluma. 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: Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (jazz). 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, Zydeco Flames. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Campfire Program at Chicken Ranch Beach
    Inverness
    Friday, 7–9 pm

    Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. 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 flashlight. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Location: Meet at the Chicken Ranch Beach pullout.Questions: Contact Supervising Adam Craig or visit their website.

Saturday, June 24

  • 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

    Celebrate the Summer of Love at the 2017 Italian Street Painting Marin event! See the artwork of over 100 madonnari, listen to great live music, participate in fun children's activities, and more. Admission: $10, $15 for a two-day pass; kids 12 and under free. Location: 5th Avenue and A Street, downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pasados Del Presidio: San Francisco’s Birthday
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday, 10:30 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.
  • SF Pride Celebration and Parade
    San Francisco Civic Center
    Saturday, noon–6 pm & Sunday, 10:30 am–6 pm
    San Francisco's 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.
  • Creative Family Fun: A-maize-ing Corn Hust Dolls
    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! Travel back in time and learn how to make a corn husk doll, just as the Spanish colonist children at El Presidio did. Free. Registration preferred but not required. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
    Saturday–Sunday, noon–12 am

    This year's theme is "Great Eggspectations", and you'll find plenty of family fun including carnival rides with a kiddie carnival for younger children, pig races, a safari adventure, "Agventure Land" for agricultural fun, strolling clowns, jugglers, and silly characters, and artst and crafts and a petting zoo at Clo's Kids Corner. You'll also find livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, chef demonstrations, a destruction derby, and more. Of course the fair's famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest, will take place, too! Admission appplies. Location: 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, off East Washington Street on the west side of Highway 101. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Circus Bella
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon & 2:15 pm

    Experience the energy of Beat-era San Francisco through its latest arrival, a poet and hopeful dreamer, as he discovers the daring artists that truly make the city one of a kind. Circus Bella translates the magic of daily city life into circus infused with the poetry, live music and comedy. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm

    Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pueblo Day: The Founding of Sonoma
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Bring the entire family to experience a town of the Northern Frontier. Featuring Los Gu'achis band, Hurdy Gurdy Dale and his collection of 1840s pistols, tortilla making, uniformed militia, California Treks in Time activity trunks, and other activities. Free, for all ages. Location: Sonoma Barracks Courtyard, Downtown Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family STEM Saturdays
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm
    Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome.This Month: Rainbow Crystal Sculptures. All ages welcome. Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kid's Night at the Museum
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 5–9 pm

    Drop your kids off for after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum. Kids will have the Museum all to themselves for pizza dinner, games, art, crafts, and cartooning. Cost: $32 per child. Discount of $5 off for siblings. Advance reservations required--register online or call (707) 284-1272. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Indoor Power Play
    Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato

    Saturday, 6–9 pm
    Drop the kiddos ( K-8 th grade) for some indoor fun. They can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. Bring the kids in on a rainy day or any day to burn some energy. Cost: $24/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies at the Park: Disney's Moana
    Pocket Park, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 7 pm
    Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and family to enjoy a fun outdoor movie! Snacks, drinks and Kona Ice snow cones will be available for purchase. Bring your family to enjoy a Police Vehicle Demonstration at 7 pm. Guests can enter the park 45 minutes before showtime, approx. 7:45 pm. Movie beings 15 minutes after sunset, approx. 8:40pm. Location: Behind Novato Gymnastics Center, 950 Seventh Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Star Party
    Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
    Saturday, 8 pm

    Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions. $3 per adult, free for 18 and under; $8 parking fee. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, June 25

  • 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.
  • Learn to Skate—Free Clinic
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–noon

    Join us at the McInnis skatepark where rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners as well as ways to attack features that build confidence and skill. This event is geared towards the newbie skateboarder and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Park entrance is free. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Bahia
    Rush Creek  Preserve, Novato
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    This open oak woodland at the edge of the San Pablo Bay wetlands offers us a variety of habitats to explore. We’ll head to a nice clearing at the top of the ridge where the kids can explore, while we let butterflies and other creatures come to us. Remember to bring lunch. This event is ideal for all ages. Meet at the Bahia trailhead near the end of Bahia Drive in Novato. 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.
  • Dog Day Afternoon and Cook-out
    Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito
    Sunday, 12–4 pm
    Celebrate alongside your loyal companion at Cavallo Point Lodge for a cook-out to benefit Marin Humane. There will be lots of family fun that includes a puparazzi photo booth, pet boutique, food, drinks live music and more. Cost: $55 online or $65 at the door. Location:
    601 Murray Circle Sausalito
    601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Cal Sailing Club
    Berkeley Marina
    Sunday, 1–4 pm

    Offering free introductory sailboat rides to the general public aboard their fleet of keelboats and dinghies. Children must be at least 5 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Make sure you arrive early-this is a popular event. Location: 124 Universary Avenue, Berkeley Marina. 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival: Kool & the Gang
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Stern Grove Festival's 80th Season kicks off in a big way with the Big Picnic starring Kool & The Gang! Oakland-based Quinn DeVeaux serves up early R&B, modern soul, and timeless blues. 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 www.sterngrove.org.
  • Poolside Jam: Tom Rhodes
    Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Evie Ladin Band with Keith Terry & Erik Pearson (Neo-Trad Kinetic Roots Trio). Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Italian Street Painting Marin (see Saturday for details).