Marin Family Weekend Fun for July 8, 9 & 10

July 7, 2016

Flower Piano returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

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, July 8

  • Flower Piano
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Friday–Sunday, 7:30 am–6 pm

    Visitors are encouraged to seek out the twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden's 55 acres and play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekend days, professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch and listen. Free after admission. Location: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Red Panda Acrobats
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. 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. This show will take place on the Esplanade. 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. This Friday, Dance-Off: Swing 2 with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. 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 Lara Price Band performs blues. 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, Vibrasón. 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! 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: Waterstrider. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Marin Summer Theater: Little Shop of Horrors
    San Marin High School, Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm

    A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students and seniors; $25 reserved. Location: 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Theatre Company: Relativity! The Musical
    Fairfax Pavilion
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    Fairfax Theatre Company presents Relativity! The Musical. Doors open at 7:30 pm; curtain at 8 pm. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $10 kids 12 and under. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 9

  • Cotati Kids Day Parade & Festival
    Downtown Cotati
    Saturday, 7 am–2 pm

    The 24th annual Cotati Kids Day Parade & Festival kicks off with a free pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 am followed by a parade at 10 am that goes from Cotati City Hall to La Plaza Park. The festival includes a jump house, live music, entertainment by host Fiz-Nick Rick, free games and prizes, arts and crafts, and more. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and live music from 11 am–12:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free E-Waste Recycling
    Marin Civic Center VMA Parking Lot
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Bring your old computers, laptops, cellphones, telephones, printers and more at this weeken's free e-waste event. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circuit Craze
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon
    Come join us for a morning of simple science learning and fun for the whole family! We’ll have fun making simple circuit art projects together. Best for children of all abilities ages 4–10 with caregivers. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Billowing Birdmobiles
    Presidio Officers 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! The Presidio is home to hundreds of bird species, from hummingbirds to Great Blue herons. Come design your own bird mobile and bring some of the Presidio’s birds home with you! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wine Country Big Q
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    Everyone loves barbecue and some of the best pit masters will be here to serve you up a slice. Sample great “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award-winning brews while enjoying great rock and blues music. Bring all of your senses to life as you wander amongst the teams to see, smell and taste mouthwatering barbecue. Location: 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Ariel has always dreamed of leaving her underwater kingdom to see what lies beyond the sea. When she falls in love with a handsome prince who lives on land, she's willing to give up everything to be with him. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film. Tickets: $23–$60. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Sundown Safari
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 5 pm–Sunday, 10 am

    Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the zoo, a special behind the scenes, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and s’mores! For families with children ages 4 and up. Cost: $85 per person; $75 for zoo members. Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Nights: African Music
    Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and the art room will be open for coloring fun. This Saturday features Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, with food by Big Jim's BBQ and Kid Zone sponsored by DrawBridge. Cost: $20 members $23 general public advance, $28 at the door; kids 17 and under free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Astronomy Night on Mt. Tam
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheater & Rock Springs Parking Area, Mt. Tamalpais
    Saturday, 8:30 pm

    Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, director of the Carl Sagan Center, will discuss the current scientific revolution in astrobiology, with the latest updates from current missions, the existing plans for new ones, and where we stand on our quest to understanding habitability and finding life beyond Earth. Afterwards, enjoy a star party in the Rock Springs parking lot. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, July 10

  • Miracle Mile & 5K
    San Rafael
    Sunday, 7 am
    The San Rafael Miracle Mile and 5K features fun runs for the entire family. All races start and finish on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael. Registration: For more info, $35/$45. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Roy's Redwoods Trail Run
    Sunday, 9 am–11 am
    Roy's Redwoods Preserve, San Geronimo
    Come out and experience the joy of trail running with a 2.5-mile run on the Roy’s Redwoods Loop Trail. This event is ideal for ages 10 and up. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. RSVPs appreciated but not required: Ranger Lindsay Contreras at (415) 473-2816. Meet at the Roy's Redwoods Loop Trailhead on Nicasio Valley Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pancake Breakfast at West Point Inn
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family for a delicious Sunday morning breakfast and breathtaking mountaintop view of San Francisco and the bay area. Come enjoy flufffy pancakes, tasty sausage, and hot coffee for only $10 (kids are $5). Orange juice and cantaloupe are available for $1 extra. Scenic views and live music are included with your breakfast. For more info, visit their website.
  • The French Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
    Sunday 9 am–3 pm

    Come shop at this French-style street market for antiques, books, clothes, toys, and much more. Enjoy crepes, live music, and more! Free admission and parking. For more info, visit their website.
  • 15th Annual Art & Garden Festival
    Downtown Petaluma
    Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Bring the family and enjoy free live music by four bands and browse the streets of downtown that will be lined with more than 150 booths from local artists, gardeners, restaurants, wineries and breweries! This is one of Petaluma's favorite festivals as there is something for everyone, including the Italian Street Art Competition, formerly known as the Chalk Art Competition, as well as a Children's Corner! For more info, visit their website.
  • Off the Grid: 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.
  • Union Square Live: Circus Bella's Out of Line!
    Union Square, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2–3 pm

    Circus Bella, San Francisco’s favorite one-ring circus, returns with Out of Line!, an entirely new production conceived and directed by founders Abigail Munn and David Hunt. Set to original music performed by the Circus Bella All-Star Band, the 60-minute show features static trapeze, rope walking, juggling, contortion, clowning, and acrobatics, while incorporating a delightful array of local and guest artists. Free. Location: 333 Post Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Poolside Jam: Gail Muldrow
    Strawberry Recreation District
    Sunday, 2:30–4:30 pm

    Enjoy local bands at the pool. Bring the family, a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music and swimming in the pool. Cardholders get in free or $5 per person. For more info, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family and enjoy the music the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Edwin Outwater. Programs and activities for children on the Kid Stage from noon to 1 pm before every concert. Free admission. Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. 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, Highway Poets (Americana/soul). Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.