Marin Family Weekend Events for July 3, 4 & 5

July 3, 2015

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

Friday, July 3

  • Marin County Fair
    Marin County Fairgrounds, San Rafael
    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    Come to the fair for over 12,000 exhibits, carnival rides, headline entertainment, the barnyard, an international short film and video festival, nightly fireworks, and more! Admission: $20 adults, $15 children 4–12 and seniors 65+, free for children 3 and under. For more information, call (415) 473-6800 or visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Caterpillar Puppets
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11-11:30 am & 12:15-12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse Amadeus who needs encouragement from the audience to fulfill his calling. 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: Beaufunk featuring Michael Jeffries. 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, the Starduster Orchestra. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • San Francisco Opera at AT&T Park: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro
    San Francisco
    Friday, 7:30 pm

    San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants invite you to Opera at the Ballpark on Friday for a free performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fair Fireworks and S’more Feast
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 8:30–10:30 pm

    In celebration of our nation’s birthday, come see the Marin County Fair fireworks from the top of the Nike Site at McInnis Park. It is an easy uphill stroll from the skatepark parking lot to sweeping views of the bay and surrounding hills. Rangers will prepare s’mores just in time for the firework show that begins promptly at 9:30 pm. Don’t forget to bring low back chairs or a blanket. Hot chocolate and s’more fixings provided. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fireworks over Bodega Bay
    Westside Park
    Friday, 9:30 pm

    Fireworks show produced by Pyro Spectaculars will start at dark around 9:30 pm. The display can be seen from all around Bodega Bay. Handicap parking at Westside Park. For more information, visit their website

Saturday, July 4

Here are a few of the fantastic 4th of July events taking place in Marin this Saturday. For a complete list of Independence Day events, parades, and fireworks displays in Marin and throughout the Bay Area, check out our article here.

  • The 61st annual Buckaroo Breakfast
    Saturday, 7–10 am

    The annual Buckaroo Breakfast is a traditional part of the 4th of July festivities in Novato. Breakfast is served at the Redwood Credit Union parking lot at 1010 Grant Avenue in downtown Novato. Come enjoy eggs, pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Novato, proceeds benefit Novato Youth Center. Suggested donation: $7 for adults, $5 for kids. Info:
  • Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8:30–11:30 am

    Join the Marinwood firefighters on the 4th of July for pancakes at the Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Adults $8, children under 11 $5, and seniors (over 65) $5. For more info call (415) 479-0122 or visit
  • Novato’s 22nd Annual Fourth of July Parade
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 10 am

    Novato’s 22nd Annual Fourth of July Parade is one of the largest in the Bay Area and begins at 10 am in downtown Novato on Grant Ave. between Reichert and 7th Avenue. Every year Novato hosts 15,000 to 20,000 spectators and over 100 parade entries ranging from classic cars and vintage military vehicles to Irish bagpipers and a Chinese drum and bell corps. Along the parade route, you will also find food and refreshment booths and souvenir t-shirts. Info:
  • Sausalito 4th of July Parade
    Saturday, 10 am

    Sausalito’s one-of-a-kind 4th of July parade starts at Second and Main Streets at 10 am, and moves along Bridgeway and into Dunphy Park at noon. A picnic in Dunphy Park and games follow the parade at noon. Live music starts at noon and lasts all day. Food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and famous traditional egg toss help make this an exciting event for the whole family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Venetia Marsh Stroll
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Join Ranger Luke Bishop for a stroll around beautiful Santa Venetia Marsh. This low-intensity, one mile hike is a great introduction to exercise for all ages. This is a Healthy Parks, Healthy People event.This event is ideal for all ages. We will provide water and healthy snacks. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. High fire danger cancels: Call (415) 473-7191 to get an update. For more info, call Ranger Luke Bishop at (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.
  • Sonoma's Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
    Sonoma Square, Downtown Sonoma
    Saturday, 10 am-5 pm

    The parade begins at 10:00am and traverses the Plaza before ending with a Wet Zone to cool things off. After the parade, enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with food, drink and game booths run by Sonoma's non-profit organizations. All proceeds raised from the celebration benefit Sonoma's nonprofit community. For more info, visit their website.
  • Corte Madera-Larkspur 4th of July Parade
    Redwood High School
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    One of the biggest 4th of July events in Marin, the parade boasts the elaborate floats, precision drill teams, classic cars, and the Corte Madera Town Band. Accompanying festivities at Corte Madera's Town Park take place from 9 am–5 pm include arts and crafts, food and drink, carnival games, children's activities, bounce houses, and stage shows. The parade leaves Redwood High School at 10:30 am and winds through downtown Larkspur from Magnolia Street and into Corte Madera by way of Tamalpais Street until it reaches Corte Madera Town Center. Info: (415) 924-0441 or
  • Town of Ross 4th of July Parade and Picnic
    Ross Common
    Saturday, 11 am-2 pm

    The town of Ross celebrates the 4th of July at its annual parade and picnic on the Ross Common. Festivities begin at 11 am with a one-of-a-kind parade followed by a picnic lunch and old fashioned games. Food trucks will offer a tasty selection of fare for lunch. More info:
  • July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Saturday, 6:30–9:30 pm

    Enjoy live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display off Spinnaker Point. Fireworks begin at 9:20 pm. This year, the display is set to music—tune in to 1610 AM or Comcast Cable channel 30 during the show. Info:
  • 4th of July Weekend BBQ on the Lawn
    Rancho Nicasio Restaurant & Bar
    Saturday, 4 pm

    Rancho Nicasio Restaurant & Bar will hold its annual 4th of July Weekend BBQ on the Lawn, featuring Zydeco Flames, at 4 pm at the town square (doors open at 3 pm). The cost is $15 per person. Children under 3 are free. Bring your beach blankets and low-backed sand chairs. Picnic tables reservable for parties of 8 or more. Location: on the town square in Nicasio. For more info, call (415) 662-2219 or
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Cymbeline
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 pm & Sunday, 4 pm

    Performances of Shakespeare's magical romantic comedy take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). Tickets: $35 general, $32 seniors, $10 youth. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin County Fair (see Friday for details)

Sunday, July 5

  • 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.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
    Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am

    On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Sundays at the Asian Art Musuem
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
    Target First Free Sundays—free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—are made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival: San Francisco Symphony
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    The free Stern Grove Festival presents San Francisco Symphony with vocalist Shara Worden, soprano Julie Adams and mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier 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
  • 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, Matt Jaffe and the Distractions. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin County Fair (see Friday for details)
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Cymbeline (see Saturday for details)