Marin Family Weekend Events for July 5, 6 & 7

July 5, 2013
Meet Boba Fett and other characters from the Star Wars universe at the Marin County Fair this weekend.

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 5

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

    The 2013 Marin County Fair celebrates Marin's outstanding public schools with its theme Schools Rule! 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: $16 adults, $14 children 12 and under and seniors 65+, free for children 3 and under. For more information, call (415) 473-6800 or visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: The Unique Derique
    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. Children's show of New Orleans music. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concerts Under The Oak
    Northgate, Oak Plaza
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Northgate’s 4th annual summer concert series, Concerts Under the Oak, is held in the Oak Plaza next to Kohl’s. This week: The Unauthorized Rolling Stones. In addition, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will have one of their signature beers available for $5 a glass for those 21 and over. A limited number of seats will be provided, but people are encouraged to bring their own seating. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Juke Joint, sponsored by Cavallo Point. For more info, 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.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Spanish Tragedy "Pay What You Will" Preview
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday, 8 pm

    Marin Shakespeare Company presents a preview performance of its production of Thomas Kyd's Spanish Tragedy, one of Elizabethan England's most popular plays and an inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet and Titus Andronicus. This is a "Pay What You Will" preview: donations of any amount are accepted at the door. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night In The Park: Super 8
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8:30 pm

    Grab the family, blanket, pillows, low back chairs and some popcorn and enjoy an outdoor family-friendly movie at San Anselmo's Creek Park. Arrive at 8 pm, movie begins at dusk. Donations appreciated. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 6

  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums, San Francisco
    Saturday and Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free this weekend: the Chabot Space & Science Center, Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, and the Legion of Honor. 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.
  • Point Reyes Farmer's Market
    Toby's Feed Barn on Main Street
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    The Point Reyes Farmers Market features the best West Marin has to offer: the freshest locally grown organic produce, baked goods, artisan cheeses, olive oils, grass-fed beef products, homemade preserves, oysters, bee products, flowers, locally produced wool clothing, and body care products. This weekend, enjoy a hands-on kids' food demo and live folk music by Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan. For more info, visit their website.
  • Birding for Kids
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    Saturday, 10-11:30 am
    Birding for kids begins with a mini-class-show and tell on calls and songs, beaks, bones and wings etc. All youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 6–12. Meet at front gate of the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way.  Cost: adults $10, children free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Spanish Tragedy Preview
    Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, San Rafael
    Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm

    Marin Shakespeare Company presents a preview performance of its production of Thomas Kyd's Spanish Tragedy, one of Elizabethan England's most popular plays and an inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet and Titus Andronicus. Discounted preview ticket prices are adults and seniors $22 and youth $15. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). To purchase tickets or for more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night In The Park: Return of the Jedi
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 8:30 pm

    Grab the family, blanket, pillows, low back chairs and some popcorn and enjoy an outdoor family-friendly movie at San Anselmo's Creek Park. Arrive at 8 pm, movie begins at dusk. Donations appreciated. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fair Fireworks from McInnis
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8:30 pm

    In celebration of our nation’s birthday and the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area initiative, come see the Marin County Fair fireworks from the top of Nike site at McInnis Park! It’s an easy uphill stroll from the skatepark parking lot to the sweeping bay view and surrounding hills, including China Camp and Mount Tam. For more info call (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.
  • Marin County Fair (see Friday for details)

Sunday, July 7

  • 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, great food, 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.
  • Off the Grid: Food Truck Extravaganza
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Experience and eight or more gourmet food trucks and live music from noon to 1:30 pm on Sundays at this mobile food extravaganza at Marin Country Mart. For more information, visit their website.
  • Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool!
    San Rafael
    Sunday, 12:30 pm

    Bring the family to the Marinwood Pool for live music, a bounce house, games, BBQ, and of course fun in the pool! Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Drop-In Art Making: The Power of Color
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1–3 pm

    In celebration of the exhibition Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, explore the processes of great modern artists like Rothko, Pollack, and Klee as you paint, sculpt, and explore the world of abstract art. Free with Museum admission; Youth 18 and under always free 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: Americana and country blues by the Muddy Roses. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival: San Francisco Symphony
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    The San Francisco Symphony performs with conductor Edwin Outwater and soprano Measha Brueggergosman. The afternoon’s program features Gershwin's An American in Paris, Ravel's Bolero, and French and American songs. Admission is free. Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website. 
  • Marin County Fair (see Friday for details)
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Spanish Tragedy Preview (see Saturday for details)