Marin Family Weekend Events for July 4, 5 & 6

July 2, 2014
Marin County Fair
Meet Stormtroopers 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 Independence Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, July 4

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

  • Red, White, and Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Red, White, and Zoo is the place to see all of the Zoo’s red, white and blue animals. See special animal feedings and hear Keeper Talks about the adorable red panda, white pelicans, polar bears, and more. You might even get up close to a blue-tongued skink! Also, don’t miss live animal shows all weekend long at the Wells Fargo Wildlife Theatre. If that’s not enough, stop by the Playfield Lawn for summertime concerts by kids folk band Hanna Banana, get your face painted, and enjoy the long weekend at the San Francisco Zoo. Free with paid Zoo admission. Location: The Great Highway and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato’s 21st Annual Fourth of July Parade
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, 10 am

    Novato’s 21st Annual Fourth of July Paradeis 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: www.novatoparade.com.
  • Sausalito 4th of July Parade
    Sausalito
    Friday, 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.
  • Corte Madera-Larkspur Chambers of Commerce 4th of July Parade
    Redwood High School
    Friday, 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 www.cortemadera.org.
  • Marin County Fair
    Marin County Fairgrounds, San Rafael
    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    The 2014 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.
  • Town of Ross 4th of July Parade and Picnic
    Ross Common
    Friday, 11 am

    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: www.townofross.org
  • July 4th Fundraiser & Ice Cream Social
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Watch the fireworks over Sausalito and enjoy a family-friendly evening. Ticket price includes ice cream and popcorn and supports the Center's work. Feel free to bring your own beverages and picnic. Adults $25, children $15. Popcorn and ice cream will be available 6:30–8:30 pm. Games until dusk. Limited space—reserve your spot now. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info and reservations, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Fireworks Extravaganza
    Spinnaker Point, Sausalito
    Friday, 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: www.ci.sausalito.ca.us
  • Fair Fireworks and S'Mores 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. Rangers will roast up s’mores just in time for the firework show that begins promptly at 9:30 pm. Please dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Questions: Contact Ranger Blain Thompson at (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.

Saturday, July 5

  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums, San Francisco
    Saturday & 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 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.
  • 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 fun, music, and recipes from the Singing Chef, and live folk rock by Hophead. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fun Family Walk
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    This is a Healthy Parks, Healthy People event. Come out and enjoy a beautiful summer morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easy going, one-mile walk with your family in this beautiful bayside park. Please dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Water and healthy snacks will be provided. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi at (415) 446-4423 or ABocchi@marincounty.org. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • 4th of July Celebration at Playland Not at the Beach
    El Cerrito
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Celebrate 4th of July weekend at this unique hands-on museum of fun in El Cerrito. Playland Not at the Beach has over 30 pinball machines, challenging carnival games, and more. This weekend, take part in a baseball-themed scavenger hunt, and enjoy magical performances by Fabulous Frank (Saturday) and Scott Alcalay (Sunday) at 1 and 3 pm. Admission: Adults $15, children and seniors $10. Location: 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Shrek: The Musical
    Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    It’s the story of everyone’s favorite ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that friendship and love aren’t only found in fairy tales.Cost: adults: $34–$40, children 6–12 $25–$30, children 3–5 $17–$23. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Boot Camp
    Saturday, 2–4 pm
    Main Post, Presidio of San Francisco

    Learn basic soldier drills and about Presidio Military life while getting fit. Family Boot Camp will conclude at Inspiration Point after a brisk hike up the Ecology Trail. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. All ages and fitness levels welcome. Meet at the Main Post Parade Ground in front of the Presidio Visitor Center on 105 Montgomery Street. Reservations required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: As You Like It  Preview
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 pm & Sunday, 4 pm

    This weekend's performances are "Pay As You Like It" previews: 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.
  • San Francisco Opera at AT&T Park: La Traviata
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 8 pm

    San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants invite you to Opera at the Ballpark on Saturday, July 5 for a free performance of Verdi's La Traviata, simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House. Register online for best seating. Golden Gate Ferry will provide service to and from Larkspur and AT&T Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fireworks over Bodega Bay
    Westside Park
    Saturday, 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, email chamber@bodegabayca.org or visit their website.
  • Red, White, and Zoo (see Friday for details)
  • Marin County Fair (see Friday for details)

Sunday, July 6

  • 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.
  • Off the Grid: Food Truck Extravaganza
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam. For more info, visit their website.
  • Build Hummingbird Feeders
    Stafford Lake, Novato
    Sunday, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

    Come enjoy a fun and easy woodworking project and help attract birds to your summer garden. Bring your junior woodworker and join the rangers at Stafford Lake Park to assemble and decorate hummingbird feeders. No experience is necessary. Kits and healthy snacks will be provided. No animals (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Please reserve your spot (and your kit) by emailing staffordpark@marincounty.org. Meet at Stafford Lake Park at 3549 Novato Boulevard just west of Novato. Parking is free. 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: $10 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picklewater Free Circus Festival
    Union Square, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2-4 pm

    Come one and all, big and small to the 2014 season of clowning, hula hoops, contortion, music, unicycles and acrobats and so much more at the Picklewater Free Circus Festival as Union Square Live presents a month of free Sunday shows. 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. Come and enjoy R&B by the Blues Burners. 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, Edwin Outwater, conductor 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 www.sterngrove.org.
  • Red, White, and Zoo (see Friday for details)
  • 4th of July Celebration at Playland Not at the Beach (see Saturday for details)
  • Marin County Fair (see Friday for details)
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: As You Like It Preview (see Saturday for details)