Marin Weekend Family Events for July 19, 20 & 21

July 19, 2013
U-pick at local farms this weekend!
Pick your own produce at a local farm 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 19

  • Sean's Shadow Puppets
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11 am–noon

    Musician and puppet artist Sean Powers performs beautifully crafted shadow puppet plays adapted from folklore. For preschool and up. Free. Location: Chamber Council, 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. For more info, call (415) 258-4656 or visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
    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. This Friday: Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble. Weaving the oldest musical instrument, the human body, with instrumental webs of hand drums, bells, claves, gongs, trap set, banjo, voice, and more, Crosspulse embodies a virtual world tour. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy Fab Four tunes by Beatles Flashback and an al fresco dinner from Boca Pizzeria, Taki Japanese Restaurant or Paradise Foods under the stars! Free shows start at 6 pm and are free of charge. Arrive early for best parking. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more information, 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: Dalt Williams Quintet, sponsored by Sausalito Lions Club. 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: Beatles tribute band Revolver. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: The Comedy of Errors
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday and Sunday, 8 pm

    Marin Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). Friday's performance is a "pay what you will" preview. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Rafael Young Performers Theatre: The King and I
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & Sunday, 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm

    Enjoy the musical and dancing talents of over 60 young people.The summer 2013 performance is The King and I. All performances are held at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael. General admission $15. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: School of Rock
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8:30 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of School of Rock at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Free. Donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars: Fantastical Family Night
    Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday and Saturday, 5 pm

    TTC’s Fantastical Family Night is fun for the entire family! Showcasing Broadway and Hollywood performers straight from New York and LA, this night of interactive entertainment is saturated with classic Broadway and Disney songs alike. Featuring a special and exclusive performance by TTC’s Broadway Kids Camp, these concerts have been applauded in the past for bringing laughter, joy and inspiration to kids (and adults) of all ages!. Pre-show picnicking starts at 5 pm; show begins at 7:30 pm. $42 general admission, $29 for ages under 21 and $25 ages 4–12. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, July 20

  • Paradise Fishing Derby
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 8:30–10:30 am

    Join rangers for Marin County Parks' annual fishing contest! Prizes awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish! A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Questions: Contact Ranger Mike Maraccini at (415) 435-9212. Meet at the fishing pier in Paradise Beach Park in Tiburon (3450 Paradise Dr). Park entrance fee is $10. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Days
    Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncan Mills
    Satuday and Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Come and experience Civil War living history in the Sonoma County town of Duncans Mills. Interact with soldiers and civilans and see battles, period demonstrations, and even a speech by President Lincoln. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for juniors 6–12, and free for kids 5 and under. Parking is $5 per car. 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 more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Come to Your Senses at Crissy Field
    Crissy Field, Beach Hut café
    Saturday, 11 am–12:30 pm

    Come experience the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of Crissy Field on a one-mile easy walk at the Crissy Marsh. We'll look for crabs, taste strawberry treats, listen to some cultural legends, and smell and touch the interesting flowers that grow around the marsh. Bring walking shoes, layered clothing, and your love of nature. For families with children 5 and up. Meet Ranger Fatima Colindres in front of Beach Hut café on Crissy Field East Beach. Reservations required; call (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Rivertown Revival
    Steamer Landing, Petaluma
    Saturday, 11 am–8 pm

    This is a unique, arts-based thematic festival that sustainably highlights and celebrates the Petaluma River, benefitting the David Yearsley River Heritage Center. This community festival includes over 100 musicians, an art boat flotilla, art boat drag races, aerial acts on the river, artisan merchants, $5 weddings, local food vendors, theatrical performances, and children's activities. Cost: $5. For more info, visit their website.
  • 21st Anniversary Birthday BBQ
    Whole Foods Market, Mill Valley

    Saturday, noon–3 pm
    Come celebrate the Mill Valley Whole Foods' birthday! Enjoy live music, food, games, prizes, raffles, bouncy and more. This is an event for the whole family! This event takes place at the Miller Avenue store. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: An Evening at Mount Burdell
    Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 6–8 pm

    This is a good time of year to adopt a crepuscular lifestyle—avoid the heat of the day and engage in outdoor activity during the evening hours. We’ll go for a short walk and enjoy a picnic dinner just as the evening activity period begins. We might get lucky and find a family of owls out for their evening hunt. Naturalist David Herlocker will lead. For more info, call (415) 893-9508 or visit their website.
  • Summer Celebration: Family Night Hike & Campfire
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 6–8:30 pm

    Enjoy the great outdoors during summer with a fun-filled, family-friendly night hike and campfire. S'mores will be provided. Cost: $12 per person, pre-registration required here. Only families with children are permitted to attend. Registration ends 24 hours prior to event. For more info, visit their website.
  • Festival of Summer Nights: Rupa & the April Fishes
    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 Rupa & the April Fishes with Classical Revolution; Kids Zone hosted by Marin Agricultural Institute. Cost: $20 members in advance; $25 general public and day-of; Kids 17 and under are free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Film Night In The Park: Brave
    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.
  • San Rafael Young Performers Theatre: The King and I  (see Friday for details)

Sunday, July 21

  • Marin 415Mile, Miracle Mile & Kids Race
    4th & Cijos Street, Downtown San Rafael
    Sunday, 7:30 am–noon

    Represent the 415 by taking part in a 5 mile/1 mile road race in downtown San Rafael that benefits San Rafael's High School Athletic Department and Girls on the Run of the Bay Area. The 5 mile starts a 7:30 am and runs a loop around town. The 415Kids Race Presented by Karno Kids will be held on the streets of San Rafael after the completion of the 1 Mile heats. The little ones will scamper on an out and back, half-mile course through the heart of San Rafael. The event is open to anyone 12 and under. Cost: $25–$40. 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.
  • U-Pick at Bloomfield Farms
    Bloomfield (near Petaluma)
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    Take a scenic drive out to Bloomfield Farms in western Sonoma County where you and your family can pick your own certified organic produce, including dinosaur kale (our favorite!), lettuce, cabbage, collards, herbs, and more! $30 for large box of produce; cash only. Bring your own wagon (they have some available on a first-come, first-served basis) and a knife to cut produce with. RSVP to upick@bloomfieldfarmsorganics.com appreciated but not required. Location: 12550 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma. For more information, visit their website.
  • Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool!
    San Rafael
    Sunday, 12:30 pm

    Every Sunday is a Fun-Day at the Marinwood Pool this summer. Bring the entire family! The Marinwood Market will be set up poolside selling delicious BBQ. Enjoy live music, bounce house, 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.
  • Harvest Party at Sonoma Broadway Farms
    Sonoma Broadway Farms, Sonoma
    Sunday, 2–9 pm

    Celebrate summer at Sonoma Broadway Farms, an organic urban farm just outside the town of Sonoma. Bring your picnic and your wine and relax, pick your own produce, visit the farm stand, enjoy live music, and even take part in a water fight! Families welcome: free. Location: 20675 Broadway, Sonoma. For more information, 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: Dave Rocha Jazz Trio. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family and enjoy the music of the Red Baraat and Fanfare Ciocarlia. 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.
  • Free Music in the Park San Anselmo
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Sunday, 1–4 pm

    Bring the family and a picnic to the free summer concert at Creek Park in San Anselmo.This Sunday: Garden Gypsies Garden Gypsies is a Gypsy Jazz band based in San Anselmo, playing music in the Django Reinhart Gypsy Jazz style. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picklewater Free Circus Festival featuring Sardine Family Circus
    Union Square, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    The Picklewater Free Circus Festival returns to Union Square bringing free circus to Bay Area families. Offering a mix of professional and student performers and a broad variety of circus styles, the festival celebrates the rich tradition of Circus Arts in the Bay Area. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free San Francisco Symphony Concert at Dolores Park
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm

    Pack a picnic basket, bring your friends and family, and join the San Francisco Symphony at the annual free concert in Dolores Park! Location: 566 Dolores Street (at 18th Street). For more info, visit their website.
  • JAMband Family Festival: Celebrate the Beach and Golden Gate Park!
    Park Chalet, San Francisco
    Sunday, 3:30–5:30 pm

    At each concert, Charity and the JAMband present a magical mix of music, dance, mindfulness and big family love. New this year, we'll also have a special project for families at each show, based on the theme for that day. For all ages. Free. For more info, call (415) 386-8439 or visit their website.
  • Civil War Days (see Saturday for details)
  • San Rafael Young Performers Theatre: The King and I (see Friday for details)
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: The Comedy of Errors (see Friday for details)