Marin Weekend Family Events for September 13, 14 & 15

September 12, 2013
Chileno Valley Ranch
Pick your own organic apples at Chileno Valley Ranch in West Marin this Sunday.

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, September 13

  • Toddler Days At Slide Ranch
    Muir Woods
    Friday, 9 am-noon

    Bring the little ones to enjoy a day on the farm. Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep. There are many tastes, colors, and smells living in our organic garden, and we use all of our senses to explore the farm. Activities are toddler appropriate, but all ages welcome on this very friendly day. Cost: $25/person; $80 for a family of 4 or more, 1 year & under free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: Oktoberfest
    Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family and enjoy music, dancing, shopping and food. Main Street will be reminiscent of a Bavarian Biergarten, creating a wunderbar atmosphere in which to visit with friends and dine outdoors. Enjoy live music from the popular Karl Lebherz Band, performing traditional German music and polkas. Oktoberfest beers and bratwurst will be available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 435-5633 or visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz
    Marin Country Mart
    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Enjoy live music Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday, the Jamie Findlay Trio performs. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Outdoor Movie Night in Tiburon
    Courtyard at Belvedere Shopping Center, Tiburon
    Friday, 7:15 pm

    A free outdoor movie night will be held in the courtyard of the Boardwalk Shopping Center behind Element Coffee. Seating is limited and available on a  first come, first served basis. The movie will be Despicable Me. For more info, call (415) 295-5282.
  • Film Night: Hook
    Strawberry Recreation, Mil Valley
    Friday, 8–10 pm
    Join Strawberry Recreation District for a fun night amongst the stars! Bring blankets, family and friends and join us for a wonderful time on the field. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please do not bring chairs that may block the view for others. Hook (1991) PG, 144 minutes. Fee: $3 per person or $10 per family. Location: 118 East Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.

Saturday, September 14

  • International Dragon Boat Festival
    Treasure Island
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–5 pm

    Boat races begin at 8 am and the festival starts at 10 am. Be sure to check out our international line-up of entertainment, food, merchants, racing teams, and family activities. This year's family activities include Tree Frog Treks, Puppet Art Theatre Company, rides, games, and arts and crafts. For more info, visit their website.
  • Farmers' Market and Pie Baking Contest
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, September 14, enter your award-winning pies in the third annual Pie Baking Contest at the Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market in Larkspur Landing. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm adjacent to the farmer's market. Arts and crafts and face painting for kids from 9 am–2 pm and kid's entertainment by Scott the Storyteller from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cal Star Gymnastics Indoor Power Play
    70 Digital Drive, Suite #3, Novato
    Saturday and Sunday, 9–10:30 am

    Participants 5 years and under can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. Bring the kids in on a rainy day to burn some energy. This program takes place every Saturday and Sunday morning during the week. The cost is $13 per child. For more info, call (415) 382-7827 or visit their website
  • Sebastopol Renaissance Faire
    Ives Park, Sebastopol
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come experience Sebastopol's very own Renaissance Faire and support local public schools and programs! Ives Park in the center of Sebastopol, is transformed into the town of Fenford in 16th-century England. The locals are celebrating the apple harvest, and Queen Elizabeth and her extensive court pay a visit to honor these humble citizens. Fun for the entire family. Location: 7400 Willow Avenue, in between the fire house and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in the Veteran's Memorial Building). For more info, visit their website.
  • Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire
    Bon Air Center
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
    Come visit Marin's largest "do-it-yourself" festival, with hands-on learning activities and exhibits on arts, crafts, science, robotics, music, technology, sustainability, food, and creativity. It's a day of family fun that encourages the "maker" in all of us. Admission: $7.50 adults, $5 youth 4–14, free for children 3 and under. $20 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 youths). For more information, visit their website.
  • Kids Club with Andy Z
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Northgate has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Singer/songwriter Andy Z will entertain kids through music, movement, storytelling, and character puppets to create an experience that keeps kids engaged and adults entertained. Location: Kids Club area near center of mall. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Creamery's 100th Anniversary Party
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    This Petaluma institution will be celebrating its 100th birthday with a pasta lunch, music, games, tours, cheese, and more. Location: 711 Western Avenue, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series: Cascada de Flores
    Frieight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)

    Cascada de Flores returns to the Freight to present a bilingual music and dance program for children. As roster artists with both Young Audiences of Northern California and Performances to Grow On in Ventura, they have performed in over 300 western US schools, reaching over 50,000 students with their educational program. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 at door. Purchase tickets online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 23rd Annual Autumn Moon Festival
    San Francisco's Chinatown
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-6 pm

    Once again, the streets of historic Chinatown will be transformed into a lively, colorful pedestrian bazaar for the AT&T Autumn Moon Festival. For two days, Grant Avenue will be filled with arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, food and entertainment. The festivities open with a grand parade on Saturday at 11 am at California and Grant, led by civic officials, beauty queens, cultural performers and lion dancers. For more info, visit their website. Check online for a complete schedule. For more info, visit their website.
  • 18th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
    San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–5 pm

    Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to invite you to the annual, two-day chocolate celebration that has transformed into a true San Francisco staple. Over 30 vendors generously donate sample-sized portions of their products to help raise money for Project Open Hand. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Lyford House Open to Visitors
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Lyford House, the yellow Victorian on the shores of Richardson Bay at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, will be open for visitors one Saturday per month for five months beginning June. It was deeded to the Audubon Society in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 388-2524 or visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: The Birds
    China Camp State Park, San Rafael

    Saturday, 8 pm
    This Saturday's movie is Alfred Hitchcock's classic The Birds. Arrive by 8 pm—films begin at dusk. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrests, and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Donations are appreciated. Screening takes place on the beach at China Camp Village, off San Pedro Road. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, September 15

  • 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.
  • Family Adventure Sails
    Bay Model Pier Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Climb aboard the classic schooner Seaward and see San Francisco from the water! Take in an unmatched view of the city front as you sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. You can sit back and enjoy the view, or get involved with sailing the schooner with the help of the professional crew. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. This sail will include optional learning stations in seamanship and San Francisco Bay ecology. It is a great sail for families. Tickets: $50 adults, $25 youth 6-12), free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
  • U-Pick Apples at Chileno Valley Ranch
    Chileno Valley Ranch
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Pick your own organic apples at this family farm located in West Marin. Grass fed beef, pork, and eggs are also for sale. $2 per pound for apples, $6 per car parking fee. Call first to RSVP. More information: (707) 765-6664 or visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: San Francisco Opera
    Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    Join the San Francisco Opera Education Department for an exploration of the exciting world of opera! We'll learn about the elements of opera—theater, music, singing, and the visual arts—and get a chance to try some of them ourselves. We will focus on The Barber of Seville, Rossini's delightful comedy, which will be performed at San Francisco Opera in November. For more details, call (415) 389-4292 x4741. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Yerba Buena Family Day
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Downtown San Francisco’s biggest free family block party is back for its sixth year! Yerba Buena Family Day is a non-stop day of free indoor/outdoor family fun with free admission to local museums for all ages, hands-on art making activities for kids and special family-friendly performances throughout the neighborhood. Visitors get in free to participating institutions. For more information, visit their website.
  • Kinderfest at the Tourist Club
    Mill Valley
    Sunday, noon–6 pm
    Celebrate German culture with a polka band, German folk dancing in traditional dress, traditional German foods, and of course beer for the grownups at the Tourist Club's annual Kinderfest. It all takes place at the Tourist Club's rustic alpine lodge nestled in the woods of Mt. Tam. Tickets: $15 adults, free for youth and children under 18; available in advance at the Tourist club or at the door on Sunday. Location: 30 Ridge Avenue, Mill Valley. For more information, visit their website or call (415) 388-9987.
  • Travesia Fiesta!
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come to the Travesía Fiesta on Sunday, September 15, to bid a fond farewell to the zoo's special exhibition. Between 11 am and 3 pm, enjoy cultural entertainment at Entry Village as you make your way into the zoo. Also, don’t miss Univision 100.3 FM on-site with fun trivia and giveaways. Come send Travesía: Journey of the Gray Whale off in style with mariachi music, Mexican dancers and special treats of all kinds for the South American animals. Stop by the zoo cafes for special Mexican refreshments served all day. For more info, visit their website.
  • 33rd Annual Comedy Day
    Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
    Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Enjoy peformances by 40 comedians, including Brian Copeland, Will Durst, Marga Gomez, Mark Pitta, and Johnny Steele. This free event is for the the entire family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Sampler at the Berkeley Rep
    Berkeley Rep School of Theatre
    Sunday, 1–3 pm

    Bring family and friends and get in on the fun at Berkeley Rep! Sample the wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. The Sunday Sampler is free and open to youth, teens, adults and families. Participants may sample three to four select classes from the school's upcoming line-up, and no registration is necessary!. Location: 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. 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 some jazz music by Lili Layton.. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Symphony Waterfront Pops
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Sunday, 6 pm (gates open at 3 pm)
    Pack your family, a picnic, a blanket, and your lawn chairs as the Marin Symphony performs an outdoor Waterfront Pops Concert at Marin Center's Lagoon Park. Experience movie music by master film composer John Williams performed by Marin's own symphony orchestra and maestro Alasdair Neale. Kids will even get a chance to conduct. Before the show, enjoy activities and information from local arts and culture organizations. Food and beverages available for sale. Tickets: $10–$50. For more information or tickets, visit their website or call (415) 473-6800.
  • Life on the Edge: Family Night Hike & Campfire
    Sunday, 6–8:30 pm

    Together we'll sort through rainbow sands, learn how rocks are formed, and dive into the world of marine animals that call the shoreline home! Cost: $12 per person. Register online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Dragon Boat Festival (see Saturday for details).
  • Cal Star Gymnastics Power Play (see Saturday for details).