Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 11, 12 & 13

August 11, 2017

Gravenstein Apple FairEnjoy good old fashioned family fun at this weekend's Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol.

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, August 11

  • Insect Discovery Lab
    Point Reyes Library
    Friday, 11 am–noon

    Prepare to be amazed when the Insect Discovery Lab visits the Point Reyes and Stinson Beach Libraries. Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, and walking sticks at this interactive workshop. Free. Location:
    11431 State Route One, Point Reyes Station. Fore more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $7 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Unique Derique
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, noon & 2:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion. For more info, visit their website.
  • End-of-Summer Reading Party with SF Bubble Guy Mike Ashe
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 3–4 pm
    Bring the kids for an hour of bubble fun by the San Francisco Bubble Man Mike Ashe. Free. Location: Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Center Blvd, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circus Vargas
    Corte Madera
    Friday, 4:30 & 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1, 4 & 7:30 pm

    Circus Vargas' presents its new 2017 spectacular SteamCirque! Come on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Tickets: $17–$72; under 2 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza. Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday: Auricular Arrangements. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars: Fascinating Rhythm
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm
    Are you ready to be invigorated with a sensational blend of movement and song that celebrates the Fascinating Rhythm that keeps our hearts moving through life? Your toes will be tapping as you join us on this rousing and rhythmic journey of music and dance that will have you swaying to the beat all night long. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nostalgia Days Rod and Custom Car Show
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, 5:45–8 pm & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Now in its 20th year, this celebration of hot rods, classic cars and small-town Americana is a great reason to visit downtown Novato this weekend. This free, family-friendly event kicks off with a Friday Night Cruise, then Saturday sees Downtown Novato transform into a classic car show, all the way from 1st to 7th Street on Grant Avenue. Live music by the Four Teardrops and the Deadlies. 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: Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band (jazz). Sponsored by the Volunteers In Public Safety (serving chicken apple sausages and hot dogs). For more info, visit their website.
  • 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 week: Juke Joint. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • #TeenScienceNight
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30–9 pm

    Watch science come to life at the California Academy of Sciences' annual #TeenScienceNight on. Reserve your tickets now to the nation's largest teen-only museum event - planned for youth, by youth. For more info about this event, visit their website.
  • Marvel Universe Live
    Oracle Arena, Oakland
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm, Sunday, 11 am & 3 pm

    See 25 Marvel heroes live, including Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy as they perform daring stunts, motorcycle tricks, and more. Tickets: $15–$45. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare: The Three Musketeers
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday, 4 & 8 pm

    The hot-headed D’Artagnan and his misfit musketeer mates serve the king with swashbuckling zeal through a series of dashing and exciting exploits. A comic adventure for the whole family to enjoy. One for all, and all for one! Tickets: $37 general, $34 seniors 65+, youth 25 and under $12; Sunday is Family Day: Youth 18 and under are admitted free to the 4 pm matinee performance. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 12

  • Gravenstein Apple Fair
    Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come and celebrate a time when neighbors gathered to share home baked food, listen to some of the locals sing a tune, and learn a few farming skills. Brimming with tradition, this country fair showcases the Gravenstein apple and the experience of an old time country get together. Enjoy farming displays, a children's corner with crafts, music, and a magician, and more. Admission $15 general, $10 for adults who bike to the fair, $12 seniors & veterans, $10 youth 6–12, free for children under 5. The Gravenstein Apple Fair takes place at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, at 500 Ragle Road. For more info, visit www.gravensteinapplefair.com.
  • Bringing the Shenanigans to McInnis Skatepark
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    There will be a skate contest on a random obstacle in the skatepark. There will be food and music throughout the day, prizes for skaters in the competition and a game of skate. Location: Meet at the skatepark in McInnis Park in San Rafael (310 Smith Ranch Rd). For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Days
    Jack London State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Come join us as we celebrate our own connections to nature through these free family events. Geared towards young learners (pre-k-2nd grade), each event will celebrate a different theme, combining natural science, art, and sustainability. While activities and learning levels support young adventurers, kids of all ages are welcome to join us as we explore forest trails and learn about nature through fun hikes, games and hands-on activities. Location: Meet in Beauty Ranch Meadow. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nostalgia Days Rod and Custom Car Show
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Now in its 20th year, this celebration of hot rods, classic cars and small-town Americana is a great reason to visit downtown Novato this weekend. This free, family-friendly event kicks off with a Friday Night Cruise, then Saturday sees Downtown Novato transform into a classic car show, all the way from 1st to 7th Street on Grant Avenue. Live music by the Four Teardrops and the Deadlies. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concert for Kids & Tot Art in the
    Robin Sweeny Park, Saualito
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Bring the family to see family entertainer Tim Cain at 10:30 am. These performances feature music, art, fun and laughs for children of all ages. Bring your family, a blanket and enjoy these free concerts thanks to the Sausalito Lions' Club. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family-friendly Hike: Bird Art Treasure Hunt
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

    Join us for a two-mile family-friendly guided hike led by volunteer Presidio art docents, Presidio trail ambassadors, and Golden Gate Audubon birders to view birds in the Presidio and enjoy chalk art created by local nature artists. Registration is required here. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Open houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to our Co-Op Playground. The New Member Open House is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Saturday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $7 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Tile Your Turtle Mosaics
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! The Western Pond turtle has been reintroduced to Mountain Lake. Welcome these turtles back by making your own mosaic of them! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Moana Sing Along
    Castro Theater, San Francisco
    Saturday–Sunday, 1 pm

    The epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically lauded comedy-adventure. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Tickets: $16 general, $11 youth 12 and under and seniors 62+. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's Tarzan
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Families will journey to the African jungles in this vibrant production that features a live percussive environment, stunning acrobats, and a heartfelt story about what it means to be a family. Tarzan is this summer’s most exciting musical event.Tickets: $25–$40. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bouncing Around the Backyard
    Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Terrapin Crossroads Presents a Family Friendly day of Music in the Park with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band and Chum. You will be sure to be Bouncing Around the Backyard. Tickets: $29, all ages. Doors open at 1 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Maker Saturdays! Make your own Windmill
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2–4:30 pm
    Make your own Windmill and watch it blow in the wind! Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Projects are designed for 4-7 year olds, younger children with adult assistance. Supports STEM learning. General admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkely. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Saturday, 7:30–8:30 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs and a marshmallow roast. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Secret Life of Pets
    Howart Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 8 pm
     
    This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! Free. Location: 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circus Vargas (see Friday for details).

Sunday, August 13

  • 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.
  • Pancake Breakfast at West Point Inn
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family for a delicious Sunday morning breakfast and breathtaking mountaintop view of San Francisco and the bay area. Come enjoy flufffy pancakes, tasty sausage, and hot coffee for only $10 (kids are $5). Orange juice and cantaloupe are available for $1 extra. Scenic views and live music are included with your breakfast. For more info, visit their website.
  • Terwilliger Nature Trail Hike
    Stafford Lake Park
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Join a ranger for a hike on the beautiful Terwilliger Trail at Stafford Lake Park. Enjoy stunning views of the Stafford Lake watershed from the upper sections of the trail and discuss the flora and fauna found in the various habitats along the way. All ages. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes.Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • The French Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
    Sunday 9 am–3 pm

    Come shop at this French-style street market for antiques, books, clothes, toys, and much more. Enjoy crepes, live music, and more! Free admission and parking. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This Sunday: Under the Bridge: Marine Mammals of SF Bay. Our own backyard in the bay is full of amazing marine mammals!  Free classroom programs will highlight our local sea lions, harbor porpoises, dolphins, and even the occasional whale that wanders under the bridge! Augment the free classroom program with a docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm,  or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Fundays: Trapeze Arts with Les Arielles
    Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring your sunglasses and the whole family to watch a high-flying display of physics as Les Aerielles takes over the Hall’s C-level lawn. Make sure to stop by the C-level lawn before each show and test your balancing skills with guided tightrope and stilts activities.
  • Presidio Picnic
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic offers great food, a lively atmosphere, and exciting crowds. Situated on the sprawling Main Post lawn, guests can take in the picturesque views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the historic feel of the Presidio while enjoying food and drinks from any of the market's 34 vendors. Get ready for free yoga at noon, weekly activities at the Presidio Adventures tent, a ride-share zone, biking trails, and urban hikes to beat the traffic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    This Sunday, War performs its classic hits from the '60s and '70s; San Francisco natives Malo open. 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.
  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    Enjoy live music every Sunday all summer long. This Sunday: Bobby Jo Valentine. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Music in the Park
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Sunday, 3–5 pm

    Bring the a picnic, blanket and the whole family for live music in the park. This Sunday: Ramshackle Palac. Location: Creek Park, Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Center Blvd, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Day: Marin Shakespeare: The Three Musketeers
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Sunday, 4 pm

    The hot-headed D’Artagnan and his misfit musketeer mates serve the king with swashbuckling zeal through a series of dashing and exciting exploits. A comic adventure for the whole family to enjoy. One for all, and all for one! Tickets: $37 general, $34 seniors 65+, youth 25 and under $12; Sunday is Family Day: Youth 18 and under are admitted free to the 4 pm matinee performance. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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: Bubba's Taxi (classis rock). Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair (see Saturday for details).
  • Circus Vargas (see Friday for details).