Marin Weekend Family Fun for October 13, 14 & 15

October 14, 2017

Tolay Fall Festival

Due to the current wildfires in the North Bay many events have been cancelled this weekend, including the Tolay Fall Festival, the Marin Waldorf School Children's Faire, the Mountain School Apple Faire, the Cornerstone Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival, Weekend Along the Farm Trails, and the Kunde Giant Pumpkin Festival. Other events may be cancelled; check with the organizer before attending.

Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are open—see our list here.

Friday, October 13

  • Mill Valley Film Festival
    Various Locations
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    The 40th annual Mill Valley Film Festival features a variety of fantastic family films from around the world. Location: various theaters within Marin. For a complete listing of films, visit their website here.
  • Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am

    Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge seven-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal trike races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. Location: 5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway). For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also offers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Activities are free and so is the parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Kids activities: jumpy houses, inflatable slide, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, and face painting. Some of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days. Shaded seating area with picnic tables, so you can relax and take in the scenery, listen to some great live music, and even eat lunch. If you arrive hungry, Big Jim's BBQ is on hand on weekends. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Friday 1–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–9 pm, Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, and the new Haunted Forest, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Read our review here.
  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Marinwood
    Friday, 5–7 pm

    Come to Marinwood for its annual Halloween Harvest Festival for children 12 and under. Activities include carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, face painting, trick-or-treat bag decorating, caramel apples, and a bounce house. Tickets: $12 advance or $16 at the door for kids ages 2 to 12; adults free. Food available for purchase. Event website.
  • Family Film Night: Beauty and the Beast
    Presidio YMCA, San Francisco
    Friday, 5:30–9 pm

    Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the great outdoors! Activities: 5:30 pm-Food trucks, bubbles, face painting, 6:30 pm: cartoon shorts, 7 pm: Beauty and the Beast. Location: Presidio Community YMCA, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • KidsFest at the Zoo 2017
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    The most popular family event at the San Francisco Zoo, KidsFest returns! Exclusive wildlife presentations, live music, face painting, fun activities and crafts. Complimentary food, beverages and parking. Tickets: Adult $30, Child under 10 years $20 and Child under 3 Free. Purchase tickets here.
  • Campfire Program
    Petaluma Adobe
    Friday, 6:30–7:30 pm
    Come out and join us for our inaugural Campfire Program event at the historic Petaluma Adobe! There will be a short talk, campfire songs and of course, a marshmallow roast! All ages, free of charge. Park in the main lot and walk up to the courtyard area.  Location: Petaluma Adobe, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma . For more info, visit their website.
  • College of Marin Drama Department presents: The Little Prince
    James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
    Perfect for all ages! Bring the family to see The College of Marin Drama Department's, The Little Prince. Young and old alike will love this heartwarming, classic tale by Antoine de St. Exupéry.  Journey alongside the Little Prince through the desert and outer space, while he encounters marvelous celestial beings!  Don’t miss this delightful story that encourages audiences of all ages to rediscover their dreams and the wonders that are all around them! Pay-What-You-Will Preview performance is on Friday, October 6, 2017. Tickets: $20 General; $15 Seniors; $10 COM Students, Employees, Alumni, Retirees, and Youth. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, October 14

  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Saturday & Sunday (various times)

    Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy for a 20-minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Activities include temporary tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, small pumpkins for little ones, cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, a Thomas store, and live entertainment. Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans! Event website.
  • Leap Sandcastle Classic
    Ocean Beach, San Francisco
    Saturday, 8 am–4 pm
    This year marks the 35th annual year of the Sandcastle Classic, the biggest sandcastle competition in Northern California.Teams typically comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures. The funds raised by teams and sponsors make it possible for Leap to continue to provide arts programs to Bay Area students. Enjoy food trucks and live performances, too. For more info, visit their website.
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, contests, pumpkin carving, and more. Admission is free. Event website.
  • Harvest Celebration Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    A mini version of the Slide Ranch beloved fall festival celebration event! Join us for a fun filled day of your favorite Slide Ranch classics like milking our goats, feeding our chickens, cooking, eating, exploring and playing - all with the added fun of some special activities to top off this exciting day - but without the crowds of the larger event from past years. Fee: $30 per person; children 35 months and under are free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bon Air Invitational Car Show
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Over 100 of the finest vintage cars in the area have been invited to show at Bon Air Center’s car show. The event is free to the public. Location: 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.
  • ZOOtoberFest
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Fun for the entire family. Enjoy “Harvest Hallow”, San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use our festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops – all free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Enjoy “Zoo Brew Haus” for a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes. Don't miss the sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Saturday, 10 am and Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am
    Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. We will explore the foods that every bear loves, learn what grows in the forest, and play some wonderful games. For children 6 months to 3 years. Tickets $15; free for under 6 months. Location: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Classes: American Girl™ Halloween Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Hot dog “mummies” and cheese twist “bones,” oh, my! Learn how to make some Halloween-themed treats, both savory and sweet, so you can throw the scariest party on the block. We promise, you and your friends will have a spine-tingling good time! $30 per child includes a copy of American Girl Parties. Suitable for ages 8-13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival
    Western Railway Museum, Suisuin City
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Get your Halloween pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns, test your strength with the pumpkin launcher, explore our huge hay bale fortress, and spend a great day at the Pumpkin Patch! At the Pumpkin Patch, you can purchase your pumpkins, as well as snacks, drinks and other home-made specialties. Additional activities are included in your ticket price, such as tractor rides and the giant hay bale fortress! Pumpkin patch trains run on the half-hour from 10 am–4 pm. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 seniors over 65, $10 children 2–14. For more info, visit their website.
  • Make an Edible Halloween Haunted House
    Cake Art, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Join the fun as we use icing bags, fondant cutouts, sprinkles, lay-ons, and candy to decorate cupcakes in pumpkin and ghoulish designs. Minimum age 8. Cost: $60. Location: 1512 5th Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 456-7773 or 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 this 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. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

    Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight you with a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! Recommended for age 3 and up, this performance runs 65 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: adults $26, child (2–14) $20 and senior $24. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Big Draw Festival
    Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum October 14 to celebrate The Big Draw—the world’s largest drawing festival! Enjoy family friendly drawing activities and free museum admission. Location: 104 Montgomery Street, Presidio, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tahoe Donner Fall Festival
    Northwood Clubhouse, Tahoe Donner
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    The Tahoe Donner Fall Festival is one of our biggest events of the year! There’s something for everyone, from arts and craft vendors, the annual doggie dip, seasonal beer offerings, pumpkin patch, a carnival area for kids with arts, crafts, games and food, and much more! Admission charge applies. Read about our visit here. Event website.
  • Biketoberfest
    Fair Anselm Plaza, Fairfax
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Biketoberfest is a free celebration of bikes, music, food and family fun – and a stellar brewfest! This fun-filled celebration is for everyone, including commuters, roadies, mountain bikers, BMXers, fixies, cargo-carriers, e-bikers, touring aficionados and even the bike-curious! Location: 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. Event website.
  • Harvest Festival/Music in the Park 2017
    Cedar Rose Park, Berkeley

    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    This free event will celebrate the harvest season with foods grown, harvested, and prepared, live music and a Kids Zone. Location: 1300 Rose Street, Berkeley. Event website.
  • Leap's Sandcastle Classic
    Ocean Beach, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–3:30 pm

    The Sandcastle Classic is the biggest sandcastle competition in Northern California. Teams typically comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures. The funds raised by teams and sponsors make it possible for Leap to continue to provide arts programs to Bay Area students. Free admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • "Kids Caring About Costumes" Costume Shop Day
    Civic Center Library, San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    The Civic Center Library is hosting a Costume Shop Day for kids! Come “shop” for a free Halloween costume! (Ages 2-12) Costumes may be new or gently used. One per child. While supplies last! Thank you to all the members of our community who donated! Location: 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Oktoberfest Corte Madera
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Saturday, noon–5 pm

    This will be the 24th annual celebration! Come for the domestic and imported microbrews, three bands, festival foods sold by local vendors, and kids' activities. Tasting admission is $30, which includes a commemorative glass mug. General admission without tasting is $10. Free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Location: Redwood Avenue and Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Matinee Series: The Wizard of Oz
    New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 2 & 4 pm

    When a young Kansas girl lands in the fantasy world of Oz, she soon finds herself in a heap of trouble with an evil witch at her heels and no way to get home. Join Dorothy and all the memorable characters of L. Frank Baum’s classic story, reimagined with popular songs from the 1930’s and a fun, carnival-themed twist. You too will be transported over the rainbow! Tickets: $15 adults, $10 youth. Location: 25 Van Ness Avenue, at Market Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family STEM Saturdays: L.E.D. Light Up Monster Lab
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm
    Halloween is just around the corner, so our monster lab is back! Learn about conductive and non-conductive playdough, make a frankstein-like monster, and light it up! Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 5:30–8 pm

    Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you're going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight.
    This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Our evening hikes are usually no more than 2 miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike we provide all the necessary supplies for some fun around the campfire including S'more roasting, campfire skits and fun sing alongs! $15 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, 6 pm–Sunday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Mill Valley Film Festival (see Friday for details).

Sunday, October 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.
  • Zumba at McInnis Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    This Healthy Parks, Healthy People event will include volunteer work, a Zumba fitness class, and delicious, healthy food provided by Mi Familia. Volunteer work is mildly strenuous and involves bending, pulling, and kneeling and hiking. All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Snacks, lunch, and extra water will be provided. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required: Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder, (415) 763-2977. For more info, visit their website.
  • MALT Day at the Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio Valley Farms
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Pick an organic pumpkin, taste local cider, and make homemade butter with the kids! Beautiful Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, part of the MALT-protected Lafranchi Ranch, sets the scene for this fun family day. Tim Cain will perform at 11 am. Free. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square). Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival (see Saturday for details).
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Mill Valley Film Festival (see Friday for details).