Marin Weekend Family Fun for October 6, 7 & 8

October 6, 2017

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.

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

Friday, October 7

  • Fleet Week 2017
    Marina Green, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    Fleet week returns to San Francisco, along with the Blue Angels, who will perform over San Francisco Bay on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 pm. Fleet Week also includes a parade of ships (Friday, noon–1 pm), ship tours, band concerts, and more. Free admission; airshow bleacher seat tickets at Marina Green $55–$75. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Friday noon–7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–7 pm

    This free annual music festival of bluegrass, old time, country, and more, founded by the late Warren Hellman, takes place in Golden Gate Park's Hellman Hollow and Marx and Lindley Meadows. This year's headliners include Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Buddy Miller's Cavalcade of Stars and more. 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.
  • Special Children's Event: Author Patricia Polacco
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Friday, 6–7:30 pm
    Remembering Vera begins in 1962 when a stray dog was found under a pile of boxes in a Coast Guard warehouse in what used to be called Government Island. Patricia Polacco is the creator of many beloved children’s books. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. 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.
  • Movies in the Park: Disney's Moana
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, at dusk

    Bring the entire family to see Disney's Moana. Please bring your blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics.For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 8

  • Free Access to All Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fall Toddler Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm, freshly-laid chicken egg, and hearing the baa of our sheep, as we use all of our senses to explore the farm during this family-friendly farm day. $25 per person; children 23 months and under are free. 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 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fall City Wide Yard Sale
    MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
    The Fall City Wide Yard Sale is free to the public, and with over 90 booths to check out this is a great event for all bargain hunters and window shoppers alike! Held at MLK Parking Lot and Basketball Courts. Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito. Free.  For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Yoga in the Park
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael

    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    This fun-filled, dynamic event offers a great way to get active while giving to a wonderful park, and giving to yourself! We’ll begin with service projects that will focus on beach clean-up, landscape maintenance, and habitat restoration. At noon we’ll switch gears and enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat, grassy area beside the bay. The class will be led by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck and will be suitable for all ages and ability levels. A free, healthy lunch will be provided by Mi Familia at 1pm. All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Haunted House Decorating
    Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bring the kids to make a haunted house. In this class you’ll assemble a spooky gingerbread mansion and decorate it as you please. Then you can take your bewitching creation home and show it off for Halloween. Cost: $30 per child, includes haunted house kit. 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.
  • 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.
  • Vallejo Waterfront Weekend
    Vallejo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Vallejo Waterfront Weekend features music, food, and entertainment for the entire family! Performances by the Sun Kings and the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, whaleboat regatta, car show, kids' zone, and more. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Ranger Program
    Petaluma Adobe
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    Join the Junior Ranger Program at the Petaluma Adobe. Take a history tour, mix and form adobe bricks, and learn to rope. Geared to ages 7-12. Cost is $2.00 per child. Reserve your space by calling (707) 938-9560 prior to October 1.Location: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival
    San Rafael High School
    Saturday, 10:30 am–4:30 pm

    Come have fun and help save critical school programs for San Rafael City Schools at the HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival on Saturday. Admission is free! Game booths, giant slide, jumpy jumps, petting zoo, face painting, henna, wheel of fortune, kiss a pig, dunk tank, high school art display, kid’s stage with school music groups, yummy BBQ, and delicious pupusas. Location: at 185 Mission Avenue, San Rafael. 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.
  • Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Location: ?210 Lincoln Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico School Garden Faire
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    Bring the family to this year's community garden family faire. There will be live music, farmers' market, eco-exhibits, crafts, games and gourmet foods. Fun for all ages. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cellist Zuill Bailey: Music for Young Children
    Belvedere Tiburon Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    Acclaimed Cellist Zuill Bailey will perform a 30 minute concert for young children. Zuill will share how music can tell stories and will be joined by some musical friends. Following the performance, children can try playing an instrument at a petting zoo!This event is made possible by Gloria Miner and the Marin Symphony. Location: Children's Room, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Marvelous Monarchs
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    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!
     During October, monarchs start to migrate to their overwintering locations from California to Mexico. Come this week to learn about monarch conservation efforts and make a butterfly friend to take home! Registration not required, but preferred. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Not-So-Scary Halloween Magic Show
    Novato City Hall
    Saturday, 5:30–7 pm

    It's a magic show full of Halloween fun appropriate for all ages! Bring your ghosts and goblins, your superheroes and your fairies as tricks reign over treats in this silly, fun, laughter-filled show. Free. Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. Event website.
  • Indoor Power Play
    Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato

    Saturday, 6–9 pm
    Drop the kiddos ( K-8 th grade) for some indoor fun. They can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. Bring the kids in on a rainy day or any day to burn some energy. Cost: $24/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fleet Week (see Friday 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).

Sunday, October 8

  • 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.
  • Fall Community Garage Sale
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
    Come shop over 25 vendors for bargains and treasures. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pancake Breakfast
    West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm
    Guests must hike or bike to the inn; parking is available at the Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs, and East Peak parking lots. This is a really nice hike if you haven’t done it before. It’s not appropriate for babies or infants, unless they’re in a baby backpack. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Fire Department Open House
    All Novato Fire Stations
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    The Novato Fire District holds its yearly open house at all Novato fire stations this Sunday. Bring the kids to meet the firefighters and personnel and to learn about fire safety. All fire stations will be open to visit. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This month, the Marine Mammal Center celebrates Halloween with a creepy collection of stories about the animals that live in the deepest parts of the ocean! Learn how elephant seals can dive to 5,000 feet and stay underwater for two hours at a time without imploding (!), find out how a sperm whale searches for its nemesis, the mysterious giant squid, and discover more about spooky looking animals like the Vampire Squid and Goblin Shark. Free admission. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tim Cain Performs at the Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio Valley Farms
    Sunday, 11 am–noon
    Tim Cain will perform at Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch in Nicasio on Sunday at 11 am. Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch is located at 5300 Nicasio Valley Rd (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square) and are open daily from 10 am–6 pm. Pumpkin picking, hay rides, farm animals, jumpy houses, farm stand, BBQ on the weekends. For more info, call (415) 662-9100. 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.
  • 149th Italian Heritage Parade
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 12:30 pm

    The parade action begins at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Powell Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue and ends in Washington Square in front of Saints Peter and Paul Church. Parade viewing is available throughout the entire route. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fall Family Farm Festival
    Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
    Sunday, 2–6 pm

    Bring the family to this free event with live entertainment, petting zoo, games, crafts station, sing along, full menu and bar. For all ages-family fun. Location: 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fleet Week (see Friday's listing for details).
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).