Marin Weekend Family Fun for June 15–17
Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families in and around Marin County this Father's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.
Check out our Father's Day Guide for family-fun for this special weekend!
Friday, June 15
- Kids' Show: Parangal Dance Company
Children's Garden at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm
Parangal Dance Company is a Filipino folk dance group dedicated to preserving and promoting the ethnic attire, music and dance of the Philippines through research, workshops and performances. With its disparate array of dances, this program reflects the diversity of the archipelago. Free. Location: 799 Howard Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Alameda County Fair
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm
The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton offers an amazing lineup of concerts featuring headliners like Blue Öyster Cult, Smash Mouth, Sir Mix-a-lot, and more. There will also be a carnival midway with rides and games, kids' STEAM Weekends, farm animals, a rodeo, monster trucks, motocross, a demolition derby, and countless entertainers. Event details.
Location: 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton. Event details.
- Family Fun Night
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Friday, 4–7 pm
Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Event details.
- Broadway Under the Stars
Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
Friday, 5 pm
Join Transcendence for this thrilling celebration of music and dance from Broadway and beyond. Opening the season with a splash, this concert pays tribute to some of the most powerful songs and shows ever written. Kick off your summer with an evening you and your friends will never forget! Preshow picknicking starts at 5 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Event details.
- Friday Night Jazz Concerts
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Friday, 5:30–8:30 pm
Meet us at the Mart this Friday night to enjoy some jazzy tunes! Grab a drink, grab a snack, and settle in for a musical adventure hosted by Bill Belasco’s Aguabella! Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
- Victory Gardens Kids Movie Night
The Mill Valley Learning Cottage
Friday, 6 pm
Come join us for this month’s movie, A Wrinkle in Time! Plan your parent’s night out date and bring your elementary and middle schools kids to Victory Garden Kids for Movie Night! It's a fun night for the community, complete with a popcorn machine and snacks! Cost: $5 for non-VGK students, all kids welcome! Location: 316 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Event details.
- Opening Night: Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
Friday, 6–8 pm
Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: Marble Party. Food available for purchase.Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. Event details.
- Jazz & Blues by the Bay
Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
Friday, 6:30–8 pm
Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s (blues). Event details.
Saturday, June 16
- Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). Special Father's Day LEGO event at Poppy from 10:30 am–2 pm. Event details.
- Father's Day Fishing Tournament & BBQ
Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
Saturday,10 am–2 pm
Come celebrate Dad with a catch-and-release fishing tournament and BBQ! Win a USDA Prime, grass-fed Tara Firma Farms rib-eye steak. $20 entry includes a BBQ lunch. Event details and registration
- Learn How to Pier Fish
Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Join rangers and a few of our experienced local anglers on Father's Day weekend to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don't forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole! A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Event details.
- World Giraffe Day
Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm
Come and join us for the 5th Annual Giraff Day. Learn about giraffs and feed them. Giraffe feedings are $15 per person in addition to Zoo admission. Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Event details.
- Civil War Days
Angel Island State Park, Tiburon
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
The event is an historic reenactment of life at Camp Reynolds during the Civil War Era. Visitors are invited to explore the 1863 Union Army post at Camp Reynolds and become recruits to the Union Army, Try their hand at baking army bread and learning other soldierly skills. There will be exciting mock battles between Union and Confederate forces each day by historic re-enactors and park volunteers on the parade ground. Event details
- Northern California Pirate Festival
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Navigate your way to the waterfront town of Vallejo for the Northern California Pirate Festival. Enjoy piratical music, swordplay, pirate skills demonstrations, food, and booty! Admission is $12 for adults, free for kids 12 and under with paid adult admission. Event details
- Open for Exploration
Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach
Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Bring your family and friends! The Martin Griffin Preserve is open to the public. Learn about the wonders of nature and hike through redwoods, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Coast. Hike 8+ miles of trails, learn from nature guides, view abundant plants and wildlife, visit newt ponds, discover natural wonders in the Curiosity Room, and more. Admission: Suggested donation of $20 per person. Event details
- The Father's Day LEGO Experience
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Saturday, 10:30–2 pm
Join us outside Poppy and Toy Crazy for a hands-on Lego Experience with Dad! The perfect kickoff to your Father's Day weekend is hosted by PlayWell, and involves plenty of creative fun. Meet us at the Mart - and don't forget Dad! Event details
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Pete the Cat
BACT Berkeley Center
Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 & 4 pm, Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
When the cat-catcher finds Pete rockin' out on his guitar after bedtime, he sends Pete to the Biddles' to learn some manners. But Pete won't go silently into house cat arrest — not when he can jam with the family and help Jimmy Biddle paint the crucial picture he needs to pass second grade. Recommended for ages 3 to 8. Tickets: $28 adults, $24 children. Event details
- Tiburon Classic Car Show
Shoreline Park, Tiburon
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Take Dad to the Tiburon Classic Car Show at Shoreline Park on Saturday. It's free, and you can pack a picnic or grab lunch at one of downtown Tiburon's restaurants. This year's featured marque: McLaren. Event details
- Creative Family Fun: High-Flying Flags
Presidio Officer's 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! June 14th is Flag Day in the United States. Here at the Presidio, we have had many flags fly over what is now the National Park. Join us to learn about the unique flags around the world and create your own billowing banner inspired by a flag that is meaningful to you. Registration not required, but preferred. Event details
- San Mateo County Fair
San Mateo Event Center
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm
San Mateo County's annual fair includes concerts by Night Ranger, Kansas, and Tower of Power, as well as free fair entertainment like STEM activities from the Super Science Company, Captain Jack Spareribs, Life Sized Mousetrap, the Great American Petting Zoo, Balloonacy, and more. Of course there will be carnival rides, farm animals, and exhibits of all types, too. Location:1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Event details
- Storybook Character Visit: Peter Rabbit
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 am & 1 pm
This summer, your child’s favorite storybook characters are coming to the Bay Area Discovery Museum! On Saturdays and Sundays from June–August, costumed characters will be on-site for meet-and-greets, daily story times, photo opportunities and visits with children. Kids will have the chance to see their favorite imaginary characters brought to life, while enjoying an engaging literary experience! Saturday members-only time at 9:30 am. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. Event details
- Presidio Kite Festival
Presidio Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
Saturday, noon–5 pm
Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The artistry, diversity, and fun of modern flying will take your breath away! The free, all-day event features a free “build you own kite” booth, hands on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers, and food trucks. Event details
- Cotati Music Festival
Saturday, noon–6 pm
Come to downtown Cotati and enjoy live music, dancing, art, crafts, food, beer, and fun. Free admission. Location: La Plaza Park and downtown Cotati. Event details
- Father Son BBQ
Corte Madera Community Center
Saturday, 2–4 pm
Come play at Corte Madera's season-opener Father Son BBQ. $25. Event details
- Film: The Little Mermaid (1989)
Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 4 pm & Sunday, 1 pm
Brought to life by the music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, this new classic takes audiences under the sea, where they encounter enthralling, magical creatures of the deep. Follow the tale of mermaid princess Ariel who longs to be a part of our world. Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
- Concerts on the Green: Pamela Parker's Fantastic Machine
City Green, Downtown Novato
Saturday, 5–7 pm
Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy live music on the City Green in Downtown Novato. Free outdoor summer concert for all ages! Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. Event details
- Campfire Program
Sonoma State Historic Park
Saturday, 7–8 pm
Gather ‘round the campfire in the historic Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. Join in the fun with a short talk, songs and, of course, a marshmallow roast! All ages, free of charge. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. Event details
- Astronomy Night on Mt. Tam
Mt. Tamalpais State Park
Saturday, 8 pm
This educational program is designed to give the public and students of all ages and backgrounds a better understanding of our universe by hearing about current theories and discoveries followed by an opportunity to observe through telescopes. Following the lecture, audience members are invited to the Rock Spring parking area to view through telescopes provided by members of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. The observing session (or “starparty”) lasts from 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the seeing conditions and the size of the crowd. Speaker: Pascal Lee, Planetary Scientist, Mars & SETI Institutes. Event details.
- Movies in Creek Park: La La Land (PG13)
Saturday, Starts at Sunset
Bring the family to Movies in Creek Park this Saturday at sunset. There will be pre-movie trivia, prizes, concessions and popcorn. This version of the film La La Land has been edited for PG13 family showing. Movie starts at sunset. Free. Location: 249 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. Event details.
Sunday, June 17: Father's Day
- 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. Event details
- Father's Day Pancake Breakfast at West Point Inn
Sunday, 9 am–1 pm
Take dad for a hike up to Mount Tam's West Point Inn for their Sunday pancake breakfast. It's $10 for adults and $5 for children, and includes pancakes, sausages, and coffee. Canteloupe and orange juice are available for $1 extra. Event details
- Sandcastle Build at Upton Beach
Sunday, 10 am–noon
Head out to beautiful Upton Beach on Father's Day and let your creativity run wild! Join ranger staff to build sandcastles and whatever else you can imagine using materials from nature. Sand, seaweed, driftwood, and shells are a few of the materials we can use to create unique masterpieces! Work as a group or solo. The only requirement is having a great time in the beautiful outdoors. Event details
- Father's Day at Angel Island State Park
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Jump on the ferry in Tiburon and take a boat ride to Angel Island. The first 100 dads on board on Father's Day will get a gift certificate for a free Whale Watching & Wildlife Tour cruise on the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry. Bring your bikes, hike or picnic and take in the amazing view anywhere on the island. The Angel Island Company is offering a special Father' Day special—the first 150 dads that come over to the island on the Tiburon Ferry, get a free tram ride, just come into the café and show your Tiburon Ferry ticket. Read about our visit here.
- Father's Day at the Schulz Museum
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Take Dad on an outing to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa and learn all about the creator of Peanuts. All fathers receive free admission to the Schulz Museum on Father's Day! Event details
- Hats Off to Dad
Roaring Camp Railroads, Santa Cruz Mountains
Sunday, 11 am, 12:30 pm & 2 pm
Venture down to the Santa Cruz Mountains and Roaring Camp Railroads to spend Father's Day riding the rails through the redwoods. Their Hats Off to Dad event features steam train rides and a chuck wagon BBQ. Each dad receives a free engineer's cap with purchase of a train ticket and a BBQ platter. One dad will be selected to ride in the locomotive! Event details
- The Music of Grateful Dead for Kids – Father’s Day Celebration
UC Theater, Berkeley
Sunday, 11 am
The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement, and stories and an opportunity to rock out. $17.50 general admission. Event details.
Happy Father's Day BBQ at the Mart
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur LandingSunday, 11am–7 pm
Meet us at the Mart for a rockin' Father's Day BBQ!! There will be barbecued meats from Belcampo, beers, and live music from the legendary Mads Tolling & more. Festivities start in the courtyard at 11am and continue until 7pm! Event details.
The Mountain Play: Mamma Mia!
Sunday, 2 pm
Sunday is the last performance of the Mountain Play's hit production of Mamma Mia! Pack a picnic and treat Dad to a theatrical experience in the great outdoors. Event details
BBQ on the Lawn at Rancho Nicasio
Sunday, 4 pm
Enjoy a Father's Day BBQ on the Lawn at Rancho Nicasio. Sunday's concert features Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio. For all ages. Gates open at 3 pm; music starts at 4 pm. Admission $35; food and drink extra. Children under 3 free. Event details
Belvedere's Concerts in the Park
Sunday, 4 pm
Belvedere's Concerts in the Park presents a free Father's Day concert with Top Shelf. Event details
- Call of the Sea Family Adventure Sail
Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
Call of the Sea offers a Family Adventure Sail on the schooner Seaward from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Take in famous San Francisco sights from the water. Sit back and enjoy the trip or pitch in and help sail the schooner. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. Optional learning stations in San Francisco Bay ecology and seamanship will also be available. Tickets: $60 adults, $30 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. Event details
- Presidio Picnic
San Francisco Presidio
Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Presidio Picnic is a great family event that takes place Sundays on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay. Presidio Picnic features a rotating lineup of 25 international mobile food creators, free yoga class, free Presidio Y Bike learn to ride lessons for kids on the first Sunday of the month, a cultural dance program every 4th Sunday, and more. Event details
- Summer Music Series
Corte Madera Town Center
Sundays, 12–2 pm
Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Corte Madera Town Center. Event details.
- Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
Old Corte Madera Square
Sundays, 5–6 pm
Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the amazing line-up of fine local bands. This Sunday: Corte Madera Town Band. Event details
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