Marin Family Weekend Events: June 30, July 1 & 2
Meet Storm Troopers from the 501st Legion Golden Gate Garrison at the Marin County Fair, which opens Friday.
Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Independence Day weekend. The Marin County Fair opens on June 30. Find out more about here.
Looking for a place to watch the fireworks in Marin? Check out our list of places here.
Friday, June 30
- Breakfast with Enzo
Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
Friday, 10 & 11 am
Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, Appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child, $10 per each additional child, siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
- Marin County Fair
Marin County Fairgrounds, San Rafael
Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm
Come to the fair for over 12,000 exhibits, carnival rides, headline entertainment, the barnyard, an international short film and video festival, nightly fireworks, and more! Admission: $20 adults, $15 children 4–12 and seniors 65+, free for children 3 and under. For more information, call (415) 473-6800 or visit their website.
- Children's Garden Series: Ka-Hon
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm
Founded in 2012 by some of the Bay Area’s finest Latin percussionists, Ka-Hon features Venezuelan-born Omar Ledezma, Peru’s Braulio Barrera and Pedro Rosales, and Mexican-born José Roberto Hernandez and Javier Cabanillas. Known for highly interactive performances, this band creates an experience that’s definitely outside the box.Free. For more info, visit their website.
- Game Day!
Mill Valley Library
Friday, 2:30–3:30 pm
Roll the dice, spin the spinner, or pick a card! Play board games, cards, or work a puzzle in the Creekside Room. All ages, no registration required. Location: Creekside Room, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 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. For more info, visit their website.
- 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Friday Nights on Main
Main Street, Downtown Tiburon
Friday, 6–9 pm
Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. We’ll be jamming to the Spirit of the Caribbean’s calypso music and hunting for treasure! Every day should feel this good!For more information, visit their website.
- 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: David Gerald (blues). Sponsored by Sausalito On the Waterfront (serving hot dogs and hamburgers) For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
- Tam Valley's 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 Friday: Sugar Rush. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
- Sun Valley to Fireworks Walk
Friday, 8:30–10:30 pm
Join a ranger for a nature walk to experience this unique preserve after dark. We’ll discuss nocturnal animals and things that go bump in the night! The highlight of the walk will be to enjoy the Marin County Fair fireworks from one of the best viewing spots on Open Space. Fireworks start at 9:30 pm. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. Meet at the Dan Abraham Trailhead. For more info, visit their website.
- Outdoor Movie Night: The Parent Trap
Pier 39, San Francisco
Grab your blankets and settle in for a free screening of local favorite, The Parent Trap. This film is rated PG. Location: Pier 39, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, July 1
- 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.
- Museums on Us Free Day
Saturday & Sunday
Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.
Free Saturday Morning Yoga
Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
Saturday, 9–10 am
Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. For all levels. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheater, 10 minutes prior to start of class. For more info, visit their website.
- 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 WildCare at the Mart so meet the animals from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm! For more info, visit their website.
- Red, White and Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Celebrate 4th of July at SF Zoo! We’re highlighting “patriotic” animals naturally colored red, white and blue on 4th of July weekend. Check out Keeper Talks on animals like red panda, polar bear, and white pelican. Enjoy a family BBQ in the Depot Grill. On Saturday, the zoo partners with KQED to bring the classic red children’s character "Clifford" to cruise the Zoo, greet and take pictures with guests. Free after zoo admission. 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 webiste.
- 33rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Location: Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy. For more info, visit their website.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: The Rainbow Fish Musical
Children's Fairyland, Oakland
Saturday, 10:30 am & 2 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am & 4 pm
Come with us under the sea for The Rainbow Fish Musical, a world premiere based on the award-winning book by Marcus Pfister about the joy of finding friendship through sharing. Book, music and lyrics by Austin Zumbro. Playing in Oakland and San Francisco. Tickets: $20 per person. Location: 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
- Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1–4 pm
Families are welcome to stop by and join a Discovery Center naturalist for fun, hands-on activities with a different theme each month. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Science Saturdays feature tangible experiments and projects that let children explore the world around us. Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Bean Sprouts Family Day
San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Saturday, 1–4 pm
Journey out to the Children's Garden at the west end of the Garden to enjoy hands-on outdoor fun! Create colorful crafts with flowers, help weed and water the garden, read a book or play a nature game with our staff and teen interns. Suitable for families with children ages 3-10. Drop in at any time during the program Free with regular admission. For more info, visit their website.
- Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Presidio of San Francisco
Saturday, 2–4 pm
Is getting fit difficult because you could use some motivation and change of scenery? Your National Parks can help! Join the Healthy Parks Healthy People Rangers and leaders each month as we work our way to fitness and a healthier lifestyle. Through hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you'll get to know your various National Park sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy. Meet in front of the Presidio Visitor Center at building 36 Lincoln Boulevard. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don't mind getting dirty. Don't forget your water bottles. RSVP: (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their 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.
- Fair Fireworks and S’more Feast
McInnis Park, San Rafael
Saturday, 8:30–10 pm
In celebration of our nation’s birthday, come see the Marin County Fair fireworks from the top of the Nike Site at McInnis Park. It is an easy uphill stroll from the skatepark parking lot to sweeping views of the bay and surrounding hills, including China Camp State Park and iconic Mount Tamalpais. Rangers will prepare s’mores at Hillside Picnic Area before we walk up the hill to view the fireworks show that begins promptly at 9:30pm. Don’t forget to bring low back chairs or a blanket. S’more fixings provided. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
Sunday, July 2
- 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.
- Learn to Ride
Stafford Lake Bike Park, Novato
Sunday, 9–11 am
Learn to ride pump tracks and rollers with a ranger at the Stafford Lake Bike Park. A limited amount of bicycles and helmets will be available on a first come, first-served basis. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Entrance free waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
- Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach
Sunday, 10–11:30 am
On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Sundays at the Asian Art Musuem
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Target First Free Sundays—free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—are made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Kindermusik in the Park
Miwok Park, Novato
Sunday, 10:30–11:30 am
Make a shaker instrument, sing songs, dance and play! Musical family fun for babies, kids and grown-ups too! Bring: Your instruments, your family, your lunch (for after.) Please no pets. Free with a $1 requested donation. Location: 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Opera Exploration: All About La Boheme
Bryan Education Studio, San Francisco
Sunday, 11 am
Step into nineteenth-century Paris and meet the bohemians from Puccini's celebrated opera. Experience the drama and romance of the main characters through storytelling, song and movement. For families with children ages 6 years and older. Cost: $10 per person. Need to purchase tickets online here. For questions, contact Alyssa Stone by calling (415) 551-6294. For more info, visit their website.
- YBike Learn to Ride Program
Presidio, San Francisco
Sunday, 11 am–2 pm
Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust. Location: Main Parade Ground, Presidio in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.All About La BohèmeStep into nineteenth-century Paris and meet the bohemians from Puccini's celebrated opera! Experience the drama and romance of the main characters' unconventional, artistic lifestyles through song, movement and storytelling during this interactive workshop for families with children ages 6 and older.
- 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.
- Open House: Tiburon Landmark Properties
Tiburon & Belvedere
Sunday, 1–4 pm
Come and tour the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum in Downtown Tiburon, Old St. Hilary and the China Cabin. Kids and parents can learn about the history of the area. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
- Stern Grove Festival: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers
Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
Sunday, 2 pm
The free Stern Grove Festival presents soulful local singer, musician and songwriter Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, who blend rock, country, blues and folk into an original sound. Oakland blues guitarist and singer Fantastic Negrito opens. Arrive early—space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free admission. From noon until 1 pm before every concert, kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects and programs at KidStage in the West Meadow. Kids can enjoy craft-making, singing and dance lessons, games, and more! Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. For more info, go to www.sterngrove.org.
- BBQ on the Lawn
Sunday, 4 pm
Bring the family, blanket and/or chairs to this Sunday's BBQ on the Lawn. Enjoy a fantastic BBQ and live music with the Sun Kings. Full service bar and BBQ available. No outside food or coolers. Cost: $20 ($10 children under 10) and children under 3 admitted free. Doors open at 3 pm. Location: On the Town Square, Nicasico. 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: the Civilians (acoustic rock). Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
- Fireworks over Bodega Bay
Sunday, 9:30 pm
Fireworks show produced by Pyro Spectaculars will start at dark around 9:30 pm. The display can be seen from all around Bodega Bay. Handicap parking at Westside Park. For more information, visit their website
- Marin County Fair (see Friday for details).
- The Rainbow Fish Musical (see Saturday for details).
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