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Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 14–16

Family fun awaits this weekend at Mill Valley's 62nd annual Fall Arts Festival in Old Mill Park.

Try one of our 5 fantastic fall Marin hikes with your family this weekend!

Friday, September 14

  • Music Time with Megan
    Sports Basement, Novato
    Friday, 9:30–10 am

    Bring the little ones for live music, singing, dancing and playing instruments with popular children's musician Megan Schoenbohm. Cost is $10 per child, and siblings under 7 months are free. This is an ongoing weekly class, so drop in as often as you can! Event details.
  • Big Bounce America
    Marinship Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 2:10–5:45 pm & Saturday–Sunday, 9:15 am–5:45 pm

    The Big Bounce America is 10,000 square feet of full-on inflatable fun. It’s a crazy, action-packed fun day out suitable for all the family featuring the world’s largest bounce house alongside a host of amazing inflatable attractions. With every bounce there’s a whole new experience to be shared and down every slide a new adventure for you, your friends and your family to be a part of. Tickets: $12–$18. Event details
  • Friday Fun Day!
    South Novato Library, Hamilton
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Start the weekend off right with a laid-back afternoon at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s games, crafts or more, this drop-in program is a good way to relax at the end of the week! Location: 931 C Street, Hamilton, Novato. Event details.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your child is safe and having a blast with their favorite camp counselors. This fun night features a variety of games like dodgeball, a toy room, arts and crafts, park time and a movie at the end of the night. Don't worry about dinner as that's take care of too! For ages 2–11. Cost: $25; $5 discount for 2 or more participants. 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 styled by Michel Michelins - Rue Manouche! Grab a drink, grab a snack, and settle in for a musical adventure. Grab a drink, grab a snack, and settle in for a musical adventure. Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
  • Movie and Craft Drop Off Date Night
    Little Tree Studios, San Anselmo
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Drop off your kiddos (ages 5–13) and have a night out! Tonight Little Artists will watch the Disney movie Coco and make a colorful clay Sculpey alebrijes. Alebrijes are Mexican Folk art sculptures of mythical creatures, a dog with butterfly wings or maybe a lion with eagle wings. Please bring cozy clothes and pillows to curl up with during the show. We will serve pizza and popcorn. Cost: $50. Location: 14 Ross Avenue, San Anselmo. Event details.
  • Movies in the Park: A Wrinkle in Time
    Howarth Park, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 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 Road, Santa Rosa. Event details

Saturday, September 15

  • GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–6 pm

    The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Sonoma Raceway for the epic series finale to the 2018 racing schedule. Kids STEM Day will be taking place from 9:30–11 am. Here is the schedule for kids events. Kids 12 and under are free all weekend. Event details.
  • Free Zumba at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    We take the 'work' out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burnin g dance fitness party on the lawn. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details
  • California Coastal Cleanup Day
    Various Marin locations
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    On the third Saturday of every September volunteers all over the world converge on beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways to pick up trash and remove dangerous debris. Considered the largest marine-related volunteer event in the world, Coastal Cleanup Day is a wonderful opportunity to lend a hand and make a significant difference. There are over 35 sites in Marin to choose from. Event details
  • Busy Bees—Indoor Play Days
    Hamilton Community Center, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Parents and little ones are invited to join Recreation Staff for a morning of safe and secure indoor fun! Enjoying learning and playing with your toddler/preschooler in this parent-participation class featuring age appropriate toys, tumbling mats, sensory bins, crafts and parachute play. No registration required. Drop-in fee is $5 per family at the door. Parents and/or caregivers are required to stay the duration of class and are responsible for their child(ren). Event details
  • Point Bonita Coastal Cleanup & Free BBQ
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Join us as we participate in the global movement of Healthy Parks Healthy People to inspire healthy and active fun while taking care of our parks! In an effort to improve the health and wellness of all Bay Area residents, join Point Bonita YMCA as we care for our coast from 9AM – 12PM (registration starts at 8:30AM). Naturalists will guide you to South Rodeo Beach to show your appreciation of California’s fabulous coast. Clean-up the coast and have fun! FREE BBQ at the Bay Model in Sausalito! Register here. Location: Point Bonita YMCA, 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito. Event details.
  • San Marin Garage Sale
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Shop 'til you drop at the big multi-family garage sale in Novato's San Marin neighborhood. Event details
  • Farmers' Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop for great local food and have fun at Marin Country Mart. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm adjacent to the farmer's market. Arts and crafts and face painting for kids from 9 am–2 pm and kid's entertainment from 9:30–10:30 am. Event details
  • Primate Discovery Day
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Leap like Lemurs for a day of hands-on, tails-on adventures for all ages! Games, activities, learning, and amazing animals await you on this special day of primate discovery. Free with paid Zoo admission, no registration required. Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Event details.
  • Test Drive Electric Cars
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, 10 am–3:30 pm

    You can test drive and compare a variety of new electric cars in a hassle-free, no pressure environment Saturday at the Bon Air Center in Greenbrae. Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association is a non-proft organization that promotes electric vehicles. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 62nd Annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will showcase over 140 fine artists from all across the country and offer live music and children’s entertainment under the redwoods. The juried works include prints, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, photography, and sculpture. See full schedule here. Cost: $12 general admission, $8 students and seniors, free for kids under 12. Location: Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. Event details
  • Junior Chef Classes:  Cookie & Cupcake Decoration Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    What's more fun than baking cookies and cupcakes? Decorating and eating them, of course! We promise, this class will be tons of fun! All of the proceeds from this class will be donated to No Kid Hungry as they work to end childhood hunger in America. Cost: $30 per child. For ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. Event details
  • International Red Panda Day
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join Tenzing, Hillary and Hunter as we celebrate International Red Panda Day on September 15–16! Discover fascinating facts about wild red pandas and take home an activity book from our partners at the Red Panda Network. Contribute to conservation of the species and receive a red panda keepsake, handmade by animal staff (Saturday only—while supplies last)!  Watch our red pandas investigate bamboo enrichment and learn about pandas from those who know them best at special keeper talks. Event details
  • Northern California Dragon Boat Festival
    Lake Merritt, Oakland
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 23rd Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival returns on Saturday & Sunday, from 10 am- 5 pm each day at Oakland’s beautiful Lake Merritt, the 3rd year at its new location. Presented by the California Dragon Boat Association, audiences will be treated to the spectacular fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as they race to the beat of Chinese drums. Fun for the entire family. Event details.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: The Cat in the Hat
    BACT Berkeley Center
    Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 4 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Expect a brother, a sister, a much put-upon goldfish, some Things, and tons of clowning around in this new production of Seuss's classic rainy-day tale that brings the Cat in the Hat's outrageous antics--and Dr. Seuss's wondrous rhymes--to life in Spanish and English. For children ages 3 to 10. Tickets start at $20. Puchase here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. Event details.
  • Kindermusik with Miss Melissa
    Cooperfields Books, Novato
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    Sing along with Miss Melissa during musical story time! You may even have the opportunity to play an instrument! Fun for babies, kids and grown ups. Free. Location: 999 Grant Avenue, Downtown Novato. Event details.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: Pete the Cat
    Children's Creativity Museum Theatre, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 & 4 pm and Sunday, 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. Rock out with Pete the Cat and friends in this groovy musical! Purr-fect for ages 3-8. Tickets: adults $28, senior $26 and child (ages 2–14) $24. Event details
  • Marin Comics Fest: Nomi Kane
    San Anselmo Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    Meet editorial artist Nomi Kane! Discover her career, creative process, and art as she shares humorous as well as personal cartoons on topics ranging from recycling and family vacations to healthcare. Location: San Anselmo Library, Council Chambers, 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. Event details
  • Marinwood Classic Car Show & BBQ
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Beautiful cars, great food, live music on the lawn and under the trees in their park. BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs. Lots of places to picnic. Location: 575 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Freighter Tots w/Clyde Leland
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    In their wildly interactive shows for children and families, silly six-piece band Your Song My Song sings you through watery adventures, recycling kid revolutionaries, classic children's books, jungle expeditions, and deep sea dives! Instrument petting zoo. Free admisson. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. Cost: $10. Event details
  • Back to School BBQ
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Bring the family to a Back to School BBQ. Activities include: Music by Tim Cain (10:30 am), Storytime with Curious George & the Man with the Yellow Hat (12 pm). All day - treats, crafts, games, the bubble lady, and a giveaway at Poppy Store! Event details.
  • Native American Trade Feast
    Miwok Park, Novato
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Come to Miwok Park for the annual Native American Trade Feast. Featured activities. Experience live music and dancing, children’s activities, native storytelling, hoop dancing and much more. Free admission. Location: 2200 Novato Boulevard, Novato. Event details
  • Goodnight Goon Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this clever parody that will keep kids laughing.Location: Town Center Corte Madera. Event details.
  • Family Art Making
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Family Art Making offers a free, drop-in art project led by professional teaching artists.  Projects change every 3-4 weeks and connect to our permanent collections or highlight our special exhibiton.  Make sure to pick up a Discovery Guide to explore the galleries. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. Free; museum admission required for gallery activities. Event details
  • 2018 Autumn Moon Festival
    Chinatown, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Bring the family for this fun festival that has been celebrated in Asia for more than 1,000 years. The 28th Annual Autumn Moon Festival will be held in Chinatown over two days, filled with arts and crafts booths, children’s activities, cultural exhibits, food and several parades along Grant Avenue between California Street and Columbus Avenue.  Event details.
  • 2018 Festa Coloniale Italiana
    San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come and enjoy continuous live music, authentic Italian cuisine, wine tasting, the Ricco Italian Dancers directed by Toni Bava, and an expert pizza toss by 12 time World Champion and restaurateur Tony Gemignani of Tony's Pizza Napoletana of North Beach. This is a free, fun, family event and is open to the public. Location: 1630 Stockton St., San Francisco. Event details.
  • Sumo Champions Exhibition
    Japantown Peace Plaze, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Learn about the ancient Japanese tradition of Sumo and watch live matches at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Meet Sumo wrestlers in person at a meet-and-greet at 5 pm. Free. Location: Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco. Event details
  • Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    Join us at Historic Downtown Petaluma - at the River to sip our local brews and taste our mighty food bites. Delight in a walk on the promenade by our famous river and enjoy the craft beer specialties of the area. Event details.
  • Film: Cinderella (1950)
    The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 4 pm & Sunday 1 pm

    A dream is a wish your heart makes, and fairy godmothers are often very helpful in making those dreams come true! We invite you to enjoy the timeless tale of Cinderella’s kindness and optimism, despite her dismal circumstances, and a crew of clever mice who try to help her get to the Ball. Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details
  • Evening 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. Event details
  • Marin Symphony Fall Pops Concert: Star Wars and More
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7 pm

    From a galaxy far, far away to a boy’s first day at Hogwarts, he’s the master behind the sound of the greatest films of our time. Join the Marin Symphony for an evening showcasing Academy Award-winner John Williams’ most popular movie scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T, Jaws, and Jurassic Park. Tickets: $20 and up. Event details
  • Movies in Creek Park: A View to a Kill
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 7 pm

    Enjoy free movies outdoors in San Anselmo's Creek Park. This Friday: A View to a Kill. Bond Night: Tuxedos welcome. Seating generally begins around 7 pm, with pre-movie slide show, announcements, trivia and nightly raffle. Movies begin when dark enough and generally run two hours. Event details
  • Mt. Tam Astronomy Night - Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mount Tam
    Saturday, 7:30 pm

    Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history. Since the middle of the 20th century, we have had tools that permit us to explore this question scientifically. As we look up and look out, we are forced to see ourselves from a cosmic perspective. This perspective is fundamental to finding a way to sustain life on Earth for the long future. Free. Event details
  • 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. Event details

Sunday, September 16

  • Clo Cow Half Marathon
    Downtown Petaluma
    Sunday, 7 am
    The 8th running of the Clo Cow Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is set for September 16, 2018 in Historic Downtown Petaluma. Our beautiful half marathon course will take you through rural Sonoma County farm country, over rolling hills where you'll be cheered on by sheep, horses, and of course our beloved Moo-Cows! The trip out there is a challenging one, but the inclines just make the views even more rewarding! Event details
  • 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
  • Organic Apple U-Pick
    Chileno Valley Ranch
    Sunday, 9 am–4 pm

    Come pick organic apples and pears and take a tour of this family farm. Other farm products, like eggs and ground beef, will be for sale, too. Bring bags for your apples, and leave dogs at home. $12 per car parking fee; $8 if you RSVP in advance. Location: 5150 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma. Event details
  • Model Boats on Parade 2018
    Spreckels Lake, San Francisco
    Sunday, 9:30 am

    The San Francisco Model Yacht Club presents Model Boats on Parade, the bi-annual event which will be held at beautiful Spreckels Lake on Sunday, starting at 9:30 am. Location: 6th Ave and Spreckles Lake Dr, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Creativity Festival
    Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Join us in celebrating creativity and innovation with a variety of hands-on, family-friendly activities. Kids can enjoy Slime Biomes, Sunprints, Seed Bombs, Cleanup Critters, live music and more. All activities outside in the gardens are free and open to the public. General museum admission still applies if you'd like to visit inside the museum. Location: All activities outside in the gardens are free and open to the public. General museum admission still applies if you'd like to visit inside the museum. Event details.
  • Family Fun Day
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

    Sunday, 10:30 am–2 pm
    Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our gallery activities, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation into a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again. Please note: Street parking is free on Sundays, making a visit to the museum both fun and affordable. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Event details
  • Kids' Market
    The Indie Alley, Fairfax
    Sunday, 11 am–1 pm

    This Sunday, Fairfax's Indie Alley co-working space turns things over to the kids for, Indie Pop, a special edition of their regular makers market! Stop by Sunday from 11 am–1 pm and see the incredible things that Fairfax's mini creatives and entrepreneurs have produced. Location: 69 Bolinas Avenue in downtown Fairfax. Event details.
  • Presidio Picnic
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic is free and open to the public, and takes place rain or shine on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, an expansive seven-acre lawn with amazing views of the park, the city and San Francisco Bay. In addition to the new monthly cultural dance performances, Presidio Picnic will feature more than 25 international mobile food creators, music, lawn games, yoga, bike safety classes, and nature-based crafts for kids. Event details
  • Sundays on Sherman
    Novato City Hall
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Join us  as we take over Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green to play in the street! Sundays on Sherman is a chance for community members of all ages to come outside and participate in structured and unstructured play free of traffic restrictions. Guests can participate in organized exercise activities lead by an instructor onsite, or bring their own bike, roller blades, balls, Frisbees and other toys and simply PLAY! Free. Event details
  • Kinderfest
    Nature Friends Tourist Club San Francisco, Mill Valley
    Sunday, noon–6 pm

    Kinderfest is a great event for the entire family. Enjoy live music and dancers in traditional dress who perform Schuhplattler and other dances popular at seasonal festivals in Germany and Austria. Authentic German/Austrian foods and imported and domestic beers and other drinks are available. Children can compete for prizes in forest meadow games or join other kids in dances on the Fest dance floor. It's a fun-filled day that is sehr gemütlich (very pleasant) for all ages. Tickets: $20; under 18 free. Advance tickets required.
  • Fairfax Town Picnic
    Fairfax Ball Field, Fairfax
    Sunday, noon–5 pm

    This family-friendly event always features live music, art, games, and food and refreshments. Activities include things like Peace Flag creations, a Children’s Maze, a bouncy house, neighborhood Tug-of-Wars, a dunk tank, Community Art with the Artist in Residence,  temporary tattoo art, Face Painting, and more! Location: 4 School Street, Fairfax. Event details.

  • Comedy Day in the Park
    Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Sunday, noon–5 pm

    See 40 comedians as they take to the stage for five hours of comedy for a million laughs at the 38th annual Comedy Day. Free admission. Event details
  • JAMband Family Festival Concert
    Park Chalet, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
    Sunday, 3–5 pm

    Join the JAMband and me for the second show in our annual JAMband Family Festival -- free weekend concerts for families at The Park Chalet. Location: 1000 Great Highway, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival (see Saturday for details).
  • Northern California Dragon Boat Festival (see Saturday for details).
  • 2018 Autumn Moon Festival (see Saturday for details).

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