Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 15–17
Try one of our 5 fantastic fall Marin hikes with your family this weekend!
Friday, September 15
- Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
Friday, 9 am–8 pm, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
Get a great deal on over 100,000 consignment items in 40,500 square feet of shopping space, including toys, games; outdoor gear; mommy supplies; furniture; crafting, school and party supplies; and more. Cash, checks, debit cards, and Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Bring your own bags, baskets, or even a wagon to carry your deals. Location: Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
San Anselmo Library
Friday, 11–11:30 am
For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
- Circus Vargas
Friday, 4:30 & 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1, 4 & 7:30 pm
Circus Vargas presents its new 2017 spectacular SteamCirque! Come on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Tickets: $17–$72; under 2 free. For more info, visit their website.
- Movies in the Park: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
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. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, September 16
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 2017 racing schedule. Fun for the entire family. Here is the schedule for kids events. Kids 12 and under are free all weekend. For more info, visit their website.
- 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. Check the list here.
- 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. For more info, visit their website.
- 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
The 61st 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: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, free for kids under 12. Location: Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, visit their website.
- Junior Chef Classes: Pancake Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry
Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
Saturday, 10 am
Let’s cook some pancakes! We’ll show you everything you need to know so you can make tasty pancakes for your family and friends, served with your favorite toppings. What could be better on the morning after a sleepover? All of the proceeds from this class will be donated to No Kid Hungry as they work to end childhood hunger in America. Cost: $5 donation per child. For more 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.
- Open Cockpit Weekend: Public Heroes Weekend
Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Look inside these vintage aircraft, and learn about their history from the crews who have lovingly restored them. You may climb aboard selected aircraft this weekend and sit in the pilot's seat! Come and take a look at some of the aircraft that make it possible for us to live our lives in great safety and confidence, knowing that when the worst happens a competent and dedicated aviator can be on hand within minutes to help us. Free after museum 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. Appropriate for ages 8+. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Program: California Natives: Plants and People
UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
Saturday, 10–11 am
Bring the whole family for a guided tour.. Our walk on the "Indian Trail" will explore the creative ways California Indians have used native plants in their everyday lives for food, shelter, tools, fiber, medicine, even music, toys and games. At the end, we'll make a cattail cordage bracelet to take home. $15 Adult, $12 Child, $10 Member Adult, $8 Member Child (must have Family Membership level or above). Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
- ZOOtoberfest 2017
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Live Music Performances from 11:00 pm to 3:00 pm Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Location: For more info, visit their website.
- Musical Storytime with Miss Melissa
Copperfield's Books, Novato
This is musical family fun for babies, kids and grown ups, too! Bring the crew! Come on down to Copperfield's Books and shake it up with local children's musician and Kidnermusik educator, Miss Melissa Ayotte, as she shares songs, stories and sign language. Location: 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. 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.
- Annual Family Open House
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. For more info, visit their website.
- American Indian 50th Anniversary Trade Feast
Miwok Park, Novato
Saturday, 11 am–5 pm
Bring the family to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. Featured activities: Inter-tribal Pomo Dance Group, “Red Voice Drum” Drumming & Singing, “Kalpulli Anahuak” Aztec Dancers, children’s activities/native story telling, hoop dancing and much more. Free admission. Location: 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
- Princesses Wear Pants Storytime
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am
In their debut children's picture book, Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim team up for a savvy, imaginative story that celebrates fashion and girl power. Join the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple as she finds a clever way to get the job done while staying true to herself. Activities to follow. Location: Town Center Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
- 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Nike Missile Site Open House
Marin Headlands, Sausalito
Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm
Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
- Young Performers Theatre: Sleeping Beauty
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Saturday, 2 & 4:30 pm, Sunday, 11 am & 2:30 pm
This classic fairytale is performed by kids for kids and is suitable for all ages. Tickets: $12. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 300, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 346-5550 or visit their website.
- Family Maker Saturdays: Kinetic Sand!
Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
Saturday, 2–4:30 pm
Kinetic sand is fun to play with but is also great for developing fine motor skills, creative thinking and pre-writing skills. It can also promote calm! 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.
- Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet
Presidio, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 2–5 pm
Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor performance of a beloved favorite. This year the SF Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and presents Hamlet for the first time. Location: Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Marin Comics Fest Event
Belvedere Tiburon Library, Founders Room
Saturday, 2:30–4 pm
Come and meet Authors and comic artists, Lily Williams (If Sharks Disappeared, 2017) and Amy Martin, a cartoonist, illustrator, and children's librarian living in Oakland, California. Please note: content in this presentation may not be appropriate for children under 10 years old. Location: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 789-2665 or visit their website.
- Free Movies on the Green: Disney's Cars 3
Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Sunday, 3 pm
Bring a blanket and join us on Weill Lawn as we screen Disney’s newest smash hit Cars 3! Location: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Weill Hall and Lawn. For more info, visit their website.
- Harvest Barn Dance
Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
Saturday, 5–10 pm
A fun community event featuring musical artist Evie Ladin. A fundraiser for the Tara Firma Farms Institute to help fund farm connection and experiences for youth. A fun community event featuring musical artist Evie Ladin. A fundraiser for the Tara Firma Farms Institute to help fund farm connection and experiences for youth. Cost: $20 per person, children 6 and under are free. Purchase tickets here. Location: 3796 I Street, Petaluma.
Family Fun Performance Night
Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato
Saturday, 6–7 pm
You're the star at Kenn Adams' Adventure Theater for all ages. Adventure in Space! Be a part of this zany, interactive theatrical adventure where audience members make all of the sound effects, help to create the story, and leap up on stage to play the main characters. Adults at $10 and children are FREE! Location: Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Road. For more info, register here.
- 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. For more info, visit their website.
Sunday, September 17
- Clo Cow Half Marathon
Sunday, 7 am
The 7th running of the Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K takes place in Historic Downtown Petaluma. This beautiful half-marathon course takes you through rural Sonoma County farm country, over rolling hills where you'll be cheered on by sheep, horses, and of course cows! The trip out there is a challenging one, but the inclines just make the views even more rewarding! For more info, visit their website.
- 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.
- Baker Beach 5K
Sunday, 9 am
Run or walk 5K from Baker Beach along Lincoln Boulevard past the Golden Gate Bridge. Details and registration here.
- Organic Apple U-Pick
Chileno Valley Ranch
Sunday, 9 am–4 pm
Come pick organic apples and pears on 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. $10 per car parking fee ($6 if you RSVP in advance; refundable with purchase of $50 or more. Location: 5150 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma. For more info or to RSVP, visit their website.
- 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Presidio Picnic
Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Bring the family and your blanket to Presidio’s lush Main Parade Ground to experience Bay views, cuisine from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, mimosas and bloody Marys, and live jams from a DJ. In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid offers yoga classes from the Pad and kids' yoga from It’s Yoga Kids, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent. For more info, visit their website.
- The Commons Grand Opening + Public Celebration
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito
Sunday, noon–5 pm
All are invited for the free grand opening + public celebration of the Commons, Headlands' new outdoor gathering space designed by CMG Landscape Architecture, and including three site-specific artworks by Ball-Nogues Studio, Chris Kabel, and Nathan Lynch. Enjoy performances, installations, and family-friendly activities. Food available from Off the Grid food trucks. Location: 944 Fort Barry, Marin Headlands. For more info, visit their website.
- Comedy Day
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 the 37th annual Comedy Day. Free admission. For more info, visit their website.
- Kids Movie Night
Belvedere Tiburon Library, Founders Room
Saturday, 2:30–4 pm
Kids ages 8 and up can join us for pizza and a movie. This month's feature is "Sky High" rated PG 1 hour 40 mins. Free. Location: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 789-2665 or visit their website.
Nature for Kids: Evening at Roy’s Redwoods
Sunday, 5:30–7:30 pm
We’ll enjoy a quiet walk as the light fades and the day cools, ending the evening in the large meadow at the edge of the redwoods. This is a perfect spot to look and listen for a few different species of owls. We’ll look for owl pellets and discuss what makes these nocturnal raptors so unique. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and dinner. Location: Meet at the Roy’s Redwoods Loop trailhead on Nicasio Valley Road in San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
- Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival (see Saturday for details).
- ZOOtoberfest 2017 (see Saturday for details).
- Open Cockpit Weekend: Public Heroes Weekend (see Saturday for details).