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Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 6–8

Best Carousels in the Bay Area

Take the kiddos for a ride on one of the Bay Area's classic carousels this weekend!

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.

Friday, July 6

  • AVP Pro Beach Volleyball San Francisco Open
    Pier 30/32, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 9 am–6 pm, Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    One of four tournaments held in California, the San Francisco event is unlike the other three. As opposed to the deep sands on the natural beaches in Southern California, this competition takes place on a pier with the scenic Bay Bridge looming overhead. General admission is free. Event details
  • Flower Piano
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    This summer, Flower Piano returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park from July 5 to 16. Now in its fourth year, this music-filled event features a dozen pianos placed in dramatic locations throughout the 55-acre garden for anyone to play. Pianos are available to the public to play between 9 am and 6 pm every day, except during scheduled performances. Free after garden admission. Event details
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Caterpillar Puppets
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse Amadeus who needs encouragement from the audience to fulfill his calling. A master puppeteer with a sly sense of humor, Leon keeps everyone entertained. 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: Medicine Ball Band. Event details
  • 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: Wendy DeWitt. Food available for purchase. Event details
  • The Little Mermaid—Feature Film with the SF Symphony
    Davies Symphony Hall
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm & Sunday, 2 pm

     A rebellious mermaid wishes for life on land to win the heart of a human prince in Disney’s enchanting The Little Mermaid. Boasting an Oscar-winning score by Alan Menken, beautiful animation, and a bevy of unforgettable songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, including “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl,” and the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning “Under the Sea,” don’t miss the beloved music of this underwater world performed live to film by the SF Symphony. Event details
  • Movies in the Park: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 pm

    Each summer the Mill Valley Recreation Department hosts free monthly Movies in the Park at Old Mill Park. Please bring your blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics. Movie begins at sunset. Event details

Saturday, July 7

  • Sunrise Hike at Blithedale Ridge
    Baltimore Canyon Preserve, Kent Woodlands
    Saturday, 5:30 am

    Hike up Hoo Koo E Koo Trail to view the sunrise from Blithedale Ridge. The hike will be approximately 3 miles in length. This event is ideal for ages 8 and up, though explorers of all ages are welcome. Degree of difficulty: Moderate to strenuous. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Event details
  • 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 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and live music from 11 am–12:30 pm. 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
  • 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.
  • Creative Family Fun: Find Your Trail
    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! Join us to get to know the trails of the Presidio by making collages of what you might find while you're out exploring!  You can also take our quiz to find out "what trail are you?" to see where you should go to first! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. Event details
  • Storybook Character Visit: The Berenstain Bears
    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
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Graduation Day
    Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1:30 pm

    Attending a graduation ceremony at Guide Dogs for the Blind is one of the best ways to really get acquainted with our program. We advise guests to bring their tissues, because it's always a moving event, commemorating the efforts of our students and their dogs over their past weeks in class. Puppy raisers say goodbye to their graduating dogs, and the graduating class members bid farewell to return to their homes and families with new partners by their sides. Free. Event details
  • Science Saturday
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Embrace your inner scientist and discover the wonders of environmental and physical science! Drop-in for these free presentations and interactive experiments the first Saturday of every month beginning on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 pm. This month is krazy kaleidoscopes! Design your own working kaleidoscope and you will see the world in a whole new way. Learn about how light can bend and reflect as it travels millions of miles through space, creating all the beautiful colors we see on earth. All ages welcome. Free. Parking is $7 or free for  Regional Parks members. Event details
  • Wine Country Big Q
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    Everyone loves barbecue and some of the best pit masters will be here to serve you up a slice. Sample great “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award-winning brews while enjoying great rock and blues music. Bring all of your senses to life as you wander amongst the teams to see, smell and taste mouthwatering barbecue. Location: 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. Event details
  • Family STEM Saturdays
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm

    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.This Month: magnets. All ages welcome. Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley. Event details
  • Concerts on the Green
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Gather your friends and family, grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and Join Novato Parks & Recreation for this FREE outdoor concert series held outside City Hall on the Civic Green, 901 Sherman Ave. every first and third Saturday of June, July and August. We hope you can join us for these wonderful live musical performances. This Saturday: James Harman Band. 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
  • Summer Nights: Afro-Cuban
    Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and the art room will be open for coloring fun. This Saturday features Ricardo Lemvo and his band, Makina Loco. Cost: $22 members $25 general public advance, $32 day-of; kids 17 and under free. Event details
  • Movies in Creek Park: The Secret Life of Pets
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 7 pm

    Enjoy free movies outdoors in San Anselmo's Creek Park. This Friday: The Secret Life of Pets. Pet Night: Well behaved pets welcome to join owners in viewing. Dog treats and water stations provided. 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
  • San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
    War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
    Saturday, 8 pm & Sunday, 2 pm

    Performances by 12 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world. Arrive early to see pre-show performances by Te Pura O Te Rahuraʽa (Tahitian ʽAparima and Vinic-Kay (La Gente y El Canto) (Mexican Folkloric). Pre-show performances will begin one hour before each show. Tickets: $25–$45. Location: 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Event details

Sunday, July 8

  • Dual Slalom Race Series
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Sunday, 8 am–5 pm

    Join us for the inaugural summer dual race series at Stafford Lake Bike Park. Come enjoy prizes, music, smiles, and rippin’ riding at California’s premier public dual slalom course. This event is ideal for ages 10 and up though riders of all ages are welcome. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring your bike, helmet, and pads. We’ll provide water and healthy snacks. No RSVP required for spectators. RSVP required for riders; limited to 100. 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
  • Pancake Breakfast at West Point Inn
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family for a delicious Sunday morning breakfast and breathtaking mountaintop view of San Francisco and the bay area. Come enjoy flufffy pancakes, tasty sausage, and hot coffee for only $10 (kids are $5). Orange juice and cantaloupe are available for $1 extra. Scenic views and live music are included with your breakfast. Event details
  • The French Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
    Sunday 9 am–3 pm

    Come shop at this French-style street market for antiques, books, clothes, toys, and much more. Enjoy crepes, live music, and more! Free admission and parking. Event details
  • Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Superheroes
    The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Our oceans contain some of the world's greatest superheroes.  The world's largest animal, marine mammals that have learned to use tools, and dolphins that have learned how to hunt on land are just a few of the amazing creatures we have living off our very own California Coast. Come learn more at Marine Mammal Superheroes: Super Strong and Super Smart  in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. Free classroom programs at noon and 2 pm; Docent-led tours at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Free. Event details
  • 17th Annual Art & Garden Festival
    Downtown Petaluma
    Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Bring the family and enjoy free live music by four bands and browse the streets of downtown that will be lined with more than 150 booths from local artists, gardeners, restaurants, wineries and breweries! This is one of Petaluma's favorite festivals as there is something for everyone, including the Italian Street Art Competition, formerly known as the Chalk Art Competition, as well as a Children's Corner! 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
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    Enjoy live music every Sunday all summer long. Free. Event details
  • Poolside Jam: Steve Taylor
    Strawberry Recreation District
    Sunday, 2:30–4:30 pm

    Enjoy local bands at the pool. Bring the family, a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music and swimming in the pool. Free with pool pass; $5 per guest. Event details
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family and experience Mexican Institute of Sound with special guests Ginkgoa. Programs and activities for children on the Kid Stage from noon to 1 pm before every concert. Free admission. Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. Event details
  • BBQ on the Lawn: A Bluegrass Birthday
    Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio
    Sunday, 4 pm

    Join Rancho Nicasio for Peter Rowan's annual Bluegrass birthday bash with the Rowan Brothers. Brings your beach blankets and low-backed sand chairs. Full-service BBQ and bar. Admission: $25/$30; food and drink extra. 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: oMega Live. Event details