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Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2019

Kiddo Family Carnival Mill Valley California

Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival in Mill Valley.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Memorial Day Weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, May 24

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

    Bring the kiddos 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! Location: Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, 100 Vintage Way, Novato. Event details.
  • Dino Days
    Cal Academy, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am–5 pm and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Walk among life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar at Dino Days. An immersive festival with its footprint all over the Academy, Dino Days invites you to travel back in time to the Late Cretaceous period and come face-to-face with the largest reptiles that ever stalked the Earth. Museum admission applies. Open daily through May 27. Location: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Marin Greek Festival
    Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm
    Come celebrate the culture of Greece with fabulous authentic Greek cuisine, live Greek music and dance, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. Adults $5, seniors 65+ $4, children 16 and under free; free all day on Friday. The Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church is at 1110 Dickson Drive, Novato. Event details.
  • Bodega Marine Lab Public Tours
    UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay
    Friday, 2–4 pm

    Since 1976 Bodega Marine Laboratory volunteer docents have led interpretive tours for all ages. Public Education features at BML include numerous marine aquarium displays. Experience aquariums, tidepools, and  to experience the biodiversity and dynamic energy of the northern California coast. Free. Location: 2099 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay. Event details
  • Hamilton Community Pool
    Novato
    Friday, 2–6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 am–6 pm

    Swim, picnic and play at the Hamilton Community Center pool. There is a larger pool and smaller activity pool (tot pool) to choose from. The tot pool includes a play structure, water slide and sprayers the for the little ones. Open to the public. Cost: Novato residents is $4 for youth ages 1–15 and $5 for adults 16 and over (with photo identification), Non-resident admission is $7 for youth and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road, Hamilton, Novato. Event details.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $25 advance, $35 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Parents' Night Out
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Drop off for 2-7 years olds. Kids will have cheese pizza and play at Habitot while you enjoy an evening out! Cost: 4/26 $44 per child, $34 sibling. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. Event details.
  • 23 Elephants presents: Mamma Mia!
    The Playhouse San Anselmo
    Friday, 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. The Saturday matinee is a sensory friendly performance with adjustments including house lights on at a low level, the inclusion of a "chill-out" area, technology-friendly and movement-friendly seating zones, and smaller audience sizes. Tickets: $15 general, $28 reserved. Event details
  • Katia and Company: Peter Pan
    Marin Center Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1, 4 & 7 pm

    Join Katia & Company and 200 of Marin’s finest young performers on an adventure through Neverland. Complete with fairies, pirates and lost boys who never want to grow up, this classic tale will leave you with nothing but smiles and happy thoughts. Tickets: $15–$18. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.  Event details

Saturday, May 25

  • Free Yoga FUNdamentals
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    The class is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those seeking to strengthen the foundation of their existing yoga practice. Are you a longer time practitioner plagued by injuries? A raw beginner wondering what yoga can do for you? Meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheater 10 min. prior to start of class.No pre-registration, weather may cause class to be cancelled Location: Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Downtown Mill Valley. Event details.
  • 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 music (9:30–10:30 am). Event details.
  • 38th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 9 am–6 pm

    Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells in one of the longest-running historic reenactments in the West. Tickets: $37 adults, $28 children 2–12. Event details.
  • Spring Toddler Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon

    Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm, freshly-laid chicken egg, and hearing the baa of our sheep, as we use all of our senses to explore the farm during this family-friendly farm day. A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Cost: $25 per person; children 23 months and under are free. Please select the quantity of tickets you'd like to purchase before adding to cart. Register online here.
  • Living History Day at the Petaluma Adobe
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am

    Meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, and crafts people who lived in Mexican California. Dip candles, make baskets, churn butter, rope with vaqueros, and play historical games. Bring a picnic and watch history come alive! Admission: $3 adults, $2 youth ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free. Location: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. Event details
  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, Novato
    Saturday, 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. Admission: $7 per person, siblings under 7 months free. Location: 100 Vintage Way, Novato. Event details.
  • Harry Potter Pancake Party
    Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Grab your wand and join us as we travel to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! We’ll be whipping up magical, spell worthy pancakes! Suitable for ages 8-13 Cost: $30 per child, includes our Harry Potter Pancake Molds. Register online here. Location: The Village Corte Madera. 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
  • Opening Day! Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Bring dinosaurs to life for your child! Explore unfamiliar landscapes, don a dinosaur costume, and uncover clues about these amazing creatures in our newest exhibit. Free after museum admission. Location: Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. Event details.
  • Carnaval San Francisco
    Harrison Street, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come celebrate at the 41st annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free two–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets and experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. Event details
  • Celebrating Elephants Day
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 10:30 am–3:30 pm

    Learn about everything elephant and experience the once-a-year opportunity to tour the elephant barn and see an elephant up close. For all ages. Barn tours begin at 10:30am and run every hour until 3:30pm. Elephant Barn tour tickets are $10.00 per person and free for children 2 years and younger. Tour tickets are not included with your Zoo admission. Limited quantity of tickets available for purchase day of event. Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Event details.
  • Free Guided Farm Tours
    Tara Firma Farm, Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–noon

    You will learn about our farm and CSA, learn what pasture raised means and how farms like Tara Firma Farms are on the front lines to fight climate change, reduce water usage, and build better soil through the latest methods in Carbon Farming!  Perfect for families, kids and school groups! *No RSVP required. Show up 15 minutes before! If no guests arrive before tour time, we do not hold the tour.* Location: 3796 I Street Ext., Petaluma. For more info, call (707) 765–1202 or visit their website.
  • Family Matinee with Marcus Shelby Orchestra
    SF Jazz, Miner Auditorium
    Saturday, 11 am

    Band leader, bassist and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Marcus Shelby and his fabulous orchestra highlight the many moods of America’s most celebrated jazz composer: Duke Ellington! With over 3,000 compositions, Duke’s music was heralded as “beyond category,” and provided the world with some of the most enduring melodies ever written. Tickets: $5–$23. Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. 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 and open to the public. Museum admission required for gallery activities found in the Discovery Guide. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Opening Day: Spring Lake Water Park
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday–Monday, 11 am–6 pm

    This inflatable water park includes multiple play stations for both kids and adults, including slides, bounce islands, a bouncy bridge, a trampoline, climbing cliffs, balance beam, and more. Test your strength by bouncing, sliding, balancing, climbing, and more! Spring Lake's three-acre swimming lagoon is filled with filtered spring water which is chlorinated to exeed water quality standards.There is a $7 per vehicle parking fee and all-day water park admission costs $10 per person. Lifeguards are on duty, and everyone will be fitted for a life vest, the wearing of which is mandatory. Admission for swimming is free. There are plenty of great places to have a picnic, and many of the picnic spots have BBQ grills. Location: 393 Violetti Road in Santa Rosa. Event details.
  • Opening Day! McNear’s Beach Pool
    San Rafael
    Saturday–Monday, 11 am–6 pm

    Swim, picnic and play at the beach this holiday weekend. The pool opens on Saturday. May 25. Cost: Swimming pool fee is $5 per person; $5 per vehicle parking fee on weekdays and $10 per vehicle on weekends and holidays. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 446-4424 or visit their website.

  • Film: Pinocchio (1940)
    Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    Considered by many to be Walt’s finest animated film, Pinocchio was not only groundbreaking and innovative, but heartwarming and enchanting as well. Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $25 advance, $35 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Young Performers Theatre presents: Madeline at the Circus
    Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm & 4:30 pm and Sunday, 11 am & 2:30 pm

    When Madeline and her friend, Pepito, get lost during a visit to the carnival and end up being carried away by gypsies, their rousing adventures with a traveling circus begin! But poor Miss Clavel won’t rest until she has brought them safely home. Music and dancing make this play fun for all! This play is suitable for all ages. Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2 Marina Boulevard, Building C, 3rd Floor in San Francisco. Event details
  • Love2Dance Spring Performance "A Sky Full of Stars"
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 4 pm

    Love2Dance students will perform a variety of dance styles featuring songs from many of the most popular artists. Dance styles include hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical and acrobatics. Love2Dance located in Novato is a positive, upbeat dance studio with over 400 students from the Bay Area. Bring your family and enjoy this entertaining show. The studio’s competitive dance team, the Love2Dance All-Stars will also perform their national award-winning routines. Tickets: $21, $26 (Plus Fees). Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details.
  • 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: $30 per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. Event details.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival (see Friday for details).

Sunday, May 26

  • 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.
  • 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 30+ 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. Location: Presidio's Main Parade Ground, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Muir Beach Firemen's BBQ
    Muir Beach Picnic Grounds on Muir Woods Road
    Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Come on out for great music, great food and fun for the whole family at the annual Muir Beach Firemen's BBQ. There are jumpies for the kids and a fantastic raffle. No dogs please due to Park Service regulations. All proceeds go to benefit the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department, which services all of Muir Woods, Muir Beach, and surrounding visitor areas. Parking $20. Event details
  • Oysterpalooza 2019!
    Rocker Oysterfeller's, Valley Forge
    Sunday, noon

    Spend your Memorial Day weekend on the Sonoma Coast and come see a one of a kind music and food festival that you'll never forget! $25; $15 children 6–12; free for kids 5 and under. Ticket sales include entry to the festival for all three acts, food and drink sold separately. Acts include The Texas 2, the Black Sheep Brass Band, Van Goat, and the Retired Arann Harris + special guests. Location: 14415 Highway One, Valley Ford. Event details.
  • Spring Training! San Rafael Pacifics Baseball
    Albert Park, San Rafael
    Sunday & Monday, noon

    Bring the family and enjoy a Pacifics baseball game for only $5! It's spring training time–a great time to see a game with the San Rafael Pacifics. Tickets: $5. Purchase tickets online here. Location: Albert Park in San Rafael. Event details.
  • Folkish Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sundays, 12:30–2:30 pm

    Get your groove on and enjoy the early summer sun (or fog, this is the Bay Area after all!) with the Brazilian jazz of SambaNoma at Folkish Festival. The festival coincides with the weekly Off the Grid food truck extravaganza, so grab a bite to eat and listen to some great tunes! Event details
  • The Golden Gate Park Band Memorial Weekend Concert
    Spreckels Bandshell in Golden Gate Park
    Sunday, 1–2:30 pm

    Bring the family to this free Memorial Day Weekend concert featuring patriotic American music and more. Free. Event details.
  • The Mountain Play: Grease
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 2–4:30 pm

    Experience one of Marin County's most beloved and unique events—the Mountain Play. This year's 106th Mountain Play production is the '50s-infused, smash Broadway musical Grease. All shows begin at 2 pm. Please arrive at least one hour prior to the show. General seating ticket prices range from $20–$45, and children 3 and under are free. Reserved seating packages start at $60. Event details
  • Cabaret Kids
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Sunday, 7 pm

    Cabaret Kids is our annual original production featuring songs and dances from our favorite Broadway shows including modern day tunes. This year we will feature the shows Chicago and Guys and Dolls mixed with great contemporary tunes by the Black Eyed Peas, Sara Bareilles and Christina Aguilera. These kids are doing original Bob Fosse choreography and are dancing up a storm.    This event will sell out so please purchase your tickets early. Tickets: Adults $40, Children $28 (plus fees). Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details.

Monday, May 27, Memorial Day

  • Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighter's Pancake Breakfast
    Downtown Mill Valley, City Hall
    Monday, 7–11 am

    The annual Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighter's Association pancake breakfast takes place Monday from 7 to 11 am downtown in front of City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Avenue. $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Event details
  • Memorial Day Services
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Monday, 9 am

    The Marin County Memorial Day observance, conducted by Marin County United Veterans Council, will feature music, remembrance program, flag displays and wreath-laying ceremonies. Free. Location: 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Monday, 9:45 am

    The day begins at 9:45 am with a veterans ceremony in Lytton Square. The parade starts at 10:30 at Old Mill School and ends at Tam High. Following the parade enjoy Day on the Green at the Mill Valley Community Center. Event details
  • Family Hike
    Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
    Monday, 10 am–noon

    Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods, join docents for this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this 2 miles hike with a 400 foot vertical, you will learn more about Sugarloaf Park and its plants, animals, and history. Weather permitting, the hike will begin and end at the Visitors Center. No RSVP needed, and no charge for the hike. $8 parking fee. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. Event details
  • Memorial Day Commemoration
    Presidio Main Post Parade Ground, San Francisco
    Monday, 10:30 am–2 pm

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Presidio’s participation in the city’s annual ceremony, dating back to the establishment of this national day of remembrance in 1868. Beginning at Presidio Officers’ Club (50 Moraga Avenue). Event details
  • 61st Annual Sonoma Valley Joint Memorial Day Observance
    Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, Sonoma
    Sunday, 11 am–1:30 pm

    Attracting an audience of more than 1,000 people annually, the Sonoma Valley Joint Memorial Day Observance has become the preeminent event of the year for local veterans, their families and friends. Following the ceremony, everyone is cordially invited to the complimentary Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley “All-American Picnic” at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Rancho Nicasio Memorial Day BBQ
    Nicasio
    Monday, 4–7 pm

    Celebrate Memorial Day and enjoy BBQ on the lawn with Wonder Bread 5 at Rancho Nicasio. Come out and celebrate our veterans and those currently serving with us. This all ages concert was a big hit last year and sold out very quickly. Tickets: $25, kids under 10 $15. Event details.

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