Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 25, 26 & 27
The 36th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest take place this Sunday at Drake's Beach
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, August 25
- Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley
Friday, 8 am–8 pm
Visit Muir woods for free during Free Entrance Days for the birthday of the National Park Service. For more info, visit their website.
- 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.
- Children's Series: Venezuelan Music Project
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm
This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Enjoy fertile intermingling of indigenous, European and African influences with Venezuelan Music Project. Free. Location: Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, near the MLK, Jr. waterfall. For more info, visit their website.
- Picnics on the Plaza
Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
Friday, 5–8 pm
Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza. Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
- Friday Nights on Main: Back to School
Friday, 6–9 pm
Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This Friday: School’s back in session and so is Neon Velvet, the ultimate modern rock dance band. Blending new wave and modern rock hits, this world class band packs the dance floor and delivers an unforgettable time! For more info, visit their website.
- Jazz & Blues by the Bay
Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm
Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday, Eugene Huggins and Friends, sponsored by the Call of the Sea. For more info, visit their website.
- Campfire Program
McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
Friday, 7–9 pm
Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Movies in the Park: Finding Dory
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 Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Marin Shakespeare: The Three Musketeers
Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday, 4 & 8 pm
The hot-headed D’Artagnan and his misfit musketeer mates serve the king with swashbuckling zeal through a series of dashing and exciting exploits. A comic adventure for the whole family to enjoy. One for all, and all for one! Tickets: $37 general, $34 seniors 65+, youth 25 and under $12. For more info, visit their website.
- Outdoor Movie Night: Inside Out
Pier 39, San Francisco
Grab your blankets and settle in for a free screening of local favorite, Inside Out. This film is rated PG. Location: Pier 39, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, August 26
- 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 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. The will also be a children's book Launch Party for the picture book "Leo the Ghost Story" at 10:30 am under the tent at the farmers market. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Admission Day: Island Party
Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Habitot is celebrating the end of summer with a Summer Island Party-themed free admission day sponsored by the Union Pacific Foundation. Island-themed art activities in the Art Studio, Hawaiian leis for dress up, live performances , and exhibits that promote learning through play, including a wind tunnel swirling with island flowers in the air! Register in advance to receive expedited entry to the Island Party. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
- End of Summer Snow Party
Strawberry Village Shopping Center, Mill Valley
Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Grab your boots and gloves and come play in the Snow Zone with real snow! Plus, enjoy other cool activities including live music, a photo booth, caricatures, airbrush tattoos, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, and face painting. Event benefits Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation. Tickets: $10. Location: Strawberry Village Main Piazza, 800 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
- Bay Area Pignic 2017
Marin Humane, Novato
Saturday, 10 am–2 pmJoin us for our 7th annual Pignic, a fun-filled gathering for guinea pigs and their owners! Grab some lunch, pack up your guinea pigs, and join us for a cavy costume contest, a vegetable eating contest, raffle, bake sale, health checks, grooming, and more! All proceeds benefit local rescue operations. Admission: $5. Location: 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
- 23rd Annual Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Live music, wine and beer tastings, dance floor, and a kids' entertainment, activities and games. $15 adults, $10 seniors 60+ and military, $8 ages 12–18, kids under 12 free. Tickets available at the gate, too. Food and drink not included in admission price. Free parking. Location: Watt's Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Nature Hike
Sugarloaf Regional Park, Kenwood
Saturday, 10–11:30 am
Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek, On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek. The hike starts at the visitors center. No fee, but parking charges apply. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. For more info, visit their website.
- Creative Family Fun: Egg-citing Critters
Presidio Officers’ Club
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! The Presidio is full of exciting and interesting animals. Come to the Presidio Officers’ Club to create your own egg-citing critter and learn about all the different animals that call the Presidio home. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Bean Sprouts Family Day
San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Saturday, noon–3 pm
A great afternoon outing with the kids! Bring a picnic and ramble on out to the west end of the Botanical Garden for craft and nature activities, volunteer work in the native beds and California nature trail, and exploration of this hidden treasure in the city. Kids and their families can help water the garden, dig in a sand dune, go on a bug hunt, play pine cone basketball, create an herb bundle, and much more! Families with children of all ages are welcome. Free with regular admission. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Movies on the Green
Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Saturday, 5 pmBring a blanket and join us on Weill Lawn as we screen a double-feature of Disney’s two versions of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast. Location: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Weill Hall and Lawn. For more info, visit their website.
- Teen Movie Night
Belvedere Tiburon Library
Saturday, 5–7:30 pm
Teens age 11–18 (in grades 6–12) are invited to the library after hours for free movie, popcorn, and pizza once a month on a Saturday. Movies may be rated PG-13; call or email the library for the movie title. Location: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Founders Room, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Mission Bay Movie Night: The Incredibles
Spark Social, San Francisco
Saturday, 5 pm
Say hello to San Francisco's newest outdoor film series: FREE MISSION BAY MOVIE NIGHTS! Come early to grab a blanket spot on the astroturf, toss a few bean bags at the community cornhole, and pick up your gourmet picnic from 10+ of SF's favorite food trucks! Films commence shortly after sundown. Location: 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
Sunday, August 27
- 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.
- 36th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest
Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
Sunday, 9 am–3:30 pm
All ages are welcome at this free community event located at Drakes Beach. Categories include: Children (14 and under), Families, Adult Individuals, and Adult Groups. Three prizes will be awarded in each of those categories, along with prizes for the sculpture with the most recycled plastic included. For more info, visit their website.
- Streets for People
Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
It is a celebration of what makes Fairfax unique, and a fun opportunity to stimulate our local economy. Bring the family for a safe place to ride bicycles, dance, eat and celebrate the beautiful town of Fairfax. Location: Downtown Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Adventure Sail
Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
Climb aboard the classic schooner Seaward and see San Francisco from the water! Take in an unmatched view of the city front as you sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. You can sit back and enjoy the view, or get involved with sailing the schooner with the help of our professional crew. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. This sail will include optional learning stations in seamanship and San Francisco Bay ecology. It is a great sail for families, though everyone is invited! Tickets: $60 adults, $30 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. To purchase ticketes, visit their website.
- Marine Science Sunday
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
This Sunday, Under the Bridge: Marine Mammals of SF Bay. Our own backyard in the bay is full of amazing marine mammals! Free classroom programs will highlight our local sea lions, harbor porpoises, dolphins, and even the occasional whale that wanders under the bridge! Augment the free classroom program with a docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. Free. For more info, visit their website.
- Sunday Fundays: Ocean Explorations
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Step into the shoes of a real scientist aboard the E/V Nautilus research vessel with hands-on deep sea science and a live-stream from the ship. Plus, make sure to stop by the OpenROV station to learn about underwater drones and how they are being used for science. Free after museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
- 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.
East Japan Center Mall, San Francisco
Sunday, noon–5 pm
Learn from origami experts to create amazing things with paper. More than a dozen teachers and activities for folders of all levels. Free. Register here. Location: 1737 Post Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Summer Music Series
Corte Madera Town Center
Sunday, 2–4 pm
Enjoy live music every Sunday all summer long. This Sunday: The David Correa Group. Free. For more info, visit their website.
- Stern Grove Festival
Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
Sunday, 2 pm
This Sunday: powerhouse vocalist Mavis Staples; Kev Choice Ensemble opens. 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Concerts in the Plaza
Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley
Sunday, 3–5 pm
Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes. Concerts are free and open to the public. This Sunday, the Vivants (3–3:45 pm) and Frobeck (4–5 pm). For more info, visit their website.
- Free Music in the Park San Anselmo
Creek Park, San Anselmo
Sunday, 3–6 pm
Bring the family and a picnic to the free summer concert at Creek Park in San Anselmo. This Sunday: Todos Santos. For more info, visit their website.
- Cupcake Wars
Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
Sunday, 4 pm
Participate in a cupcake decorating class taught by Cake Art, then enter your creations into the Cupcake Wars! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prices. Must participate in class to compete; cupcakes supplied by Terrapin Crossroads. Tickets: $38. Location: 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
Old Corte Madera Square
Sunday, 5–6:30 pm
Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. This Sunday: Danny Click and the Heck Yeahs! Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
- Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival (see Saturday for details)
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