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Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 3–5

Novato Space Festival

Celebrate all things outer space this Sunday at the annual Novato Space Festival at the Pacheco Plaza shopping center

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 3

  • Day Out With Thomas
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 am–5:30 pm

    This popular family event takes place at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can take a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live music. Tickets: $21 advance, $25 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $10 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. Event details
  • Children's Garden Series: Red Panda Acrobats
    Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    JCombining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages, the Red Panda Acrobats bring the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with jaw-dropping displays of strength, balance and dexterity. Free. Location: Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, near the MLK, Jr. waterfall. Event details.
  • Sonoma County Fair 2018
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $7 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. Event details
  • 22nd Annual Nostalgia Days
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, 4:30–7 pm & Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Nostalgia Days is a fun filled event. Check out the schedule for the Friday Night Cruise + Saturday Car Show so you don’t miss a thing! Event details.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! This Friday enjoy, Hella Fitzgerald - Jazz, Funk, R&B. Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase snacks at the event, or bring your own picnic (BYOP) and dine with old and new friends at the plaza tables on Tunstead and the Town Hall lawn Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. Event details.
  • Broadway Under the Stars: Shall We Dance
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm

    Take our hand as we lead you through and evening of spectacular dance featuring beautiful songs orchestrated especially for this show. Lose yourself in the sways and spins that are highlighted with familiar songs from Broadway alongside your favorite popular songs. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Event details.
  • 101 Days of Summer in San Francisco: Stretch
    Exploratorium, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    This summer, spend Friday evenings at the Exploratorium. This Friday, build reconfigurable, kaleidoscopic structures that expand and contract in pleasing ways when squeezed. Experiment with drawing color on their transparent sides to see how prismatic surface patterns interact with the movement of these unusual shapes. Free after admission. 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 week: Lumination, classic reggae. This six-member powerhouse aims to uplift, invigorate, and raise consciousness with music that rocks the house, and touches hearts, minds, and souls. From laid back grooves, to high energy reggae rock, Lumanation’s passion shines in every note. . Food available for purchase. Location: 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 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: Lydia Pense and Cold Blood (blues). Event details
  • Free Movies in the Park: The Incredibles
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7–10 pm

    Each summer the Mill Valley Recreation Department hosts free monthly Movies in the Park at Old Mill Park for the whole family. Bring your blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics. Snacks will be on sale. Movies begin at sunset. Location: 352 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. Event details
  • Closing Weekend: Grease
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    One of the most popular musicals of all time, Grease will have audiences hand-jiving all summer long as the Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys take to the Julia Morgan stage for this rock-n-rolling '50s celebration of teen spirit. Tickets: $20–$40. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Event details

Saturday, August 4

  • Free Access to All Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. Event details
  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums
    Saturday & Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. Event details
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am
    Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. For all levels. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheater 10 minutes prior to start of class. Event details
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market with WildCare
    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. WildCare will be at the Mart this Saturday, so meet the animals from 10 am–2 pm! Event details.
  • Broom Busters Open Space Workday

    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    Old St. Hilary’s Open Space Preserve has a friend in the Broom Buster team, a loyal group of volunteers who have worked together to remove French broom on the preserve for over 15 years.
    Come learn about the importance of invasive species removal and lend a hand! Volunteer work involves bending, pulling, and kneeling. Dress in layers - you can get dirty. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Event details
  • Headlands Art Hike
    Point Bonita YMCA, Sausalito

    Saturday, 10:30 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, put your creative cap on for a Marin Headlands adventure in art! Look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration and then create your own ephemeral nature art. We’ll gather objects around the Headlands and the beach to create sculptures. 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.
  • Storybook Character Visit: The Cat in the Hat
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, starting at 10 am

    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.
  • End of Summer Reading Party
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 12–3 pm

    Join us a fun, outdoor party! Local children's musician Tim Cain will play a sing-along concert at 1:00 pm. All are welcome! Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Event details.
  • Family Fun Days at the Hamilton Pool
    Saturday, 12–3 pm

    Bring the entire family for family fun days at the Hamilton Pool in Novato. Bring the family for Circus Style games and activities for all ages. Location: 203 El Bonito Road, Novato. Event details.
  • Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Families are welcome to stop by and join a Discovery Center naturalist for fun, hands-on activities with a different theme each month. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. This month is boats, buildings, and bridges … it’s a STEM bonanza! Exercise your brain and use your imagination to build, create, and problem solve your way through multiple activity stations. Each station will challenge you to complete different tasks using nothing but everyday household items and brain power. Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. Event details
  • Marin Dance Theatre Summerfest 2018
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1 & 5 pm

    Marin Dance Theatre presents Summerfest 2018. Come enjoy the 2018 Summerdance participants as they perform pieces they have worked on during MDT's Summerdance summer intensive. Program will inclide new works by Andrea Basile, Lynn Cox, Brigid Hoag, and Dawn Perrin as well as a special selection of excerpts from our classical ballet repertoire. Tickets: Adults $35, Seniors and students: $28.00. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Stars, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Inferno Theatre: Pinocchio
    John Hinkel Park, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 4–6 pm

    Inferno Theatre returns to the sunny park amphitheatre with Pinocchio: an original adaptation of Carlo Collodi's story of a puppet who dreams of becoming a real human. His spirit of discovery leads him to explore a world inhabited by capricious and fanciful animals, fairies, and humans. During his whirlwind encounters, he uncovers his true nature and learns how to overcome the barriers that prevent him from becoming real. Free admission. John Hinkel Park Amphitheater opens at 3 pm for picknicking. Event details
  • Concerts on the Green
    Novato City Green
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Novato's free 2018 summer concert series features Otis shows are a modern take on the seismic Stax soul revue that roared through Europe in 1967. The band’s raw, righteous sound combines B3 organ, horns and backing vocals in support of some of the country’s most combustible front men and women. Beverages for sale by Finnegan's Marin. Location: Novato City Green, 901 Sherman Avenue (adjacent to Novato City Hall). Event details.
  • Bat Night
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 6–9 pm

    The popular evening of batty activities and live bats returns. Perfect for the entire family. There will be bat snacks, bat mask decorating, and the chance to meet live bats. Bring a flashlight and chair or blanket to sit on while observing bats. Come explore and enjoy a family evening at this park. Free; $8 per car parking. Event details
  • Evening Power Play
    Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato

    Saturday, 6–9 pm
    Drop the kiddos ( K-6th 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
  • Petaluma Music Festival
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
    Friday, 6:45–9 pm & Saturday, 12:15–9 pm

    This family-friendly festival will feature 15 fantastic bands on three stages, and a kids' area! Tickets: adults, $55 advance and $65 at gate, $20 students 13–17 at the door, free for kids 12 and under with paid adult ticket. Proceeds go to support music programs in all Petaluma area public schools! Event details
  • Movies in Creek Park: The Incredibles
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 7 pm

    Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Pixar's The Incredibles. Super Hero Night: Come dressed as your favorite Super. First Responders Night with Central Marin Police Authority, Ross Valley Fire Department, and the Marin County Sheriff's Office. Free. Event details
  • Festival of Summer Nights: Pacific Mambo Orchestra
    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 the Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Cost: $22 members and $25 general advance; $32 day-of; kids 17 and under are free. Event details
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Victoria Theatre, San Francisco
    Friday, 8 pm & Saturday, 2 & 8 pm

    Bay Area Musicals will close its’ season with the luscious musical---brought you by the winning team behind Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Beauty & the BeastThe Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Tickets: $20–$100. Location: 650 Geary Street, San Francisco. Event details.
  • 22nd Annual Nostalgia Days (see Friday for details).

Sunday, August 5

  • U-pick Organic Apples
    Chileno Valley Ranch, Petaluma
    Sunday, 8 am–noon

    The Zesta and William’s Pride apple varieties are already ripe! Chileno Valley Ranch has decided to open this Sunday, Aug. 5, for apple picking only; no tours, juice, or additional products, just fresh, crunchy apples for the picking! RSVP here. Location: 5105 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma. 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
  • Learn to Ride
    Stafford Lake Bike Park, Novato
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Learn to ride pump tracks and rollers with a ranger at the Stafford Lake Bike Park. A limited amount of bicycles and helmets will be available on a first come, first-served basis. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Park entrance is waived for participants. Event details
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch
    Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach
    Sunday, 9:45–11:45 am

    On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. Event details.
  • 2018 Novato Space Festival
    The Space Station Museum, Novato
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Celebrate all things outer space at the annual Novato Space Festival at the Pacheco Plaza shopping center.  Meet real astronauts including Al Worden, who participated in the Apollo 15 moon mission; Novato's own shuttle astronaut Yvonne Cagle and many more. Families with children 12 and under get in early at 9:30 am for a special meet and greet with astronaut Rhea Seddon! Free. Location: 464 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. Event details
  • Free Kindermusik in the Park
    Miwok Park, Novato
    Sunday, 11 am

    Come strum and drum under the redwoods at Miwok Park in Novato this Sunday for a "musical meetup". 20–30 minutes of songs and movement followed by picnicking, park play, and creek stomping. Bring your family, your friends, your instruments, and your blanket. Free. Location: 2200 Novato Boulevard, Novato. 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
  • Free 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, gallery activities, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation into a lively, family-friendly event. Admission is free as part of Target Free First Sundays. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Event details
  • Milo Foundation Adoptions
    Town Center Corte Madera
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm

    Come meet your new best friend at Town Center on the first Sunday of each month when the Milo Foundation holds a pet adoption event. Event details.
  • YBike Learn to Ride Program
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm

    Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. Location: Main Post, Corner of Anza and Owen​​, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    Enjoy live music every Sunday all summer long. This Sunday: Hubert Emerson and the GroWiser Band. Free. Event details
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    This Sunday: Afrobeat from Femi Kuti and the Positive Force with local band Sol Development opening. 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
  • Poolside Jam: Tom Rhodes
    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. Cardholders get in free or $5 per person. Event details
  • Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Sundays, 5–6:30 pm

    Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. This Sunday: The Jones Gang w/ Sean Allen - (Rock/Funk/Blues/Americana) -. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. Event details

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