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Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 12–14

Summer Nights

The Osher Marin JCC's Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival kicks off this Saturday, July 13. Kids 17 and under are admitted free!

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 12

  • 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 11 to 22. 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: Chelle! & Friends
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    Chelle! & Friends deliver music that’s steeped in the cadences of gospel and animated by the earthy grooves of R&B and the Caribbean. Join the party, move your feet, sing along and join a Mardi Gras parade! Free. Event details
  • Film: Mickey & Minnie Cartoons (1928–1938)
    Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 2 pm

    Mickey and Minnie Mouse have entertained audiences for the past ninety years. This month the museum is showcasing a compilation of various Mickey and Minnie shorts that highlight the breadth of their illustrious careers. Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location: 104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details
  • Music in the Park
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Join us this summer for live music, food and fun the whole family will enjoy. This Friday: Paula Frazer and Tarnation. Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for adults. Don't forget the picnic blanket! Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Event details
  • Flower Piano JAM
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Friday, 6:15–7:30 pm

    Join Charity for an evening of song, dance, and mindfulness as part of the awesome Flower Piano event in the Botanical Garden! We'll be outside in a little natural amphitheater called the Garden of Fragrance surrounded by Earth's bounty and pianos. Admission to SF Botanical Garden applies. 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: Blues Defenders. 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: Cole Tate. Food available for purchase. Event details
  • Big, the Musical
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    One of the most beloved films of the ‘80s, the Tom Hanks comedy classic is now a heartfelt musical fantasy. Josh Baskin is 12 years old. He wishes that his mom would stop hugging him in public, that he didn’t have to take out the garbage, and that Cynthia Benson, the girl next door, would notice him. When she passes him over for an older boy, Josh makes a wish to be big … and wakes up the next morning in the body of a 30-year-old man. Taking off to the big city, Josh now must navigate the unknown world of adults — a world of jobs, girlfriends and disgustingly fancy foods — as he and his best friend seek out a way to undo the spell that caused him to grow. Tickets: $20–$45. Event details
  • Movies in the Park: Where the Wild Things Are
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, dusk

    These movies are held on the second Friday night in July, August, September, and October and are family friendly. Please bring your blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics. Event details

Saturday, July 13

  • Free Family Fitness Class
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–9:55 am

    Join Coach Tilda for a fun workout for the whole family!  Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. No preregistration required. Just show up! Location 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 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
  • Bastille Day
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Join us in celebrating the French National Day! We're celebrating the day as Bastille Day and kids will be able to break out of the Bastille "prison," order from the French cafe menu, make fancy chapeau in the Art Studio and join us for baguettes and brie! Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. 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: $20 per person. Event details.
  • Dinosaurs in Motion
    Lawerence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Celebrate the start of summer and the opening of their new exhibit Dinosaurs in Motion, with an action-packed day of dinosaurs themed activities. Museum admission applies. Location: 1 Centennial Dr, Berkeley. Event details.
  • 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+. Event details
  • Kule Loklo Open House & Workday
    Point Reyes Visitors Center
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Visit a replica Coast Miwok village that offers a glimpse of life in pre-European California. Park staff or volunteers will be present from 10 am to about 11:30 am to talk about Coast Miwok history and culture, walk around the village with the public, and may be able to share or demonstrate activities representative of Coast Miwok life. Visitors to the open house are not required to participate in volunteer workday activities. Free. Location: Kule Loklo, Point Reyes Visitor Center. Event details.
  • Concert for Kids & Tot Art in the Park
    Robin Sweeny Park, Sausaltio
    Saturday, 10:30 am–12 pm.

    Sausalito Parks and Recreation is pleased to bring back Concert for Kids & Art in the Park. Sponsored by the Sausalito Lions Club, this annual children's entertainment series takes place on Saturday mornings once a month from July through October at Robin Sweeny Park. These summer and fall performances feature music, art, fun and laughs for children of all ages. Bring your family, a blanket and enjoy these free concerts. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. 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 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; museum admission required for gallery activities. Event details
  • Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    Renegade San Francisco is a sunny summer marketplace at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Sip on a craft cocktail as you shop from the country’s 280+ foremost makers and designers, groove to vinyl DJ sets, workshop, and enjoy bites from local food trucks. Free admission. Event details.
  • San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 3 pm

    Performances by 12 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world. Arrive early to see pre-show performances by Parangal Dance Company (Philippine indigenous and folk-inspired music and dance) in Sproul Plaza, beginning at 2:10 pm. Tickets: $14–$68. Location: 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. 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.
  • Movies in Creek Park: Maverick
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 7 pm

    Enjoy free movies outdoors in San Anselmo's Creek Park. This Friday: Maverick. Western Night - Cowgirls, Cowboys, 10 gallon hats, poker players, cheats and Pioneers Welcome!. 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
  • Summer Nights: Midtown Social
    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 Midtown Social with opening act Maxx & Juliette. Cost: $23 members $26 general public advance, $32 day-of; kids 17 and under free. Event details
  • Spring Lake Campfire Program
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 7–8 pm

    Registered campers are invited to a campfire program that explores the diverse ecosystems of Spring Lake. Through interpretive and hands-on activities, you will discover the wonders of local flora and fauna. Every Saturday beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.  Location: 5585 Newanga Avenue, Santa Rosa. Event details

Sunday, July 14

  • 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.
  • Marin Outdoor French Antique Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
    Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Stroll through aisles of vintage, retro and antique furniture, art, accessories, garden decor, vintage clothing, vintage and estate jewelry, books, architechtural salvage, lighting, house wares, rugs and more. The market is a trip down memory lane. French music by Michel Michelis, Duo Gadjo and more! Authentic crepes made to order add to the ambiance of this unique event! Don't miss it! Free Admission and Parking. Location: Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Marine Science Sundays: 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. Team free classroom programs at noon and 2 pm with a guided tour at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm. Event details
  • Sundays on Sherman
    Novato City Hall
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Join us  as we take over Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green to play in the street! Sundays on Sherman is a chance for community members of all ages to come outside and participate in structured and unstructured play free of traffic restrictions. Guests can participate in organized exercise activities lead by an instructor onsite, or bring their own bike, roller blades, balls, Frisbees and other toys and simply PLAY! Free. 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
  • Petaluma's Art & Garden Festival
    Downtown Petaluma
    Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Not the typical street fair—vendors are handpicked, quality, creative, local crafters and gardeners selling garden décor, homeware, fine jewelry, arts, and more. With 145 booths of unusual, unique, handmade items, this event has something for everyone’s taste and budget. Live music on two stages and an array of local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and local resturants giving tastings of local fare. Free kids' crafts and entertainment for all the family. Event details
  • Sunday Streets
    Mission District, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    From Duboce Avenue to 26th Street, Valencia Street transforms into to an open community space for all to enjoy. Check out two Activity Hubs at 24th and 16th Streets and over a mile of open space for recreation and social connection. Plus, enjoy live music, an outdoor lounge, interactive art projects, free scooter and bike rentals and plenty of live music and dance. In partnership with Mission Housing (MHDC), a Pop-up Play Streets block in front of the Valencia Gardens complex brings sports games, bubbles, fun activities, and more for residents and neighbors to come together. Event details
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family and enjoy the music Japanese-American singer/songwriter Mitski; Oakland-based Madeline Kennedy 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. Event details
  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    Enjoy live music every Sunday all summer long. Free. Event details
  • Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
    Belvedere Community Park
    Sunday, 4 pm

    The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time. This Sunday: Vintage Jukebox Orchestra. Event details
  • BBQ on the Lawn: Tainted Love
    Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio
    Sunday, 4 pm

    Bring the family for a concert and BB! on the Lawn. Ticket price is for admission only. BBQ is available for purchase and is not included in the ticket price. Brings your beach blankets and low-backed sand chairs. Full-service BBQ and bar. Admission: $20/$25; 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: The Jones Gang with Sean Allen. Event details

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