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Marin Weekend Family Fun for October 12–14

The Tolay Fall Festival takes place in Petaluma this weekend, October 13 & 14.

Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are open—see our list here.

Friday, October 12

  • Mill Valley Film Festival
    Various Locations
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    The 41st annual Mill Valley Film Festival features a variety of fantastic family films from around the world. Location: various theaters within Marin. Event details
  • Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am

    Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge seven-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal trike races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. Location: 5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway). Event details
  • The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also offers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Activities are free and so is the parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). Event details
  • Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Kids activities: jumpy houses, inflatable slide, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, and face painting. Some of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days. Shaded seating area with picnic tables, so you can relax and take in the scenery, listen to some great live music, and even eat lunch. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. Read our review here.
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. Event details
  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Marinwood
    Friday, 5–7 pm

    Come to Marinwood for its annual Halloween Harvest Festival for children 12 and under. Activities include carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, face painting, trick-or-treat bag decorating, caramel apples, and a bounce house. Tickets: $12 advance or $15 at the door for kids ages 2 to 12; adults free. Food available for purchase. Event details
  • 2018 Grand National Rodeo
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    Friday, 7:30–11 pm

    The Cow Palace is bringing back the Wild West to the Bay Area with the annual Grand National Rodeo, Livestock Exposition and Horse Show. Now in its 72nd year, the Grand National Rodeo will celebrate the time-honored tradition of America's West by presenting the best of the best in the competitive sport of rodeo.During the livestock exposition, real farm equipment and animals are on site with interactive displays to learn about how food is grown. Exhibitors will show cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and rabbits, along with photography and fine art. Purchase tickets here.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:30 pm

    Join us for the return of Friday Nights at the de Young! All Friday nights will feature reduced admission to the special exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions, and free admission to the main-level galleries. Advance tickets to the exhibition are recommended and can be purchased below. Admission: Free to the main-level galleries and performances in Piazzoni Murals Room and Wilsey Court; tickets to Contemporary Muslim Fashions are reduced to $14 adult and $6 youth on Friday Nights. Event details

Saturday, October 13

  • Weekend Along the Farm Trails
    Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday, various times

    Meet your farmers and vintners, shop from delicious farmstands, see how cheese is made, pick pumpkins, meet farm animals, learn about beekeeping, sample delicious food and libations and discover some of Sonoma County's best kept secrets! Free, but registration required. Event details
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Saturday & Sunday (various times)

    Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy for a 20-minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Activities include temporary tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, small pumpkins for little ones, cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, a Thomas store, and live entertainment. Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans! Event details
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, contests, pumpkin carving, and more. Admission is free. Event details
  • Kule Loklo Open House & Workday
    Point Reyes Station
    Saturday, 10 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. All ages are welcome. Free. Location: 1 Bear Valley Rd, Point Reyes Station, Visitor Center. Event details.
  • Learn to Pier Fish
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Learn the secrets and tricks of pier fishing from rangers and expert local anglers. All ages, all skill levels welcome. No fishing license needed when fishing from the pier. Bait and a limited number of fishing poles provided–first come, first served–courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bring your own fishing pole if you have one. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore. Park entrance fee is waived for participants. Event details
  • The Mountain School Apple Fair
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Bring the entire family to The Mountain School Apple Fair. Come see autumn from a child's perspective. Puppet show, carnical games, prizes, kids crafts, treats and more.... Open to the public. Location: 50 El Camino Drive, Corte Madera. Event details.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. $10 admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, and the new Haunted Forest, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Event details
  • Bon Air Invitational Car Show
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Over 100 of the finest vintage cars in the area have been invited to show at Bon Air Center’s car show. The event is free to the public. Location: 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. Event details
  • ZOOtoberFest
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Fun for the entire family. Enjoy “Harvest Hallow”, San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use our festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops – all free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Enjoy “Zoo Brew Haus” for a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes. Don't miss the sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. Event details
  • Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival
    Western Railway Museum, Suisuin City
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Get your Halloween pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns, test your strength with the pumpkin launcher, explore our huge hay bale fortress, and spend a great day at the Pumpkin Patch! At the Pumpkin Patch, you can purchase your pumpkins, as well as snacks, drinks and other home-made specialties. Additional activities are included in your ticket price, such as tractor rides and the giant hay bale fortress! Pumpkin patch trains run on the half-hour from 10 am–4 pm. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 seniors over 65, $10 children 2–14. Event details.
  • Fort Ross-Seaview Harvest Festival
    Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Harvest is the time to enjoy autumn's fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us. Harvest Festival starts out with a morning of apple picking in the orchard, where we'll gently harvest fruit from these historic trees while enjoying Eastern European singing with Kedry. Next are the windmill turning and Russian bell ringing.The celebration then moves to the historic Fort Ross compound where we'll enjoy the old-world charm of the 19th-century Russian settlement. Admission: $20 per car. Event details
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. Event details
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: The Cat in the Hat
    BACT Berkeley Center
    Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 4 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Expect a brother, a sister, a much put-upon goldfish, some Things, and tons of clowning around in this new production of Seuss's classic rainy-day tale that brings the Cat in the Hat's outrageous antics--and Dr. Seuss's wondrous rhymes--to life in Spanish and English. For children ages 3 to 10. Tickets start at $20. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. Event details
  • Community Day: The Big Draw
    The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum with partner The Presidio Trust to celebrate the Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival! This annual family event will take place this year on October 13, 2018 and will celebrate Walt Disney’s contributions to the world of art and drawing with activities throughout the museum and the Presidio’s Main Post (directly in front of the museum). We encourage people of all ages to participate, observe, and enjoy drawing and storytelling in different ways. All activities below are free. Cost: Free museum and special exhibition admission for youth 17 and under. Location: 104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma

    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
    The 11th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at Tolay Lake Regional Park off Lakeville Highway. In addition to pumpkins and fall decorative items for sale, attractions and activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a giant straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under; free for Sonoma County Regional Parks members. Parking for non-members is $7. Event details
  • Spookomotive Train Ride
    California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm
    This delightful, not frightful train is just the ticket for the whole family. The diesel-powered train is decorated for the season with cornstalks, scarecrows, skeletons, bats and spiders. Each operating weekend the Spookomotive will have a special theme, and includes exciting on board entertainment and a tasty Halloween treat. Upgrade to first class to enjoy themed entertainment in the exciting Mad Scientist Lab. Tickets: $15 adults, $8 youth 2–17; $6 and $3 for members. First class: $29/$19 adults, $19/$12 youth. Event details
  • Tahoe Donner Fall Festival
    Northwood Clubhouse, Tahoe Donner
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    The Tahoe Donner Fall Festival is one of our biggest events of the year! There’s something for everyone, from arts and craft vendors, the annual doggie dip, seasonal beer offerings, pumpkin patch, a carnival area for kids with arts, crafts, games and food, and much more! Admission charge applies. Read about our visit here. Event details
  • Biketoberfest
    Fair Anselm Plaza, Fairfax
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Savor delicious brews, see amazing bikes, hear incredible live music featuring The Pulsators, enjoy family activities and connect with over 60 bike exhibitors all while taking in the gorgeous Marin October weather. There is something for everyone at Biketoberfest Marin! Location: 765 Center Boulevard, Fairfax. Event details
  • Harvest Festival/Music in the Park 2018
    Cedar Rose Park, Berkeley

    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    This free event will celebrate the harvest season with foods grown, harvested, and prepared, live music, a food and garden expo, and a Kids Zone. Location: 1300 Rose Street, Berkeley. Event details
  • Oktoberfest Corte Madera
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Saturday, noon–5 pm

    Come for the domestic and imported microbrews, three bands, festival foods sold by local vendors, and kids' activities. Tasting admission is $30, which includes a commemorative glass mug. General admission without tasting is $10. Free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Location: Redwood Avenue and Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. Event details
  • Cotati Oktoberfest
    La Plaza Park, Downtown Cotati
    Saturday, noon–6 pm

    Bring the family to the 12th Annual Cotati Oktoberfest. Free admission, dancing, Authentic German Food, Authentic German Music, Wiener Dog Race, Yodeling Contests, costume contest and more... Location: La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati, Old Redwood Hwy. & W. Sierra Ave. Event details.
  • Family STEM Saturdays: Inflate-a-Ghost
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm

    Use a classic science experiment to create the ultimate Halloween ghost! Amaze your kids with chemistry using safe, simple household ingredients. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. Event details
  • 40th Birthday Celebration & Fireworks
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Saturday, 5–8:30 pm

    It’s a celebration four decades in the making!  Please join PIER 39 on Saturday, October 13 for a night filled with music, fun and fireworks.  Start your evening at the smartwater Stage at the Bay End of PIER 39 with live music.  Don’t miss a special appearance by PIER 39’s beloved mascot, Salty the Sea Lion.  At approximately 8:30 PM, ooh and ahh at the sky above PIER 39 as it is illuminated by a dazzling fireworks display. Check back for more information. Location: PIER 39, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 5:30–8 pm

    Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you're going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight. $15 per person; registration required. Event details
  • Twilight Nature Hike
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Saturday, 5:30 pm

    Discover history, nature, and legend as we walk near dusk along the lower Montini Preserve Trail. This slow-paced hike is just over one mile in length with minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes, water, and flashlight recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. All ages. Free of charge. No reservation needed. Event details
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, 6 pm–Sunday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $119 per person. Event details
  • Movie at the Pocket Park: Coco
    Pocket Park, Novato
    Saturday, 6:45 pm

    Bring your low back lawn chairs and comfy blankets to Pocket Park for Disney/Pixar's Coco! Movie takes place rain or shine. Free. Location: 950 Seventh Street, Novato (behind Novato Gymnastics Center). Event details
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Mill Valley Film Festival (see Friday for details).

Sunday, October 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.
  • West Point Inn Pancake Breakfast
    Mt. Tam
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Guests must hike or bike to the inn; parking is available at the Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs, and East Peak parking lots. This is a really nice hike if you haven’t done it before. It’s not appropriate for babies or infants, unless they’re in a baby backpack. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Location:100 Old Railroad Grade Fire Road, Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Gives Bikes a Chance
    Mike's Bikes Parking Lot, San Rafael
    Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Come discover (or rediscover) the joy of bicycling! Whether your bike needs a tune-up, you need to brush up on riding skills, or you feel unsure about local bike routes, we've got you covered! Skills clinics and course open from 9 - 11:30 AM only. For all ages and skill levels. Register here. Location: 813 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Terra Schools Grand Opening Celebration & Fair
    Mill Valley
    Sunday, 11 am–1 pm

    Looking for something fun to do with your whole family? The Terra Schools—Terra Marin K–8 and Terra Mandarin Preschool & TK—are opening their doors to the entire community for a Grand Opening Celebration and Fair on Sunday October 14 from 10 am to 1pm. Location: 70 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Yoga in the Park
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    This fun-filled event offers a great way to get active while giving to a wonderful park and to yourself! We’ll begin with service projects that will focus on beach clean-up, landscape maintenance, and habitat restoration. At noon we’ll enjoy a 45-minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay. The class will be led by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck and will be suitable for all ages and ability levels. A free, healthy lunch will be provided at 1 pm. All ages are welcome; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Snacks, lunch and extra water will be provided. Event details
  • Presidio Picnic
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic is free and open to the public, and takes place rain or shine on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, an expansive seven-acre lawn with amazing views of the park, the city and San Francisco Bay. In addition to the new monthly cultural dance performances, Presidio Picnic will feature more than 25 international mobile food creators, music, lawn games, yoga, bike safety classes, and nature-based crafts for kids. Location: Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco. Event details
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival (see Saturday for details).
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Mill Valley Film Festival (see Friday for details).