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Marin Weekend Family Fun for October 5–7

Nicasio Pumpkin Patch

Explore one of the many pumpkin patches this weekend!

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.

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

Friday, October 5

  • Fleet Week 2018
    Marina Green, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    Fleet week returns to San Francisco, along with the Blue Angels, who will perform over San Francisco Bay on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 pm. Fleet Week also includes a parade of ships (Friday, noon–1 pm), ship tours, band concerts, and more. Free admission; airshow bleacher seat tickets at Marina Green $55–$75. Event details
  • 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
  • Music Time with Megan
    Sports Basement, Novato
    Friday, 9:30–10 am

    Bring the little ones 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! Event details
  • New Exhibit: My Sky
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The phenomena of the night sky may seem far away, but interactive activities can bring them within reach! At BADM’s new traveling exhibit, My Sky, families can have fun and learn something new as they explore far-off wonders like the Sun, Moon, and stars right here on Earth. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 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
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Friday noon–7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–7 pm

    This free annual music festival of bluegrass, old time, country, and more, founded by the late Warren Hellman, takes place in Golden Gate Park's Hellman Hollow and Marx and Lindley Meadows. This year's headliners include Alison Kraus, Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris, Ween, Robyn Hitchcock, and Tim O'Brien. Event details
  • Kids' Pumpkin Party
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 4 pm

    Get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin decorating, a Freeze Dance contest, festive arm painting, stories, games presented by the Teen Library Council. Recommended for kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. Event details
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your child is safe and having a blast with their favorite camp counselors. This fun night features a variety of games like dodgeball, a toy room, arts and crafts, park time and a movie at the end of the night. Don't worry about dinner as that's take care of too! For ages 2–11. Cost: $25; $5 discount for 2 or more participants. Event details
  • 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
  • Movies in the Park: Zootopia
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7 pm

    Bring the entire family to see Disney's Zootopia. Please bring your blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics. Event details
  • Campfire Program
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 7 pm

    Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales! Enjoy making s'mores and sipping hot chocolate 'round the campfire as the sun sets.This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. We’ll provide hot chocolate and s'more fixings. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. Event details

Saturday, October 6

  • 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
  • 2018 Bay Day
    San Francisco Bay Area
    All Day

    Celebrate San Francisco Bay in your community! Our Bay Day community partners will host fun, adventurous and educational activities that celebrate the San Francisco Bay. From happy hours and shoreline picnics to kite flying and unicycle adventures, there are so many ways to celebrate Bay Day. Check out the activities here.
  • Hike Five Hike
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Saturday, 8 am–3 pm

    This fun, day long community event will celebrate the beauty of Jack London State Park, it’s trails and park property. This event includes  5 hike stations with fun prizes along the mountain trail with the ultimate summit prize of a brand-new mountain bike. High Five Hike will also offer music, beer and food trucks in Beauty Ranch Meadow with kite decorating and flying for our younger hikers. This event offers a little something for everyone whether you are a serious hiker or a family with small kids. Cost: Adults - $25 (cost includes access and parking and beer/wine/event T-shirt) & Kids - $10 (cost includes event T-shirt and meadow activities – kite decorating & flying). Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Event details.
  • Busy Bees—Indoor Play Days
    Hamilton Community Center, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Parents and little ones are invited to join Recreation Staff for a morning of safe and secure indoor fun! Enjoying learning and playing with your toddler/preschooler in this parent-participation class featuring age appropriate toys, tumbling mats, sensory bins, crafts and parachute play. No registration required. Drop-in fee is $5 per family at the door. Parents and/or caregivers are required to stay the duration of class and are responsible for their child(ren). 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 10:30 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. Event details
  • Fall City Wide Yard Sale
    MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    The Fall City Wide Yard Sale is free to the public, and with over 90 booths to check out this is a great event for all bargain hunters and window shoppers alike! Held at MLK Parking Lot and Basketball Courts. Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito. Free. Event details
  • Vallejo Waterfront Weekendhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/headlands-treasure-hunt-tickets-47935818323
    Vallejo
    Saturday 9 am–9 pm & Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Vallejo Waterfront Weekend features music, food, and entertainment for the entire family! Live music, whaleboat regatta, car show, kids' zone, and more. Free. Event details.
  • Touch A Truck Family Event
    Star Academy, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    It's back for a second year! A hands-on family event where children see and touch their favorite things on wheels and meet the men and women who operate them! $5 per person/ $20 per family. Everyone welcome! Location:4470 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Headlands Treasure Hunt
    YMCA SF, Point Bonita
    Saturday, 10 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, find clues and explore fun! Say goodbye to Google Maps and experience the Marin Headlands as explorers of the past. Find your way to fun clues and challenges as you explore. This event is free, but please register here. Location: 981 Fort Barry, Marin Headlands, Sausalito. Event details.
  • Haunted House Decorating
    Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bring the kids to make a haunted house. In this class you’ll assemble a spooky gingerbread mansion and decorate it as you please. Then you can take your bewitching creation home and show it off for Halloween. Cost: $30 per child, includes haunted house kit. Suitable for ages 8–13. Registration required. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. Event details
  • Take a Kid Mountain Biking Festival
    China Camp State Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Brng the family to the free family biking event hosted by Trips for Kids Marin. We will be featuring youth mountain bike skills courses, bike-themed games, and beginner trail rides. We’ll have a gear raffle, snacks, refreshments, and fun for all ages. Bring your friends and family for a great time in one of our beloved local parks. Please RSVP here. Location: Miwok Meadows, China Camp State Park, San Rafael. 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
  • 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
  • Marin Volunteer Fair
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10:30 am–2:30 pm

    Announcing the 2018 Marin Volunteer Fair presented by Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL), in partnership with the County of Marin Civic Center Volunteers Program! Connect with your next volunteer opportunity —free for all community members! Location: Children's Island in Lagoon Park, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. Event details.
  • HeadsUp Carnival
    San Rafael High School
    Saturday, 10:30 am–4:30 pm

    HeadsUp Carnival brings together every school in San Rafael for an event celebrating all that’s great about our schools and our town. From dancing mascots to marching bands, from face-painting to pupusas, there is something for everyone to enjoy at our annual party of the year. Location: 150 Third Street, San Rafael. 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
  • Kids' Fall Coding Class
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    Come learn the easy and fun programming language, Scratch. For ages 8 and up. Sign up required, space is limited! Call 415-924-6382 to register. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madea. 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
  • Science Saturdays
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Embrace your inner scientist and discover the wonders of environmental and physical science! This month, make a Mother’s Day masterpiece during our marbled paper workshop. Paper marbling is a technique that was invented almost 1,000 years ago! Each participant will get to try out this fun paper dying technique and take home a beautiful handmade card. Drop-in for these free presentations and interactive experiments beginning on the hour. All ages welcome. Free. Location: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. Event details.
  • Tricycle Music Fest featuring Alphabet Rockers
    Parkside Branch, San Francisco Library
    Saturday, 3 pm

    Bring the kiddos to the free music fest. This Saturday, the Alphabet Rockers will make you bop to the beat and pop and lock our arms and feet, so come on by for some music fun. Location: 1200 Taraval Street, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Evening 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
  • Fleet Week (see Friday 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).

Sunday, October 7

  • 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
  • Fall Community Garage Sale

    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
    Come shop over 25 vendors for bargains and treasures. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. 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.
  • Novato Fire Department Open House
    All Novato Fire Stations
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    The Novato Fire District holds its yearly open house at all Novato fire stations this Sunday. Bring the kids to meet the firefighters and personnel and to learn about fire safety. All fire stations will be open to visit. Event details.
  • Children's Faire
    Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Are you looking for an amazing event to enjoy with the whole family? Our annual Children’s Faire is coming up on Sunday, October 7. Admission is free ~ all are welcome! Come enjoy magical games, crafts, puppet shows, unique vendors and organic food. Event details
  • Target First Free Sunday
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Target First Free Sundays offer free general admission and family programs on the first Sunday of every month. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. This Sunday features art making activities, exhibition tours, and more. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Event details
  • Kindermusik in the Park
    Miwok Park, Novato
    Sunday, 10:30–11 am

    Songs & Movement for Babies, Kids & Families! I will be strumming and drumming (& singing!) under the redwoods at Miwok Park for a "family musical meetup". Come a few minutes early to make an egg shaker that you can take home!  Location: Miwok Park  2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. Cost: small donation requested (to replace craft supplies.) Event details.
  • Disney/Pixar's Coco
    Rafael 1, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11 am

    Join us for a special fiesta to kick off MVFF41’s ¡Viva el Cine! program, with the first Marin screening of this Oscar®-winning Pixar family favorite in Spanish (with English subtitles). Come early for Day of the Dead face painting, fresh churros and chocolate, and live mariachi music. Then settle in to enjoy the colorful story of a young Mexican boy’s journey to the Land of the Dead to find his ancestors and the source of his deep love—and his family’s disdain—for music. Tickets: Special discounted ticket prices: $8 general / kids 12 and under free (ticket required for all). Register for tickets here.
  • YBike Learn to Ride Program
    Presidio Main Post, 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. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust. Location: Main Post, Corner of Anza and Owen​​, San Francisco. 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
  • 150th Italian Heritage Parade
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 12:30 pm

    The parade action begins at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Powell Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue and ends in Washington Square in front of Saints Peter and Paul Church. Parade viewing is available throughout the entire route. Event details.
  • Oktoberfest
    Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
    Sunday, 2–6 pm

    Bring the family to this free event with live entertainment, petting zoo, games, crafts station, sing along, full menu and bar. For all ages-family fun. Location: 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. Event details
  • Fleet Week (see Friday's listing for details).
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).