Weekend Fun for Everyone (September 22-24)

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EVENT LISTINGS ARE CHECKED AT THE TIME OF POSTING BUT SCHEDULES MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. LINKS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW TO ALL VENUES FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. PLEASE CONFIRM INFORMATION WITH THE WEBSITE.

Friday, September 22, Autumnal Equinox

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Oktoberfest By The Bay, Celebrates Munich's famed festival in true tradition and spirit with nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink, Pier 48, San Francisco.

Hawk Identification Field Class, 11 am–1 pm, Hawk Hill.

South Novato Library Friday Fun Days, 3 – 4pm, Start the weekend off right with a laid-back afternoon of games, crafts or more. A good way to relax at the end of the week! South Novato Library.

PAW Patrol LIVE!, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable Lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! BACT Berkeley Center.

Teddy Bears' Picnic, age 6 mo. to 3 years old, Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest, Oakland Children's Fairyland.

Campfire Program at Chicken Ranch Beach, 7 – 9pm, all ages, Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. Meet at the Chicken Ranch Beach pullout.

Saturday, September 23

USTA Kid’s Play Day, 9-11am, Tiburon Peninsula Club.

Blackie's Hay Day, an old fashioned country fair for the whole community, pony rides, a petting zoo, toy tractor rides, carnival games, jumpies and a climbing wall, as well as wonderful entertainment and food, Blackies Pasture, Tiburon.

The Marin 5K, Indian Valley College, Novato.

Mindfulness for Kids with Neelam Kanwar, 10-11am, Ages 4-5, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Family Hang-Out Time, 10 – 10:30am, ages 2-8, A laid-back morning of story, art or games for families of all abilities! South Novato Library.

Peace in the Park, 11am-6pm, promotes inner calm and clear thinking via meditation, yoga, tai chi, music, folk dance, and seminars, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

PARACHUTE JUMPERSCreate a coffee filter parachute jumper that can float on air., Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, which has a kids’ area, fitness fair, and food vendors, Lake Merritt, Oakland.

Oktoberfest By The Bay, Celebrates Munich's famed festival in true tradition and spirit with nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink, Pier 48, San Francisco.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Northern California Renaissance Faire, 10am-6pm, Hollister.

Santa Rosa Toy & Comic Con, 10am-5pm, Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Lego Robotics Workshop, 10:30am-12pm, grades 5-8, Mill Valley Library.

Family Matinee: Teodross Avery & Friends, 11am, plus family workshop, SFJazz Center, San Francisco.

Creative Family Fun - Leaf Print Postcards, 11am, September 22 is the first day of fall! Celebrate by printing a postcard with leaves native to the Presidio, San Francisco.

Schoolyard Opening at McKinley Elementary School, 11am - 1pm for an exciting kick-off event marking the grand re-opening of the schoolyard for public use on weekends. The event will include games and activities for the whole neighborhood, free lunch and a ribbon cutting ceremony, San Francisco.

GGRO Hawk Talk & Raptor Release, 12-2pm, Hawk Hill.

Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Free, Hamlet, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

Oktoberfest, 3-9pm, German food, beer fun, rides and more, Tamalpias Community Center, Mill Valley.

L.B. Schulman - Stolen Secrets, 5pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Film Night in the Park, The Breakfast Club, Union Square, San Francisco.

PAW Patrol LIVE!, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

The Museum Day Live! an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable Lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! BACT Berkeley Center.

Teddy Bears' Picnic, age 6 mo. to 3 years old, Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest, Oakland Children's Fairyland.

Sleeping Beauty, Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason, San Francisco.

MV Skatepark Fundraiser Party, 6-8pm, help raise funds for a major remodel to the Mill Valley Skatepark. BBQ (thanks Good Earth & Stateroom Brewery), Youth Skate Contest, Live music by Magic West Music School students and some KILLER auction items. Come show your support! Proof Lab.

Harvest Yard Signs, 6:30-8pm, instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on earning, Home Depot, San Rafael.

Astronomy Viewing Night, 7:30 – 9:30pm, Bring the whole family out for an evening under the stars on Mount Burdell. Look at the planets and night sky through a telescope, or bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the view. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, 8pm, Natalie Batalha, Research Astronomer, NASA Ames Research Center at the Mountain Theatre.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In! 8:15m, X-Men, Old Hamilton Theater Building, Novato.

Sunday, September 24

San Anselmo's Country Fair Day, 7-11am pancake breakfast, 10am-3pm community street fair, 11am parade, 12-3pm Downtown San Anselmo.

Fit4Mom Marin 5-Year Anniversary Celebration! 9:30am, We will have a FREE Stroller Strides class with a Body Back sample station, toddler dash, FREE chair massages, face painting, balloon artist, raffle giveaways, FREE Mommy swag bags for the first 75 Moms and more! FREE and open to the public, Hauke Park, Mill Valley.

Dragonboat Festival, 10am-5pm, free, dragon boat racing, cultural performances, food, and kid-friendly activities, Lake Merritt, Oakland.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Top Predators: Sharks and Orcas. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Exploring Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve, 10am-1pm, this area is a wildlife magnet all year long. We will look for a variety of amphibians and reptiles, and butterflies that are attracted to the wildflowers, Fairfax.

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen, 10am-4:30pm, (2 – 7 years), Parents Place, San Rafael.

Northern California Renaissance Faire, 10am-6pm, Hollister.

Baby Rave, 10am, Oakland.

Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival, which has a kids’ area, fitness fair, and food vendors, Lake Merritt, Oakland.

Golden Gate Park Band, Spreckels Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park.

Sundays on Sherman, 11am-3pm, free scheduled activities led by Music Together, Jazzercise Novato and It’s Yoga Kids Marin. Come enjoy live music and all kinds of free on-going activities hosted by Novato Parks and Recreation, Novato Police Department, 9 Corners, Amazing Athletes, Jubilee Jumps, The Book Place, The Education Coach, YMCA and more! Food from Kona Ice, Mai Thai Kitchen, Lucky Pop Kettle Corn and Aunt Betty’s #2 Gourmet Corn Dogs will all be available for purchase during the event, Novato.

Marina Family Fest, 11am-4pm, Petting Zoo + Puppies of all ages! Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Rock Climb Wall, Pie Contest and Music, San Francisco.

Exploration Workshops for Families: All About Turandot, 11am–12pm and 12:30pm–1:30pm, ages 7+, delve into the music, story and movement during these interactive workshops for families. Learn about the original Persian fairy tale and traditional art that inspired Puccini to set his opera in China. Explore why artist David Hockney chose to design a production rooted in fantasy rather than cultural reality, Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Creative Family Fun - Leaf Print Postcards, 11am, September 22 is the first day of fall! Celebrate by printing a postcard with leaves native to the Presidio, San Francisco.

Presidio Picnic, 11am-4pm, Main Parade Grounds, Presidio, San Francisco.

Eco Fair on Climate Change, 11:15am, free, hour-long Eco Fair includes booths showcasing ways to combat climate change, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon.

TALONS: A Festival Celebrating Birds of Prey (Hosted by the Hungry Owl Project), Noon-4 pm, This unique and exciting festival will be a fun and educational outdoor event for adults and the entire family! Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

GGRO Hawk Talk & Raptor Release, 12-2pm, Hawk Hill.

SF Music Day, 12-7:45pm, free, a kaleidoscopic vision of Bay Area music making. Come with open ears, to experience all that our vibrant music community has to offer, Veterans Building, San Francisco.

Grand Opening of Farm-to-Table Teaching Center, 12:30-4pm, Event Features Farm-to-Table Food, Fine Wine and Craft Beer plus Live Music Concert By Legendary Jazz Pianist David Benoit & Band; Psychedelic, Roots-Rock Band Moonalice; and Grammy Winning Surprise Special Guest, Slide Ranch.

In Honor of Shel Silverstein - Birthday Poetry Reading, 2pm, You’re invited to a birthday party for the late Shel Silverstein, former Sausalito houseboat resident and comedic inspiration for millions, Book Passage, Sausalito.

Union Square Live, 2-4pm, Crosscut Band, San Francisco.

Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Free, Hamlet, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

Oktoberfest By The Bay, Celebrates Munich's famed festival in true tradition and spirit with nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink, Pier 48, San Francisco.

PAW Patrol LIVE!, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable Lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! BACT Berkeley Center.

Teddy Bears' Picnic, age 6 mo. to 3 years old, Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest, Oakland Children's Fairyland.

Sleeping Beauty, Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason, San Francisco.