50 FREE Things to Do with Kids This July

The fun continues thru July with more FREE events, festivals, crafts, music, movies, and more. All events were checked but things change. Confirm before heading out.

  1. It's not too late to sign your child up for a summer reading incentive program at your local library and book stores.
  2. Explore the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail
  3. Travel back in time on the PresidiGo Shuttle (7/1)
  4. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Opera at the Ballpark, AT&T Park, San Francisco. (7/3)
  5. Get s'more with Marin County Parks (7/3)
  6. Catch a 4th of July parade in SausalitoCorte MaderaNovatoAlamedaOrindaFremontPleasant HillConcordSan Jose, & Redwood City
  7. Kaboom - it's the 4th of July!
  8. Go to the largest FREE Jazz Festival on the West Coast at The Fillmore (7/4-5)
  9. Got Zen? Children’s Program at Green Gulch (7/5)
  10. Listen to the San Francisco Symphony (7/5), Ballet (7/26) and more at Stern Grove
  11. Meet the three-generation local authors of The Wolf Who Ate the Sky at the Mill Valley Library (7/6)
  12. Laugh at the absurdities of life with the San Francisco Mime Troupe at Mill Valley Community Center (7/8)
  13. Read to a Dog at your local library
  14. Create something unique at Maker Saturday, Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
  15. More free outdoor summer movie
  16. See the movie Contact with Dr. Carolyn Porco, Science Advisor on the film (7/11)
  17. Rock on at San Rafael Rocks Block Party (7/11)
  18. Traffic free fun in the Tenderloin with Sunday Streets (7/12)
  19. What'd they say at the Marine Science Sunday, Marine Mammal Center (7/12 & 7/26)
  20. Making your nature drawings come alive with the amazing John Muir Laws, Belvedere-Tiburon Library (7/14)
  21. Peruse The Renegade Craft Fair (7/17-19)
  22. You'll love this Big Time Festival in Point Reyes (7/18)
  23. Check out an Explorer Backpack at the Richardson Audubon Center in Tiburon
  24. Discover the Dragonflies of Lake Lagunitas (7/21)
  25. Clowns, Jugglers, Puppets, and Music at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
  26. Golden Gate Park Band at the Spreckles Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park every Sunday
  27. Weigh a Galaxy at the Mt. Tam Star Party (7/25)
  28. Soar at The Berkeley Kite Festival (7/25-26)
  29. Kids Camp & Kids Days at Stern Grove
  30. Find your foodies at the local farmers market
  31. GeocacheGeocacheGeocache!
  32. Watch a Meteor Shower (7/28-29)
  33. Take a Blue Moon hike (7/31)
  34. Free Belgian Waffles in the Financial District
  35. Sing a Chanty aboard an historic ship
  36. Discover Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio
  37. Chill in a cabana at Twilight at the Presidio
  38. Bring your creativity to Maker Saturdays at Bon Air in Greenbrae
  39. Sailboat Ride Day at the Cal Sailing Club in Berkeley
  40. Kids bowl two free games every day over the summer at participating bowling alleys
  41. Guided City Walking Tours with City Guides, Contact 557-4266, to discuss which tours are most appropriate for kids.
  42. Walk to the southwest tip of the Marin Headlands to the Point Bonita Lighthouse open Sat-Mon, 12:30-3:30pm
  43. Listen to great local music!
  44. View the complete bay-delta system at the Bay Model, Sausalito
  45. Walk a local Maze or Labyrinth
  46. San Francisco Symphony Concert at the port (7/12)
  47. Living La Dolce Vita at Friday Nights on Main (7/31)
  48. Learn to fish at McNears Beach, San Rafael (7/31)
  49. Carnival + Madhouse + Thunderdome = San Rafael Twilight Criterium 
  50. Dig into your local library for summer library program events – musical performances, puppet shows, book clubs, movies, workshops, and more. See the July Awesome List for more.