September 24th: Weekend Events, Restaurant of the Week & Weekly Calendar of Activities

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Marin Scoop. Lots of great festivals on this weekend around the Bay Area, especially for those who enjoy music. The ‘Restaurant of the Week’ is one of my favorite places to get great Neapolitan style pizza while enjoying the sunshine in Ignacio. 

The link below is a free pass to the 'California Academy of Sciences' this Saturday 25th, click on link, apply for the "required pass" to be emailed to you, print out pass for admission. Enjoy!

Weekend Events

Friday 24th

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch, Spring Hill Cheese Co, 4235 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma from Friday Sep 24th - Sunday October 31st, 9.00 am 'till dusk

Pick your own pumpkin, take a hay ride and experience the farm by petting baby animals, milk a cow, dig for potatoes and taste freshly made ice cream and cheese. Live music will be on weekends.

Concerts Under The Oak, Northgate Mall, from 6.30 - 8.00 pm

Tom Petty tribute band 'Petty Theft' performs in the plaza behind Kohls, with food and beers available for purchase from BJs Brewhouse. 

Friday Night Fusion, The Village Corte Madera from 5.30 - 7.30 pm.

Local musicians perform while you enjoy a wine tasting presented by Sonoma County Vintners for $15 per person including a local cheese plate.

Saturday 25th

'Blackie's Hay Day', Blackie's Pasture Park, Tiburon, from 10.00 am - 3.00 pm - Free entry with new or gently used books to raise funds for the Belvedere Tiburon Library.

A fun day out for children of all ages that is reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair. Enjoy pony rides, relay races, toy tractor rides, petting zoo and reptile zoo, cowboy jumpee, tot hay ride, cow milking, family games and live entertainment including Chris Smith, Miss Kitty, Cindy Cohen and Tim Cain at 11.15 am and 12.30pm. 

'Marinwood Annual Children's Toy & Clothing sale, Marinwood Community Center, Miller Creek Road, from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Rummage through three rooms of clothing, toys, books and lots of baby and toddler equipment at bargain prices.

KidAroo Music Festival, Little Marina Green, San Francisco, from 11 - 5.00 pm, $20 adult or $60 family
Live music provided by 'The Sippy Cups' at noon, 'Ralph's World' at 1.30 pm, 'Choo Choo Soul' (pictured) at 3.30 pm. Face painting, balloons animals, reptile zoo, meet the San Francisco Fire Department and enjoy local food and the 'world's largest lemonade stand'!

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave, from 10.30 am - 5.00 pm. Free entry for under 12 yrs old.
Two days of kid’s entertainment including Fratello Marionettes, stories by Georgia Churchill, magic by Benny, music by Dave Fromer. 

Sunday 26th

San Anselmo Country Fair, San Anselmo Avenue, from 10.00 - 3.00 pm –free. 

The pancake breakfast at the Fire Station actually begins at 7.00 am (#19) and the parade begins at 11.00 am. Food, drink, art activities, games and live entertainment by Tim Cain  at the Creek Park Stage at 1.45 pm.

'Oktoberfest By The Bay', Pier 48, San Francisco, from 11.00 - 6.0 pm - $30 adults and free entry for under 12 yr old.
The festival is happening from Thursday night but it is only encouraged to bring children on Sunday which is German Day. The Chico Bavarian Band and the Internationals provide the live music, and traditional dancing every couple of hours. German food and beer available. 

The Restaurant of the Week

'Boca Pizzeria, 454 Ignacio Blvd, Novato

Boca Pizzeria opened in June and is one of our favorite places to go for lunch and dinner, I thought most people would know about it already, but apparently not so I thought I would help spread the word!

It is an authentic Neapolitan style pizzeria which means their pizzas are cooked in a 900 degree Italian wood burning oven so they cook for no more than 2 minutes. Most of their ingredients are locally sourced by supporting local farmers and providing the freshest ingredients. The pizzeria is situated in the Ignacio Pacheco Shopping Plaza, just round the corner from the original Boca Steak restaurant. It has a modern industrial look with high wooden loft-style ceilings surrounded by glass windows, a great bar area with a communal table and booth seating and an open kitchen that can also be enjoyed from the front and side patio areas.

The 12-inch pizzas are absolutely amazing, our favorites are the Calabrese, the Prosciutto di Parma and the Lamb Sausage pizza with added wild mushrooms. The salads are so fresh and delicious especially the Roast Beet with roasted hazelnuts, sheep's Feta and creamy citrus dressing and the Rustico with grilled rosemary bread, black olives, Heirloom cherry tomatoes and sherry vinaigrette. The pasta options include a Portobello & Porcini Mushroom Ravioli or a Braised Beef Short Ribs Pappardelle. The lunch and dinner menu is the same but there is the option of sandwiches for lunch. The kids's menu includes a Cheese Pizza, Linguini, Grilled Cheese sandwich or our son's favorite, the Grilled Chicken and Mashed Potato, unfortunately last time we were there our server forgot to place his order, and then they ran out of mashed potato!?! But  he didn't seem to care as he was too busy tucking into our Cannellini Bean Cassoullet side dish which was so rustic and comforting, and we got a free second helping  as an apology. It definitely won't stop us from going back to Boca Pizzeria again and again!

A Weekly Calendar of Toddler Appropriate Activities in Marin


10 .00 - 10.30 am - Kid's Story Time Club, Pharmaca, 7514 Redwood Blvd, Novato

10.30 – 11.15 am – ‘Music Together of Marin’, The Parent’s Place, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael

3.00 – 5.00 pm – Crawlers Camp (up to 23 months) at Stretch the Imagination, 47 Tamal Vista Blvd.


10.00 – 10.30 am - ‘Baby Bounce’ Story time at Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd

10.00 – 11.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks’ at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

10.00 – 11.30 am - ‘Drop in Play’ at The Parent’s Place, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael

10.15 - 10.45 am - 'Music Circle', at The Parents Center, Heller's Store, 514 4th Street, San Rafael

11.00 - 11.30 am – ‘Book Club Story Time’ at ‘Pottery Barns Kids’ store, Corte Madera Village

4.00 – 8.00 pm - Farmer’s market, Grant Avenue, Novato


9.30 - 12.00 pm - 'Power Play' at Cal Star Gym is back! Digital Drive, Ignacio

10.15 – 10.45 am - ‘Music Circle’ at The Parents Center, Heller’s store, 514 4th St, San Rafael

10.30 – 10.50 am – ‘Story Time with Miss Kitty', Civic Center Library

10.30 - 11.30 am - Drop in Play, MLK Gym, 610 Colma Street, Sausalito

11.00 - 11.30 am – Story Time at Giggle Store, Corte Madera Village

3.00 – 5.00 pm – Crawlers Camp (up to 23 months) at Stretch the Imagination, Corte Madera

4.00 – 8.00 pm - Farmer’s Market, Bolinas Park, Bolinas Road, Fairfax


8.00 – 1.00 pm – Farmers Market, The Civic Center (Puppet Show and balloon lady by Jumpy Houses)

9.30 - 12.00 pm - 'Power Play' at Cal Star Gym, Digital Drive, Ignacio, Novato

9.30 – 10.30 am – ‘Jumping Jacks’, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

10.30 – 11.00 am – Story Time at San Rafael Library, 618 B Street, San Rafael

11.00 - 11.30 am - Story Time at Barnes & Noble, 313 Corte Madera Center

3.30 - 4.00 pm - 'Stories with Phil Sheridan', Sausalito Library, 420 Litho Street

3.00 – 7.00 pm – Farmers Market, Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross 

6.00 – 9.00 pm - Farmers Market, 4th St, between Lincoln and B St, San Rafael


10.30 - 11.30 am - Story Time with Sarah Bonnett, San Rafael Library, 618 B Street, San Rafael (until Oct 1st)

10.30 - 11.30 am - Tot's Club, City Hall Parks & Recreation, 420 Litho Street, Exercise Room, Sausalito

9.00 – 2.00 pm – Farmers Market, Alto Shopping Center, Mill Valley

9.00 am – 2.00 pm – Farmers Market, Bank of America parking lot, Downtown Sausalito


The Marin Scoop said...

Additional events happening this Saturday 25th:

Camp Earth: Environmental Fun for Kids, Strawberry Village, from noon – 4.00 pm

Various art and activity stations by BADM, Greenplay, YMCA and Environmental & Educational Council of Marin amongst othere. Live music provided by ‘The banana Slugs String Band’, and shop at a center-wide sidewalk sale!

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