7/2: Marin County Fair claims to be the “Happiest Fair on Earth”; see for yourself, July 2–6 (San Rafael), marinfair.org
7/3: High Sierra Music Festival, July 3–6, bring the family (Quincy), highsierramusic.com
7/4: Happy Fourth of July!
7/5: Fillmore Jazz Festival, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. throughout the weekend (S.F.), fillmorejazzfestival.com (free)
7/7: Take a long lunch on Angel Island; ferry leaves at 11 a.m., returns by 1:45 p.m. (Tiburon), angelislandferry.com
7/8: Mark Pitta and Friends at 142 Throckmorton, every Tuesday 8 p.m. (Mill Valley), throckmortontheatre.org
7/11: Kick off the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, 100 wineries, 60 art and music events, July 11–20 (Napa), festivaldelsole.org
7/12: Tour de MALT is a 40- and 60-mile bike ride to benefit Marin Agricultural Land Trust (Nicasio), malt.org
7/13: Golden Gate Park car-free day, every Sunday (S.F.), golden-gate-park.com (free)
7/15: Matisse from SFMOMA at Legion of Honor, runs through September 7 (S.F.), legionofhonor.famsf.org
7/16: Pacifics vs. Sonoma Stompers baseball game 12:05 p.m. (San Rafael), pacificsbaseball.com
7/17: Wanderlust Festival, July 17–20 (Lake Tahoe), squaw.wanderlustfestival.com
7/19: The Marin Swim is swim for some, a splash and dash for others (San Rafael), marinswim.com
7/20: Blues and BBQ Festival (San Rafael), teamproevent.com; Mendocino Music Festival, July 12–26 (Mendocino)
7/23: Newly rennovated exhibit, The Salon Doré at Legion of Honor (S.F.), legionofhonor.famsf.org
7/24: First day of Sonoma County Fair, July 24–August 10 (Sonoma), sonomacountyfair.com
7/25: Friday Nights on Main, last Friday each month, May– September (Tiburon), tiburonchamber.org (free)
7/26: 101 Surf Sports' paddle with your dog, every Saturday thru July, 9:45 a.m. (San Rafael), 101surfsports.com
7/27: Treasure Island Flea Market (Treasure Island), July 26–27 treasureislandflea.com
7/29: S.F. Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:15 p.m. (S.F.) sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com
7/30: Corte Madera farmers’ market, every Wednesday noon–5 p.m. (Corte Madera), shoptowncenter.com (free)
Getting to a Giants Game From Marin
FERRY Buy tickets online — they’re not available at Golden Gate Ferry terminal; $11.50 per person each way, return ferry 30 minutes after last out. goldengateferry.org
BOAT/STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD Take a cruise over to watch the game on the Jumbotron from the water in McCovey Cove; approximately $399 for up to 6 people; additional $30 each to rent paddleboards (pictured) or kayaks; bring your own refreshments. barbaryghost.com
WATER TAXI Various pickup locations in Marin heading to San Francisco; approximately $250 for a roundtrip for up to four passengers. tidelinesf.com
CAR TAXI Request, ride and pay via your mobile phone; approximately $30– $100 depending on vehicle. uber.com
Fourth of July Local Parades
Bolinas The annual parade kicks off at 40 Wharf Road downtown at 11 a.m. and ends at Brighton Avenue. Festivities include the annual Bolinas–Stinson Beach tug-of-war over the channel that separates the two towns. pointreyesweekend.com
Corte Madera/Larkspur Starting at 10:30 a.m. from Redwood High School in Larkspur, the parade heads down Magnolia Avenue to Corte Madera Town Center. Celebration immediately follows at Corte Madera Town Park, with 70 arts and crafts vendors, kids' activities, food, ice cream, snow cones, live music, carnival games and more. cortemadera.org
Novato The parade starts at 10 a.m. in the city’s Old Town district on Grant Avenue between Reichert and Seventh avenues. The procession includes more than 100 entries including classic cars, color guards, floats, bands and vintage military vehicles from the Joe Garbarino World War II Military Vehicle Museum. novatoparade.com
Sausalito The parade begins at 10 a.m. on the corner of Second and Main streets and continues down Bridgeway to Caledonia Street, ending at Dunphy Park, where a town picnic features food, entertainment, raffles, an annual tug-of-war and an egg toss. ci.sausalito.ca.us
Marin County Fair
A Marin tradition since 1925, the fair truly has something for everyone.
WHEN July 2–6, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
WHERE Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
WHAT More than 12,000 exhibits (think pie baking, birdhouse making, photography), 28 free carnival rides, barnyard animals, hands-on games, exhibits and fireworks nightly.
WHO Bands include Huey Lewis and the News, the Wailers, Night Ranger, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and more.
COST Adults $17, seniors $15, kids 4–12 $15, kids 0–4 free, kids 12 and under free on July 2.