5 fun things to do this Fourth of July weekend

With the warm weather across Marin, youths out of school on a much-needed summer break, and the thrilling and exhilarating Marin County Fair taking over the San Rafael fairgrounds this week, it sure feels like summer. From a boat ride to see the Fourth of July fireworks show, rockin’music shows and an outdoor party in downtown Novato, here are some fun ways to celebrate the holiday weekend.

Looking for some festive parades, firework shows and other Fourth of July events? Check out the IJ’s listings at marinij.com/2022/06/28/fourth-of-july-weekend-signals-return-to-pre-pandemic-traditions ..

Festive fair

The Marin County Fair is anything but ordinary. Where else can you learn about agriculture and gardening from UC Marin Master Gardeners, feast on a seemingly unending amount of delicious fair foods, dace to top-notch musicians and see stunning fireworks displays every night all in one place?

After last year’s virtual fair due to the pandemic, the beloved summer tradition makes its in-person comeback from 11 am to 11 pm Thursday through Monday at the San Rafael fairgrounds at 10 Avenue of the Flags. The outdoor event, which celebrates art, agriculture and community, offers fun for all ages, including 28 exciting carnival rides, unique exhibits and concerts featuring pop rock band Pablo Cruise (7:30 pm Thursday), percussionist and singer Sheila E. (7:30 pm Friday), Sons of Champlin , one of Marin’s most beloved homegrown bands (7:30 pm Saturday), hip-hop group Digable Planets (7:30 pm Sunday) and Dumpstaphunk (7:30 pm Monday).

Admission is $ 20 to $ 25, which includes general admission to the concerts. (Seating is first-come, first-served.) Youths age 4 and younger are free. Reserved seats for the concerts are $ 60 and include access to the fair. For more information and to get tickets, go to tickets.marincenter.org. They can also be purchased in person at the gate.

Sunset sail

Watch Fourth of July fireworks like you’ve never seen before — from the deck of Sausalito’s Schooner Freda B. Sip on a libation and enjoy the sunset as well as festive fireworks on the San Francisco Bay at the Independence Day sail that sets off at 7 30 pm Monday at the Sausalito Yacht Harbor, slip 465, at 501 Humboldt Ave. in Sausalito. Tickets are $ 295. Get them on Eventbrite and more information can be found at sfbayadventures.com.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event as well as masks required.

Barbecue and beats

Nothing screams Fourth of the July quite like barbecue and some great tunes. Enjoy a bite, beverage and music by Zydeco Flames, regarded as the West Coast’s premiere Zydeco band, as part of the Rancho Nicasio’s BBQs on the Lawn series on Monday at 1 Old Rancheria Road in Nicasio. Doors open at 3 pm and the music starts at 4 pm

The band, which has performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, North Beach Festival and the defunct Marin County Blues Festival, take part in the 21st annual Fourth of July celebration.

Chairs for the outdoor show are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, or you can bring your own low-backed chair.

Tickets are $ 30 to $ 35 and do not include food and drink purchases. For more information and to get tickets, go to ranchonicasio.com.

Street fun

If you haven’t been attending Novato’s First Fridays on Grant, you’ve been missing out. The outdoor food, music and cultural event on the first Fridays of the month through October returns from 5 to 9 pm Friday on Grant Avenue in downtown Novato Taking advantage of the city’s Living Streets program, retailers stay open late, restaurants and tasting rooms offer expanded outdoor seating and live music, and merchants spill out into the street and offer special entertainment and activities for families. This month’s free event will also include It’s on Grant Avenue between Machin and Sherman from 5 to 8 pm A princess story time with Moana, dancing and face painting is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in front. of Village Child at 869 Grant Ave.

For more information, go to novato.org or facebook.com/groups/511551636984245.

Movie madness

Tired of watching movies from your couch at home? Get out of the house and have a unique experience at the Lark Theater’s drive-in. From your car, watch the adventures of Marty McFly during a screening of 1985’s “Back to the Future” at 9 pm Friday followed by Superman’s origin story, “Superman: The Movie,” at 9 pm Saturday at the parking lot across from Nordstrom at the Village at Corte Madera at 1557 Redwood Highway in Corte Madera.

Tickets are $ 17 to $ 30. For the list of a full schedule and to get tickets, go to larktheater.net/movie-category/special-events/larkdrivein. No assigned parking. Gates open one hour prior to showtime and cars must be in place by the start of the screening.

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