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The Russian Grand Ballet is bringing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. This full-length classical production marks the first time the Russian Grand Ballet has ever performed in Marin County. Steeped in history and led by award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the production features Russia’s brightest ballet stars and is part of their 2017 US Tour.

Date: Thursday, November 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: $62, $42, $25 and can be purchased here

For dinner near the theater we recommend an early seating at Le Comptoir (don’t miss their delicious rotisserie chicken and pomme frites). For great drinks and appetizers, sit on the deck at Terrapin Crossroads (we love the Sriracha deviled eggs and the asparagus and brie toast).

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Although it’s still quite warm here in Marin, Fall is upon us and that means time for a trip with the kids to a pumpkin patch.  Here is Arrive Marin’s guide to the best local spots to find the perfect pumpkin until the end of October!

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio
Open Daily 10 am – 6 pm

Definitely one of our favorites! Offering certified organic pumpkins, hay rides, farm animals, pony rides and bounce houses you can make a full day of this excurion. There is also a farm stand, Big Jim’s award-winning BBQ and ice cream to be had. Tim Cain will be at the farm every Sunday from 11 am – noon performing every kid’s favorite songs.

McClelland’s Dairy Farm Pumpkin Patch
6475 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma
Open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am-9:30 pm and Sundays, 10 am-6 pm

This is a really special family-run farm where nature is priority and cows and chickens thrive. In addition to finding a great pumpkin on their three-acre farm, we highly recommend picking up some of their incredible European-style organic artisan butter. The farm invites guests to pet their farm animals and to watch cows being milked in the parlor. As if this all weren’t enough, there is also a hay maze, a haunted house, hay rides, bounce houses and a pumpkin blaster (we’re not making this up!).

Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
5157 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa
Open Monday-Thursday, 9 am-7 pm, Friday & Saturday, 9 am-10 pm and Sunday, 9 am-8:30 pm

All you really need to know about this Bay Area treasure is that there is an incredible 8-acre corn maze (with both a long and a short route). The pumpkin patch offers 10 acres of pumpkins with 45 different varieties to choose from.  There is also a petting zoo, face painting, hay rides and pony rides (on weekends only).

Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Jersey Farm
4235 Spring Hill Rd, Petaluma
Open every day, 9 am–dusk

We’re just going to get straight to the point on this one: don’t miss their pumpkin ice cream! This really special family-run farm takes their pumpkin patch seriously and they pull out all the stops. Kids can dig their own potatoes, milk a cow, enjoy for a hay ride, pet baby animals and pick out the perfect pumpkin while parents listen to live music and enjoy free cheese tasting!

Tolay Fall Festival
Tolay Lake Regional Park, Petaluma
Two weekends: October 14-15 and 21-22, 11 am-5 pm

This annual festival is super fun and a great family excursion.  In addition to pumpkin selecting and hay rides, you can explore the “Nighttime Creatures Barn” and the “Creepy Crawly Room”. Activities include wool-carding, candle-dipping, gunnysack races and a straw maze. But to be honest, we just can’t wait to enter the World Record Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest! Festival admission is $5 ($3 for ages 12 and under) and parking is $7 per car.


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Slide Ranch is really a very special one-of-a-kind place here in Marin. It seems like everyone’s kids attend their fabulous summer camp at some point. Situated high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Muir Beach, Slide Ranch’s mission is to connect children to the great outdoors. Hoping to inspire future stewards of nature, Slide Ranch is a gorgeous farm that offers hands-on events throughout the year.

We love Slide Ranch and wanted to share a wonderful new addition to their stunning campus. They’ve just completed an incredible Children’s Farm to Table Teaching Center complete with a commercial kitchen donated by Williams-Sonoma. The living roof was designed by renowned landscape architect Paul Kephart who is also responsible for the Cal Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The Teaching Center will offer classes for both kids and adults and is also available for private events.

Grand Opening Party!
To celebrate the Teaching Center, Slide Ranch is having a super fun party. Grammy-nominated jazz pianist David Benoit will be preforming. Delicious food will be on hand from A16Black Bark BBQ, State Bird ProvisionsThree Twins Ice Cream and  (of course) salads straight from the Slide Ranch garden. Master Sommelier Laura Maniec has curated a list of some of the best Napa wines to taste. There will also be sangria from Bass Note Sangria and beer from Fort Point Brewery.

Sunday, September 24, 2017
12:30 – 4:00 pm
Tickets are $175 per person, $350 VIP or $50 per child (age 2-12). Children under 2 are free.
You can see more information and buy your tickets here.

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