Summer is in full effect and we’ve got loads of free events this month to keep your days packed and your money in your wallet. Scroll through and mark your calendars!

photo: Joel Wade Photography

1. Jam at Music on the Square

August is the last month you can enjoy free music every Friday at Redwood City's Music on the Square. This month brings Chicago and Prince tribute bands with the pop/soul stylings of Pride and Joy to wrap up the month.

More info: redtri.com

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2. Tour Fort Point

Join a ranger near the front entrance of Fort Point for a tour! Learn about the soldiers' lives at Fort Point, the fort's unique architecture, the defenses of the Golden Gate and lots more. Tours are scheduled daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and typically last 30 minutes. Staff availability may affect these tour times, please inquire upon arrival.

More info: redtri.com

photo: Court Prather via Unsplash

3. Cruise on over to Novato for Nostalgia Days

With the sound of classic rock ‘n roll floating in the air and a live band playing, thousands of visitors enjoy free admission as they admire hundreds of vehicles of all types, including classic cars, hot rods and customs, just to name a few. 

When: Aug. 2-3
More info: redtri.com

photo: Kate Loweth

4. Free Fridays at the East Bay county parks

To celebrate the Park District’s 85th Anniversary, park entrance and fees for day use parking, swimming, dogs, horse trailers, boat launching and fishing permits will all be waived. 

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5. Celebrate 20 years of the Children's Creativity Museum

Join the Children’s Creativity Museum’s 20th Anniversary for an awesome, interactive, family-friendly musical adventure, guided by the Grammy Award-nominated Alphabet Rockers and Latin percussionists Ka-Hon. Outdoor workshops include building your own musical instrument, experimenting with thumb pianos, and investigating how engineering and music can make sound you can see. The joyous celebration includes singing a rousing “Happy Birthday,” followed by yummy cake!

When: Aug. 3
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photo: Pedalfest

6. Take your two wheels over to Pedalfest

Enjoy daredevil stunts, pedal-powered food, cycle-powered music, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training and an amazing collection of bicycles from vintage and hand-built bikes to creative art bikes at this festival in Jack London Square. 

When: Aug. 3
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7. Peek at the Perseids Meteor Shower

The best viewing days for the Perseids Meteor Showers will be the August 3-4 weekend so check out local astronomy groups to see who will be out with their telescopes. One option is to head to Mr. Burdell in Novato where the rangers will be out.

More info: redtri.com

photo: Santa Cruz Boardwalk

8. See a movie outdoors

August is the perfect time of year to spread out your picnic blanket and watch a movie under the stars. From Marin to Santa Cruz, there are loads of options for you. Pop some popcorn, dress the kids in their jammies and make a night of it!

More info: redtri.com

9. Check out Redwood City's Magic Lantern 3-D Light Show

Every Tuesday in the summer brings this 15-minute show to the Courthouse Square in Redwood City. It covers the San Mateo County History Museum with an array of colorful lights taking viewers on an abstract adventure. 

When: Tuesdays
More info
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10. Novato Space Festival

Meet legendary astronauts and come see the Space Station Museum's exhibits. There will be loads of activities and other organizations present to keep the kids bush. 

When: Aug. 4
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photo: Jesus Camacho

11. Chill out at the Presidio Twilight

This summer brings the super-rad, colorful domes to the lawn for the Presidio Twilight. Enjoy views of the bay while the kids run around on the grass. Bring your own eats to enjoy or purchase from the on-site food trucks.

When: Thursdays
More info
: redtri.com

12. See Shakespeare in the Park

August brings As You Like It to Cupertino, Redwood City and the Presidio and you can see it for free. 

More info: redtri.com

13. Origami-Palooza & the Great Paper Airplane Contest

At the 2019 Origami-Palooza & The Great Paper Airplane Contest, learn the art of origami, enter origami contests and participate in a paper airplane contest.

When: Aug. 25
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photo: Presidio Trust

14. Presidio Kite Festival

Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The event features a free “build you own kite” booth, hands-on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers, and food trucks. 

More info: redtri.com

15. Upton Beach Cleanup

Help clean up Upton Beach in the town of Stinson. This beautiful beach stretches from the north end of Stinson Beach all the way to Bolinas. Volunteer efforts will help protect marine life from harmful trash and keep one of Marin's most picturesque beaches looking great.

When: Aug. 25
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16. Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach

Show off your sand skills at this contest that brings out expert sand sculptors from miles around. 

When: Aug. 25
More info: redtri.com

—Kate Loweth

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